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General data
TypeMajor race
CategoryNorsca (race)
RulerWulfrik the Wanderer
Starting province
Climate preference
  • Unknown, will likely prefer Chaos Wasteland and Frozen climates.
Regional occupation
  • Special restrictions
Faction capital
  • None
Distinct features
Bullet nor gods.pngAllegiance to the Gods:Provides significant bonuses to Norscan armies, through pledging allegiance to a specific god.
Bullet nor monsters.pngMonstrous Arcanum:Norscan Lords can track, battle, and acquire the services of the most fearsome monsters of the Old World.
?Norsca settlements and tech treeCan generally only occupy settlements in Norsca, or coastal/port settlements. Faction capitals can be captured to unlock powerful techs.
Bullet nor units.pngAggressive unit rosterAggressive infantry based roster with a variety of cavalry and monstrous units.
This article is about the faction. For other uses of "Norsca", see Norsca (disambiguation).

Norsca is a major race and playable faction introduced in Total War: Warhammer. Norsca are playable in campaign, custom-battles and multiplayer. Norsca has a playable subfaction called Wintertooth.

Norsca require the Norsca (DLC) to play as. Like other DLC factions, Norsca will still appear in the campaign to fight against, even if you don't own the DLC.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Campaign[edit | edit source]

Norsca is playable in the following campaigns:

Allegiance to the Gods

  • Norscan armies can choose to honour either the Snake (Slaanesh), the Crow (Nurgle), the Eagle (Tzeentch) or the Hound (Khorne) when they raze a settlement. This will fill up a bar for the corresponding God, and when the bar is totally full a bonus will be given - for instance filling Tzeentch's bar will give the player a Lord of Change called Azrik the Maze Keeper, filling Nurgle's bar will create a plague to affect your enemies.

Monstrous Arcanum

  • Once a certain technology is researched, a book of is unlocked containing powerful monsters that the player's army can hunt down in a mini boss battle, to gain rewards.

Other campaign mechanics

  • Norsca's economy is usually quite poor, and they have a hard time generating income from settlements. They rely on raiding, looting and sacking for income.
  • Norsca can occupy any settlement in Norsca. Other than this, they are limited to occupying coastal settlements and faction capitals.

Norscan tech tree[edit | edit source]

The Norsca tech tree contains upgrades to seafaring units, as well as unlocks beast quests. Additionally, once Norsca takes the capitals of certain factions, they can do research to massively boost their economy, military etc.

Units[edit | edit source]

Main article: Norsca unit roster

Buildings[edit | edit source]

Main article: Norsca buildings

Commandments[edit | edit source]

Main article: commandments

Background[edit | edit source]

Mortals despair! The reign of the Gods has begun.

The harsh and brutal nature of the far north is reflected in the grim character of its peoples. Yet even more than the privations of their cold and barren lands, their proximity to the Realm of Chaos shapes the Norsca and other northern tribes. Rather than fight the darkness, they embrace it, worshipping the forces of Chaos as Gods, providing a willing army for the Ruinous Powers' never-ending war against order and reason.

Though physically tougher and more powerful than those living an easier life in the south, the Northmen are still Men - although many of them will have their humanity warped by mutations, and their savagery and barbarism are legendary. War is their natural state, and whether raiding across the Sea of Claws in their longships or feuding with neighbouring tribes, their blades never go long without blood. They follow the Ruinous Powers with unquestioning fervour, personifying them as the Hound, the Crow, the Serpent and the Eagle. They need no priests to intercede with their Gods, believing the slaughter and terror they bring is an act of worship in itself, though they are also highly superstitious and often raise twisted shrines and make blood offerings to honour whichever deity they hope to win favour with. The shared ambition of every northern warrior is to cause the greatest possible bloodshed and mayhem in order to appease and please their Gods; in seeking this goal most die violent deaths, or fall into warped insanity, but a few become favoured as Champions of the Gods, often 'blessed' with mutations such as a melding of flesh and armour, or weapons fused with the hands that wield them.

No single Lord holds sway over the nomadic northern tribes, although men and monster alike are increasingly drawn to fight for King Throgg, a Troll of surprising intellect, or to follow Wulfrik the Wanderer, a Norscan warrior cursed by the Gods to forever seek out and fight the mightiest opponents. And whenever the Ruinous Powers prepare for a new assault on the south the Northmen put aside their petty disputes and rivalries and unite behind their Champions, ready to fight and die in the name of their Gods. At times like this, the Realm of Chaos itself swells and expands, bleeding over into mortal lands. One day, the Norsca believe, their advance will not be checked, and Chaos will swallow the world.

Start Position[edit | edit source]

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Lord Choices[edit | edit source]

Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

Short Campaign[edit | edit source]

Long Campaign[edit | edit source]

Outdated info: Before the release of the DLC[edit | edit source]

Before the release of the DLC, Norscan factions appeared in the Old World campaign as non-playable minor factions. These factions used low-tier units from the Warriors of Chaos unit roster, such as the following:

By default, only the Varg and Skaeling tribes appeared in the campaign. Other Norscan factions had to be awakened when playing as the Warriors of Chaos. Norscans were hostile and had a large diplomatic penalty with all factions that were not Norscans or Warriors of Chaos (this part has not changed). When playing as any faction other than the Warriors of Chaos, the Vargs and Skaelings would send armies to raid your lands and attack your settlements. Norscan armies couldn't occupy settlements outside Norsca (region), so they would sack or raze any settlements they conquered. They also spread Chaos Corruption.

Due to their low tier units, the Norscans were usually not a serious threat, but could still be very annoying to deal with.