Total War: Warhammer 3 — Best Chaos Dwarf Units

Choose the top-tier units for your Chaos Dwarf forces in Total War: Warhammer 3.

Choose the top-tier units for your Chaos Dwarf forces in Total War: Warhammer 3.
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The Chaos Dwarfs in Total War: Warhammer 3 have an assortment of units, ranging from expendable fodder to infernal siege machines and vicious monsters. As you play through the expansion and learn the different mechanics and Legendary Lords, you’ll want to know which units are the best to maximize your chances of victory. 

The Best Chaos Dwarf Units in Total War: Warhammer 3 

When discussing the best units in Total War: Warhammer 3 — Chaos Dwarfs, we have to consider their viability in the campaign. While it’s often true that the most expensive or highest-tier units tend to be the best, you won’t unlock them until later in the game.

Moreover, with the labor and armament mechanics, as well as limited unit caps, we also have to rank reliable troop types that will form the backbone of your armies.

Best Melee Infantry Units: Chaos Dwarf Warriors and Infernal Ironsworn

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Chaos Dwarf Warriors will be mainstays in all of your armies from early- to mid-game. Although you can only field a few of these units, you’ll eventually increase their cap. Pick the regular variant since these troops carry shields.

For the late-game, however, you’ll want a few Infernal Ironsworn. Heavily armored and using flame attacks and special ranged projectiles that explode, they’ll hold the line and punish foes for daring to come close.

Note that the first dozen or so turns will be spent making the most out of Hobgoblin units, then moving to these. They’re expendable fodder, but they do gain important buffs if you have Gorduz Backstabber in your army.

Best Ranged Infantry Units: Chaos Dwarf Blunderbusses and Infernal Guard (Fireglaives)

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Similar to Chaos Dwarf Warriors, the Chaos Dwarf Blunderbusses are your early- to mid-game option. Their boomsticks fire three rounds with armor-piercing capabilities and a slight knockback effect.

Later, though, you can opt for the Infernal Guard (Fireglaives). With longer range and fast-firing volleys, they’ll be a good upgrade and devastate entire squads.

Best Cavalry and Chariot Units: Bull Centaur Renders

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Cavalry units are ideally used to smash into flanks or chase ranged and artillery units. If Cavalry gets bogged down, you can expect them to take heavy casualties. However, the Bull Centaur Renders have everything you want — and then some. This is certainly one of the best Chaos Dwarf units in Total War: Warhammer 3.

They’re armored and shielded, as well as further bolstered by their scaly skin (i.e., increased missile resistance). And, yes: their melee hits have armor-piercing capabilities, too. For the best results, you can bring extra Bull Centaur Renders (Great Weapons) to take out large targets and monsters.

Best Monster and Beast Units: Bale Taurus and K’daai Destroyer

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The Bale Taurus is a flying monstrosity that has armor-piercing abilities, scaly skin, and flame attacks, as well as an aura that causes Terror. Each unit has three charges of a Flame Breath ability that can decimate hostile units.

As for the K’daai Destroyer, this mechanical bull gargant is a bound daemon that will never rout, and it can be repaired by a Daemonsmith, too. It’s got flame attacks with wide arcs, able to toss most infantry as though they’re made of paper.

Best Artillery and War Machine Units: Magma Cannon and Dreadquake Mortar

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Among the best Chaos Dwarf units in Total War: Warhammer 3, perhaps none is more integral than the Magma Cannon. It’s not necessarily because of the damage it does but because of how it lets you out-range your rivals. While you have heavily armored soldiers, hard-hitting cavalry, and deadly monsters, the Magma Cannon is the first artillery option that lets you stay back and pummel opponents at greater distances.

A bit later in the campaign, you’ll be able to acquire the Dreadquake Mortar. It’s even more devastating than the Magma Cannon; one direct hit can obliterate half a squad, thanks to a massive explosion radius. For added versatility, it can also be pulled by an Iron Daemon or Skullcracker, allowing you to squash and slash enemies unlucky enough to get in melee range.

These are what we consider the best Chaos Dwarf units in Total War: Warhammer 3. For more, head over to our Total War: Warhammer 3 guides page.

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