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Chaos Knights is a Warriors of Chaos cavalry unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer. Loyal followers of the Everchosen, maleficent Knights dedicated with reverent faith to any and all of the Chaos Gods.


All Champions of Chaos follow their gods with reverent faith, but to this warband the worship of Chaos is everything. They are more like a religious order than a band of warriors. The Swords of Chaos are not dedicated to any one of the Chaos gods alone. They follow Chaos Undivided, the Great Nameless One, the Thing That Should Not Be.

Their leader is called Archaon. He is mighty, cunning, unspeakably evil, and is said to be the greatest Chaos lord of the age. Rumours tell that he was a warrior-priest of a religious order in the Empire, but found his true faith in the worship of Chaos. He was granted a vision that he would unite the hordes of Chaos and march against the civilized nations, bringing upon the world an Age of Chaos that would last for eternity. Archaon is utterly dedicated to this cause, and he will let nothing stand in his way. He is a great orator, and his speeches whip his followers into a religious frenzy. His words touch the soul of anyone who has pledged himself to the cause of Chaos.

Archaon is constantly roaming the wastes, seeking other warbands. In battle the choice that Archaon gives to the other warbands is simple: join him or die. Followers of all Chaos gods are welcome, just as long as they swear fealty to Archaon. Chaos Undivided welcomes all its true sons.

Many disobey and die. But many others will be gripped by the zeal of Archaon and join him. Thus the Swords of Chaos have grown to be the largest coalition of warriors in the Northern Wastes. Many times have zealous defenders gathered armies and challenged Archaon, hoping to rid the world of his deadly threat. Now their bones litter the Northern Wastes and the plains of the Troll Country.

The warbands that gather under the banners of the Swords of Chaos are many and varied, but all of them are under the rule of the the merciless lord Archaon. All look to him for religious guidance. Their number grows daily, and many fear that Archaon will be the next one to gather the warbands of the wastes and bring unholy war to the Old World.


  • 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.
  • Armoured & Shielded: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage. Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.



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Chaos Knights with flaming attacks, Guardian, and a map wide speed/charge boost. These traits make them good for pairing with a lord as a bodyguard unit. They are a melee cavalry so can actually survive for a while in combat and rely less on a charge bonus. They should shadow your lord or heroes generally. Notably, they do have significantly less models than standard chaos knights.