The Empire is a race and faction introduced in Total War: Warhammer. The Empire are playable in campaign, multiplayer and custom battles. They have no playable subfactions, but have 3 legendary lords.
The Empire is the largest human nation in the Old World. They are a proud country built on steel, gunpowder and faith in their patron god Sigmar. They are based on the real world Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. Their army combines spearmen, knights and cannons with fantasy elements such as wizards and griffons.
- 1 How they play
- 2 Background
- 3 In Battle
- 4 In the Campaign
- 5 Strategy
- 6 DLC
- 7 Minor factions (Empire Provinces)
- 8 Gallery
How they play[edit | edit source]
A summary of Empire gameplay:
- Units: The Empire have an extremely large and diverse roster with almost every unit type represented. Infantry form the core of their army, backed up by strong cavalry and artillery.
- Regiments of Renown: These are unique, more-powerful versions of regular Empire units.
- Offices: In the campaign, Empire players can assign characters to offices via the office panel, which confers a title and various other benefits depending on the office.
- Colleges of Magic: The Empire can recruit 7 different kinds of spellcaster heroes, who have access to a total of 42 spells – the most of any faction.
- Good for beginners: Of all the factions in Warhammer, The Empire are perhaps the most similar to a historical Total War faction. Diplomacy and trade plays a major role in the initial stages of an Empire campaign, while combined arms tactics are required to achieve victory in battle. Players will be slowly introduced to magic spells and monster unit as they play.
Background[edit | edit source]
For two and a half millennia The Empire has formed a bulwark against the encroaching forces of Destruction. Lying at the heart of the Old World, it is the greatest and most powerful of all the nations forged by Men, greater even than the fair land of Bretonnia. But the The Empire is in constant turmoil, beset on all sides by enemies ferocious and foul, with even dark gods and their unholy followers desiring nothing more than the Empire's utter destruction.
Yet it endures, for mankind has a steely determination to not merely live, but thrive. The Empire’s armies are mighty with ranks of highly-disciplined troops and heavily-armoured Knights, led by valiant warrior-generals and supplemented by the arcane will of Battle Wizards and powerful machines of war.
While the Empire’s vast armies are constantly caught in the swirling maelstrom of war, facing all manner of threats within and without its porous borders, perhaps its greatest foe is, and always has been, itself. For the Empire is not one harmonious nation but a collective of fiercely independent provinces and city-states each led by an Elector Count – a powerful noble whose own interests often come before matters of his people or the greater good of the nation. It is from these men and women that an Emperor is elected; in the past the realm has been blighted by a succession of corrupt leaders, or been riven with internal strife as rival Electors fought for the throne. During such dark times the Empire was at its weakest and so its many enemies have taken full advantage.
And yet when mankind seems in greatest peril, the Twin-Tailed Comet arcs across the sky and a great leader comes to the fore. First it was Sigmar, the warrior-god that founded The Empire. Then two hundred years ago, Magnus the Pious purged the lands of Chaos, uniting the nation under one glorious banner for the first time in centuries.
Now, a new Emperor has been crowned. He is untested, unwilling as yet to take up Sigmar’s warhammer. Furthermore, he is not the candidate many Elector Counts wanted, they are uneasy and in some cases hostile. So begins the reign of Karl Franz, and he has much to do: unite The Empire, secure its borders and bring prosperity to its beleaguered citizens. It is a time when dark clouds gather in the north, the dead walk again in Sylvania, ancient allies are under siege, and the Greenskins are more belligerent than ever.
The Twin-Tailed Comet blazes across the sky once again, but is it an omen for good... or ill?
In Battle[edit | edit source]
Unit Roster[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Empire unit roster
In battle, The Empire have access to a large and balanced unit roster with a wide range of options. Their roster offers plenty of flexibility in terms of strategy. The backbone of their armies are infantry armed with a variety of weapons from greatswords to spears and handguns. They also have various types of knights and ranged cavalry, cannons and even magical artillery. The mighty steam tank is one of the game's most powerful war machines. The Empire even has flying units and monsters, available as character mounts.
However, high specialization among units means that the day is won not through numbers or tactics, but a competent strategic approach through combined arms: mixing units and covering their weak spots with other forces.
Colleges of Magic[edit | edit source]
Colleges of Magic: Empire spellcasters have access to the Lore of Metal, Lore of Light, Lore of Heavens, Lore of Fire, Lore of Beasts, Lore of Life and Lore of Shadows. This is a total of 42 spells, the most of any faction.
Regiments of Renown[edit | edit source]
The Empire has several Regiments of Renown. These are elite, unique versions of standard Empire units.
In the Campaign[edit | edit source]
Legendary Lord choices[edit | edit source]
The Empire can choose from the following lords when starting a campaign. See the individual lord pages for information on their various bonuses in campaign.
