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May 29th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Nova V'Ger 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Nova V'ger is a curious Air-Genasi Hexblade Warlock making her debut during Dragondown 3. Nova joins her companions on the Idle Champions roster, the Heroes of Aerois; Aila, Qillek, and Sentry.

I. Nova V'Ger

Dungeons & Dragons Nova High Rollers

    Nova V'ger has a voracious appetite for knowledge; she needs to know anything and everything about anything and everything. Her magic powers have been gifted to her by a mysterious entity called Tiangong. She dreams of traveling to the stars and discovering the location of the true genasi homeworld.

Nova is played by Kim Richards, a member of The High Rollers D&D crew, based in the UK. The High Rollers stream each week at the High Rollers Twitch page. For more info on Nova, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.

Nova is a Tank and Support Champion who understands knowledge is power. She buffs her most intelligent allies for each monster killed, protecting herself with her Hexblade, Tiangong. When you want to add Nova to your formation, you can swap her with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Nova's Stats

Race: Air-Genasi Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Warlock Gender: Female
Age: 20 Affiliation: Heroes of Aerois

STR: 7 DEX: 16 CON: 16
INT: 15 WIS: 8 CHA: 20

Role: Tanking, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Varja Safahr, Mirt the Moneylender, and Strahd von Zarovich.


Dungeons & Dragons Nova

III. Nova's Design

It's always fun to work closely with a creator to make their character come to life, and Kim Richards was no exception. Kim provided us with a depth of material to draw from, including information about Nova's backstory that has still yet to be discovered on High Rollers(!). Like Kim, we've had a great time adding a bit of a science-fiction spin to D&D spells and abilities -- for example, turning 5E's Warlock Invocation, Tomb of Levistus, into Failsafe.

As a Champion, Nova is an explorer and a scientist, so we wanted to highlight those qualities in her Idle Champions design. Her main abilities focus around discoveries related to the internal anatomy of monsters and bosses, and sharing that knowledge with the party in the form of buffs to other intelligent party members.

While Nova doesn't currently have an Aerois Synergy ability like her other Aerois companions, we do have plans to add one in the future based on some super secret intel we received from Kim during the design process ;)

IV. Nova's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Dissect — Nova leaps out and slices through the nearest enemy with Tiangong. The slash produces a spark of green flame. If her attack kills the enemy, and the enemy is a normal mob, it is guaranteed to drop a monster heart (once as Curiosity is unlocked).

Formation Abilities

  • Curiosity — Nova is intrinsically curious about the world around her. When monsters are killed, there is a chance she will collect a trophy from it. Trophies augment her abilities and reset every run. Bosses always drop monster brains, which provide big buffs but only drop once per boss per run. Normal monsters have a 10% chance to drop monster hearts, which can be farmed indefinitely and provide smaller buffs.
  • Discovery — Nova increases the damage of the five Champions in the formation with the highest Intelligence score by 100%. In the case of a tie for fifth place, all Champions with the given INT score are affected. This effect is buffed by 0.1% for each monster heart she has collected (stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively), and 10% for each monster brain she has collected (stacking multiplicatively and then applying multiplicatively).
  • Close Encounters — Nova increases the effect of Discovery by 100% for each enemy attacking her and each point of enemy/boss enrage, stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively.
  • Slow — Nova's attacks slow the movement of enemies she damages by 50% for 5 seconds. Enemies that are Slowed by this ability deal half damage to Nova. This effect does not stack if it is applied again before it expires, but the cooldown is refreshed.
  • Failsafe — When Nova becomes Overwhelmed, Tiangong creates a protective barrier around Nova, giving her 250 points of temporary HP and stunning her until the shield is broken or she is no longer overwhelmed. This can only trigger once per area (changing areas resets it so it can happen again). The amount of temporary HP granted is increased by 5.75% for each monster brain she has collected, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Protective Field — Nova increases the max health of all other Champions by 25% of her base max health.

Specializations

  • Mass Appeal — Discovery — now applies to the top eight Champions by INT score, up from the top five.
  • Journaling — Increase the effect of Discovery by 100%

Ultimate Ability

  • Activate Tiangong — Nova levitates up in the air as Tiangong floats in front of the formation, releasing three waves of blue energy that deal big damage (each deals 1/3rd of her stated ultimate damage) to all enemies. The damage is increased by 1% for every 20 monster hearts Nova has collected, stacking additively.

