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[[caption-width-right:254:The Underhive; where life is nasty, brutish, and short. If you're lucky.]]

-> Can't fight muties in the dark.

''Necromunda'' is one of several [[GaidenGame spinoffs]] of Games Workshop's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', and probably the most popular. Notable for functioning on a considerably smaller scale than its progenitor; it trades ''[=WH40K's=]'' [[CrackIsCheaper large armies with dozens of models and accompanying vehicles]] for small gangs with an average of 6-12 models. The gameplay is based heavily on the 2nd Edition ''[=WH40k=]'' rules (updated for compatibility with 4th Edition and later); with some {{RPG}}-like mechanics added on. It also focuses on long-term campaigns and gang development, with gangs actually growing in size and ability with time and experience.

One of the "Hive Worlds" of the Imperium, the titular planet Necromunda is a place where industrialization and pollution have created a SingleBiomePlanet consisting of vast, mile-high termite-mound-like "hive cities" devoted primarily to manufacturing weapons and equipment, and providing troops, for the Imperial Guard. Outside the hive cities, [[DeathWorld the environment has been effectively destroyed]] by pollution and radiation, and a perpetual smog enshrouds all but the very peaks of the cities. Necromundan society is highly stratified by class, with each class further divided into a small number of feuding clans known as "Houses." The elites reside in the "spire," which juts above the smog cloud, providing sunshine and fresh air. The majority of the population lives, works, and dies in the grim and filthy main hive, and do the bulk of manufacturing and food production. The game setting, the [[WretchedHive Underhive]], is a vast, decaying, multi-level industrial wasteland populated by outlaws from the main Houses, [[BodyHorror mutants]], [[KillItWithFire pyromaniac]] religious fanatics, escaped slaves, plague zombies, {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, rogue psykers, and all manner of strange and deadly creatures. The hive floor consists of an immense toxic lake, surrounded by a ring of refuse, and anything that dwells there is best avoided entirely.

Although similarly short-lived, ''Necromunda'' enjoyed considerably more support than Games Workshop's other {{Gaiden Game}}s, featuring more prominently in their publicity, and in their ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' and (now defunct) ''Citadel Journal'' publications. It also had two ComicBook series based in Necromunda Kal Jerico (followin the titular rogue) and ComicBook/TheRedeemer (following a redemptionist in his crusade against heretics). However, it too eventually dropped off the radar, with one official expansion and a second edition, ''Necromunda: Underhive'', being produced. The game was eventually discontinued, along with the rest of the Specialist Games range, in the early 2000’s. In April 2017 a new ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' GaidenGame ''Shadow War: Armageddon'' was released based on the ''Necromunda'' ruleset.

For the fantasy equivalent game see ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}''.
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Being set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, the game features a large number of the tropes on that page, as well as employing setting and gameplay tropes of its own.

* AdiposeRex: The Scavvies barely survive scraping a living in the worst parts of the Underhive and therefore consider a large paunch to be a sign of power and success. Redwart, the self-proclaimed Scavvie King has the largest paunch of any Scavvie.
* AmazonBrigade: House Escher is an all-female clan, due to a genetic defect that results in all their males being stillborn or physically/mentally defective. Because of this, they look down on males, and have an adversarial relationship with the "machismo-poisoned" House Goliath.
* AttackReflector: Jakara Mirror Shields are capable of absorbing the attacks of energy weapons and firing them back at the enemy.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Flamers have the advantage of not having to roll to hit your opponent, but the downside to this is that you always have to do ammo rolls, which means it is highly likely to run out of ammo after the first blast is fired. This makes it probably the best weapon to have the one-in-a-million trait on since it means you ''never'' have to make any ammo rolls, removing the backside to the weapon entirely.
* BadassLongcoat: Standard outfit for House Delaque gangs.
* BadAssNormal: Pretty much everyone except for mutants, Pit Slaves and Spyrers.
* BatOutOfHell:
** Some areas of the Necromundan Underhive are infested with swarms of carrion bats. These scavengers have ferocious piranha-like jaws that they use to steal mouthfuls of flesh from corpses and living Underhivers alike.
** Ripper Jacks are bat-like alien creatures that inhabit abandoned domes in the Underhive. Ripper Jacks attack by enveloping their prey’s head with their wings while biting and gouging their eyes and throat. Many Beastmaster Wyrds are able to control Ripper Jacks and fight alongside them during battle.
* TheBeastmaster: Some Wyrds can control the various mutant creatures that inhabit the Underhive.
* {{BFG}}: Each gang can take up to two "Heavies"; members who are capable of turning man-portable anti-tank weapons on their unarmoured opponents.
