Warhammer War Hydras

A War Hydra upon the battlefield.

War Hydras are a notoriously stronger and far more ferocious breed of Hydra, created in a process which took many generations of magic and genetic alterations.


Extremely difficult for their handlers to control, a Beastmaster must be quick with his lash lest he be devoured in the enemy's stead. They are even more difficult to slay, for not only are their scaly bodies incredibly well-armoured, they also regenerate damage at a frightening rate.[1a]

A foe's only chance is to sever all the monster's heads in quick succession, if even a single one remains, the remainder will swiftly grow back and devour the impudent attacker for his troubles. There are many ways to be slain by a Hydra: torn apart, swallowed whole, crushed underfoot, immolated or even skewered by arrows as they ricochet off its scaled hide. Generals often see even their finest troops pulverized by just a single War Hydra and are then left to watch with horror as the beast emerges unscathed from the carnage, vents for an ear-splitting roar, and then charges forward with thundering strides to trample another regiment into ruin. Even worse, some are capable of breathing streams of fire from their many mouths.[1a]

Infamous War Hydras


  • A dead War Hydra
  • Total War: Warhammer II concept art
  • Total War: Warhammer II model


  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 49

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