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Dev Log 81: Know Fire, Know Demons, Know Molten Citadel



The Molten Citadel update will melt your face off next Tuesday, August 2nd! 

Here’s what's in this muy caliente (that’s very hot in Spanish) update:

  • New Map: Molten Citadel

    • Thanks to your previous Influence vote, our next map is the Molten Citadel! Molten Citadel is a remake of DD1’s Magus Quarters. A fiery lava moat surrounds this explorable castle. Also, skeletons. Medium-sized map. One core.

  • New Incursion:  Demon’s Lair

    • Turn up the heat with the new Molten Citadel map and a superheated Incursion featuring Lava Guardians and the fierce Demon Lord. HE’S ON FIRE! Can you keep your cool?

  • New Abyss Lord Weapon: Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone

    • You play with fire, you’re gonna get... The Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone. Burninate foes with the power of earth and flame, then finish ‘em off with great balls of magma.

  • New Incursion Enemy:  Lava Guardian

    • The hot n’ heavy Lava Guardian enters the Demon’s Lair Incursion with attacks that are sure to get you hot and bothered.

  • New Squire Costume:  Guardian of the Molten Citadel

    • Think DD2 is hawt? Help keep cool, new stuff coming and wear your support by splurging on the Squire’s Guardian of the Molten Citadel variant! It comes with 27 accessories and 127° C of style.

  • Changing Terminology: We Do What We Want!

    • We’re changing “Challenges” back to “Incursions” (because too many things in our game are called Challenges) and “Defense” back to “Campaign” (because in a few updates, this will feel more like a traditional Campaign). Deal with it (but seriously, we hope that’s the last time).

  • iPWR 750 Medallion on the Demon's Lair Incursion!

  • And a hot plate!

That completes my first dev log post EVAR. I'd like to thank my budding bromance with Isom, my mom, and every team off 11 year olds I've ever silently played Splatoon with. - Benny

Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

The Molten Citadel map lands next week! Old school Dungeon Defenders players will recognize the Magus Quarters layout, which as always, Jesus Diaz (N3oDoc) and Daniel Diaz (DanielKaMi) applied their incredible level design, world building, and art skills by taking the base BSP of the original map and transforming it into a place that makes Ragnaros jealous. Be sure and check out their DD2 Wild West map below they’re working on!

Steve and Lauryn did the design for the Molten Citadel Incursion, and it’s quite fun and really captures the complete theme and boss-fight/raid vibe while keeping true to the core of what makes DD2 unique.


On this map, a fiery Demon Lord emerges from the lava and bombards players with burning meteors, so be careful where you stand. If you are too close to your core, the splash damage will nail it so don’t be caught turtling. These meteors have a touch of homing on them too, so good dodging, movement, or line of sight breaking is necessary. He also cheats from time to time. Don’t get popped out of the sky and fall into lava! While he’s firing multiple meteors at you, his armies come in waves (infinitely) including flying enemies, so don’t forget anti-air towers unless you want to skeet shoot Wyverns non-stop with your Gun Witch or Huntress. (Always fun with a Double Tap II 1.5/s x3 Blunderbuss Duster!)


The waves go on forever unless you can spot a Lava Guardian and kill him. Steve has a fun snap of one below. On death, they break down into burning boulders, which work awesome as ammunition for the catapult on the upper bridge. Fire the catapult to stun the Demon Lord so you can get there and DPS him down (I suggest using the Gainesville 352 slap). Steve’s jamming balance, be sure and read his update below.


As with all our Challenges this year, we added a unique hero-specific weapon that always drops and has variable bonuses to the effects so you can work towards what you think is the ultimate version. This go round, the Abyss Lord gets the Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone, which jams up your primary mana drain with extra damage and changes both right-click and right-click charge ups significantly. The charge up is rather nasty. Beavis would get excited. Fire!

Be sure and check our Patch Preview video at the top of the post for some action clips of everything!

Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

The Upcoming Changes to the Game thread has been updated! Check it out if you’re curious about the near-term changes coming to Dungeon Defenders II.

Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

The Lavamancer will soon be burning his way through Etheria, and naturally we want to put him through his paces before he lands. We have a fantastic Remote Playtest Group that gets the chance to do just that, and we’re open to recruiting new members. So if you want to test out the Lavamancer and upcoming content before it releases come join us!

Also, if you have a few spare hours most days, we have a daily active group called the Remote QA team. This team takes a look at the game as it develops each day with a strong focus on bug finding and feedback - and we’re also recruiting on this team too.

Send an email to dani.moore[at]TrendyEnt[dot]com - and confirm you are 18 or above - and we’ll start the process of getting you into either group, just state which team you want to join. We’ll also provide more details before you jump in.

Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

Working hard on the Wild West level! Adding new buildings and doing a full deco pass.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week I'm polishing the Wild West level by adding a ton of details, and also I'm working on the out-of-bounds areas creating some new funny buildings!


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Incursion testing is well under way. The Molten Citadel is getting polished up, and the Incursion is getting balanced out. The lava guardians are getting restless…



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Wow! Just...wow! I'm excited to play the incursion of the molten citadel! Looking great! The Wild West ma us also looking very good! Hopefully the update comes with more bug fixes, too. Keep up the good work Trendy!

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Pretty Interesting A Molten Citadel Update, With No LavaMancer.  Would Have Been Better If He Was With This Update. Thanks Trendy. You Are All Awesome.

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I am glad that you guys decide to revert the terminology. Incursions does sound more dynamic and campaign does seem more distinct from defense. 

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@VincentX3 quote:

Will the new Molten map have any ipwr 750 drop?

It doesn't have too, but having a chance at those drops is part of the fun.
The design of both maps is looking really good btw.

The Incursion will drop an iPWR 750 Medallion!

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@Chronos ~ quote:

and also a 750 IPWR Relic??

Yep, you'll find an iPWR 750 Medallion on the Incursion! I'll add that to the list. 

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Why does half of Etheria use English signs and the other half use that neat font language seen in the tavern and plaza?

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Sorry Trendy, but the things that get me the most excited for patch day are the maps.

Balance and new heroes and items are secondary. Each new map is absolutely gorgeous and I love how well they're all done. The retouched old maps and this new Western map, seriously the map team doesn't make enough $$$.

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There been overhaul on everything.  Is possible to still The Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone? At demon's lair?

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