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July 15th
Idle Champions: Midsummer 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's the day before Shieldmeet and the Open Lord of Waterdeep has gone missing. Nobody has seen Laeral Silverhand in days and it is imperative that she be found before the meeting with the Masked Lords begins.

At the behest of the Blackstaff, the Champions are sent to discover what happened...

Midsummer 3 introduces Beadle & Grimm, the purveyors of the Pandemonium Warehouse and owners of the Giant's Bane Tavern, brings back the speedy hero of Baldur's Gate, Shandie Freefoot, and the street rogue, Xander Cesso. Players have until Monday, July 27th at 12PM PDT to complete their event unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Beadle Grimm Pandemonium Warehouse Matthew Lillard

Year 3 Champion: Beadle & Grimm

    Beadle and Grimm have been best friends & adventuring partners their entire lives. Together, they have faced the most dangerous foes their realm had to offer and built a respite alongside the frozen north's harsh realities: The Giant's Bane Tavern.

Beadle & Grimm are Support and DPS Champions able to swap places in the formation on demand. The longer that one is in the formation, the more powerful the other becomes when swapped in. When you want to add Beadle & Grimm to your formation, you can swap them with Delina (Slot 8).

For more information about Beadle & Grimm, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Beadle & Grimm dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Shandie Freefoot Baldur's Gate Jim Zub

Year 2 Champion: Shandie Freefoot

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

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

Dungeons & Dragons

Year 1 Champion: Xander Cesso

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

Year Three Variants

  • Arvaiss' Next Trap - Every area, a collection of magical monsters attempt to thwart your progress. Once they spawn, their effects are active until they are destroyed.
    • Young Red Dragons(Armored) - No other monsters can be damaged until all the Young Red Dragons on-screen are destroyed.
    • Fire Snake - The base attack cooldown for each Champion is increased by 1 second while this enemy is alive.
    • Giant Fire Beetle - While this enemy is alive, all enemies are increased in size by 20%, deal 300% more damage and move at 100% increased speed.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Showoffs - Beadle & Grimm are ready to show the Champions how they do things in the frozen north! Beadle starts unlocked and in the formation. They can be moved. Champions can only be used if they meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • Strength 18 or higher
    • Dexterity 17 or higher
    • Intelligence 16 or higher.

    Reach Area 125.

  • A Contest, You Say? - Beadle & Grimm have started some infighting on which method of attacking is best. It's time to answer the question, but the enemies are not going to make it easy on you!
    • Enemies have 300% more hit points.
    • Enemies attack twice as often.
    • When an enemy is killed by a type of Base Attack (Melee, Ranged, or Magic) the Champions with the same Base Attack type have their damage decreased by 2% while Champions with the other Base Attack types have their damage increased by 1%.

    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Dreams of Grandeur — Jenks really wants to meet Vajra Blackstaff. From Area 12 onward, Jenks takes up a slot in your formation.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Stay Back — Only Champions that attack with ranged or magic-based attacks can be used.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Haunted Past — Only Neutral, Evil, or Champions with a Dexterity (DEX) score of 15 or higher can be used. Shandie beings the adventure in your formation and cannot be swapped out, moved, or removed. Strahd Vampires that can only be damaged by Shandie randomly spawn in non-boss Areas. Luckily, Shandie will prioritize Strahd Vampires over all others and attack twice as frequently when they are present.
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Waterdeep Escort — The Waterdeep City Watch Officer insists that he accompany you on your adventure. He fills one slot in the formation, and if he is killed, your DPS goes down by 33% every 10 seconds.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Drow Deception — The Drow said they were looking for a wizard, but the Champions seem like a more interesting quarry to chase! A Stealthy Drow Pickpocket appears on every level, and if they reach the formation, you fail the area and have to head back to the previous level.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Commander Xander — Xander takes the lead as his childhood wishes of becoming a Hero have come true! Champions not adjacent to Xander have a 50% chance to miss whenever they attack (Xander isn't great at command). Those that are adjacent to Xander attack normally. He does enough missing for everyone.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

July 13th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Beadle & Grimm 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for the latest Champion Spotlight or should we say Spotlights? It's two-in-one with Beadle & Grimm making their debut in Midsummer 3!

Read on to find out how this dynamic duo swaps in and out to tag team crush their enemies...

I. Beadle & Grimm

Dungeons & Dragons Beadle & Grimm

    Beadle and Grimm have been best friends & adventuring partners their entire lives. Together, they have faced the most dangerous foes their realm had to offer and built a respite alongside the frozen north's harsh realities: The Giant's Bane Tavern.

Beadle & Grimm are Support and DPS Champions able to swap places in the formation on demand. The longer that one is in the formation, the more powerful the other becomes when swapped in. When you want to add Beadle & Grimm to your formation, you can swap them with Delina (Slot 8).

II. Beadle & Grimm's Stats

Beadle

Race: Dwarf Alignment: True Neutral
Class: Rogue/Wizard Gender: Male
Age: 91 Affiliation: none

STR: 13 DEX: 17 CON: 12
INT: 16 WIS: 10 CHA: 8

Role: Support, Gold

Grimm

Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Barbarian Gender: Male
Age: 26 Affiliation: none

STR: 18 DEX: 12 CON: 16
INT: 12 WIS: 9 CHA: 14

Role: DPS, Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich. Read on to understand how!


