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July 17th
Idle Champions: Year One Champion Update, Part 1 
Posted in Idle Champions.


Today we're introducing the first half of our year one Champion balance update. The purpose of this update is to give fresh life to some underappreciated and/or underutilized Champions from the first year of events and adventures. This update includes everything from small tweaks to complete reworks for Binwin, Bruenor, Catti-brie, Diath, Drizzt, Evelyn, Nrakk, Regis, Stoki, Wulfgar, and Zorbu. Read on to learn more about the Champion changes in this update.



Binwin

We wanted to give Binwin a major overhaul while retaining his ability to hit things a lot of times and smash through armor and hits-based health like butter. His new abilities give you many options for building a formation around Binwin, but shorter races will win out over taller ones for the biggest boosts. The new "Lingering Damage" ability also gives Binwin an interesting catch-up mechanic if he's playing the role of secondary DPS. Try him out!
  • Binwin's base attack cooldown is now 6 seconds, up from 4 seconds
  • Binwin's "Extra Attacks" ability now grants extra attacks based off of attacks by adjacent Champions, instead of doing so randomly. It still grants bonus damage for each successive hit, but is no longer buffed by any other upgrades or gear
  • Added a new ability "Extra Damage" at level 70 which grants additional bonus damage on Binwin's next attack(s) based on kills by adjacent Champions since his last attack, including kills via ultimate attacks
  • Added a new ability "Tallest in Faerun" at level 260 which buffs Binwin's damage based on the number of dwarves, gnomes, kobolds, and halflings in the formation
  • Added a new ability "Lingering Damage" at level 380 which causes "Extra Damage" to roll over a portion of its bonus damage to Binwin's next attack(s) if he doesn't kill anything with his current attacks
  • Removed Binwin's old specializations
  • Added a new specialization choice "More Minions" at level 200 which increases the range of "Extra Attacks" and "Extra Damage" so that all Champions within 2 slots of Binwin contribute hits and kills
  • Added a new specialization choice "Antisocial Dwarfing" at level 200 which changes "Extra Attacks" and "Extra Damage" to only trigger off of non-adjacent Champions, but which also boosts Binwin's base damage by a large amount
  • Binwins's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs Binwin's "Extra Damage" ability instead of global DPS
  • Slot 4 gear now buffs Binwin's "Tallest in Faerun" ability instead of increasing his "Extra Attacks" chance
  • Added the "barbarian" tag to Binwin, as we now have support for mutli-class Champions in the game that we didn't have when he was originally released



Bruenor

Not a major change, but we added an ability to Bruenor for synergy with the Companions of the Hall (Bruenor, Drizzt, Catti-brie, Regis, and Wulfgar). It's another small bump for Rally even if you're not using them, but the payoff could be huge if you're going to try out a Drizzt/Catti DPS combo.
  • Added a new upgrade for "Long Lost Companions" at level 1000 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and buffing "Rally" based on the number of Companions in the formation



Catti-brie

Catti-brie got some small buffs to increase both her buffing ability and her solo damage. Her design intent is to have her as a secondary DPS and support for Drizzt in a Companions of the Hall formation. She should now be able to support well in almost any formation, though, thanks to her "Death March" ability, which stacks multiplicatively (though buffs apply after the stacks, like normal).
  • Catti-brie's base attack cooldown decreased to 5.3 seconds from 5.4 seconds
  • Added a new ability "Death March" at level 135 which increases the damage of all Champions in front of Catti-brie based on the number of enemies affected by "Mark of Death"; the stacks apply multiplicatively, so the numbers get quite large when a lot of enemies are afflicted by "Mark of Death"
  • Added a new ability "Take Them Down" at level 375 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the damage enemies take in certain situations based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Changed the specialization "In The Zone" to increase Catti-brie's attack speed after a critical hit
  • Catti-brie's upgrades and balance has been completely redone



Diath/Xander

Diath has been replaced by Xander. Xander's stats, formation abilities, and attacks are functionally identical to Diath's (with the exception of one affiliation-specific formation ability), although their names and appearances are different.
  • Replaced Diath with Xander
  • Converted all Diath chests into Xander chests
  • Updated Xander's ultimate attack to summon a stone giant
  • Updated some achievements to require Xander; existing progress is not lost
  • Updated some adventures/variants to require Xander
  • "Childlike Wonder" now buffs "Streetwise" for each sorcerer, warlock, and wizard adjacent to Xander
  • Updated Xander's tags
  • Note: Paultin's "Stronger Together" ability has had its base value increased



