October 17th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Krond Rebalance 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Krond was originally released during our first Liars' Night event in 2017. Initially, he was seen as a powerhouse thanks to his strong Ultimate. Unfortunately, an error in the calculations for the Ultimate happened to sneak through our QA pass, so we had to dial him back. It was all downhill for Krond from there. We don't normally like to "nerf" champions, but the bug presented us with a choice we had to make and so we toned down his power. Between that tweak and the design idea that we could split the power level of his cantrips between 3 equipment pieces, he was seen as a sub-par Champion for much of the past year.

As we started our TLC pass for Liars' Night, we had a discussion on if we should wait for a big rebalance pass, or use the coming event to give Krond some redemption. We decided to take some time to work on him now, bringing some newfound glory to our Half-Orc Fighter. These changes are live in the game as of the Grand Tour 6 update today, so everyone who has Krond can have a week to get used to him before he's available for everyone in Liars' Night Y2 starting next week!



We started by looking at Krond's slot, and how it has grown this year. Evelyn is a go-to tank in the meta, so a sub-par DPS just wasn't going to cut it. Additionally, Krond is a CNE-exclusive Champion, so we have a bit more leeway to make major changes to the character. Given that, we wanted to take a look at the champion from the ground up.

Survival of the Fittest

Knowing what is coming in the upcoming Tanking & Healing update allows us to do a bit of future design with nu-Krond. We started by creating a new Formation Ability titled Survival of the Fittest. Because everything in his design is tied to his specializations, we wanted to give him a "build around me" ability that might make you think about a different formation. We decided that Krond has been looked down on for so long that he's probably pretty cranky. He's missed out on a TON of adventures and he's ready to create his own crew. Survival of the Fittest was born from that idea: Krond's damage is increased 100% for each champion in the formation (multiplicative) who is Evil (Arkhan, Jarlaxle, and Makos at the moment), or has a Strength score of 16+ (Arkhan, Azaka, Barrowin, Binwin, Donaar, Jamilah, Krond, Minsc, Tyril, and Wulfgar). Eventually, this should allow Krond to create a new formation type, focusing on heavy hitters and evil Champions.

Ability Scores & Alignment

Given his new focus on strong and evil Champions, we imagined Krond benched from almost all adventures and quietly stewing and working out. We increased his Strength to 18, and tipped his alignment from Chaotic Neutral to Chaotic Evil. That's right. Nu-Krond isn't messing around!

Equipment

We wanted to break Krond's equipment away from the focus on his specializations. So we merged the 3 equipment items that each boosted a single cantrip power into one equipment item that boosts Krond's chosen cantrip. With the 2 extra equipment pieces we gained, we gave Krond another self DPS equipment item and an item that increases his bonus from Survival of the Fittest, pumping up his power level.


Base Attack

In balancing his damage, we decided to shave a half second off of his base attack cooldown, lowering his cooldown from 5.75 seconds to 5.25 seconds. We also doubled his base attack damage.

Cantrips

We buffed upgrades to Eldritch Strike to give Krond's follow-up attacks more of a kick, positioning Krond as a DPS who excels at longer drawn-out encounters. We also increased the damage modifier of Krond's Thunderclap and Fire Bolt cantrips, though his Shocking Grasp is still the best bang for your single-target buck, if that's your thing.


Ultimate

While Krond's original ultimate packed quite the punch, we had to dial it back in a major way shortly after he was released. We've fine-tuned his Arcane Charge for a better balance between over-powered and feather-tickling.


In the end, our entire focus was to pull Krond out of the DPS dead zone and get him in fighting shape. As we mentioned above, we're aware of some of the tanking & healing updates we'll be making, and we were able to take into account how much better new Arkhan is going to be. We're confident you'll be satisfied with nu-Krond's power level, and even happier when nu-Arkhan comes around in the coming weeks. We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well he's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord!
October 4th
COTLI: Carnival of Sorrows 4 

Darkness descends upon the Crusaders, bringing with it unknown horrors and twisted new Tier 4 Objectives.

Crusaders arrive from beyond the veil: Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney have stepped out from the shadows. A new Crusader joins them.

The Carnival of Sorrows as returned. Do you have what it takes to unlock our latest Crusader in our first-ever Tier 4 Event?

Carnival of Sorrows 4 runs until Tuesday, October 16th at noon Pacific, and introduces Sashimi the Seal!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Sashimi the Seal

Her name is Sashimi the Seal.
She happily supports for a meal (of fish).
She finds gold for you all,
while bouncing her ball,
and this limerick is terrible.


