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Necropolis Knights
Wh2 dlc09 tmb necropolis knights halberds.png
Wh2 dlc09 tmb necroserpent halberd.png
FactionTomb Kings
CategoryMonstrous Cavalry
Unit size18
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 0 (1400)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 3
Icon income.png Upkeep: 0
Icon stat health.png Health: 272
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 60
Icon stat speed.png Speed:
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 32
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 31
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 40
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 17
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 33
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 5 s
Modifier icon bonus vs large.png Bonus vs. Large: 28
Icon stat armour.png
  • Wh2 dlc09 tmb constructs.pngConstruct: This unit is an animated construct (does not rout, is immune to terror, becomes unstable when Icon stat morale.pngmorale is low). Necrotects can push it to its full combat potential and restore it in battle.
  • Causes fear.png Can Cause Fear: This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their Icon stat morale.pngleadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
  • Hide forest.png Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Necropolis Knights (Halberds) is a Tomb Kings cavalry Construct unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer II with the Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC. Tethered to their mounts by a sharp hook, the other mummified hand wields a barbed staff to carve through mortal flesh.


Necropolis Knights are elite warriors who ride atop giant snake-shaped statues. Their monstrous mounts shatter bones with every swipe of their tails and sink scimitar-sized fangs deep into soft flesh. When Necropolis Knights are awakened to serve in the Tomb King's eternal army, the Necroserpents coiled above their resting places magically slither to Unlife as well; rider and mount are animated by the same warrior spirit, and they move as one being, riding to war in perfect ranks of terrifying cavalry. Necroserpents travel beneath the ground at a relentless pace, emerging from the depths with sand cascading off their forms, warriors standing proudly upon their hooded backs with spears lowered, ready to spill the blood of their foes. Serpentine bodies weave through the battlefield, bladed, fangs and tails lashing out in all directions, leaving a trail of death and woe in their wake. There are few who can stand against the charge of a Necropolis Knight, for they are incredibly powerful and difficult to destroy. As mount and rider share the same soul, only by destroying both can an opponent truly defeat a Necropolis Knight. Few foes are equal to such a task.


  • 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.
  • Poison Attacks: The poisonous attacks of this unit weaken the target's speed, damage, and vigour. Applies the Poison! debuff.


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Necropolis Knights with halberds sacrifice their bronze shields and a small blow to melee attack/defence for a bonus vs. large. They are effective anti-large units with this bonus and their ability to poison enemies slows the target down and lowers its melee stats to a more equal level. These units will not generally win a 1v1 easily, but given support or having another unit (bigger construct, Lord, hero, etc.) will do lethal damage. Bring a Necrotect to further amplify and preserve their killing prowess.