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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.

Tiers[edit]

Not all champions are alike - some are tougher, some are a lot tougher, and any can have different abilities (see below). The more dangerous champions are only encountered in the higher difficulty settings, and low difficulty will have no champions.

  • Casual/Normal - no champions
  • Hard - Tier 1 only
  • Elite - Tier 1 and 2
  • Reaper - Tier 1, 2 or 3

The color and size of a champion's crown designate whether the Champion is Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3:

  • A small yellow crown indicates it is Tier 1
  • A medium orange crown indicates it is Tier 2. These are mini-bosses that have been upgraded to Champions.
  • A large red crown indicates it is Tier 3

Spawn rate[edit]

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

Rewards[edit]

When defeated, champions have a chance to drop Mysterious Remnants

  • Regular (yellow) champions have a chance to drop Mysterious Remnants, which will appear at the feet* of the character that delivered the killing blow. Similar to treasure bags, any and all characters can "use" these remnants to collect them, even characters entering a quest after that champion is killed. These remnants only last in place for a minute or so, then disappear.
    * This includes if the character is in mid-jump or mid-fall. In these situations, remnants will be suspended mid-air, occasionally making them challenging to collect.
  • Mini-boss (orange) champions have a chance to drop a chest when defeated, which will always include Mysterious Remnants along with randomly generated treasure appropriate to the modified level of the quest. These chests remain for the duration of the quest, and, similar to any other chest, are only collectable by characters that are in the quest when the chest is first opened.
  • Drop rates:

Buffs[edit]

Champions come in 20 different varieties, and it's random which type will be applied to any one champion. Each variety will have their own template of abilities based on a theme (inspired by the Outer and Inner Planes where they get these powers). Players can see the kind of Champion they are facing by looking at the creature's title, and additional detail can be found in the examination window.

Note that many* have True Sight, making such common tactics as Invisibility ineffective against them.