Drizzt

Drizzt has been completely refactored from his scimitars up. His panther summon has moved from his ultimate to an innate ability, and he is now built around bursts of damage and speed when Guenhwyvar is active. As with other Companions of the Hall, he also synergizes in a very powerful fashion when more of them are active in the formation.
  • Drizzt's attacks have been refactored; he now attacks in sequence, similar to Delina, striking first with his scimitar Icingdeath, then his other scimitar Twinkle, then both at once
  • Added a new ability "Guenhwyvar" at level 20 which causes Drizzt to randomly summon Guenhwyvar to aid him in combat for 30 seconds. Guenhwyvar attacks two enemies just before Drizzt and deals Drizzt's damage plus a 20 second bleed; Some of Drizzt's other abilities are triggered off of attacking enemies who have this bleed on them
  • Changed "Icingdeath" to cause Drizzt to deal more damage and reduce his cooldown when he attacks an enemy bled by Guenhwyvar with his scimitar Icingdeath
  • Changed "Twinkle" to cause Drizzt to deal AOE damage and increase the target's chance to miss when he attacks an enemy bled by Guenhwyvar with his scimitar Twinkle
  • Note the effects of both "Icingdeath" and "Twinkle" proc when Drizzt attacks Guenhwyvar-bled enemies with both scimitars at once
  • Changed "Companions of the Hall" to synergize with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the damage Drizzt does based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Replaced the "Whirl of Steel" specialization with "Leader of the Companions" which boosts the gold find synergy of the "Companions of the Hall" ability
  • Changed the "Drow Stalker" specialization to increase Drizzt's base damage
  • Drizzt's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Drizzt's ultimate attack has been replaced by "Whirl of Steel", which attacks enemies for massive damage one after another until a hit doesn't kill an enemy (similar to Jalaxle's base attack, but with ultimate level damage)
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs Drizzt's new "Icingdeath" ability instead of Global DPS
  • Added a Champion achievement for Drizzt



Evelyn

Evelyn didn't need much work this round, since she was recently a part of the Shielding, Healing, and Tanking update. We did give her some health gear to give her a bit more scalability, but the price to pay was a small decrease in the power of her specializations.
  • Slot 4 gear now increases max health instead of specialization abilities
  • Evelyn's specialization have had their base values increased to compensate for the lost gear. They now increase Divine Prayer by 300% when active, up from 100%



Nrakk

We've rebuilt Nrakk from the ground up to focus on a unique "Ki Points" mechanic. Nrakk generates Ki Points from his attacks and abilities and uses those Ki Points to increase his damage, decreasing his attack cooldown, and stun enemies. Each specialization choice results in a unique attack rotation with predictable stuns, cleaves, and big bursts of damage. Oh, and did we mention he can buff adjacent support Champions to be even more supportive, so even if you're not using him for DPS there may be some super unique and effective formations he can fit in. Super interesting!
  • Added a new ability "Ki Master" at level 20 which causes Nrakk's base attack to grant Ki Points whenever he attacks. Ki points increase Nrakk's damage and decrease his base attack cooldown for each one he has. He can have up to 8 Ki Points at once
  • Changed "Stunning Strike" to trigger when Nrakk has 4 or more Ki Points. Guaranteed stun instead of a change to stun, and consumed 4 Ki Points
  • Changed "Deft Strike" to grant an additional Ki Point (for a total of 2 per Deft Strike attack)
  • Added a new ability "Githzerai Focus" at level 185 which increases the effectiveness of adjacent Champions' formation abilities if their WIS score is 14 or higher
  • Changed Nrakk's "Kensei Advantage" specialization to grant 3 Ki Points (for a total of 4, or 5 with a Deft Strike) whenever "Kensei Cleave" hits more than one enemy
  • Renamed Nrakk's "Unerring Accuracy" specialization to "Unerring Precision" and changed it to make "Deft Strike" grant 2 extra Ki Points per hit instead of 1 (for a total of 3 Ki Points per Deft Strike), and also grant a moderate damage increase
  • Nrakk's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Nrakk's base attack has been renamed Naginata, and the base cooldown has been increased to 5.5 seconds from 5 seconds
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs "Ki Master" instead of global DPS
  • Moved Nrakk's old achievement to the "Legacy" category; it is no longer attainable
  • Added a new achievement for Nrakk



Regis

We wanted to bump up the power of Regis to give him a shot in some formations. His new ability increases the effectiveness of his buffing, potentially by a lot if you can structure your formation properly. We also gave him a Companions of the Hall synergy ability which grants a big one-time heal when your formation comes under attack. It has a pretty hefty cooldown, but if you're constantly coming under attack and then wiping out your attackers, it could be useful.
  • Added a new ability "Ruby Amplification" at level 320. This ability increases the effect of "Ruby Encouragement" for each Champion being affected by it
  • Added a new ability "Ruby Invigoration" at level 450 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and causing Regis to heal the formation when it comes under attack for an amount based on the number of Companions in the formation. The heal is large, but has a 15 second cooldown and only triggers when the formation becomes under attack, not while it is already under attack
  • Regis' ultimate attack now deals damage and slows all enemies. Enemies slowed by his ultimate take additional damage. His ultimate is now classified as a magical ranged attack, instead of melee
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Added the "healing" tag to Regis since he now has an ability that can heal the formation



