Hammer of the Witches (Great Cannon)

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Hammer of the Witches
Wh dlc04 emp hammer witches.png
CategorySiege Artillery
Crew size33
Artillery pieces3
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 1100 (1100)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 1
Icon income.png Upkeep: 275
Icon stat health.png Health: 1089
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 60
Icon stat speed.png Speed: 20
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 13
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 10
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 5
Resistance physical.png Physical Resistance: 25

Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 21
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 3
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4.3 s
Icon stat armour.png
  • Cant run.png Cannot Run: This unit cannot run and will only move at walking pace.

Hammer of the Witches (Great Cannon) is a Empire artillery unit in Total War: Warhammer II. The Hammer of the Witches, fired with righteous purpose, smites evil with thunderous, armour-shattering blasts.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Imperial cannon known as the Hammer of the Witches was one of the few recovered from Fort Oberstyre before it was abandoned to its ghosts. The Great Cannon earned its name during the Gorstanford Fire of 2502 IC, that infamous year when a young Alberich von Korden hunted down and tried a notorious witch known only as the Grey Hag. Tied to a stake in the town square, the witch was sentenced to be burned alive. The fires beneath her were lit by von Korden's own torch, but to the horror of the throng that had assembled to watch the execution, the cursed woman did not burn. Instead, she crackled louder and louder, the crackling fires beneath her echoing her laughter. As the shrieks reached a crescendo, the flames leaped out like living things, igniting the dry thatch of the buildings around the periphery of the square. Within minutes, Gorstanford burned, it's people fleeing in panic. The Grey Hag remained untouched, laughing hysterically in the center of the inferno.

The disaster was only contained when an Imperial Great Cannon, under repair in the town's smithy, was hastily primed, stuffed with the nearest pile of metal (a bucket of horseshoes), and fired. The blacksmith, Bennec Sootson, claims that Sigmar was with him that day, for the cannon held true and the improvised grapeshot blasted the witch apart in a violent explosion of gore. Though the cannon was later seconded to Talabecland's grand army, during the Beast Hunt of 2520, the blacksmith Sootson still forms part of the cannon's crew, and he has claimed the wretched lives of many a witch and warlock since his conscription into the ranks.[1a]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Missiles: 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.
  • Good Range: This unit has a larger range than most other units of the same class. This allows it to take out hostile missile units before they can come into firing range.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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