Dungeons & Dragons Beadle and Grimm

III. Beadle & Grimm's Design

We were elated to collaborate with Matthew Lillard and Bill Rehor on bringing Beadle and Grimm to Idle Champions. We've interacted with the crew from Beadle & Grimm's at multiple D&D events, and we fell in love with the story that their company was named after their home group's D&D Characters!

When we reached out to them to discuss their characters a bit more, we learned about many of their past exploits, including the tavern they created together: The Giant's Bane Tavern. At some point during the discussion, we decided to challenge ourselves with the design of this pair: what would it mean to have a tag-team set of Champions in one Champion slot?

We started with the idea that their shared Ultimate Attack, Tag Team, would swap Beadle for Grimm and vice versa. That ability (and its name), gave us a north star to look to during design. In every aspect of their character (where possible), they are working together.

Beadle & Grimm have all the advantages of two sets of stats and alignments, but none of the disadvantages, which is why their Inseparable ability allows both of them to be eligible for an adventure, variant, or Patron even if only one of them qualifies!

We are very excited to see what opportunities this opens up for players...

IV. Beadle & Grimm's Abilities

Basic Attack

Their normal attack changes based on who is currently in play.
  • Magic Wand (Beadle) — Beadle bonks a random enemy with a wand (dealing half damage). This unleashes two magic missiles that fly out and hit two other random enemies for full damage.
  • Giant's Bane (Grimm) — Grimm cleaves through the nearest enemies with his two enormous greatswords.

Formation Abilities

  • Get Buff — Beadle and Grimm increase the damage of themselves or the Champions around them.
    • Beadle Increase the damage of Champions within 2 slots of himself by 100%.
    • Grimm Increase the damage of Grimm by 100% for each Barbarian in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Special Order — Beadle and Grimm provide a utility to help the party.
    • Beadle Whenever Beadle damages an enemy that is not at full health, that enemy will drop 25% more gold when it is killed. Does not stack.
    • Grimm Enemies damaged by Grimm take 25% more damage until they are killed (except from ultimates). Can stack additively up to 10 times on a single enemy.
  • Long Rest — While Beadle is active, Grimm's buff increases by 1 stack every 10 seconds. While Grimm is active, Beadle's buff increases by 1 stack every 10 seconds. When a Champion swaps out using their Tag Team ultimate, their stacks are reset, and while they're in-play their stacks reduce by 1 every 10 seconds. Stacks are additive.
    • Beadle — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 10% per stack.
    • Grimm — Increase the effect of Grimm's Special Order by 10% per stack.
  • Inseparable — Beadle and Grimm are so inseparable that if either one qualifies for an adventure restriction based on their tags, ages, ability scores, then both can be used.

Beadle's Specializations

  • As Quick As Me — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 100% for each Champion with a DEX score of 17 or higher, stacking multiplicatively and then applying to Get Buff multiplicatively
  • As Clever As Me — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 100% for each Champion with an INT score of 16 or higher, stacking multiplicatively and then applying to Get Buff multiplicatively.

Grimm's Specializations

  • Chip Away — Increases the effect of Grimm's Special Order by 100% (up to 50% per stack)
  • Strongman Contest — Grimm's Get Buff now also adds a stack for any Champion with a STR score of 18 or higher.

Ultimate Ability

  • Tag Team — Their ultimate attack changes based on who is currently in-play.
    • Beadle — Grimm leaps into the fray, smashing a random enemy and all nearby enemies before leaping back into the formation while Beadle teleports into the shadows to recover.
    • Grimm — Beadle teleports into the center of the battle and explodes with arcane magic, damaging and stunning all enemies. He then slips quietly back into the formation as Beadle leaps away for a brief rest.

V. Beadle & Grimm's Equipment

Slot 1: Self DPS buff
Slot 2: Global DPS buff
Slot 3: Get Buff buff
Slot 4: Special Order buff
Slot 5: Long Rest buff
Slot 6: Ultimate Damage buff

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Beadle & Grimm? 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!
August 14th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Jim Darkmagic 
Posted in Idle Champions.

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

"Jim" who?

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


Jim's Stats


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

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

Basic Attack

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

Formation Abilities

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

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

  • Specializations

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

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

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

    Ultimate Attack

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

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

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

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    July 24th, 2019
    Idle Champions: Midsummer 2 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

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

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

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

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

    New Champion: Shandie Freefoot

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

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

    Year One Champion: Xander Cesso

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

    Year Two Variants

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

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

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

    Year One Variants

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

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

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

    See the in-game FAQ for more information!

    July 23rd, 2019
    Idle Champion Spotlight: Shandie Freefoot 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

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

    Who is Shandie?

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

    Shandie's Stats


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

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


    Basic Attack

    Shandie fires an arrow at a random enemy.

    Formation Abilities

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

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

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

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

    Specializations

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

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

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

    Ultimate Attack

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

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

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

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    July 25th, 2018
    Idle Champions Event: Midsummer 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    The Champions arrive in Waterdeep to enjoy the festival of Midsummer. However, upon arrival the party is summoned by the Blackstaff of Waterdeep, Vajra Safahr.

    The Open Lord of Waterdeep is missing, and to make matters more complicated, it's the day before Shieldmeet, when the Open Lord reaffirms the rule of the hidden lords...

    Midsummer is our fifteenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, which runs until Monday, August 6th at 12:00pm PDT!

    New Champion: Xander Cesso

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

    Midsummer Variants

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

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

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

    See the in-game Change Log for more information!

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