So lets just say she's really, really good at improving your Gold Find. Like, really good.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Crusaders by completing their respective objectives. Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Sashimi the Seal | Sashimi the Seal takes up a slot in the formation. Every 100 areas, an additional slot is taken up by a fish. Reach area 600.

  • Out of the Crowd | If any Crusader has more than one adjacent Crusader, they deal no damage. Reach area 700.

  • My Balloon! | A floating balloon takes up the front slot in the formation. If the balloon is popped, your formation wipes. Additionally, Crusaders in the column directly behind the balloon are busy trying to catch it, and deal no damage. Reach area 750.

  • Cleanup Crew | The carnival janitor and some waste bins take up slots in the formation. Quest requirements are doubled. Garbage monsters spawn at random, which can only be damaged by clicking, and garbage which reaches the formation is collected BY the janitor. Collecting garbage for the janitor gives a buff that doubles quest drops. Reach area 800.

  • Unleashed | Only animal Crusaders may be used. There are additional slots in the formation. Reach area 1000.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Carnival Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop all-tier chests. Gear for Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 Crusaders will only appear in all-tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop.

You'll have until Tuesday, October 16th at 12:00pm Pacific to complete Carnival of Sorrows 4!
October 3rd
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Faerûn's Savage Frontier has no shortage of dangers, but that hasn't stopped the citizens of Triboar from carving out a living in this picturesque stretch of fertile northern farmland.

This year, however, the people of Triboar are in need of aid. As the Highharvestide Festival approaches, bandits have begun causing trouble for farmers attempting to bring in their harvests, and it's up to the Champions to put an end to it!

Highharvestide 2 is our first Year Two Event, which runs until Monday, October 15th at 12:00pm Pacific. Highharvestide 2 also introduces Farideh, the Tiefling Warlock protagonist from the Brimstone Angels novels, and also brings back Stoki, the Rock Gnome Monk!

Our Approach to Highharvestide 2

When we began our approach to Year Two of Highharvestide, the first decision we made was to polish to our work from Year One. We started by playing through the event, pausing to discuss what we would do differently if we had designed the event today with an additional year of tools, monsters, and knowledge.

We approached the event with the following questions:
  • Can the backgrounds be updated, or should we use different ones?
  • We updated the lighting on a few of the backgrounds to better match the text.
  • Are there better monsters we could be using?
  • We added the new Red Wizard Evokers from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, and we also mixed up the groups of bandits and added wizards that actually attack with fire that matches the text.
  • Should any boss monsters flee or have additional tech added?
  • The Resurrected Hero of the Vale is now hits-based and cleaves the first 2 rows. It seems it is getting cranky about constantly being resurrected.
  • Are all the quest icons and portraits polished?
  • They all were.
  • Are there any location or event-specific distractions we could add?
  • For Highharvestide 2 we didn't, but we look forward to adding pumpkins to Liars' Night!
  • Should we update any text?
  • We fixed a few typos, and we will be updating the dialogue to include more Event Champions in future updates.

You'll be able to play through the updated event during Highharvestide, but also when you go through a Time Gate for Farideh or Stoki in the future!


As you can see above, both Champions have their own track of Adventures and Variants. They both use the same event currency – in this case, Harvest Baskets for Highharvestide. You will earn chests for the corresponding champion by playing through their variants. For example, Stoki Free Plays will grant Stoki Silver and Gold Chests, and Farideh Free Plays will grant Farideh Silver and Gold Chests.

If you didn't complete all of Stoki's variants or achievements last year, you'll be able to pick up right where you left off. If you did complete them, you can still play through her free plays. As an added bonus, all Year One Adventures and Variants have had their cost reduced by 75% for Year Two! We also updated the Free Play costs for both Year One and Year Two events. They will each start at 500 Harvest Baskets. Every time you complete a Free Play within one of the two tracks, the cost of that Free Play will increase by 500, to a maximum of the normal Event Free Play cost of 2500 Event Tokens!

Side note: We appreciate all the feedback we had during the Year 2 Event Q&A last week — thank you :)

As a final update, the new Year Two track of The Bandit Harvest adventure and variants will have a new formation to help keep things fresh! This formation will also remain for future Farideh Time Gate runs.

When you log in and click on the Highharvestide notification, you'll see the two Champions listed. You can select either of them to see their Champion details, as well as see how far you've progressed in their track of The Bandit's Harvest.

