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Wh main dwf thane.png
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CategoryDwarfs hero
Unit size1
Icon treasury.png Cost (MP): 1000 (600)
Icon hourglass.png Turns: 1
Icon income.png Upkeep: 250
Icon stat health.png Health: 3126
Icon stat morale.png Leadership: 70
Icon stat speed.png Speed: 32
Icon stat attack.png Melee Attack: 45
Icon stat defence.png Melee Defence: 54
Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge Bonus: 25
Resistance magic.png Magic Resistance: 25
Resistance missile.png Missile Resistance: 15
Icon stat damage.png Weapon Damage: 250
Modifier icon armour piercing.png Armour-Piercing Damage: 125
Icon stat speed.png Melee Interval: 4 s
Icon stat range.png Range: 1
Icon stat armour.png
Shielded units will block the following percentage of missile damage from the front Shield: 30%
  • Encourages.png Encourage: This unit provides a Icon stat morale.pngleadership bonus to nearby allies. Units within range of both the Lord's aura and an encouraging unit will receive the larger of the two bonuses.
  • Hide forest.png Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Thane is a Dwarfs melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer. The Thane leads Dwarfs to battle with a cry of vengeance and an unstoppable rage.


The leaders of a Dwarf throng are its Lord and Thanes. These are the most powerful fighters in the army, fell-handed warriors equipped with the finest arms and armour of the Clan's weapon hoard. As a rule, Dwarf Lords and Thanes are a grim sort, for they are leaders of a dour people. Upon their broad shoulders is carried the weight of untold debt - the inherited grudges of a long-suffering and unforgiving race. It is their lot to avenge all wrongdoing to their Clan, Hold or race, not just in the present, but also for all time. Failure to redress an injury from antiquity is particularly galling, an act of disrespect to the much-revered ancestors. While Dwarfs are notably an infantry force, there are a few exceptions among their leaders; some Lords are carried into battle by Shieldbearers - stout warriors who serve their liege by hefting a shield as a fighting platform. This is common amongst Dwarfs of the southern Holds and has been continued elsewhere, notable by King Alrik Ranulfsson of Karak Hirn. In other Clans, especially northern ones, Lords and Thanes prefer to fight atop Oath Stones, rocks upon which runes are struck - listing out the Clan's honour, or perhaps the Lord's lineage or deeds. The stone is a symbol of their homeland, a piece of their Dwarfhold made manifest.


  • 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.


  • Training
  • Assault Garrison
  • Assassinate
  • Assault Units

Constant Local Effect[]

  • Spread Public Order


Items (MP)[]


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Similar to the Empire Captain, the Thane is a very straightforward melee brawler. They can be stalwart fighters against hordes of infantry and other melee heroes, but if focused by a melee Lord will likely lose. Their abilities help them to remain refreshed and dealing extra damage.

Multiplayer wise, their items are pretty good at helping a Dawi army improve an aspect of its composition. The Silver Horn of Vengance gives a flat 12 boost to charge bonus which is great for the low charge values of the Dawi. Most Dawi units have below average charge bonues, but with that boost can deal much more damage when charging.

The Ironbeards Ring can be useful, but you have to have fire damage readily available to capitalize on it. Perhaps best used with a flame cannon, Warriors of Dragonfire Pass, or the Dragonback Slayers. Notably, it will stack with an enemy's innate fire weakness such as regenerating units, Forest Spirit units, or Norscan Ice units.

The Rune of Slowness is effective at slowing enemies down a small amount. Slowing an enemy down is always helpful for the Dawi so your units can catch them or give your ranged units more time to target them.


This Hero can perform the following actions on the campaign map:

  • Embed Hero
    • Embeds the Hero into the army, joining it in battle
  • Training (Requires skill)
    • Grants 30 experience per turn to units serving in the parent army
  • Inspire Populace
  • Assault Units
    • Inflicts damage upon all units in the target army
    • Positive outcome base chance: 50%
  • Assassinate
    • Kills the target character
    • Positive outcome base chance: 30%
  • Discourage Populace
  • Assault Garrison
    • Inflicts damage upon a member of the garrison in the target settlement
    • Positive outcome base chance: 50%
  • Cleanse Corruption
    • Reduces the amount of Icon corruption chs.pngChaos and Icon corruption vmp.pngVampiric corruption in the local province by 2
    • Constant passive effect

Some of these actions can be improved by putting points into the relevant skills in the character's campaign skill tree.

Skill Tree[]

Standalone Skills[]

  • Ancestral Grudge
  1. Icon stat damage.png Weapon Strength: +3% when fighting against Greenskins
  2. Icon stat damage.png Weapon Strength: +8% when fighting against Greenskins
  3. Icon stat damage.png Weapon Strength: +15% when fighting against Greenskins
  • Resolute
  1. Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge bonus: +2
  2. Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge bonus: +5
  3. Icon stat charge bonus.png Charge bonus: +9
  • Relentless (Requires rank 11)
  1. Icon stat speed.png Speed: +3%
  2. Icon stat speed.png Speed: +8%
  3. Icon stat speed.png Speed: +15%
  • Rune of Grimnir (Requires rank 8)
    • Resistance missile.png Missile resistance: 10%

Character Skills
Blade Master
Melee attack: +5
Devastating Charge Full Plate Armour Hard to Hit Deadly Blade
Charge bonus: +6 Armour: +3 Melee defence: +2 Melee Attack: +2
+16 +8 +5 +5
+30 +15 +9 +9
Grants the ability Foe-Seeker
Wound-Maker Scarred Veteran Indomitable Blade Shield
Weapon strength: +3% Hit Points: +3% Leadership: +2 Melee defence: +2
+8% +8% +5 +5
+15% +15% +9 +9
Deadly Onslaught
Grants the ability Deadly Onslaught

Campaign Skills
Inspire Populace action: Public Order is increased by an additional 1
Patrol Ambusher Authoritarian Defender Inspirational
Assault Units action: Additional 4% casualties inflicted Discourage Population action: Public Order is modified by an additional -1 Siege holdout time: +1 (local region) Recruitment cost -3% (forces in local owned region)
10% -2 +2 -8%
18% -3 +3 -15%
Assassinate action: Additional 8% chance of killing target
Exemplar Barracks Raider Drill Master Iron-Willed Defiance
Unit experience: +1 for all unit recruits (forces in local owned region) Assault Garrison action: Additional 5% casualties inflicted Grants the ability to perform the Training action.

Training: Grants 30 experience per turn to units serving in the parent army

Reduction in Icon corruption chs.pngChaos and Icon corruption vmp.pngVampiric corruption: +1 (local province)
+2 15% Experience per turn is increased by an additional 10 +2
+3 30% 15 +3
Wound recovery time: -1