Stoki

Stoki has been refactored in order to excel as a formation buffer and gold finder at your wall or during challenging encounters with lots of enemies. Her abilities now buff people directly instead of her Marks of Ki debuffing enemies, but she still marks enemies to power those buffs.
  • Stoki's base attack now hits random enemies instead of the front-most
  • Stoki's base attack cooldown is now 5.75 seconds instead of 3.75
  • Changed "Ki Strike" to be a base ability (no specialization required); instead of debuffing enemies to take more damage, Stoki now buffs Champions on the edge of the formation based on how many Marks of Ki are active on enemies
  • Changed "Golden Palm" to buff gold dropped when Champions adjacent to Stoki kill enemies. The amount of bonus gold is again based on the number of Marks of Ki active on enemies
  • Added a new ability "Ki Infusion" at level 190 which makes it so each enemy can have up to five Marks of Ki at once. Stoki adds one Mark of Ki each time she attacks an enemy, and can add multiple Marks of Ki per attack if she attacks the same enemy multiple times
  • Added a new specialization option "Ki Overflow" at level 275 which causes enemies with five Marks of Ki to have a chance of being stunned when struck by Stoki
  • Added a new specialization option "Ki Explosion" at level 275 which causes enemies with five Marks of Ki to have a chance to explode when struck by Stoki, doing damage and spreading additional Marks of Ki to other nearby enemies
  • Stoki's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Removed the "dps" tag from Stoki - she is now intended to be a full support Champion
  • Moved Stoki's old achievement to the "Legacy" category; it is no longer attainable
  • Added a new achievement for Stoki



Wulfgar

Wulfgar has been turned into the Companions of the Hall go-to tanking Champion, with multiple abilities that synergize powerfully with other Companion Champions. He's still a stunning machine, with bursts of power when he stuns multiple enemies multiple times in a row.
  • Removed Wulfgar's existing specializations, but the names are being used for the new formation abilities, just to be confusing
  • Added a new ability "Clangeddin's Will" at level 20 which provides powerful formation buffs when Wulfgar stuns 3 or more enemies at once (more likely when he's tanking a cluster of enemies)
  • Added a new ability "Dumathoin's Will" at level 70 which provides a powerful damage shield for Wulfgar when he stuns a boss creature. The size of the shield is relative to the remaining health of the boss monster he stunned
  • Added a new ability "King of the Elk Tribe" at level 110 which increases the health of all Champions by a percentage of Wulfgar's max health
  • Added a new ability "Moradin's Will" at level 130 which increases the damage of Companions of the Hall Champions based on the number of enemies Wulfgar is tanking
  • Added a new ability "Empowered Warhammer" at level 180 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the chance of Wulgar's base attack stun based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Updated the "Smash 'n Grab" ability to temporarily buff the damage of the whole party when Wulfgar attacks an armored enemy but doesn't break a piece of armor
  • Added a new specialization choice "Heavy Blows" at level 265 that increases Wulfgar's base attack stun chance
  • Added a new specialization choice "Flag Bearer" at level 265 that gives Wulfgar an additional chance to stun boss enemies, and causes stuns against bosses to trigger Clangeddin's Will with a higher damage buff than normal enemies
  • Added a number of upgrades that increase Wulfgar's max health
  • Wulfgar's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Removed the "dps" tag and added the "tanking" tag, since Wulfgar has been rebalanced as a tank intended for Companions of the Hall formations
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Slot 2 gear now buffs max health instead of self DPS



Zorbu

We removed Zorbu's Favored Enemies idea and replaced it with Lifelong Enemies, our second ability whose stacks persist through resets. Zorbu gains damage buffs against certain enemies for each enemy of that type that he kills, and the rest of his abilities receive buffs based on those totals, meaning if you focus on Zorbu as your DPS, the scaling potential is massive. We haven't forgotten that Zorbu can also play a big support role, so we've bumped up his global DPS buffs by quite a bit (more than making up for a small gear swap)
  • Removed the "Favored Enemy" specialization choices
  • Removed the "Colossus Slayer/Horde Breaker" specialization choices
  • Added a new ability "Lifelong Enemies" at level 30 that increases Zorbu's damage against humanoid, beast, undead, drow enemies based on the total number of those enemies he has killed. Persists through resets
  • Added a new ability "Seething Hatred" at level 50 which increases Zorbu's damage by a portion of the aggregate "Lifelong Enemies" buff
  • Added a new specialization choice "Lead The Pack" at level 90 which increases Hunter's Pack by the same amount as Seething Hatred increases Zorbu's damage
  • Added a new specialization choice "Favored Enemies" at level 90 which increases Zorbu's "Lifelong Enemies" damage bonus
  • Added a new specialization choice "Focused Anger" at level 90 which increases the rate at which stacks are earned with "Lifelong Enemies"
  • Zorbu's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 2 gear now buffs self DPS instead of global DPS
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs his new "Seething Hatred" ability instead of "Favored Enemy"
June 26th
Idle Champions: Upgrade Cap Increase 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Your adventures in Faerûn have taken you around the world of Toril, from the City of Sails in the north of the Sword Coast, all the way south to the jungles of Chult. It has been a grand tour of the realms, and along the way you've explored lost cities, delved into countless dungeons, crossed through pocket dimensions, and fought endless beasts, fiends, monstrosities, and more.

