Thousand Sons

The tang of sorcery taints the air as the Thousand Sons attack. Coruscating bolts of warp energy explode in washes of mutating fire, while hails of ensorcelled shot mow down rank after rank of the foe. Those not reduced to smouldering corpses are transmogrified by the magicks of Tzeentch, leaving the battlefield strewn with crystal statues, clouds of screaming vapour and writhing mounds of flesh.

Books

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  Thousand Sons
  Thousand SonsIndex10January 2024
  Munitorum Field Manual
  Munitorum Field ManualExpansion101.6January 2024
  Legends: Heretic Astartes
  Legends: Heretic AstartesDatasheet10July 2023
  Horus Heresy Legends: Heretic Astartes
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  Horus Heresy Legends: Adeptus Astartes
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Army Rules

Cabal of Sorcerers

The Thousand Sons channel their arcane power through battlefield ritual, beseeching the Changer of the Ways to gift them forbidden knowledge or ravage their foes with warpfire and mutation.

If your Army Faction is THOUSAND SONS, at the end of your Command phase, each model from your army with this ability that is on the battlefield (excluding Battle-shocked models) generates you a number of Cabal points equal to the number shown in its ability (e.g. a model with the Cabal of Sorcerers 2 ability would generate you 2 Cabal points). The combined total of these is your Cabal points pool. During the battle round, you can use Rituals from the list below, deducting the Cabal points cost of each one from your Cabal points pool. If you do not have enough Cabal points for a Ritual, you cannot use it. Each Ritual can only be used once per phase. At the start of your next Command phase, your Cabal points pool resets to zero. Each time you use a Ritual, select one THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model from your army, then apply that Ritual’s effect using that PSYKER.

WEAVER OF FATES (PSYCHIC)

2 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Once during that phase, when a saving throw is failed for a friendly THOUSAND SONS model whose unit is within 18" of this PSYKER, you can re-roll that saving throw.

TEMPORAL SURGE (PSYCHIC)

5 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of your Shooting phase. Select one friendly THOUSAND SONS unit within 18" of this PSYKER; unless that unit is within Engagement Range of one or more enemy units, it can make a Normal move. If it does, that unit is not eligible to declare a charge this turn.

ECHOES FROM THE WARP (PSYCHIC)

6 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Once this phase, you can select this PSYKER’s unit as the target of a Stratagem for 0CP, even if you have already used that Stratagem this phase.

DOOMBOLT (PSYCHIC)

7 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of your Shooting phase. Select one enemy unit within 18" of and visible to this PSYKER and roll one D6: on a 1, that enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 2-5, it suffers D3+3 mortal wounds; on a 6, it suffers D3+6 mortal wounds.

TWIST OF FATE (PSYCHIC)

9 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Select one enemy unit within 18" of and visible to this PSYKER; until the end of the phase, armour saving throws cannot be made for models in that unit.

Cult of Magic

Detachment Rule

If your Army Faction is THOUSAND SONS, you can use this Cult of Magic Detachment rule.

Kindred Sorcery

For an instant, the chanting voices of the Thousand Sons achieve perfect synchronisation, words of malign incantation rolling out like the peal of some cursed bell amidst the empyrean.

In your Command phase, you can select one of the abilities listed below to take effect until the start of your next Command phase.

MALEVOLENT CHARGE

Psychic weapons equipped by THOUSAND SONS models from your army have the [LETHAL HITS] ability.

PSYCHIC MAELSTROM

Psychic weapons equipped by THOUSAND SONS models from your army have the [SUSTAINED HITS 1] ability.

WRATH OF THE IMMATERIUM

Psychic weapons equipped by THOUSAND SONS models from your army have the [DEVASTATING WOUNDS] ability.


Stratagems

If you are using the Cult of Magic Detachment rule, you can use these Cult of Magic Stratagems.

PSYCHIC DOMINION
1CP
Cult of Magic – Epic Deed Stratagem
To pit one’s own psychic prowess against the sorcerous might of the Thousand Sons is to be trapped, helpless and screaming, within one’s own mind.
WHEN: Any phase, just after an enemy unit has selected its targets.

