Total War Warhammer 2 DLC Buying Guide and Tier List

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Total War Warhammer 2 is an absolutely fantastic game but jumping into it in 2021 can be daunting. In typical Creative Assembly fashion, over the past few years the developers have released a truckload of DLC packs for the game. Some better than others. Unless you want to break your bank buying all the available DLC, we recommend taking the time to read this guide. It will help you figure out which Total War Warhammer 2 DLC packs you should purchase and which you should avoid.

In addition to covering all Total War Warhammer 2 DLC, we’re also including the DLC that came with its predecessor. If you’re not familiar with how these games work, TW: W2 comes with a map called Mortal Empires that lets you play all the races, factions, and legendary lords introduced in the first game. You’ll definitely want to get some of the DLC for TW: W1 as well if you want to enhance the experience as much as possible. Just keep in mind that you need to own Warhammer 1 to play Mortal Empires.

A couple of other things before we get started. First, there is a lot of free Total War Warhammer 2 DLC out there but we’re not going to talk about it in the next section. However, we have put together a visual tier list after the main portion of our guide where you can find the FLC as well. Feel free to skip there if you’re only interested in the tier list.

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Rise of the Tomb Kings

Rise of the Tomb Kings was the first Total War Warhammer 2 DLC to introduce a new race. Namely, the titular Tomb Kings. This is more of a traditional expansion compared to most of the other DLC, as it comes with loads of new content. This includes four legendary lords, mechanics, quests, items, an entirely new army roster complete with regiments or renown, and more. Some of the gameplay mechanics, like not having to pay upkeep for your army, won’t be to everyone’s liking. But if you’re not bothered by that sort of thing, you’ll find Rise of the Tomb Kings to be among the best Total War Warhammer 2 DLC out there. The price is a bit steep but definitely worth it in our opinion.

Verdict: Must buy

The Queen and the Crone

If you’re a fan of the High Elves this DLC is a no-brainer. And it’s not too shabby for Dark Elf players either. The Queen and the Crone introduces Alarielle, Shadow Warriors, and the Sisters of Avalorn to the High Elf roster. Meanwhile, Dark Elves get Crone Hellebron, Doomfire Warlocks, and the Kharibdyss. Queen Alarielle is easily one of the best DLC legendary lords in the game and the Sisters of Avalorn are a staple in any High Elf army at this point. The Dark Elf portion of the DLC is a bit weaker, but Crone Hellebron’s faction is reasonably fun to play and worth checking out as well.

Verdict: Must buy

The Prophet and the Warlock

Arguably the best Total War Warhammer 2 DLC involving Skaven, The Prophet and the Warlock introduces the mighty Ikit Claw of Clan Skrye. Ikit’s Forbidden Workshop is an extremely fun mechanic that essentially lets you use nukes, among a bunch of other crazy things. Over on the Lizardmen side, you get to play as Tehenhauin and sacrifice your enemies to your god, Sotek. The Lizardmen get the short end of the stick when it comes to their legendary lord but they are given six new units to bolster their forces with. The Skaven get a better lord but only three new units to play with, though they’re all very good.

Verdict: Must buy

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Curse of the Vampire Coast

A lot of fantasy medieval games feature an undead race, but because this is Total War Warhammer 2, you can get access to three different types, each with its own factions. Less than a year after the release of Rise of the Tomb Kings CA decided to throw even more undead at us with Curse of the Vampire Coast. The two expansions are fairly similar in terms of the amount and quality of the content they add. Only instead of Egyptian-themed skeletons and constructs, in this one you get to play as seafaring vampires and bloated monstrosities. Before you ask, yes, there are sea shanties. And a giant Kraken. The only truly negative part of the expansion is the new battle maps, which are often little more than small islands with not much room to maneuver. Aside from that, Curse of the Vampire Coast is a great DLC.

Verdict: Good value

The Warden and the Paunch

The Warden and the Paunch might be the most unusual Total War Warhammer 2 DLC out there. One of the new factions lets you play as a blobulous goblin who turns the remains of his enemies into delicious dishes. Meanwhile, the other faction introduces a brooding High Elf who imprisons and interrogates captives in an underground base of operations that seems inspired by the Batcave. The DLC also adds a bunch of cool new units, including Stone Trolls and Rogue Idols for the Greenskins and War Lions of Chrace for the High Elves, among many others. The Greenskins haven’t received any love from CA up until The Warden and the Paunch, so you’ll definitely want to get this one if you’re a fan of orcs and goblins.

