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Rituals are a game mechanic in the Eye of the Vortex campaign, introduced in Total War: Warhammer II.

How they work[edit | edit source]

In the campaign, each of the 4 main races (divided into playable factions) has a set of rituals they can perform to influence the Great Vortex. High Elves' rituals use blue magic trails; Dark Elves' rituals use purple trails; Skaven rituals' magic use green trails; and Lizardmen rituals' magic use orange trails. The Vortex Victory is one method of winning the campaign.

Note: The Tomb Kings and Vampire Coast are playable in Eye of the Vortex, but don't use rituals. Instead they search for the Books of Nagash and to be the most infamous pirate respectively. Certain DLC factions for the 4 races have their own campaign objectives separate from controlling the Great Vortex, and thus do not participate in rituals or attain Vortex Victory.

Rituals progress in a linear fashion, one after the other. During a ritual, three of your settlements funnel magic across the map to the Great Vortex. A successful attack on any of these settlements will cause the ritual to fail if the settlement is not retaken before it ends. Rituals take up to 10-20 turns to finish, so the settlements must be protected from Warriors of Chaos, Unknown Skaven Clan, and Norscan Tribes factions who will spawn nearby, and from enemy faction armies.

Each completed ritual will cause an animated cutscene to play, and provide some story mission/content.

Diplomatic relations will permanently be increased between the ritual faction and the other factions of their race, while it will permanently be decreased between all factions of the rival races. After completing the fourth ritual, the ritual faction will be locked into war with their rival ritual factions. Diplomacy will no longer be available between these factions.

Eventually, players will have to complete The Final Battle. The first faction to complete their final ritual must defend The Vortex from the rival factions.

Ritual currency[edit | edit source]

Each ritual has an increasing cost of ritual currency, and has different effects. Ritual currency is generated through settlements, treasure hunts and other dilemmas, winning battles and also through ritual resource sites. The ritual currency is different for each race:

Interventions[edit | edit source]

Intervention armies can be summoned while another faction is in the middle of performing a ritual. These armies are AI controlled and generally attack the enemy settlements involved in their ritual. Interventions come in 3 levels, which cost different amounts.

See below for faction pages:

List of rituals[edit | edit source]

Number (Turns) Ritual currency cost Lizardmen

Cult of Sotek, Hexoatl,* Itza,

Last Defenders, Tlaqua

High Elves

Avelorn, Eataine,*

Knights of Caledor, Nagarythe,

Order of Loremasters

Dark Elves

The Blessed Dread, Cult of Pleasure,

Har Ganeth, Naggarond,* The Thousand Maws


Clan Mors,* Clan Pestilens,

Clan Rictus, Clan Skryre

#1 (10) 350 Vortex lzd 1.png Ritual of Prognostication Vortex hef 1.png Ritual of Prophecy Vortex def 1.png Ritual of the Tortured Oracle Vortex skv 1.png Ritual of Dark Scrying
#2 (10) 1060 Vortex lzd 2.png Ritual of Rumination Vortex hef 2.png Ritual of the Seafarer Vortex def 2.png Ritual of the Hated Foe Vortex skv 2.png Ritual of Gnawing
#3 (10) 2040 Vortex lzd 3.png Ritual of Contemplation Vortex hef 3.png Ritual of the Scholar Vortex def 3.png Ritual of the Senescent Mentor Vortex skv 3.png Ritual of Decay
#4 (10) 3325 Vortex lzd 4.png Ritual of Deliberation Vortex hef 4.png Ritual of the Explorer Vortex def 4.png Ritual of the Unrequited Lover Vortex skv 4.png Ritual of Gestation
#5 (20) 5000 Vortex lzd 5.png Ritual of Alignment Vortex hef 5.png Ritual of the Defender Vortex def 5.png Ritual of the Trusted Sibling Vortex skv 5.png Ritual of Noisome Binding

* = AI default ritual faction

Enemy faction spawns[edit | edit source]

These factions will spawn when a faction begins a ritual, and attack that faction:

Norscan Tribes:

Warriors of Chaos:


Cutscenes[edit | edit source]

Warning: SPOILERS.

YouTube links: