Dawn of War 2: Retribution gets Tyranids

Monday, 18th October 2010 10:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Tyranids will be joining Orks and Eldar as a playable race in the next expansion for Dawn of War 2, Retribution.

PC Gamer has the news in a preview:

“There’s a twist to this announcement: in Retribution’s Tyranid campaign, unlike its others, you have just one hero. You’re the Swarmlord.”


“In action, he’s the scrappy backbone of your swarm. As a six metre tall creature wielding four swords made of bone, he takes care of himself pretty well. But he also functions as a caster, chucking the Barbed Stranglers Dan mentioned to slow down and suppress large groups of units, or flush them out of a building if they’re garrisoned. His underlings do most of the fighting: huge, ever changing hordes of small units washing over the battlefield. They spawn fast, they die fast, and you’re constantly rethinking what to create.”

Although he will be the only hero in the Tyranid campaign, the Swarmlord will be able to spawn Hormagaunts and Termagants at any time, assuming he has the energy to do it.

You can also lead around with 140 units on the battlefield.

There’s a trailer of the expansion below (thanks, RPS).

DoW II: Retribution releases next March.



  1. Suikoden Fan

    personally i massively prefer dow 1, 1 thing i’m not fond of was how many races there was by the end of dow1 to only 3 in the sequal

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    @1 Everyone prefer DOW 1 over DOW 2 in most cases.

    1 DOW was brilliant.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    totally agree. They took out all the best bits of DoW 1 and created this dreadful game. Such a shame

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Callum

    I really enjoyed DoW2, I havn’t played it in ages since I completed the campaign…I’m pretty rubbish at the multiplayer lol. Still, might pick this up depending on the price!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. GitForceGemini

    The ‘Swarmlord’ looks an awful lot like the Hive Tyrant from DoW2. In fact his name even means the same thing.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Theman

    That’s because a Swarmlord is a Hive Tyrant, only with four boneswords.

    #6 4 years ago

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