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Monster Champion

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Burning crown identifies a monster champion; the color of that crown signifies how dangerous they are.

Introduced in Update 24 and reworked in Update 34, some enemies gain randomized buffs on Hard, Elite, and Reaper difficulties in quests with an effective level of 5 or higher (i.e. starting with level 4 quests on Hard difficulty, and level 3 quests on Elite or Reaper). These enemies are called Champions, and they have a visible crown above their head to mark them. Monster Champions do not directly spawn in any raid (the champions in Legendary Shroud's Part 5 are granted champion buffs but are not champions proper), nor do they appear at all in any wilderness area or quest on Solo, Casual, and Normal difficulty.

Spawn rate[edit]

  • Hard normal monsters: 6%
  • Elite normal monsters: 9%
  • Hard Orange named monsters (mini-bosses): 33%
  • Elite Orange named monsters (mini-bosses): 66% (DDO Forums)



Champion crowns designate whether the Champion is Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3:

  • A small yellow crown indicating it is Tier 1
  • A medium orange crown indicating it is Tier 2
  • A large red crown indicating it is a Tier 3

Champion buffs now randomly pick between a set of template themes after the Outer and Inner Planes where they get their boost, depending on difficulty:

  • Casual or Normal - no champions
  • Hard - Tier 1
  • Elite - Tier 1 and 2
  • Reaper - up to Tier 3

Players can see the kind of Champion they are fighting by looking at the creature's title. Additional detail can be found in the examination window.

Plane Theme Tier 1 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 3 Vulnerability?
Aboreian Arborea - Righteous Anger and Passion True Sight Short damage boost at half health Mind Block Second Wind Great Sunder None
Archeron Archeron - Land of endless battle, pro melee/missile Fortification Great Sunder Second Wind Dodge Bypass Fort Bypass None
Beast Mark Beast lands - animal instincts make me stronger, faster. Dodge Dodge bypass True Sight Second Wind Fort Bypass None
Cruel Soul Gehena Plane - land of greed/ambition Acid DoT True Sight Mind Block 2nd Acid DoT See Invisibility None
Demon Soul Abyss - chaotic demon Resist Lightning/Poison True Sight On hit: Poison Poison DoT TBD Good
Elemental Fury Chaos Elemental - random elemental resistance and damage Random Elemental Resist On hit: random elemental damage rand dw/knock/fom/Fort True Sight Fire DoT None
Fey Touched Feywild - blurry, nimble and immune to enchants and illusions Blur True Sight Enchantment Ward Dodge Save debuff None
Flame Born Fire - Fire On hit: Fire Resist Fire Deathblock Fire DoT True Sight Cold
Hero’s Soul Ysgard - Valhalla ish - undying hero Fortification Dodge Deathblock Unyielding Sovereignty at half health Knockdown Immunity None
Infernal Pact 9 Hells - devil pact Resist Fire/Poison True Sight Fortification Bypass Fire DoT Vulnerability Good
Light Bearer Mount Celestia - Heavenly & lawful True Sight Unyielding Sovereignty at half health Deathblock Uncanny Aim (always strike true) On hit: Light Negative
Mark of Chaos Limbo - Chaos, I roll random effects random effect TBD random effect TBD TBD Lawful
Mark of Law Mechanus - Lawful clockworks, machine-like thinking On hit: Force True Sight Mind Block Dodge Bypass Deathblock Chaos
Pandemonium Pandemonium - I'm crazy, and I make you crazy Mind Block On hit: Slow Vulnerability on hit Healing debuff Displacement Lawful
Shadow Marked Shadow Fell....neg energy Incorporeality Resist Negative Deathblock Healing debuff True Sight Light
Skyborn Air - lightning damage/Resist and Freedom of Movement On hit: Electric Resist Lightning Freedom of Movement Electric DoT TBD Acid
Souless Carceri - My soul is locked in the prison plane, won’t you join me? On hit: Slow TBD True Sight Save debuff Uncanny Aim None
Soul of Ice Water - Freezing On hit: Cold Resist Cold On hit: Slow Cold DoT True Sight Fire
Stoneguard Earth - can't knock down and physically resistant Resist Acid Resist Pierce/Slash Knockdown immunity Vulnerability True Sight Electric
Styxian Hades - Death, despair, don’t look back… Deathblock Resist Negative On hit: Slow Save debuff Healing debuff None

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The Night Revels[edit]

Halloween crown

During the Halloween event, Champions crowns show a little jack o'lantern under the usual crown of fire.

See also[edit]