Total War: Warhammer II – Vortex campaign basics
Let’s discuss some of the basics when it comes to Throt the Unclean’s Vortex campaign in Total War: Warhammer II.
Faction mechanics and bonuses
|Faction Effects||Lord Effects|
|Suitable climate: Frozen||“Regeneration” passive|
|Access to Clan Moulder’s Flesh Laboratory||-20% upkeep for Wolf Rats, Rat Ogres, Mutant Rat Ogres, Brood Horrors, and Hell Pit Abominations (lord’s army)|
|+10% hit points (all characters)|
|Immune to mountain attrition||+10 armor upkeep for Wolf Rats, Rat Ogres, Mutant Rat Ogres, Brood Horrors, and Hell Pit Abominations (lord’s army)|
|-50% construction costs for Breeding Stock, Pits of the Packmasters, Force-Feeding Chambers, and Laboratory buildings|
These are the conditions to win the Vortex campaign in Total War: Warhammer II – The Twisted & The Twilight:
- Destroy the Heralds of Ariel faction.
- Win the final battle “The Ultimate Harvest.” I’ll discuss how to unlock the final battle in a short while.
Starting location and units
Throt the Unclean starts in The Chill Road all the way to the north of Naggaroth. Malekith and Mung are right next to you, but you do have non-aggression pacts. Your immediate concern, though, is Ghrond since you need to capture that faction’s settlements.
Throt also starts with 1x Stormvermin (Sword & Shield), 2x Clanrats (Shields), 1x Skavenslaves, 2x Skavenslave Slingers, 1x Brood Horror, 1x Rat Ogre, and 1x Wolf Rats. For the last one, the Wolf Rats already have some instabilities, hence the unit card having a red outline.
Throt the Unclean’s skills
You can build up Throt any particular way you’d want to. In my case, however, I decided to max out “Ancient Cunning” (ambush success chance) and then get “Draftmaster” (recruit rank and local recruitment capacity). Meanwhile, from the red line skills, “Moulder Knowledge” is the most important since this boosts your monster units (the same ones with Throt’s lord effects). Much later, you can get “Mutagenic Elixirs,” too.
The orange/unique skills are fairly straightforward. “Remouldered,” which can affect a monster unit to boost its leadership, melee attack, and healing, unlocks at level 12. You then get additional perks from this line.
Packmaster hero skills
One of the heroes introduced in Total War: Warhammer II – The Twisted & The Twilight is the Clan Moulder Packmaster. In fact, Throt starts with one already.
This hero can get a Brood Horror mount at level 12, but you won’t have to wait that long to see some cool stuff it has. “Tide of Death” and “Tide of Pox” can be unlocked and boosted from level 5 onwards. The former summons a unit of Wolf Rats and the latter spawns Wolf Rats (Poison). These aren’t mutually exclusive so you can get both.
Meanwhile, level 10 perks like “Carrot & Stick” and “Master Moulder” help with the leadership, upkeep, recruit rank, and replenishment of monster units. You’ve also got “Flesh Snatcher” (casualty replenishment hero action) and “Hero Catcher” (enemy hero wounding) as mutually exclusive perks. I personally suggest picking the former to keep the army’s units in tip-top shape.
Okay, it’s time to discuss Throt the Unclean’s Total War: Warhammer II Vortex campaign progression and a few more tips.