V. Nova's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Max Health
Slot 4: Buff Discovery
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Nova? 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 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!
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!
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 10th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Briv Steelmarrow 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for the latest Idle Champion Spotlight, and this time around we're talking about a Tanking, Support, and Healing Champion who can create heavy armor with Netherese Steel stored in his very bones!

And did we mention that this Half-Orc Champion has his very own flumph ally?

Read on and learn all about Briv Steelmarrow...

I. Savage Paladin



    Relentlessly brave but markedly uncouth, Briv Steelmarrow is a stalwart champion of the weak, innocent, downtrodden, and oppressed. Centuries ago, a cabal of Netherese mages experimented on Briv’s clan, gifting him with a magical metal inside his bones that he can pull through his skin and shape for attack or defense. Once a slaver, Briv sought atonement by joining the Order of the Lost Cause, an elite group of knights that travel across Faerûn, taking on quests that only fools would pursue.

Briv is a Tank, Support, and Healing Champion. He uses his Unnatural Haste ability to speed up area progression, and his Steelbones boosts his defense while buffing Champions behind him. When you want to add Briv to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

II. Briv's Stats

Race: Half-Orc Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Paladin (Oath of Heroism) Gender: Male
Age: 42 Affiliation: none

STR: 16 DEX: 14 CON: 16
INT: 10 WIS: 8 CHA: 18

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

III. Briv's Design

It's always a joy to work with a passionate creator to bring their character to life as a Champion in our game, and working with D&D Beyond's Adam Bradford was no exception. Adam was quick to provide numerous examples of Briv character art, including the official art by Max Dunbar, which really went a long ways towards helping to paint the visual picture of Briv Steelmarrow.


Art by Max Dunbar


Briv's abilities were an interesting challenge. With Netherese Steel in his bones, Briv has the ability to shoot it out of his pores to create heavy armor at will — or even violently expel it as a kind of shrapnel weapon, pulling it back into his body afterwards. These abilities became Steelbones, the core of Briv's design where he gains stacks of Steelbones when he is attacked, Netherese Steel, where Briv increases the damage of Champions behind him based how many stacks of Steelbones he has, and Netherese Explosion, where he uses the steel in his body to create an explosion out from him.

With Unnatural Haste we gave Briv a unique new ability that allows you to actually skip areas(!), consuming stacks of Sprint in the process. There is a minimum number of stacks needed for this ability to be able to proc (50), and each time it triggers it will consume a percentage of your stacks. How do you get Sprint stacks, you ask? When you reset, all stacks of Steelbones you have are converted into Sprint stacks, which persist through resets until they're consumed by Unnatural Haste. This will offer players quite the boost through those early levels after you complete a long Free Play. Don't worry about missing out on gems or loot — you will still earn anything you may have missed from areas you skip!

A pet flumph named Phlo accompanies Briv wherever he goes, and he has a unique ability, Healing Phlo, where Phlo stores healing power whenever Briv is struck by an attack. After 10 hits or 10 seconds, whichever comes first, Phlo heals all Champions in the party for 50% of the damage that Briv received during that time!

Flumphs really are the best.



IV. Briv's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Mocking Cleave — Briv leaps out and attacks a random enemy with his greatsword, cleaving all nearby enemies as well. On each enemy hit, there is a 20% chance that they will stop attacking another Champion and attack Briv if possible..

Formation Abilities

  • Steelbones — Whenever Briv comes under attack, metal shoots out of his pores, covering him in heavy armor. This effect persists as long as Briv remains under attack, and for an additional five seconds afterwards. While armored, Briv takes 10% less damage and gains a stack of Steelbones whenever he is hit by an enemy attack.
  • Netherese Steel — Briv increases the damage of all Champions behind him by 0.01% for each stack of Steelbones he has gained.
  • Unnatural Haste — Briv has a 25% chance of sprinting forward quickly on steel-springs after completing a new area, skipping the next area entirely. This action consumes 4% of his Sprint stacks, and requires at least 50 stacks to occur. When you reset the adventure, all stacks of Steelbones that Briv has gained convert into stacks of Sprint, which persist between resets until they are used by this ability.

    Note: if the chance of springing forward surpasses 100%, it is divided by 2 and becomes a 50%+ chance to spring forward 2 areas. Likewise for surpassing 200%, 300%, etc.
    • 100% / 2 -> 50% chance to skip 2 areas
    • 200% / 4 -> 50% chance to skip 3 areas
    • 300% / 6 -> 50% chance to skip 4 areas
    • If you skip a boss area in this way, the gems, chests, red jewels, etc. from it are collected automatically.
  • Healing Phlo — Briv's pet flumph Phlo appears next to Briv and telepathically stores healing power whenever Briv is hit. After 10 hits or 10 seconds, whichever comes first, Phlo heals all Champions in the party for 50% of the damage Briv took during that time. The 10 second timer only starts when Briv takes a hit and does not fire if the healing is triggered by taking 10 hits. It would start again at 10 seconds on the next hit after healing triggers.
  • Oath of Heroism — Briv increases the max health of all other Champions by 25% of his max health.