You've become Champions — but that's not all. These adventures have brought you more than just equipment and wealth: it's time to level up!

Today's update for Idle Champions brings with it increases to the upgrade cap for all 45 Champions, taking you from the e49 to the e56 range (roughly). This newfound strength will help your formations to push further than ever before. Good luck!

Coming Soon

  • Year One Champion Balance Update (Part 1)
  • Additional QoL Updates & Fixes
  • And much more...
June 11th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Korth 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of Korth, the Lizardfolk Fighter (Samurai). Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion debuting tomorrow June 12 in Dragondown Y2!

Who is Korth?

Korth is the latest CNE original Champion to join the roster. He joins fellow CNE Champions in helping us fill in races and classes for a super diverse group of Champions with more than enough bards!

Raised as a gladiator in the pit arenas of Kara-Tur, Korth has since traveled the world studying fighting styles and the art of war. Korth is infamous for his skill and efficiency in battle – and for his ruthlessness, as he never spares the lives of his opponents. Those who cross Korth's path do so at their own risk.

Korth's Stats


Race: Lizardfolk Class: Fighter (Samurai) Alignment: Neutral Evil
Age: 55 Affiliation: None
STR: 14 DEX: 18 CON: 16
INT: 10 WIS: 13 CHA: 12

To add Korth to your formation, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).


Basic Attack

Samurai Slice: Korth charges out and attacks the nearest enemy with his Samurai sword.

Formation Abilities

  • Lizardfolk Tactics — Whenever Korth attacks an enemy, that enemy gets a Marked debuff. A Champion that attacks one or more Marked enemies gets a single .25 second reduction to their next Base Attack cooldown.

  • Fighting Spirit — When any Champion attacks a Marked enemy, they get a temp HP shield that is on a 15-second cooldown.

  • Calculated — When any Champion attacks any Marked enemy, Korth increases the damage of all Champions by 25% (multiplicatively) for 15 seconds. Each in-formation Champion can contribute a single stack, and each stack expires separately.

  • Rapid Strike — When any Champion kills a Marked enemy, they get a 25% chance to immediately attack again and have 5 seconds removed from their Ultimate Attack cooldown.

  • Strength Before Death — When Korth is about to die, he is instead resurrected at 1HP and instantly performs an Ultimate Attack against the enemy that struck him. This ability has 3 charges, which restore at a rate of 1 per 5 minutes while online.

Specializations

  • Group Tactics — Take this specialization to make Korth the centerpoint of a circle whose Champions deal greater damage against Marked targets.

  • Rapid Training — Take this specialization if you want to focus on speed. Champions not adjacent to Korth will gain an additional .25 seconds to their base attack cooldown reduction when attacking Marked enemies. In addition, they will be more likely to attack again with Rapid Strike.

Ultimate Attack

    Hungry Jaws — Forget the hippos! Fear the Lizardfolk! Korth leaps to the nearest enemy and ferociously bites them, causing massive damage and a bleed for 4x the base damage over 10 seconds!

Equipment



Final Thoughts

Korth is a skilled warrior who, despite his evil nature and alien way of thinking, supports your formation with multiple abilities centering around him Marking enemies. He'll be a skilled addition to your formation during tough boss battles!

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
June 5th
Idle Champions: Locked Chests & Combinations 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Have you been frustrated that the in-game codes we and our partners give away could not be redeemed on your platform?

Well, fret no more, because there's a new system to redeem codes on all platforms as of today! Read on to find out how to redeem a new 12-character combination, how to enter an old 16-character code, and get a combination for a Gold Chest to try it out!

What previously were "codes" for free in-game items are now "combinations" for a Locked Chest that is always available in the game. Locked Chests can be accessed in 2 different ways depending on your platform.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4

On consoles, you can access the new "Locked Chest" redemption system in one of two ways:
  • On your inventory screen, you'll see a new Locked Chest icon as your first chest. If you select that chest, it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!


  • Otherwise, when you access the store, you'll see a new option in the upper right to "Unlock a Locked Chest". Select Y (Xbox) or Triangle (PlayStation 4) and it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!



All other platforms

On the rest of the platforms, you can access the new "Locked Chest" redemption system in one of two ways:
  • You'll see a new Locked Chest in the upper right side of the chest screen. If you select that chest, it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!


