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Black Guard of Naggarond
Wh2 main def black guard.png
Infantry spear halberd.png
FactionDark Elves
CategoryHalberd Infantry
Unit size75
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 1300 (1300)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 2
Icon income.png Upkeep: 325
Icon stat health.png Health: 78
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 90
Icon stat speed.png Speed:
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 36
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 48
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 18
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 14
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 30
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4.9 s
Modifier icon bonus vs large.png Bonus vs. Large: 24
Icon stat armour.png
  • Charge reflector vs large.png Charge Defence vs. Large: When bracing, this unit negates the charge bonus of any large attacker.
  • Hide forest.png Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
  • Immune to psychology.png Immune to Psychology: The unit is immune to psychological attacks (fear and terror).

Black Guard of Naggarond is a Dark Elves melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer II. The Witch King is defended, at halberd-point, from those who would do him harm. Imagine such a thing!


The Black Guard are Malekith's personal army, answerable to no other save he. They are recruited from the offspring of families high in the Witch King's favour, taken at birth from mothers who are soon thereafter put to the sword. With no family ties to distract them, these children are raised within the barracks of the Black Guard and taught the myriad skills of death and destruction that are required of Malekith's foremost elite. The barracks of the Black Guard are divided into twenty towers which compete against each other in contests of war and torture. The Witch King grimly encourages competition between the towers and each year, at the beginning of the Season of Blood, a tournament is held to determine which tower will hold dominance over the others for the coming year. The leaders of these factions are the Tower Masters, veterans of the Black Guard so inculcated with death and battle that they choose to continue in Malekith's service after their two centuries of duty have been completed. These hardened warriors rule their underlings with a will of iron, determined that their Tower shall not be shamed by lack of discipline - or worse, a glimmer of mercy - on the part of their charges.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Armoured: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.
  • Charge Defence Against Large Foes: When standing and bracing against a charge of large enemies (such as cavalry or monsters) this unit will negate the enemy's charge bonus.


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