Specializations

  • MetalbornUnnatural Haste uses 20% less Sprint stacks whenever it activates.
  • Tempered Steel — Increase the effect of Netherese Steel by 100%.
  • Go With The Phlo — Increase the heal of Healing Phlo by 50%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Netherese Explosion — Briv forces all of his remaining Netherese Metal out of his body, shooting it in all directions in an arc in front of him, damaging enemies that it passes through. He then draws it back into himself, dealing double damage to enemies it hits on its way back to him.

V. Briv's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Max Health
Slot 3: Netherese Steel
Slot 4: Unnatural Haste
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

Briv Steelmarrow is an absolute beast of a Champion, a savage paladin who can offer tanking, healing, and support, all in one package. We are excited to see how well he fits in to the Idle Champions meta. 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!
February 18th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Sisaspia 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We've received many requests for more evil champions, as well as an evil healer.This Fleetswake we are pleased to debut another Codename Entertainment Original — a Circle of Spores Druid and Yuan-ti Pureblood, Sisaspia.

I. A Sinister Start

Dungeons & Dragons Sisaspia

    An outcast even from her home city of Omu on Chult, Sisaspia does not seek wealth or glory for herself. Instead, she wishes only to hone her powers, and anyone or anything that gets in her way will learn that she has already made great strides towards doing so. A reluctant ally, she joins the Champions solely because they are a means to an end: an endless stream of foes on which to unleash and perfect her sinister machinations.

Sisaspia is a Healer and Support Champion. Her Halo of Spores infects her enemies, forcing them to take more damage. She also uses them to heal her allies - if she has to. When you want to add Sisaspia to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Sisaspia's Stats

Race: Yuan-ti Pureblood Alignment: Neutral Evil
Class: Druid Gender: Female
Age: 37 Affiliation: none

STR: 11 DEX: 13 CON: 15
INT: 14 WIS: 18 CHA: 16

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

Dungeons & Dragons Sisaspia Portrait

III. Sisaspia's Design

Sisaspia is a CNE Original Champion, meaning we didn't draw from streams or podcasts or existing lore characters when designing her. These types of Champions are always exciting for us, as we get to create something entirely new, and we wanted to provide players with as many new options as we could. She's our first Yuan-ti Pureblood, our first evil healer, and our only evil, healing, or female champion in slot 1.

Sisaspia is a healing and support druid who leans heavily on the Circle of Spores Druid Circle from D&D 5e. She slowly builds up a supply of spores over time and uses them to infect enemies as they approach, which causes those enemies to take additional damage over time whenever they're attacked. She uses any spores she has in reserve to buff and heal nearby Champions.

These mechanics allow her to focus her energy based on how your formation is doing. If you're insta-killing enemies, she'll buff nearby Champions to help them do that better. Once enemies start to survive the initial barrage and reach your formation, she'll shift her attention to debuffing enemies, resulting in an even bigger damage boost. Eventually, once only a boss and a few trash mobs remain, she'll naturally settle into both roles, providing a big static buff, some healing, AND a debuff as her spore reserve slowly refills.

IV. Sisaspia's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Blight — Sisaspia unleashes a wave of necrotic energy which damages a random enemy. If the enemy is a Plant this attack deals 300% more damage, however if it's an Undead or Construct it deals no damage.

Formation Abilities

  • Halo of Spores — Sisaspia is surrounded by a continuous yet finite torus of necrotic spores. When enemies approach the formation and if Sisaspia has spores available, one of her spores shoots out and attaches itself to a valid enemy every second. When enemies are damaged, they take 50% additional damage over 5 seconds for each spore affecting them. Normal enemies can only be affected by one spore at a time, while bosses can have up to 4 spores affecting them. Sisaspia regenerates a spore every 4 seconds and can have up to 20 spores in her reserve. Note that due to the nature of this debuff, the additional damage done over time does not contribute to your formation's BUD.
  • Symbiotic Infection — Sisaspia uses her reserve of necrotic spores to empower a subtle infection she maintains upon her "companions", goading them forward and hopefully assisting her in her own selfish goals. This infection increase the damage of all Champions within 2 slots of herself by 10% for each spore she has in reserve.
  • Symbiotic Healing — Sisaspia's subtle infection heals damaged Champions within 2 slots of herself for 1hp per second for each spore she has in reserve.

Specializations

  • Simple Infection — Increase the effect of Symbiotic Infection by 100%.
  • Spreading Spores — Halo of Spores now generates a new spore every 3 seconds, instead of every 4 seconds, and Sisaspia's maximum spore count is increased to 30.
  • Fungal Body — The effects of Symbiotic Infection and Symbiotic Healing are increased by 200% when Sisaspia's spore reserve is full.

Ultimate Ability

  • Fungal Infestation — Sisaspia causes all the spores affecting her enemies to delve deep into their targets and tear them apart from the inside, dealing massive damage. The amount of damage each spore deals is increased based on the total number of spores affecting all her enemies (20% per active spore, stacking additively). Note that bosses with more than 1 spore infecting them take damage from each spore they have. This consumes all the spores affecting her enemies, so there is no additional damage from Halo of Spores, and she must reapply her spores to all surviving enemies in range.

V. Sisaspia's Equipment

Dungeons & Dragons Sisaspia Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Halo of Spores
Slot 3: Symbiotic Infection
Slot 4: Symbiotic Healing
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We're really excited to add an evil healer to the game, and to introduce an evil and female champion to Slot 1. We can't wait to see what delightfully sinister formation options are introduced with Sisaspia. Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!.

January 28th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Havilar 
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Ever since we introduced Farideh during Highharvestide 2, players have been asking us the same question: where is Havilar?

Not just because Havi is Farideh's twin sister, but because Farideh's damage relies heavily on having additional Tieflings in the formation, and we haven't added another one to the game since.

...until now. It's time for the Havilar Champion Spotlight!

I. Twin Tiefling Sisters



    Havilar's twin sister Farideh has always been 'the smart one' and 'the responsible one'—but that's all right, Havilar is definitely 'the tough one,' 'the funny one' and the 'pretty one' (despite being identical twins). Plus, Havilar has a hellhound! Even if it means she's a sort-of-but-not-quite Chosen of Asmodeus, too, not that anyone asked Havi about that. But he should know her glaive is as good as her right hand, and she can slice a devil just as well as an orc, a zombie, or any other villain!

Havilar is a Tank and Support Champion. She summons four different Imps to buff Champions in different ways. When battling fiends, she gets slower but her buffs grow stronger. When you want to add Havilar to your formation, you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10).

II. Havilar's Stats

Race: Tiefling Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Fighter (Battlemaster) Gender: Female
Age: 19 Affiliation: none

STR: 18 DEX: 15 CON: 13
INT: 9 WIS: 12 CHA: 12

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt

III. Havilar's Design

The design of Havilar was a fun conversation with Erin M Evans, who gave us a few criteria to describe Havi in a nutshell:
  • Farideh's sister.
  • More athletic and funny than Farideh.
  • 'The Pretty One'
  • Confident in her physical abilities.
  • Not the highest INT score.
  • Havi gains a pair of imps that she can summon (Mot, Dembo, Olla, and Bosh).
  • She has a Hellhound that she rides.
  • She is athletic and acrobatic.
  • Her glaive is part of her identity.
In addition to these bullet points (and the books) we also had another reference: Erin played as Havilar during the High Rollers show at PAX West last year:


Havi's intro starts at 4:03!



We opted for a design around Havi's Imps, Mot, Dembo, Olla, and Bosh, who are summoned using her ultimate, Summon Imps/Heroic Sacrifice, as well as her savant-like skill as a Battlemaster Fighter. Depending on which of these Imps are present, Havi's skills are augmented. She has some similarities with Spurt in this respect, because her effectiveness is changed depending on her ultimate usage.

First, while Havi tanks at the front of a formation, she will buff the two rows behind her with Leadership Summit, with the effect of the buff augmented by which Imps are present.

Mot is always summoned when Havilar casts her ultimate, but the second Imp cycles through a preset list in order: Dembo, then Olla, then Bosh; rinse and repeat. These imps have abilities that make sense to be activated in a specific order: clearing trash/farming, fighting at your wall or fighting boss mobs, and then fighting against a boss itself.

IV. Havilar's Abilities

Base Attacks

Havilar has her base attack, and her summoned Imps also have their own base attack!
  • Glaive Thrust — Havilar attacks with her glaive, hitting all enemies in a small radius.
  • Fire of Asmodeus — Each summoned Imp attacks a random enemy with a fireball, dealing a large amount of AOE damage.