We hope you all enjoy the updates we've made to The Bandit's Harvest!

New Champion: Farideh

Abandoned as an infant and adopted by an outcast dragonborn warrior, Farideh grew to adulthood acutely aware of the drawbacks of being a tiefling. Despite doing everything she could to reassure her neighbors, including keeping her wild twin sister, Havilar, out of trouble, the villagers focused on Farideh as the one who would embrace the dark side of herself. They weren’t wrong.

When Havilar tried to summon an imp to practice her blade on, she drew the attention of Lorcan, a cambion looking to make warlock pacts with the descendants of one of the first Infernal warlocks, the Brimstone Angel. But Havilar was always meant for the glaive--and Farideh would do anything to keep her sister safe. While Lorcan, Asmodeus, and the Nine Hells do their utmost to corrupt her, Farideh isn’t interested in power so much as defending the world from demons, the undead, and any other villains trying to bring trouble or drag her friends and family into danger. Even being made the Chosen of Asmodeus--something Asmodeus isn’t going to explain to Farideh or anybody else--just means she has more magic to turn against the powers of evil.


Farideh is a DPS Champion with a tank-synergy twist. She attacks using Scorching Ray and will use Hellish Rebuke against enemies who attack either her or adjacent Champions. When you want to add Farideh to your party, you can swap her with Minsc or Catti-brie (Slot 7).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Farideh dev blog!

Returning Champion: Stoki

Born Stami Gackle, she fled her home after a terrible accident at a young age and joined a monastery of the Even Hand to study ki. An adept monk and extremely capable adventurer, her thoughtful approach to problems has earned her a reputation as an uncommonly stoic Rock Gnome.

Stoki is a DPS and Support Champion, able to attack multiple enemies. Furthermore, enemies damaged by Stoki will drop additional gold when killed. When you want to add Stoki to your party, you can swap her with Jarlaxle or Ishi Snaggletooth (Slot 4).


Year Two Variants

  • Asmodeus is Watching — Cultists of Asmodeus randomly spawn alongside the normal monster waves. They drop no gold when killed.

  • It's Quite A Puzzle — Only champions with Intelligence/INT score of 12 or higher are allowed in the formation.

  • Time to Step Up — Asmodeus is testing Farideh. You start with Farideh in your formation, however, she is the only Champion that can deal damage. All other Champions' damage is reduced to 0, but they continue to grant buffs.

Year One Variants

  • The Farmer's Kids — The Farmer's Daughter and Son block two slots in the formation.

  • Due Diligence — Quest requirements are doubled.

  • Wanton Necromancy — Undead enemies randomly spawn alongside the normal monsters. These additional enemies drop no gold.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

October 2nd
Idle Champion Spotlight - Farideh 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome to our next Champion Spotlight design blog!

Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Farideh, the Tiefling Warlock.

Farideh will be available in our first Year Two Event: Highharvestide, launching TOMORROW (October 3rd)! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest champion.


How you can unlock Farideh:

Farideh is unlocked by playing Highharvestide, a limited-time event launching on October 3rd and running until October 15th. Once you unlock Farideh, she swaps with Minsc or Catti-brie.

Farideh will be sharing Highharvestide with last year's Champion: Stoki, the Gnome Monk! Don't worry - you'll be able to unlock both of them if you haven't already unlocked Stoki.

Who is Farideh:

Farideh is a character from the from the Brimstone Angels D&D Novel series written by Erin M. Evans.

Abandoned as an infant and adopted by an outcast dragonborn warrior, Farideh grew to adulthood acutely aware of the drawbacks of being a tiefling. Despite doing everything she could to reassure her neighbors, including keeping her wild twin sister, Havilar, out of trouble, the villagers focused on Farideh as the one who would embrace the dark side of herself. They weren’t wrong.

When Havilar tried to summon an imp to practice her blade on, she drew the attention of Lorcan, a cambion looking to make warlock pacts with the descendants of one of the first Infernal warlocks, the Brimstone Angel. But Havilar was always meant for the glaive--and Farideh would do anything to keep her sister safe. While Lorcan, Asmodeus, and the Nine Hells do their utmost to corrupt her, Farideh isn’t interested in power so much as defending the world from demons, the undead, and any other villains trying to bring trouble or drag her friends and family into danger. Even being made the Chosen of Asmodeus--something Asmodeus isn’t going to explain to Farideh or anybody else--just means she has more magic to turn against the powers of evil.


