T’au Empire – XV9 Hazard Battlesuits
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XV9 Hazard Battlesuits

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv
65
XV9 Hazard Battlesuit
1‑3
65
XV9 Hazard Battlesuit
8" 5+ 4+ 5 5 4 3 8 3+
If this unit contains 2 Hazard Battlesuit models, it has Power Rating 6. If this unit contains 3 Hazard Battlesuit models, it has Power Rating 9. For each Hazard Battlesuit this unit contains, it can contain up to 2 Tactical Drones for Power Rating 1 each. A Hazard Battlesuit is equipped with: 2 twin hazard burst cannons.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+10
Fusion cascade
+10
Fusion cascade
12"
Assault D3
8
-4
D6
Blast. Each time an attack made with this weapon targets a unit within half range, that attack has a Damage characteristic of D6+2.
Blast. Each time an attack made with this weapon targets a unit within half range, that attack has a Damage characteristic of D6+2.
Twin hazard burst cannons
Twin hazard burst cannons
18"
Assault 8
5
0
1
-
Phased ion gun
Phased ion gun
30"
Assault 4
6
-1
1
-
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any number of models can each have any of their twin hazard burst cannons replaced with one of the following: 1 fusion cascade; 1 phased ion gun.
 • Any number of models can each be equipped with one item from the Support Systems list.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
For the Greater Good
Bonding Knife Ritual: If you roll a 6 when taking a Morale test for this unit, the test is automatically passed.
Photon Casters: Each time this unit is declared as a target of a charge, subtract 2 from that charge roll.
Manta Strike: During deployment, you can set up this unit and any accompanying Drones in a Manta hold instead of placing them on the battlefield. At the end of any of your Movement phases they can use a Manta strike to enter the fray – set them up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" from any enemy models.
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE, <SEPT>
KEYWORDS: BATTLESUIT, JET PACK, FLY, XV9 HAZARD BATTLESUITS

Datasheet-related Stratagems

1CP

FURIOUS ASSAULT

Farsight Enclaves Stratagem

Using the powerful thrusters of their huge battlesuits, Farsight’s warriors slam into the fray.

Use this Stratagem in your Charge phase, when a JET PACK unit from your army finishes a charge move. For each model in that unit, you can select one enemy unit within 1" of that model and roll one D6; on a 3+ that enemy unit suffers 1 mortal wound.
1CP

MULTI-SPECTRUM SENSOR SUITE

T’au Empire Stratagem

The battlesuit’s integrated sensor suite scans multiple ranges on the electromagnetic spectrum, analysing telemetric data and feeding optimised firing solutions to the pilot.

Use this Stratagem before a BATTLESUIT unit from your army shoots. Enemy units cannot claim the benefit of cover against shots made by this unit this phase.
1CP

FAIL-SAFE DETONATOR

T’au Empire Stratagem

The battlesuits of high-value T’au operatives are equipped with a fail-safe self-destruct algorithm, ensuring that the pilot cannot be taken alive for interrogation.

Use this Stratagem when a BATTLESUIT unit from your army is destroyed in the Fight phase, before removing the last model. Roll a dice for each unit (friend or foe) within 3" of that model. On a 4+ that unit suffers one mortal wound.
2CP

AUTOMATED REPAIR SYSTEM

T’au Empire Stratagem

Nanite repair drones swarm over the damaged battlesuit or vehicle, knitting together ruptured composite plating and repairing vital life-support systems.

Use this Stratagem at the start of any turn. Pick a VEHICLE or BATTLESUIT model from your army. That model regains D3 lost wounds. You can only use this Stratagem once per turn.
1CP

REPULSOR IMPACT FIELD

T’au Empire Stratagem

Detecting an incoming enemy assault, the pilot’s battlesuit unleashes a hammer-pulse of kinetic energy strong enough to shatter bone.

Use this Stratagem after an enemy unit successfully charges a BATTLESUIT unit from your army. Roll a dice for each model in the enemy unit within 3" of your unit. On a 6 that model suffers a mortal wound.
1CP

STIMULANT INJECTOR

T’au Empire Stratagem

Many battlesuits contain an emergency revivication system to bring their injured pilot back from the brink of death.

