Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm Of The Wood Elves

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Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm Of The Wood Elves
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About Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm Of The Wood Elves

About this DLC

  • New Wood Elves Race in the Grand Campaign
  • New additional Race-specific currency: Amber
  • Wonder-based Campaign victory condition
  • Wood Elves may conquer any region on the map
  • Two New Playable Legendary Lords: Orion and Durthu
  • Two new Lord types with deep-specialization skill trees
  • Three new Hero types with deep-specialisation skill trees
  • Comprehensive Wood Elves army roster
  • Adds an additional campaign map to the game with the unique ‘Season of Revelations’ Wood Elves story Campaign
  • New Unique Monsters, Heroes, Magic, and Game Features

To outsiders, the forest realm of Athel Loren is a brooding and malicious place. The creak and groan of living wood echo from its dim interior, the canopy seems to absorb all light, and half-seen spirits dart between the twilit bowers. To enter is to place your fate in their hands.

Within dwell the Asrai, the Wood Elves. Though they hail originally from Ulthuan to the west as all Elves do, they spurn the sanctimonious arrogance of the Asur, the High Elves, and the murderous decadence of the Druchii or Dark Elves. The Asrai consider themselves to be the only true Elves left in the world, as they embrace all aspects of their nature – both light and dark – and for thousands of years, they have lived in harmony with the sentient forest.

The Asrai share the wilds of Athel Loren with its spirits and protectors: the Dryads, Branchwraiths, and the ancient guardian Treemen. They adopt its steeds, hawks, and Great Eagles for their war hosts, and even rare Forest Dragons may deign to join them when the need is dire. Peerless archers and riders, the Wood Elves pay fealty to the demigod Orion, who dies in flame each midwinter, only to be reborn into thunderous life in spring beneath The Oak of Ages.

Wild, lithe, and utterly ruthless in defense of their land, only a fool would goad the Wood Elves and their spirited allies to conflict. For those who witness the awesome spectacle of an Asrai host marching out of the woodlands on a Wild Hunt, it is likely the last thing they will ever see.

Campaign playstyle

The Wood Elves campaign offers a uniquely different campaign experience to the other playable races of Total War: WARHAMMER. Their major infrastructure is housed in the Wood Elf settlements of Athel Loren, though they are capable of expanding outwards, capturing settlements, and building limited outposts, known as Asrai Lookouts, in their stead. The heart of the campaign is The Great Oak, a unique 5-tier building related to the new Wonder victory condition.

In battle, the Wood Elves are swift and deadly, fielding many ‘glass cannon’ style units. While less physically robust than most other races, and with smaller unit sizes, they make up for this with excellent melee and ranged capabilities. They field some of the best archers in the game, many of whom can move and fire, and may later be upgraded with a range of specialized ammunition. They are often accompanied in battle by the woodland kin of Athel Loren, such as Dryads, Eagles, and Treemen. Their spellcasters wield the Lores of Life, Beasts, and Shadows.

New Story Campaign: The Season of Revelation

Set across a beautiful and highly-detailed campaign map of Athel Loren and the surrounding Duchies of Breton, The Season of Revelation is playable as either Durthu or Orion, the Wood Elves’ two Legendary Lords. This campaign tasks the player with uniting Athel Loren in the face of Bretonnian incursions and, later, from a series of fearsome, climactic attacks by the Beastman warlord Morghur, and his corrupted bray-herds.

The Oak of Ages

The vast, ancient bowers of The Oak of Ages mark the spiritual heart of Athel Loren and the source of its sacred power.

In the Grand Campaign, The Oak of Ages is a unique 5-tier Wonder building sited in Athel Loren which the player must grow over the course of the campaign. As the Wood Elf player advances it to each new tier, they will receive increasing bonuses to their campaign.

Growing The Oak to tier 5 initiates The Battle of The Great Oak, a climactic multi-stage assault on Athel Loren’s spiritual center by the combined and massed hordes of the Beastmen and Chaos Warriors. Victory (or survival!) marks the completion of the Wood Elves’ key campaign objective.

New additional currency: Amber

Alongside Gold, the Wood Elves require Amber to recruit certain elite units, to unlock certain technologies, and expand the Oak of Ages. This is a finite resource in the world, however, and can only be gained by capturing settlements and setting up Asrai Lookouts.

