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May 27th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (May 2020) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

You asked for more, and so we're giving you more -- MOAR VARIANTS!

Learn more about the latest challenging variants to come to Idle Champions below...


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Grand Tour of the Sword Coast

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • Who Lurks in Lurkwood: Modrons in the Mud
    • Two lost modrons have taken up position around your formation. They're interesting, but they don't do much else. Only Champions with CHA of 14 or lower can be used.
    • Reach area 350.

  • Orcs are Wild: Dino Nightmare
    • Illusory dinosaurs spawn in each area. They drop no gold and do not count towards quest progress. Champion base attack cooldowns are increased by 100%. Asharra, Azaka, Birdsong, and Jamilah each deal 400% more damage and are not affected by the base attack cooldown change.
    • Reach area 350.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Tomb of Annihilation

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • The Forbidden City: Fall From Grace
    • Every 15 seconds, the Champion with the highest damage has their damage reduced by 99.9% for 60 seconds. This effect can stack.
    • Reach area 350.

  • Captured!: Underground Railroad
    • Three slots in the formation are taken up by various slaves who happened to be in the Prisoner Pens with you when you were rescued. Get 'em to safety!
    • Reach area 350.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Vault of Dragons: Vault of Poison
    • The Zhentarim have poisoned their weapons to properly prepare you for Manshoon's arrival. Anyone hit by a Zhentarim Spy is poisoned for the next 2 minutes. While poisoned, Champions lose a percentage of their max health every second based on their CON score.
    • Reach area 300.

  • Champions of Waterdeep: Strike!
    • Champions are demanding better profit sharing after it was discovered that Jarlaxle is running an entire secret organization on the side! Champions with the Gold Find tag cannot be used. Enemies drop 99% less gold.
    • Reach area 300.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus Variants

  • Darkness Runs Deeper: Dark Doppelgangers
    • Every boss area, a Doppelganger disguised as one of your Champions attacks! You must defeat the Doppelganger to advance.
    • Reach area 300.

  • Difficult Terrain: Madcap Adventures
    • Madcaps arrive in each area. If a Madcap deals damage to a Champion, another Madcap immediately spawns. These bloodspawned Madcaps do not drop gold or count towards quest progress. Each time a Madcap is bloodspawned, Champion damage is reduced by 99% for 3 seconds.
    • Reach area 325.


See the in-game Change Log for more information!
May 8th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Jaheira 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A fierce protector of the balance of the natural world, Jaheira is the half-elf fighter/druid coming to Idle Champions with The Great Modron March 3 event.

Some of you may already know the name - perhaps you recognize her from last year's Dungeon Mayhem expansion? Or maybe you played one of the most acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons video games of all time and recruited Jaheira into your party?

If you'd like to learn more about Jaheira, read on...

I. Jaheira

Dungeons & Dragons Jaheira Baldur's Gate

    Jaheira is a noble-born half-elf who was raised by an enclave of druids after her family was killed. Having gained an understanding of balance, she resolved to serve nature with the skills the druids taught her. She was recruited by the Harpers, where she met her late husband, Khalid. Jaheira knows life isn't black and white. She lives in the balance, as nature demands.

Jaheira is a DPS and Support Champion who channels her anger into powerful DPS buffs for herself and her allies. Specializations amplify the abilities based on allied classes and enemy types. When you want to add Jaheira to your formation, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

II. Jaheira's Stats

Race: Half-Elf Alignment:True Neutral
Class: Fighter/Druid Gender: Female
Age: 36 Affiliation: none

STR: 15 DEX: 14 CON: 17
INT: 10 WIS: 14 CHA: 15

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra Safahr


Dungeons & Dragons Jaheira

III. Jaheira's Design

We were inspired by the updated aesthetic design to Jaheira that came with her inclusion in Dungeon Mayhem last year, so much so that we based the Idle Champions version of Jaheira off that look instead of her appearances in the BioWare classics. It just felt right for us. But fear not, Champions. There are still plenty of throwbacks to her Baldur's Gate days.

When it came to Jaheira's mechanical design, well, we knew she was a fierce protector of nature so that's what we went with. Jaheira enrages whenever beasts are being killed, even if it was her hand that killed them. If you kill enough beasts, Jaheira goes into a primal rage, boosting her damage and abilities. She is ideal for adventures with lots of beasts, and depending on the specializations you select, she can be incredibly valuable in fights against humanoids and fiends as well.

There are a lot of beast enemies in Idle Champions, making Jaheira a strong fit for many formations, but in the event that your adventure doesn't include beasts you can choose a specialization for this fighter/druid that swaps beasts for fiends or humanoids.

IV. Jaheira's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Tangling Scimitar — Jaheira attacks the nearest enemy with her scimitar, briefly rooting them in place with some vines.
    Note: this does not stop enemies from attacking, it only stops them from moving toward the formation.

