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. Karak Kadrin focuses on the use of Slayers, low-armored Dwarfs with high damage output.
How they play
A summary of Karak Kadrin gameplay:
- Units: Heavy infantry, artillery and war machines. No cavalry, no magic, and no monstrous units. Bonuses for low-armoured anti-large Slayers.
- 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.
- 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)
- Slayer King: Karak Kadrin begin with a landmark building allowing recruitment of Slayers from turn one, and have various faction-wide buffs for Slayers and infantry.
|“||I fear there is no foe worthy of my death!||„|
|~ Ungrim Ironfist|
Karak Kadrin, the Slayer Keep, is a mighty Dwarfhold located at the western side of Peak Pass. It's location among the lofty, snow-capped peaks of the Northern World's Edge Mountains makes it the northernmost of the Dwarfholds, except for the constantly-besieged Kraka Drak. It's great fortifications and watchful underway guard mean it has never been breached by any invader. And there are many who try to invade the Old World through Peak Pass, however the Dwarfs of Karak Kadrin and their outposts in the pass keep it mostly safe for caravans.
Karak Kadrin is most notable as having the largest and most important shrine of Grimnir, the Dwarf Ancestor-God of battle, fearlessness, honour and matyrdom. Thus it is here that many Slayers gather in-between their heroic doomed ventures. Additionally, long ago King Baragor of Karak Kadrin took the slayer oath to die in battle, but was unable to achieve this, and thus passed on the obligation to his descendents. Ungrim Ironfist is thus the latest in the line of Slayer Kings, conflicted rulers torn between personal honour and royal duty.
In Total War: Warhammer, Ungrim Ironfist was a legendary lord option for the main Dwarfs faction. Karak Kadrin was just a minor Dwarf Realms faction. Then, on 31st May 2018 the Resurgent Update for Total War: Warhammer II made Karak Kadrin a fully playable subfaction in the second game.
Karak Kadrin's unit roster is identical to the standard Dwarfs unit roster.
Karak Kadrin are playable in the Mortal Empires campaign, but present as a minor faction
Unique mechanics for them are listed below.
Legendary Lord Choices
See lord page for details on special abilities, starting units and effects.
- Ungrim Ironfist - a powerful melee fighter who specializes in taking down large monsters.
- Suitable climate: Frozen
- Construction Cost: -75% for Slayer buildings
- Recruitment Cost: -50% for Slayer units
- Speed: +10% for infantry units
- Journey's End ability for Slayer units (Unclear if just Lord's army or factionwide)
- Karak Kadrin settlement in Peak Pass province
Slayer Shrine of Karak Kadrin
Karak Kadrin start with a special landmark building already constructed in their faction's capital:
- Slayer Shrine of Karak Kadrin - Tier II, unlocks recruitment of Slayers (comes pre-constructed)
- Grimnir's Monument of Karak Kadrin - Tier IV, unlocks recruitment of Giantslayers
- Great Slayer Shrine of Karak Kadrin - Tier V
Karak Kadrin have slightly different climate preferences than other Dwarf factions:
- Favorable: Wasteland, Frozen, Mountain
- Unpleasant: Temperate, Chaotic Wasteland, Savannah, Desert
- Uninhabitable: Ocean, Magical Forest, Jungle, Island
Victory Conditions for Karak Kadrin in the campaign:
- Ensure that the total severity of Grudges in The Great Book of Grudges is no more than 9.
- Ensure that the following building has been constructed:
- The Great Slayer Shrine of Karak Kardrin.
- Destroy the following faction(s):
- Maintain control of 5 province(s) including the following, either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies:
- Maintain a total of 7 units of the following type:
- Maintain 60 units in total.
The same as the short campaign, but with the following additions.
- Ensure there are no active grudges remaining in The Great Book of Grudges.
- Destroy the following faction(s):
- Maintain control of 10 province(s) including the following, either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies:
- Maintain 100 units in total.
The following strategy guide is written by one of our editors and discusses how to play Karak Kadrin and Dwarfs in general, it should not be seen as an absolute truth but rather as a guideline.
The most key strategy for Dwarfs is maximizing your ranged firepower, very few races can trade with you at range given that Quarrellers have shields so they have a 30% missile resistance and solid armor stats. The typical thing you should do is a solid core of 2-3 Quarrellers or Rangers (cost efficient but lose shields) and 2 units of Thunderers for that extra punch. Now take several units of Miners with blasting charges and your front line should be Dwarf Warriors. Arrange your army in a curve so the enemy are pulled into you and enter a kill box of gunfire as your tanky Dwarf Warriors endure the charge. Your infantry are purely here to hold the line and let the ranged units do the job. Having a few units of Longbeards with great weapons is great for filling any holes the enemy pushes into your line and boosting leadership and always take one unit of Slayers to deal with Cavalry. Also the only TRUE viable lord are Runelords. Their buffs are extremely strong and the Rune of Wrath and Ruin puts down a heavy slow on the target allowing Slayers to run down even some mounted units.
The most key thing is keep your guns firing. They are your bread and butter for your army. Dwarfs have amazing armor and defense stats but just don’t have the punch of other races like Chaos or Lizardmen in melee. But you have overwhelming black powder rivalled only by the Empire and Vampire Coast, both of which lack leadership and defensive options. You are tough. All your units can take a beating. And, dear God, do Dwarfs know how to "gunline". May you settle many grudges and fulfill your Slayer oaths.
- As noted earlier, before the Resurgent Update Karak Kadrin was a minor, non-playable faction.