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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 game.

Factions are divided into broad groupings usually called "races".

Overview[edit | edit source]

Factions raise armies which move around the campaign map and battle other armies, or take settlements.

A faction is served by characters such as Icon general.pngLords (who lead armies) and Icon hero.pngHeroes (who have a variety of uses both in battle and out of it). Certain races such as the Warriors of Chaos, can forego settlements entirely and roam the landscape as hordes.

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.

Races[edit | edit source]

Factions are divided into broad groups or races. Each race featured in the game, such as the Greenskins or the Dwarfs, carries certain racial traits 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.

Race[edit | edit source]

Empire Provinces, Bretonnian Kingdoms, Kislev and Southern Realms are considered human races/factions and have a slight diplomatic bonus towards each other. However diplomatic relations are still strongest within a given race (for instance two Empire Provinces will tend to like each other more than they will a Bretonnian Kingdom). Although Norscans and Warriors of Chaos are technically human (mostly), they despise the southern weaklings and are despised in turn. Other races are not considered humans, but can have their own prejudices.

Once the end-game Chaos invasion happens in the Grand Campaign, all AI human and Dwarf Realms factions will gain this trait (also Wood Elves?). It gives them a large positive diplomatic bonus with each other. This trait represents how they are willing to set aside their differences in order to fight the larger threat of Greenskins, Undead and Chaos-aligned races (Norsca, Beastmen and Warriors of Chaos).

This is not true in the Eye of the Vortex campaign, where completing each ritual will give a progressively bigger penalty to relations between the four main factions (lizardmen, Skaven, and both elven civilizations), to the point where negotiating with the "main" faction will become impossible. Minor factions will remain available.

Restrictions[edit | edit source]

  • Factions of the same race may confederate if conditions between them are right.
  • A faction of a particular race can occupy only certain types of settlement, and cannot spread over the entire map. Empire and Vampire Counts can occupy Old World provinces, while greenskins and dwarfs are restricted to mountain holds. This is sometimes referred to as the "regional occupation system". The Elven races are the exception.
  • Only Dwarfs, Greenskins, and Skaven can use the Icon tunnelling stance.pngUnderway. Elves and Beastmen use the similar "Roots of the World Tree" and "Beast Paths" respectively.
  • All human factions, Vampire Counts, elves, lizardmen, and dwarfs can trade with each other.

List of Factions[edit | edit source]

Total War Warhammer: Fully playable factions[edit | edit source]

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]

The Empire Provinces

Bretonnian Kingdoms


  • A single human nation which uses Empire units. See our Kislev article for more information.

The Southern Realms

Dwarf Realms

  • A proud race of stalwart, well-armoured defenders with powerful steam and gunpowder technology. Dwarf Realms use Dwarf units. Example: Karak Azul.


Savage Orc Tribes


  • Legions of undead skeletons, zombies and bat-winged horrors led by immortal Vampires and Necromancers. Example: Mousillon. See Vampire Counts units.

Norscan Tribes

  • Savage northern humans who seek to raid and pillage in the name of Chaos, using Norscan units. Example: Varg.

Beastmen Warherds

Skaven Clans

  • Skaven

High Elf Kingdoms:

  • High Elves

Dark Elves:

  • Dark Elves


  • Lizardmen

Wood Elves: