September 25th
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Savage Frontier of the Sword Coast can be a dangerous place. At the junction of the Long Road and Evermoor Way, the town of Triboar seeks the aid of heroes. Bandits have begun to assail the small town while the citizens are meant to prepare for the Highharvestide Festival...

Highharvestide 3 sees the beginning of Year 3 Events and the introduction of one of the fiercest and most loyal allies to the Companions of the Hall: Thibbledorf Pwent, Dwarven Battlerager! Our first Y3 Event also brings back the Y2 and Y1 Champions to unlock: Stoki, the Rock Gnome Monk, and Farideh, the Tiefling Warlock. For more information about how Y3 Events work, check out our Year 3 Events Dev Blog.

Players have until Monday, October 7th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Highharvestide 3 unlocks and objectives.

New Champion: Thibbledorf Pwent

    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 Thibbledorf to your party, you may swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

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

Year 2 Champion: Farideh

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

    When Havilar tried to summon an imp to practice her blade on, she drew the attention of Lorcan, a cambion looking to make warlock pacts with the descendants of one of the first Infernal warlocks, the Brimstone Angel. But Havilar was always meant for the glaive--and Farideh would do anything to keep her sister safe. While Lorcan, Asmodeus, and the Nine Hells do their utmost to corrupt her, Farideh isn’t interested in power so much as defending the world from demons, the undead, and any other villains trying to bring trouble or drag her friends and family into danger. Even being made the Chosen of Asmodeus--something Asmodeus isn’t going to explain to Farideh or anybody else--just means she has more magic to turn against the powers of evil.
Farideh is a DPS Champion with a tank-synergy twist. She attacks using Scorching Ray and will use Hellish Rebuke against enemies who attack either her or adjacent Champions. When you want to add Farideh to your party, you can swap her with Minsc (Slot 7).

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

Year 1 Champion: Stoki

    Born Stami Gackle, she fled her home after a terrible accident at a young age and joined a monastery of the Even Hand to study ki. An adept monk and extremely capable adventurer, her thoughtful approach to problems has earned her a reputation as an uncommonly stoic Rock Gnome.
Stoki is a DPS and Support Champion, able to attack multiple enemies. Furthermore, enemies damaged by Stoki will drop additional gold when killed. When you want to add Stoki to your party, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

Year Three Variants

  • Underdark Reinforcements — Drow cultists appear alongside the enemies in each area, seeking to further Loth's dominion. Each cultist deals double damage. Additionally, they can only be damaged once they have been bled by Thibbledorf.
    Reach Area 75.

  • The Plague Cometh — Cursed Cows spawn randomly in each area. If any of them reach the formation, the Champion they damage becomes cursed. Cursed Champions deal no damage and have max health halved. After 5 seconds, the curse spreads to adjacent Champions.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Somebody's Poisoned the Well! — The bandits have poisoned the well! Luckily, Thibbledorf has some Gutbuster flasks to help. Champions lose health every time they attack. Thibbledorf is not affected by the poison.
    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Asmodeus is Watching — Cultists of Asmodeus randomly spawn alongside the normal monster waves. They drop no gold when killed.
    Reach Area 75.

  • It's Quite A Puzzle — Only champions with Intelligence/INT score of 12 or higher are allowed in the formation.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Time to Step Up — Asmodeus is testing Farideh. You start with Farideh in your formation, however, she is the only Champion that can deal damage. All other Champions' damage is reduced to 0, but they continue to grant buffs.
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • The Farmer's Kids — The Farmer's Daughter and Son block two slots in the formation.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Due Diligence — Quest requirements are doubled.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Wanton Necromancy — Undead enemies randomly spawn alongside the normal monsters. These additional enemies drop no gold.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

September 24th
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!