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A year after the climactic battle with the Tyranids in Dawn of War II, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising pits the Blood Ravens against their ancient archenemies, the force of Chaos in a new single-player campaign.
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This manual introduces the new campaign, heroes and units that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising brings to the Dawn of War II franchise.
You may also wish to read the Dawn of War 2 manual, which provides more detailed explanations of the controls and core gameplay mechanics you'll need to master to succeed in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising. Please note that if you do not own the base game, Dawn of War II, some information in the base game manual will not be relevant. However, the general controls, mechanics and strategies will still apply.
Until a millennium ago, planet Aurelia rivaled Meridian as the leading planet in Sub-Sector Aurelia. Meridian was the seat of sector governance, but Aurelia enjoyed a close relationship with the Blood Ravens. Most of the planet’s 25 billion inhabitants lived in two dozen massive hive spires, while a small but hardy population survived in the harsh expanses between the hives.
That Aurelia was not selected as sub-sector capital had much to do with its positioning on the rimward edge of the sector, where warp anomalies made interstellar travel less reliable. And it was this that ultimately spelled Aurelia’s doom.
During the so-called “Storm of Sorrow,” the warp anomalies along the sector rim grew in ferocity and spread across the fringe. A powerful rift tore through space within the Aurelia system itself, disastrously affecting the orbit of all the inner planets.
Aurelia had been on the outer edge of the star’s inhabitable ring – cold but viable – but was suddenly thrown much farther out from the star. In a matter of days, the planet was flash frozen, much of the moisture in the air forming into glacial layers atop the sprawling cities. Only 100,000 or so escaped the planet with their lives.
In all likelihood many more survived in the shelter of the spires or industrial sites, but it did them no good. The rifts continued to multiply until, barely a month after the first anomaly had appeared in system, Aurelia quite simply vanished as warp storms engulfed it.
For ten centuries, this front of warp storms and anomalies has churned along the Aurelian rim. Aurelia’s star has been sighted peering out from behind the storm front from time to time, but the planet was lost – most thought forever.
A year ago, the Blood Ravens and their allies saved the sector from the invading Tyranids. The sector remains on a war footing and every planet bears the scars of the alien invasion. Few have had cause to check on the warp storms at the sector’s edge. They should: the storms have receded and Planet Aurelia has returned. And with it comes an ancient archenemy.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising adds new units and new strategies to the exciting gameplay offered by Dawn of War II. The traitorous forces of the Chaos Space Marines bring new weaponry and new troop types, as well the Chaos worship gameplay mechanic. Some of the updates in this exciting installment in the Dawn of War II franchise include:
New Campaign – Command the Blood Ravens through new single-player or co-op missions as they are confronted by their ancient archenemies, the forces of Chaos.
New Playable Race – Swear loyalty to the Chaos Gods and play as the bloodthirsty Chaos Space Marines in online multiplayer battles.
New Last Stand Heroes – Face off against the relentless horde as either the Chaos Sorcerer or the Tyranid Hive Tyrant.
If you have previously completed the original campaign from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, you can choose to carry forward your squads from that campaign into Chaos Rising. Your characters will retain the skills and abilities that you unlocked in the original campaign. To do so, choose Import a previously completed campaign from the Select a Campaign screen (Main Menu → Campaign → Chaos Rising). You will then see a list of all the completed Dawn of War II campaigns associated with your account that are saved locally to your computer. Choose the campaign you want to import and click Accept.
A note on your inventory – A year has passed since the climactic battle with the Tyranids, and your Space Marines are aboard a new Strike Cruiser with a new mission. Much of the equipment they may have gathered has been lost in battle or returned to the Chapter Librarium. Your squads will be allocated a selection of starting gear by the Chapter’s techmarines, along with most of the items you had equipped during the final mission of the Dawn of War II campaign. Any Terminator armor in your inventory will be damaged and unusable until a techmarine artificer is available to repair it.
Chaos Rising introduces the concept of Corruption. Each of your heroes (save for the incorruptible Dreadnought, Davian Thule) has their own Corruption Meter along with a new set of special traits and abilities that are tied to it. This meter will be visible on the Squad Screen after the first few missions.
If your Blood Ravens choose to use wargear tainted by the Dark Powers or take actions that show disregard for the very cause they are fighting for, they open themselves to the temptations of Chaos. These temptations are great: by becoming corrupt, you can gain powerful new abilities and destructive wargear. However, there are other wargear items that require an uncorrupted soul in order to use. The most corrupt Space Marines may even turn on their brothers.
The Pure Trait
Each squad has a “Pure” trait, a special bonus they receive so long as they remain uncorrupted (a Corruption level of 3 or less). If a Space Marine reaches a Corruption level of 4, he loses that special trait and gains the first of his Corruption traits. He will only regain his Pure trait if he can somehow reduce his Corruption.
Each squad has six Corruption traits that will unlock as its Corruption rises. A trait unlocks every four Corruption points, i.e. at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 points. Corruption can never go above 24, the point at which the Space Marine’s soul is forever lost to the Ruinous Powers. Once fully corrupted, no redemption is possible.
Space Marines gain Corruption when they undertake actions that contravene the fundamentals of their duty to Chapter and Emperor. The most common of these activities is deploying to a mission with equipment that has been tainted by the evil of Chaos. Most missions also have special conditions that can cause Corruption, such as allowing fellow Space Marines to die needlessly or failing to slay a foul enemy of humanity. Direct exposure to Warp emanations can also cause Corruption.