Formation Abilities

  • Fierce Protector — Jaheira goes into a rage whenever she sees a Beast enemy die (even if she herself is the one who killed it). This increases her damage by 400% and increases the effect of Class Warfare by 100% for 10 seconds.
  • Battle Rage — Jaheira keeps track of the number of enemies killed that she is a Fierce Protector of. After 20 protected enemies have been killed she flies into a Battle Rage, increasing the effects of Fierce Protector by 200% for 30 seconds. This ability is not buffed by anything. Once Lingering Anger is unlocked, when the effect expires she gains one stack of Lingering Anger.
  • Lingering Anger — Jaheira increases the damage of all Champions, including herself, by 10% for each stack of Lingering Anger she has, stacking additively. This ability is buffed by equipment and upgrades.
  • Unity — Increase the effect of Class Warfare by 100% for each Champion affected by it, stacking multiplicatively. This ability is not buffed by anything.

First Specializations

  • Class Warfare - Spellslingers — Jaheira increases the damage of Clerics, Wizards, Sorcerers, and Warlocks by 100%.
  • Class Warfare - Bruisers — Jaheira increases the damage of Barbarians, Fighters, Rogues and Monks by 100%.
  • Class Warfare - Hybrids — Jaheira increases the damage of Paladins, Rangers, Druids, and Bards by 100%.

Second Specializations

  • Protective - Nature — Jaheira continues to be a Fierce Protector of Beast creatures.
  • Protective - Twisted Creatures — Jaheira's Fierce Protector and Battle Rage ability now trigger off of Fiend creatures instead of Beasts.
  • Protective - Civilization — Jaheira's Fierce Protector and Battle Rage ability now trigger off of Humanoid creatures instead of Beasts.

Ultimate Ability

  • Insect Plague — Jaheira blankets the area in front of the party with a swarm of insects for 30 seconds, dealing a small amount of damage to all enemies within the swarm every half-second.

V. Jaheira's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Class Warfare
Slot 4: Lingering Damage
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Jaheira? If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
May 6th
Idle Champions: Dragon Heist, Part 8 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions have made powerful enemies in Waterdeep.

Returning home triumphant following their exploits in the Vault of Dragons, the Champions discover their enemies have been there before them - the Xanathar has kidnapped Ulkoria Stonemarrow and taken her to Undermountain.

Their ally in danger, the Champions meet with their old friend Durnan and descend into the Yawning Portal.

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Dragon Heist Adventures, Vault of Dragons and Champions of Waterdeep, in order to access these new Adventures.

Dungeons & Dragons Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Once More Into The Breach

An ally has been taken, and in order to save them the Champions will need to descend once more into Undermountain.
  • Twice More Into The Breach — Each boss needs to be defeated twice to advance. Only Champions with WIS of 12 or lower can be used.
    Reach Area 275.

Wyllowwood

The Champions need to convince the Wyllow of Wyllowwood to help them to find their ally, but the Githyanki have other plans.
  • Displaced Anger — Wyllow's Displacer Beast companion Crissann arrives at every boss level, intent on stopping us from destroying Wyllowwood. The Displacer Beast is tough to hit. When it first spawns, each attack has a 1% chance of hitting. With each attack, your team gets better at finding the Displacer Beast's true location.
    Reach Area 275.
See the in-game Change Log for more information!
April 21st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Krydle 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A citizen of Baldur's Gate, a charming half-elf Rogue with a heart of gold, we are pleased to announce that Krydle is making his official debut on Idle Champions.

Read on to learn all about Krydle...

I. Krydle

Dungeons & Dragons Krydle

    A Charismatic Leader, a dashing thief and poet, Krydle is the quintessential rogue with a heart of gold. A resident of Baldur's Gate, Krydle rejects the upper city political machinations of his estranged father Coran, but nevertheless has familiarity of the city's nobles and their schemes, as well those of the city's criminal network. Certainly a handy chap to know...

Krydle is a DPS and Support Champion. His legendary charm buffs other Champions based on their charisma, and his Thieves Cant ability amplifies this buff for each Rogue in the party. When you want to add Krydle to your formation, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).

II. Krydle's Stats

Race: Half Elf Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Rogue Gender: Male
Age: 36 Affiliation: Baldur's Gate

STR: 14 DEX: 17 CON: 15
INT: 13 WIS: 11 CHA: 16

Role: Support, DPS
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich


Dungeons & Dragons Krydle

III. Designing Krydle

We were thrilled to collaborate with Jim Zub and his vision of Krydle, as seen in the Legends Baldur's Gate comics, to bring him to Idle Champions.

We wanted his abilities to reflect his natural charm as a charismatic leader, but leaning towards his support role as we have Minsc and Delina already in the DPS role for the Baldur's Gate crowd. With this in mind, he buffs the back of the formation with his From the Shadows ability, and his charisma assists the party as a whole with his Charismatic Leader ability.

