Total War: Warhammer III – How to Do Grand Cathay Play

A guide on how to do Grand Cathay Play in Total War: Warhammer III.

How Does Grand Cathay Play?

As an empire, a people, and on the battlefield, Grand Cathay is about harmony. They are a defensively focused army, long standing against the tides of darkness that crash against their Great Bastion, over and over again across the centuries. Ranged and melee units receive buffs when in close proximity, their power boosted as the Yin and Yang that runs through every inhabitant of the empire works in concert. This gives them incredible ranged firepower and a stalwart, hardy frontline. They are slow-moving and easy to flank, but their flying machines, alchemists, and dragon sorcerers do much to make the army a formidable one.

On the campaign map, Grand Cathay must use the incredible wealth of the Ivory Road to fund their war effort and defense of the Grand Bastion, the invincible walled fortress that borders the Chaos Wastes to their North. Defending it and launching assaults from it is a key part of their campaign and will make or break the fates of mortals.

Naturally, we’ll have more information, a roster reveal, unit spotlights, and much more in the coming weeks.

What can I expect units-wise?

Melee infantry mostly wield spears and halberds, all the better to protect their ranged troops that form the most powerful force Grand Cathay has to offer. They also favour spellcasters, with alchemists and astromancers having equal levels of power on the battlefield. They employ a number of flying units and can call upon the power of the Terracotta Sentinels if the situation warrants it. To back up their elite crossbowmen, artillery pieces and war machines bring destruction to the battlefield.

Grand Cathay is also one of the most populous nations in the Old World, formed as it is from hundreds of tribes that gathered under the Celestial Dragon Emperor in years gone by. Thus, it has legions to call upon when needed, with the less trained forming a fragile but effective frontline, wielding weapons and riding horses as required. Though they are cheaper troops, their power level can far out-strip their cost when used in proper Harmony.

Of course, there are still many surprises to be found in this ancient land and we’ll have the full roster reveal for you over the course of the next couple of weeks.

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