Farideh's Design:

We were excited to have a fully fleshed-out 5th edition stat block, which gave us a great place to start from a mechanical standpoint. Between the stat block and our knowledge of the Brimstone Angels series, we reached out to Erin M. Evans, the author of the books Farideh appeared in, to see if she was interested in working with us to make our version of Farideh. Luckily for us, Erin was game for anything we threw at her. She worked closely with us, reviewing the design, sketches, and the equipment pieces. She also helped come up with some really fun GIFs, like this one showing Farideh enjoying her tea with WAY too much sugar.


We decided early that we wanted to place Farideh into slot 7 (Minsc, Catti-brie) and we wanted her to be a pure DPS character. I found her Hellish Rebuke ability super compelling. I really liked the idea of giving her a reaction-based ability to push back against the horde. From there, Justin and I sketched out the rough design and passed it over to Erin who enjoyed it as much as we did!

Base Attack - Scorching Ray: Farideh starts in your formation with her Scorching Ray attack. Scorching Ray begins with 3 rays of fire that attack random enemies. As Farideh increases in level, the number of rays she creates increases, which increases her DPS. Her DPS is key to her design as you'll see shortly.

Hellish Rebuke: When you unlock Hellish Rebuke, you start to tap into the infernal power that Farideh controls. Whenever an enemy hits Farideh, they take damage back equal to a percentage of Farideh's DPS. It starts as a modest percentage, but as you gain levels, and earn better slot 3 equipment, that percentage increases. On my dev server, each Hellish Rebuke is currently dealing 1,300% of her DPS!

Chosen of Asmodeus: Being a chosen of Asmodeus has to grant you some sort of advantage, right? When you unlock this ability, she grants Hellish Rebuke to champions adjacent to her. This means that when enemies attack Champions adjacent to Farideh in the formation, those enemies will take damage from Hellish Rebuke. Even though this damage is coming FROM a different Champion, the calculation is based on Farideh's DPS, so put her behind your tank(s) to maximize her damage dealing capabilities!

Pact Family: Farideh and her twin sister Havilar were orphaned at a young age. They understand the sting of growing up as a Tiefling. Because of that, Farideh's damage increases based on the number of Tieflings in the formation. Bring out Makos & Strix. It's time for a Tiefling party!

Farideh's Specializations:

With Farideh's specializations, we wanted to help you decide how you want to use Farideh's Hellish Rebuke based on your formation.
You can either use Dark One's Luck to expand the range of Hellish Rebuke, granting it to Champions within 2 slots of her, or you can increase her damage with Dark One's Blessing, which also increases the damage output of Hellish Rebuke to those Champions that have access to it.

Farideh's Ultimate Attack:


Farideh's Infernal Aspect is a new ability granted to her as a Chosen of Asmodeus. With it, she can project an aura of menace, affecting her enemies and causing them to be frightened. In our game, that means she's going to sprout a pair of fiery wings for the duration of the ability, tapping into her infernal connection. She pushes enemies back, slowing them for the duration of the ultimate, while she also damages a random enemy EVERY second, for 15 seconds.


Look out, baddies. We've got an angry tiefling!

Farideh's Equipment



Slot 1: Amulet
  • Farideh's amulet increases her damage.
Slot 2: Magical Rod
  • Farideh's chosen focus increases her damage.
Slot 3: Spellbook
  • Farideh's book increases the effect of her Hellish Rebuke ability.
Slot 4: Armor
  • Farideh's armor increases the effect of her Pact Family ability.
Slot 5: Wroth Deck
  • Farideh's wroth deck increases her Ultimate Attack damage.
Slot 6: Chapbooks
  • The chapbooks that Havilar continues to loan Farideh reduce the cooldown of her Ultimate Attack.

What about any other Farideh Details I'm looking for?

Farideh is Neutral Good, and her stats are as follows:
Str: 10 Dex: 14 Con: 14 Int: 14 Wis: 13 Cha: 18

TL/DR- Final Farideh Thoughts

Farideh uses her Hellish Rebuke as an unlimited reaction to deal damage to enemies that attack her or Champions in the Formation she wants to support. She wants to work with other Tieflings and stay near your tanks. She's a DPS character that you'll want to buff, especially when facing down an enemy that attacks multiple Champions!

We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well she's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord! If you are enjoying Farideh, consider checking out the Brimstone Angels series by Erin M. Evans. It's a good read!