TARGET: One THOUSAND SONS unit from your army that was selected as the target of one or more of the attacking unit’s attacks.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, all attacks made against your unit with Psychic weapons have the [HAZARDOUS] ability and all models in your unit have the Feel No Pain 4+ ability against Psychic Attacks
DESTINED BY FATE
1CP
Cult of Magic – Epic Deed Stratagem
The Architect of Fate has great designs for his pawns, which do not include their untimely demise just yet…
WHEN: Any phase, when a saving throw is failed for a THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model from your army.

TARGET: That PSYKER model.

EFFECT: Change the Damage characteristic of that attack to 0.
DEVASTATING SORCERY
1CP
Cult of Magic – Battle Tactic Stratagem
This warrior’s veins burn with raw sorcery. The sheer unstoppable might of their conjurations is such that, when unleashed with destructive intent, there is little that can prevent them from devastating manifestation.
WHEN: Your Shooting phase.

TARGET: One THOUSAND SONS PSYKER unit from your army that has not been selected to shoot this phase.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, each time a model in your unit makes a Psychic Attack, you can re-roll the Hit roll and you can re-roll the Wound roll.
ENSORCELLED INFUSION
1CP
Cult of Magic – Strategic Ploy Stratagem
Utilising the fell powers of the warp, Thousand Sons Sorcerers infuse their minions’ bolter rounds with empyric energies to render them even deadlier.
WHEN: Your Shooting phase.

TARGET: One THOUSAND SONS PSYKER unit from your army that has not been selected to shoot this phase.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, all inferno bolt pistols, inferno boltguns, inferno combi-bolters and inferno combi-weapons equipped by models in your unit have the [PSYCHIC] ability and a Strength characteristic of 5.
SORCEROUS MIGHT
1CP
Cult of Magic – Epic Deed Stratagem
The most powerful sorcerers of the Thousand Sons are battle-psykers who can, if the need is dire enough, siphon a sliver of their corrupted souls into their eldritch assaults to temporarily boost their potency.
WHEN: Your Shooting phase.

TARGET: One THOUSAND SONS PSYKER unit from your army that has not been selected to shoot this phase.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, add 9" to the range of Psychic weapons equipped by your unit.
WARP SIGHT
2CP
Cult of Magic – Strategic Ploy Stratagem
With their tainted souls melded as one in the warp, what one champion of the cabal sees, all their fellows see also.
WHEN: Your Shooting phase.

TARGET: One THOUSAND SONS PSYKER unit from your army and one enemy unit that is visible to that unit.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, each time a friendly THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model makes an attack with a Psychic weapon that targets that enemy unit, that attack has the [INDIRECT FIRE] and [IGNORES COVER] abilities.

Enhancements

If you are using the Cult of Magic Detachment rule, you can use these Cult of Magic Enhancements.

  • Lord of Forbidden Lore 25 pts

This sorcerer has committed many a grimoire and unholy tome to memory, giving him unparalleled knowledge of hexes, curses and destructive rites.

THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model only. The bearer can be selected to use a Ritual even if another PSYKER from your army has already been selected to use that Ritual this phase.

  • Athenaean Scrolls 20 pts

Ahriman consumed the knowledge contained in the Athenaeum of Kallimakus long ago, but not all of the Athenaeum’s founders were slain when their repository of knowledge was destroyed. Some of their lore has since been transcribed to keep an echo of that great library in existence. One who possesses these texts has access to techniques that make his spells exceptionally potent.

THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model only. In your Command phase, if the bearer is on the battlefield and is not Battle-shocked, it generates you 1 additional Cabal point this phase.

  • Umbralefic Crystal 20 pts

By siphoning the perpetual gloom from the location where the cursed planet Mangel III once existed in realspace, a cabal of sorcerers from the Cult of Magic created the Umbralefic Crystal. One in command of this powerful relic can use its energies to temporarily fold space, creating a gate of sorcerous translocation through which he or his allies can step.

THOUSAND SONS model only. Once per battle, in your Command phase, you can remove the bearer’s unit from the battlefield. If you do, in the Reinforcements step of your next Movement phase, set that unit back up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" horizontally away from all enemy models.