Corruption of Command
Your Force Commander is subject to the temptations of Corruption as much as your other units, but as a leader his actions carry additional weight. Indeed, every time the Commander unlocks a Corruption trait, he causes one of your other squads to doubt his judgment, and unless that squad is already as corrupt as your Commander, they will also gain Corruption by deploying with the Force Commander.
Lowering Corruption is also possible. Missions also have Redeeming conditions, special objectives that when accomplished will reduce your squads’ Corruption. There are also special redeeming Purity Seals that can reduce Corruption when worn during a mission. The seals represent acts of penance on the Space Marine’s part, such as going into combat with reduced armor or with only limited weaponry.
The Rewards of Purity
Although Corruption has several rewards – new abilities and bonuses – the rewards of Purity are perhaps less obvious. Beyond the squad’s special trait, remaining Pure also means the ability to equip Anointed items. Among the rarest and most potent items in the Space Marines arsenal, these weapons require their wielders to be pure of heart.
Treason Most Foul
The gravest price of Corruption is in the lost bonds of brotherhood among Space Marines. If your squads are tempted by the powers of Chaos, the most corrupt of them may well turn against your Commander.
Librarian Jonah Orion joins your strike force of Space Marines in the Chaos Rising campaign. A powerful psyker, he wields amazing powers derived from his traits and wargear. Whenever you unlock a trait of Jonah’s, you gain a new passive benefit and the ability to equip a special piece of wargear. This new item will be either a psychic tome (which grants an ability) or a relic that enhances an ability he already has. For example, the Tome of Wrath grants the Smite ability, allowing him to fire deadly bolts of psychic lightning; the Staff of Jove enhances the ability, causing that lightning to jump from target to target.
The array of tomes and relics makes the Librarian incredibly adaptable. Make sure to try out different loadouts and look for enhancing relics to customize the Librarian as you see fit.
The Last Stand is a cooperative survival mode that gives players control of an individual hero unit and drops a small multiplayer team into a battle against impossible odds. Chaos Rising adds two new heroes for you to master: the Tyranid Hive Tyrant and the Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer.
These gigantic creatures are often found at the core of marauding Tyranid forces, psychically directing and enhancing waves of lesser Tyranids, while demolishing the enemy with their own massive talons and bioweapons. In The Last Stand, the Hive Tyrant has the unique ability to summon multiple Tyranid minions to its aid. The Tyrant’s size makes it less maneuverable than most units, but also renders it completely immune to suppression and knockback.
Manipulative, cunning and evil, the Sorcerer supports the forces of Chaos with terrible Warp Powers. In The Last Stand, he is capable of widespread destruction through a large variety of damaging spells, though his most unique ability is that of crafting a chaotic Doppelganger of most enemy squads to do his bidding.
A melee specialist who uses brute force and health-draining attacks to crush enemies. When using this hero, Chaos shrines will periodically summon temporary Bloodletters.
The Plague Champion can shoot normally while suppressed. He protects friendly infantry from ranged fire with the Breath of Nurgle and can be upgraded to support allies with different plague auras and turrets. Chaos shrines will heal nearby friendly units and periodically knock away enemy infantry.
The Chaos Sorcerer excels at breaking enemy formations with damaging and disruptive spells. Chaos shrines will be able to cloak nearby friendly units and fire bolts that damage units in an area over time.
Lightly armed melee units capable of detonating themselves to harm nearby enemies. They can also construct Chaos shrines and use Worship to bolster nearby Chaos units.
Chaos Space Marines
A tactically adaptable infantry unit that can be equipped with multiple weapon upgrades.
A heavy weapons team that is capable of suppressing infantry and can be upgraded with anti-vehicle weapons.
Strong ranged units that can still shoot normally while suppressed. Their deaths heal friendly units and damage enemies, and they are armed with a Missile Launcher that is effective against vehicles.
A large walker unit that is capable of damaging all target types, and can be upgraded with a Missile Launcher or a second melee weapon.
A heavy battle tank equipped with ranged weapons that are effective against infantry and vehicles.
A strong melee unit that is capable of teleportation through the Warp and can also Phase Shift.
A large Juggernaut daemon that can charge through infantry. It gains energy by being around melee fighting and worship.
Great Unclean One
An elite melee unit that can vomit bile on enemies, project a poison aura and drag enemies towards itself.
Which global abilities you have access to depends on which hero you have selected. Each hero has different abilities.
For a duration your infantry will buff the damage of nearby allies whenever they attack in melee.
Sacrifice a friendly unit to spawn a squad of Bloodletters. These daemons will remain so long as they have Energy, which drains over time.
Creates a summoning circle that periodically spawns Bloodletters while activated. These daemons will remain so long as they have Energy, which drains over time.
Creates a line of fire that damages infantry. Infantry will temporarily catch on fire and hurt other nearby infantry.
Creates a devastating warp rift that deals heavy damage to units in an area. Unholy chains will pull nearby infantry into its area of effect.
Plague Of Undeath
Invokes Nurgle’s power over death, causing enemy casualties to linger as undead warriors that attack nearby enemies.
Temporarily reduce all enemy units’ sight range to almost nothing.
Teleports all of your units to the Sorcerer’s location.
Spawns a controllable cloud of death and decay, dealing damage to any enemy infantry within it.
Touch Of Nurgle
Bestows the blessings of Nurgle on an allied unit. That unit will explode into a foul cloud on death, damaging nearby enemies and healing nearby allies.
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