* {{BFS}}: Two-Handed swords are available, though fairly unlikely to see much use as the combat system generally favours using multiple smaller weapons than one big one. Played straight when a gang finally manages to buy/find/steal a Power Sword....
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: While fighting as a [[GladiatorGames Pit Slave]], [[RebelLeader Bull Gorg]] had his arms replaced with a pair of turbo chainswords.
* BoozeBasedBuff: Wild Snake is a rare and potent moonshine that can install “Snake Courage” in a gang that drinks it before a battle, giving them +1 to their Leadership. The resulting drunkenness will result in a -2 to their Initiative however.
* BurnTheWitch: House Cawdor love flamer weapons to burn the heretics.
* CaptainErsatz: The Adeptus Arbites owes alot to the [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Judges]] true to their history (Creator/GamesWorkshop once produced a Judge Dredd rpg and incorporated several ideas from the setting).
** They even have Executioner rounds that seek out targets just like the [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Lawg]][[SwissArmyGun iver]] can.
* ChainsawGood: As usual for Games Workshop. The Spyrer Matriarch even has a combined chainsaw and [[SinisterScythe scythe]].
** One of the models from the Goliath gang is even wearing a ''chainsaw hat''. There's mention of a legendary pit fighter who had a chainsaw replacing his ''lower jaw''.
** And the Redemptionists use two-handed chainsaws with ''flamethrower attachments''.
* ChurchMilitant: Like the TabletopGame/IronKingdoms' Protectorate of Menoth, House Cawdor is a gang composed entirely of [[MalevolentMaskedMen mask-wearing]] [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]]. [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Redemptionists are even worse.]]
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Averted with the Pit Slaves. Only the Servitor could be considered to have been totally reduced by cyberntic implants. But then, Servitors are lobotimised, and have their brains replaced with computers; so this is more intentional than most examples.
* CyberPunk: Oh so much.
* DesertPunk: The [[ExpansionPackWorld Ash Wastes setting]] sees gangs of nomads, outcasts and mutants fighting each other in the desolate [[PollutedWasteland industrial wastes]] that separate the [[MegaCity Necromundan Hive Cities]] from the backs of giant lizards and rust covered vehicles.
* DirtyCoward: The Spyrers are justified -- each and every one of them is a OneManArmy, so if a gang is [[OhCrap capable of taking one down]]...
* DoubleWeapon: The double-bladed knife is a weapon unique to the Ash Waste Nomads. Although it isn’t any more deadly than a regular knife the Nomads use the double-bladed knife as a defensive weapon, and are so skilled in its use that they are able to parry attacks as easily as a warrior armed with regular swords.
* DungeonBasedEconomy: The game is located in a hive city, a kilometers-tall spire continually built up, so lower levels are full of archeotech and advanced weaponry that locals dig for. They're also full of mutants, outcasts and giant spiders.
* {{Dystopia}}: Hive City is a wretched, polluted mess that produces goods and services for the elite on the Spire, and it's probably the ''safest'' part of the hive. The Underhive is where those exiled from Hive City for various reasons go; even the safer districts, protected by criminal gangs still loyal to the Hive City houses, are still places where life is nasty, brutish and short and law extends as far as a gun can shoot; further downhive, outlaws and mutants fight to the death over a few scraps of food and law has completely broken down. Oh, and the Spire? It's a DeadlyDecadentCourt where the Noble Houses live off the wealth produced by Hive City and cold-bloodedly murder each other for control of the Hive, and they look on sending a small band of their kids down to the worst parts of the Underhive as a ''training mission''.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Pretty much everything in the Underhive is deadly, and wants to eat you or take over your body. Even the fungus.
* ExperiencePoints: Units gain experience for surving and achieving objectives in each battle which can be used to gain new skills or stat increases.
* EyeScream: Before becoming an infamous hired gun, Mad Donna was a noblewoman in the spire, until she gouged out the eyes of her fiancé with a silver fish fork. Years later Donna ripped out one of her own eyes after a bartender said she was pretty.
* FeudalFuture: Apparently the planetary governor couldn't establish any kind of central authority so there's a mess of individual loyalties to stronger people or gangs.
* GaidenGame: One of several "Specialist Games" in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe.
* GangOfHats: All gangs have a particular trope that defines their nature.
** Of the 6 original gangs, House Goliath are a [[TestosteronePoisoning machismo culture]] who rely on brute strength; House Van Saar are skilled technophiles; House Escher are [[AmazonBrigade Amazons]] who favor agility and speed; House Delaque are [[BaldOfEvil bald]], stealthy assassins in [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoats]]; House Cawdor are {{Knight Templar}}s; and House Orlock are [[TheMario flexible, all-rounder combatants]].
