- This race requires the Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC to play.
The Tomb Kings were previously a great human empire called Nehekhara (now known as the Land of the Dead), themed on ancient Egypt. However, Nehekhara was destroyed by the necromancer Nagash and his vampires, causing the mummified dead to rise. The Tomb Kings now seek to reclaim their lost glory, and take vengeance on Nagash and his kin. The armies of the Tomb Kings consist of ranks of skeleton soldiers and chariots, supported by towering animated statues of bone and stone.
How they play
A summary of Tomb Kings gameplay:
- Units: Tomb Kings focus on ranks of skeleton infantry and chariots, combined with powerful animated statues and constructs.
- Elite units: They also have Regiments of Renown and campaign-exclusive Legions of Legend.
- Realm of Souls: As Tomb Kings armies take damage in battle, a bar fills up mass-healing the army and allowing an Ushabti unit to be summoned.
- Day of Awakening: In campaign, Tomb Kings do not require money for unit recruitment or upkeep, instead having unit and army caps which are increased by buildings and technologies.
- Canopic Jars: Ancient containers filled with arcane energy, Canopic Jars can be collected through missions, buildings, and as post-battle loot. They are used to awaken powerful units, unlock techs, perform rites and to craft unique items in the Mortuary Cult.
- The Mortuary Cult: Keepers of the Lore of Nehekhara and the secrets of revivification, the Liche Priests of the Mortuary Cult can be called upon to construct unique and venerable items. Using a combination of trade resources and Canopic Jars, the player can order the construction of unique magic weapons, armour, talismans, plus enchanted and arcane items. For a cost, the Mortuary Cult can also resurrect powerful Legions of Legend for use in your armies.
- Nine Books of Nagash: While Tomb Kings can be played in the Eye of the Vortex campaign, they do not seek to influence the vortex, and therefore do not engage in the race for control of it. Instead, they seek the nine cursed Books of Nagash, a search culminating in an epic battle at the Black Pyramid of Nagash itself. Each of these books grants a unique campaign bonus, and puts the player a step further along the road to victory.
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Across the arid deserts of Nehekhara, vast legions of skeletal warriors rise from beneath the baking sands to slaughter those who trespass into their domain. It is a lifeless realm of endless dunes, stained red from the blood of savages and barbarians. This is the Land of the Dead, where mummified kings are cursed to rule in perpetual unlife. But it was not always thus.
There was a time when the ancient kingdom of Nehekhara stood as a crown of human civilisation; a golden age when its cities shone with majestic splendour, its armies conquered entire nations and its kings ruled as gods among men. But this realm was razed millennia ago by the treacherous sorcery of the reviled Nagash: in a stroke, the living perished and the dead rose from their tombs.
Death is no barrier to glory for the Tomb Kings however. In unlife, they will see the empire of Nehekhara restored to greatness!
In the campaign, Tomb Kings are divided into four playable factions, each led by a different Legendary Lord:
- Khemri, led by Settra the Imperishable.
- Followers of Nagash, led by Arkhan the Black.
- Court of Lybaras, led by High Queen Khalida.
- Exiles of Nehek, led by Grand Hierophant Khatep.
- Priest Nerutep: Primary quest giver for the Tomb Kings
The Epilogue for the Eye of the Vortex campaign when playing as Khemri, Court of Lybaras, or Exiles of Nehek reveals that Priest Nerutep is actually Thutep, the brother of Nagash. Thutep can also be recruited as a unique lord after researching his respective dynasty.
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Factions introduced in The Eye of the Vortex campaign:
- Main article: Tomb Kings unit roster
The armies of the Tomb Kings consist of ranks of skeleton soldiers, chariots, and animated statues of the Nehekharan gods, sphinxes, scorpions and other creatures. Unlike the Vampire Counts, another Undead race, the Tomb Kings do not rely on masses of expendable units. They instead supplement lines of skeleton infantry with heavily armoured, monstrous constructs such as the Ushabti and Necrosphinx. These constructs can be further enhanced with the support of the Necrotect Hero, who specializes in supporting units with the construct type. Also, unlike the Vampire Counts, Tomb Kings have access to archers and artillery. They also have a unique Curse ability which reduces enemy armour values.
Tomb Kings spellcasters have access to four lores of magic, one of which is unique to their faction:
Regiments of Renown
Tomb Kings have several Regiments of Renown which are elite, unique versions of Tomb Kings units.
Legions of Legend
Legions of Legend are extra-powerful units, even more so than Regiments of Renown, which can be crafted at the Mortuary Cult.
