September 13th
BW2: Jr. Whacker Event 2019 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.

Another Jr. Whacker is pursuing their Capitalism badge. After you help them achieve that, perhaps they'll try their hand at Socialism?

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 2019
A young student of the bush whacking arts challenges you to whack more than 100 cardboard bushes before the end of the event! This is a challenging quest, and we hope you enjoy it. Note: Quest Odds will not increase the likelihood of these cardboard bushes to appear.

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are an incredible TWENTY TWO possible Achievements to earn in the Jr. Bush Whacker 2019 event:

Achievements Returning for 2019:
  • 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 2019:
  • Jr. Benefactor - Buy all the 2019 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *
  • Cardboard Crusher - Whack all the Cardboard Bushes. *

We have 7 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.
  • Jr. Acquisitions - Buy all the 2018 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *

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

Pet Packs

New 2019 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)



New 2019 Mounts!

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from September 13th to 13th!

The Scouter Moose mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Groovy Moose and Punk Moose are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!



Share your mentoring success on the forums!

Have a large energy pack! Redeem this code: JRBU-SHWH-ACKS-2019 It will no longer be usable once the event ends!

The event will run until Friday, September 27th at Noon PDT!
September 12th
COTLI: Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4 

Heading back to school is the worst. Literally anything is better! Even a full-on invasion by demonic hordes resulting in some kind of 'Schoolhouse Scourge' would be better.

This year it's time to get edgy. You thought we were being edgy last year with our brooding Crusader? Well this new pixie gives no fluffs! Their name is Aphelion, the Distant, and they are definitely too cool for school...

Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4 introduces Aphelion, the Distant and brings back Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, The Exchange Student, and Zoraeban, Demonic Angel. The adventure ends on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 12:00PM Pacific!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Aphelion, the Distant

    "You couldn’t handle my true dark side..."
Don't let the size of this moon pixie fool you — Aphelion is a formidable Support/DPS Crusader. Their Waxing Gibbous increases the DPS of Crusaders at the top and bottom of the formation, and Twilight increases the effect of Waxing Gibbous for each Evil Crusader in the formation.

When it comes to self-DPS buffs, Synchronous Rotation increases Aphelion's DPS for each Crusader affected by Waxing Gibbous, and it gets even better once you unlock Waning Crescent to improve the buff for each Flora Crusader. Jade Rabbit is a straight self-DPS buff, and Lunar Mare increases Aphelion's DPS by the square of all owned Epic or Legendary items(!).

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. Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, The Exchange Student, and Zoraeban, Demonic Angel are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Aphelion, the Distant | Aphelion takes up a slot in the formation. Only Evil Crusaders may be used. If Aphelion dies, the formation wipes.
    Reach area 600.

  • Jock Shock | Only Crusaders whose names begin with 'J', 'O', 'C', or 'K' may be used. Burly fellows attach the formation.
    Reach area 700.

  • After School Club | Four representatives from a variety of after school clubs take up spots in the formation. Did we mention they each have annoying debuffs? They're the worst.
    Reach area 750.

  • High School Recap | From Area 1 to 200 you can only use Tier 1 event Crusaders. From Area 201 to 400 you can only use Tier 2 event Crusaders. From Area 401 to 600 you can only use Tier 3 event Crusaders. From Area 601 to 800 you can only use Tier 4 event Crusaders.
    Reach area 800.
    Note: Starting at Area 801 you cannot use any Crusaders!

  • Supernatural Activities | Only Supernatural Crusaders may be used.
    Reach area 850.


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, 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, September 24th, 2019 at 12:00PM Pacific to complete Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4!
September 4th
Idle Champions: Brightswords 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Seeking rest and respite from a year of adventure, the Champions arrive in the tranquil town of Longsaddle - only to find it under siege!

Drow from the Underdark are on the hunt in Longsaddle for a Harpell artifact, and it's a race against time to find it before they do...

Brightswords 2 introduces Turiel, the Aasimar Cleric. Players will have until Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock him!

