Dev Blog #121: Champions

Apr
05

Dev Blog #121: Champions

As we’ve talked about a while ago, we’re overhauling how named items work and how they can be acquired. One way to get named items is by fighting champions – and that’s what we’re talking about today. Let’s delve in!

Champions

Hitherto, named items could primarily be found by looting locations – whether you followed tavern rumors or ventured out on your own. Occasionally, but rarely, they could also be looted from particularly strong enemies. And that’s where champions come in.

Champions are particularly skilled and experienced individuals of any non-beast faction. They’re guaranteed to carry at least one named item and have significantly increased stats over their brethren. You’ll be able to easily recognize them by their special base and unique name. They are, in a way, minibosses. They challenge you to fight hard to claim what is theirs, and they shake things up, but prevailing against them will always reward you with the named item they carry – be it weapon, shield, armor or helmet.

So where do you meet champions? The most reliable way is to complete contracts with a difficulty rating of three skulls. Those have always been a high risk proposition for any mercenary company, but they now come with more of a reward for taking that chance: the possibility of getting named gear by facing enemy champions. Another way is to simply play into the late game. The further along your campaign, the more likely that you’ll find champions roaming the world outside of contracts or defending a location.

While champions may prove challenging to defeat, they are significantly easier to beat than some of the battles around legendary locations. This way, they can also fill the gap in challenge between defeating your first late game crisis and starting to take on legendary locations, like the Black Monolith, with your company.

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5 comments

  • Sarissofoi
    Sarissofoi
    Apr 5, 2019 @ 13:55 pm

    Do goblins get these as well?
    It looks like gobos both missing named items and will miss champs too.

  • Abel
    Abel
    Apr 5, 2019 @ 14:29 pm

    It’s really unsettling how you keep coming with great ideas. This DLC looks very promising! Maybe your best to date.

  • RusBear
    RusBear
    Apr 5, 2019 @ 15:53 pm

    More punchers to God of punchers? Or you can loot it even if it full destroyed? If not and we need this horrible “surround and knife him” stories again…i don’t like it at all.

    • Malthus
      Malthus
      Apr 5, 2019 @ 16:21 pm

      “For the Watch” before every stab xD

  • DerFlo
    Apr 5, 2019 @ 23:35 pm

    Really hyped about the dlc. I want those different company origins asap. They give hours of replayability.

    Any idea yet about a rough release target date? :)

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