Realm of Souls
As Tomb Kings units fall in battle, their essences flow to the realm of souls. As certain thresholds are reached, mass-healing and resurrection waves are triggered (map wide) reinvigorating the Tomb Kings’ armies. Furthermore, when the third threshold is reached, the Tomb Kings can summon a unit of Ushabti to the battle. This heals up to 672 hitpoints mapwide.
Binding and Crumbling
Tomb Kings units do not rout when their leadership goes down. Instead they stay in the fight, but take damage and lose models via crumbling. This is because Tomb Kings units are fearless undead, but the magic sustaining them can grow weak.
In the Campaign
During a Chaos Invasion, it is not known how AI Tomb Kings will act. Luckily it doesn't really matter because of how hard it is for the Chaos invasion to get to the Southlands.
Books of Nagash
In the Eye of the Vortex campaign, Tomb Kings do not compete to control the Great Vortex and thus do not use rituals. Instead, they attempt to find the Books of Nagash which provide various bonuses and eventually culminate in a titanic battle at the Black Pyramid of Nagash.
Tomb Kings also compete to search for the books in other campaigns, though it is not part of the victory conditions.
Day of Awakening
Tomb Kings do not require money to recruit or upkeep units. Instead, they have a limit on how many units of a certain type they can per army. This cap is expanded by constructing more of the relevant military recruitment building in other cities. However, Tomb Kings still use money to construct buildings or enact rites. For instance each Open Graves building you construct increases the amount of Skeleton Archers you can recruit (faction-wide) by 4.
The following units do not have a limit:
Additionally, Tomb Kings have a cap on the amount of armies they can field. This is increased by researching technology (see below) and paying to increase the cap via the Mortuary Cult.
The Mortuary Cult are the keepers of the Lore of Nehekhara and the secrets of revivification, the Liche Priests of the Mortuary Cult can be called upon to construct unique and venerable items. Using a combination of trade resources and Canopic Jars, the player can order the construction of unique magic weapons, armour, talismans, plus enchanted and arcane items. For a cost, the Mortuary Cult can also resurrect powerful Legions of Legend for use in your armies.
Canopic Jars are a unique resource for the Tomb Kings. Ancient containers filled with arcane energy, Canopic Jars can be collected through missions, buildings, and as post-battle loot. They are used to awaken powerful units, unlock techs, perform rites and to craft unique items in the Mortuary Cult.
Tomb Kings have access to unique, powerful Tomb Herald followers gained through the tech tree.
- See Tomb Kings rites.
Tomb Kings can perform several rites to give them various powerful faction-wide bonuses. This is the only way they can recruit Ptra's Necrotect or the Casket of Souls. One rite gives them access to Tomb Swarm, an army ability which summons a swarm of scarabs to consume the enemy.
Dynasties of Nehekhara (tech tree)
- See Tomb Kings tech tree.
The Tomb Kings tech tree is divided into separate groups called Dynasties. Unlocking a dynasty will raise your army cap, allowing you to field additional armies. It also allows you to recruit a special unique lords such as Lahmizzash of the Fourth Dynasty. However each dynasty you unlock increases the time it takes to unlock the next dynasty. Thus players must carefully plan which dynasties they want to unlock in which order. At the end of the tech tree players can unlock powerful Tomb Herald followers.
Tomb Kings have some restrictions on diplomacy:
- Tomb Kings factions cannot confederate each other.
- Khemri and Followers of Nagash are in a permanent war and cannot sign peace.
- Followers of Nagash cannot engage in diplomacy/trade with other Tomb Kings factions.
In contrast to most other factions, All Tomb King factions will have a positive stance for Great Powers.
- See Tomb Kings buildings.
Stances for Tomb Kings armies:
- Entombed Beneath the Sands - Replaces encamp. Enables replenishment, global recruitment and certain abilities. Despite the name suggesting an ambush, this is not an Ambush stance.
- Ambush stance
- Endless March: +Treasury +Campaign movement range.
- Harvest Organs: +Canopic Jars
- Bind souls: +replenishment
Settlement options for Tomb Kings:
- Occupy : +Canopic Jars
- Sack : +Gold
- Raze : +Canopic Jars
- Treasure Hunt
See the article on commandments for a list of Tomb Kings commandments.
- Suitable: Wasteland, Savannah, Desert
- Unpleasant: Temperate, Mountain, Jungle, Island
- Uninhabitable: Frozen, Ocean, Chaotic Wasteland, Magical Forest
Tomb Kings events
Tomb Kings names
See also: Tomb Kings names
Tomb Kings trailer
How to play the Tomb King Campaign
How to play the Tomb King Roster & Battle Strategy
How to play the Tomb King Lords & Heroes
THE TOMB KINGS: Lore Overview - Total War: Warhammer 2
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