Factions are tribes, peoples or nations on the campaign map that control settlements, amass armies and make war with one another. The player takes command of a faction when playing the campaign mode, or when playing custom battles, set-piece battles/quest battles or multiplayer.
Similar factions are grouped together into Races.
Races and factions have unique units and gameplay mechanics that set them apart from others.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Races
- 3 Race/faction and diplomacy
- 4 Race/faction and settlements
- 5 Playable Factions
- 6 Minor factions
Overview[edit | edit source]
Factions raise armies which move around the campaign map and battle other armies, or take settlements.
Faction may engage in diplomacy with one another, and can even confederate with other factions of the same race if conditions are right. A faction is destroyed when it controls no more armies or settlements.
"Major" factions are playable, while "minor" ones are AI-controlled only.
Hordes[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Hordes
Rogue Armies[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Rogue Armies
Races[edit | edit source]
A Race is a group of similar factions which generally use the same units and game mechanics. Each race featured in the game, such as the High Elves, carries certain racial traits and mechanics which grant factions of that race unique abilities or inabilities. Factions of a particular race receive a bonus to diplomatic relations between each other, and therefore tend to stick together. Some factions are also the main or "flagship" faction for their race, such as The Empire or Dwarfs.
A faction's race/category will be listed below it's name when conducting diplomacy.
See below for a list of racial categories in the game.
Race/faction and diplomacy[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Diplomacy
Race and faction affects diplomacy. Factions of the same race or group have a diplomatic bonus towards each other. See the diplomacy page for a table detailing all the diplomatic racial biases. In the Eye of the Vortex campaign, completing rituals causes the other competing factions to dislike your faction. In some campaigns there is a Chaos Invasion which strongly affects diplomacy via the Shield of Civilization trait given to certain factions.
Factions of the same race may confederate if conditions between them are right.
Race/faction and settlements[edit | edit source]
- Each non-horde faction has a faction capital settlement, indicated by a golden border around the crest.
- Some races have a special racial capital, with unique buildings.
- In Total War: Warhammer, the regional occupation affects which races can occupy which areas on the campaign map.
- In the second game this was replaced by the climate system: different races and factions have different climate preferences.
- Certain races like Norsca and Wood Elves also have special restrictions on where and how they can colonize.
Playable Factions[edit | edit source]
Total War Warhammer: Fully playable factions[edit | edit source]
- The Empire
- Vampire Counts
- Warriors of Chaos
- Wood Elves
Total War Warhammer II: Fully playable factions[edit | edit source]
- Lizardmen factions.
- Dark Elves factions.
- High Elves factions.
- Skaven factions.
Minor factions[edit | edit source]
Minor factions are not normally playable, though there exists faction unlocker mods to make them playable.
Introduced in Total War: Warhammer[edit | edit source]
The Empire Provinces
- Human factions which use Bretonnian units. Tend to use many cavalry units. See Bretonnia for more info. Example: Artois.
- A single human nation which uses Empire units. See our Kislev article for more information.
The Southern Realms
- A proud race of stalwart, well-armoured defenders with powerful steam and gunpowder technology. Dwarf Realms use Dwarf units. Example: Karak Azul.
- A race of brutish, destructive green menaces with many monstrous units. They use Greenskins units. An example faction is the Bloody Spearz.
Savage Orc Tribes
- These are Greenskins, but only the Savage Orcs variety. They roam the campaign map as hordes. Example: Skull-takerz
- Legions of undead skeletons, zombies and bat-winged horrors led by immortal Vampires and Necromancers. Example: Mousillon. See Vampire Counts units.
- Savage northern humans who seek to raid and pillage in the name of Chaos, using Norscan units. Example: Varg.
- Primitive mutant horde raiders who ambush from dark forests and use Beastmen units. Example: Jagged-Horn Tribe.
Introduced in Total War: Warhammer II[edit | edit source]
- New minor factions created for all the old categories from Total War: Warhammer.
High Elf Kingdoms:
- High Elves
- Many minor Dark Elves factions.
- Many minor Lizardmen factions.
- Some minor Tomb Kings factions.
- Unique minor factions which can units from several different races.