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Total War: Warhammer III’s latest look enters the world of Nurgle

The Warhammer world’s Chaos god of plague and pestilence is the latest to take the spotlight in Total War: Warhammer III’s campaign previews.

The Plague Lord cometh

Smell something… not so fresh? Well that’s probably Nurgle, the Chaos god that’s been known as “the Chaos God of Disease, Decay and Death by Rebirth”. The plane that serves as home to the beastly things that rot in the night is the latest centerpoint for the early looks at Total War: Warhammer III.

This preview has a few points of interest, including Ku’gath Plaguefather. A chosen one of the foul god, Plaguefather is constantly at work devising new and ever more powerful contagions.

Riding into battle atop a massive palanquin held aloft by countless straining Nurglings, this foetid brewmaster tests his countless, horrific contagions by launching fusillades of infected Nurglings into the enemy’s midst. Despite his bloated, disease-ridden appearance, Ku’gath Plaguefather has a god-like aptitude for soaking up damage and inflicting grievous wounds whether in close combat or casting spells from the lore of Nurgle.


As you can see, there’s a nice little tease of another Chaos god to come at the close of that trailer. But before we get to that, there’s a bit more info about the Unclean to reveal first.

Nurgle Playstyle:

An embodiment of their virulent god, the armies of Nurgle are a highly resilient wall of diseased flesh with regenerative capabilities that relish locking the enemy into melee combat and grinding them down with poisonous attacks and strategic attrition. The more damage these plague-ridden warriors sustain in battle the greater the battle bonuses they unlock, including the noxious Rot, Glorious Rot ability that spreads through the enemy ranks like a potent plague.

Within the campaign, Nurgle strives to spread his abhorrent message at every opportunity. His factions can concoct and spread a variety of plagues, which apply detrimental effects to enemies unfortunate enough to catch them but bonuses to his own armies within their vicinity. They also make use of cyclical buildings that organically grow and die, and can summon units at reduced strength directly into their armies.


Nurgle Army Composition:

The Daemons of Nurgle are truly putrid in their appearance and sickening to look upon. The core of this rotting army is built around hardy frontline infantry such as Plaguebearers and swarms of nasty (but adorable) Nurglings, whilst abominable war beasts and greater daemons such as Great Unclean Ones, Plague Toads, and Beasts of Nurgle provide devastating close combat and magical support.


Total War: Warhammer III hits the PC on February 17th, 2022. It will also be a part of Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one.

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