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November 27th
Idle Champions: Simril 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Holidays are a time for togetherness; a time to get back together with family and friends and celebrate together. At least, that's what holidays are supposed to be about...

Someone outside Luskan has been pillaging the food stores in advance of this year's Simril celebration. Residents are becoming worried that there may not be enough to last the long Sword Coast winter to come!

Simril 3 introduces Krull, the Tortle Death Cleric of Tiamat from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, and brings back Warden, the corrupted Warforged Warlock, and Dhadius the Scarlet, an arrogant Human Wizard. Players have until Monday, December 9th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Simril 3 unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Krull

New Champion: Krull

    Krull is a death-cleric of Tiamat who swore allegiance to Arkhan the Cruel after being bested by him in combat. He's Arkhan's alchemist, his experimenter, his torturer... Always surrounded by the dead, Krull wears a white painted face mask that makes him look undead in an effort to confuse and strike fear in his opponents.
Krull is a Support and Gold Find Champion, dedicated to serving his master, Arkhan the Cruel. He inflicts plagues on his enemies, debuffing them with various ailments. When you want to add Krull to the formation, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

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

Dungeons & Dragons Warden

Year 2 Champion: Warden

    Forged to be the jailer for a prison filled with eldritch horrors in a faraway land, Warden became corrupted by the monstrosities they sought to keep locked away. Now they journey at the behest of an otherworldly master, seeking souls for the insatiable Dark Hunger to corrupt and feast upon.
Warden is a DPS and Support Champion, corrupted by their Hexblade, the source of their otherworldly strength. At the same time, it is also from this Hexblade that the Elder Evils of Realmspace have laid their claim to Warden, infesting their body with eldritch malignancy. They use their Hex ability to curse enemies, debuffing them and causing them to take additional damage for each stack of the Hex curse they are afflicted with.

When you want to add Warden to your formation, you can swap them with Jamilah (Slot 11).

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

Dungeons & Dragons Dhadius

Year 1 Champion: Dhadius the Scarlet

    Dhadius is a mage of legendary status and acclaim (at least, in his own mind), who sees everyone else as intellectual worms. Being an egomaniac, he seeks out esoteric lore and rare magical secrets, so he may know things that the 'common fools' do not.

    Dhadius hails from Luskan in the north, where he is a member of the Arcane Brotherhood, an infamous group of wizards. He joined them only recently and hasn't been taken as seriously by the others as he thinks he should be. He's determined to let it be known far and wide that he is a wizard to be respected and feared.

Dhadius is an arrogant Wizard and Support Champion. His Skill Empowerment ability increases the damage of nearby Champions - if they are intelligent enough.

When you want to add Dhadius to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

Year Three Variants

  • Spoiled Staples — You'll need barrels if you want to cart all this food back to town before it spoils! At the start of the adventure, two barrels on wagons take up slots in the formation.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Master Plaguebringer — Krull begins in the second column of the formation. He can be moved, but can't be removed from the formation. Non-Plagued enemies deal 100% more damage (additive) and move 10% faster (additive) for each enemy on the screen that doesn't have a Plague on them (including themselves).
    Reach Area 125.

  • The Creeping Chill — Every 5 areas, the temperature drops by 5 degrees. For each change in temperature, the enemies get stronger, increasing their health and damage by 100% (additive).
    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Unlucky Hunters — Local beasts do not take kindly to the Champions trespassing upon their land. Beasts deal increased damage, and their hides are thickened like armor.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Frostbitten — The thickness of the falling snow in outdoor areas increases as the adventure goes on. Champions on the outside of the formation deal less damage the further they go due to the cold weather.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Unspeakable Horrors — Warden begins in your formation. Starting in the first area and continuing every 25 areas after, you lose a formation slot to creeping eldritch horrors. For each tentacle taking up a slot in the formation, Warden's damage is increased.
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Frightful Weather — In areas where it is snowing (excluding boss areas), the party takes damage every second.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Light in the Darkness — Several slots in the formation are taken up by floating magical torches.
    Reach Area 125.

  • A Wise Endeavour — Only champions with a wisdom score of 13 or higher – and of course, Dhadius – may be used.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

November 26th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Krull 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    The malevolent black spire of twisted metal stands before you, ascending hundreds of feet into the crimson sky. Bristling with charred skulls impaled on iron spikes, the tower's apex splits into five narrow spires reaching upwards like a dragon's claws. An Ancient White Dragon colored gray with ash and soot circles the air above the tower. As you approach, the spiked iron portcullis yawns open like the mouth of a dragon.

    Hunched over and wrapped in decaying violet robes, a muscular tortle shambles out of the darkness, flanked on either side by armor-clad undead. The tortle's shell is covered in pyramid-like spikes, each carved with draconic runes. Its face is painted in the visage of a gleaming white skull.

    "If you wish to meet with my master," rasps the tortle, "you will need to convince me first. I am Krull, and I serve the Champion of Tiamat, Arkhan the Cruel. What business do you have here?"

Today we are excited to finally reveal Krull, the Tortle Death Cleric of Tiamat coming this week with our third annual Simril event. Some of you may recognize Krull from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus or from some of the awesome art posted online. Let's dive right in and see how this evil tortle shapes up, shall we?

