• Bretonnians rely on hard-hitting cavalry units to break enemy formations
  • Bretonnian infantry are only strong when in large numbers
  • High unit upkeep makes fielding elite armies very expensive

The armies of Bretonnia might not have the strongest frontlines, but they make up for this with their superior cavalry units and their devastating charge attacks. Along with some powerful support units, trebuchets and a selection of airborne cavalry, the Bretonnians can be a threat on the battlefield when commanded properly.

While they’re slightly more complex than other factions like the High Elves and the Empire, Bretonnia remains fairly simple and easy to learn, making them great for players who want to specialize in hard-hitting cavalry strategies. Here are a few tips on how to play this faction in “Total War: Warhammer 2.”

Bretonnian Army Compositions

The brunt of a Bretonnian army’s damage will mostly come from their heavily-armored mounted knights, making this the best faction for “hammer and anvil” tactics. An army with 6-8 frontline units, 2-4 ranged units and 3-4 cavalry units are often enough to take out most enemies if commanded with surgical precision.

Knights Errant, Knights of the Realm and Grail Knights are excellent shock units with high charge bonuses that make them great for assaulting rear flanks, but their low staying power means that they need to be cycle-charged to be effective. On the other hand, Questing Knights and Grail Guardians can stay inside infantry mosh pits for longer, and they will often emerge victorious even with minimal micro-management.

Grail Knights in Total War: Warhammer 2
Grail Knights in Total War: Warhammer 2 Total War: Warhammer 2

Pegasus Knights are used as normal knights, while the Royal Hippogryph Knights can be used as a fast-flanking unit with high staying power.

As for infantry, shielded Men-at-Arms units are great for holding lines because of their high defense stats. Just keep in mind that they will not win against tougher units without support from other units like Grail Reliquae, Damsels, archers or trebuchets.

Gameplay Tips

  • Use plenty of trebuchets when sieging since normal infantry are terrible at attacking wall defenders
  • When defending against sieges, sally out some cavalry units to disrupt the enemy
  • Use unit group hotkeys to make cavalry management easier
  • In the campaign, farms and windmills are often better sources of income than industry buildings despite the Peasant Economy’s drawbacks
  • Do not underestimate the value of an enormous horde of armed peasants