Here’s how Total War: Warhammer 2’s Tomb Kings can recruit “certain Vampire Count units”

High Queen Khalida

One of the many new tricks that Total War: Warhammer II’s coming Tomb Kings will bring is a lack of interest in the elves’ Great Vortex. They’re focused on a different mcguffin: the Black Pyramid, which they must take control of by capturing five of nine books authored by its architect – Nagash. Each of these books confers some powerful bonuses to the Tomb Kings, including the ability to recruit “certain Vampire Counts units.”

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We got a look at these books during our hands-on time with the game. You’ll need to either defeat a rogue army or capture a certain settlement to obtain each of these – for more details, check out 42:56 in the gameplay video embedded above.

First Book of Nagash

  • +1 Hero capacity for all hero types
  • -50% Hero action cost
  • +10% Hero action success chance

Second Book of Nagash

  • Gain campaign line of sight over regions with gold, marble, and gemstones resources
  • +20% income from trade

Third Book of Nagash

  • Regions will be hit by a sandstorm after sacking or occupying settlements
  • Immune to sandstorm attrition
  • +15% casualty replenishment rate after sacking or occupying settlements

Fourth Book of Nagash

  • +250 Canopic Jars
  • +3 Lord recruit rank
  • -1 Wound recovery time for all characters

A Book of Nagash

Fifth Book of Nagash

  • +1 Army capacity
  • +5 unit capacity for Tomb Guard, Tomb Guard with Halberds, and Skeleton Chariots

Sixth Book of Nagash

  • Unlocks recruitment of Liche Priest Heroes with the Lore of Shadows
  • +20 Winds of Magic power reserve

Seventh Book of Nagash

  • +10 Canopic Jars per turn
  • +10% Research rate

Eighth Book of Nagash

  • All commandments are 50% more effective

Ninth Book of Nagash

  • Enables recruitment of certain Vampire Count units
  • “The ninth Book of Nagash is known to belong to Arkhan the Black; however, its exact location is unknown and retrieving it will be all but impossible.”

The Ninth Book is the only one whose location isn’t clearly indicated – could it be as simple as destroying Arkhan the Black’s faction? Given that he is a playable Legendary Lord, what if you elect to play as him?

We’ll find out when Tomb Kings release on January 23. There’s plenty more information about Total War’s newest undead residents on our site, including their army roster, and a full breakdown of their strategic mechanics. Foreven moreinformation, check out their Steam page.