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The Empire may be one of the most basic factions in Total War: Warhammer 3, but Creative Assembly has said time and time again that Emperor Karl Franz and his brave compatriots are the most popular faction players flock to. It’s easy to see why that is.

No, the Empire does not command terrible monsters or ecstatic daemons, it does not send dinosaurs into battle, and its warriors don’t live for hundreds of years so that they can master the arts of combat and magic. That’s the draw of the faction – it’s just regular joes with spears and handguns defending their homes against otherworldly beasts, immortal horrors, and cruel monsters.

Resembling the late medieval Holy Roman Empire, the Empire’s army combines historical units like knights and crossbowmen with some advanced gunpowder weaponry and a good touch of fantasy in the form of things like demigryph knights.

There are many Empire unit mods on the Steam Workshop that expand the faction’s roster a bit more, so if you’re a fan of old Karl-Heinz from Ubersreik ending the career of some arrogant Dark Elf raider, who lived for 500 years just to die at the end of his pitchfork in some ditch, you should check that out for your next playthrough.

As for their regular roster, we’ve collected the best Empire units in Total War: Warhammer 3 in this handy list. By Sigmar, yes!

Best Empire units in Total War: Warhammer 3

Total War: Warhammer 3 Great Swords.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Handgunners.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Demigryph Knights.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Outriders.
Total War: Warhammer 3 War Wagons with Mortars.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Steamtank.
Total War: Warhammer 3 Helstorm Rocket Battery.
Total War: Warhammer 3 The Black Lions.

For more on Total War: Warhammer 3, check out the best Chaos Dwarfs units and the best Dwarfs units as well.