New Champion: Turiel

    Wherever the aasimar known as Turiel goes, devils and demons know to tread lightly. Acting on orders of their divine patron, Bahamut, Turiel works tirelessly to bring law, order, and justice to Toril. When not busy with inquisitions or crusades, Turiel calls the endless libraries of Candlekeep their home, studying ancient tomes and seeking guidance for their next holy mission.
Turiel Supports from the front of the formation, with his Embodiment of the Law greatly increasing the damage of Champions the further they are behind him. When you want to add Turiel to your formation, you can swap him with Bruenor (Slot 1).

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

Year One 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 (Slot 10).

For more information about about Wulfgar, check out last year's Idle Champion Spotlight: Wulfgar dev blog!

Year Two Variants

  • Hearty Constitution — Only Champions with a Constitution (CON) score of 14 or higher can be used.
    Reach area 75.

  • Army of Bahamut — Turiel starts out in slot 1 and can't be moved or replaced. Only Lawful or Good Champions can be used.
    Reach area 125.

  • DPS's Day Off — No Champions with the DPS role can be used.
    Reach area 175.

Year One 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.
    Reach area 75.

  • 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.
    Reach area 125.

  • Lolth's Domain — All Drow have the blessing of Lolth. Enemies gain armor and bosses gain additional armor.
    Reach area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

August 16th
BW2: Dog Days of Summer 2019 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 2019!
We've made some minor adjustments to the Companion Race Track betting, in hopes of making it a bit more affordable and predictable.

You can also look forward to a 5th upgrade to the trinket Wally has made for you! With some more glitter, he can improve it from Burnished to Fripperous, which is 5% more effective!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are 16 possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2019 event:

Achievements Returning for 2019:
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 2019:
Dog Toy Takehomes - Purchase all the custom items for 2019.*

We have the following 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.
Good Dog Goods - Purchase all the custom items for 2018.

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

New 2019 Mounts!

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from August 16th to 19th!

The Crocotta mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Exotic Crocotta and Ember Crocotta are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!



The event will run until Friday August 30st at Noon PDT.

Chat about the event and your new puppy companion on the forums!
August 14th
Idle Champions: Ahghairon's Day 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Each year the citizens of Waterdeep celebrate Ahghairon's Day, honoring the first Open Lord of Waterdeep and the founder of the Lords of Waterdeep. Common folk leave violets and effigies at Ahghairon's Tower and the House of Wonder, Lords toast Ahghairon and the Watchful Order, and Guildmasters offer toasts in the name of the Lords.

For this year's festivities, the party has received an assignment from the Open Lord of Waterdeep, Laeral Silverhand — and when the Open Lord calls, you must answer...

Ahghairon's Day 2 introduces Jim Darkmagic, the most famous and powerful wizard from Acquisitions Incorporated. Players will have until Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock Jim!

New Champion: Jim Darkmagic

    James Winifred Darkmagic III is the scion of a mysterious, multi-planar wizarding family. As an entertainer and purveyor of the 'Jim Darkmagic Experience,' the legendary mage can often be found in markets and town squares performing feats of mundane legerdemain. The renown he has earned for these feats is nearly equaled by the reputation that follows him as a Chief Arcanist (and occasional arsonist) for Acquisitions Incorporated.
Jim is a DPS and Support Champion. His Wand of Wonder offers varied Support effects, and his Magic Magic Magic Magic increases the DPS of Champions with magic base attacks. When you want to add Jim to your formation, you can swap him with Minsc (Slot 7).

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

Year One Champion: Ishi Snaggletooth

    Ishi Snaggletooth hails from a warren of Kobolds living in the sewers under Baldur's Gate. Always the type to be more curious than careful, she accidentally stowed away on a ship headed to Port Nyanzaru. There, she met her dear friend, the Firbolg Littlefox. Often shunned by humans, Ishi hopes to prove herself as a true hero however she can. Ishi's biggest claim to fame is the defeat of the known swordsman, Hershel Von Saberburg, and since that day she's touted herself as a renowned duelist to anyone that'll listen to her.
Ishi is always the fastest Champion in your formation. She increases her own damage as well as the party's Gold Find based on the number of non-human members. When you want to add Ishi to your party, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

Year Two Variants

  • Spelling "Bee" — Our Champions continue to struggle to spell "Ahghairon's day". Spelling Bees spawn at random, reducing the DPS of whomever kills them by 90% for 20 seconds. If that Champion kills another Spelling Bee before their debuff expires, the effect stacks and resets the cooldown back to 20 seconds.
    Reach area 75.

