Hoarluk Doomshaper, Rage of Dhunia

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Trollblood Logo.jpg Hoarluk Doomshaper, Rage of Dhunia

Trollblood Trollkin Warlock

Hoarluk Doomshaper has remained focused on the fundamental connection between all trolls. He has merged his mind with the most violent and powerful of these creatures and thereby tapped into reserves no shaman has ever known. Not only has he unlocked unimagined regenerative powers, he has gained insight into the primal nature that binds warbeast to warlock and can employ this lore against his enemies.

Basic Info

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Warcaster 1
the Statblock
  • Warlock - All warlocks come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. Click here for a newbie-friendly recap, or click here for the full rules.

Feat: Scroll of Grimmr

Doomshaper and friendly Faction warbeasts in his battlegroup beginning their activaitons in his control range gain +3 SPD and can charge or make slam or trample power attacks without being forced. Scroll of Grimmr lasts for one turn.


  • Tough symbol.jpg Tough
  • Attuned Spirit [Dire Troll] - Once per activation, this model can cast the animus of a Dire Troll warbeast in its battlegroup without spending fury.
  • Field Marshal [Overtake] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Overtake. (Overtake - When a model with Overtake destroys one or more enemy models with a basic melee attack during its Combat Action, after the attack is resolved it can immediately advance up to 1".)
  • Hyper-Regeneration - Remove d3 damage points from this model at the start of each of its activations.


  • Willbreaker - 2" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon



3 SELF Control - - No
Place 1 fury point on each enemy warbeast currently in the spellcaster's control range. This spell can only be cast once per activation.
Hex Blast

3 10 3 13 - Yes
Enemy upkeep spells and animi on the model/unit directly hit by Hex Blast immediately expire.
Primal Shock

2 Control - (★) - Yes
Choose a friendly Faction warbeast in the spellcaster's control range. Target a model within 8" of the chosen warbeast and make a magic attack against it. The chosen warbeast is the attack's point of origin. If the enemy model is hit, it suffers a damage roll with a POW equal to the warbeast's base STR.
Psycho Surgery

2 SELF Control - - No
Each model in the spellcaster's battlegroup currently in its control range can immediately remove d3+1 damage points. This spell can be cast only once per activation.
Wild Aggression

3 6 - - Upkeep No
Target friendly living warbeast in the spellcaster's battlegroup can run, charge, or make slam or trample power attacks without being forced and gains boosted melee attack rolls.

Theme Forces

  • Other Factions

Thoughts on Doomshaper2

Doomshaper2 in a nutshell

Hoarluk Doomshaper, Rage of Dhunia (henceforth referred to as Doomie2) is a warbeast-focused warlock who can manage a decent-sized battlegroup. His feat gives his beasts an impressive threat range, allowing them to attack from vectors that would normally be unavailable. Additionally, he has a few good beast support spells. Wild Aggression does quite a bit to fix any low MAT beasts in his battlegroup, while Hex Blast can be used offensively or defensively to remove troublesome upkeeps (remember, the upkeeps are dropped on hit, not damage!)

Maximising his feat & spells

In the Power of Dhunia theme so you will start with upkeeps in play. Put Wild Aggression not on Mulg, but an Earthborn or Brawler, as that will be the most likely of your dire trolls to go in first. The rest of his spells are actually more about reacting to the situation at hand. When it comes to what to use proactively, Doomie 2 would rather top off the Krielstone and cast animi, especially (but not only) Rage.

His feat is, of course, all about getting a big alpha strike so that his expensive dire trolls don't have to take the first hit.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Squishy.
  • He can sometimes be so straightforward that he's too predictable.
  • The turn after your alpha strike you might have some frenzies unless you double up on whelps.

Tricks & Tips

  • Use your charges to set up the overtake. Either for the pinball or for the chain-destruction.
  • Shoot your own guys in the back with Hex Blast if you need to get rid of upkeeps.

List Building Advice


With the ability to get alpha strikes with your warbeasts via his feat (providing free charges), a free cast of Rage via attuned spirit, and the ability to attrition the way only trollbloods with psycho-surgery and a krielstone can, Doomshaper's "Hit hard and fast into a ground-and-pound brawl" should be obvious.

His army is always on edge because he's old and cranky. He's pretty clearly a warbeast warlock - but he specifically wants heavies. His Attuned Spirit and field marshal only work with Dire Trolls (not gargantuans).

Theme thoughts

Doomshaper does things for his battle group and likes a large battle group. Power of Dhunia offers him some fury efficiency in being able to upkeep for free turn one and getting a discount on animi but lack proper troop support, so it's less optimal than you think.

