Ranking up affects characters and regular units differently.
Characters such as legendary lords, lords and heroes gain experience and rank up. Ranking up will give the character 1 skill point with which to purchase a new skill from their skill tree. Ranking up will also unlock new skills in the skill tree, as well as quests (sometimes culminating in a set piece battle), mounts, items, spells, other abilities and more.
- In Total War: Warhammer the max rank of characters is 30.
- In Total War: Warhammer II, the max rank of characters is 40.
A few unique characters do not gain experience or rank up.
Recruitment rank causes lords and heroes to start with additional experience levels and skill points. This is gained by constructing certain buildings and having some traits.
The regular units in an army gain ranks which are depicted with bronze, silver, or gold chevrons on their unit card.
Ranks increase the leadership, melee attack, melee defense, and missile damage stats of a unit.
|Rank||Chevrons||XP Required||Cumulative XP||Leadership Bonus||Melee Attack||Melee Defence||Reload Time|
|Rank 1||1 Bronze||1100||1100||+1||?||?||?|
|Rank 2||2 Bronze||600||1700||+2||?||?||?|
|Rank 3||3 Bronze||800||2500||+3||?||?||?|
|Rank 4||1 Silver||1100||3600||+4||?||?||?|
|Rank 5||2 Silver||1400||5000||+5||?||?||?|
|Rank 6||3 Silver||2000||7000||+6||?||?||?|
|Rank 7||1 Gold||3600||10600||+7||?||?||?|
|Rank 8||2 Gold||4900||15500||+8||?||?||?|
|Rank 9||3 Gold||6500||22000||+10||?||?||?|
Ranged units also become more accurate and have shorter reload times with each chevron.