  • Otherwise, when you access the store, you'll see a new option in the upper right to "Unlock a Locked Chest". Select that and it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!



What about old codes?

On all platforms, if you have an old 16-character code, you'll see an option to switch to a 16-character combination in the lower left-hand corner of the combination screen! We'll be moving our partners to the new 12-character system in the coming weeks, so you might still see some 16-character codes popping up here and there.

Can I try it out?

Sure! Log into the game and enter this combination for a free Gold Chest!

AGOLDCHEST4U

While you're logged in, make sure to check out the new "C" Team weekly challenges for week 5!!
June 5th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (June 2019) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

How long has it been since your last challenge? No need to answer — I can tell from your expression that you are eager for the latest test of your formation mastery: six new challenging variants!

Today's update includes two new variants for each of our permanent campaigns: Don't Look Up! and Friends of the Forest for Grand Tour of the Sword Coast, Treasure Hunters and Cramped Quarters for Tomb of Annihilation, and Stumbling Escape and Spined Nuisances for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

Your latest challenges await...

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • The Silken Swamp: Don't Look Up! — Spiders descend upon the formation every 10 seconds, poisoning random Champions for 15 seconds. While poisoned, Champion damage is reduced.

  • Supply Run: Friends of the Forest — Annoying (yet adorable) animals spawn with an assortment of obnoxious abilities, debuffing and attacking the formation.

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • The Ring of Regeneration: Treasure Hunters — Two greedy Treasure Hunters take up slots in the formation, stealing 99% of the gold dropped for themselves along with half of all Quest Items.

  • Seeking Allies: Cramped Quarters — Only dwarves, gnomes, kobolds, and halflings may be used.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Nimble Escape: Stumbling Escape — Only Champions with a DEX (Dexterity) score of 13 or lower may be used.

  • Fugitives: Spined Nuisances — Empowered Spined Devils appear at random and attack the formation.

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a list of fixes!
May 21st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Qillek Ad Khollar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing and releasing Qillek Ad Khollar. He's an aarakocra cleric/bard and our newest member of the Heroes of Aerois! Aila isn't the only Champion from the High Rollers Aerois campaign any more! Qillek is here to give you a leg up on your upcoming weekly challenges.

Who is Qillek?

Qillek (KEY-lek) or Qill (Quill) to his friends joins the Champions from the High Rollers Aerois campaign. He's a 3-year-old Aarakocra who used to be a part of the Aarakocran Messenger Guild, until a visit to the Valley of Storms and an accident led to the loss of his left arm and wing. While he lost his ability to fly, he also found his god H'esper. With the divine powers granted from H'esper, Qill is able to help protect and heal the party. He may be down a wing, but he's got more than enough bravery to make up for it!

Qillek is played by Tom Hazel, 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 at 5PM BST, or noon Eastern every Sunday. You can also follow thair adventures on Youtube! For more info on Qillek, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.

Qillek's Stats

Race: Aarakocra Class: Cleric/Bard Alignment: Lawful Good
STR: 12 DEX: 15 CON: 12
INT: 13 WIS: 18 CHA: 14

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


Basic Attack

Feather Flurry: Qillek flaps his wing as hard as he can, throwing out a flurry of ethereal purple feathers that damage the two nearest enemies.

Formation Abilities

  • Prayer of Healing — Every second, Qillek heals everyone in the formation who is damaged. The amount of healing is based on the distance they are from Qillek, with farther Champions being healed more. Starting at 2 slots away, the healing is increased by 25% per slot, additively. For example, he'll heal adjacent champions for the base value (starting at 8HP but increasing as you level up), but those 2 slots away will be healed for Base+(Base*.25) or 10HP/second. Those 3 slots away will be healed for Base+(Base*.5) or 12HP/second. And so on. The farther away he is from those taking damage, the more he'll heal them!

  • Bless — Increases the damage of Champions adjacent to Qillek based on the number of Champions NOT adjacent to Qillek. This is another bonus that can be maximized if he's off in a corner of the back row. The damage increase starts at a 50% boost per non-adjacent Champion, additively. Additionally, the effect of Bless is increased by the total Aerois Synergy Pool (see below)

  • Aerois Synergy — We're introducing a new affiliation boon for the Heroes of Aerois! There will be a pool created when either Qillek or Aila (blog updated) is in your formation and has the Aerois Synergy upgrade unlocked. The pool is noted as the Aerois Synergy Pool. Heroes of Aerois contribute to the pool based on how well they're performing in the formation, and then one or more of their abilities are buffed by a percentage of that total pool. The more Heroes of Aerois Champions you have in the formation, the higher the pool, and the higher the buffs to each Champions' ability!

    You can see what the pool total is by viewing the formation buffs for each Champion once they unlock their Synergy formation ability. The details of Qillek's contributions are listed below. For him, Bless is increased by a percentage of the total Aerois Synergy Pool.



