Total War: Warhammer is a gigantic game, which is impressive, considering that there are only three games in the series. The games have been given a slew of DLC releases over the years, and the best thing about this is that whatever you can play within the first two games, you can play in the third.
That said, it can be a bit confusing figuring out how this all works and how the games interact with each other. We’ll break everything down to make sure you know how it all works.
Updated August 24, 2022: With the release of Immortal Empires, the massive campaign that spans all three games, we’ve gone ahead and updated this article, making sure you know exactly where to go for your Total Warhammer DLC needs. We’ve added a handy table of all the currently-available DLC for your quick reference – no more looking at dense descriptions on Steam trying to work out exactly what a DLC pack adds!
What Does Total War: Warhammer DLC Add?
There are two principal types of DLC that get released for Total War Warhammer games:
- Paid packs that add new playable races, factions, and legendary lords to the game.
- Smaller, free packs that add new legendary lords, heroes, units, and less often, races or factions. These are not part of the regular updates and must be added to your account individually.
These usually coincide with updates that add the content to the game anyway, but only by purchasing the packs themselves will you be able to play as the new additions. This means that you may encounter new legendary lords and units and such in campaign games and in multiplayer, but you must buy or download the DLC to use them yourself.
There are some exceptions to this, however.
- There are two graphical effects packs that add blood and gore, one for each game. They are both called “Blood for the Blood God.” The version for the second game is given for free if you own the version for the first game.
- Some of the free DLC packs for the second game add new features, such as new maps for multiplayer games and the Ogre Mercenaries function.
- The Mortal Empires and Immortal Empires campaigns – these are only available if you own both the first two games and all three games, respectively.
Some DLC cannot be acquired on Steam. These must be downloaded through the Total War Access program that requires linking a Total War account to your Steam account and then redeeming the items on your dashboard. Those DLC are:
- 30th Birthday Regiments of Renown for Total War: Warhammer
- Gotrek and Felix for Total War: Warhammer 2
- Catchweb Spidershrine for Total War: Warhammer 2
- Glade Captain for Total War: Warhammer 2
- Great Bray-Shaman for Total War: Warhammer 2
- Ogre Mercenaries for Total War: Warhammer 2
All Total War: Warhammer DLC
The table below lists every DLC currently available for the Total War: Warhammer games that adds new playable content. These will either be new races, units, or legendary lords.
A DLC that adds a new race will, by default, add new legendary lords and units to your game.
|Total War: Warhammer|
|30th Birthday Regiments of Renown||New units for the Warriors of Chaos, Wood Elves, Bretonnia, and Norsca||Free|
|Bretonnia||New Race – Bretonnia||Free|
|Call of the Beastmen||New Race – Beastmen||Paid|
|Chaos Warriors||New Race – Chaos Warriors||Paid|
|Grey Wizard||New Hero unit for the Empire||Free|
|Grombrindal the White Dwarf||New Legendary Lord for the Dwarfs||Free|
|Isabella von Carstein||New Legendary Lord for the Vampire Counts||Free|
|Jade Wizard||New Hero unit for the Empire||Free|
|Norsca||New Race – Norsca||Paid|
|Realm of the Wood Elves||New Race – Wood Elves||Paid|
|The Grim and the Grave||New Legendary Lords and units for the Vampire Counts and Empire||Paid|
|The King and the Warlord||New Legendary Lords and units for the Dwarfs and Greenskins||Paid|
|Wurrzag||New Legendary Lord for the Greenskins||Free|
|Total War: Warhammer 2|
|Alith Anar||New Legendary Lord for the High Elves||Free|
|Catchweb Spidershrine||New mount for the Greenskins||Free|
|Curse of the Vampire Coast||New Race – the Vampire Coast||Paid|
|Glade Captain||New Hero unit for the High Elves||Free|
|Gor-Rok||New Legendary Lord for the Lizardmen||Free|
|Gotrek and Felix||New unique Lord and Hero unit for the Empire, Bretonnia, and Dwarfs||Free|
|Great Bray-Shaman||New Lord unit for the Beastmen||Free|
|Imrik||New Legendary Lord for the High Elves||Free|
|Lokhir Fellheart||New Legendary Lord for the Dark Elves||Free|
|Mortal Empires||New campaign||Free|
|Ogre Mercenaries||New game mechanic||Free|
|Rakarth||New Legendary Lord for the Beastmen||Free|
|Repanse de Lyonesse||New Legendary Lord for Bretonnia||Free|
|Rise of the Tomb Kings||New Race – the Tomb Kings||Paid|
|Skaven Chieftain||New Hero unit for the Skaven||Free|
|Steps of Isha||New battle maps||Free|
|The Hunter & The Beast||New Legendary Lords and units for the Lizardmen and the Empire||Paid|
|The Prophet & The Warlock||New Legendary Lords and units for the Lizardmen and Skaven||Paid|
|The Queen & The Crone||New Legendary Lords and units for the High Elves and Dark Elves||Paid|
|The Shadow & The Blade||New Legendary Lords and units for the Dark Elves and Skaven||Paid|
|The Silence & The Fury||New Legendary Lords and units for the Lizardmen and Beastmen||Paid|
|The Twisted & The Twilight||New Legendary Lords and units for the Skaven and Wood Elves||Paid|
|The Warden & The Paunch||New Legendary Lords and units for the Greenskins and High Elves||Paid|
|Thorek Ironbrow||New Legendary Lord for the Dwarfs||Free|
|Tiktak’to||New Legendary Lord for the Lizardmen||Free|
|Tretch Craventail||New Legendary Lord for the Skaven||Free|
|Total War: Warhammer 3|
|Champions of Chaos||New Race – the Champions of Chaos||Paid|
|Ogre Kingdoms||New Race – the Ogres||Paid|
The campaign selection screen for Total War Warhammer 2
One of the best things about this series is that there are benefits to owning all of the games and the DLC – you can play games that combine all the features of the games. Specifically, there are two campaigns that allow you to use everything you’ve purchased:
- Mortal Empires. This is a campaign in Total War: Warhammer 2 that smashes the maps of the first two games together and allows you to play any race, faction, and lord from those two games. You must own both of the first two games to play this campaign.
- Immortal Empires. This is a campaign for Total War: Warhammer 3 that does the same as Mortal Empires but for all three games. This has the largest map and allows you to play any race, faction, or lord from the entire series. You must own all three games to play in this campaign.
In addition to owning every game applicable to these campaigns, you’ll also need to buy the separate DLC packs if you wish to play as the races or lords locked behind them.
There is no backwards compatibility. You cannot play with any of the features of Total War: Warhammer 2 in the first Total War: Warhammer game, and the same is true of features in Total War: Warhammer 3.
These campaigns are compatible with all DLC released so far, including those for the first game. For example, if you buy “Realm of the Wood Elves,” (a DLC for the first game) you will unlock the Wood Elves as a playable race in Total War: Warhammer 2’s Mortal Empires campaign.
How To Access Immortal Empires
If you want to play Immortal Empires, there are two ways to do it:
- Own all three Total War: Warhammer games and load up Total War: Warhammer 3. It will be available in the Campaign selection menu.
- Own Total War: Warhammer 3 and play a multiplayer game with someone who does own all three games and is hosting an Immortal Empires game.
Immortal Empires is not a DLC pack like Mortal Empires – it’s a free update added to the game automatically.