Chris Dupuis
September 14th
BW2: Jr. Whacker Event 2018 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Teach Me How to Whack!

It's time to put your knowledge of whacking bushes to good use as you help educate the next generation! Take a trip to the Event Area of the Commons and get helping!

Help three aspiring young ones learn how to whack bushes, mana whack, and power whack! Bring the Jr. Whackers some Cardboard Swords to use, found in bushes throughout the world, and they'll share the spoils of their training with you. As you help them, they gain experience, "leveling up" and will award more items with each turn-in. Each of the determined young padawans will have a daily quest to power up the spoils from their next turn-in.

One Jr. Whacker appears to have suffered a head injury, since they are idolizing Nate. Talk to them and see what's going on.

What's a funner thing to earn than your Baking badge? Nothing of course! Help one Jr. Whacker get theirs later on in the event.

Help Keisha get her camping badge again this year! Check back daily for her quest unlocks.

New for 2018
We've added 2 new quests that will unlock in a row next Friday. Enjoy!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are an incredible TWENTY possible Achievements to earn in the Jr. Bush Whacker 2018 event:

Achievements Returning for 2018:
  • Working Harder - You've helped a Jr. Bush Whacker level up.
  • Power to the People - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker power up.
    • Working Better - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 5.
    • Working Faster - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 10.
    • Working Stronger - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 15.
  • Honorary Jr. Whacker - You completed all 8 enthusiastic Jr. Whacker quests!
  • Won a 'Diamond!' - You got a cardboard diamond. Isn't that awesome? No?
  • Fashion Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Fashion badge.
  • Capitalism Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Capitalism badge. (Cookie selling quest-line)
  • Cooking Badge - You helped Jaidee earn her Cooking Badge.
  • Camping Badge - Help Keisha set up a demo campsite to help other Jr. Whackers get their Camping badges!
  • Tree Planter - You planted 100 trees for Julia during the Junior Bush Whacker event!

Added/Changed for 2018:
  • Jr. Acquisitions - Buy all the 2018 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *

We have 6 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial years:
  • Putting on the Uniform - You got all the player items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Junior Decorating Award - You got all the house items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Jr. Merchandiser - You bought all 11 items from the 2013 Jr. BW Event!
  • Supporting the Cause - Buy all the 2014 Jr. BW Event items.
  • Jr. Shopaholic - Buy all the 2015 Jr. Bush Whacker custom items.
  • Jr. Patron - Buy all the 2016 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Jr. Whacker Wares - Buy all the 2017 Jr. Bush Whacker items.

*The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Jr. Acquisitions achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Pet Packs

New 2018 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)



Share your mentoring success on the forums!

Have a large energy pack! Redeem this code: JRBU-SHWH-ACKS-2018 It will no longer be usable once the event ends!

The event will run until Friday, September 28th at Noon PDT!
September 13th
COTLI: Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 

Going back to school is already rough enough, with all the homework and classes, but throw some demons into the mix and things start to get really complicated!

Wait — who's that? Over in the corner, wearing a leather jacket and looking all broody? Is that our latest Crusader? He's so dark and dreamy! <3

Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 runs until Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Zoraeban, Demonic Angel!

New Tier 3 Crusader: Zoraeban, Demonic Angel

He's part angel, part demon, and all brooding 90s: Zoraeban, Demonic Angel is here to do damage and chew gum - and he's all outta gum. Something of a loner, Zoraeben boasts a leather jacket and an ear stud, and he excels in the corners of the formation.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier One and Two Crusaders by completing their respective Tier One and Two Objectives. Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, and The Exchange Student will be available to unlock while Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 is live!

Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

  • Recruit Zoraeban, Demonic Angel | Zoraeban is right the middle of the formation. Each Crusader adjacent to Zoraeban reduces global DPS by 25% (additive). Reach area 500.

  • Band Practice | Three band members take up slots in the formation, causing various debuffs. These effects change over time or with monsters killed. Reach area 600.

  • Rivalry | Your FIERCEST RIVAL, Delila, spawns randomly. While spawned, Delila reduces all gold found to 0 and speeds up monsters on screen. There can be only one Delila at a time.

  • Take Wing | Only winged Crusaders can be used. Reach area 700.

  • Math Class | Only Crusaders in prime slots may be used (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23). Reach area 750.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Educational Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop all-tier chests. Gear for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Crusaders will only appear in all-tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop.