(* 7-8/20 of yellow-crown champions, 10-11/20 of orange-crown, and 15-16/20 of red-crown; note that Mark of Chaos champions are largely randomly generated, and it is unknown what percentage chance they have for this ability, potentially adding a full +1 to the minimum listed values.)
Type Theme Tier 1 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 3 Vulnerability
Aboreian Arborea - Righteous Anger and Passion True Seeing RageGains brief buff to damage when first reduced to 1/2 HP Mind Block Second WindWhen first damaged to a certain threshold (probably 1\2 HP), heals a large amount of health Great SunderingAttacks reduce enemies' AC, similar to Sunder None
Archeron Acheron - Land of endless battle, pro melee/missile (misspelled) Fortification BonusExtra Fortification. Great SunderingAttacks reduce enemies' AC, similar to Sunder Second WindWhen first damaged to a certain threshold (probably 1\2 HP), heals a large amount of health Dodge BypassAttacks ignore Dodge. Fortification Bypass BonusExtra Fortification Bypass. None
Beast Mark Beastlands - animal instincts make me stronger, faster. Dodge BonusExtra dodge. Dodge BypassAttacks ignore Dodge. True Seeing Second WindWhen first damaged to a certain threshold (probably 1\2 HP), heals a large amount of health Fortification Bypass BonusExtra Fortification Bypass. None
Cruel Soul Gehenna - land of greed/ambition Acid DoTAttacks deal stacking Cold damage over time. True Seeing Mind Block Improved Acid DoTAttacks now deal more stacking Acid damage over time. See Invisibility None
Demon Soul Abyss - chaotic demon Demonic Energy ResistanceGains resistance to Lightning and Poison damage types. True Seeing Poison Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Poison damage. Poison DoTAttacks deal stacking Poison damage over time. Unknown Good
Elemental Fury Chaos Elemental - random elemental resistance and damage Random Elemental ResistanceResists one of Fire, Cold, Acid or Electric. Elemental Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Elemental damage. (One of Fire, Cold, Acid or Electric, determined at generation.) Random Elemental TraitIcon tooltip.pngOne of Death Ward, Knockdown on contact, Freedom of Movement, or extra Fortification True Seeing Fire DoTAttacks deal stacking Fire damage over time. None
Fey Touched Feywild - blurry, nimble and immune to enchants and illusions Blur True Seeing Enchantment WardImmune to Enchantment spells and effects. Dodge BonusExtra dodge. Save ReductionAttacks reduce enemies's saves. None
Flame Born Fire - Elemental Plane of Fire Fire Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Fire damage. Resist Fire Deathblock Fire DoTAttacks deal stacking Fire damage over time. True Seeing Cold
Hero's Soul Ysgard - Valhalla ish - undying hero Dodge BonusExtra dodge. Fortification BonusExtra Fortification. Deathblock Unyielding SovereignityActivates first time this drops to 1\2 HP Knockdown ImmunityIcon tooltip.pngImmune to Knockdown effects. None
Infernal Pact 9 Hells - devil pact Devilish Energy ResistanceGains resistance to Fire and Poison damage types. True Seeing Fortification Bypass BonusExtra Fortification Bypass. Fire DoTAttacks deal stacking Fire damage over time. Vulnerable on HitAttacks cause stacks of the Vulnerable condition. Good
Light Bearer Mount Celestia - Heavenly & lawful True Seeing Unyielding SovereignityActivates first time this drops to 1\2 HP Deathblock Uncanny AimAttacks cannot miss. Light Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Light damage. Negative
Mark of Chaos Limbo - Chaos, I roll random effects Random Random Random Random Random Lawful
Mark of Law Mechanus - Lawful clockworks, machine-like thinking Force Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Force damage. True Seeing Mind Block Dodge BypassAttacks ignore Dodge. Deathblock Chaotic
Pandemonium Pandemonium - I'm crazy, and I make you crazy Mind Block Slow on HitAttacks reduce movement and attack speed. Vulnerable on HitAttacks cause stacks of the Vulnerable condition. Healing Debuff on HitAttacks reduce healing amplification. Displacement Lawful
Shadow Marked Shadowfell....neg energy Incorporeal Resist Negative Deathblock Healing Debuff on HitAttacks reduce healing amplification. True Seeing Light
Skyborn Air - lightning damage/Resist and Freedom of Movement Electric Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Electric damage. Resist Electric Freedom of Movement Electric DoTAttacks deal stacking Electric damage over time. Deflect Arrows Acid
Soulless Carceri - My soul is locked in the prison plane, won’t you join me? Slow on HitAttacks reduce movement and attack speed. Unknown True Seeing Save ReductionAttacks reduce enemies's saves. Uncanny AimAttacks cannot miss. None
Soul of Ice Water - Freezing Cold Damage on HitAttacks deal extra Cold damage. Resist Cold Slow on HitAttacks reduce movement and attack speed. Cold DoTAttacks deal stacking Cold damage over time. True Seeing Fire
Stone Guard Earth - can't knock down and physically resistant Resist Acid Resist Piercing and Slashing Knockdown ImmunityIcon tooltip.pngImmune to Knockdown effects. Vulnerable on HitAttacks cause stacks of the Vulnerable condition. True Seeing Electric
Stygian Hades - Death, despair, don’t look back… Deathblock Resist Negative Slow on HitAttacks reduce movement and attack speed. Save ReductionAttacks reduce enemies's saves. Healing Debuff on HitAttacks reduce healing amplification. None

DDO Forums

For the details of Special Champions which appear in Hardcore Server, see Monster Champion/Hardcore. (Note: As part of the Spooky Summer event, Season 2 Hardcore Champions are replacing standard champions until 11th July 2021.)

Special appearance during special events[edit]

Halloween crown
  • During the Night Revels, Champions' crowns show a little jack o'lantern under the usual crown of fire.
  • During the Snowpeaks Festival, the crown is frosty rather than fiery.

See also[edit]