Another important aspect of Krydle's identity is his roguish side and rejection of his nobility, with this in mind we created his Thieves Cant ability to buff rogues even further - acknowledging him as a prince in the criminal world. Many of his friends and allies, like Shandie, Minsc, and Delina are already in Idle Champions and he looks forward to joining them in more adventures.

IV. Krydle's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Reverse Pickpocket — Krydle attacks a random enemy with his daggers. While doing so, he reverse pick-pockets a smokepowder bomb onto their person, which explodes for extra damage after 3 seconds if the enemy is not killed in the meantime.

Formation Abilities

  • From The Shadows — Increase the damage of all Champions in the back two columns of the formation by 100%; this effect is doubled on Heroes of Baldur's Gate, including Krydle himself.
  • Charismatic Leader — Krydle provides buffs based on the CHA scores of other Champions in the formation:
    • Lead With Flair — Krydle's damage is increased by 100% for each Champion in the formation with a CHA score of 12-16, stacking multiplicatively. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.
    • Wild Cards — Krydle increases the damage of Champions with a CHA score of 11 and lower or 17 and higher by 200%
  • Thieves Cant — Increase the effect of Charismatic Leader by 100% for each Rogue in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Specializations

    • Close Up Magic — Increases the effect of Charismatic Leader: Lead With Flair by 200%.
    • Training Camp — Increase the effect of Charismatic Leader: Wild Cards by 200%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Distracted Strike — Krydle appears from the shadows behind a random enemy and brutally backstabs it for massive damage. The damage of this attack is increased by 200% for each Hero of Baldur's Gate in the formation (stacking multiplicatively).

V. Krydle's Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: From the Shadows
Slot 4: Charismatic Leader
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Krydle? Will he fit into any of your formations? Let us know your thoughts, your musings, so that we may ponder them! If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
April 15th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The holy city of Elturel has been pulled into the first layer of the Nine Hells, and now floats anchored above the River Styx held in place by massive infernal chains.

Guided by Lulu the hollyphant, our Champions rally in the ruins of High Hall, seeking a way to save Elturel's survivors while besieged on all sides by the forces of darkness.

Welcome to Avernus...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, The Darkness Runs Deeper and Difficult Terrain, in order to access these new Adventures.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

Descent into Avernus Map

In order to access the new adventures and variants, you will need to switch from the Sword Coast map to the Avernus map. Once unlocked, you can find the Avernus map in the bottom-right corner of the Sword Coast map. Clicking on the green button in the very bottom-right corner will transport you to Avernus.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

Elturel Has Fallen

The Champions arrive in Avernus to find the holy city of Elturel in chaos, as dark forces begin to overwhelm the city's defenses...
  • Variant: Everything is Awful — In Avernus, the food tastes like ash, the water tastes like bile, and the wine tastes like spoiled milk. But Champions need to eat! Only Champions with CON of 15+ can be used. Every 5 areas, Celeste urges the Champions to eat or drink. For the next 5 areas, the Champions are afflicted by the demoralization of forcing horrible tasting food and drink down:
    • Food tastes like Ash: The Base Attack Cooldown of all Champions is doubled.
    • Water tastes like Bile: Enemies move 20% faster and deal 200% more damage.
    • Wine tastes like Spoiled Milk: Champions collect 99% less gold.
    Reach area 250.

Resolve Amongst Chaos

Survivors of Elturel's descent into Avernus are taking refuge in the High Hall.
  • Variant: All You Know Is Wrong — Things in Avernus don't work the way they should. That much is clear. Whenever a non-boss creature dies, there is a chance they immediately respawn as a Relentless Ghoul. When they are killed, Relentless Ghouls don't disappear (nor do they spawn an additional Relentless Ghoul). Instead, after 5 seconds, they get back up and start attacking again. They do not drop gold, or count towards quest progress.
    Reach area 275.


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
March 30th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Melf 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today's Idle Champion Spotlight is a bit special for us. We are always honored to be able to include legacy characters in Idle Champions, most recently with Artemis Entreri, and before that with the Companions of the Hall. Today we are very excited to introduce you all to Prince Brightflame, better known as Melf, an elven Fighter/Wizard created and played by Luke Gygax, son of one of the co-creators of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax.

Yes, THAT Melf! Creator of such spells as Melf's Acid Arrow and Melf's Minute Meteors.

We had our work cut out for us - but at the same time, we were blessed with the opportunity to work with Luke to bring his lifelong D&D character to life! Would you like to know more? Read on...

I. Prince Brightflame

Dungeons & Dragons Melf

    Born into the royal family of Celene, he assumed the simple name of Melf eschewing a life of comfort as a noble to study the arcane arts and train as a swordsman. He delved in the dungeons of Castle Greyhawk, the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth and many other harrowing places honing his skills, knowledge and amassing powerful magic items. Melf sees himself as a weapon of weal hurtling toward the heart of the darkest evils in the realm. He is opinionated and has a touch of conceit that he is blissfully ignorant of possessing.