  • Arcane Vortex 15 pts

This ritualistic locus is formed from the matter of arcane objects, their substance broken down at a molecular level and added to a nexus of energy surrounding the creator. When battle is joined, the sorcerer draws upon this power, all the better to unleash warp-fuelled destruction upon the enemy.

THOUSAND SONS model only. Add 1 to the Strength and Damage characteristics of Psychic weapons equipped by the bearer.


2. Battle-shock
In this step, you must take a Battle-shock test for each of your units on the battlefield that is Below Half-strength. To do so, roll 2D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the best Leadership characteristic in that unit, the test is passed; otherwise, the test is failed and, until the start of your next Command phase, that unit is Battle-shocked.

While a unit is Battle-shocked:

Once you have taken Battle-shock tests for all of your units that require them, your Command phase ends and you progress to your Movement phase.

  • Take a Battle-shock test for each unit from your army on the battlefield that is Below Half-strength.
  • Roll 2D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the unit’s Leadership, the test is passed. Otherwise, the unit is Battle-shocked until the start of your next Command phase.
  • Battle-shocked units have an OC of 0 and their controlling player cannot use Stratagems to affect them.
  • Battle-shocked units must take Desperate Escape tests if they Fall Back.
Saving Throw
The player controlling the target unit then makes one saving throw. By default, this will be an armour saving throw using their model’s Save (Sv) characteristic, but some models have invulnerable saves that can be used instead (see below). To make an armour saving throw, roll one D6, then modify the result by the Armour Penetration (AP) characteristic of the attack. For example, if the attack has an AP of -1, then 1 is subtracted from the saving throw.

If the result is greater than or equal to the Save characteristic of the model the attack was allocated to, then that saving throw is successful and the attack sequence ends. Otherwise, that saving throw fails and that model suffers damage.

An unmodified saving throw of 1 always fails. A saving throw can never be improved by more than +1.

  • Saving Throw: Roll one D6 and modify by the attack’s AP. If the result is less than the Save of the model being rolled for, the saving throw is failed and that model suffers damage. Otherwise, that attack is saved.
  • An unmodified saving throw of 1 always fails.
  • A saving throw can never be improved by more than +1.
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 – and their units – are within Engagement Range of each other.

Models cannot be set up or end a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move within Engagement Range of any enemy models. If for any reason a model cannot meet this condition, that model is destroyed.

  • Engagement Range: Within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up or end a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
Normal Moves
When a unit makes a Normal move, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches less than or equal to its Move (M) characteristic, but no model can be moved within Engagement Range of any enemy models.

  • Normal Move: Models move up to M".
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
Mortal Wounds

Some attacks are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury.

Some attacks inflict mortal wounds. Each mortal wound inflicts one 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 saving throws) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other attack and inflict damage to a model in the target unit as described below.

Unlike damage inflicted by normal attacks, excess damage from mortal wounds is not lost if the damage can be allocated to another model. 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, when a unit is selected to shoot or fight, one or more of its attacks can inflict mortal wounds on the target, resolve any normal damage inflicted by the attacking unit’s attacks on that target before inflicting any mortal wounds on that target. If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to any normal damage, but the normal damage is subsequently saved, the target unit still suffers those mortal wounds, as described above.

  • Each mortal wound inflicted on a unit causes one model in that unit to lose one wound.
  • No saving throws can be made against mortal wounds.
  • Mortal wounds inflicted by attacks always apply after any normal damage, even if that damage was saved.
Psychic Weapons and Abilities
Some weapons and abilities can only be used by PSYKERS. Such weapons and abilities are tagged with the word ‘Psychic’. If a Psychic weapon or ability causes any unit to suffer one or more wounds, each of those wounds is considered to have been inflicted by a Psychic Attack.
Lethal Hits

Some weapons can inflict fatal injuries on any foe, no matter their resilience.

Weapons with [LETHAL HITS] in their profile are known as Lethal Hits weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon, a Critical Hit automatically wounds the target.
Sustained Hits

Some weapons strike in a flurry of blows, tearing the foe apart with relentless ferocity.

Weapons with [SUSTAINED HITS X] in their profile are known as Sustained Hits weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon, if a Critical Hit is rolled, that attack scores a number of additional hits on the target as denoted by ‘x’.

Example: A model makes an attack with a melee weapon with the [SUSTAINED HITS 2] ability. If the Hit roll is an unmodified 6 (a Critical Hit), then that attack scores a total of 3 hits on the target (1 from the successful Hit roll of 6, and 2 from the [SUSTAINED HITS 2] ability).

  • [SUSTAINED HITS X]: Each Critical Hit scores ‘x’ additional hits on the target.
Devastating Wounds

Some weapons can inflict strikes of such power that they make a mockery of armour

Weapons with [DEVASTATING WOUNDS] in their profile are known as Devastating Wounds weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon, if that attack scores a Critical Wound, no saving throw of any kind can be made against that attack (including invulnerable saving throws). Such attacks are only allocated to models after all other attacks made by the attacking unit have been allocated and resolved.

  • Saving throws cannot be made against Critical Wounds scored by this weapon (including invulnerable saving throws).
Hazardous

Weapons powered by unstable and dangerous energy sources pose a substantial risk to the wielder every time they are used.

Weapons with [HAZARDOUS] in their profile are known as Hazardous weapons. Each time a unit is selected to shoot or fight, if one or more models attack with Hazardous weapons, then after that unit has resolved all of its attacks, you must take one Hazardous test for each Hazardous weapon that was just used by rolling one D6. For each roll of 1, that test is failed and one model in that unit equipped with a Hazardous weapon is destroyed (selected by the controlling player), unless that model is a CHARACTER, MONSTER or VEHICLE, in which case it suffers 3 mortal wounds instead. Note that if you selected a CHARACTER model in an Attached unit, the mortal wounds suffered must be allocated to that model first, even if there is another model in that unit that has lost one or more wounds or has had attacks allocated to it this phase.

Example: A unit of five models make five attacks with ranged weapons with the [HAZARDOUS] ability. After the unit has finished shooting, its controlling player rolls five D6. One of the results is a 1, and as no models in the unit are CHARACTERS, MONSTERS or VEHICLES, one of those models is destroyed.

  • After a unit shoots or fights, roll one Hazardous test (one D6) for each Hazardous weapon used. For each 1, one model equipped with a Hazardous weapon is destroyed (CHARACTERS, MONSTERS and VEHICLES suffer 3 mortal wounds instead).
Feel No Pain
FEEL NO PAIN

Some warriors refuse to be laid low, even by what should be fatal wounds.

Some models have ‘Feel No Pain x+’ listed in their abilities. Each time a model with this ability suffers damage and so would lose a wound (including wounds lost due to mortal wounds), roll one D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the number denoted by ‘x’, that wound is ignored and is not lost. If a model has more than one Feel No Pain ability, you can only use one of those abilities each time that model suffers damage and so would lose a wound.

  • Feel No Pain x+: Each time this model would lose a wound, roll one D6: if the result equals or exceeds ‘x’, that wound is not lost.
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 greater than or equal to the attack’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 Hit roll is successful and scores one hit against the target unit. Otherwise, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

An unmodified Hit roll of 6 is called a Critical Hit and is always successful. An unmodified Hit roll of 1 always fails. A Hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.

  • Hit Roll (Ranged Attack): A hit is scored if the D6 result equals or exceeds that attack’s BS.
  • Hit Roll (Melee Attack): A hit is scored if the D6 result equals or exceeds that attack’s WS.
  • Critical Hit: Unmodified Hit roll of 6. Always successful.
  • An unmodified Hit roll of 1 always fails.
  • A Hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.
Wound Roll
Each time an attack scores a hit against a target unit, make a Wound roll for that attack by rolling one D6 to see if that attack successfully wounds the target unit. The result required is determined by comparing the attack’s Strength (S) characteristic with the target’s Toughness (T) characteristic, as shown below.

WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH VS TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 RESULT REQUIRED
Strength is TWICE (or more than twice) the Toughness.
+
Strength is GREATER than the Toughness.
+
Strength is EQUAL to the Toughness.
+
Strength is LESS than the Toughness.
+
Strength is HALF (or less than half) the Toughness.
+

If the result of the Wound roll is greater than or equal to the required number shown in the table above, then that Wound roll is successful and scores one wound against the target unit. Otherwise, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

An unmodified Wound roll of 6 is called a Critical Wound and is always successful. An unmodified Wound roll of 1 always fails. A Wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.

  • Critical Wound: Unmodified Wound roll of 6. Always successful.
  • An unmodified Wound roll of 1 always fails.
  • A Wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.
Indirect Fire

Indirect fire weapons launch munitions over or around intervening obstacles – nowhere is safe from their fury.

Weapons with [INDIRECT FIRE] in their profile are known as Indirect Fire weapons, and attacks can be made with them even if the target is not visible to the attacking model. These attacks can destroy enemy models in a target unit even though none may have been visible to the attacking unit when you selected that target.

If no models in a target unit are visible to the attacking unit when you select that target, then each time a model in the attacking unit makes an attack against that target using an Indirect Fire weapon, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll and the target has the Benefit of Cover against that attack.

Example: An enemy unit is targeted by an attacking model equipped with a weapon with the [INDIRECT FIRE] ability. No models in the target unit are visible to the attacking model, so when resolving the attacks made with that weapon, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll and each time an attack is allocated to a model in the target unit, it has the Benefit of Cover against that attack.

  • Can target and make attacks against units that are not visible to the attacking unit.
  • If no models are visible in a target unit when it is selected, then when making an attack against that target with an Indirect Fire weapon, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll and the target has the Benefit of Cover against that attack.
Ignores Cover

Some weapons are designed to root enemy formations out of entrenched positions.

Weapons with [IGNORES COVER] in their profile are known as Ignores Cover weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon, the target cannot have the Benefit of Cover against that attack.
Cabal of Sorcerers

The Thousand Sons channel their arcane power through battlefield ritual, beseeching the Changer of the Ways to gift them forbidden knowledge or ravage their foes with warpfire and mutation.

If your Army Faction is THOUSAND SONS, at the end of your Command phase, each model from your army with this ability that is on the battlefield (excluding Battle-shocked models) generates you a number of Cabal points equal to the number shown in its ability (e.g. a model with the Cabal of Sorcerers 2 ability would generate you 2 Cabal points). The combined total of these is your Cabal points pool. During the battle round, you can use Rituals from the list below, deducting the Cabal points cost of each one from your Cabal points pool. If you do not have enough Cabal points for a Ritual, you cannot use it. Each Ritual can only be used once per phase. At the start of your next Command phase, your Cabal points pool resets to zero. Each time you use a Ritual, select one THOUSAND SONS PSYKER model from your army, then apply that Ritual’s effect using that PSYKER.

WEAVER OF FATES (PSYCHIC)

2 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Once during that phase, when a saving throw is failed for a friendly THOUSAND SONS model whose unit is within 18" of this PSYKER, you can re-roll that saving throw.

TEMPORAL SURGE (PSYCHIC)

5 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of your Shooting phase. Select one friendly THOUSAND SONS unit within 18" of this PSYKER; unless that unit is within Engagement Range of one or more enemy units, it can make a Normal move. If it does, that unit is not eligible to declare a charge this turn.

ECHOES FROM THE WARP (PSYCHIC)

6 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Once this phase, you can select this PSYKER’s unit as the target of a Stratagem for 0CP, even if you have already used that Stratagem this phase.

DOOMBOLT (PSYCHIC)

7 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of your Shooting phase. Select one enemy unit within 18" of and visible to this PSYKER and roll one D6: on a 1, that enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 2-5, it suffers D3+3 mortal wounds; on a 6, it suffers D3+6 mortal wounds.

TWIST OF FATE (PSYCHIC)

9 CABAL POINTS
Use this Ritual at the start of any phase. Select one enemy unit within 18" of and visible to this PSYKER; until the end of the phase, armour saving throws cannot be made for models in that unit.

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