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Nasty Skulkers are a Greenskins melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer. Added in The King and the Warlord update. The player must purchase the DLC to use these units, but the AI can have them in their armies even if the player does not own the DLC.


When it comes to discovering underhanded advantages, Goblins are always seeking some new kind of dirty trick, be it a chance to sneak attack a foe or gang up on a crippled enemy. Some Goblins excel at darting forward and stabbing at an enemy's soft spots before slinking away. It is almost magical the way that they seem to pop out of nowhere - striking from between a comrade's legs or leaping out of the shadows "all stabby like". Such devious gobbos are known as Nasty Skulkers and are generally thought to be "a bad piece o' work", even by shifty Goblin standards. Once a Nasty Skulker has latched onto an enemy unit, he will plague it, slitting throats and jabbing groins until he is found out and stomped to death.


  • Armour-Piercing: The damage of Modifier icon armour piercing.pngarmour-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.
  • Vanguard Deployment: This unit can deploy in an expanded deployment area, allowing it to start the battle within striking distance of the enemy - or somewhere unexpected.
  • Stalk: This unit can move hidden in any terrain.
  • Poor Leadership: This unit suffers from poor leadership and will easily rout. Keep its flanks secure and your Lord or other encouraging units nearby.
  • Opportunist Murderer, a passive ability which improves their Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage and Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack when they are winning their current combat. Using the base stats of the Nasty Skulkers, they go from 18 → 24.5 Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage, and 26 → 42 Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack.
  • Smoke Bomb, an active ability which reduces enemies' Icon stat speed.png Speed around them by 76%.



  • A strong armour-piercing goblin who is useful for slowing down enemies and stabbing them with Smoke Bomb. They are a necessity in early Greenskins game needed for early armoured enemies especially Dawi. They can be useful for flanking around the side of the enemy to attack a vulnerable target in the side or back. Alternatively, they can make a good backline sweeper unit, pinning or at least warding off an enemy cavalry/hound unit with their smoke bomb ability.
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