Total War: Warhammer video introduces Night Goblins

Few creatures are as dangerous to their comrades as Night Goblins, the elite special forces of the Goblin hordes. Special forces normally demand tough training regimes, but in this case all you need is an aversion to sunlight and a brutal 'shroom habit to don the Night Goblin cowl.

The maddest, 'shroomiest Night Goblins become Fanatics, armed with a huge ball and chain. These fellas have been a big part of both the tabletop game and previous Warhammer fantasy RTS games. In Shadow of the Horned Rat you could hide them in Night Goblin units and then shove them toward the enemy at the most tactically advantageous point. Like almost everything the Orcs and Goblins do, this can backfire horribly in the tabletop game. Night Goblin fanatics can kill themselves with their own weapon or, worse randomly change direction and plough into friendlies—a very violent anti-drugs message.

Total War: Warhammer is due out next year but you can watch fifteen minutes of footage right now showing an underground tussle between an Orc and Goblin force and some Dwarves. But what's it like to actually play? Let Dan Gril tell you in our Total War: Warhammer preview.


Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed.
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