Specializations

  • Expanded Blessing — Take this specialization route if your DPS slot is better positioned away from him, or you have multiple DPS spots and want to maximize how much he is affecting the whole party.

  • Empowered Blessing — Take this specialization route if you have a formation where there are an abundance of champions 2 spots away and you want to maximize your Bless buff for those adjacent!

Ultimate Attack

    Calm Emotions! — Qillek takes a deep breath and casts Calm Emotions, raining ethereal purple feathers down on the screen. All enemies take damage and then attack 3x less often (their attack cooldown is multiplied by 3) for 30 seconds. The boss/enemy enrage timer also fills 3x slower for 30 seconds.

Equipment



Final Thoughts

Qillek is a skilled healer and support champion that should do well in formations where you don't want to waste a spot near your tank to heal! He'll get even better if you use him with Aila, a fellow Hero of Aerois.

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
May 15th
Idle Champions: Dragon Heist, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions are on the hunt for Nihiloor, a Mind Flayer in service to The Xanathar Guild. They entered the sewers of Waterdeep in pursuit only to become lost in the labyrinth of tunnels while searching for Skullport.

Unfortunately for the Champions, they've stumbled into Undermountain, the dungeon of the mad mage Halaster Blackcloak...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Dragon Heist Adventures, Nimble Escape and Fugitives, in order to access these new Adventures.

Hopelessly Lost

After following their quarry into Waterdeep's sewers, the Champions have become lost in Undermountain. It's going to take everything they have to try and find their way back out again!
  • Variant: Bazaar Exploits — Two Goblins accompany the Champions, taking up spots in the formation. Every 25 Areas the two Goblins change their location. While attacking Xanathar Guild enemies, Champions' damage is increased.

Enter the Sargauth

The Champions are on the hunt, looking for a way to Skullport - after all, they have a stone to find - but something else is already on the hunt for them...
  • Variant: Elder Rune Madness — Each time you enter the portal, a different Elder Rune takes effect for the next 50 Areas. These Elder Runes vary in effects from Champions taking damage whenever monsters spawn to random debuffs, monsters dropping less gold, and Champions being unable to regain hit points or gain shields. Good luck!

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
April 30th
Idle Champion Spotlight (for reals): Spurt  
Posted in Idle Champions.

He quietly tied a knot around the cage that held his pet skunk.

"Soon" he whispered as he shook the cage. "SOON WE'LL BE READY!"

He put the cage down and started strapping on his adventuring gear, the daydreams he held close to his heart dancing in his head as he whispered a song only he knew: "nah nah nah nah nah Spurt am the beeeeeest!" He swiped his dagger through the air as he sang. It was covered in drippy stuff. He threw it away into the pile of equipment he'd collected. Some of it was glowing, or on fire, but he learned long ago not to touch those. Yesterday he got a pretty nasty burn. He picked up his foot and licked it subconsciously. Then he nibbled on his toenails a bit. That part was on purpose. There's a lot of protein in toenails, you know.

He strapped on the green slime pot that killed his brother. Perhaps one day he could turn him back into a real kobold. He collected his stoppered gourds, wishing he had labeled them. No matter. He was an adventurer now. He would know which one to use when the time came.

He reached for Stingy, the scorpion he'd tied to the top of his stick. If it wasn't for his awesome cup bracers, Stingy would have stung him a lot more, but he was an inventor. And an inventor is smarter than a scorpion most of the time.

Finally, he tied the bagged wasp nest onto his stick, shaking it for good luck. The buzzing got louder so he threw the stick across the room till they quieted down. How rude!

He was alerted to sounds up ahead. Steps. Whispers. Arguing? It was finally time. Spurt was going to find his mommy and become a real adventurer. If only he knew which way was out.

Today, we've got a special treat for you. We are revealing our newest champion (for the second time). Spurt, the Kobold Inventor (Rogue) is coming to Idle Champions THIS WEEK! I want to take a few minutes to go over his kit, and explain how to use this quirky, silly, kobold.

Who is Spurt?

Spurt was created by Chris Perkins on the fly during episode 50 of Campaign 2 on Critical Role. He was an honorary member of the Mighty Nein for all of 20 minutes, as he hilariously found a way into all of our hearts before a Fire Giant's hammer finished him off.

You can see his epic origin story here:



Spurt's Stats

Race: Kobold Class: Inventor (Rogue) Alignment: Lawful Evil
STR: 7 DEX: 15 CON: 12
INT: 8 WIS: 7 CHA: 8

When you want to add Spurt to your formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).


Spurt's Story

He's an 11-day old kobold who fancies himself an inventor, rogue, and hero depending how much rotten cave water he drank.

Basic Attack

Spurt tosses a wasp nest at a random enemy, dealing damage.

