Cities of SigmarDark Riders

Dark Riders

For those marked by the Dark Riders, there is nowhere to flee. These cloaked killers gallop forth upon red-eyed shadowmares, levelling spears and repeater crossbows to deal a fatal blow to their quarry
MISSILE WEAPONSRangeAttacksTo HitTo WoundTo WndRendDamageDmg
Repeater Crossbow
Repeater Crossbow16"35+4+-1
MELEE WEAPONSRangeAttacksTo HitTo WoundTo WndRendDamageDmg
Barbed Spear
Barbed Spear2"14+4+-1
Vicious Bite
Vicious Bite1"24+5+-1

Unit Size: 5 - 20      Points: 110/360
Battlefield Role: None
Notes: Battleline in a Cities of Sigmar army if general is SHADOWBLADES


A unit of Dark Riders has any number of models, each armed with a Repeater Crossbow and Barbed Spear.

MOUNT: This unit’s Dark Steeds attack with their Vicious Bite.

HERALD: 1 model in this unit can be a Herald. Add 1 to hit rolls for attacks made with that model’s missile weapon.

STANDARD BEARER: 1 in every 5 models in this unit can be a Standard Bearer. Add 1 to the Bravery characteristic of units that include any Standard Bearers.

HORNBLOWER: 1 in every 5 models in this unit can be a Hornblower. Add 1 to charge rolls for units that include any Hornblowers.


Murderous Charge: Driven home by the momentum of their wielders’ charge, spears thrust deep into the enemy’s flesh.
This unit’s Barbed Spears have a Damage characteristic of 2 instead of 1 if this unit made a charge move in the same turn.

Sow Terror and Confusion: Dark Riders wage a war of terror and confusion, striking at their enemy’s weakest points with merciless precision.
Subtract 1 from the Bravery characteristic of enemy units while they are within 12" of any friendly DARK RIDERS.


The SHADOWBLADES keyword is used in following Cities of Sigmar warscrolls:

Sometimes modifiers apply to characteristics or abilities. For example, a rule might add 1 to a hit roll or the Move characteristic of a model. Modifiers are cumulative. Modifiers can never reduce a dice roll to less than 1.

If a modifier applies to a random value, work out the random value first and then apply the modifier(s) to it. For example, if an ability adds 1 to a Damage characteristic of D3, the result would be worked out by rolling the D3 and adding 1 to the roll.
Making Attacks
Attacks are resolved one at a time using the following attack sequence. In some cases, you can resolve all of the attacks made by the same type of weapon at the same time (see Multiple Attacks).

1.Hit Roll: Roll a dice. If the roll equals or beats the attacking weapon’s To Hit characteristic, then it scores a hit and you must make a wound roll. If not, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. A hit roll of 1 before modification always fails to hit the target, and a hit roll of 6 before modification always hits the target.
2.Wound Roll: Roll a dice. If the roll equals or beats the attacking weapon’s To Wound characteristic, then it is successful and the opposing player must make a save roll. If not, then the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. A wound roll of 1 before modification always fails, and a wound roll of 6 before modification is always successful.
3.Save Roll: The opposing player rolls a dice, modifying the roll by the attacking weapon’s Rend characteristic. For example, if a weapon has a -1 Rend characteristic, then 1 is subtracted from the save roll. If the result equals or beats the Save characteristic of the models in the target unit, the save succeeds and the attack sequence ends without causing any damage. If not, the save fails and the attack is successful, and you must determine damage on the target unit. A save roll of 1 before modification always fails.
4.Determine Damage: Each successful attack inflicts damage on the target unit equal to the Damage characteristic of the weapon making the attack. Most weapons have a Damage characteristic of 1, but some have a Damage characteristic of 2 or more.
Missile Weapons
In order to attack with a missile weapon, the model using the weapon must be in range of the target unit (i.e. within the maximum distance, in inches, of the Range listed for the weapon making the attack), and the target unit must be visible to the model with the weapon (if unsure, stoop down and look from behind the shooting model to see if a model from the target unit is visible). For the purposes of determining visibility, a model can see through other models in its unit.

Some missile weapons have a Range characteristic with a minimum range, for example 6"-48". Such weapons cannot attack units that are wholly within the shorter range.
Charge roll, charge move
Any of your units within 12" of the enemy in your charge phase can attempt to make a charge move. Pick an eligible unit and make a charge roll for it by rolling 2D6. Each model in the unit can move a number of inches equal to the charge roll. You cannot make a charge move with a unit that has run or retreated earlier in the turn, or with a unit that is within 3" of an enemy unit.

The first model you move from a unit making a charge move must finish the move within ½" of an enemy model (you do not have to pick the target for the charge before making the charge roll). If that’s impossible, or you decide not to make the charge move, the charge fails and no models in the unit can move in this phase.

Once all models in one unit have made their charge moves, you can pick another eligible unit to make a charge attempt, until all units that you want to make charge attempts have done so.

The DARK RIDERS keyword is used in following Cities of Sigmar warscrolls:

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