As Amber is limited, this presents the player with a constant choice over whether it should be spent on faction development, military might or achieving their key victory condition.

Wood Elf Settlements and Outposts

The Wood Elves are capable of capturing any province in The Old World, regardless of its race origin. However, these settlement locations can only ever house Asrai Lookouts with very limited building options, turning them into army replenishment stops, recruitment stations (with access to the global recruitment pool but at local recruitment pricing), or centers to exploit any regional trade resources. Major building chains will need to be built in the regions of Athel Loren itself, the only true home of the Wood Elves. Settlements in Athel Loren have 10 building slots, providing space to explore the Wood Elves’ extensive building trees.

Wood Elves infrastructure

The Wood Elves have unique tech trees and buildings, and as a highly developed and somewhat aristocratic race, the Wood Elf Council presides over matters social and military.

This Council has a number of Offices to which characters may be appointed and is subtly connected to the Wood Elves’ infrastructure. Certain buildings unlock Offices for example: if the Wild Heath building is unlocked in the tech tree, it can be built in a settlement, thereby unlocking the Herald Of The Hunt office. If one of the player’s Lords is appointed to this role, he will periodically call a Wild Hunt. This gives the Herald and his army a series of very significant bonuses for the turns in which the Wild Hunt event is active, heightening their marshal prowess and encouraging aggressive actions. Players are advised to explore these interconnections in order to get the most out of their Wood Elf campaigns.

The two Wood Elves' legendary Lords, Orion and Durthu, both have Offices to which only they can be appointed, providing them with further campaign bonuses.

New Legendary Lords

A Wood Elves Grand Campaign may be led by one of two Legendary Lords: the demigod Orion, The King in The Woods, or the ancient Treeman, Durthu. Each begins to play in a different starting position, controlling a different Athel Loren faction, and bringing their own suite of campaign bonuses.

Orion The King in The Woods

Orion is the immortal demigod-king of Athel Loren and the Wood Elves. When his realm is threatened, he is the first to take up arms and fight in its defense. Every Elf feels the lure of their king’s wild summons, and many are overcome by their primal urges, abandoning civilized concerns for the thrill of the hunt, and the heady tang of blood upon the wind.

Orion is a powerful melee warrior who also can deal sizeable ranged damage with his long-range spear attacks. He also has two unique area-effect abilities: Hounds of Orion, a magical vortex, and Hawk’s Talon, a magical bombardment. These attacks are bound to Orion and do not consume Winds of Magic.

Orion has two combat skill trees, two battle skill trees, and a campaign skill tree. This great range of skills, many of which are unique, allows him to specialize as he levels up. In particular, he can bring numerous improvements to the many bow units in the Wood Elves roster. When recruiting forces, Orion must pay an extra cost in Amber to hire woodland spirit units.


Most ancient of the might Treemen of Athel Loren, Durthu was once a benevolent creature who found joy in the weave of forest life. It was he who first bound the spirits of the woodlands to the fate of the Asrai. And for a time, things existed in balance and harmony.

After many bloody incursions into Athel Loren however, with countless tress felled by outsiders for fuel, or merely out of spite, Durthu has become embittered. Worse still, he believes the Wood Elves themselves invited many of these calamities. Now, he does not consider them friends: merely allies in a common cause.

In the grand Campaign, Durthu leads the woodland spirits of the region of Argwylon in Athel Loren. When recruiting forces, he must pay an extra cost in Amber to hire Wood Elf units. A powerful warrior and spellcaster, Durthu also wields the Lore of Beasts and may summon Manticores into the thick of battle using The Transformation of Kadon.

New Lords

Wood Elves' armies may recruit two new types of Lord to command their armies: Glade lords and Treemen.

Glade Lords

The Highborn lords and ladies of Athel Loren have ruled the Wood Elves for millennia, and when the race goes to war, it is these nobles that direct their forces. Powerful warriors and excellent archers, they have two personal combat skill trees, each of which brings improvements to their archery and melee abilities. Likewise, their Battle trees augment their armies along two different paths – mell and ranged. They may also unlock three mount options as they level up: the Elven Steed, Great Eagle, and Forest Dragon.