Melf is a Fighter and Wizard Support Champion. His legendary spellbook is filled with versatile Support Spells, offering a variety of potential damage buffs and speed boosts. When you want to add Melf to your formation, you can swap him with Arkhan (Slot 12).

II. Melf's Stats

Race: Elf Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Fighter/Wizard Gender: Male
Age: 210 Affiliation: none

STR: 17 DEX: 15 CON: 14
INT: 19 WIS: 11 CHA: 10

Role: Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich


Dungeons & Dragons Melf

III. Designing Melf

Having the opportunity to bring Melf into Idle Champions was a real treat for us at Codename Entertainment. Not just because we were bringing a legendary character from Dungeons & Dragon's past into the spotlight, but because we try to work directly with the creators of each character whenever possible. This time around, we got to work closely with Luke Gygax!

Luke was excited to hop on board and help us out, and he would regale us with tales of Melf, telling stories about playing Dungeons & Dragons as a child with his father as his Dungeon Master. To the rest of the world, Gary Gygax is the icon who helped to create the greatest role-playing game of all time. But to Luke? He was playing D&D with his Dad, who just happened to be 'the' Gary Gygax.

Over the course of our conversations and email exchanges Luke shared stories with us about how each of Melf's items came to be in his possession, often in incredible detail despite the events having occurred during games in his childhood. Melf has been a character for a long time, and Luke still has all of his character sheets, some of them written completely out on lined paper decades ago. Wow!

So what does all that leave us with? Well, we honed in on some of Melf's legendary artifacts and spells, choosing to craft for him an extremely versatile set of formation abilities that can be tailored to a variety of formations and situations. Melf's Adaptive Support Spell and Melf's Augmented Support Spell help you to refine your DPS buffs in a way that best works for you. At the same time, Melf's Speedy Supplement offers a mix of options for increasing the speed at which you complete adventures and variants.

Melf's legendary weapon, Zagyg's Needle, starts off being his Basic Attack, but once you combine it with his Ultimate Ability, Melf's Minute Meteors, things really start to get interesting, adding massive damage and AoE to Melf's attacks.

At this point you might be asking yourself, "Where is Melf's Acid Arrow?" -- but if you look closely, you'll find it ;)

IV. Melf's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Zagyg’s Needle — Melf leaps out and attacks the nearest enemy with his magic spear. If Melf has any Minute Meteors active, he fires one at a random enemy as well.

Formation Abilities

  • Melf's Adaptive Support Spell — Melf creates a new spell to assist the formation. He customizes it based on the Champions in the formation and where Melf is placed within it. It increases the damage of Champions adjacent to Melf by 100% and that value is augmented based on some other parameters, each of which applies multiplicatively.
    • If there is another Elf (aside from Melf) in the formation, increase the effect by 50%.
    • Increase the range by 2 if Melf is not in the front-most or rear-most columns in the formation (affects all champions within 3 slots).
    • Increase the effect by 10% for each unique race in the formation.
    This ability is buffed by upgrades and equipment (buffs apply to the final calculated value, not the individual increases).
  • Melf's Augmented Support Spell — Melf augments his Adaptive Support Spell for each Champion it affects.
    • Increase the effect by 50% on the non-dominant gender in the formation (applies to non-binary champions all the time).
    • Increase the effect by 50% for each slot away from Melf a Champion is (multiplicatively)
  • Melf's Speedy Supplement — Melf provides one of the following effects at random. A new effect is chosen at random every 50 areas (though it could pick the same one multiple times in a row).
    • Increase chance to spawn an additional enemy with each wave by 25%.
    • Increase enemy spawn speed by 25%.
    • Increase chance of double quest drops by 25%.
    This ability is buffed by equipment; note if the chance of double quest drops gets above 100% it will then always cause double quest drops with a chance to cause triple quest drops, etc. Likewise with spawning additional enemies with each wave.
  • Melf's Righteous Determination — Melf knows exactly what evil is. Whenever an enemy spawns it has a 50% chance of being deemed "evil" by Melf. Enemies that are deemed evil take 100% more damage from all Ultimate attacks.

Specializations

  • Bonus Adaption — Increases the effect of Melf's Adaptive Support Spell by 100%.
  • Extra Supplements — Increase the effect of Melf's Speedy Supplement by 100%.
  • Absolute Righteousness — Increase the effect of Melf's Righteous Determination by 100%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Melf's Minute Meteors — Melf summons six Minute Meteors that float around him. They are fired when he attacks normally and deal BUD-based damage to all enemies in a small area.

