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Hellcannon is a Warriors of Chaos siege engine unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer. The Hellcannon has a deadly sentience, firing bolts of eldritch fury over great distances.

Description[]

Part-Daemon, part-war machine, a Hellcannon is a massive construct of metal that growls and shakes with daemonic sentience. In battle, these arcane engines heave crackling blasts of raw energy that soar through the air into their targets, liquefying anything they touch and sending the survivors insane with fear. Hellcannons are guided by a team of corrupt and sadistic Chaos Dwarfs. These malign warsmiths escort and restrain the Hellcannons into battle, for the Daemons bound within hunger for a banquet of flesh. Such is the Hellcannon's bloodlust that it must be chained to the ground to stop it rampaging towards enemy lines. Even these precautions often prove inadequate, as there is little that can stay a Hellcannon's lust for destruction. The Chaos Dwarfs load their charge by brutally shovelling the bodies of their enemies into the Hellcannon's dire-furnace. Flesh runs like wax as the Daemon-machine's hearth feasts on body and bone. Soon, only the souls of its victims are left, harnessed in the Hellcannon's gullet as crackling bolts of energy that are fired towards the enemy in powerful spasms of malice.

Attributes[]

  • 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.
  • Doomfire: The Hellcannon transforms the souls of former victims into crackling bolts of energy. Targets hit by this projectile receive a Morale character.pngleadership penalty. The daemonic bond between the Hellcannon and its shot also allows minor corrections of the latter's flightpath. When fired in first-person mode, you can control the projectile yourself.
  • Unbreakable: This unit does not suffer any form of Morale character.pngleadership loss and will never rout.

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A truly unique piece of ordnance compared to what other races can field. They only have one cannon per unit, but the projectile is homing and does very high AP and magical damage. Even smaller flying units will struggle to evade its fire. So while you will never get the volume of fire that other artillery can deliver, each shot is very likely to hit and do significant damage with terrain collisions being the most common reason for misses. The crew is also for some reason unbreakable and it takes some time and effort to kill them off.

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