  • Magical Misadventure — Only Champions whose base attacks are magical may be used.
    Reach area 125.

  • Center of the Multiverse — Jim Darkmagic starts the adventure in the formation and cannot be moved or swapped out. Only formation slots which Jim considers to be useful to himself may be used (the columns in front of and behind him).
    Reach area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Memory Magic — Two slots in your formation are affected by a magical spell causing all of the bandits to fight for the Eye of Gruumsh spellcaster. These affected slots change every 15 seconds by moving to a random adjacent slot. Heroes in affected slots must concentrate on resisting the magic, so they are unable to attack and all their Formation Abilities are disabled.
    Reach area 75.

  • Orcs Among Us — One, two, or three Powered-up Orc Fighters spawn randomly with each wave. They have triple health, do triple damage, they do not drop any gold, and they do not count toward any quest progress.
    Reach area 125.

  • No Humans Allowed — Ishi has been shunned by humans too many times, and for once she just wants them to see how it feels! You cannot use Human Champions in this variant.
    Reach area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

August 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Jim Darkmagic 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of James "Jim" Winifred Darkmagic III, human wizard and member of Acquisition's Incorporated. Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion releasing later today in Ahghairon's Day Y2!

"Jim" who?

    James Winifred Darkmagic III is the scion of a mysterious, multiplanar wizarding family. As an entertainer and purveyor of the 'Jim Darkmagic Experience,' the legendary mage can often be found in markets and town squares performing feats of mundane legerdemain. The renown he has earned for these feats is nearly equaled by the reputation that follows him as a Chief Arcanist (and occasional arsonist) for Acquisitions Incorporated.
Jim Darkmagic is a founding member of the Acquisitions Incorporated, played by Mike Krahulik. He joins his 'comrades' from the C-Team: Rosie, K'thriss, Donaar, and Walnut.


Jim's Stats


Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Neutral Class: Wizard
Age: 41 Affiliation: Acquisitions Incorporated
STR: 8 DEX: 14 CON: 10
INT: 18 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

To add Jim to your formation, you can swap him with Minsc (Slot 7).

Basic Attack

Jim attacks random enemies with his own brand of magic missiles.

Formation Abilities

  • Magic magic magic magic — Increase the damage of all Champions whose base attacks are magic by 50% (stacks multiplicatively) for each such Champion in the formation.

  • Wand of Wonder — Every 5 attacks, Jim uses their Wand of Wonder. It provides one of four random effects:
    • Slow the target for 15 seconds.
    • Stun the target for 5 seconds.
    • Polymorph the target into an abyssal chicken with very little health or an armored mimic that drops more gold. (this effect cannot affect boss or special creatures).
  • Fan Club — Increase Jim's damage by 50% for each Champion in the column in front of and behind them (stacks multiplicatively).

  • Specializations

    Jim's Specializations allow him to choose which route to focus on, DPS (Darkmagic cheer squad) or Support (Is there an echo in here?)

    • Darkmagic Cheer Squad — This choice will increase the effect of Jim's Fan Club, letting him focus on his own damage.

    • Is There An Echo In Here? — This choice will increase the effect of Magic magic magic magic, allowing him to support his allies more, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Ultimate Attack

      Jim's Magical Maelstrom — Jim attacks all enemies with a showery shower of sparks. You can't miss it!

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

    We're psyched to add Jim to the game, and feel he has a lot to offer the most magical of formations.

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    August 1st
    COTLI: Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 

    Nothing says 'summer' like going on adventures in the wilderness! Join Littlefoot and her entourage of Crusaders who love the great outdoors for another one of Littlefoot's Big Adventures!

    Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 introduces Langley, the Conductor and brings back Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun. The adventure ends on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

    New Tier 4 Crusader: Langley, the Conductor

    Langley is a naturally adventurous person. While on vacation, they came across the rest of the Crusaders and decided to join them on Littlefoot's Big Adventure!

    If you're hoping for extra Gold Find and Support, Langley is here to help! Their Chew Chew ability increases Gold Find for each adjacent Crusader in the formation while also increasing the damage of Crusaders two or more spaces away. Ticket Please and Whistle all the Way increase your Gold Find even more. With My Friend Thomas Langley will throw a toy train at an enemy, causing the monster killed by the train to drop even more gold. Flip the Switch allows formation abilities affecting Langley to also apply to those Crusaders in the column directly behind Langley and All Aboard increases the effect of Chew Chew for each boss area you clear for the first time on the current reset.

