Total War: Warhammer 2 artwork for the Dwarf faction

[Update]: Total War: Warhammer 2's final and ridiculously huge The Hammers & Herdstones update has now landed, and it's quite an impressive one!

Instead of letting Total War: Warhammer 2 languish while they work on Total War: Warhammer 3, Creative Assembly has decided to say farewell with a mighty bang by releasing one last super-massive update. As such, on July 14th we'll not only be getting The Silence & The Fury DLC with plenty of toys for the Beastmen and Lizardmen, but a rather chunky free update as well!

This free update will bring with it the long-awaited Beastmen rework, the Great Brey Shaman as a generic lord for the Beastmen, Ogre mercenaries that can be hired by every faction, as well as the highly temperamental Thorek Ironbrow as a new Legendary Lord for the Dwarfs. That alone would make this the most impressive update Total War: Warhammer 2 has had in a while, but Creative Assembly has gone a step further and also reworked the Dwarf faction for the second time in the game's history!

First and foremost, the vast majority of Dwarf units have gone down a tech level and have also ditched their extra building dependencies. What this means is that you'll not only get to use the really fun stuff far earlier than ever before, but you'll also be able to make vastly more varied armies since you won't be as constrained by needing to build all sorts of random buildings to field your powerful units!

Thorek from Total War: Warhammer 2 using his rune magic

Runes and rune magic are also getting some... shocking changes!

The update will also introduce the ability to craft runes, expand the number of runes you can equip onto characters, as well as greatly improve the effects of these runes across the board. And as an additional bonus, rune magic will also be getting a serious rework in order to make it far more impactful and fun to play around with. It'll essentially function like an off-shoot of the magic system other races have access to, just with a very regimented and Dwarfy flavor to it all.

Speaking of which, grudges will also be going through a bit of an overhaul. The new ones will be far more interesting and varied, simpler to understand and complete, and perhaps most importantly of all, far more rewarding at all stages of the game! Each lord will also have their very own book of grudges they start off with, which should further help spice up each playthrough and give you some more goals to pursue in the early game.

Combine all of this with the introduction of the very traditionalist Thorek Ironbrow, a Dwarf lord that also coincidentally has access to a tamed Carnosaur, and you've got yourself a rather remarkable update for the Dwarfs. And for something that was revealed only just now, that's actually quite impressive!

To learn a little bit more about the Dwarfs and their changes you should head on over to the Total War website. Enjoy!