Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® II - Retribution - manual

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Dawn of War II – Retribution

Set ten years after the events of Chaos Rising, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution lets players take command of one of the six factions within the sector and experience their unique perspective of the days leading up to the incoming Imperial Exterminatus.

Using this manual
This manual introduces the new campaign, heroes and units that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution 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 - Retribution. 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.


A decade has passed since the events of Chaos Rising, and the sector remains in turmoil. Despite the defeat of the Black Legion and the Great Daemon Ulkair, the planets of sub-sector Aurelia remain gripped by constant warfare and bloodshed. Having uncovered heresy in the highest ranks of his Chapter, Blood Raven’s Captain Gabriel Angelos has been branded a traitor by corrupt Chapter Master Azariah Kyras. Unwilling to spill the blood of his brother Space Marines, Gabriel has gone into hiding. There, he gathers what few friends and allies he can, readying himself to oppose the Chaotic taint that consumes his brothers.

The xenos threat continues to plague the entire sector. Imperial forces struggle with the feral remnants of the Tyranid invasion, while Orks continue to ravage at the fringes of every world. The Eldar still raid from the shadows, whispering of the remains of a long-fallen Craftworld.

The Imperium has had enough. In a bold effort to restore control, entire regiments of the Cadian Imperial Guard have arrived in the sub-sector and have taken control of its planetary defence forces. The bulk of these forces have been deployed to Typhon Primaris, a world whose dense jungles have provided sanctuary to alien and heretic alike. However, progress is slow, and the Imperium has prepared a more permanent solution for the sector and its citizens: Each and every world shall be scourged of life, subjected to the fires of Exterminatus.


New Features

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution adds new units and new strategies to the exciting gameplay offered by Dawn of War II. The updates in this exciting installment in the Dawn of War II franchise include:

  • New campaign – Command one of the six factions within the sector and experience their unique perspective of the days leading up to the incoming Imperial Exterminatus.

  • New playable race – Take to the online battlefield with the vast military forces of the Imperial Guard.

  • New hero for The Last Stand – Face off against the relentless horde as the Imperial Guard Lord General.

  • New units – New units for the Space Marines, Orks, Tyranids, Eldar and Chaos Space Marines armies.

Campaign Mode

In Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution, you can take command of one of the six factions within the sector and experience their unique perspective of the days leading up to the incoming Imperial Exterminatus.

Throughout the campaign, you will choose missions from your Starmap and, with every mission, earn experience points towards new levels. This will allow you to increase your squads skill and unlock new abilities. In addition, completing missions and defeating enemies will provide you with multiple options for mission rewards, from new pieces of wargear, new units to command, or powerful upgrades for existing units.

If you have never played Dawn of War II before then you should play through the Prologue mission which teaches you the basics of how to play the game, or consult the Dawn of War II manual for gameplay instructions.


The Last Stand

The Last Stand is a cooperative survival mode that gives you control of an individual hero unit and drops a small multiplayer team into a battle against impossible odds. Retribution adds a new hero for you to master: the Imperial Guard Lord General.

Imperial Guard Lord General

The Lord General bears absolute authority over the vast military forces of the Imperial Guard, and in The Last Stand, he is able to call upon their arrayed might. In addition to a wide variety of ranged weaponry that he can wield with expert precision, the Lord General can organize and deploy a hand-picked squad of bodyguards and officers to fight at his side. He can also deploy a variety of Turret emplacements to provide supporting fire, and call in devastating ordnance barrages.

Multiplayer Units

Imperial Guard

Imperial Guard



This offensive-focused hero uses fire and guile to destroy the enemies of man.

Commissar Lord
The Commissar Lord is an inspiring support hero who leads from the frontlines. He excels at melee combat and empowering infantry with various buffs.

Lord General
The Lord General is a master tactician who takes defensive control of the battlefield with massive turrents and off-map artillery. His personal retinue keeps him safe from harm.




Catachan Devils
A squad of seasoned Catachan jungle fighters. Devils are effective in close combat and take advantage of several different types of weapon for every occasion.

Infantry Squad
Basic ranged combat unit effective against other ranged forces but weak in melee. Can be upgraded with a Sergeant and a Commissar, which increase the squad size.

Heavy Weapons Squad
Equipped with a Heavy Bolter that suppresses large groups of infantry, has a limited firing arc and requires set-up time. Can be upgraded to a Lascannon or Autocannon.

Ogryn Squad
Ogryns are tough ogre-like brutes who excel in close combat and are excellent at disrupting enemy ranged units. Can be upgraded with a Bone Head.