    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. Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun are all once again available to unlock!

    New Tier 4 Objectives

    • Recruit Langley, the Conductor | Langley, the Conductor and their friendly train take up slots in the formation. Reach area 600.

    • Back to Nature | Only Animal Crusaders and Littlefoot Crusaders can be used. Reach area 700.

    • Trail Mix | Only 10 bench slots are availiable. The available slots change every 100 areas. Reach area 750.

    • Divergent Evolution | Monsters alternate between being immune to DPS, click damage, and projectiles. Reach area 800.

    • The Lost Grove | Trees gradually take over the formation. Reach area 850.


    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, 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, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4!
    July 24th
    Idle Champions: Midsummer 2 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    Every four years, a special leap year day follows Midsummer between Flamerule 30 and Eleasis 1. Known as Shieldmeet, this special day is celebrated across Faerûn.

    In the city of Waterdeep, Shieldmeet also serves another important purpose. On this auspicious day every four years, the lords of Waterdeep meet with the Open Lord to reaffirm their rule.

    As the Champions arrive in the City of Splendor on Midsummer, the day before Shieldmeet, they are summoned by The Blackstaff, Vajra Safahr. It seems that Open Lord Laeral Silverhand has gone missing...

    Midsummer 2 introduces Shandie Freefoot, the Halfling Rogue and member of the Heroes of Baldur's Gate. Players will have until Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock her!

    New Champion: Shandie Freefoot

      Shandie grew up on the rough streets of the Lower City of Baldur's Gate. She quickly learned that if she wanted to survive, she needed to be fast on her feet and even faster with her wit and weaponry. The first time Shandie saw a bowmaster gracefully launch an arrow into a bull's-eye, she knew she had to master archery. With years of practice under her belt, any opponents underestimating this stealthy halfling will soon realize how dangerous she is as a volley of arrows bear down on them unexpectedly from shadowy corners.
    Shandie is an agile Support Champion. Her Dash ability can increase formation speed, while Explosive Arrows and Agile Allies offer potent formation buffs. When you want to add Shandie to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).

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

    Year One Champion: Xander Cesso

      Fascinated by magic at a young age when he lived in an orphanage, but lacking any ability or proficiency, Xander is not terribly good at much of anything, though something about his adorable clumsiness and childlike wonder anytime magic is being used nearby has been known to inspire those around him. Until recently, he was living on the streets of Waterdeep, scraping together just enough to survive. Now, he is a faithful member of your party, always ready to leap into the fray, even if he doesn't really seem to be able to hit much of anything.
    Xander is a Support Champion. His Lucky Shot ability has a chance to double quest progress, and his Streetwise ability increases the damage of Champions behind him. When you want to add Xander to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

    Year Two Variants

    • Dreams of Grandeur — Jenks really wants to meet Vajra Blackstaff. From Area 12 onward, Jenks takes up a slot in your formation.

    • Stay Back — Only Champions that attack with ranged or magic-based attacks can be used.

    • Haunted Past — Only Neutral, Evil, or Champions with a Dexterity (DEX) score of 15 or higher can be used. Shandie beings the adventure in your formation and cannot be swapped out, moved, or removed. Strahd Vampires that can only be damaged by Shandie randomly spawn in non-boss Areas. Luckily, Shandie will prioritize Strahd Vampires over all others and attack twice as frequently when they are present.

    Year One Variants

    • Waterdeep Escort — The Waterdeep City Watch Officer insists that he accompany you on your adventure. He fills one slot in the formation, and if he is killed, your DPS goes down by 33% every 10 seconds.

    • Drow Deception — The Drow said they were looking for a wizard, but the Champions seem like a more interesting quarry to chase! A Stealthy Drow Pickpocket appears on every level, and if they reach the formation, you fail the area and have to head back to the previous level.

    • Commander Xander — Xander takes the lead as his childhood wishes of becoming a Hero have come true! Champions not adjacent to Xander have a 50% chance to miss whenever they attack (Xander isn't great at command). Those that are adjacent to Xander attack normally. He does enough missing for everyone.