** The expansion: Redemptionists, AxCrazy religious fanatics who like to KillItWithFire; Scavies, [[BodyHorror twisted, deformed]] mutants, ghouls, and [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies plague zombies]]; Ratskins, {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s based on the MagicalNativeAmerican; Wyrds, [[MindOverMatter rogue psykers]] with a number of different powers; and Spyre Hunters, elite fighters from noble Houses with enough advanced gear to become a OneManArmy.
** Later additions: Pit Slaves -- former cyborg gladiators and escaped slaves with industrial hardware instead of hands; and potentially both the weakest and most powerful gang. Ash Waste Nomads -- a former Noble House cast out into the ash wastes, reling heavily on stealth, ambushes; and looking like futuristic Bedouin. Their supplment came with rules for vehicles, making them a powerhouse (if you can convince your opponents to let you take that ersatz Chimera). Adeptus Arbites Enforcers -- recommended as a GM-only gang. Riot super-police with the best overall starting gear for all their members. They ignore resource rules that irritate the House gangs and make life a major struggle for the Outcasts, due to being supplied by the larger Arbites garrison.
* GeniusBruiser: Heavies are big guys who are both strong enough to carry [[{{BFG}} BFGs]] and technically-savvy enough to ''maintain'' them.
* GunsAkimbo: Any model with access to the Shooting Skill chart is able to acquire the Gunfighter skill when they level up. This skill allows the model to fire a pair of pistols at a target. This skill is also one of the common randomly generated skills available for the Bounty Hunter and Underhive Scum hire guns.
* HomingProjectile: As with the Adeptus Arbites of the wider Imperium, the combat shotguns used by the Necromunda Enforcers are equipped with special Executioner rounds as standard. These rare, adamantium-tipped projectiles contain sensors and a primitive robotic brain that allow it to lock onto energy patterns and seek them out with unerring accuracy.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The Spyrers come down to the Underhive to hunt people as a RiteOfPassage. Some enjoy it so much that they keep coming back.
* ImAHumanitarian: What happens when Scavies capture enemies, or just don't have enough resources to buy food. Or when their player decides that one Scavvy [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness is too badly injured to be useful anymore]].
** [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Twisted, Horribly-Mutated Freaks Have Standards]]: Ghouls hang out with Scavvies, and are so driven by hunger that they will stop and feed in the middle of a battle. Even their Scavvy friends think these guys take it too far; after all a Scavvy only eats manflesh until it gets something better/less diseased/more diseased/less likely to shoot back.
* IdentityAmnesia: Brakar the Avenger was found alone and near death in an isolated Underhive tunnel with no memory of who he was or how he got there. The Ratskin natives who rescued Brakar adopted him into their tribe but, although his physical wounds healed, he never regained the memories of his previous life.
* JoinOrDie: All enemies captured by the [[TheFundamentalist Redemptionists]] (except mutants) are given a choice: join the Crusade or be burned at the stake as a heretic.
* KillItWithFire: Redemptionists are religious fanatics who '''really''' like their [[KillItWithFire flamethrowers]].
* KillThePoor: The Spyrers are made up of the rich up-hivers to come down to kill the poor gang members as a RiteOfPassage and for fun.
* KingOfTheHomeless: Every generation a Scavvy King will arise who attempts to unite the disparate Scavvy gangs into a shambolic tribe. The current Scavvy King is Redwart the Magnificent whose growing fame and influence amongst the destitute Scavvies is quickly coming to worry the other inhabitants of the Underhive.
* LizardFolk: Scalies are large reptilian [[HumanSubspecies abhumans]] with tough scaled skin and the ability to regenerate wounds. While there are rumours of Scaly tribes existing in the most isolated and polluted sections of the Underhive, they are most often encountered alongside with tribes of mutant Scavvies.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: The Exterminator is a single-shot flamer used by the fanatics of the Redemption that can be attached to any basic, special or close combat weapon, turning them into this trope.
* MultipleHeadCase: Having two heads is one of the options for mutant Scavvies. The mutation gives the model a 180 degree field of vision and allows them to [[GunsAkimbo fire two pistols at the same time]] as each head is able to aim and fire one of the guns.
* NemeanSkinning: The Ratskins got their name from their tradition of wearing cloaks made from the skins of the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Necromundan Giant Rats]] that they hunt for food.
* NewOldWest: The Underhive can basically be seen as the Wild West with mutants.
* NobleFugitive: The crazy hired gun Mad Donna was formally known as D’onne Ulanti, twelfth daughter of the patriarch of House Ultanti. Years after she fled to the Underhive, bounty hunters employed by her family are still after her due to her bloody escape from the Spire. In game terms this means that any gang fighting against an opponent who hired Donna has a 1 in 6 chance of being accompanied by a free BountyHunter.