V. Melf's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Adaptive Support Spell
Slot 4: Speedy Supplement
Slot 5: Righteous Determination
Slot 6: Ultimate Damage

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Melf? Will he fit into any of your formations? Let us know your thoughts, that we may flay them! If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
March 25th
Idle Champions: v1.0 & Spring Extravaganza 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?
    “With your help we expect to go to full launch in three to six months from Early Access launch.”

~Idle Champions, September 2017


Looking back, we were pretty ambitious in thinking that we would be able to fully develop all the features we were planning for Idle Champions within six months of launching on Steam. Since then we have expanded upon our vision, developing features that are the foundation for a long term live service game. It has been a long journey to get to this point, and we are eternally thankful to the community and the team here at CNE for helping us to get to this point. Thank you!

The time has come to leave Early Access, and to officially launch Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms v1.0!

If you're interested in learning more about what's coming with today's update, you've come to the right place...

Table of Contents


Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza

Spring Extravaganza

With the launch of Idle Champions v1.0 we wanted to have a bit of a celebration. We decided upon doing something similar to our Second Anniversary Celebration, with daily rewards you can claim once each 24-hours. Players who claim rewards on at least four days will be able to earn exclusive rewards!

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza Daily Rewards

Daily Rewards

Each daily chest grants you four awesome items, hand-picked by the team here at Codename Entertainment to help you in your adventures.

These rewards are unlocked once you have claimed at least four days worth of rewards during the Spring Extravaganza.

  • Exclusive "Champion Minsc" Skin
  • A Rare "+1 CON" Feat for Celeste
  • 5 Gold Chests

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza General Updates

General Updates

Today's update includes a number of changes to Idle Champions, some of which we expect to create significant changes to the meta, including: a Formation Saves update, changes to Ultimate ability balance, a Champion Balance update, and a Level Soft Cap Increase.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza Formation Saves

Formation Saves Update

For a while now, we received requests to expand the ability to save formations from our current three save slots to reflect the changes in formations needed over the course of a run, and also allow for more flexibility to try new formation combinations.

Today we have increased the number of formations you can save from 3 to 50(!), and included an updated UI to allow players to better track individual saved formations for each of their campaigns.

For more information, including our Formation Saves FAQ, check out our Formation Saves Update Dev Blog.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza Ultimate Balance

Ultimate Balance Changes

Ultimate attacks will no longer have their damage increased by debuffs on enemies.

Affected abilities include, but may not be limited to: Minsc's "Go for the Eyes!" (ultimate debuff portion), Gromma's "Spiked Shell", Strix's "Poor Hygiene", Catti-brie's "Mark for Death", Donaar's "Command: Flee", Warden's "Hex", Aila's "Storm Soul/Storm Aura", Spurt's "Wa-speration: Skunky", Krull's "Plague: Pain", Minsc's "Favored Enemies", and Regis' "Ruby Weakness".

For information on the rationale behind these changes, check out our Champion Balance Update (March 2020) Dev Blog or the in-game Change Log.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza Champion Balance

Champion Balance Update

Today's update sees updates to the remaining Champions not included in last year's update to Year One Champion Balance update. Champions included in this review are Deekin Scalesinger, Ishi Snaggletooth, Dhadius the Scarlet, Krond, Hitch, Birdsong, Barrowin Undurr, Strix Beestinger, and Azaka Stormfang. Two of these Champions, Gromma and Azaka, received little-to-no changes; we are keeping our eyes on how the anticipated meta shift with this update affects these two, and we may make changes to them in the future.

For Detailed information on these changes, check out our Champion Balance Update (March 2020) Dev Blog or the in-game Change Log.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza New Patron Strahd von Zarovich

New Patron: Strahd von Zarovich

Another Patron has arrived! Count Strahd von Zarovich joins Mirt the Moneylender and The Blackstaff, Vajra Safahr, as the third Patron in Idle Champions. Those seeking to serve the Lord of Castle Ravenloft will need to unlock at least 40 Champions (including Core and Evergreen Champions) and complete the Towering Expectations adventure in the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast campaign. Once these criteria are met, players can spend 10 Rare Bounty Contracts and 20 Silver Chests to unlock Strahd von Zarovich as a Patron!

Strahd suffers no fools to run his errands. With Strahd as your Patron, only Champions with an INT score of 13+ can be used.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza New Patron Strahd von Zarovich Familiars

New Patron Familiars

New Familiars have appeared in the Patron Shops! Complete weekly challenges and Patron variants for Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, or Strahd von Zarovich to earn your Flameskull, Spider, or Toy Werewolf Familiars.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza New Patron Strahd von Zarovich Skins

New Patron Skins

Champions who find themselves in service of Strahd von Zarovich will have access to unique rewards, including the Vistani Regis Skin and the Vampire Catti-brie Skin through the Patron Shop.

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Extravaganza New DLC

New DLC Packs

Two new DLC Packs are now available!