Formation Abilities

Before we get into his abilities, I want to talk about two states that Spurt can be in. First, when he's alive, he acts just like any normal Champion, attacking on a timer and granting formation buffs to other Champions. However, once he uses his You Dead! ultimate (more on that soon), he becomes Spurt's Spirit. While he's a Spirit, he no longer attacks, but his buffs are turned up to 11, granting even more support to his team given the Heroic Sacrifice he just made!

  • Heroic Sacrifice — This ability unlocks the You Dead! ultimate attack. Additionally, it details how Spurt remains in his Spirit form during the cooldown of the ultimate, buffing his other formation abilities in unique ways.

  • Centipede Net — Increases the damage of adjacent Champions.

  • Wa-Spiration — Whenever Spurt attacks an enemy, wasps swarm that enemy until they are killed. When 4 wasp-ed enemies are killed, Spurt invents a random effect for 60 seconds. Each effect can stack up to 5 times (with each stack expiring separately).

    • Stingy — Champions that attack with melee attacks deal additional damage.
    • Skunky — Enemies that approach the party (the same range as Strix's stinky ability) take extra damage.
    • Grubby — All Champions' base attack cooldowns are reduced.

  • Pack Tactics — Increases the damage of all Champions by for every Kobold in the formation, including Spurt. That's right. It's time to create the epic Kobold/Bard adventuring group with Deekin and Ishi!

Specializations

  • Centi-Pult — Choosing this specialization will allow Champions who are 2 slots away from spurt to recieve the buff from Centipede Net, not just those adjacent!

  • Kobold Family — Choosing this specialization will maximize the damage boost to all champions from Pack Tactics! Great if you're doing a run with Deekin or Ishi!

Ultimate Attack

    You Dead! — Spurt jumps in front of the formation and tosses a wasp nest at a stalking giant. He is then immediately killed. He comes back as a Spirit (see above), increasing the effects of his abilities until he revives near the end of the ultimate cooldown. That's right. You want as LOOOOOOONG of a cooldown as possible to maximize Spurt's support potential. What does that mean? More hammers. So many more hammers.



Equipment


  • Spurt's Staff — Stingy (and the versions that came before it), help Spurt survive. Since Spurt isn't very good at surviving, the staff buffs all Champions. Maybe they can help.

  • Spurt's Rot Grubs — Do you need any more motivation than "There's a rot grub on your tail"?

  • Spurt's Centipede Basket — This equipment buffs his Centipede Net ability, buffing those adjacent to him!

  • Spurt's Skunk — Pepe may not listen, but it enjoys Kobolds. That's why it buffs his Pack Tactics ability!

  • Spurt's Green Slime — "Don't go digging in there."

  • Spurt's Wasp Nest in a Bag — Could this be Spurt's most popular invention? He thinks so. Given that you want to have Spurt as a Spirit as long as you can, this equipment item INCREASES the cooldown of his ultimate, meaning he spends more time in his uber-spirit form. Ahhh the memories.

Final Thoughts

We are super excited to relase Spurt into the wild. He's one of our goofiest champions, and we want to pass along a big thanks to Chris Perkins and all of our partners at Wizards of the Coast for helping us bring this epic Kobold to life! In the words of Spurt: "I win!"

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
April 24th
Idle Champions: The Grand Tour, Part 8 
Posted in Idle Champions.

After fighting their way through countless undead, monstrosities, and horrors, the time has finally come for the Champions to finish their journey in Barovia. It is time to storm Castle Ravenloft and face off against the vampire Strahd von Zarovich. Your final test awaits you...

Note: You will need to complete the Grand Tour Adventure Backtracking through Barovia in order to access these new adventures.

Excavating History

It is time to enter the infamous and foreboding Castle Ravenloft. However, the welcome the Champions receive is not what they were expecting...
  • Variant: Screams of the Dead — As the Champions ascend the tower, they are haunted by the screams of the dead. Old enemies appear in boss areas, forcing the Champions to fight through their fears and regrets.

Towering Expectations

The Champions have the tools needed to confront Strahd von Zarovich... but are they truly ready? There's only one way to find out!
  • Variant: Guests of the Groom — Barovian wedding 'guests' take up two slots in the formation, causing adjacent Champions to deal random amounts of damage.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
April 10th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Aila 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Her eyes narrow. The corner of her lips curl up into a smile so slight, it's barely noticeable. "What did you say?" She asks stepping forward.

Her hand instinctively reaches to her warhammer. The air around us electrifies instantly. "Here we go again," I say as I reach for my weapons.

"What?" She turns around, smirking openly now. "I'm a delight!" She laughs as her barbarian rage takes over and she jumps into the fray; lightning coursing through her Warhammer, the Howling Gale.

Aila was created by Katie Morrison, 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 at 5PM BST, or noon Eastern every Sunday. You can also follow thair adventures on Youtube! For more info on Aila, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.


