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Thrones of Decay brings the rot, new DLC coming for Total War: Warhammer III

A mixture of free and paid DLC is on the way for Total War: Warhammer III, headlined by Empire, Dwarfen, and Nurgle heroes.

The stench of Nurgle fills the battlefield

The next big update for Sega and Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer III is almost here, with this spring’s Thrones of Decay. As usual it’s a delivery that’ll serve up both paid and free DLC, with the emphasis naturally being on the former, with the stars of the show being three powerful new hero units.

The Imperial forces will get the magic-wielding dragon rider Elspeth Von Draken, while the Dwarfs will get the brutal slayer/engineer Malakai Makaisson. Headlining the pack though, and hence the title of it, will be the vile Tamurkhan, the Maggot Lord. A truly revolting creature, Tamurkhan is a “sentient maggot”, according to Sega, one who lives (and presumably controls) the “rot-bloated corpse of a powerful Ogre Tyrant”. Yeah, that’s… that’s a lot.

While we’ve got the full details for the pack below for you to have a look at, there’s no release date just yet. Still, with a “spring” window revealed, you can probably look for this to land some time soonish.


The Dark Lady of Nuln, Elspeth Von Draken is one of the most powerful Amethyst Wizards of the age. It is said that she is so suffused with magical power that she stands on the periphery of life and death. 

Campaign Features:

  • Imperial Gunnery School: As the armoury of the Empire, Wissenland & Nuln offer special unit upgrades and powerful abilities in return for Schematics earned from the damage such units inflict on the battlefield.
  • Gardens of Morr: A vigilant protector of the Empire, Elspeth establishes these sacred sites in limited number across visible friendly or neutral Empire settlements, providing instant travel to those locations at a cost and with a cooldown. ​ 

Battle Playstyle:

  • Riding her powerful Carmine Dragon, Elspeth is deadly in every sense of the word. She manipulates the battlefield from range with her innate magical abilities from the Lore of Death before charging into the enemy ranks with her dragon and two-handed Pale scythe. 

New Units:

  • The Empire ranks are being bolstered by an assortment of arms such as the Marienburg Landship, Steam Tank Volley Gun, Nuln Ironsides, Hochland Long Rifles, Knights of the Black Rose, Master Engineer (Lord), Engineer (Hero) and the indomitable Theodore Bruckner (Legendary Hero).


A sentient maggot within the rot-bloated corpse of a powerful Ogre Tyrant, Tamurkhan is one of the greatest ever champions of Nurgle. He has but one aim; to spread death and disease in the name of the lord of pestilence. 

Campaign Features:

  • Tamurkhan’s Chieftains: Tamurkhan must amass an unstoppable warhost that will bring ruin to the world. As such, he embarks on a deadly journey to dominate and recruit powerful warlords from across the Chaos and Norscan tribes to increase the power of his faction.

Battle Playstyle:

  • Besieging the battlefield atop his mighty Toad Dragon, and wielding a mighty two-headed axe, Tamurkhan is a tank of a warrior who is deadly in combat. His Feast of the Maggot Lord ability triggers upon death, dealing life-sapping damage upon the enemy to keep him in the thick of battle a little longer.

New Units:

  • The bloated ranks of Nurgle ooze strength with the addition of units such as Kayzk the Befouled (Legendary Hero), the Chaos Lord of Nurgle (Lord), the Chaos Sorcerer of Nurgle (Hero), Plague Ogres, Rot Knights, Toad Dragons, Pestigors, and Bile Trolls. 


A defiant mixture of brain and brawn, Malakai Makaisson was once a member of the legendary Engineers Guild before disaster saw him ejected. Eternally shamed, he took up the Slayer’s Oath with the sole aim of seeking redemption through a dignified and bloody death. ​ 

Campaign Features:

  • Spirit of Grungi: Malakai’s armies march beneath the airborne machine known as the Spirit of Grungi, a legendary airship that the Slayer Engineer can upgrade on the move to increase his battle prowess and even call upon in battle. 
  • Malakai’s Adventures: As he seeks the glorious doom that all Slayers desire, Malakai Makaisson uses his deadly exploits to test and improve his latest engineering innovations in the most perilous battles he can instigate.

Battle Playstyle:

  • Malakai primarily serves the Dwarfs as a ranged support Lord, tossing explosives toward the enemy with the Cinderblast Cluster Bomb, blasting them to bits with his shotgun, and, if anyone gets too close for comfort, smacking them in the face with a massive spanner. ​ 

New Units:

  • Engineering excellence meets bearded bravery, the dwarf ranks are bolstered by Garagrim Ironfist (Legendary Hero), Daemonslayer (Lord), Dragonslayer (Hero), Doomseekers, Goblin Hewer, Thunderbarge, Grudge Raker Thunderers and Slayer Pirates.

Sega press release

Don’t forget the freebies

It’s easy to get all wrapped up in that stunning trailer, and what’s really a pretty incredible looking cross-section of upcoming heroes to command. But don’t forget that there’s free content for Total War: Warhammer III on the horizon as well. And while it’s not as impressive as the paid pack, it’s still fairly chunky.

Those who have a copy of the base game and don’t want to add the new heroes will find Patch 5.0 arriving right along with Thrones of Decay. In with that are, naturally, bug fixes and quality of life updates, but there’s going to be what sounds like a decent amount of additional content too.

None of it has been actually announced as of yet, but Sega says that a “Legendary Lord, a Hero unit, a new campaign feature in the form of the Nemesis Crown, and campaign reworks for the Empire, Dwarfs and Nurgle” will all be included. So whether you’re looking to fully kit out your game for the new season, or just grabbing the update, there’s plenty more coming up soon for Total War: Warhammer III.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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