Publisher Sega and developer Creative Assembly have announced the release of the second post-launch DLC for Total War: Warhammer 3, titled "Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs." The DLC introduces the much anticipated Chaos Dwarfs as a playable race, featuring a variety of units and campaign mechanics unique to their fiery and sinister style.
This release puts an end to months of speculation and rumors about the arrival of Chaos Dwarfs in the game.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs DLC
Total War: Warhammer 3 Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs brings with it no less than three legendary lords who can lead their brutal kin into battle.
Astragoth Ironhand, the High Priest of Hashut, is described as "the most potent Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer-Prophet," whose petrifying body confines him to "near-living entombment within a powerful mech-suit."
Drazhoath the Ashen, Sorcerer Prophet of Hashut, bears the title of Lord of the Black Fortress. Commanding the fell Legion of Azgorh, he is a master of both magic and engineering, thirsting for revenge after being exiled by Astragoth.
Lastly, Zhatan the Black is the commander of the Tower of Zharr, and known for his "unmatched battle prowess."
On the campaign map, Warhammer 3's Chaos Dwarfs seek to use the Blood of Hashut to conquer the world. Obtaining it requires them to construct the Great Drill of Hashut, which is used to "burrow through the very fabric of reality" and into Hashut's domain.
The drill cannot be built without corrupting relics from their ancestral enemies, the Dwarfs, who are known for their ability to hold grudges even for far smaller trespasses.
In battle, The Chaos Dwarfs use "a diverse mix of iron clad warriors and hellish beasts from the Infernal Guard and Bull Centaurs to daemon-infused monsters such as K’daai Fireborn."
Deadly war machines like Magma Cannons, Skullcrackers, Dreadquake Mortar, and the K’daai Destroyer further add to their destructive potential.
In addition, they can also recruit the Hobgoblin Chieftain turned Chaos Dwarf enforcer, Gorduz Backstabber. Here is a look at the race's campaign mechanics, as described by the publisher:
- The Hell Forge allows the infernal Chaos Dwarf legions to grow mightier by developing special schematics forged in fire, each of which grants hellish battle bonuses.
- The Tower of Zharr sees the Chaos Dwarfs (un)diplomatically vie for ownership of special Seats within this mighty council, granting unique faction rewards upon promotion.
- Convoys allow the trading of war tools in return for a variety of resources, whilst engaging in battles and exchanging labourers along the way, ensuring the rewards keep flowing.
- The Economy requires a multi-layered approach to the subjugation and management of labourers to keep the forges fuelled, construct advanced buildings, and expand the empire.
Total War Warhammer 3's Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs DLC will be accompanied by FreeLC in the shape of Legendary Hero Ulrika Magdova.
Available for both Empire and Kislev players who own the final entry in the trilogy, she is a vampire adept at both melee and ranged combat alongside using spells from the Lore of Shadows.
Total War: Warhammer 3's Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs Campaign Pack is set to launch on PC as soon as April 13, 2023. You can check out its Steam page and, below, its reveal trailer.
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