Total War: WARHAMMER III - Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs - Buyer's Guide

Explore the Chaos Dwarfs' brutal playstyle in Total War: WARHAMMER III's Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs expansion. With new mechanics, units, and Legendary Lords, is it worth the high price tag?
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In the latest expansion pack for Total War: WARHAMMER III, ‘Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs’, a new ferocious race is introduced into the gameplay. The Chaos Dwarfs, led by Astragoth Ironhand, Drazhoath the Ashen, and Zhatan the Black, are now playable characters in both the Realm of Chaos and Immortal Empires campaigns. This brutal race, known for its unique campaign mechanics and units, does not engage with the Ursun storyline in the Realm of Chaos campaign, instead pursuing their own sinister agenda. New features include three Legendary Lords and a new Legendary Hero, Gorduz Backstabber, who can sneak behind enemies. The Chaos Dwarfs can also harness chaotic magic through the Lore of Hashut, with abilities such as Hell Hammer and Burning Wrath. Players can construct the Great Drill of Hashut, which grants cataclysmic powers, and can co-operate or compete with fellow Chaos Dwarfs for supremacy.The Chaos Dwarfs command an army of over 26 new units, including the formidable Chaos Dwarf war machine trains and the K’daai Destroyers. The Chaos Dwarfs aim to conquer the world by obtaining the Blood of Hashut, a power that can only be accessed by constructing the Great Drill of Hashut and corrupting Dwarfen relics. The Chaos Dwarfs’ economy is based on the capture and management of labourers, who are put to work in Mining Outposts. Their legions can be strengthened through the use of the Hell-Forge, which provides bonuses to units on the battlefield. The Chaos Dwarfs can also trade their weapons and war machines for resources using Convoys.

Should I play Total War: WARHAMMER III - Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs in 2024?

The good

The DLC has fun and engaging gameplay, with new mechanics and units that add depth to the campaign gameplay. The Chaos Dwarfs are a unique and interesting faction to play as. The new units and abilities are fun to use and offer a new way to play the game.

The bad

The DLC is significantly overpriced, with a price tag that is too high for the amount of content offered. Many of the features and mechanics are just rehashed from previous games or other DLCs, and the lack of originality is noted by many reviewers. The DLC is also buggy, with some players experiencing crashes and other issues.


In conclusion, while the DLC has some enjoyable aspects, the overpricing and lack of originality make it difficult to recommend at the full price. If you’re a dedicated fan of the game, it may be worth waiting for a significant discount or sale to get the DLC. However, if you’re looking to jump into the game for the first time, it may be worth exploring other options. Ultimately, the greed and lack of transparency from the game developers may drive away fans who are disappointed by the DLC’s quality and pricing.

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