Corruption

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Corruption is a mechanic in the campaign mode of Total War: Warhammer and it's sequels. Corruption represents the dark influence of certain nefarious races in a province on the campaign map, and is shown on the Province Info panel. Excessive corruption in a province usually benefits the spreading race, while harming other races. The opposite of corruption is being Untainted, which can also be spread.

Overview[edit | edit source]

There are 3 kinds of corruption, each with different effects: Icon corruption chs.pngChaos corruption, Icon corruption vmp.pngVampiric corruption and Icon corruption skv.pngSkaven corruption, in addition to Icon corruption untainted.pngUntainted.

Chaos and Vampiric corruption physically change the appearance of the campaign map, but Skaven corruption does not.

Broadly speaking, factions which do not spread corruption are harmed by corruption effects, taking hits to public order and even attrition damage if total corruption exceeds 50%. However, even a faction with it's own corruption to spread can be harmed by other types of corruption. For instance, Vampire Counts can be harmed by Chaos corruption.

Corruption / Untainted can be spread by the presence of armies, some items, the presence of heroes, certain buildings, commandments and also some character skills and followers.

Spreading corruption does not, by itself, affect diplomacy with other factions. However races who spread corruption tend to not get along well with others.

If Icon public order.pngpublic order gets too low in a corrupted province, then either a Icon corruption vmp.pngVampiric, Icon corruption chs.pngChaos or Icon corruption skv.pngSkaven uprising will occur instead of a standard rebellion.

Some army stances can protect that army against corruption and attrition.

Untainted[edit | edit source]

Icon corruption untainted.png Untainted is anti-corruption, or the absence of corruption. Factions which do not spread corruption tend to have buildings, commandments and character abilities that reduce corruption/increase untainted.

Untainted was added in Total War: Warhammer II. Prior to this, effects would just say something like "reduction in vampiric/chaos corruption".

Chaos Corruption[edit | edit source]

Icon corruption chs.png Chaos corruption is spread by Warriors of Chaos, Norsca, Beastmen and Cult of Pleasure (Dark Elves).

  • During the Old World and Mortal Empires campaigns, the Chaos Invasion event increases Chaos Corruption across the entire map.
  • Warriors of Chaos suffer attrition when in areas with low Chaos corruption. Norscans, Beastmen and Cult of Pleasure do not have this drawback.
  • Provinces with a Chaos Wasteland climate, such as The Chaos Wastes, have naturally high Chaos Corruption.
  • Certain character abilities increase Chaos Corruption, as does the mere presence of armies and settlements from the above factions.
  • Warriors of Chaos, Norscans and Beastmen all have special options to raze a settlement while erecting a monument the Chaos Gods. These monuments increase Chaos corruption in nearby provinces.
  • Chaos corruption causes the land to turn grey, lava rifts open in the ground, and brief daemonic shadows are seen. In battle maps the sky turns red and begins to rain down ash. The ambient sound becomes darker.

Vampiric Corruption[edit | edit source]

Icon corruption vmp.png Vampiric corruption is spread by all Vampire Counts factions.

  • Vampiric corruption gives the campaign map a blueish-grey tint. Trees begin to die, and ghosts are seen. The ambient sound also changes to include howls and screams.
  • Vampiric corruption represents both actual vampires infiltrating other societies, as well as the dark magic and actual darkness covering the land.
  • Vampire Counts armies take attrition damage when in provinces with low Vampiric Corruption.
  • Certain Vampire Counts buildings spread Vampiric Corruption by burning ghostly green balefires. Additionally, Vampire Counts heroes and armies spread corruption.

Skaven Corruption[edit | edit source]

Icon corruption skv.png Skaven corruption is spread by all Skaven factions. The damage to public order (for self) is capped at -5, allowing it to be controlled with public order buildings rather than untainted.

  • Skaven corruption does not cause attrition when it reaches 50%.
  • Skaven corruption only subtly affects the appearance of the campaign map, with a few Skaven burrows and chunks of warpstone appearing.
  • It is the only type of corruption which has negative effects on the race spreading it: Skaven corruption lowers Icon public order.pngPublic Order for the Skaven. Capped at -5.
  • Higher levels of Skaven corruption in a province, allow extra uses of The Menace Below at no food cost (up to a maximum of 10).
  • Due to the public order downsides of Skaven corruption, Skaven are encouraged to not compound public order penalties from a lack of food as well.
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