Aila's Stats

Race: Wild Elf Class: Barbarian Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
STR: 18 DEX: 18 CON: 16
INT: 9 WIS: 13 CHA: 10

Aila is a path of the Storm Herald Barbarian, able to Tank and Support in formations. She wields the primal power of storms to damage, stun, and weaken enemies. When you want to add Aila to your formation, you can swap her with Makos (Slot 9).

Aila's Story

Aila was found in the lowlands of Aerois by the wild elf Airdeith clan. While she is also a wild elf, she hails from a long lost clan. The only clue she has to her past is the tartan that was found with her.

When she grew older she began to realize that she possessed powers that most others didn't. When angered, her fingertips would produce lightning. She cultivated the strength of her ancestors, becoming the Barbarian that now travels with the Heroes of Aerois. She is stubborn, proud, and often very sarcastic.

Wild elves in Aerois typically have Celtic and Viking themes which inspired Katie to bring her own Scottish roots into her character. The scrap of clan tartan became an important item and Aila's story was formed around it. The name Aila means "from the strong place" in Scottish Gaelic. A fitting name for a barbarian!

The Art of Aila

Aila's portrait and model were drawn by Alexis Theroux. Her equipment was drawn by Kat Crane! As always, they've done an amazing job and we hope all of you enjoy their efforts on Aila!

Basic Attack

Aila attacks the nearest enemy with her warhammer, the Howling Gale, knocking them back slighlty with the gust cantrip.

Formation Abilities

Before we get into her abilities, I want to talk about two statuses she inflicts on enemies: Primed and Electrified. Multiple formation abilities refer to both Primed and Electrified enemies. Enemies become Primed from Aila's Storm Aura. They become Electrified from her Storm Soul & Raging Storm abilities. Primed enemies take more damage from all Champions. Electrified enemies take EVEN MORE damage!


Primed enemies are shown visually by a small lightning ball overlay on their model.
Electrified enemies are shown visually by a wreath of lightning around them.

  • Storm Aura — Every 4 seconds a random enemy approaching the formation is Primed. Primed enemies take 50% more damage from all Champions.

  • Heart of the Storm — Increases the health of all Champions by 25% of Aila's max health.

  • Storm Soul — When Aila attacks a Primed enemy, they are stunned for 2 seconds and they become Electrified, increasing the damage they take from all Champions by a much larger amount for EACH Electrified enemy on screen!

  • Raging Storm — When Aila attacks an Electrified enemy, all nearby Primed enemies become Electrified and then all nearby Electrified enemies are stunned for .5 seconds.

  • Shielding Storm — When an Electrified enemy attacks Aila, she gains temporary HP at 10% of her max health for each Electrified enemy on screen.

-----Update! 5/22-----

  • Aerois Synergy — We're introducing a new affiliation boon for the Heroes of Aerois! There will be a pool created when either Aila or Qillek is in your formation and has the Aerois Synergy upgrade unlocked. The pool is noted as the Aerois Synergy Pool. Heroes of Aerois contribute to the pool based on how well they're performing in the formation, and then one or more of their abilities are buffed by a percentage of that total pool. The more Heroes of Aerois Champions you have in the formation, the higher the pool, and the higher the buffs to each Champions' ability!

    You can see what the pool total is by viewing the formation buffs for each Champion once they unlock their Synergy formation ability. The details of Aila's contributions are listed below. For her, enemies that are electrified take additional damage based on a percentage of the total Aerois Synergy Pool.



  • -----End of 5/22 Update-----



    Specializations

    • Stormcaller — Reduces the cooldown on Aila's Storm Aura by 2 seconds. Use this if you want to get more enemies Primed quicker!

    • Stormbreaker — Increases Aila's Storm Soul stun by 2 seconds and increase the length of Aila's Raging Storm stun by .5 seconds. Use this if you need to hold enemies back longer, allowing your DPS Champions time to clear them out!

    Ultimate Attack

      Storm Herald — Aila lifts her Warhammer high into the sky, calling the lightning and unleashing the power of her ancestors. Once her warhammer is charged with lightning, she unleashes it across all enemies, damaging and stunning them for 5 seconds. It deals 10% more damage for each Electrified Enemy on screen.

    Equipment


    • Furs of the Stormbringer — As a barbarian of the lowlands, she's been raised to hunt. "Take what you can and leave nothing behind; it's the way of my people."

    • Mr Snappy the Trap — Mr Snappy is always around if you need a quick meal.

    • The Howling Gale — The warhammer given to her by the Airdeith, her adoptive clan.

    • Heritage Tartan — She was found and raised by the Airdeith clan. The tartan she carries is the only clue to her past.

    • Airdeith Clan Boots — "Just because I'm a barbarian, doesn't mean I run around with bare feet!"

    • Belt of the Storms — Why have a simple belt when you can be awesome instead?

    Final Thoughts

    We are super excited to begin introducing the Heroes of Aerois to Idle Champions. If you enjoy the character, consider checking out their Aerois campaign on the High Rollers Twitch channel!

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