Clan Rictus

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Clan Rictus
Clan Rictus.png
General data
TypePlayable subfaction
RulerTretch Craventail
Starting territory
Starting territory in Eye of the Vortex
Starting territory in Mortal Empires
Racial capitals
Climate preferences
  • Prefers Savannah, Frozen, Desert, Temperate, Mountain, Wasteland
Distinct features
Bullet skv underworld.pngSkaven Under-Empire:Skaven settlements appear to be ruins to other factions until scouted. Skaven can establish secret Under-Cities in enemy settlements.
Bullet skv food.pngFood:Maintain food supplies to gain growth and other bonuses, and to avoid starvation penalties.
Icon corruption skv.pngSkaven Corruption:Skaven corruption is a detriment to local public order, but allows extra uses of the Menace Below ability.
Icon loyalty.pngLoyalty:Lords have different loyalty levels, and may rebel against you

Clan Rictus is a subfaction of Skaven introduced in Total War: Warhammer II. It is led by legendary lord Tretch Craventail and starts out in the middle of Naggaroth. The faction is playable in campaign and multiplayer.

Clan Rictus was introduced as free DLC in the Tomb Kings update. They can be downloaded from Steam here: Link

How they play[edit]

A summary of Skaven gameplay:

  • Units: Masses of cheap expendable units, backed up by horrifying monsters, and devastating war machines. No cavalry or flying units.
  • Skaven Under-Empire: Skaven settlements appear as ruins to other factions, until discovered. Additionally, Skaven can establish secret Under-Cities beneath enemy settlements.
  • Food: Food is a special resource that Skaven must manage alongside money. It can increase usage of army abilities or help upgrade settlements.
  • The Menace Below: In campaign battles, Skaven have a unique army ability called The Menace Below which summons Clanrats. Spending food increases the amount of times this can be used.
  • Skaven Corruption: In campaign, Skaven must manage Skaven Corruption which both benefits and harms them.
  • Loyalty: Lords have different loyalty levels, which can cause them to take their army and rebel against you.
  • Stances: Stalking replaces default stance and gives a chance to ambush. Skaven also have access to the Underway, like Dwarfs and Greenskins.
  • Rites: Skaven have access to various rites which grant bonuses in campaign.


Clan Rictus is a clan of Skaven who inhabit Crookback Mountain, which lies on the eastern edge of the World's Edge Mountains, or western edge of the Dark Lands. The Clan's leader is Kratch Doomclaw, who sits upon the Council of Thirteen. Tretch Craventail is Kratch's right-hand rat. In Total War: Warhammer II Tretch starts in Naggaroth, far away from Crookback Mountain.

In battle[edit]

Clan Rictus plays like a regular Skaven faction. See that page for details.

Note that due to Tretch's lord effects, all his troops get vanguard deployment, and cause fear in underground battles.

In campaign[edit]

Clan Rictus largely plays like a regular Skaven faction. See that page for details.

Legendary Lord choices[edit]

Climate preferences[edit]

Climate preferences for Clan Rictus:

  • Habitable: Temperate, Wasteland, Frozen, Savannah, Mountain, Desert
  • Unpleasant: Jungle
  • Uninhabitable: Magical Forest, Chaotic Wasteland, Ocean, Island

Faction effects[edit]

Please see Tretch's page for his lord effects.

Start locations[edit]

Eye of the Vortex
Mortal Empires

Victory conditions[edit]

Eye of the Vortex
Short campaign
  • ?
Long campaign
  • ?


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Unlike other playable Skaven factions, Clan Rictus will be mainly dealing with the Dark Elves.

They also have different climate preference, forcing them to remain in the continent of Naggaroth. Therefore, it is not recommended to confederate other Skaven factions, which are mostly located down south in Lustria or the Southlands.


  • With the Potion of Speed Update a new section of land was added, The Dragon Isles and the area above them, Crookback Mountain among others. Crookback Mountain is Clan Rictus' home and is currently populated by Rictus Clan-Nest, a minor non-playable Skaven faction.
  • Some theorize Clan Rictus might get moved to Crookback Mountain with the release of Total War: Warhammer III due to that game taking place in the vicinity of the Rictus base.