    Storm of the North    

  • Rök - Rök is golden with Doomshaper thanks to being a Northkin Dire Troll, so he can take Wild Agression for free and Primal can be cast for free by Doomy. He also has Berserk to combo with the Field Marshal: Overtake.
  • Take Northkin Battle Bears to force the opponent into the middle of the board then use Doomy's Field Marshall to Pac-Man through the enemy.
  • Bumbles is another ambush thread that the enemy will have to respect and he can camp a far away flag for you.

    Vengeance of Dhunia    
The theme benefit of Attuned spirit is redundant as long as you have a Dire Troll-only battle group. Thankfully the chances of that are slim as Pyre Troll animi are always worth casting.

  • Access to Farrow Warbeasts is great on a beast caster, it’s not quite Dr Arkadius level but a Road Hog becomes super speedy on feat turn while Wild Aggression and Rage on a berserk Battle Boar shred infantry.

    Support models - Various themes    

  • Boomhowler3 - Bloodthirst and Feat = super speed
  • The Krielstone - The Trollblood staple.
  • Runebearer - Spell Slave or Hamonious Exaltation for fury efficiency and an ever so useful CTRL range increase.
  • Troll Whelps - the main Trollblood Fury management.
  • Dhunian Knot - (K)not really proper fury management but they certainly help, puppet strings on beasts can be really handy and if Prayer Circle makes it through CID they can protect old man Doomy or give him an additional die on Primal Shock or Hex Blast attack rolls (drop lowest).


  • Mulg the Ancient is his per Warbeast that he can take in any theme. The big guy loves Overtake, and is generally pretty good. Arcane Vortex and the ability to arc a Hex Blast or animus in a pinch can be very helpful.
  • Dire Troll Mauler - With a great Chain Attack, the Mauler gains more than possibly any other beast from Wild Aggression. It also comes with a superb animus that works really well with the free casting. Rage is so important to Doomie 2's lists that you really should run two Maulers in case one dies.
  • Troll Axer - Gets to Thresher with Wild Aggression, which can be terrifying. It also comes with an excellent animus and loves to Overtake. Rush will often be more important for threat extension than Pathfinder. This is the only light warbeast that is a must-have for him.
  • Earthborn Dire Troll - If you have nothing better to use attuned spirit on at least you can be slightly safer with earths blessings turn 1.



Released in Hordes: Metamorphosis (2009)

Other Trollbloods Models

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Battlegroup & Similar

Borka1 - Borka2 - Calandra - Gunnbjorn1 - Gunnbjorn2 - Grim1 - Grim2 - Grissel1 - Grissel2 - Doomshaper1 - Doomshaper2 - Doomshaper3 - Horgle2 - Jarl - Kolgrima - Madrak1 - Madrak2 - Madrak3 - Ragnor

Warlock attachments Trollkin Runebearer
Lesser Warlock Horgle1
Light warbeasts Ice Troll - Night Troll - Pyre Troll - Slag Troll - Storm Troll - Swamp Troll - Troll Axer - Troll Basher - Troll Bouncer - Troll Impaler - Winter Troll
Heavy warbeasts Dire Troll Blitzer - Dire Troll Bomber - Dire Troll Brawler - Dire Troll Mauler - Earthborn Dire Troll
Dozer & Smigg - Mulg the Ancient - Rök
Gargantuan Glacier King - Mountain King - Sea King
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines

Dannon Blythe & Bull - Boomhowler1 - Dhunian Knot - Kriel Warriors - Stone Bearer - NK Bears - NK Fire Eaters - NK Raiders - Pummeler Crew - Pyg Burrowers - Pyg Bushwhackers - Pyg Lookouts - Sons of Bragg - Scattergunners - Thumper Crew - T Champions - T Fennblades - T Highwaymen - T Long Riders - T Runeshapers - T Scouts - T Sluggers - Warders
Special WA: Trollkin Sorcerer


Boomhowler2 - Boomhowler3 - Braylen Wanderheart, Trollkin Outlaw - Bumbles - Dhunian Archon - Fell Caller Hero - Fennblade Kithkar - General 'Thunderstone' Brug - Horgle Ironstrike (1) - Horthol, Long Rider Hero - Janissa Stonetide - Ledfoot & Tredz - Northkin Shaman - Pyg Tank - Stone Scribe Chronicler - Troll Whelps - Trollkin Champion Hero - Trollkin Skinner Valka Curseborn, Chieftain of the North

Battle Engines Hearthgut Hooch Hauler - War Wagon
Theme Forces
Band of Heroes - Kriel Company - Power of Dhunia - Storm of the North - Vengeance of Dhunia
Minions that work for the Trollblooods
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Trollblood Minion
This index was last updated: 2020.12

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Feat: Scroll of Grimmr

  • Doomshaper gets the SPD buff, even though he has already begun his activation. (Infernal Ruling)

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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")
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Rules Clarification : Powerful Attack      (Edit)

  • You must declare whether you're using Powerful Attack before making any attack rolls. You can't try and mix-and-match it to avoid friendly models. (Infernal Ruling)
  • It has to be declared at the attack stage. If you choose not to use it on attack rolls, you can't trigger it on damage rolls. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Exception: If your attack auto-misses, such as an AOE vs Stealth, then you can declare it after deviation but before making damage rolls. (Infernal Ruling)
  • The Powerful Attack bonus doesn't apply to "secondary" damage such as Magic Bullet or Electro Leap.