Storm Trooper Squad
Elite ranged infantry equipped with hot shot lasguns. Can be upgraded to fulfill different roles.



Super heavy battle tank armed with numerous weapons. Autofire is disabled. Use its abilities to fire from the main gun.

A light tank that uses toxic chemical weapons designed to completely eradicate the enemy.

Transports infantry units across the battlefield and allows nearby squads to reinforce. Loaded troops add to the Chimera’s firepower.

Leman Russ Battle Tank
A multi-purpose battle tank. Can be upgraded with different weapons to make it more effective against infantry or vehicles

Mobile artillery unit that fires missile barrages.

Fast and maneuverable vehicle that is fragile and vulnerable to small arms fire. Ideal for contributing to ranged firefights or kiting melee units.


Global Abilities

Global Abilities

Which global abilities you have access to depends on which hero you have selected. Each hero has different abilities.

Air Dropped Mines
Calls in a Valkyrie that air drops self-burrowing mines that will damage and snare the enemy.

Basilisk Creeping Barrage
Off-map Basilisks fire a wave of artillery shells that advance in a direction of your choice, knocking down and damaging the enemy.

Heavy Turret
Deploys a Heavy Turret equipped with a Vanquisher Cannon that is effective against vehicles. The turret can be upgraded to have an Executioner Cannon which is effective against all targets.

Hellfury Strike
Calls in a Valkyrie to fire hellfire missiles, which unleash promethium on the ground that damages enemies over time.

Imperial Guard Bunker
Deploys an Imperial Guard bunker that can be garrisoned by infantry. Can be upgraded to a medical or repair bunker, and can also be booby-trapped.

Infiltrated Storm Troopers
Calls in a squad of infiltrated Storm Troopers.

Loyal to the End
Temporarily inspires squads in a small area. As members of the affected squads die, the remaining members will fight on becoming stronger as their numbers diminish.

Off-Map Basilisk Flare
Fires an off-map Basilisk flare at the targeted location. Reveals the area, detects infiltrated units, and shortens the range of enemy weapons for the duration of the flare.

Rocket Run
Calls in two Valkyries to perform targeted bombing runs to devastate the enemy.

Valkyrie Banewolf Drop
A Valkyrie delivers a Bane Wolf tank to the targeted location. Effective against infantry.

Valkyrie Leman Russ Drop
A Valkyrie delivers a Leman Russ battle tank to the targeted location.


New Units

Space Marines

Space Marines

Land Raider Redeemer
A heavy transport tank equipped with anti-infantry flamestorm cannons, a multi-melta gun, and a twin-linked assault cannon. The Redeemer can launch a barrage of Frag Grenades, and also allows nearby squads to reinforce.



A heavy assault transport with anti-vehicle weaponry. Anti-infantry shootas are activated when any two squads garrison the Battlewagon.



A powerful commander unit equipped with Swooping Hawk wings. Autarch can leap across the battlefield, while her passive aura strengthens nearby Eldar infantry. She deep-strikes onto the battlefield while raining grenades on foes.



A legendary synapse creature that is near unstoppable in melee combat. Increases the movement speed of nearby Tyranids and allows squads to reinforce.

Chaos Space Marines

Chaos Space Marines

Noise Marines
Noise Marines disorient their enemies with sonic weapons. The sonic blaster prevents units from firing at range. The sonic blaster can upgrade to the Blastmaster, which acts as artillery and is effective versus all armor types.


Technical Support

Every effort has been made to make Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution as compatible with current hardware as possible. However, if you are experiencing problems when running Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution, please read on.

The latest version of the FAQs can be found by selecting the FAQs button in the Support tab of the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution pre-game Options window (this is the window that opens when you launch the game), or by going straight to the Feral website: http://support.feralinteractive.com

Contacting Feral

If the FAQs and/or updates do not solve your problem, then please feel free to contact us. The following information must be obtained before contacting Feral Technical Support:

  • The error message displayed when the problem occurred (if any).
  • A Dawn of War II - Retribution Report.txt file. This contains:
    • An Apple System Report of your Mac
    • Any crash logs that exist for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
    • A list of the game's contents

All the information required can be obtained by opening Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution and clicking on the Support tab in the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution pre-game Options window. In the Support tab, click on the Generate Report button. Once the report is generated it will appear as a file in your ~/Downloads folder (the “~” symbol refers to your home directory). Now click on the Create Email button. Remember to attach the Dawn of War II - Retribution Report.txt file to your email.

In your email, please include a brief description of the problem you have experienced with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution.

email: support@feralinteractive.com



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