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"That's going in the book!"

- An insulted Dwarf

General data
TypeMajor race
CategoryDwarf Realms
RulerThorgrim Grudgebearer, also depends on faction
CampaignsThe Old World
Mortal Empires
Playable subfactionsDwarfs.pngKaraz-a-Karak Clan Angrund.pngClan Angrund
Wh main dwf karak kadrin 256.pngKarak Kadrin (TWW2 only)
Legendary LordsThorgrim Grudgebearer
Grombrindal - The White Dwarf
Ungrim Ironfist
Belegar Ironhammer
Starting territoryDepends on faction
ClimatesFavour Mountain, Wasteland and Savannah
RegionalLike the Greenskins, Dwarfs can only capture mountain/wasteland settlements
Racial capitalKaraz-a-Karak in The Silver Road province
Distinct features
Bullet icon grudges.pngGrudges:Enemy attacks result in grudge missions which must be avenged.
Icon underway.pngUnderway:Dwarfs armies can enter the Use Underway stance to travel underground, avoiding danger.
Bullet icon dwarf unit roster.pngLimited Units:Heavily-armoured infantry with Powerful artillery and heroes. No magic, cavalry or monsters.
Wh main anc rune master rune of battle.pngRunesRunes are special inventory items, unique to Dwarfs, that work like banners.
Icon forge.pngThe ForgeIn TWW2, Dwarfs can craft items using trade resources and the new Oathgold resource.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Dwarfs are a major race introduced in Total War: Warhammer. They are playable in campaign, multiplayer and custom battles.

The Dwarfs are an ancient, proud race of warriors and craftsmen who dwell in great halls deep under the mountains. Easy to offend, they record every grudge in a great tome, written in the blood of kings. Dwarf armies can move through the underway to avoid danger. Most of their units are heavily-armoured infantry, powerful artillery and advanced war machines. Dwarfs have no spellcasters, cavalry or monster units.

Dwarfs have 3 playable subfactions:

How they play[edit | edit source]

A summary of Dwarfs gameplay:

  • Units: Heavily-armoured infantry, powerful artillery and advanced war machines. No cavalry, no magic, and no monstrous units.
  • 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.
  • Resource economy: Dwarf resource extraction buildings go up to level IV, allowing them to gain extra bonuses.
  • 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)
  • The Living Ancestor: A unique dilemma which only applies when players choose Grombrindal as their starting lord.

Background[edit | edit source]

By Grungni’s beard, that’s an insult that can only be repaid in kind. Die, you wazzock!

Dwarfs or Dawi are a proud folk who are quick to temper and easy to offend, with a love of gems, gold and other precious metals. They are short, generally no taller than five-and-a-half foot in height, but they are broad with powerful arms and stout legs. Dwarfs are master craftsmen; they see the work of other races as inferior. In their language, Khazalid, the Dwarfs even have a special word for shoddy devices, "umgak" - which literally means "man made". Much of this learning and expertise has come from eons of carving out their homes in the mountains. The dwarf strongholds under the World's Edge Mountains were undisputed wonders of the world. They are massive underground cities, and in the lower levels great industrial centres with smelteries, forges and mine works digging ever deeper into the roots of the mountains.

With their Dwarfholds established across the World's Edge Mountains and far beyond, the Dawi prospered for many generations. But then came the War of The Beard, a devastating continent-spanning conflict with the High Elves. This decimated the Dwarf Empire, leaving the network of Dwarfholds weak. After this, their realm was riven by a chain of devastating earthquakes which ruined much of the Underway - their underground highways. That’s when the Greenskins and Skaven struck. Thus the golden age of Karaz Ankor - ‘The Everlasting Realm’ in the Dwarfish tongue of Khazalid - ended.

In recent times, they are a race barely holding onto glories past; with only a few strongholds remaining in Dwarf hands, the rest lost to enemies or abandoned to the elements.

To this day the Dwarfs still fight; their ultimate goal is to restore their empire. With their belligerence, such a thing is possible. A Dwarf army or ‘throng’, is a powerful force, consisting of stoic Dwarf Warriors and using wonders of technological accomplishment that put all other races to shame. Gyrocopters and Gyrobombers fly above the battlefield while cannons fuelled by flame and steam spew death. Dwarfs do not call upon the Winds of Magic in the same way as Elves or men. To them, magic is a tangible thing, something that can be worked into axes, stone or even cannonballs. This is rune magic and Runesmiths, the masters of the art, are adept at creating arcane devices and weapons of great power.

It is with all these elements - stalwart Dwarfish hearts, exceptional armour and weaponry, and their unmatched machines of war - that High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer plans to retake his realm, slaying every last stinking Greenskin in his way! Few doubt his resolve, and for the first time in many generations, the Dwarfs are truly roused to battle - the Great Reckoning begins!