Ultimate Ability

Havilar's ultimate attack changes depending on whether or not her Imps are summoned.
  • Summon Imps — Mot and another imp (Dembo, Olla, or Bosh, in that order) are summoned. The Imps attack with Fire of Asmodeus. As soon as the Imps appear, Havilar's ultimate attack is replaced with Heroic Sacrifice (with a 10 second cooldown before it can be used). The Imps stay active until Heroic Sacrifice is used.
  • Heroic Sacrifice — The Summoned Imp that isn't Mot flings itself at the nearest enemy and explodes, dealing massive damage in a large area and slowing all affected enemies. As soon as not-Mot sacrifices itself, Havilar's ultimate attack reverts to Summon Imps with a 20 second cooldown before it can be used, and halfway through that cooldown Mot despawns.

Formation Abilities

  • Leadership Summit — Havilar increases the damage of all Champions in the two columns behind her by 100%. This ability is augmented by which imps are currently assisting her.

    • Mot: Increases the effect of Leadership Summit by 400% on Tiefling Champions.
    • Dembo: Increases the effect of Leadership Summit by 200%.
    • Olla: Increases the effect of Leadership Summit by 50% for each enemy Havilar is tanking.
    • Bosh: Increases the effect of Leadership Summit by 400% if there are enemy or boss enrage stacks active.
  • Fiendish Resolve — When any Fiend enemies are on-screen, Havilar focuses less on her own attacks and more on buffing the party. Her base attack cooldown is doubled, but the effect of Leadership Summit is increased by 100%. The base attack cooldown increase does not affect her imps if they are summoned. This ability is augmented by which imps are currently assisting her.

    • Mot: Increases the effect of Leadership Summit by 25% per Fiend enemy on-screen (stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively).
    • Dembo: Fiends have a 50% chance of dropping two quest items or counting for two kills when killed.
    • Olla: Fiends take 100% additional damage from ultimate attacks.
    • Bosh: Halve the damage Havilar takes from all attacks and triples the damage of Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Infernal Fortitude — Increase the max health of other Champions in the formation by 25% of her own.
  • Battlemaster — Each time Havilar attacks she increases the damage of all Champions by 10% for each enemy she hit with her attack (stacking additively), up to a max of 20 stacks. This effect lasts for half of Havilar's base attack cooldown, NOT counting the increase from Fiendish Resolve.

Specializations

  • Speedy Sacrifice — Decrease the amount of time after you sacrifice a summoned imp until you can summon them again.
  • Mastery of Battle — Increase the duration of Battlemaster's effect by 100%.

V. Havilar's Equipment

Dungeons & Dragons Brimstone Angels Havilar

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Increases Max Health
Slot 4: Leadership Summit
Slot 5: Battlemaster
Slot 6: Ultimate Damage

VI. Conclusion

We're really excited to see the Tiefling sisters together in-game, and can't wait to see what kind of new formation options are introduced along with Havi. As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
November 5th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Sentry 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today, we're previewing our newest Champion: Sentry, the Warforged Paladin and Hero of Aerois! Sentry will be launching on Wednesday, November 6th!

Sentry, like fellow Heroes of Aerois Champions Qillek & Aila, comes from the plane of Aerois. Read on to learn all about this Warforged Paladin!

I. Who is Sentry?

    Sentry, protector of the Kingdom of Solwynn, is an ancient relic on her plane. Long ago, a dark power obliterated Sentry's peaceful home, forcing her to power down until a new purpose could wake her. Now, with her ceremonial axe, and memories of Solwynn guiding her, Sentry devotes herself to protecting the friends fighting alongside her. Despite being thrust into a new world eons beyond the one she knew, Sentry defends the good of the world from the dark reaches of evil’s grasp. She will not fail again.
Sentry is a Support and Tanking Champion who buffs DPS while at the front of the formation with her Guardian of Solwynn ability. She also uses Create Echo to summon a companion who can increase healing received, speed up progress, and further boost formation DPS. When you want to add Sentry to the formation, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

II. Sentry's Stats

Race: Warforged Alignment: Lawful Good
Class: Paladin Gender: Female
Age: 13 Affiliation: Heroes of Aerois

STR: 18 DEX: 10 CON: 15
INT: 8 WIS: 14 CHA: 14

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

III. Sentry's Design

Since the Heroes of Aerois already have a Tank in Aila, we wanted to approach Sentry a bit differently. As we looked at what a healing tank could do, we realized that Echo was such a unique aspect of the character that we wanted to build upon it. We already had the idea of Flame Lance as her ultimate based on Rhiannon's suggestions, so utilizing Echo more seemed like a no-brainer. Create Echo gave us the ability to track Sentry's 'state' and change the next area up (boosting her allies, or lowering the quest requirements) based on what was happening.

