Ancient Stegadon

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Ancient Stegadon
Wh2 main lzd mon ancient stegadon.png
Unit cat icon wh2 main lzd dinosaur missile.png
CategoryMissile Monster
Unit size1
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 1950 (1950)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 3
Icon income.png Upkeep: 487
Icon stat health.png Health: 7421
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 75
Icon stat speed.png Speed: 50
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 26
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 32
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 70
Resistance missile.png Missile Resistance: 15
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 140
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 340
Modifier icon bonus vs infantry.png Bonus vs. Infantry: 18
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 3.5 s
Icon stat range.png Range: 3
Icon stat ranged damage.png Missile Damage: 41
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Missile Damage: 14
Icon stat ranged damage.png Number of Projectiles: 8
Icon stat ammo.png Reload Time: 6.3
Icon stat ammo.png Ammunition: 10
Icon stat range.png Range: 115
Modifier icon poison.png Poison Attacks: Yes
Icon stat armour.png
  • Causes fear.png Can Cause Fear: This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their Icon stat morale.pngleadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
  • Causes terror.png Can Cause Terror: This unit can cause terror, making its melee target rout for a short time. Units that cause terror are immune to terror and fear themselves.
  • Mounted fire move.png Fire Whilst Moving: This unit can fire when mounted and moving.
  • Attribute can siege.png Siege Attacker: This unit can attack gates or walls, allowing you to instantly launch a siege battle without having to wait for siege towers or battering rams to be built.

Ancient Stegadon is a Lizardmen war beast unit in Total War: Warhammer II. This ancient, revered beast is a fearsome sight on the battlefield - their giant blowpipes causing much destruction.

Description[edit | edit source]

The eldest Stegadons are the strongest of their kind. Over the ages, some of their fiery temper has cooled and, as they often outlive their Skink crews, they gradually become more accepting of new handlers. Each new team honours their beast and elder Stegadons are widely venerated. Many crews will hammer bronze or gold plates covered with glyphs into their gnarled hide, more to mark a beast's status than to provide additional protection. Likewise, on the eldest of beasts, reinforced masks are set over the creature's headcrest, and ornamental bracelets or sharp metal tips are commonly seen to cover its horns. Ancient Stegadons frequently carry fearsome blowpipes in their fighting howdahs. Each fires a cluster of darts that separates in flight to create a hail of poisoned death. It is for good reason that the Skinks name these fearsome weapons 'Sotek's Sting'.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Armour-Piercing Melee: 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.
  • Armoured: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.
  • Fire Whilst Moving: This unit can fire while on the move.
  • Causes Terror: This unit can cause terror, making its melee target rout for a short time. Units that cause terror are immune to terror and fear themselves.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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Where the standard stegadon functions as a long-ranged artillery unit to be used against armored and large targets, the ancient variant serves as an anti-infantry melee tank. The poisoned projectile barrage fired by the skinks riding on top have a short range, but are able to do so while the beast is moving and in the thick of combat. Melee mode is recommended over keeping it on ranged mode, as the beast's melee and charge attacks are its primary source of damage with the projectile barrage providing debuff support. The stegadon itself should be supported with counters against anti-large units, as it will trade poorly with them given its high cost.