In Battle[edit | edit source]

Unit Roster[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dwarfs unit roster

Dwarfs armies are mostly made up of stalwart, heavily-armoured infantry backed up by powerful artillery, war machines and tough characters. Dwarfs have very high leadership, meaning they will rarely rout – in fact Longbeards even have a leadership aura similar to characters. Even basic Dwarf units are heavily armoured which can make them hard to deal with early in a campaign, before most factions have armour-piercing units. In fact, Dwarf units tend to have high stats in general. Like High Elves, Dwarf units tend to be expensive and they rely on quality over quantity.

Most Dwarfs units are quite slow moving, however the flying Gyrocopters and Gyrobombers are an exception. These war machines are invaluable for their speed, but weak to flying monsters.

Dwarfs have excellent ranged units, many of which perform decently in melee as well. Their artillery are arguably some of the best in the game, with many different powerful options.

Many Dwarfs units have fire or explosive damage. Some like Rangers and Miners, have vanguard deployment.


Dwarfs have no spellcaster units meaning they cannot use magic. They also have no cavalry or chariots, and no monsters of any kind.

Instead, all Dwarf units have an innate resistance to magical damage. Additionally, their Runesmiths and Runelords have abilities to reduce the winds of magic available of enemy spellcasters in battle. Any Winds of Magic used in battle against them is better spent on augment and hex spells, since Magic Resistance only applies to damage rather than effects. To counter cavalry and chariots, many Dwarf units have charge resistance. To counter monsters, Dwarfs have the Slayers unit which are unbreakable and thus not affected by fear/terror as well as a bonus versus large units.

Regiments of Renown[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs has several Regiments of Renown available. These are elite, unique versions of standard Dwarfs units.

Dwarfs.png Dwarfs units

In the Campaign[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs are a normal, non-horde faction who occupy settlements and control provinces. They do tend to suffer from low growth, but have high public order and a good economy. See the pages on Clan Angrund and Karak Kadrin for their details.

Subfactions[edit | edit source]

In May 2018, Ungrim Ironfist was split off from the main Dwarfs faction into his own playable subfaction, for Total War: Warhammer II. However this change only affects the second and subsequent games. The first game still has Ungrim Ironfist as part of the main Dwarfs faction.

Clan Angrund.png Clan Angrund, led by Belegar Ironhammer(requires paid DLC)
Wh main dwf karak kadrin 256.png Karak Kadrin, led by Ungrim Ironfist(TWW2 only)

Legendary Lord choices[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs players can choose from the following lords when starting a campaign. See the individual lord pages for information on their various bonuses in campaign.

The Great Book of Grudges[edit | edit source]

Bullet icon grudges.pngThe Great Book of Grudges is a campaign mechanic for the Dwarfs. Grudges are missions issued to take revenge for an enemy attack, and can be viewed by clicking the book icon in the bottom right. Grudges must be avenged promptly – letting them pile up incurs penalties to public order and causes diplomatic penalties with other Dwarf Realms factions.

The Forge and Oathgold[edit | edit source]

The Forge is a new campaign mechanic added in Total War: Warhammer II. It allows Dwarfs to craft items using trade resources and the new Resource oathgold.pngoathgold resource, which can be gained in many different ways.

The Underway[edit | edit source]

Icon underway.pngThe Underway is a network of caverns and tunnels that run under much of the world. Dwarf armies (like Greenskins and Skaven) can enter the Use Underway stance to travel underground, avoiding danger. However this carries a chance of being intercepted. Many battle maps take place underground in the underway, see underway for a full list.

Runes[edit | edit source]

Wh main anc rune master rune of battle.pngRunes are special inventory items unique to Dwarfs factions. They can be attached to units and work in a similar way to banners.

Resource Economy[edit | edit source]

Dwarf resource extraction and economic buildings go up to Level IV, unlike all other races. This means they can get extra bonuses when a resource is in a capital settlement.

See here for a full list.

The Living Ancestor[edit | edit source]

The Living Ancestor is a unique reoccurring dilemma that happens if players choose Grombrindal as their starting lord.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Buildings[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dwarfs buildings

Technology[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dwarfs tech tree

Dwarfs have a very large tech tree split into two main branches with many strong bonuses. However, due to the sheer amount of techs, it can take a while to research them all.

Stances[edit | edit source]

Special stances: Icon underway.pngUse Underway

Common stances: March, Encamp, Ambush, Raiding.

Post-battle options[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs/Clan Angrund post-battle options for captives are as follows:

Settlement options[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs/Clan Angrund have these settlement options when they have captured a settlement:

  • Occupy
  • Loot and Occupy
  • Sack
  • Raze

Commandments[edit | edit source]

See the article on commandments for a list of Dwarfs commandments.