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Rules Clarification:  : Warlock      (Edit)
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  • General
    • Damage from a feat is neither an attack nor Damage Type: Magical (unless the feat says it is).
    • FURY (uppercase) is the stat printed on the warlock's card. Fury (lowercase) refers to fury points a model currently has.
    • Your CTRL area is double your FURY stat, not double your fury points. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Casting spells or using feats is an anytime ability with the added restriction that you can't use them on the same turn you run even before you run.
      • See also the clarifications on Any Time abilities (below).
    • Some warlocks are also Battle Engines and thus follow all the Battle Engine special rules.
      There is no particular interaction between the Battle Engine rules and the Warlock rules.
  • Reaving & Leeching
    • If you choose to Reave, it's all or nothing. You must Reave all the Fury (up to your limit) and you can't choose to "let some disappear". (Locked thread)
    • If your warbeast is Removed From Play, you can still reave fury off it. (Locked thread)
    • If your warbeast is destroyed or RFP'd while under your opponent's control then:
      1. You cannot reave fury off it. Because it is still enemy at the time it was destroyed/RFP'd, and you can't reave from enemy warbeasts.
      2. After it is taken off the table, it returns to your control and is eligible for Spirit Bond and (possibly) Return to Play stuff (like Thagrosh1's feat).
  • Transferring Damage
    • If both the warlock and the warbeast are damaged by the same attack (such as an AOE), then you need to apply the 'normal' damage to the warbeast before the transferred damage. This distinction can be important when you're working out who/what actually destroyed the beast. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If there is too much damage for the warbeast and it "overlaps" back to the warlock, then that damage is considered ... unsure at this time. (Infernal Checking)
  • Restrictions on "Any Time" abilities     (Edit)         [Show/Hide]
    • "Any Time" abilities can be used at any time during a model/unit's activation, except:
    1. Before any compulsory forfeiture of movement/action. See step 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    2. After the model with the "Any Time" ability has had their activation end "prematurely". By this I mean you resolved something which includes the phrase "its activation ends". Examples include:
      • Running, failing a charge, or failing a slam.
      • Abilities that include "then its activation ends" (such as Reposition and Teleport).
    3. In between declaring your charge target and making your charge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    4. In between completing your charge movement and determining whether it was a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
    5. When you're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    6. When you're in the middle of an attack. Which also includes effects that occur "after the attack is resolved".
      (Although the attack is "resolved" at Step 11, in terms of using an "Any Time" ability the attack is not "finished" until after Step 14. Refer to the first paragraph of Apdx A.)
    7. Your opponent interrupted your activation to trigger one of their own abilities (such as Countercharge).
    8. Warcasters/warlocks/etc can normally cast a spell or use their feat "At any time". However, there is a core rule saying they cannot do so on the same activation that they run. So, they are subject to all the same restrictions listed above, plus they can't cast/feat before running.
    9. Units: See below.

    • In general you can use "Any Time" abilities while you're knocked down or stationary (except Spells and Feats which specify you can't).
    • If you have a gun with a random ROF, you can use an "Any Time" ability inbetween rolling the number of shots and actually making the first attack. (Infernal Ruling)

    Units with "Any Time" abilities
    • You cannot use an "Any Time" ability before issuing/receiving orders. See step 1 and 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability after they run (Infernal Ruling) or fail a charge. Because that makes that specific model's activation to end even though the unit's activation is still ongoing, and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
      • You can use an "Any Time" ability before running, however.
    • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability after anyone in the unit has begun a Reposition move. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Warcaster/Warlock Cavalry ( Edit )
    • Warcasters/Warlocks can't cast spells or use their feat while resolving Impact Attacks. Because Impact Attacks occur during movement - you can use spells or feat before moving, or after moving, but not during movement.
      • Exception: If your Impact target(s) include your charge target, then your movement has ended (refer rulebook, last paragraph of 'Impact Attacks') and thus you're fine to use "any time" abilities before starting the Impact attacks.

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Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster Unit or Warlock Unit     (Edit)
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This summary is specific to Warcaster/Warlock units. You may also want to check the Warcaster and Warlock pages respectively, for the "regular" rules clarifications.
  • All models in the unit count as part of the battlegroup. So, for instance, Butcher3's argus can be moved via his Energizer spell.
  • Warcaster units can have attachments. They can even attach units (such as the WSC). (Infernal Ruling)
  • The non-caster models are trooper models but are not normally Grunt models. Therefore they're not normally eligible for stuff like Revive.
  • Press Forward Order vs Spells cast at Any Time (Edit)
    • As of 2020.08, I have lost track of how this is supposed to work and I'm giving up until it is sorted properly. Refer to this thread for the latest ruling and follow-up questions.

