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Total War: WARHAMMER 3 — 5 Best Tips for Beginners

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Warhammer 40K Darktide undoubtedly re-energized diehard fans of the fantasy war series. However, it also allowed many newcomers to immerse themselves in the world of Warhammer, which they quickly fell in love with. As a result, many gamers are branching out to try everything Warhammer has to offer, including Total War: Warhammer 3. Despite being the third installment in the trilogy, this is many players' first time trying out the experience. As a result, we've got you covered with the five best tips for Total War: Warhammer 3 right here. Here's everything, you wish you knew before taking on the game yourself.

5. Choosing Your Faction

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The diversity of Warhammer games and models has always drawn people in. There are a number of races, or factions, to choose from. Each of them not only looks different but has different values and thusly its own unique playstyle. The case is no different in Total War: Warhammer 3. In total, there are seven factions to choose from (minus the Ogre Kingdoms DLC), those are: Kislev, Khorne, Nurgle, Cathay, Slaanesh, Tzeentch, and Legion of Chaos.

One of the best tips we can give you is to take your time deciding which faction to play. Because each faction has its own playstyle in terms of story and gameplay mechanics. Some factions, for example, are embroiled in internal strife and on the verge of civil war, whereas others, such as the Legion of Chaos, are war-torn nations that thrive on dominance and conquering. So the difference is whether you want to choose a faction that focuses on diplomacy and negotiation, one that rules with an iron fist, or a good mix of the two.

At the end of the day, if you spend some time getting to know each faction and deciding which one is the best fit for you, in turn, you will have a much more enjoyable playthrough.

4. Play Through the Prologue

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We get it, when you first get excited about a new game you just want to jump in and get right into the action. And, while you can do that in Total War: Warhammer 3, you'll quickly get lost and your fun and immersion will go with it. That's because, unlike FPS or action/adventure games, turn-based strategy games require a lot of learning before you can get comfortable with the game mechanics. That's why one of the best tips we can give, is to play through the prologue, instead of skipping past it.

The prologue will teach you everything you need to know about the game such as building settlements, and most importantly, battle strategy. Once you've learned the fundamentals, you can embark on your own full-fledged playthrough and enjoy everything it has to offer. Without scratching your head over the mechanics or being perplexed as to how you could have lost that battle. The answer is that you didn't take the time to learn the fundamentals of the game and it's war strategies. In other words, don't shoot yourself in the foot.

3. Expanding Your Faction

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Regardless of which faction you choose, your ultimate goal is total dominance. And you can only achieve that by growing your army, and your income with it. Well, this won't happen overnight. Instead, you'll need to snowball it by conquering, province by province. At the start of your campaign, the majority of the map will be covered in a fog of war. But you'll quickly want to unveil more of it by expanding into nearby settlements and taking over other provinces.

To take control of a province, you must control the most settlements within it. You seize control of settlements by asking the current leader if they want to join your faction; if they refuse, you can respond with war, as is often the case. Regardless, one of the best tips is to focus on taking over and controlling as many settlements as possible. Because the more territory you control, the more income you'll receive in return. In addition, the more areas you'll have to allow your armies to rest and recover in between fights. Both of which are critical to your overall success.

2. Spread Your Units Out

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This is a game of war after all, so you'll need to know how to fight. At first, fighting will be pretty simple as your armies will be relatively small and you should be able to overpower others with ease. That is until you expand into more territory and begin engaging in larger, more massive battles. This is where the strategy comes into play. And one of the best tips we can give for your first-time big-scale war is to always focus on spreading out your units and controlling as much area as possible.

By not having your units clumped together, you're less susceptible to splash damage and flanks. Furthermore, if you cover a larger area of the battlefield, and if you've played through the prologue, you'll know that area control is essential to winning wars. You're also more likely to save a lot more units if you don't group them together.

1. Flank For the Win

The second biggest battle strategy is to flank. You command a flank with Shift and the Right mouse button to carve out a flank path for selected units. The obvious reason for this is to surround your opponent on all sides, overwhelming them and leaving them with no way out.

However, flanks are also important for dealing with ranged-based units, which usually sit at the back of an army. If you can take the ranged units out early on, you're almost guaranteed to win the fight. As a result, one of the best tips we can give for war-strategy is to flank whenever you see the opportunity to do so.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Do you have other tips for Total War: Warhammer 3? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.