* OneManArmy: Spyre Hunters. Nobles from the Spire, using highly sophisticated off-world technology. One or two Spyrers are effectively a match for an entire gang.
** Anyone from outside the Underhive, really; with the exception of low-level basic troops like Imperial Guard soldiers or Eldar Guardians, who would be "merely" high-level elite troops.
* {{Outlaw}}: Even in the Underhive, there's a kind of law, and if a gang pisses off the Guild, they have to run further downhive and try to keep their gang fed while living hand-to-mouth. Scavvies, Spyrers and Ratskin Renegades are inherently outlawed, while Redemptionists usually have bounties on their heads, but never have to live as outlaws because they hide among more law-abiding communities.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Ratskins gang is derived from stereotypes of Great Plains Native American tribes, substituting giant rats for wolves, buffalo, and horses.
* RailingKill: Much of the game terrain consists of catwalks, gangways, and bridges; all of which are decaying and unstable, and can even be deliberately destroyed. Since characters can be pushed, shot, or otherwise induced to fall off, there are rules for falling damage (falling more than one level generally results in instant death).
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Brakar the Avenger has been stalking the Underhive, killing anyone that he believes has wronged his adopted people, ever since the tribe that took him in and nursed him back to health was slaughtered.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The Underhive is rife with them (and lots of other critters that are waiting to tear out your throat or eat your brains). Ratskin Renegades hunt them for food and clothing.
* {{RPG}}: Although combat is similar to 40k, ''Necromunda'' also adds {{RPG}}-like mechanics for individual gang members and upkeep, as well as many scenarios and missions.
* RuleOfCool: As with all other Games Workshop games, this and UpToEleven are the dominant tropes.
* SawedOffShotgun: Probably the most useful and versatile basic weapon in the game, fires both shot and solid slugs. An average gang will equip roughly half its members with these.
* SnapBack: Averted. Unlike 40k, which features ad hoc armies constructed of standardized units with fixed stats and equipment, and which are automatically replenished after every battle, ''Necromunda'' gangs have individual stats and equipment for each member, which evolve over time as the gang gains experience and resources.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The game ''Confrontation'' as serialised in ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'', dealt with running underhive gangs in small scale skirmishes and what went on in the downtime between them. Exceedingly complex and terrifyingly lethal (roll up a gang in a few hours, have the first guy killed in a minute of starting play) but interesting nonetheless. ''Necromunda'' vastly streamlined gameplay and fleshed out the background.
* TestosteronePoisoning: House Goliath to a tee. The rulebook even features a quote from House Escher using that exact term.
* ThisIsADrill: Guess what Pit Slaves can have instead of a hand?
* TouchedByVorlons: Wyrds. Which can result in a SuperPowerMeltdown.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: The Pit Slaves are escaped slaves but this trope is also played with as they were implanted with cyberntics.
* WithThisHerring: Averted. While in 40k, the Imperial Guards' [[strike:flashlights and t-shirts]] lasguns and flak vests are crappy in comparison to other armies, it's usually because those other armies are immortal death machines, spore-based super warriors, or {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. The Imperial Guard still has ten thousand years of technology and the resources of the quadrillion strong Imperium Of Man. Compared to them, the gangs of ''Necromunda'' are, well, slum dwellers. The general lack of armour or sophisticated weapons makes even basic and improvised weapons like knives, big chunks of pipe, and ordinary pistols (aka "stub guns") reasonably effective. Lasguns are actually toward the high end of the effectiveness scale, and flak armour is elite gear. A single Space Marine or Genestealer would be a, well, OneManArmy.
* WretchedHive: THE GAME! Exaggeration aside, yes, the entire planet of Necromunda is covered in enormous hive cities, populated dominantly by criminals, gangsters, scavengers, and monsters. They're shaped like termite nests, even. The area outside of them is only slightly more uninhabitable to non-badass people. It's like if [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork New York]] was an entire planet.
* YourHeadAsplode: Wyrd psykers have this as one of their powers. It can also happen to them if the dice roll badly enough when using their powers.
* ZergRush: Although very small scale compared to nearly all other GW games, it still manages to do this with the Scavvy gang; which can field a large number of weak [[TheUndead plague zombies]].
** These could potentially be {{Game Breaker}}s. They were incredibly cheap, moved with ridiculous speed (2D6" per turn! that's a good chance of moving far faster than normal humans, who usually managed 8" max per turn) and if they took someone down in combat there was a pretty good chance they'd turn into a zombie too, in stark contrast to how hard it is to lose a ganger normally.
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