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Skeleton Horsemen
Wh2 dlc09 tmb skeleton horsemen.png
Wh2 dlc09 tmb cavalry spear.png
Overview
FactionTomb Kings
CategorySpear Cavalry
Unit size45
Recruitment
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 400 (400)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 1
Icon income.png Upkeep: 0
Statistics
Icon stat health.png Health: 70
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 36
Icon stat speed.png Speed:
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 22
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 26
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 26
Weapons
Melee
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 20
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 5
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4.5 s
Protection
Icon stat armour.png
Armor:
15%
Shielded units will block the following percentage of missile damage from the front Shield: 30%
Attributes
  • 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.
  • Attribute guerrilla deploy.png Vanguard Deployment: This unit can deploy outside the deployment zone.
  • Hide forest.png Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
  • Undead.png Undead: The unit is Undead (does not rout, immune to terror, becomes unstable when is low).

Skeleton Horsemen is a Tomb Kings melee cavalry unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer II with the Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC. Amidst a churning cloud of heaved-up sand, these Undead warriors charge their foes with supernatural determination.

Description[]

Regiments of Undead horsemen race across the sandy planes mounted on the fleshless remains of their once-proud steeds, weapons lowered as they gallop towards their foes. These skeletal riders drive their heavy spears into their foes with bone-jarring force, using well-aimed thrusts that punch clean through torsos and rip open throats in a spray of blood. Those not impaled by the cavalry rider's razor-sharp spearheads are trampled into the ground by the thundering hooves of skeletal steeds. When the Liche Priests summon the Tomb King's army from their sandy graves, fully formed cavalry columns stride out of the pyramids at the head of the legions. When the enemy is sighted, the cavalry regiment's hornblower signals the charge and a deep unsettling discord reverberates about the desert. This otherworldly sound shakes the dust from statues, and a disquieting feeling of dread permeates across the battlefield. As one, the Undead steeds gallop towards their quarry, the skeletal riders raising their shields and lowering their spears in perfect unison. It is a brave foe indeed that does not flee as these deathless horsemen bear down upon them.

Abilities[]

  • Shielded: Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
  • 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.
  • Very Fast: This unit can run circles around most other units, taunting and harrassing the enemy or evading its missile fire.

Strategy[]

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Weaker light cavalry really only suited for attacking warmachine crews, weapons teams, and ranged units unable to defend themselves in melee. Anything else will be able to fight them off and only be tied up dealing with them. Rear and flank charges are not impactful enough to change this by much.