Use this Stratagem at the start of any turn. Choose a BATTLESUIT model from your army with a Wounds characteristic of 10 or more. Until the end of this turn, use the top row of the model’s damage table, regardless of how many wounds it has left. This ends immediately if the model is reduced to 0 wounds.
2CP

DROP ZONE CLEAR

Farsight Enclaves Stratagem

O’Shovah’s warriors have mastered the art of the drop-zone assault. There are few more imposing sights than a cadre of battlesuits raining from low orbit, jump-jets blazing and cannons spitting death at the helpless foe.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your Shooting phase. Choose a FARSIGHT ENCLAVES BATTLESUIT unit from your army that was set up on the battlefield using its Manta Strike ability this turn. Add 1 to hit rolls for that unit this phase.

Optional Wargear

Many of the units you will find on this page reference one or more of the following wargear lists (e.g. Support Systems). When this is the case, the unit may take any item from the appropriate list below.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS

 • Advanced targeting system

 • Counterfire defence system

 • Drone controller

 • Early warning override

 • Multi-tracker

 • Shield generator

 • Target lock

 • Velocity tracker


Other Wargear

OTHER WARGEAR
ABILITIES 
+5
Advanced targeting system
A model equipped with an advanced targeting system increases the AP characteristic of all of its weapons by 1 (e.g. an AP of 0 becomes -1, an AP of -1 becomes -2).
+5
Advanced targeting system
A model equipped with an advanced targeting system increases the AP characteristic of all of its weapons by 1 (e.g. an AP of 0 becomes -1, an AP of -1 becomes -2).
+10
Counterfire defence system
A model equipped with a counterfire defence system re-rolls failed hit rolls when firing Overwatch.
+10
Counterfire defence system
A model equipped with a counterfire defence system re-rolls failed hit rolls when firing Overwatch.
+5
Drone controller
<SEPT> DRONE units within 6" of any friendly models equipped with a drone controller add one to their hit rolls.
+5
Drone controller
<SEPT> DRONE units within 6" of any friendly models equipped with a drone controller add one to their hit rolls.
+5
Early warning override
If any enemy units are set up within 12" of a model from your army equipped with an early warning override as the result of an ability that allows them to arrive mid-battle (i.e. teleporting to the battlefield), then at the end of that phase the model may immediately shoot at one of those units as if it were your Shooting phase, but you must subtract 1 from hit rolls when resolving these shots.
+5
Early warning override
If any enemy units are set up within 12" of a model from your army equipped with an early warning override as the result of an ability that allows them to arrive mid-battle (i.e. teleporting to the battlefield), then at the end of that phase the model may immediately shoot at one of those units as if it were your Shooting phase, but you must subtract 1 from hit rolls when resolving these shots.
+5
Multi-tracker
Re-roll hit rolls of 1 in the Shooting phase for a model equipped with a multi-tracker if it fires all of its weapons at the same target and that target contains 5 or more models.
+5
Multi-tracker
Re-roll hit rolls of 1 in the Shooting phase for a model equipped with a multi-tracker if it fires all of its weapons at the same target and that target contains 5 or more models.
+30
Shield generator
A model with a shield generator has a 4+ invulnerable save. You cannot take this support system on a Riptide battlesuit.
+30
Shield generator
A model with a shield generator has a 4+ invulnerable save. You cannot take this support system on a Riptide battlesuit.
+5
Target lock
A model with a target lock does not suffer the penalty to their hit rolls for Advancing and firing Assault weapons. This model can also Advance and fire Heavy or Rapid Fire weapons, but you must subtract 1 from its hit rolls when it does so.
+5
Target lock
A model with a target lock does not suffer the penalty to their hit rolls for Advancing and firing Assault weapons. This model can also Advance and fire Heavy or Rapid Fire weapons, but you must subtract 1 from its hit rolls when it does so.
+5
Velocity tracker
Add 1 to hit rolls for a model with a velocity tracker when it shoots at a unit that can FLY.
+5
Velocity tracker
Add 1 to hit rolls for a model with a velocity tracker when it shoots at a unit that can FLY.
Blast Weapons
Some weapons have ‘Blast’ listed in their profile’s abilities. These are referred to as Blast weapons. In addition to the normal rules, the following rules apply to Blast weapons:
  1. If a Blast weapon targets a unit that has between 6 and 10 models, it always makes a minimum of 3 attacks. So if, when determining how many attacks are made with that weapon, the dice rolled results in less than 3 attacks being made, make 3 attacks instead. For example, if a Grenade D6 weapon with the Blast rule targets a unit that has 6 or more models, and you roll a 2 to determine how many attacks are made, that roll is counted as being a 3 and that weapon makes three attacks against that unit.
  2. When a Blast weapon targets a unit that has 11 or more models, do not roll dice to randomly determine how many attacks are made – instead, make the maximum possible number of attacks. For example, if a Grenade D6 weapon with the Blast rule targets a unit that has 11 or more models, that weapon makes six attacks against that unit.
Blast weapons can never be used to make attacks against a unit that is within Engagement Range of the firing model’s unit, even if the weapon has the Pistol type or if the firing model is a VEHICLE or a MONSTER – firing high-explosives at point-blank range is simply unwise.

