Whether you have any intention of picking up the Call of the Beastmen DLC on Thursday or not, Total War: Warhammer will be getting Update 2 on the same day. Creative Assembly have released the accompanying patch notes, so you can pick over the changes and balance tweaks ahead of time.
As with the previous patch, Update 2 is a pretty extensive list of fixes and changes. It would be futile to try to summarise them all here, but a couple of things stood out. Magic looks like its had a bit of an overhaul, although specifics are a little bit vague in some of the notes, things like “Rebalanced several upgraded spells that could potentially kill Lords in one or two casts” are clear. No more Lord-sniping in Total War: Warhammer multiplayer, perhaps?
Artillery looks like its been buffed across the board too, with longer ranges and increased frequency of fire. The goblin doom-diver costs more to recruit now, however.
In one particularly great, fiction-appropriate change, “Sigvald will no longer bleed when the Blood Effects are enabled”. He has magic armour that prevents all dirt, so that’s exactly as it should be.
Here’s the full, massive, list. Total War: Warhammer Update 2 will be released on 28 July.
Sigvald will no longer bleed when the Blood Effects are enabled
When Chaos Warriors respawn, they now correctly respawn in a state of war against with the same factions as their vassals
The Chaos Invasion and Doom Tides events can now no longer occur on the same turn, which previously prevented Archaon from entering play
The Chaos Invasion event will now not be shown repeatedly
When AI-controlled Chaos Invasion event occurs, Norscan factions will no longer war among themselves
Script alteration to ensure Chaos Invasion event doesn’t happen too late or not at all
Azazel The Despoiler now displays correctly in the Chaos Tomb Blade quest UI
Subjugation now correctly contributes to Sigvald The Magnificent’s unlock requirements
Fixed an issue where seams were showing on Chaos Spawn
When Azhag dons the Crown Of Sorcery, it cannot be removed!
Orc Boar Boy Big ‘Uns Unit Info now displays Anti-Large since dey ‘av bigga choppas than da boyz
Savage Orcs now use more torso variants
Unit transfer fightiness bonus is now applied more consistently
Fixed a bug where fightiness wouldn’t always increase after a victory
Army size for Waaagh armies will now display correctly in the Campaign forces panel
Fixed an issue where the Organ Gun would have to turn 360 degrees before moving
Dwarfs now consistently raise shields to protect from incoming projectiles
Gold Sickness trait now restricted to Dwarfs only
Ironbreaker’s blasting charges now no longer move to model’s other hand when in idle pose
Ungrim Ironfist’s armour piercing bonus from his Dragon Slayer ability will no longer clip into the Weapon strength text on the Unit Details panel
Steam from Gyrocopters will no longer change colour during Subterranean Battles
Improvements made to tooltip text explaining Raise Dead feature in the Campaign
Blood Knights no longer clip through their mounts
Fixed an issue where seams were showing on Zombie units on low graphic settings
Fixed a bug where Mannfred was not given Unique Items after winning Quest Battles
Fixed a bug where the Necromancers leg would clip through his tunic during his death animation in battle
Fixed a bug where the Luminark of Hysh would take 3x the amount of damage as each entity on the model was taking damage from the same source
Fixed a bug where enemy units would remain hidden until around 10m away
Fixed an issue that prevented cumulative resistance caps applying, enabling some units to become immune to damage
Limited use items will now display the remaining duration whilst active in Battles
Updated the rallying Battle mechanic to require units to have more than 0 Leadership before they are able to rally
Fixed an exploit that would allow the player to use ranged attacks without expending any ammunition in Battles
Unit card health indicators will now display correctly when fighting battles with a very large amount of units
Fixed an issue where unit cards were not being deselected if the player moves the mouse off of them whilst the unit is taking damage
Fixed a bug where explosion damage was not being applied to all entities
Camera mode now uses standard camera setting when loading in to campaign quest battles
Defenders in Ambush Battles will no longer briefly see the terrain and enemy army before the screen blacks out
Improved Battle AI behaviour when the entire opposed army consists of a single Lord
UI scaling slider now available in options to support high-resolution (e.g. 4K) displays
Units with magical or flaming ranged attacks (such as Irondrakes or Flame Cannons) will now have this property displayed on their Unit Info panel
Battle tooltips will no longer flicker when refreshing abilities are being applied, for example Chaos Warhound’s Poison! debuff
