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Abilities are a very broad category described as particular actions that things (eg: units, the player, or the AI) are capable of doing or being affected by in battle in the Total War: Warhammer series.

How abilities work[]

First, there are a few things to note:

  • Not cumulative: having multiple sources providing the same ability to a unit, for example, does not make the ability stronger, last longer and allow it to be used more times or more often
  • Cannot be permanently lost: abilities cannot be permanently lost during battle or on the campaign map
  • Can be temporarily suppressed: abilities can be temporarily ignored during a battle due to other abilities or effects
  • Mixed effects: abilities can provide buffs Unit effect positive.png, debuffs Unit effect negative.png or mixed effects Unit effect both.png

Duration[]

All abilities are subdivided according to their duration, namely:

  • Active abilities are abilities which have to be manually "started" by the player and have a specific duration
  • Passive abilities are abilities that "start" and "end" automatically, once certain conditions are met, and do not require player intervention

Subsets[]

All abilities can be clustered according to where they originate from, whether items or units, and their respective subsets.

Ancillaries[]

Items[]

Units[]

  • Army abilities are activatable abilities by the player during battle
  • Character abilities are exclusive to all hero Icon hero.png and lord Event Commander Activity Neutral.png units
  • Hero abilities are restricted to hero Icon hero.png units, standard and legendary alike
  • Lord abilities are limited to lord Event Commander Activity Neutral.png units, standard and legendary alike
  • Unit abilities are available to all units, including hero Icon hero.png and lord Event Commander Activity Neutral.png units

Spells[]

Main article: Winds of Magic


Spells are a special type of active ability usable by spellcaster units (and occasionally other units) within the Magic game mechanic. Please see our page on the Winds of Magic for an explanation of the mechanic.

Rarity[]

All abilities have an inherent rarity that roughly translates to how powerful they are: Common Icon rarity common small.png > Uncommon Icon rarity uncommon small.png > Rare Icon rarity rare small.png > Unique Icon rarity legendary small.png (best / most powerful)

Introduction[]

The "ability" mechanic was introduced in Total War: Warhammer with new abilities added in subsequent versions. Abilities are "game cumulative" meaning all abilities added in older game versions are included in newer versions, albeit and usually updated for balance purposes. This means the same ability can have slightly different effects depending on which game version is being played.


Note: This Wiki has individual pages for each ability and each game version. Category pages track the different categories and sub-categories which are hyperlinked above, where relevant.

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Attributes[]

Common abilities:[]

Spellcasters only:

Faction-Specific[]

The Empire:[]

Warrior Priests, Arch Lectors and Volkmar the Grim:

Greenskins:[]

Dwarfs:[]

-Master Engineer

-Runelords and Runesmiths

Vampire Counts:[]

Warriors of Chaos[]

Bretonnia:[]

Beastmen[]

Wood Elves:[]

Norsca:[]

Lizardmen:[]

Skaven:[]

High Elves:[]

Dark Elves:[]

Tomb Kings:[]

Vampire Coast:[]

Legendary Lord specific[]

Azhag

Skarsnik

Wurrzag

Grimgor Ironhide

Grom the Paunch

Markus Wulfhart

Boris Todbringer

Thorgrim

Ungrim Ironfist

Grombrindal the White Dwarf

Belegar

Thorek Ironbrow

Mannfred von Carstein

Heinrich Kemmler

Vlad von Carstein

Isabella von Carstein

The Red Duke (Playable upon confederation)

Kholek Suneater

Malagor the Dark Omen

Morghur the Shadowgave

Taurox the Brass Bull

Fay Enchantress

King Louen Leoncoeur

Alberic de Bordelaux

Repanse de Lyonesse

Orion

Durthu

Sisters of Twilight

Drycha

Wulfrik the Wanderer

Throgg

Kroq-Gar:

Nakai the Wanderer

Tiktaq'to

Gor-Rok

Mazdamundi

Oxyotl

Deathmaster Snikch

Ikit Claw

Lord Skrolk

Queek Headtaker

Tretch Creventail

Throt the Unclean

Malekith:

Morathi

Hellebron:

Lokhir Fellheart

Malus Darkblade

Rakarth

Alith Anar:

Tyrion

Teclis

Alarielle the Radiant

Eltharion

Imrik

High Queen Khalida

Settra the Imperishable

Arkhan the Black

Grand Hierophant Khatep

Aranessa Saltspite

Count Noctilus

Cylostra Direfin

Luthor Harkon

Gotrek

Breath attacks[]

Certain mounts only:

Contact Effects[]

Contact Effect (Abilities imbued by hitting an enemy).

Unique spells[]

Main article: Unique spells.

Unique spells are specific to one or two characters, and do not truly belong to a regular lore of magic.


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