Ranging from the Spanish coast to the far-flung, exotic kingdoms of the east, the campaign map for Total War: ROME II™ is breath-taking in scope, and a study in detail and variety. This page is your source for background information about each of the playable factions: their starting position on the campaign map, their civic and military focus, and some of their key battlefield units.
The playable factions represent key powers within the Greco-Roman, Barbarian, and Eastern cultures, and each offers a notably different and deeper form of gameplay experience from those in previous Total War games. Each brings unique commercial, military and political strengths, its own agents and political system, and three tech trees representing civic, military and engineering disciplines. Each will have its own dilemmas to face and different styles of army to manage. Some factions are split into a number of playable families, which bring further unique benefits to their base faction traits.
Players will need to work with – and in certain circumstances against – their faction’s internal political system. You’ll direct the actions of famous characters from history, and if they’re not out in the field commanding your armies, they’ll be politicking in the senate house, or its cultural equivalent. Players would be wise to keep an eye on such individuals…
Some factions rely more on mercenaries for their military might; some prefer to train their own. Some rely on client-nations or vassals to boost their economic growth, while others are more trade-focussed. Whichever you choose, each faction brings a completely different gameplay experience to Total War: ROME II™.
ADDITIONAL FREE FACTIONS
Pontus available free in content update from release day.
Second Free-LC Faction
Third Free-LC Faction
Fourth Free-LC Faction - released alongside the Battle of Pydna.
Fifth Free-LC faction - released as part of the Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition.
Sixth Free-LC Faction - released alongside the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack
CAMPAIGN PACK DLCS
CAESAR IN GAUL
These factions are included in the Caesar in Gaul Campaign Pack, but are playable in the Main Campaign Game. Purchase Caesar in Gaul Here.
HANNIBAL AT THE GATES
These factions are included in the Hannibal at the Gates Campaign Pack, but are playable in the Main Campaign Game. Purchase Hannibal at the Gates.
Wrath of Sparta
These factions are available only in the Wrath of Sparta Campaign Pack. The Factions Sparta and Athens in the Grand Campagne (part of the Greek State Culture Pack) remain the same. Release date will be Dec. 16th and you can preorder here.
IMPERATOR AUGUSTUS - FREE CAMPAIGN PACK
List of playable factions in the Imperator Augustus campaign: Marc Antony, Lepidus, Octavian, Pompey, Iceni, Marcomanni, Dacia, Egypt, Parthia, Armenia (also now playable in the ROME II Grand Campaign).
These factions are available in our Free-LC Campaign Pack "Imperator Augustus" This campaign comes as part of the Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition and is available as a free, automatic update to existing owners of Total War: ROME II on the 16th of September.
CULTURE PACK DLCS
THE GREEK STATES CULTURE PACK
THE NOMADIC TRIBES CULTURE PACK
PIRATES AND RAIDERS CULTURE PACK
These factions are included in the Pirates and Raiders Culture Pack available here.
BLACK SEA COLONIES CULTURE PACK
These factions are included in the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack.
The information and imagery on this page show work-in-progress Total War: Rome II™ content, and may be subject to change.