Kislev, Khorne, Tzeentch, Cathay – they’ve all had their time in the pre-release spotlight in the long leadup to the Total War: Warhammer III release date. Lately, however, we’ve gotten our first peek at the strategy game’s tallest and hungriest faction, the Ogre Kingdoms. In a new video highlighting a selection of the Ogre Kingdoms’ unit roster, we get a look at how well-rounded these big meat-eating lads really are.
Zerkovich’s latest video shows off a partial selection of the Ogre Kingdoms army roster. It ranges from the diminutive Gnoblars at the small end up to the fearsome legendary lords Skrag the Slaughterer and Greasus Goldteeth at the other. In between, you have a surprisingly wide array of potential jobs for an ambitious young ogre to fill, whether their preference is melee combat or hunting down huge monsters on horseback.
The Ogre Kingdoms are a mobile society that operate somewhat like a horde faction, a concept introduced in Total War: Attila. As such, they’re relatively lightly armoured compared to other factions: metal armour and shields are a rarity in these ranks. The basic Gnoblar infantry lacks any of the anti-large spear weapons or silver shields carried by their Goblin counterparts in Greenskin armies, but they make up for their lack of protection by being extremely cheap to recruit.
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Ogres themselves usually have the wall breaker trait, which means they operate as siege weapons themselves – they can charge up to any settlement walls and rip them down.
The Ogres’ roster includes ranged units, artillery, and magic users, all of which have an ogre-y spin on them. Of particular interest is the Firebelly hero unit, which is a magic wielder who uses the lore of fire and combines it with some decent melee combat skills.
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Legendary lord Skrag the Slaughterer is a butcher, which in Warhammer means he’s got some magic up whatever he uses instead of sleeves. He’s a capable melee fighter, but uses the Great Maw lore for his spells. These include Bonecrusher, which causes a small but intense area-of-effect explosion, and Toothcracker, which buffs friendly units in an area with better armour and missile resistance.
He’s also got Trollguts, which allows Skrag to heal friendly combatants with some temporary regeneration.
We’ll likely see Creative Assembly reveal the Ogre Kingdoms’ full army roster in the coming weeks.