You'll have until Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm PDT to complete Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3!
September 12th
Idle Champions Event: Brightswords 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Our Champions have arrived in the quaint town of Longsaddle amidst the Brightswords festivities, hoping for some much-needed rest after a full year of touring Chult and the Sword Coast. However, they arrive to find Longsaddle under siege!

An army of Drow have come to the surface from the Underdark seeking a long-lost artifact, and it's a race against time for the Champions to discover it first...

Brightswords is our seventeenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, and the final event of Year One. This event runs until Monday, September 24th at 12:00pm Pacific, and introduces Wulfgar, Human Barbarian and the final member of the Companions of the Hall!

New Champion: Wulfgar

Wulfgar started his life in the north as the flag bearer of the barbarian Tribe of the Elk. He was bested in the assault on Ten-Towns by Bruenor Battlehammer, who decided his punishment would be five years and a day of service. Bruenor grew to love the tall barbarian, eventually seeing him as an adopted son. At the end of his service, Drizzt Do'Urden to taught Wulfgar the ways of combat and Bruenor crafted for him a mighty warhammer, named Aegis-fang. This magical warhammer bears the symbols of three of the Dwarven Gods: Moradin, Clangeddin, and Dumathoin. It is specifically attuned to Wulfgar and magically returns to his hand upon telepathic command.

Wulfgar deals AOE damage that stuns and deals additional damage to armored and stunned enemies. He has additional abilities for each other Companion of the Hall present. When you want to add Wulfgar, Son of Beornegar to your party, you can swap him with Tyril or Barrowin (Slot 10).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Wulfgar dev blog!

Brightswords Variants

  • Little Eyes are Lurking — A pair of Quasits have infiltrated your party, taking up two slots in the formation and causing chaos, making it difficult to work as a team. Every 25 areas they switch positions.

  • Father and Son — Wulfgar and Bruenor have set off alone, on an adventure to catch up after some lost time. Only Bruenor and Wulfgar are available, and both start in your formation. Their damage and cooldowns are dramatically improved.

  • Lolth's Domain — All Drow have the blessing of Lolth. Enemies gain armor and bosses gain additional armor.

Features:

  • Added the Brightswords event, our seventeenth limited-time campaign event! The event runs until Monday, September 24th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Wulfgar, the Human Barbarian.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Tempus' Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!

September 11th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Wulfgar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome to our latest Champion Spotlight design blog!

Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Wulfgar, Son of Beornegar - A Human Barbarian, and a member of the Companions of the Hall!

Wulfgar will be available in our final Year One Event, Brightswords, launching TOMORROW (September 12th)! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest Champion.


How you can unlock Wulfgar:

Wulfgar is unlocked by playing Brightswords, a limited-time event launching on September 12th and running until September 24th. Once you unlock Wulfgar, he swaps with Tyril or Barrowin.

Who is Wulfgar:

Wulfgar is the final piece to the Companions of the Hall team that started with Bruenor in the base game, and continued with the introduction of Catti-brie and Regis as event champions, and Drizzt as an evergreen champion. With Wulfgar as the final Event Champion of Year One, the Companions of the Hall - made famous through R.A. Salvatore's bestselling Legend of Drizzt series - is now complete!

Wulfgar started his life in the north as the flag bearer of the barbarian Tribe of the Elk. He was bested in the assault on Ten-Towns by Bruenor Battlehammer, who decided his punishment would be five years and a day of service. Bruenor grew to love the tall barbarian, eventually seeing him as an adopted son. At the end of his service, Drizzt Do'Urden taught Wulfgar the ways of combat and Bruenor crafted for him a mighty warhammer, named Aegis-fang. This magical warhammer bears the symbols of three of the Dwarven Gods: Moradin, Clangeddin, and Dumathoin. It is specifically attuned to Wulfgar and magically returns to his hand upon telepathic command.

Wulfgar's Design:

We approached Wulfgar as the final piece of the Companions of the Hall formation. We wanted to make sure that he was strong on his own, but when placed with the Companions, the team shines.

Martial Training: We began by looking at his backstory and how he would want to work with all of the companions. Immediately, we landed on his Martial Training ability - the idea that since Drizzt taught him how to fight, he and Drizzt have been able play off each other and capitalize on their combat strategies. Whenever one of them kills an enemy, both of them increase their damage for 10 seconds. As a note, this is a one-time boost that lasts for 10 seconds. If the bonus is already in place and either of them get another kill, it just resets the countdown to 10 seconds.