  • Blast Weapons: Minimum three attacks against units with 6+ models. Always make maximum number of attacks against units with 11+ models.
  • Can never be used to attack units within the firing unit’s Engagement Range.
ASSAULT
Assault weapons fire so rapidly or indiscriminately that they can be shot from the hip as warriors dash forwards into combat.
If a unit includes any models equipped with Assault weapons, that unit is still eligible to shoot with in your Shooting phase even if it has Advanced this turn, but you can only resolve attacks using those Assault weapons when you select that unit to shoot with. If a model shoots an Assault weapon in the same turn in which its unit has Advanced, subtract 1 from hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks.

  • Can be shot even if firing model’s unit Advanced.
  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if the firing model’s unit Advanced.
Support Systems
 • Advanced targeting system
+5
 • Counterfire defence system
+10
 • Drone controller
+5
 • Early warning override
+5
 • Multi-tracker
+5
 • Shield generator
+30
 • Target lock
+5
 • Velocity tracker
+5
For the Greater Good

The greatest proof of the superiority of the T’au’va is the sight of a hundred pulse rifles firing in unison.

  • Each time an enemy unit declares a charge against this unit, this unit can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made.
  • While a friendly unit with this ability is within 6" of this unit, each time an enemy unit declares a charge against this unit, that friendly unit can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made. If it does so, until the end of the phase, that friendly unit cannot fire Overwatch again.
Designer’s Note: This allows T’au units to fire Overwatch in the same way that they did in the previous edition, and as such, units with this ability do not require the Fire Overwatch Stratagem from the Warhammer 40,000 Core Book in order to do so.
Morale Tests
To take a Morale test, roll one D6 and add the number of models from the unit that have been destroyed this turn. If the result is equal to or less than the highest Leadership (Ld) characteristic in the unit, the Morale test is passed and nothing else happens. An unmodified roll of 1 also always results in a passed Morale test, irrespective of the total result. In any other case, the Morale test is failed, one model flees that unit, and you must then take Combat Attrition tests for the remaining models in the unit. You decide which model from your unit flees – that model is removed from play and counts as having been destroyed, but it never triggers any rules that are used when a model is destroyed.

  • Morale test = D6 + number of models destroyed this turn.
  • Unmodified roll of 1 always a success (no models flee).
  • If Morale test exceeds unit’s Ld, one model flees and other models must take Combat Attrition tests.
Engagement Range
Engagement Range represents the zone of threat that models present to their enemies. While a model is within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically of an enemy model, those models are within Engagement Range of each other. While two enemy models are within Engagement Range of each other, those models’ units are also within Engagement Range of each other. Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.