Sentry's key ability is Guardian of Solwynn, allowing her to buff Champions behind her as long as she's in the front-most column. Most abilities tie back to Guardian of Solwynn and buff it further.

IV. Sentry's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Divine Strike — Sentry leaps forward and attacks the nearest enemy with her battleaxe, which explodes with radiant light. This attack can hit multiple enemies in a small AOE.

Formation Abilities

  • Guardian of Solwynn — Increases the damage of Champions within two slots of Sentry by 100% if Sentry is in the front-most column of the formation.

  • Create Echo — Echo accompanies Sentry in the formation, floating just beside her. Echo has multiple effects based on whether Sentry wasn't, currently is, or was ever under attack in the current area.

    • a) Echo Healing — Whenever Sentry is under attack, Echo increases the amount of healing received by everyone in Sentry's column by 25%.

    • b) Echo Resolution — If you are on the highest area unlocked, if Sentry wasn't attacked at any time in the current area, when you transition to the next area there is a 30% chance that the quest requirements in that area will be reduced by 20%.

    • c) Echo Amplification — If Sentry was attacked at any time in the current area, when you transition to the next area, Guardian of Solwynn is increased by 400% for that area.

    You can tell which effect may trigger in the next area based on Echo's current gem color:

    • Purple: You are not in the highest area unlocked. You should fix that.
    • Green: Sentry has not yet been attacked in this area and Echo Resolution may trigger in the next area.
    • Yellow: Sentry is currently being attacked (Echo Healing is active). Echo Amplification will trigger in the next area.
    • Red: Sentry has been attacked in this area and Echo Amplification will trigger in the next area.


  • Redshift — Increase the chance of Echo Resolution (decreasing the next area's quest requirements) triggering by 10% (additively).

  • Aerois Synergy — Sentry contributes a 100% buff (additive) to the Aerois Synergy Pool for each enemy on the screen. Guardian of Solwynn is then increased by 25% of the current Aerois Synergy pool.

  • Reinforced Plating — Increases the health of all other Champions in the formation by 25% of Sentry's max health.

Specializations

  • Nature's Wrath — Sentry's Divine Strike has a 50% chance to ensnare affected enemies in a circle of vines, stunning them for 3 seconds (remember her base attack has a small AOE effect).

  • Echo's Will — Increases the quest requirement reduction of Echo Resolution to 30%.

  • Sentry's Homeland — Increases the effect of Guardian of Solwynn by 100%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Flame Lance — Echo transforms into an elk that Sentry can ride. Sentry and Echo then charge into battle with her flame lance, leaving a line of fire and dealing damage over time to affected enemies.

V. Sentry's Equipment

  1. The various version of Sentry's Axe will increase the damage of all Champions.
  2. Sentry's Shield increases the effect of her Guardians of Solwynn ability.
  3. Sentry's different hair vines will increase the effect of her Redshift ability, which increases the chance of Echo Resolution triggering and lowering the quest targets for the next area.
  4. Sentry's tabards increase her health.
  5. The various versions of Echo will increase her Ultimate Attack damage.
  6. Her belts will reduce the cooldown on her Ultimate Attack.

VI. Conclusion

Sentry may seem complex at first, but she's a versatile healing tank that can help you advance to your wall quicker with her Echo Resolution and Redshift abilities. Once there, she will help you push further thanks to her Echo Healing, Guardian of Solwynn, and Echo Amplification abilities.

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
October 14th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Avren 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our next Idle Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing our newest Champion: Avren, the Half-elf Warlock/Sorcerer. Avren will be launching on Wednesday, October 16th!

I. Who is Avren?

    Avren is an embodiment of mischief; a trickster god in humanoid form. Long ago, he tricked an ancient being into giving him magic and immortality. This power also came with a curse: whenever Avren dies, he will return to life with a new body and varying abilities. While Avren's body may change, however, his soul and his undying love for his wife, Sofious, always remains. The two have remained married for centuries, seeking each other out to reunite in each lifetime.
Avren is a pure Support Champion. He uses his Mirror Image ability to boost Champions in the formation based on assigned roles (DPS, Support, and Tanking), increasing even further for Champions with more than one role. Avren also raises Global DPS based on the number of Champions adjacent to him in the formation. When you want to add Avren to your party, you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Avren's Stats

Class: Warlock/Sorcerer Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Race: Half-elf Gender: Male
Age: 40 Affiliation: None

STR: 8 DEX: 16 CON: 15
INT: 13 WIS: 10 CHA: 18

Eligible for Patrons: Vajra



Completing the third Liars' Night (Avren) variant will unlock the Zombie Avren skin!