Offices[edit | edit source]
Offices are a gameplay mechanic for Empire in the campaign that allow them to assign characters to certain positions in the Empire government. This confers a unique title on the character, and gives various bonuses to the whole faction and to the specific character.
Buildings[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Empire buildings
Technology[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Empire tech tree
Technologies in the Empire tech tree must be unlocked by constructing the correct building, before they can be researched.
Stances[edit | edit source]
Post-battle options[edit | edit source]
Empire post-battle options for captives are as follows:
Settlement options[edit | edit source]
The Empire has these settlement options when they have captured a settlement:
- Loot and Occupy
Commandments[edit | edit source]
See the article on commandments for a list of Empire commandments.
Climate preferences[edit | edit source]
Empire climate preferences for settlements in Total War: Warhammer II:
- Habitable: Temperate, Savannah, Desert
- Unpleasant: Mountain, Temperate Island
- Uninhabitable: Wasteland, Chaotic Wasteland, Frozen, Magical Forest
Regional occupation[edit | edit source]
Under the regional occupation system of Total War: Warhammer, The Empire can only occupy human/Vampire Counts land. They cannot occupy mountain/wasteland areas which are restricted to the Dwarfs and Greenskins. Nor can they occupy Norsca.
Start Position[edit | edit source]
Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]
- Short Campaign
- Control all provinces of the Empire either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies:
- Reclaim Sylvania either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies:
- Ensure that any presence belonging to the following factions exists only in the Chaos Wastes region:
- Ensure that Archaon the Everchosen is in a wounded state
- Long Campaign
The same as the short campaign, with the following addition:
- Destroy the following faction(s):
Strategy[edit | edit source]
- The Empire plays similarly to traditional Total War factions, with diplomacy playing a major role in the initial stages of the campaign (uniting the Elector Counts with the strength of their arguments or the argument of strength) and strengthening the realm against future threats. Late game focuses on frontline affairs more strongly, as the Empire comes under attack from Chaos.
- The Empire has no unique economy mechanics. Instead, the player can assign lords to positions in the Imperial cabinet, providing local and global modifiers.
- Has a fractured Empire, whereby the provinces of the Empire are ruled by Elector Counts over whom the Emperor has tenuous control at best. However, this same situation also allows for plentiful confederation options that allow other Empire factions to be merged with the Emperor’s via diplomacy. Dwarfs are a vital ally in any Empire game, as they have generally non-overlapping territorial interests, but can provide a strong boost to trade. Bretonnia is an excellent ally as well, but can also be dismembered and annexed for special building chains and raw income (eg. Couronne), while Southern Realms can also play that role. Notably, the Southern Realms and Bretonnia can act as a buffer for Beastmen and Wood Elves, which have a habit of stomping neighbors into the ground thanks to the edge they have in low tier battles.
- Numerous enemies. Dissatisfied Elector Counts to the north and east, Chaos even further up, Orcs to the south, Vampire Counts in Sylvania and agents in the shadows, and Beastmen all around. Bretonnia, Tilea, Estalia and the Border Princes can become your enemies should relations turn sour. Lastly, the Dwarfs and their heavily armoured warriors will stop at nothing to settle any grudges with the other factions, try not to put yours on the list. With the Wood Elves and Beastmen apparent, the Empire has a challenging strategic situation, especially under an AI player.
- Overall, the Empire is a very strong faction in both single and multiplayer games. Infantry, especially Halberdiers and Greatswords, can hold the line well, but their ace in the hole is the war machine and cavalry catalogue. Imperial commanders can snatch up Demigryph Knights for wiping enemy beasts and dealing with large armored threats (though fielding them against Bretonnian massed cavalry charges is a good way to get them killed) together with the Reiksguard shock cavalry (excellent against weaker opponents). The steam tank shines among other war machines thanks to its versatility (ram and artillery), with Karl Franz being insanely powerful (though prohibitively expensive in multiplayer games). Other lord choices are good, especially Balthasar Gelt after Lore of Metal improvements. Heroes like the witch hunter, Jade Wizard, and warrior priests round out the roster for single models, though they are more useful on the campaign map than in battle.
- No flying units other than high level characters mean the Empire is effectively hamstrung when dealing with factions that love flying units, like Bretonnia, Wood Elves, or Vampire Counts. They have to deal with them defensively, using eg. Handgunners (accurate, high AP), Lore of Light, or the Luminark of Hysh to deal damage to the enemy. Combined with a trapping spell like Net of Amyntok enemy flyers need to be wary of wandering into enemy fields of fire.
DLC[edit | edit source]
There is the following paid DLCs which has extra content for the Empire:
Minor factions (Empire Provinces)[edit | edit source]
On the campaign map, many minor factions are grouped together as Empire Provinces. These all have a diplomatic positive racial bias towards each other, and use units from the Empire unit roster.
Chaos Invasion[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Karl Franz leading his troops into battle on the back of Deathclaw