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Plague Monks
Wh2 main skv inf plague monks.png
CategorySkaven melee infantry
Unit size120
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 750 (750)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 1
Icon income.png Upkeep: 187
Icon stat health.png Health: 76
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 68
Icon stat speed.png Speed: 42
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 28
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 24
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 22
Resistance physical.png Physical Resistance: 15

Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 24
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 8
Modifier icon bonus vs infantry.png Bonus vs. Infantry: 7
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4.5 s
Icon stat range.png Range: 1
Icon stat armour.png
  • Hide forest.png Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Plague Monks is a Skaven melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer II. Feeling no pain, they throw themselves into battle, paying little heed to what awaits them.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Plague Monks of Clan Pestilens are zealots utterly dedicated to the spread of corruption and decay in the name of the Great Horned One. These devout disciples of disease are unique amongst Skaven society in that they are fanatically committed to their clan and its purpose of creating the ultimate disease. Once this plague devastates all surface-dwellers, the Skaven can rise up in the ruins and claim their proper inheritance - nothing short of the entire world - and the Great Horned Rat will know who brought his children to their rightful and preordained ascendancy and Clan Pestilens will sit over all and reign supreme. As the foul brethren march forward towards an enemy battleline, their chanting picks up its pace and the Plague Monks seem to incite themselves into a terrible rage. In combat Plague Monks hurl themselves into the fray with a fanatical ferocity, eager to bring death and destruction to their foes. They relentlessly attack with filth-encrusted blades, iron-tipped staves, or even their needle-sharp teeth. A Plague Monk's exposure to pestilence has rendered its toughened, boil-ridden skin immune to pain. The ability to shrug off crippling injury combined with their near-hysterical zealotry means that the only reliable way of stopping a Plague Monk attack is to wholly dismember them.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Anti-Infantry: Anti-infantry units have an advantage against targets that are smaller than a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against small targets, superior weight used to smash through lighter enemies, or an explosive attack from range that effects a large area.
  • Damage Dealer: This unit has a strong emphasis on dealing damage. If fighting it, make sure to take it out before it can get into firing or melee range.
  • Frenzy: Units with frenzy cause more damage while their Icon stat morale.pngleadership is high.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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Plague Monks suffer from two glaring weaknesses: a lack of shields and a practically nonexistent armor value, the combination of both meaning they are vulnerable to ranged attack. That being said, their physical resistance will help them survive in combat and their melee stats combined with Frenzy means they will dish out solid damage. Their leadership is also rather high for skaven and they will tend keep fighting while others rout. They are not a cost effective means to hold the line like Clanrats or Stormvermin, but instead are focused on dealing damage. if you expect a number of poorly armored infantry in your opponent's front line they are a good choice. They can also be used to flank already engaged enemy units and attack them from the sides or behind, or kept on reserve so that when your front line falters the Plague Monks can be your second line of defence with their higher Leadership values than most Skaven infantry. Be very wary of damage spells and magical attacks as either will cut right through their physical resistance and minimal armor.