Barbarian Smash: Wulfgar's base attack is second to none. He jumps out and smashes the nearest GROUP of enemies with a chance to stun them all for 5 seconds. Stuck at your wall and your tank can't take all the attacks? Bring Wulfgar in to help you clear them out. As we continue to talk about his abilities, you'll notice a lot of them deal with stunned enemies. Wulfgar is your expert at stunning, but his abilities will also work against enemies stunned by other Champions. He's like bringing the Xanathar to a Binwin fight. Oh? Too soon? Sorry. . .

Companion Abilities: Everyone knows that the adventuring party is always strongest when they are together, right? Well, we wanted to hammer that idea home with Wulfgar, who has an ability tied to each Companion. If they are in the formation, the ability is active. If they aren't, it isn't.
  • Bruenor: Increases the effect of Bruenor's Rally ability for each stunned enemy.
  • Regis: Stunned enemies drop more gold if Regis is in the formation.
  • Catti-brie: Increases the chance of Catti-brie's critical hit ability against stunned enemies.
  • Drizzt: Because Martial Training wasn't enough Drizzt/Wulfgar buddy cop fun, we also added an ability that increases Drizzt's damage against stunned enemies.

Smash 'n Grab: Wulfgar wields a GIANT magical warhammer that Bruenor created and called Aegis-fang. Not only does it magically reappear in his hand after he throws it, Wulfgar really loves smashing things with it. With his Smash 'n Grab ability, Wulfgar deals more damage against armored enemies. If he does enough damage with his attack to remove a chunk of the hit-based armor, he also increases the damage of all Champions for 10 seconds. This will hopefully help a few more Champions get in on the armor-breaking fun!

Flag Bearer: Wulfgar's damage is increased against stunned enemies. When he stuns an already stunned enemy, all Companion abilities are buffed for the duration of the stun. Acererak should really have thought twice before coming to this plane.

Wulfgar's Specializations:

As noted above, Wulfgar really wants to smash things. If he can't kill them outright he wants to stun them so the rest of the Companions have something to do. His specializations allow you to choose how he maximizes his abilities depending on the formation you have.
His three specialization choices are based on the deity symbols that adorn his mighty warhammer:
  • Clangeddin's Will: Choosing Clangeddin, the dwarven god of war, will increase Wulfgar's damage by 400%
  • Dumathoin's Will: Choosing Dumathoin, the dwarven god of buried secrets, will increase the chance of Wulfgar's attack stunning ALL enemies in the attack area by 10%
  • Moradin's Will: Choosing Moradin, the dwarven god of creation, will increase the duration of Wulfgar's stuns from his Barbarian Smash basic attack by 2 seconds.
Each of these specializations will help you augment how Wulfgar (and the rest of the Companions function in your formation. Try them all out to see which one works best on any given adventure. Don't forget, you can also change your choice mid-game by using a Potion of Specialization.

Wulfgar's Ultimate Attack:


Aegis-fang is unleashed with Wulfgar's ultimate attack. He throws Aegis-fang at the most distant enemy, dealing damage to and stunning all enemies in that line for 10 seconds.


Wulfgar's Equipment



Slot 1: Warhammer
  • Wulfgar's warhammer increases his damage.
Slot 2: Hair Clip
  • Wulfgar's dwarven hair clip shows the weight of his dwarven upbringing, increasing his damage.
Slot 3: Dagger
  • Wulfgar's Dagger increases the effect of Martial Training ability.
Slot 4: Tribe of the Elk Banner
  • Wulfgar's Tribe of the Elk banner increases the effect of his Smash 'n Grab ability.
Slot 5: Dragon Scales
  • The trinkets Wulfgar collected from his battle against Icingdeath increase the damage of his Ultimate Attack.
Slot 6: Wolf Cloak
  • Wulfgar's Wolf Cloak reduces the cooldown on his Ultimate Attack.

TL;DR- Final Wulfgar Thoughts

Wulfgar is the final piece to the Companions of the Hall puzzle. He focuses on stunning enemies he can't outright kill, and buffs the rest of the Companions of the Hall if he (or anyone else) stuns enemies. We're looking forward to seeing what new formations pop up now that he has been introduced! We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well he's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord!