Who is Krull?


    Krull is a death-cleric of Tiamat who swore allegiance to Arkhan the Cruel after being bested by him in combat. He's Arkhan's alchemist, his experimenter, his torturer... Always surrounded by the dead, Krull wears a white painted face mask that makes him look undead in an effort to confuse and strike fear in his opponents.

II. Krull's Stats

Race: Tortle Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Cleric (Death Domain) Gender: Male
Age: 40 Affiliation: none

STR: 20 DEX: 14 CON: 15
INT: 12 WIS: 20 CHA: 12

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

III. Krull's Design

When it came to designing Krull, we were lucky to have the direct assistance of his creator, Joe Manganiello. Joe really helped us to distill down the essence of who Krull is and what his relationship is like with Arkhan the Cruel, and more importantly, how Krull prefers to operate. This led us down the path of creating a dark and twisted character who specializes in experimentation and creating different plagues while also supporting his master.

Now that his design has come together, Krull is a Support and Gold Find Champion, dedicated to serving his master, Arkhan the Cruel. He inflicts plagues on his enemies that can increase the amount of gold they drop, cause them to take more damage, and cause damage they take to also deal damage to other enemies around them. Krull is potent in formations focused on evil Champions, and is especially powerful when combined with Arkhan the Cruel. When you want to add Krull to the formation, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

IV. Krull's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Krull's Maul/Necrotic Touch — Krull attacks a random enemy with his Maul. Once Draconic Plague is unlocked, this upgrades to Necrotic Touch. At that point, if the enemy he attacks doesn't have all three types of Draconic Plague on them, he infects them with one of the plague strains they do not already have. Otherwise, he adds two stacks to each plague on them (if possible; respecting their individual caps).

Formation Abilities

  • Draconic Plague — Krull applies a draconic plague to the next enemy to spawn. Plagues have a random effect (see below). This ability has a 5 second cooldown. Because of the Virulent Strain ability, enemies can have multiple Plague debuffs on them, including multiple debuffs of the same type. Multiple plague debuffs of the same type stack multiplicatively.

    • Plague: Pilfer — An enemy infected with this plague drops 5% more gold for every 3 seconds it stays alive (additively), capping at 10 stacks (50%). Starts at 1 stack.
      • Enemies drop 5% more gold immediately
      • 10% after 3 seconds
      • 15% after 6 seconds
      • etc.

    • Plague: Pain — An enemy infected with this plague takes 20% more damage every 3 seconds it remains alive (additively), capping at 10 stacks (200%). Starts at 1 stack.
      • Enemies take 20% more damage immediately
      • 40% after 3 seconds
      • 60% after 6 seconds
      • etc.

    • Plague: Traitor — An enemy infected with this plague causes all enemies near it to take damage equal to 10% of the damage it itself receives. This amount is increased for every 3 seconds it remains alive (additively), capping at 10 total stacks (100%). Starts at 1 stack. Does not cascade -- damage caused by Plague: Traitor on other monsters does not trigger it. Note this is very beneficial to Arkhan and other single-target attackers as it provides them with a potential AOE.
      • Nearby enemies take 10% of damage received immediately
      • 20% of damage taken after 3 seconds
      • 30% of damage taken after 6 seconds
      • etc.

  • Virulent Strain — When an enemy with a Plague on it dies there is a 10% chance that its Plague will transfer to another enemy that is not quite so dead. In this way, enemies can have multiple Plague debuffs on them, including multiple debuffs of the same type. Multiple debuffs of the same type stack multiplicatively. This ability is buffed by feats, but not by any normal upgrades or equipment.

  • Arkhan's Army — Krull increases the damage of all "evil" Champions in the formation by 100%. This effect is decreased by 10% (additively) for "each" good Champion in the formation. Buffs to this ability increase both the base buff percentage and the decrease for each "good" Champion.

  • The Master's Call — Krull increases the damage of Arkhan the Cruel by 400%, reduced by 75% (multiplicatively) for each slot away from Arkhan he is greater than one.
    • Examples:
    • 1 slot away = 400%
    • 2 slots away = 100%
    • 3 slots away = 25%
    • etc.

Specializations

  • Plague Focus: Pilfer — Increases the effect of Plague: Pilfer by 100%.

  • Plague Focus: Pain — Increases the effect of Plague: Pain by 100%.

  • Plague Focus: Traitor — Increases the effect of Plague: Traitor by 100%.

Ultimate Ability



Corrupted Ghouls — Krull summons four corrupted ghouls which spawn behind the formation and rush through it towards the nearest enemies. When a ghoul reaches an enemy it explodes, dealing damage in a small radius and leaving behind a pool of necrotic green goo that damages enemies that move through it. These goo pools last for 30 seconds.

V. Krull's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Plague: Pilfer
Slot 3: Plague: Pain
Slot 4: Arkhan's Army
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We've been wanting to include Krull in Idle Champions since the very first time we set our eyes on his character art, and we're excited to have had another chance to work with Joe to bring this heavy metal tortle to life! We hope you like him!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!