Turn on the forges because Total War: Warhammer 3’s Chaos Dwarfs are about to arrive. The forthcoming playable race was revealed by the game’s creator, Creative Assembly, in a blog post and a trailer for Update 3.0, which will be available on April 13.
The three “Legendary Lord” generals of the race—Astragoth Ironhand, Drazhoath the Ashen, and Zhatan the Black—who will each command a distinct group within it—are highlighted in the trailer. The post also details new units the Chaos Dwarfs will have access to, such as Bull Centaurs and the Bale Taurus, as well as a glimpse into the race’s economy and the Tower of Zharr, a unique campaign mechanic that functions as the stage for political maneuvering and backstabbing.
It’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong, but it’s also a good idea to have it in case something does. They venerate Hashut, the god of fire, greed, and tyranny, and place the highest value on industry and firepower. The Dark Lands, the faction’s lore-centric home and a region that has been strangely empty on Immortal Empires’ map since the expansion’s beta debuted last year, will almost definitely house the majority of the faction’s “Legendary Lord” generals.
Since Warhammer 3’s original release in February of last year, this is the game’s first new playable race. A leak from a data mine following Warhammer 3’s release early last year revealed lines of dialogue referencing the Chaos Dwarfs, or Dawi-Zharr, as they’re called in the Dwarf language of Khazalid. This prefaced frequent hints from Creative Assembly during blogs and trailers.
At the outset of the Total War: Warhammer trilogy’s creator, Creative Assembly, promised that by the end of its lifespan, every army that had an 8th Edition army book (which lists the troops, abilities, and powers of each faction) would be included in the trilogy. The studio has since outdone itself by including the Grand Cathay, Norsca, Vampire Coast, and Kislev factions in the games, none of which had their own official army books. The “Tamurkhan” supplement to the 8th Edition served as the Chaos Dwarfs’ army book instead of the official 8th Edition army book. The upcoming DLC, then, will likely be the most fleshed-out version of the Dawi-Zharr we’ve ever seen.