    See the in-game FAQ for more information!

    July 23rd
    Idle Champion Spotlight: Shandie Freefoot 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of Shandie Freefoot, a halfling rogue, and member of Heroes of Baldur's Gate! Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion releasing later today in Midsummer Y2!

    Who is Shandie?

      Shandie grew up on the rough streets of the Lower City of Baldur's Gate. She quickly learned that if she wanted to survive, she needed to be fast on her feet and even faster with her wit and weaponry. The first time Shandie saw a bowmaster gracefully launch an arrow into a bull's-eye, she knew she had to master archery. With years of practice under her belt, any opponents underestimating this stealthy halfling will soon realize how dangerous she is as a volley of arrows bear down on them unexpectedly from shadowy corners.
    Shandie Freefoot is a member of the Heroes of Baldur's Gate, created by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar for the Legends of Baldur's Gate series by IDW. She joins her comrades Boo, Minsc, Delina, and Nerys Kathon as the fifth and second-to-last member of the team to join Idle Champions.

    Shandie's Stats


    Race: Halfling Class: Rogue Alignment: Chaotic Good
    Age: 63 Affiliation: Heroes of Baldur's Gate
    STR: 10 DEX: 18 CON: 15
    INT: 13 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

    To add Shandie to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).


    Basic Attack

    Shandie fires an arrow at a random enemy.

    Formation Abilities

    • Agile Allies — Increase the damage of Champions within 2 slots of Shandie by 100% (multiplicative) for each Champion adjacent to Shandie with a DEX of 15 or higher.
      • For reference that list currently includes: Aila, Birdsong, Black Viper, Calliope, Catti-brie, Xander, Drizzt, Hitch, Ishi, Jarlaxle, K'thriss, Korth, Minsc, Nrakk, Paultin, Regis, Rosie, Qillek, Spurt, Stoki, Tyril, Walnut, Warden, and Zorbu!

    • Dash — Increases the game speed by 25% when the formation hasn't been under attack for 60 seconds. Early levels are quicker to get through with Shandie!

      Note: this will not increase speed beyond the current limit of 10x speed.

    • Explosive Arrow — When the formation is under attack, Shandie fires Alchemist Fire-equipped arrows that explode and increase the damage of Champions in the column in front of Shandie for each enemy hit. Put your DPS Champions in front of Shandie!

    Specializations

    Shandie's Specializations allow her to choose where to double-down her abilities
    • Ranger Training — Select Ranger Training to increase the effect of Dash by 100%. Zoom Zoom.

    • Alchemist's Fire Expertise — Select Alchemist's Fire Expertise to increase the effect of Explosive Arrow by 100%

    • Criminal Contacts — Select Criminal Contacts to increase the effect of Agile Allies by 50% for each Neutral or Evil Champion next to Shandie.

    Ultimate Attack

      Survivalist — Shandie throws smoke grenades and caltrops onto the battlefield, causing enemies to bleed and miss 50% of their attacks for 10 seconds.

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

    Like Deekin from Founder's Day, Shandie is a go-to speed assistant, helping your Champions advance through the early areas quicker. Put her in the center of your formation, and surround her with dextrous friends (see the list above) to maximize her contribution to the formation!

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    July 19th
    BW2: Summer Carnival Event 2019 Edition 
    Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

    Summer Carnival Event 2019

    The Carnival has returned to town! Get ready to play some games, help some Bushwhackian residents and win carnival tokens which you can exchange for cool prizes at the Carnival Event Vendor!

    The Carnival Games

    A staple of any summer carnival or fair, are those devilish carnival games. There are four different games which will unlock over the course of the event and they include "Balloon Popper," "Whack-A-Mole," "Baseball Throw," and "Duck Shoot." Don't worry, there's no skill involved with these games, you play them automatically when you interact with them.

    - It costs 4 carnival tickets to play each game, and you can whack those tickets out of the bushes, or purchase them from Timmy in the Event area for Bush Bucks (30 Salvaged Tickets for 30 Bush Bucks)

    - You receive Carnival Tokens based on how well you do. Now, we're not saying they're rigged in the Carnival's favour or anything, but you'll definitely want to ask your friends to help you rig these games to help you! (Platforms without Friend functionality are balanced accordingly.)