Verdict: Good value

The King and the Warlord

This is an oldie but a goodie. The King and the Warlord came out way back in 2016 as one of the first DLC for the original Total War Warhammer. The DLC introduces Belegar Ironhammer and Skarsnik as the leaders of two new playable factions for the Dwarves and Greenskins, respectively. Both lords have mission objectives related to the legendary stronghold Karak Eight Peaks. And, as is often the case with these DLC packs, the two are at odds with each other. The Dwarves have yet to receive a much-needed update in Total War Warhammer 2 as of this writing, but this DLC can make playing the race a bit more interesting than usual. It’s also a pretty easy recommendation if you like the Greenskins.

Verdict: Good value

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Realm of the Wood Elves

Getting this TW: W1 DLC is the only way to play as the Wood Elves in Total War Warhammer 2. For the longest time Realm of the Wood Elves was very hard to recommend because the race felt outdated in TW: W2 but things have changed for the better in recent times. These days the Wood Elves are pretty fun to play and their unique mechanics really set them apart from most of the other races in the game. The downside is that Realm of the Wood Elves counts as a full expansion and costs almost as much as two lord packs.  You should consider buying this one only if you’re a big fan of the Wood Elves.

Verdict: Worthwhile for some players

The Twisted and the Twilight

Speaking of the Wood Elves, this is the only Total War Warhammer 2 DLC that gives any love to the race. The big update to the Wood Elves came alongside The Twisted and the Twilight but you don’t actually need to buy it in order to reap the benefits. However, you may still want it anyway because it introduces a new legendary lord, the Sisters of Twilight, along with some pretty cool units like Zoats and Great Stag Knights. The Twisted and the Twilight also adds a new Skaven faction lead by Throt the Unclean. There are better DLC if you like playing as the ratmem so you’ll probably want to get this mainly for the Wood Elves portion.

Verdict: Worthwhile for some players

The Shadow and the Blade

Speaking of Skaven DLC, next up we have The Shadow of the Blade. Deathmaster Snikch, the first legendary lord that came with the DLC, has some very unique gameplay mechanics that revolve around stealth and subterfuge, as does his combat style. The DLC also adds a lot of firepower to the Skaven roster with the inclusion of Poisoned-Wind Mortars and Warp-Grinder Weapon Teams. But while the Skaven portion of the DLC is pretty solid, the Dark Elf portion leaves a lot to be desired. The new legendary lord Malus Darkblade’s Possession mechanic can come in handy on occasion but it’s not nearly as interesting as what Snikch brings to the table. There’s not a lot here for Dark Elf players, unfortunately.

Verdict: Worthwhile for some players

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Norsca

This is a tough one. On one hand, Norsca is one of the better DLCs from Total War Warhammer 1. And despite essentially adding a new faction, it only costs about half as much as a regular expansion. On the other hand, Norsca hasn’t received any updates in Total War Warhammer 2 so far. And they probably won’t given that Total War Warhammer 3 is just a few months away at this point. Norsca’s unique gameplay mechanics still hold up reasonably well in TW: W2 but their starting position is absolutely abysmal. An experienced player can overcome this handicap and still have a good game but that’s probably not going to happen if you’re a beginner. That’s a shame because the DLC itself is quite good overall.

Verdict: Worthwhile for some players

The Hunter and the Beast

The Hunter and the Best is pretty difficult to recommend. Nakai, the new legendary lord introduced for the Lizardmen, has a horde army at his disposal but the gameplay mechanics are pretty underwhelming. However, it is hard to say no to the new Dread Saurian units if you’re a Lizardmen player. As far as the other new legendary lord is concerned, Markus Wulfhart is only marginally interesting. There are definitely much better choices out there if you want to play as the Empire.

Verdict: Maybe if it’s on sale

Call of the Beastmen

The Beastmen are a DLC race introduced in the original game that has been completely overlooked in Total War Warhammer 2 so far. That’s likely to change in the near future but the DLC is probably going to be a hard sell even so unless CA plans to massively improve the Beastmen. Getting access to a whole new race with two legendary lords and a solid unit roster is still tempting but we wouldn’t recommend buying the DLC at full price.