III. Avren's Design

Avren is a D&D character created by D&D Beyond's own Todd Kenreck. First created when he was 8 years old, Avren "still remembers when you could get killed by a hard rain," and has lived a multitude of lives over more than three decades of existence. Because of his history, and Todd's love of updating the character weekly (or sometimes daily), Avren has been one of our most challenging Champions to nail down. But hey, that's what you get when the character is the Doctor (Who) of D&D!

In this incarnation, Avren is a Warlock/Sorcerer focused on using Mirror Image to trick enemies. He also has a bit of fun with his ultimate, allowing Avren to tower over his enemies, in a nice callback to what 8-year-old Todd probably felt when he finally dove into the world we all love.

IV. Avren's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Spectral Shards — Avren tosses out three spectral shards at random enemies. One is fake and does no damage (but does interrupt/stagger the enemy), one stuns the enemy it hits for 1 second, and the final one deals normal damage.
  • Kick (active during his Ultimate) — Avren jumps out to a random enemy and kicks them with his enlarged foot, knocking them back.

Formation Abilities

  • Mirror Image — Avren casts Mirror Image every 15 seconds, targeting a random Champion in the formation. The Mirror Image (a slightly blurry version of Avren himself) floats behind them. The Mirror Image lasts for 30 seconds, and its effect is based on the Champion's role(s).
    • DPS: Increases the Champion's DPS by 600%.
    • Support: Increase the Global DPS by 200%.
    • Tanking: Increases all healing effects on the Champion by 2HP.
  • Seeing Double — The Global DPS is increased by 50% for each Champion adjacent to Avren, stacking multiplicatively. Champions affected by Mirror Image increase the effect for 50% for each Mirror Image buff they have (100-200% instead of 50%, depending on their roles). Buffs apply to the post-stack value.

First Specializations

  • Mirror Focus (Good) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "good" Champions; if a "good" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments.
  • Mirror Focus (Neutral) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "neutral" Champions; if a "neutral" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments. Note: This only looks at Neutral characters on the Good/Evil axis, not the Lawful/Chaotic axis.
  • Mirror Focus (Evil) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "evil" Champions; if an "evil" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments.

Second Specializations

  • Sturdy Mirrors — Avren's Mirror Images last for 60 seconds instead of 30, resulting in four mirrors at a time instead of two..
  • Empowered Mirrors — Avren's Mirror Image effects are quadrupled (+300%).

Ultimate Ability

  • Insignificance — Avren casts Reduce on all enemies on the screen, dealing some damage and reducing their size by half and their speed and damage done by 50% for 15 seconds. He also casts Enlarge on himself for the duration. His base attack changes from Spectral Shards to Kick. He jumps out to an enemy and kicks them with his foot, knocking them back.

V. Avren's Equipment

VI. Conclusion

We're excited to bring Avren into the game. As our first pure Support Champion in slot 11, we're psyched to see what formations you all think he fits into! Make sure to try out his Ultimate, as it's one of our favourites!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
September 24th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Thibbledorf Pwent 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our next Idle Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing our newest Champion: Thibbledorf Pwent. Yes, you read that right. The hygiene-lacking dwarven battlerager from Mithral Hall is "launching" (get it?) tomorrow! Read on to learn all about the dwarven wrecking ball who strongly supports a dwarven formation with some additional Companions of the Hall support!

I. "Thibbledorf" Who?

    Despite a reputation as a loud, gruff, and stinky dwarf who hates bathing, Thibbledorf Pwent is a loyal and beloved member of Clan Battlehammer. Known as 'Pwent' to his friends, he leads the Gutbusters of Mithral Hall, a dwarven battlerager squad focused on direct combat with little regard for their own safety. He wears armor completely covered in spikes to help rend the flesh of his enemies, and in the midst of battle Pwent often falls into a bloodrage, doing anything to protect his allies. While not an official member of the Companions of the Hall, Pwent will always aid his King when possible — even beyond death...
Thibbledorf Pwent is a Dwarven Battlerager Barbarian and Support Champion. His attacks cause enemies to bleed, he can boost ally damage for adjacent Champions, and he greatly buffs dwarves and Companions of the Hall members in the formation. When you want to add Pwent to your party, you may swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

II. Pwent's Stats

Class: Barbarian (Battlerager) Alignment: Chaotic Good
Race: Dwarf Gender: Male
Age: 176 Affiliation: None

STR: 18 DEX: 14 CON: 17
INT: 9 WIS: 12 CHA: 8

Eligible for Patrons: Vajra & Mirt

III. Pwent's Design

Pwent was an interesting nut to crack. He's always been a side character in the Legend of Drizzt novels. Not a "member" of the Companions, but eventually becoming a valued friend and ally. As his story wound to a close, he showed true bravery, love, and faithfulness to his king, Bruenor.

