The Bloody Reaver Deck Guard (Depth Guard (Polearm))

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Depth Guard (Polerarms) is a Vampire Coast Regiment of Renown unit in Total War: Warhammer II. The only thing scarier than a Depth Guard is one with a weapon that gives it an eight-foot reach.

Description[edit | edit source]

Depth Guard are the most feared soldiers of the zombie pirates’ fighting dead. Like their land-based counterparts, the Blood Knights, they are elite, Vampiric sentries clad in ancient, eldritch armour and bolstered by the Vampiric curse. Unlike the mobs of Undead crewmen, Depth Guard are not raised from the rabble who died on the oceans, and instead are hand-picked warriors who were given the Blood Kiss before being taken aboard pirate warships to serve their masters closely. The indefatigability of the Depth Guard means that any normal blow or bullet that strikes them has little chance of stopping them in a fight. They will trudge forward and fight unrelentingly until their bodily remains are utterly obliterated or their master’s control over them is broken.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Armoured: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.
  • Armour-Piercing: The damage of armour-piercing weapons mostly ignores the armour of the target, making them the ideal choice against heavily-armoured enemies. They are often heavier and attack at a slower rate though, making them less efficient against poorly-armoured targets.
  • Aquatic: Where other units of small stature struggle to fight and move in shallow water, Aquatic units excel.
  • The Hunger

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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Damage resistance on a cooldown, regeneration when in melee, and extra damage with high leadership, the Bloody Reaver Deck Guard are a well rounded unit that can output high amounts of damage, but also absorb a hefty amount through ability usage. If they are further supported by magic, they can be unstoppable. They retain the same weaknesses of other Depth Guard, in that they can be overwhelmed through numbers or cut down through magic or armour-piercing missiles.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Bloody Reaver is Count Noctilus' ship, indicating these are his personal depth guards.