Verdict: Maybe if it’s on sale

The Grim and the Grave

There’s honestly not much to look forward to here. The Grim and the Grave is a TW: W1 DLC that adds legendary lords for the Empire and Vampire Counts. Unfortunately, neither of them is particularly interesting. The Mortis Engine, one of the new vampire units is very good but that’s about the only redeeming factor about this DLC.

Verdict: Avoid

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Chaos Warriors

Creative Assembly pissed off a lot of people when it announced this day 1 DLC for the original game. And understandably so. Chaos is one of the most iconic parts of the Warhammer universe and this should have been part of the base game. To make matters worse, the Chaos Warriors campaigns are pretty terrible as well. The unit roster isn’t too bad but it usually only sees play during multiplayer matches. Several Chaos factions will be playable from the get-go in Total War Warhammer 3 so it’s hard to justify getting the DLC at this point. Unless you’re a completionist of course.

Verdict: Avoid

Blood for the Blood God

By far the most insulting Total War Warhammer 2 DLC, Blood for the Blood God is basically what it says on the tin. The DLC introduces more blood and gore to the game, provided you’re willing to pay for it. Having to pay for extra blood in a Warhammer game is not just insulting, it’s downright ridiculous. It’s worth pointing out that the DLC was initially made for the original Total War Warhammer and then re-released for the sequel (as Blood for the Blood God 2) for those who didn’t buy it the first time. No doubt CA will try to sell it a third time when Total War Warhammer 3 launches. Better give it a wide berth.

Verdict: Avoid

The Silence and the Fury

This is the latest Total War Warhammer 2 DLC announced so far, and could very well be the final one. Barring any freeLC of course. As of this writing, The Silence and the Fury is not out yet but we do know that it will introduce two new legendary lords – one for the Beastmen and one for the Lizardmen. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything yet about the new units and we only have some basic information in regards to the unique gameplay mechanics. The addition of a Beastmen lord seems to indicate that a major update for the race is just around the corner. But we’ll just have to wait and see when The Silence and the Fury launches on July 14th.

Verdict: TBD

Total War Warhammer 2 DLC Tier List

Above, you can find the visual DLC tier list mentioned near the start of the article. But we do realize that the icons look so similar to each other that it’s difficult to figure out what’s going on. Which is why we’re also listing things down below in plainly written format. The list contains all available Total War Warhammer and Total War Warhammer 2 DLC, including the free ones. All in all, you’re looking at more than 30 pieces of DLC for a grand total value of over $200 if you were to buy everything at full price. It’s not quite enough to put Total War Warhammer 2 on our list of games with outrageously expensive DLC, but it’s pretty close.

S Tier

  • Rise of the Tomb Kings (TW: W2 expansion) – $18.99
  • The Queen and the Crone (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • The Prophet and the Warlock (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • Mortal Empires (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Bretonnia (TW: W1 FLC)

A Tier

  • Curse of the Vampire Coast (TW: W2 expansion) – $18.99
  • The Warden and the Paunch (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • The King and the Warlord (TW: W1 DLC) – $8.99
  • Repanse de Lyonesse (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Gor-Rok (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Wurrzag (TW: W1 FLC)
  • Grombrindal the White Dwarf (TW: W1 FLC)
  • Isabella von Carstein (TW: W1 FLC)
  • Imrik (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Alith Anar (TW: W2 FLC)

B Tier

  • Realm of the Wood Elves (TW: W1 expansion) $18.99
  • The Twisted and the Twilight (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • The Shadow and the Blade (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • Norsca (TW: W1 expansion) – $9.99
  • Steps of Isha (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Lokhir Fellheart (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Tiktaq’to (TW: W2 FLC)
  • Tretch Craventail (TW: W2 FLC)

C Tier

  • The Hunter and the Beast (TW: W2 DLC) – $9.99
  • Call of the Beastmen (TW: W1 expansion) – $18.99
  • Grey Wizard (TW: W1 FLC)
  • Jade Wizard (TW: W1 FLC)
  • Skaven Chieftain (TW: W2 FLC)

D Tier

  • The Grim and the Grave (TW: W1 DLC) – $8.99
  • Chaos Warriors (TW: W1 expansion) – $7.99
  • Blood For the Blood God (TW: W1/2 DLC) – $2.99

If you don’t yet own Total War Warhammer 2 or some of the DLC discussed in this guide consider getting them from our Nexus.

Make sure to also check out our list of new and upcoming Warhammer games to keep an eye on in 2021 and beyond. Even more interesting lists can be found down below.

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