  • Engagement Range: 1" horizontally + 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.
Charging with a Unit
Once you have chosen an eligible unit to declare a charge with, you must select one or more enemy units within 12" of it as the targets of its charge. The target(s) of this charge do not need to be visible to the charging unit. You then make a charge roll for your unit by rolling 2D6. This is the maximum number of inches each model in the charging unit can now be moved if they can make the charge move. To make a charge move, the unit’s charge roll must be sufficient that it is able to end that move in unit coherency and within Engagement Range of every unit that was a target of its charge, without moving within Engagement Range of any enemy units that were not a target of its charge. If this is possible, then the charge is successful and the models in the unit make a charge move so as to fulfil the above conditions. If this is impossible, the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase.

  • Declare targets of the charge (must be within 12").
  • Charge roll = 2D6".
  • If insufficient to move charging unit into Engagement Range of all targets, charge fails.
  • If charge successful, models make their charge move.
  • Cannot make a charge move within Engagement Range of any unit that was not the target of the charge.
Engagement Range
Engagement Range represents the zone of threat that models present to their enemies. While a model is within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically of an enemy model, those models are within Engagement Range of each other. While two enemy models are within Engagement Range of each other, those models’ units are also within Engagement Range of each other. Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.

  • Engagement Range: 1" horizontally + 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.
Charging with a Unit
Once you have chosen an eligible unit to declare a charge with, you must select one or more enemy units within 12" of it as the targets of its charge. The target(s) of this charge do not need to be visible to the charging unit. You then make a charge roll for your unit by rolling 2D6. This is the maximum number of inches each model in the charging unit can now be moved if they can make the charge move. To make a charge move, the unit’s charge roll must be sufficient that it is able to end that move in unit coherency and within Engagement Range of every unit that was a target of its charge, without moving within Engagement Range of any enemy units that were not a target of its charge. If this is possible, then the charge is successful and the models in the unit make a charge move so as to fulfil the above conditions. If this is impossible, the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase.

  • Declare targets of the charge (must be within 12").
  • Charge roll = 2D6".
  • If insufficient to move charging unit into Engagement Range of all targets, charge fails.
  • If charge successful, models make their charge move.
  • Cannot make a charge move within Engagement Range of any unit that was not the target of the charge.
Mortal Wounds
Some attacks inflict mortal wounds – these are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury. Each mortal wound inflicts 1 point of damage on the target unit, and they are always applied one at a time. Do not make a wound roll or saving throw (including invulnerable saves) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other attack and inflict damage to a model in the target unit. Unlike damage inflicted by normal attacks, excess damage from mortal wounds is not lost. Instead, keep allocating damage to another model in the target unit until either all the damage has been allocated or the target unit is destroyed.

If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, resolve the normal damage first. If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, but the normal damage is subsequently saved, the target unit still suffers the mortal wounds, as described before. If an ability modifies the damage inflicted by a weapon, and that weapon can inflict mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, the modifier does not apply to any mortal wounds that are inflicted (unless the rule specifically states otherwise).

  • Each mortal wound inflicted on a unit causes one model in the unit to lose one wound.
  • No saving throws can be made against mortal wounds.
  • Mortal wounds inflicted by attacks in addition to normal damage always apply, even if normal damage saved.
Terrain and Cover
Some pieces of terrain can provide certain bonuses to units in your army. Each bonus and how to acquire it is described in the Terrain Features section of the Core Rules. If a model has acquired such a bonus (to it's Save, Leadership or other characteristics), it is considered as receiving the benefit of cover. There are ways for some models to ignore such bonuses while making an attack, but it should be known what kind of benefit is ignored (see the Rare Rules for clarification).
Hit Roll
When a model makes an attack, make one hit roll for that attack by rolling one D6. If the result of the hit roll is equal to or greater than the attacking model’s Ballistic Skill (BS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a ranged weapon) or its Weapon Skill (WS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a melee weapon), then that attack scores one hit against the target unit. If not, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