Ancient Treemen

Ancient Treemen are colossal in stature. Revered by Elf and forest-creature alike, their strength rivals that of even the dragons of the deep glades. The true guardians of the forest, these mighty woodland spirits are Spellcaster lords who wield the Lore of Beasts. While they have no mount options (there are few creatures in the world big enough to accommodate them), they have unique skills which grant increasing protection to all Tree Kin units in their armies.


Wood Elves' armies may recruit three new types of Hero units to support their armies and perform Campaign Map actions. Each offers strong specialization paths via its skill trees.

Spell singers (Mage focus)

Wood Elf mages have a unique relationship with Athel Loren. Connected to the deeper intelligence of the forest, they are highly attuned beings, sharing a bond with their surroundings in much the same way the Dryads, sprites, and Treemen do. Spell singers may be recruited to wield the Lores of Life, Shadow, and Beasts.

Branchwraiths (Melee/Mage focus)

Eldest of the Dryads, Branchwraith serve as handmaidens to the ancients of Athel Loren. Before the coming of the Elves, it was they who ruled the forest and tamed the Winds of Magic to bring sustenance to the wild woodlands. There is no love lost between Branchwraiths and the Asrai, though the uneasy peace continues, and these skilled practitioners of The Lore of Life can be found in many Wood Elf war hosts, casting spells in the thick of battle one minute, striking down foes with their powerful limbs the next.

Waystalkers (Spy, Ranged focus)

The most skilled marksmen of the Waywatchers, Waystalkers are obsessed with The Hunt. Taciturn, solitary individuals, show a dedication to their path that puts them in closer touch with the forest than their Elven kin. Expert snipers, they can move – and even remain hidden – while firing, singling out targets for the kill with a ruthless precision that no other archer can match.

Unit roster

The Wood Elves roster contains many skilled archer units. When certain structures have been built, Glade Guard, Deepwood Scouts, and Glade Riders may be recruited to fire three specialized ammunition types:

  • Starfire shafts (Fire damage)
  • Hagbane Tips (Poison damage)
  • Swift Silver Shards (Magical damage)

Melee Infantry

  • Eternal Guard
  • Eternal Guard (shields)
  • Wardancers
  • Wardancers (Asrai spears)
  • Wildwood Rangers

Ranged infantry

  • Glade Guard
  • Glade Guard (Starfire Shafts)
  • Glade Guard (Hagbane Tips)
  • Deepwood Scouts
  • Deepwood Scouts (Swift Shiver Shafts)
  • Waywatchers

Melee Cavalry

  • Wild Riders
  • Wild Riders (shields)

Ranged cavalry

  • Glade Riders
  • Glade Riders (Hagbane Tips)
  • Hawk Riders (flying)

Magical cavalry

  • Sisters of The Thorn (may cast bound spells)

Woodland Spirit units

  • Dryads
  • Treekin
  • Treeman

Monstrous Units

  • Great Eagle (flying)
  • Forest Dragon (flying)

DLC details

Release Date:
December 08, 2016
Creative Assembly
ESRB rating of 13
PEGI rating of 16
USK rating of 12
Supported Languages:
English +
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PC System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz/ AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon HD 5770 1024MB / NVIDIA GTS 450 1024MB / Intel HD4000 @720p
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 35 GB available space
Additional Notes: *PC Integrated graphics chipsets require 4 GB RAM, e.g. Intel HD series.

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 64Bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz/ AMD FX 8350
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon R9 270X 2048MB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048MB @ 1080p
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 35 GB available space

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"Easily one of the best DLC's for this game at the moment."
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"If you want to make Total War: Warhammer harder, the Wood Elves are here to ruin your peace of mind."
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"Out on the plains and forest floors, the Wood Elf forces emphasise mobility, micro-management (which can just mean lots of using the pause button in single player), and, to...
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I loved the wood elves definitely recommend
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wood elves and ember

señor Silver
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Good DLC, new mechanics, elves and ready to tww2 and 3. Recommended
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You basically have 2 choices, trees or elves. Kill every beastman with your OP ranged units and try your luck out on the grand campaign
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Mr Jebus
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I only bought this for TW:WH2 Mortal Empires and I assume most people now a days are doing the same. The Wood Elves are cool and a lot better since their update though they still will only cater to a certain kind of play style. If you want to "paint the map" then you probably will not enjoy this DLC. The Wood Elves definitely instead cater to people who would rather play tall.
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