Clan Angrund

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Clan Angrund
Clan Angrund.png
General data
TypePlayable sub-faction
CategoryDwarf Realms
RulerBelegar Ironhammer
Starting territory
Starting territory
Faction capital
  • Karaz-a-Karak
Climates (TWW2)
  • Favour Mountain, Wasteland and Savannah
Regional occupation (TWW1)
  • Like the Greenskins, Dwarfs can only capture mountain/wasteland settlements
Distinct features
Bullet icon grudges.pngGrudges:Enemy attacks result in grudge missions which must be avenged.
Icon underway.pngUnderway:Clan Angrund armies can enter the Use Underway stance to travel underground, avoiding danger.
Bullet dwf angrund ancestors.pngAngrund Ancestors:Powerful, ghostly Ancestor Heroes to assist Belegar in reclaiming Karak Eight Peaks.
Icon eight peaks dwf.pngKarak Eight Peaks:In campaign, Clan Angrund take penalties while they do not control Karak Eight Peaks.
Icon forge.pngThe ForgeIn TWW2, Dwarfs can craft items using trade resources and the new Oathgold resource.
Clan Angrund requires The King and the Warlord to play.

Clan Angrund are a playable sub-faction of Dwarfs introduced in Total War: Warhammer, separate from the main Dwarf faction. They are playable in campaign, multiplayer and custom battles.

Led by Belegar Ironhammer, Clan Angrund seek to reclaim their ancestral home, the great hold of Karak Eight Peaks located in the Eastern Badlands. However, the going will not be easy. The Crooked Moon Greenskins, and the Skaven of Clan Mors also desire the Eight Peaks for themselves. Luckily Belegar has ghostly Angrund Ancestors to aid him in his quest.

How they play[edit | edit source]

A summary of Clan Angrund gameplay:

  • Karak Eight Peaks: You must reclaim the fabled Dwarf-hold, and will take penalties until you do so.
  • Angrund Ancestors: Clan Angrund uses the regular Dwarfs unit roster, with the addition of ghostly ethereal heroes.
  • Regiments of Renown: These are unique, more-powerful versions of regular Dwarfs units.
  • The Great Book of Grudges: In the campaign, Dwarf players are issued grudge missions to take revenge for enemy attacks. Completing grudges is essential.
  • Underway: Dwarf armies can enter Use Underway stance, allowing them to bypass danger by travelling underground. This mechanic is shared with Greenskins and Skaven.
  • Runes: Dwarfs have special inventory items called runes, which can be attached to units like banners.
  • The Forge: A crafting system where Dwarfs use resources, as well as Oathgold, to craft magical items (added in the Resurgent Update for Total War: Warhammer II)

Background[edit | edit source]

The Throne of the Eight Peaks is mine, by right!”

For many generations the Dwarfs prospered. But then then Time of Woes came: their underground realm was riven by a chain of devastating earthquakes, followed by sustained attacks by Greenskins and Skaven. Thus the golden age of the Karaz Ankor - the everlasting realm - ended.

Of all the holds to fall to enemies, the greatest was Karak Eight Peaks, known as "Queen of the Silver Depths" or Vala-Azril-Ungol in the Dwarf tongue. Situated in a beautiful valley and the surrounding eight majestic mountains, it is a source of untold mineral wealth. The last King of the Eight Peaks was King Lunn Ironhammer of Clan Angrund, who sealed the treasure vaults before fleeing. On that day, Lunn vowed that he or his descendents would one day reclaim their home.

As ever, the Dwarfs’ reason for existence is to take back what is rightfully theirs and right the many wrongs recorded in The Great Book of Grudges. One such grudge is against that fiendish Night Goblin, Skarsnik, who will dominate Karak Eight Peaks unless challenged. Another is against the vile Skaven warlord Queek Headtaker, who gnaws away at the hold from below.

As you might expect, Belegar Ironhammer – direct descendant of the legendary King Lunn – has taken these slights very personally indeed, and intends to set the record straight once and for all. In fact, so large a stain was the loss of the hold upon the pride of Clan Angrund, that Belegar’s ancient Ancestors refuse to rest until they have done their part to aid him in reclaiming the pivotal fortress for Clan Angrund and wiping out every nasty little green git who dares stand in his way.

A tall order? Not really – Belegar has bolstered his army with a force of Rangers and some extremely serious hardware for smashing and bashing and flying his way to victory. That ought to do it, but if it doesn’t he’ll shave his beard off and join the Slayers! Mark Belegar’s words, o green tide, and mark them well; the Karaz Ankor will return, with Belegar Ironhammer at its vanguard!

In battle[edit | edit source]

Clan Angrund's unit roster is identical to the Dwarfs unit roster, with the following exceptions:

Regiments of Renown[edit | edit source]

Clan Angrund has all the same Regiments of Renown as regular Dwarfs factions.

In the campaign[edit | edit source]

Clan Angrund are playable in The Old World and Mortal Empires campaigns.

Clan Angrund share their buildings, technologies, climate preferences, regional occupation, runes, Use Underway and Grudges with regular Dwarfs.

Unique mechanics for Clan Angrund are listed below.

Legendary Lord Choices[edit | edit source]

See lord page for details on special abilities, starting units and effects.

Angrund Ancestors[edit | edit source]

Bullet dwf angrund ancestors.pngAngrund Ancestors are etheral unique hero units. In the campaign, Belegar starts with them. They are also playable in multiplayer and custom battles.

Karak Eight Peaks[edit | edit source]

"Recapturing Karak Eight Peaks will be no easy task, that much is certain. Another certainty is that all those joining this undertaking will require great compensation."

Karak Eight Peaks is a unique settlement which affects Clan Angrund in the campaign. This does not affect the main Dwarfs faction.

Karak Eight Peaks (Clan Angrund) Icon eight peaks dwf.png
Status Effect
You do not control Karak Eight Peaks Upkeep +50% for all units.
You control Karak Eight Peaks Standard Upkeep

Start Position[edit | edit source]

Wh main dwf karak izor.png

Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

The same as the Dwarfs main faction (see Dwarfs#Victory Conditions), with the following additions for both the short and long campaign victories:

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Clan Angrund's campaign is widely considered to be much harder than the main Dwarfs faction campaign. That being said, some foresight can go a long way to making that challenge easier. Upon starting a new campaign, take out the two Orcish groups to the Southwest and East of the start. This will give an extremely safe opening position, as Tilea and Estalia will hold off the Beastmen and Skaven (In Warhammer 2). Continue to build your forces and work your way East to Karak Eight Peaks. In spite of the large disadvantage you begin with, the Ethereal Heroes you have gives Belegar a surprisingly powerful opening army, capable of taking out most enemies in a head-to-head fight.

While deep in to Orcish territory, there's little point in colonizing the territories you conquer, as the Orcs will reclaim them behind you. Sack or Raze them instead, until you get close to Karak Eight Peaks. Once close, take over a nearby territory and heal/replace your forces as required. Then, when ready, take on Karak. Once it's under your control, you can look in to a second (Possibly third) army, and can turn your attention to the rest of the Orcs nearby, as you'll likely have a number of Grudges to clear. From then on out, they play no different than any other Dwarves.