If an attack is made with a weapon that has an ability that says it ‘automatically hits the target’, no hit roll is made – that attack simply scores one hit on the target unit. An unmodified hit roll of 6 always scores a hit, and an unmodified hit roll of 1 always fails. A hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be -2 or worse, it is changed to be -1. Similarly, if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Overwatch
Certain rules enable units to fire Overwatch at an enemy unit before it can charge. If an enemy unit declares a charge that targets one or more units from your army that have such a rule, each of those units can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made. A unit cannot fire Overwatch if there are any enemy units within Engagement Range of it. Overwatch is resolved like a normal shooting attack (albeit one resolved in the Charge phase) and uses all the normal rules, except that an unmodified hit roll of 6 is always required for a successful hit roll, irrespective of the firing model’s Ballistic Skill or any hit roll modifiers. In addition, when a model fires Overwatch, it does so at the charging unit. Any rule that states the unit cannot be targeted unless it is the closest target (e.g. Look Out, Sir) does not apply when firing Overwatch.

  • Overwatch: Before charge roll made, all charge targets that can fire Overwatch can do so.
  • Can never fire Overwatch while enemy units are in Engagement Range.
  • When firing Overwatch, shoot with unit, but attacks only hit on unmodified 6s.
Saving Throw
The player commanding the target unit then makes one saving throw by rolling one D6 and modifying the roll by the Armour Penetration (AP) characteristic of the weapon that the attack was made with. For example, if the weapon has an AP of -1, then 1 is subtracted from the saving throw roll. If the result is equal to, or greater than, the Save (Sv) characteristic of the model the attack was allocated to, then the saving throw is successful and the attack sequence ends. If the result is less than the model’s Save characteristic, then the saving throw fails and the model suffers damage. An unmodified roll of 1 always fails.
Invulnerable Saves
Some models have an invulnerable save. Each time an attack is allocated to a model with an invulnerable save, you can choose to use either its normal Save (Sv) characteristic or its invulnerable save, but not both. If a model has more than one invulnerable save, it can only use one of them – choose which it will use. If you use a model’s invulnerable save, it is never modified by a weapon’s Armour Penetration value.

  • Invulnerable save: Saving throw that is never modified by attacking weapon’s AP.
  • A model with an invulnerable save can use it instead of its normal Sv.
Advance
When a unit makes an Advance, make an Advance roll for the unit by rolling one D6. Add the result in inches to the Move (M) characteristic of each model in that unit until the end of the current phase. Each model in that unit can then move a distance in inches equal to or less than this total, but no model can be moved within Engagement Range of enemy models. A unit cannot shoot or declare a charge in the same turn that it made an Advance.

  • Advance: Models move up to M+D6".
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of enemy models.
  • Units that Advance cannot shoot or charge this turn.
HEAVY
Heavy weapons are amongst the biggest guns on the battlefield, but they require bracing to fire at full effect and are unwieldy to bring to bear at close quarters.
When an INFANTRY model shoots a Heavy weapon, subtract 1 from the hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks if the firing model’s unit has moved for any reason this turn (e.g. it made a Normal Move this turn).

  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if firing model is INFANTRY and its unit has moved this turn.
RAPID FIRE
Rapid fire weapons are versatile armaments capable of aimed single shots at long range or controlled bursts of fire at close quarters.
When a model shoots a Rapid Fire weapon, double the number of attacks it makes if its target is within half the weapon’s range.

  • Double number of attacks made if target is within half range.
Flying
If a unit’s datasheet has the FLY keyword, then when it makes a Normal Move, an Advance or it Falls Back, its models can be moved across other models (and their bases) as if they were not there, and they can be moved within Engagement Range of enemy models. In addition, any vertical distance up and/or down that they make as part of that move is ignored. However, these models cannot finish their move either on top of another model (or its base) or within Engagement Range of any enemy models.

  • FLY models can move over other models when they make a Normal Move, an Advance or when they Fall Back.
  • FLY models ignore vertical distances when they make a Normal Move, an Advance or when they Fall Back.
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