Climate preferences[edit | edit source]

Dwarfs climate preferences for settlements in Total War: Warhammer II:

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

Regional occupation[edit | edit source]

Under the regional occupation system of Total War: Warhammer, Dwarfs/Clan Angrund can only occupy mountains and badlands. They cannot occupy temperate lowlands areas which are restricted to the Dwarfs and Greenskins. Nor can they occupy Norsca.

Start Position[edit | edit source]

Karaz-a-Karak and Karak Kadrin start in the World's Edge Mountains in the eastern parts of The Old World. Clan Angrund starts in the middle of the Old World, close to Athel Loren.

Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

See each faction's separate victory conditions.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Good for beginners: Dwarfs have a fairly easy start in the campaign - a good economy, high public order (though they suffer low growth). Their units are powerful, reliable and easy to use.
  • Where the Vampire Counts epitomize war of maneuver, the Dwarfs are all about attrition warfare. Emphasizing stable defensive lines, overwhelming firepower, and steady advances over brilliant maneuvers, Dwarfs require a patient hand and a defensive mind. A stable gunline defense, small mobile units to counter thrusts, and precise application of fire support are the name of the day - but require careful tactics, as they can easily be undone by flanking or baiting maneuvers. The biggest flaw is the lack of any cavalry units or chariots, making them tactically inflexible. Only the Gyros are fast and they don't make for good melee combatants... The upside is, Dwarfs can put out absolutely ludicrous amounts of dakka including machine guns, flamethrowers, and artillery support. Furthermore, the Dwarfs have no spellcasters, but all Dwarf units have magic resistance. Additionally, Dwarfs have Runesmiths and Runelords to help fill this role.
  • The Dwarfs have a number of special features in campaign gameplay. The foremost is the ability to use the Underway. The Underway provides a risky transportation route through impassable and inhospitable territories. When combating an army that has a significant amount of cavalry or units designed for flanking, Underway battles make it nearly impossible to be flanked and renders that segment of your enemy's army ineffective. Though they run the risk of being intercepted, which drops them down in the dungeon in a very bad position, the ability to flank the enemy cannot be overstated: Their tactical inflexibility is thus compensated for by their strategic range.
  • The second element is the Book of Grudges, which, in a nutshell, is a list of insults/injuries suffered at the hands of other factions (assassinations, trespassing, conquest or razing, running afoul of a script trigger...). Settling them is mandatory if a Dwarf is to remain in control of his kingdom: As they accumulate, public order, leadership, and diplomatic relations with other Dwarf factions start dropping.
  • Dwarfs benefit from having a very strong economic base, their unique advantage being Tier IV resource buildings providing even more resources and income. This is especially true for Karaz-a-Karak since they start with the Diamond resource in their capital. They also enjoy a robust technology tree containing both military and civic branches (the downside is, it takes time to unlock its full potential), and plenty of trade options with their neighbors.
  • In competitive play, Dwarfs are a problematic army. Their small, but powerful and expensive units are predominantly infantry, allowing enemies to easily shatter their battlelines with cavalry, monstrous infantry, or just bypass them with flying or fast units, exploiting the dwarfs' lack of maneuverability. Regiments of Renown, Rangers, and alternative artillery options help compensate for that, but the dwarfs' low mass still allows enemy chariots and beasts to plow right through them.

DLC[edit | edit source]

There is the following paid DLCs which has extra content for the Dwarfs:

Minor factions (Dwarf Realms)[edit | edit source]

On the campaign map, many minor factions are grouped together as Dwarf Realms. These all have a diplomatic positive racial bias towards each other, and use units from the Dwarfs unit roster.

Introduced in Total War: Warhammer

Introduced in Total War: Warhammer II

Chaos Invasion[edit | edit source]

During a Chaos Invasion, the AI Dwarf Realms factions gain the Shield of Civilization trait along with certain other races.

Development[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the release of Total War: Warhammer, Dwarfs were not planned to have the Runesmith. However this unit was added due to popular demand from fans.
  • In October 2016, The King and the Warlord DLC was released, which added new content to the Dwarfs: Clan Angrund playable subfaction, regiments of renown, and new units such as Rangers.
  • In May 2018, the Resurgent Update for Total War: Warhammer II added the new The Forge/Resource oathgold.pngOathgold mechanic for Dwarfs, and split off Ungrim Ironfist into his own Karak Kadrin faction.

Videos[edit | edit source]

High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer/Dwarfs introduction trailer[edit | edit source]

How to play the Dwarfs in Campaign[edit | edit source]

How to play the Dwarfs in Battle & Unit Roster[edit | edit source]

How to play the Dwarfs Lords and Heroes[edit | edit source]