We started discussing Pwent around the time of Wulfgar's design, in 2018. There were so many different ways we could have introduced him. We discussed using him as Wulfgar's ultimate, having his ghostly form race out of the horn. However, being a fan of him in the books, I really wanted the spiky battlerager in the game as a Champion.

When it came time to design him, we had two routes: Battlerager Pwent, or Vampire Pwent. While Vampire Pwent sounds awesome (Vampire Champion when?), I have a soft spot in my heart for the old boy and I didn't want to represent him in the form that he truly hated. Instead, I chose to go back to his roots: the gruff battlerager who dons a set of armor filled to the brim with spikes, who runs ahead and slices and dices his enemies.

By focusing on his pre-undead form, we could highlight his allies more. As Pwent's design grew, I realized that this stalwart dwarf from Mithral Hall was a great lynchpin for a dwarven fighting force. He is the leader of the Gutbuster Brigade after all. Oh, you haven't heard about the Gutbusters? They are a group of dwarven battleragers Pwent founded. They focused less on strategic plans and more on just running into battle. With the Gutbusters, the cannon fodder is filled with spikes and coming right at you!

Pwent's final design is something I'm really proud of. Not only does he make Barrowin relevant again, he also helps elevate Binwin and Bruenor in an especially big way.

IV. Pwent's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Spiked Hug — Pwent headbutts a random enemy using his spiked armor to inflict a DOT bleed effect. That bleed effect is key to his big formation ability: Count 'Em Off.
    • The enemies will have a red blood drop effect while the bleed is active. When it is no longer damaging them, the blood drop turns black, so you know that they were affected, but it's no longer doing damage.

Formation Abilities

  • Count 'Em Off — Whenever an enemy that is or was affected by Pwent's bleed effect is killed (including if it is killed outright by Pwent), he gains one stack on this ability. Pwent increases the damage of all Champions by 20% for each stack of Count 'Em Off, stacking multiplicatively. The stacks cap at 25, and every 12 seconds, the stack total is reduced by 25%.
  • Battlerager — When Pwent attacks, if he attacks an enemy that has already been affected by his bleed effect (active or inactive), there is a 33% chance that he'll attack again immediately.
  • Can You SMELL That? — Champions that are adjacent to Pwent have their base attack cool downs increased by 8 seconds, divided by the number of Champions affected. This effect has a hard cap of 20 seconds per affected Champion in cases where other Champion's abilities can increase the effect.
  • Gutbuster Recruits — Champions affected by Can You SMELL That? have their base damage increased by 75% for each second their cooldown is increased by, stacking multiplicatively and counting partial seconds. This effect is doubled on dwarves.
  • Bruenor, Me King! — While not a member of the Companions of the Hall, Pwent fully supports them in their quests. Pwent increases the Bounty of the Hall pool (gold find) by 100% and increases the effect of Count 'Em Off by 100% if you have at least 1 Companion of the Hall (Bruenor, Drizzt, Catti-brie, Wulfgar, or Regis) adjacent to Pwent.

Specializations

  • Counting Class — Increases the effect of Count 'Em Off by 100%.
  • Bloodstained Armor — Increases the chance to attack again with Battlerager by 50%.
  • Dwarven Hair Grease — It's all-natural! Increases the total cooldown of Can You SMELL That? by 5 seconds.

Ultimate Ability

  • Round 'em up! — Pwent dashes quickly around the area rounding up all available enemies and then stuns, damages, and inflicts a bleed effect on them. He attacks up to 10 enemies in this way, applying his bleed to all of them, and (if not static) forcing them into a position in the middle of the screen (between the formation and the wall), stunning them for 5 seconds.

V. Pwent's Equipment



VI. Conclusion

Pwent will hopefully unlock a whole new dwarven formation, with Binwin, Bruenor, Barrowin, and himself. He also slides into any Companions of the Hall formation. Try him out and let us know what you think of this spiky dwarf!

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