Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Adds Warduke as Next Champion (Exclusive)

The iconic 80’s Dungeons and Dragons character Warduke will be the next champion to be added to Idle champions of the forgotten realms. can exclusively reveal that the popular idle game will add Warduke as its newest champion on November 30, with players able to collect the terrifying mercenary and add him to their formations as they fight their way through waves of enemies. Warduke is described as a Tanking/DPS Champion who increases his damage with every swing of his Flame Tongue Blade. Warduke’s unique origin as an action figure has also been implemented in the game, with a special Action Figure skin that comes with its own unique moves (described more below).

Warduke is perhaps best known for performing in the 1980s Dungeons and Dragons toy line, which is designed to promote the tabletop game. After performing in the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, Warduke faded into the background along with many other characters of his time. In recent years, however, Warduke has made a comeback, with the character making a notable appearance in the 2021 adventure. The wilderness beyond the witch’s light.

To find out how the iconic character made his way to Idle champions of the forgotten realms, spoke to System Designer Pete Lee and Executive Producer Chris Dupuis about the character and what surprises players can expect when Warduke officially enters the game next month. Warduke has appeared several times in recent D&D products, dating back to last year. How long has Warduke been working on Idle Champions?

Pete Lee: We first put Warduke in play as an enemy in one of our The Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign adventures that came out in June of this year, so technically we started a few months before that. From the perspective of Warduke being a champion for the players to recruit, we started system design in August. Typically, deployment starts about a month after design, but we brought them in a little earlier than usual to test a new engineer.

Chris Dupuis: As Pete points out, Warduke’s appearance in The Wild Beyond the Witchlight was a major impetus for bringing back the ancient hunter. He started out as an NPC and enemy in that campaign and almost became an Evergreen Champion unlock. However, we decided to bring him out as Event Champion with a bit more fanfare!

What are Warduke’s abilities in the game? How can they be traced back to Warduke’s history?

Lee: In Idle Champions, each champion has one or more roles in the game that generally inform the players of what to expect from an individual character. The two primary roles are support and damage per second (DPS), and each champion is one of those two roles, although some can be both. In general, players use one DPS champion and increase their damage with support champions. Champions can also have refueling, healing, speed and gold playing a secondary role.

As a chaotic evil fighter, we’ve made Warduke a DPS and tank champion, which means he’s good at dealing damage and good at taking damage. He traditionally wields a flaming sword, so we designed an ultimate ability that allows players to set his sword on fire to further increase his damage. Finally, we try to give each champion a unique ability that makes them play differently from previous champions, and Warduke’s “Chaotic Inversion” ability does just that. Some Support Champions improve certain positions in the party’s formation. Warduke mixes up those skills to reinforce the opposite of those positions. For example, if a support champion were to buff champions in his own column, in conjunction with Warduke, he would instead buff everyone but the champions in his own column. This opens up many new possibilities to build a formation with Warduke.


Warduke has a long history within D&D, with several standout visual designs over the years. How did you guys decide which look to use for his default look for the game?

Lee: When we add a champion that has evolved in appearance over the years, we usually focus on the most recent appearance. In this case, we chose the 5th edition adventure, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, as its canonical appearance in appearance, story, and stats. Since he had already appeared as an enemy in Idle Champions, we were able to use the work we did before that as a start to the Champion model, but we had to make some minor adjustments so that we could switch between having his blade on fire or extinguished.

Have any of his other looks been incorporated into the game?

Lee: As part of Warduke’s launch, we created a skin for him, inspired by the old LJN Dungeons & Dragons action figure that came out in 1983, so players can change his look to something from the bright and gaudy 1980s. We’ve even changed the way he walks in the game, as action figures aren’t known for having knees that bend.

Dupuis: Pete and I were talking about Warduke one night and he came up with the idea of ​​a skin inspired by the original 1983 action figure. It was perfect because for me that was how I first met Warduke. As we continued to discuss the idea (such as adding the well-known nightmare to go with the deluxe figure set he was also in), I kept joking that his knee and elbow joints shouldn’t bend. Finally, the joke became reality and one of our talented artists, Kat Crane, took our crazy idea and turned it into 11!


Can we expect to see more D&D action/comic characters appearing in Idle Champions since Dungeon Master and Warduke are both in the game now?

Lee: We have no immediate plans, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Warduke’s sworn enemy Strongheart eventually shows up.

Dupuis: While we currently have no plans to bring more characters from the Action Figure line into play, we do plan to expand our ‘Action Figure’ skins! With the release of the Action Figure Warduke Theme Pack, we are also releasing an Action Figure Skin & Feat Pack for 2 other champions: Orkira and Lucius! I hope they are well received as I would love to make more!

What are you most excited about players getting their hands on Warduke?

Lee: I look forward to seeing what players do with his Chaotic Inversion ability. That is going to create a lot of unique combinations that were not possible with any previous champion. It’s always fun to take familiar characters and adapt them for Idle Champions, and Warduke is no exception!

Dupuis: Can’t wait for players to come up with new formations around his Chaotic Inversion ability. I’m also holding my breath to see what players think of the Action Figure skins we’ve put together, because I think they’re hilarious!

Warduke is officially added Idle champions of the forgotten realms on November 30. Readers can unlock special Gold Chests with the code below.


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