    To get started, the Balloon Popper game is unlocked! As well, it seems William needs your help to satisfy his sweet-tooth!

    A Teleporter to Somewhere...

    The Pandaclaw was wandering around here somewhere....build the teleporter and complete all the quests and get your very own!

    The Dunk Tank

    The dunk tank returns! Can you dunk all 8 helpless Bushwhackian residents? NPCs you haven't dunked yet will have a yellow exclamation mark above their heads, to let you know you still need to send them plunging into the icy waters of the tank! It'll help them all cool off. Plus, the tank is always in need of cleaning, so try to keep up with Katherine's daily Dunk Tank Cleaning quests!

    Clowning Around

    Peat Bog, Pete the Carney's brother has some tasks for you to help him put on a show!

    Testing Your Power

    And how are your Power collection skills? Are you strong enough to win all the bonus prizes? There are 7 strength settings to beat, unlocking as the event goes on as Strong-Whacker Sabine continuously tries to increase the difficulty of her Strong-Whacker Strength Machine Game.

    New for 2019

    Once you complete the teleporter quest line and capture a Pandaclaw, Taban the Teleporter Engineer will offer to change your Pandaclaw companion's appearance, with science! There are two Pandaclaw skins to choose from.

    Event Achievements- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

    There are up to TWENTY possible achievements that can be picked up during the Summer Carnival 2019 event, depending on your game history.

    Achievements Returning in 2019:
    Step Right Up - Win a Prize Token gaming at the Carnival!
    We have a Winner - Win 8 Prize Tokens at once at the Carnival.
    Carnival Ace - Win 8 Prize Tokens at all 4 Carnival Games.
    Gotta Try 'Em All! - Play all four games offered at the Carnival!
    Big Time Bonus Buyer - Purchase 10 Bonus Prize Packs from the Carnival!
    Sweet Tooth - Help William satisfy his Sweet Tooth. Or not.
    Nostalgic Whacker - Repair the teleporter and fulfill your duty…
    Dunk-a-Thon! - Dunk all eight unique Carnival Event dunk-ees!
    Scuba Dunk - Dunk yourself while wearing a hefty diving helmet. (Helmet is found from fishing in the Windy Crest fishing hole.)
    Daredevil Darer - Make Peat Bog risk his life for entertainment 5 extra times. Dunking Devs! - Dunk the four developer Carnival Event dunk-ees!

    Added/Changed for 2019
    Prize Proprietor - Purchase all the 2019 Carnival Event items.*


    * The Circus Elephant Mini Golf Piece is NOT included in the Prize Proprietor achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

    We have 7 achievements from previous years, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

    Carnival Customization - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Carnival
    Party at My Place - Buy all 6 house items from the 2012 Carnival!
    Carnival Collector - Purchase all of the 2013 Carnival event items.
    Carnival Connoisseur - Buy all the 2014 Carnival event items.
    Carni-Value! - Purchase all the 2015 Carnival Event items.
    Carnival Compulsion - Purchase all the 2016 Carnival Event items.
    Cashed Carnival - Purchase all the 2017 Carnival Event items.
    Prized Prizes - Purchase all the 2018 Carnival Event items.

    Pet Packs

    New 2019 Pet Packs (Coming Soon!)



    Post your celebration plans on the forums!

    The event will run until Friday August 2nd at Noon PDT!

    New 2019 Mounts!

    To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from July 19th to July 22nd!

    The Giraffe mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

    The Rainbow Giraffe and Glow Giraffe are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!



    Frequently Asked Questions

    • When will the last quest unlock?
      All quests will be unlocked by the 10th day of the event.

    • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
      There are two vendors. The one in the tent has this year's items. The other is the one with the party hat and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

    • What contributes to my 100% progress?
      You need 200 plays of any combo of the games to get 100%. Just whack up tickets to play the games, and turn in quests to get tickets as well.

    • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
      It helps you rig the game and improve your chances of getting 8 tokens.

    • Do I have to do the achievements?
      No. Completing the goals for the achievements is totally optional. You get either a large energy pack or a title for your character from them, no event progress.

    • Where can I see all the achievements available and how to get them?
      Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

    • Where can I see progress on the Dunking Achievement?
      Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Look for the ones listed above in that list.