The Shade Artemis Skin & Feat Pack unlocks the Artemis Shade Skin, the ‘Part Shade’ Epic Feat, 7 Gold Artemis Chests, and a Potion of Polish. It will also unlock the Artemis Entreri Champion if you don't already have them.

The Iron Pup Familiar Pack will unlock the Iron Pup Familiar, an assortment of epic potions and contracts, and two Potions of Polish.


Feedback Wanted!

These changes are scheduled to go live at approximately 9:00AM PDT on Wednesday, March 25th. We very much look forward to your feedback, so please let us know what you think in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, a post on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

Enjoy :)
March 24th
Dev Blog: Champion Balance Update (March 2020) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Since July of last year we've had an item on our 'to-do list' that we've been pushing further and further back. First it was to make room in our development schedule for Feats, then came Patrons, followed by Patron Challenges & Advanced Effects Descriptions, Updated Time Gates, and Offline Progress.

It has been a busy 8 months! But we never forgot about finishing our balance update for our remaining Year One Champions, and today we're going to talk about the updates to those Champions coming with our v1.0 Launch / Spring Extravaganza Update tomorrow. This blog ended up being a bit of a longer one, so we've included a Table of Contents for you to browse.

Would you like to know more? Read on!

Table of Contents


General Updates

As many players may be aware, Champions with debuff abilities are quite powerful in the current meta because they allow you to double-dip on their debuffs when you use ultimate attacks. Champions' base attacks take into account the debuff in their damage and thus that increased damage determines your BUD. When you use an ultimate attack it uses the BUD value for the damage and then applies the debuff again, allowing debuffs to double dip, something that regular formation buffs do not do. Unfortunately this is something that we feel needs to change, as it means that debuff Champions are simply too powerful compared to their non-debuffing counterparts. The biggest change in this patch is that debuffs will no longer apply to ultimate attacks. They will still apply to base attacks, and so still influence BUD just like normal formation abilities do, but ultimates will no longer double dip. This will not affect the BUD that players can obtain, but will affect the top area that players can grind to as ultimate damage may be drastically reduced. We will continue to monitor the results of this change over the coming days and weeks and take action to offset the lost progress if necessary.

Ultimate Damage Change

Ultimate attacks will no longer have their damage increased by debuffs on enemies. Affected abilities include, but may not be limited to: Minsc's "Go for the Eyes!" (ultimate debuff portion), Gromma's "Spiked Shell", Strix's "Poor Hygiene", Catti-brie's "Mark for Death", Donaar's "Command: Flee", Warden's "Hex", Aila's "Storm Soul/Storm Aura", Spurt's "Wa-speration: Skunky", Krull's "Plague: Pain", Minsc's "Favored Enemies", and Regis' "Ruby Weakness".

Level 'Soft Cap' Increase

New upgrades have been added for all Champions, increasing the soft cap to approximately e62/e63 gold.

Champion Updates

Dungeons & Dragons Deekin Scalesinger

Deekin Scalesinger

Deekin's Story of Doom stacked a little differently from other support Champions so we tweaked how buffs apply to it to bring him more in line with the others. This necessitated a rebalance of all of his Story of Doom upgrades, so he should come out a little ahead of where he used to be with average gear levels. We also expanded his speed-up abilities through a new specialization choice and feat.
  • Buffs to Story of Doom now apply to the post-stack value instead of the pre-stack value.
  • Upgrades for Story of Doom have been rebalanced given the above change.
  • The Epic Tale of Little Kobold specialization now increases the effect of "Story of Doom" by 100%, up from 50%.
  • Added new specialization choice, Boss Wants Speed, which increases the effect of Confidence in the Boss by 100%.
  • Added a new Feat to increase the effect of Confidence in the Boss.

Dungeons & Dragons Gromma Nander

Gromma Nander

No changes to Gromma this go-round as she was already tweaked somewhat recently in the Tanking Healing & Shielding Update and sees decent usage (though we will watch the effects of the ultimate damage change and tweak things accordingly).


Dungeons & Dragons Ishi Snaggletooth

Ishi Snaggletooth

We've shown Ishi a lot of love with boosts to her DPS and gold find. Some of her abilities that used to stack additively now stack multiplicatively, really rewarding you for building a non-human focused formation. We removed her two gold find-related specializations and replaced them with a single ability that boosts her gold find when she gets a killing blow. We've also updated her Friends to X specializations with new races, increasing her synergy possibilities.
  • The Monsters Are People Too! ability now stacks multiplicatively instead of additively and we have increased the base stack size to 100%, up from 25%.
  • Increased the base effect of Let's Find Some Treasure, however this ability continues to stack additively.
  • The specializations Wait for it! and Clear 'em out! have been removed
    • Upgrades for the above specialization have been removed.
  • Added a new ability, Treasure Hunter, which increases the effect of Let's Find Some Treasure for 5 seconds after Ishi gets a killing blow.
  • Added new races to the Friends to X specializations.
  • The Friends to X specializations now stack multiplicatively.
  • The gear in slot 2 which increased Global DPS now increases Ishi's DPS.
  • Ishi's self DPS upgrades have been redistributed.

