King Nekhesh's Scorpion Legion (Skeleton Spearmen) is a Tomb Kings melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer II: Rise of the Tomb Kings. Elite amongst their skeletal peers, these spear-armed warriors are as bloodthirsty as their infamous royal patron.
The Skeleton Spearmen of Nehekhara are not mindless automatons slaved to the will of an evil necromancer. The incantations of the Liche Priests summon the spirits of long-dead soldiers from the Realm of Souls and bind them into corporeal forms. However, without the extensive mummification lavished upon their lords and betters, the spirits of these warriors do not retain the full memory of their former existence. Upon awakening from their death-sleep, the only things that every one of these Undead soldiers can recall with perfect clarity is their unswerving loyalty to their king and the ways of war that were drilled into them in life. Thus, the skeletal regiments of Nehekhara obey every command of their Tomb King without hesitation - as they served him in life, so they serve him in death.
- ↑ Anti-Large: Anti-large units have an advantage against targets that are at least as large as a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against large targets or an attack that focuses on a very small area. However, some units are simply better against large targets because their attacks are slow and easy to dodge by skilled melee combatants.
- ↑ Meat Shield: While unimpressive at causing damage, this unit is useful as a 'meat shield', absorbing damage that would otherwise hurt a more useful or precious target.
- ↑ Poison Attacks: The poisonous attacks of this unit weaken the target's speed, damage, and vigour. Applies the Poison! debuff.
- ↑ Shielded: Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
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A staple of defensive Tomb Kings builds, the Scorpion Legion is a good in between of Skeleton Spearmen and Tomb Guards with Halberds cost wise. They are a solid backline unit that is not fully chaff infantry, but not a huge investment. Their improved melee stats, alongside their poison, helps make them a solid sweeper unit for harassing units (or general combat). They are good to protect the more expensive missile pieces like Ushabti Greatbows, Bone Giants, or Caskets of Souls.