Pressing the ESC key whilst in Cinematic mode will now exit Cinematic mode
Updated the UI when spectating/watching a replay to no longer display unnecessary UI elements
Unit markers in battle (e.g. when dragging formations) are now visible on top of passable shallow water
Improved text for objectives during several Quest Battles
Spell casters in Siege Battles will no longer attempt to use projectile spells on units if their line of sight is blocked by walls or gates
Changed Direct Damage spell damage-chance to factor in duration and frequency
Fixed an exploit in Battles that allowed the player to cast multiple magic missile spells without having enough available mana
Spell miscast chance now working accurately
Improved some of the targeting visualisation / effects for unit abilities in battle
Rebalanced several upgraded spells that could potentially kill Lords in one or two casts
Blasting Charge VFX will no longer float in mid-air when attacking Giants with them
Upgraded Soulblight now has the increased effect duration applied
Standard variant of Wind Blast spell will no longer do more damage than the upgraded variant
Tweaked effects of upgraded version of Transmutation of Lead
Updated Burial Mound of Grudsnik map to fix an issue with inaccessible terrain.
Snow effects will now play at the maximum camera height on snowy battlefields.
In the quest battle ‘Armour of Morkar’ terrain in outfield now longer has a slight gap
Improved the height map on several maps to fix rare terrain issues, e.g. Mount Gunbad
Some characters and units now have a ‘Siege Attacker’ trait. Armies containing such characters and units may attack a city immediately without building siege equipment. The following all bear this trait:
Fixed a bug where a unit carrying a battering ram would stop for a long time before engaging the gate
Units that allow the armies to start a Siege Battle during Campaign without siege equipment now have the ‘Siege Attacker’ unit ability
Siege battles at Dietershafen will no longer display ‘The Threat from the North’ on the pre-battle loading screen.
Siege equipment now has camera collision across all factions
Lords now no longer occasionally fall through the ladder and die after climbing to the top of it
Fixed a bug where Vanguard units who started a battle mounted in siege equipment lost their Vanguard UI icon
Fixed a rare issue that could cause garrison armies to not appear during Siege Battles
Fixed an issue that would cause garrisons to appear as reinforcements during Siege or sally out Battles
Diplomacy statistics now update correctly upon faction death and re-emergence
‘Hinder Settlement’ objectives now abort correctly when the target settlement has been razed
Capturing cities of your race type containing prebuilt buildings which unlock legendary lords for recruitment now enables their recruitment
Fixed an issue that would cause the Autoresolver to always treat the player as the attacker in Battles, even if they are the defender
Attitudes between factions will now be displayed correctly on the Campaign Tactical Overview map when using the Attitude filter
Reinforcements in The Eye of Sheerian Quest Battle will no longer appear immediately after starting the battle
Fixed an issue where turns until population surplus would calculate incorrectly if growth is negative
Fixed an issue that would cause rebellions to not trigger despite the player having enough negative public order to reach -100 on the next turn
Horde factions that have been wiped out now have a cooldown period before they can respawn
Fixed a bug where a garrisoned Greenskin army could be incorrectly selected and moved
Achievement ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of Some’ now triggers correctly
Loading screens will now correctly display if the player launches the game via the Continue Campaign button on the Launcher
Fixed an issue where overlapping settlement and army banners would cause the settlement names to appear incorrectly
‘XP Gained’ messages should no longer appear for max-level characters
Recruit hero tooltips now explain which building can be built to increase hero capacity
User no longer gets the blood UI layout for the blood events even when he has the blood effects deactivated
War coordination system will now deselect correctly if the player opens up another panel whilst choosing a target
Ruined settlements are now named correctly in event panels which reference them
Fixed an issue with flickering icons for embedded Heroes when panning the camera on the Campaign map
Fixed a bug which occasionally caused the stance button / UI icon to disappear on the campaign map when transitioning from sea to land
Settlement nameplates will now display correctly on the campaign map when using Eyefinity
Fixed an issue with overlapping post-Battle UI popups when attacking Chaos
Improved the Campaign AI to make it less inclined to send armies an extremely long distance away to attack hostile hordes.