Dungeons & Dragons Dhadius the Scarlet

Dhadius the Scarlet

Dhadius got both some DPS and Support tweaks. A properly utilized Dhadius should excel at buffing high intellect, magic using Champions, with even his buffs now varying over time based on his trademark Practice Makes Perfect ability.
  • Added a new ability, Together In Magic, which increases the effect of Skill Empowerment on Champions with a magic base attack.
  • The Empowered Orbs specialization now also increases Dhadius' damage by 400%.
  • The Empowered Empowerment specialization now also increases the effect of Skill Empowerment by 50% for each stack of Practice Makes Perfect that is active.
  • The Chromatic Specialist upgrade no longer requires the Empowered Orbs specialization, so Dhadius will now more often cast the same elemental orbs in a row regardless of specialization choice.
  • Dhadius' self DPS upgrades have been rebalanced.

Dungeons & Dragons Krond

Krond

Krond was already a pretty powerful evil damage dealer, thanks to his earlier rebalance when his event re-ran again in year 2 and the addition of more strong or evil Champions over the past year. We've made some small tweaks, but nothing major.
  • Updated the advanced effect display of Survival of the Fittest to reflect that upgrades and equipment apply to the pre-stack multiplier value (a rare occurrence in the current meta).
  • Updated the Cantrip: Shocking Grasp specialization to also stun the affected target for 3 seconds.
  • Reduced the damage multiplier of the individual Cantrip: Fire Bolt fire bolts so that Cantrip: Shocking Grasp may be a superior choice vs. individual enemies.

Dungeons & Dragons Hitch

Hitch

As the least-recently created Champion in the rebalance, Hitch needed quite a bit of love. While his Friendly ability was invaluable in the meta in the past he has fallen out of favor more recently. With that in mind we've completely redone his dagger throwing ability and added some big buffing power there that ramps up in certain situations. Since we want this new Hitch to focus on buffing others, we've removed his DPS tag and reorganized some of his equipment buffs and feats in order to emphasize his support role.
  • Renamed Friendly to Natural Performer.
  • Added a new ability, Ricochet, which gives Hitch's thrown daggers a chance to bounce off of their target and hit another target. Each time they do Hitch increases the effect of the "Natural Performer" ability. This effect can stack with each ricochet and the stacks degrade naturally over time. Due to years of intense practice (and some DM hand-waving), daggers can ricochet off of an enemy and then strike the same enemy again. There are buffs to this ability that increase both its ricochet chance and the bonus it provides.
  • Replaced Hitch's self DPS feats with ones that increase the damage bonus from Ricochet.
  • Added a new Feat that increases the odds of the Ricochet ability proc'ing.
  • Added a new epic Feat that increases the number of daggers thrown.
  • Removed many upgrades that increase the number of daggers thrown.
  • Removed DPS tag.
  • Changed the effect of Hitch's slot 1 and slot 2 equipment (to Buff Ricochet Damage Bonus and Global DPS respectively).

Dungeons & Dragons Birdsong

Birdsong

Birdsong is one of my personal favorite Champions, so I wanted to make sure that we addressed some of her long-standing issues in this update. The main issue she has is that while she's a decent buffer, her Song of Victory stacks are very difficult to consistently keep up, especially if she's not also your main damage dealer. To fix this we've added new specialization choices that add a secondary trigger for Tempo of Victory, each tuned with a certain situation in mind. Now even if Birdsong isn't your primary damage dealer she can keep her song-based-buff going long and loud. We've also given her upgrades some love to make sure she can stand tall as either a primary DPS option or a powerful support Champion.
  • Individual stacks of Tempo of Victory are now multiplicative with each other instead of additive, and buffs to this ability apply to the post-stack multiplier.
  • Added a new set of specializations:
    • The new Soloist specialization increases Birdsong's damage by 400% and increases the base cooldown of Tempo of Victory stacks to 60 seconds.
    • The new Concertino specialization causes Tempo of Victory stacks to also be triggered when any Champion affected by Song of Battle (including Birdsong) gets a kill. Stacks triggered in this way last for at least 10 seconds.
    • The new Crescendo specialization causes Tempo of Victory stacks to also be triggered when any Champion affected by Song of Battle (including Birdsong) attacks a boss enemy. Stacks triggered in this way last for at least 5 seconds.
  • None of these specializations affect the fact that Birdsong getting a kill will continue to trigger a stack of Tempo of Victory that lasts for at least 15 seconds.
  • Added a new feat that buffs Tempo of Victory.
  • Birdsong's slot 2 gear now buffs Tempo of Victory.
  • Birdsong's upgrades have been rebalanced to increase both her buffing ability and her self damage, including new buffs for Song of Battle and global damage.