August 23rd
COTLI: Littlefoot's Big Adventure 3 

It's time for another adventure! Once more the Crusaders journey into the wilderness for their annual camping trip, disconnecting from their wi-fi and heading out into the great outdoors. Join Littlefoot and the gang on an outdoor escapade to unlock Rosie the Rocklechaun, our latest tier 3 Crusader!

Littlefoot's Big Adventure 3 runs until Tuesday, September 4th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Rosie the Rocklechaun!

New Tier 3 Crusader: Rosie the Rocklechaun

A small, muscly rock-leprechaun, Rosie the Rocklechaun is a tank support who turns to stone in order to tank damage, massively boosting party DPS in the process and allowing her to be healed up.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier One and Two Crusaders by completing their respective Tier One and Two Objectives. Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, and Beary McBearFace will be available to unlock while Littlefoot's Big Adventure 3 is live!

Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

  • Recruit Rosie the Rocklechaun | Rosie and two rocks take up three slots in the formation. Every 25 areas, Rosie randomly changes spots with one of the rocks. She decreases the damage of adjacent Crusaders by 99.99%. The other rocks are just blockers. Reach area 500.

  • Landslide | Quest requirements are doubled, enemies spawn twice as quickly, deal four times damage, move eight times as fast, and have sixteen times their normal health. Reach area 600.

  • Rock 'n Roll | In non-boss areas, invulnerable rocks spawn and slowly roll towards the formation. If they reach the formation, you wipe and go back an area. Reach area 650.

  • Tank-it to the Limit | Only tanking and healing Crusaders, along with the Bush Whacker, Nate Dragon, and the four other Littlefoot's Big Adventure Event Crusaders, can be used. Reach area 700.

  • Stratification | Reduce the DPS of all Crusaders based on bench seat, with the first slot reduced to 1/4 normal damage, the second slot to 1/16th normal damage, third slot to 1/64th, etc. Reach area 750.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Bigfoot Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop all-tier chests. Gear for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Crusaders will only appear in all-tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop.

You'll have until Tuesday, September 4th at 12:00pm PDT to complete Littlefoot's Big Adventure 3!
August 17th
BW2: Dog Days of Summer 2018 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

The residents of the Commons want to close out summer with a blast! That big old event field sits there empty most of the time anyways. Help them build an awesome temporary pool to chill out beside. Once you've completed all three building quests, the residents will come in and there will be 3 turn-in stations where you can bring Towels, Sunscreen and Life Rings to get event tokens for buying this year's custom items!

Check out the Companion Racing Track once it becomes available, and you'll be able to bet on pet races! You can only win the prizes once per day though.

Later on in the event, you'll need to help an NPC train their unlikely companion to participate in the race!

Nate's New Puppies!
Plus, foster an adorable puppy for Nate. It seems he's accidentally ordered too many dogs (again!!) and needs your help to look after them temporarily. Choose one of the 3 to help him out! Once you equip your dog, Nate has some daily quests for you to do to keep the ball of energy that is your puppy occupied. Love the look of the dog? Permanently adopt it with a simple purchase!



New for 2018!
Can now send Dog Treat Gifts to friends, which contains random energy, mana, power, and something special for the duration of the event. These items do not expire and function like the Wrapped Presents from Christmas.

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are 15 possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2018 event:

Achievements Returning for 2018:
Pool Digger - Build the Pool for the Dog Days event.
Safety First! - Help at each pool-side station during the event.
Safety to the Max! - Help at each pool station 50 times - must first complete "Safety First!"
Doggy Daycare - Complete all the doggy dailies.
Man's Best Friend- Level your doggy pet up to level 10.
Training Day - Complete all the puppy training quests.
Dog Days Race Track - Successfully win 5 bets on the Companion Race Track.
Pro Racer Assesser - Buy all the racer assessment upgrades for the Companion Race Track.
The Plodding Blob - Help Shayla Sharker train her blobfish for the Companion Race Track.

Added/Changed for 2018:
Good Dog Goods - Purchase all the custom items for 2018.*

We have 4 achievements from previous years, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present/didn't earn it during the initial year:
Dog Days Sale - Buy all the custom items and pool items from 2013.
Dog Days Outlet - Buy all the custom items for 2014.
Summer Supplies - Purchase all the custom items for 2015.
Summer Souvenirs - Purchase all the custom items for 2016.
Pool Party Procurer - Purchase all the custom items for 2017.

* The Dog Days Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the achievement, and therefore it is not a required purchase.

Celebrate the end of summer and all things dog on the forums!

The event will run until Friday August 31st at Noon PDT.