Fixed bug where rebels would successfully attack a settlement and neither capture nor raze it
Difficulty setting can no longer be changed during the lobby when resuming a Multiplayer Campaign from a save
Fixed a bug where players would be unable to load Multiplayer Campaign saves if both players were in different languages
Fixed a crash that could occur in Multiplayer Campaign if a player assassinates a character whilst the other player has that character’s details panel open
Fixed a Multiplayer Campaign battle issue where the player would not have control of units summoned by spells if another player was spectating the battle
Fixed a rare desync that could occur during replays from Multiplayer Campaign Battles
Fixed a softlock in cooperative Multiplayer Campaigns where one player could declare war on another other player’s Waaagh armies
Fixed an issue in MP campaign where the share control option appears as white square
Fixed an issue that allowed players to play as AI during a co-op Multiplayer Campaign
Pre-battle screens during Multiplayer Campaigns will now correctly display a timer if an army is attacked multiple times in the same turn
Unit abilities, spells and items can now be added/subtracted for lords and heroes in custom and multiplayer battles. This allows the player to experience more expansive key characters for high micro-management, skew their role in battle by selecting certain complimentary actives/passives or create more lean characters with low micro-management for alternative army-wide tactics.
Each character has a base cost, which includes inherent attributes, but not abilities, spell and items.
When an ability, spell or item is added, the cost of the character increases
There is a slight decay in cost of abilities when added, taking into account that the player can only cast/interact with one ability at a time.
Legendary lords are given relevant quest battle reward items, allowing the player to experience a taste of what can be won in their campaign play-through.
Magical characters are given a selection of single-use scrolls and non-magical characters a selection of single-use potions.
Multiplayer Quick Battle lobby will now display the correct tooltip on the Start Battle/Ready button
Multiplayer Quick Battles will no longer automatically queue for a new match on the post-battle results screen
Multiplayer Quick Battles will now always use Large unit size
Fixed a rare softlock that could occur in Multiplayer lobbies if a player changes faction at the exact same time another player joins the lobby
Lords in Multiplayer Battles will now display the name of the Lord, and the name of the player in the tooltip
Multiplayer Battle loading screens will no longer show information about units from opponent’s army
Multiplayer Battles will no longer display a message saying the AI is taking control if the Battle ends due to a player leaving.
Quick Battle lobby timer now resets back to 60 second when a player changes faction and clicks “Ready”.
A variety of isolated crash instances have been fixed
Please note our DX12 implementation is still in beta, and investigations with issues are ongoing
Fixed a crash caused by changing graphics options when running in DX12 with Nvidia SLI
Fixed flickering issue when running the game on Nvidia cards in DX12
DX12 now enabled on Nvidia 950m and 960m
Metal tint values tweaked to avoid armour appearing black on certain unit models
Advanced Graphics option will now show how many GPUs are active when the player has a multi-GPU system
Fixed an issue with flickering graphics on the Campaign map when using an NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti
Giblets will no longer appear on the Low graphics preset with Blood Effects enabled
Water added to parchment maps for all campaigns
Chaos Marauder units are now using all their VO
Fixed a bug where some of the Advisor’s audio was not played
Fixed a bug where Vampire lords were not playing VO
Fixed a bug where creating a garrison was triggering the wrong VO
Fixed an issue where the correct Chaos audio wasn’t playing during the campaign
Fixed an issue with the Game Guide that could occur when the window was resized to a very small window.
Communiteam have been further buffed against trolls and have a flame resistance when in threads
Updated the Game Guide and Help Pages to fix some links which were not displaying correctly.
Added money bag icons to make in-game purchasing easier. Buy it all, you know you want to!
Rebalance of combat potential for unit abilities and spells
Rebalance of effect area of some unit abilities and spells
Fixes for various context triggers and stat bugs for unit abilities and spells
Various updates to unit ability and spell bullet texts
– Firing arc fix allows for fire from behind infantry line
– All mount options have the Encourage ability