Dungeons & Dragons Barrowin Undurr

Barrowin Undurr

As one of our earliest "OP" champions, Barrowin's power has waned over time as we've tried one thing or another to fix her. She also suffers from being in the same slot as some powerhouse Champions that see a lot more use than she does. We've decided to double down on the niche that we want Barrowin to fill: the best support in the game for Champions that attack very very slowly. We've completely redesigned her Blessed Hammer ability in a way that directly emphasizes this core design, and given her a number of other small buffs as well.
  • Barrowin's Blessed Hammer ability now statically buffs adjacent Champions based on the differential between her attack speed as theirs, causing Champions with slower attacks to receive a much larger buff.
  • Barrowin's Healing Word ability will now buff Tank Champions in the column in front of her by half its normal amount.
  • Barrowin's Even Temper ability will now trigger whenever any ally that is eligible for Healing Word is attacked (Champions in the same column or Tank Champions in the column ahead of her).
  • Barrowin's ultimate now increases her attack speed by 2 seconds for 15 seconds following its use.
  • Barrowin's base attack speed has been adjusted.
  • Added a new Feat that reduces Barrowin's base attack speed.
  • Rebalanced all buffs to Blessed Hammer.

Dungeons & Dragons Strix Beestinger

Strix Beestinger

We expanded upon Strix's "Haunted" ability in order to increase her buffing ability in certain situations. If your team is having trouble defeating a boss, why not turn all those wipes into a good thing?
  • Strix's Haunted ability will now persist its stacks through area changes, and can add multiple stacks for the same Champion if they are killed multiple times during an adventure.
  • Strix's existing specializations have been completely removed and replaced with three new options.
    • Added Anxious Fireballs specialization which increases Strix's base attack cooldown by 2 seconds and her damage by 300%.
    • Added Echoes of the Past specialization which increases the effect of Haunted by 200%.
    • Added Smelly Lunch specialization which increases the effect of Poor Hygiene by 100%.
  • Updated Strix's upgrades (for Haunted, Poor Hygiene, Global DPS, and Self DPS).

Dungeons & Dragons Azaka Stormfang

Azaka Stormfang

No changes to Azaka at this time. We were hesitant to do too much too quickly; the ultimate changes will be a big adjustment in this update, and we wanted to hold off on changing players' other major farming technique at the same time.


These changes will go live as part of the v1.0 Launch / Spring Extravaganza Update. As always, we look forward to your feedback: let us know in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
March 24th
Idle Champions Twitch Drops 2.0 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Watch our Idle Champions streams tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March, on Twitch.tv/cnegames to receive in-game rewards as part of our Twitch Drops 2.0 launch! Check out the stream schedule below:
  • 10 AM to 1 PM PT - Official CNE Stream (3 hours)
  • 1 PM to 3 PM PT - Mars' Guiding Hand (2 hours)
  • 3 PM to 5 PM PT - Gaarawarr's Stream (2 hours)
Twitch Drops will be available after 15 minutes for players on Steam after the drops are claimed. Players on web, consoles, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices will still be able to collect their drops but their accounts will be updated in the coming weeks!

Getting Your Twitch Drops

Watch our streams to claim your Twitch Drops. Then unlock the rewards in-game when you link your Idle Champions account to your Twitch account in the Settings menu. If you don’t already have a Twitch account, you can sign up for one here.


Link
Link your Twitch account here!

Rewards include:
  • Gold Chests.
  • Mirt Patron Chest.
  • Vajra Patron Chest.
  • Strahd Patron Chest.
  • Birdsong Barovian Witch Skin.
We hope you like the Extravaganza!
March 23rd
Dev Blog: Formation Saves Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We’re very excited to announce that our Spring Extravaganza brings a much requested quality of life feature - more Formation Saves!

For a while now, we received requests to expand the ability to save formations from our current three save slots to reflect the changes in formations needed over the course of a run, and also allow for more flexibility to try new formation combinations.

That’s why we’ve increased the number of formations you can save from 3 to 50.

Formation Saves FAQ

  • Favorite Formations — The three side buttons remain, but are now ‘Favorite’ slots.
  • More Formation Saves — Creating a new saved formation prompts a new dialog box where you can scroll through all 50 of your formation saves. From here you can load, overwrite, delete or favorite individual saves.
  • Name your Formations — Saving a new formation will prompt you to name it, and you can rename one by tapping the little pencil icon on existing saved formations.
  • Unlock and place — If you load a formation but you do not have all the champions unlocked, as you unlock them the game will attempt to place them in the correct slot (may be blocked by carts or other accompanying obstacles).
  • Familiars — Familiar Saves remain unchanged. When saving a formation, all familiars assigned will be saved in the slot they are assigned to.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

Feedback

As always, if you have feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out on the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!