Deck Droppers (Bombers)

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Deck Droppers
Wh2 dlc11 cst deck droppers bombers.png
FactionVampire Coast
CategoryFlying Missile Cavalry
Unit size12
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 600 (600)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 1
Icon income.png Upkeep: 150
Icon stat health.png Health: 188
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 40
Icon stat speed.png Speed: 80
Icon stat attack.png Melee attack: 26
Icon stat defence.png Melee defence: 22
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 16
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 20
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 2
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4.3 s
Icon stat range.png Range: 1
Icon stat ranged damage.png Missile Damage: 1
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Missile Damage: 0
Weapon damage.png Explosive Damage: 19
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Explosive Armour-Piercing Damage: 6
Icon stat ammo.png Reload Time: 12.6
Icon stat ammo.png Ammunition: 9
Icon stat range.png Range: 60
Modifier icon flaming.png Flaming Attacks: Yes
Icon stat armour.png
  • Causes fear.png Can Cause Fear: This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their Icon stat morale.pngleadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
  • Undead.png Undead: The unit is Undead (does not rout, immune to terror, becomes unstable when is low).

Deck Droppers (Bombers) is a Vampire Coast flying missile cavalry unit in Total War: Warhammer II. Beware the Deck Droppers’ black powder bombs released indiscriminately – if somewhat inaccurately – from above!

Description[edit | edit source]

When Undead pirate fleets attack on the open ocean, the first thing their victims commonly see are the hideous, flying horrors known as Deck Droppers, appearing in advance of their masters’ ships to pepper enemies with bullets from above. A Deck Dropper comprises of a bloodthirsty Fell Bat and firearm-wielding zombie ‘rider’, or more accurately, a zombie being unwittingly suspended from the Fell Bat’s talons, slightly disorientated but not without the wherewithal to fire its hand cannon. Before an attack, the Fell Bats hang in a dormant state from the topmost spars high in the rigging of Undead fleets until stirred by the anticipation that the coppery tang of blood is about to fill the air. Diving amongst their own ranks to grab a zombie, they swoop above the bedlam of battle as their passenger uses their better vantage point to fire round after round into the groups of enemies below.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Special Ranged Weapon: This unit has a special missile attack with limited ammunition, which can be very useful when initiating attacks.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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A niche unit that does not usually see a lot of play due to the other Deck Dropper variants. The Handgunners have better range and armour piercing, the standard variant is cheaper and better at poking down enemies of all types. The bomber variant is essentially a fast moving variant of the Zombie Pirate Gunnery Mob (Bombers), which is also a somewhat niche unit. This unit excels at burning down clumps of low armour infantry and disrupting enemy backlines with their speed.

It's much easier to position these guys than their ground based counterparts and it only takes a few well place bombs to hurt, disrupt, and rout low-armor infantry. The question remains is it worth a slot, especially given options like mortars which don't have to expose themselves.