  • Steamroller 2018
    • The non-caster models can contest scenario zones & flags.
    • The caster model cannot contest.
    • The caster model can control zones and flags by itself, but:
      • to control a zone, the entire unit remaining in play needs to be in formation.
      • to control a flag, the entire unit remaining in play must be within 4" of the flag.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
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Rules Clarification : Unit of Warcasters or Warlocks     (Edit)

  • Even though they're warcasters, if they're out of formation they suffer the normal penalties (can't make attacks, actions, spells, etc).
  • They can't upkeep each other's spells.
  • They can only dominate one SteamRoller scenario element at a time.
  • Each warlock/warcaster can have different upkeeps on them if those upkeeps are "target SELF" or "target model". If you cast an upkeep that is "target model/unit", that is the only upkeep any of them can have.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
  • The Legion Twins
    • Rhyas cannot dominate a zone while out of formation.
    • Rhyas can use the feat while out of formation.
  • Haley3
    • Only Haley Prime is an 'actual' warcaster model, and as such she is the only one that can dominate a scenario element.
    • The echoes can Control/Contest scenarios like a normal unit.
    • Haley Prime can dominate an element even if the echoes are out of formation.

Rules Clarification : Tough - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Attuned Spirit      (Edit)

  • Attuned Spirit only changes the fury cost, not any other restrictions. So the warbeast needs to be in your CTRL range, it needs to have not "lost" its animus (to Unminding or similar), etc.
  • If you have Attuned Spirit normally, and also gain it from a theme (for example Borka2 in Vengeance of Dhunia) then:
    • you don't get to use Attuned Spirit twice per activation.
    • you choose which version of Attuned Spirit you use, each time you use it.
    • (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Field Marshal      (Edit)

  • Field marshal only grants the ability to warjacks/warbeasts in the battlegroup, so (normally) the caster does not have the Field Marshal ability.
  • However if it is listed on the caster's card separately, such as on Magnus2, then they do have it. (Closed thread)
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Rules Clarification : Swift Hunter and/or Overtake     (Edit)

  • The free move must be resolved before other abilities that involve attacks (such as Quick Work or Berserk). Refer Step 12 vs 14 in Appendix A.
  • This ability does not trigger off special attacks, only basic ones.
  • An important difference:
    • Swift Hunter can be triggered by any attack, including out-of-activation attacks.
    • Overtake only works on attacks during your Combat Action. Even stuff like Impact Attacks won't trigger it.

Rules Clarification : Hyper-Regeneration - None yet. (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Agitation - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Hex Blast      (Edit)

  • If you miss and deviate onto a different target, no upkeeps or animi expire. You need a direct hit.
  • Anti-Upkeep vs a unit (Edit)
    • If an upkeep is on a unit, then all you need to do is make it expire off any member of the unit and the spell will expire from the entire unit.
    • It doesn't matter if the target is in formation or not. (Locked thread)
    • However, if an upkeep is on a single model within a unit (such as Scything Touch) then you need to dispel it off that particular model to make it dispel. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Primal Shock      (Edit)
Let's call the friendly warbeast the "Primed" model and the attack target the "Shocked" model.

  • The "Primed" model is not a channeler so won't be affected by stuff like Arcane Annihilation
    • However, for targeting, concealment bonuses, etc, it works very similar to channeling. That's what "point of origin" means (refer core rule book).
  • You can "Prime" a warbeast that is engaged in melee.
  • Primal Shock is not affected by range reducing effects (such as Mage Static). For "Priming" the range is CTRL, which cannot be reduced. For "Shocking", choosing a target within 8" is not a range (in the normal sense).
  • The "Shock" can gain any benefits that apply vs the target. For example if your warlock is affected by Beast Lore (+d6 damage vs warbeasts) and you "Shock" an enemy warbeast, you'll get that +d6.
  • The "Shock" uses base STR, not current STR. Thus STR buffs (such as Rage) will not affect the "Shock".
  • You can "Shock" a friendly model and it will cause no damage to it. (Infernal Ruling)
  • When you choose the "Primed" model, you are not targeting it with a spell so anti-magic stuff like Arcane Vortex won't trigger.
    However when you choose the "Shocked" model you are, and the anti-magic stuff can trigger.
    (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Psycho Surgery      (Edit)

  • You roll a separate (d3+1) for each model. Refer to the "Tactical Tips" in the Faction book.
  • This spell applies to the caster, too.

Rules Clarification : Wild Aggression - None yet. (Edit)