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Abaddon the Despoiler

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
300
Abaddon the Despoiler (base: 60mm)
1
300
Abaddon the Despoiler
6" 2+ 2+ 6 6 9 8 11 2+ 60mm
Abaddon the Despoiler is equipped with: Drach’nyen; Talon of Horus. Your army can only include one ABADDON THE DESPOILER model.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Talon of Horus (shooting)
Talon of Horus (shooting)
24"
Assault 4
5
-1
2
-
Drach’nyen
Drach’nyen
Melee
Melee
+3
-4
3
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, on an unmodified wound roll of 6, the target suffers D3 mortal wounds in addition to any normal damage.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, on an unmodified wound roll of 6, the target suffers D3 mortal wounds in addition to any normal damage.
Talon of Horus (melee)
Talon of Horus (melee)
Melee
Melee
User
-4
1
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, make 2 hit rolls instead of 1.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, make 2 hit rolls instead of 1.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Let the Galaxy Burn, Warp Strike, Armour of Contempt
Mark of Chaos Ascendant:
  • Each time this model makes a melee attack, if it made a charge move, was charged or performed a Heroic Intervention this turn, add 1 to the Strength characteristic of that attack.
  • Once per turn, the first time a saving throw is failed for this model, the Damage characteristic of that attack is changed to 0.
  • Each time an attack is made against this model, if the Strength characteristic of that attack either equals or is at least double the Toughness characteristic of this model, subtract 1 from that attack’s wound roll.
  • If this model starts the Fight phase within Engagement Range of any enemy units, it fights first that phase.
Dark Destiny: This model has a 4+ invulnerable save. In addition, this model cannot lose more than 3 wounds in the same phase. Any wounds that would be lost after that point are not lost.
The Warmaster: If your army is Battle-forged, this model must be your WARLORD. If more than one model from your army has a rule to this effect, then one of those models must be your WARLORD. If this model is your WARLORD, it gains the AGENT OF CHAOS keyword.
The Despoiler (Aura): While a friendly CHAOS CORE unit is within 6" of this model:
  • Add 1 to charge rolls made for that unit.
  • Each time a model in that unit makes an attack, re-roll a hit roll of 1.
Lord of the Traitor Legions: In your Command phase, select one friendly HERETIC ASTARTES CORE or HERETIC ASTARTES CHARACTER unit within 6" of this model. Until the start of your next Command phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, you can re-roll the hit roll (if that unit is a BLACK LEGION unit, you can also re-roll the wound roll).
WARLORD TRAIT!
WARLORD TRAIT!
Eternal Vendetta (Aura): At the start of the first battle round, before the first turn begins, select one enemy unit. Until the end of the battle, while a friendly BLACK LEGION CORE or BLACK LEGION CHARACTER unit is within 6" of this WARLORD, each time a model in that BLACK LEGION unit makes an attack against that enemy unit, you can re-roll that attack’s wound roll.
Paragon of Hatred:
  • You can re-roll charge rolls made for this WARLORD.
  • Each time this WARLORD fights, if it is within Engagement Range of any enemy units, then until that fight is resolved, add 1 to the Attacks characteristic of this WARLORD (if any of those enemy units have the IMPERIUM keyword, add D3 instead of 1).
Merciless Overseer: In your Command phase, you can select one friendly BLACK LEGION unit within 6" of this WARLORD. Until the start of your next Command phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, if your army is engaged in either Wanton Destruction or Wanton Slaughter, that unit is considered to be engaged in Wanton Massacre for that attack instead.
FACTION KEYWORDS: CHAOS, KHORNE, NURGLE, SLAANESH, TZEENTCH, HERETIC ASTARTES, TRAITORIS ASTARTES, BLACK LEGION
KEYWORDS: CHARACTER, SUPREME COMMANDER, INFANTRY, CHAOS LORD, TERMINATOR, ABADDON THE DESPOILER

Datasheet-related Stratagems

DEATH TO THE FALSE EMPEROR!1CP
Chaos Space Marines – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The seething hatred that the Heretic Astartes harbour for the Corpse Emperor and his weakling, thin-blooded Space Marines is a weapon unto itself.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a TRAITORIS ASTARTES unit from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, each time a HERETIC ASTARTES model in that unit makes a melee attack against an ADEPTUS ASTARTES or SANCTIC ASTARTES unit, you can re-roll the hit roll.
VETERANS OF THE LONG WAR2CP
Chaos Space Marines – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Veterans of centuries or millennia, the Long War’s most embittered warriors have learnt how best to focus their need for vengeance.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase or the Fight phase, when a TRAITORIS ASTARTES INFANTRY or TRAITORIS ASTARTES BIKER unit from your army is selected to shoot or fight. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
WRATH OF THE CHOSEN1CP
Chaos Space Marines – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The merciless cruelty of a warband’s greatest warriors is both a deadly threat to their foes and a warning to potential rivals.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase or the Fight phase, when a TRAITORIS ASTARTES TERMINATOR or CHOSEN unit from your army is selected to shoot or fight. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll.
TIP OF THE SPEAR2CP
Black Legion – Battle Tactic Stratagem

It is a great honour to be the first to slay the foe, and the Black Legion charge their enemies lines with devastating ferocity.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your Charge phase, if no BLACK LEGION units from your army are within Engagement Range of any enemy units. Select the BLACK LEGION CORE, BLACK LEGION DAEMONKIN or BLACK LEGION CHARACTER unit from your army that is closest to an enemy unit. Until the end of the turn:
  • You can re-roll charge rolls made for that unit.
  • Each time a model in that unit makes a melee attack against an enemy unit that is either in range of an objective marker or within your opponent’s deployment zone, improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
UNENDING DESTRUCTION2CP
Chaos Space Marines – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Chaos Space Marines are not easily diverted from their obsessive need to kill, and can accomplish their battlefield goals without having to relent in their acts of destruction.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase. Select one TRAITORIS ASTARTES INFANTRY unit from your army (excluding CULTISTS units) that is performing an action. That unit can shoot this phase without that action failing.
RELENTLESS DEVASTATION1CP
Chaos Space Marines – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The wrath of Chaos Space Marines is inescapable.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase, when a TRAITORIS ASTARTES INFANTRY unit (excluding CULTISTS units) from your army makes a Normal Move or Advances. Until the end of your Shooting phase, provided that unit does not move again, it is considered to have Remained Stationary.
UNRELENTING ONSLAUGHT2CP
Black Legion – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The Black Legion let nothing stand in their way.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase, when you select a BLACK LEGION unit from your army to move. Until the start your next Movement phase:
  • That unit can ignore any or all modifiers to its Move characteristic, Advance rolls and charge rolls.
  • That unit is eligible to shoot and declare a charge, even if it Falls Back this turn.
VENGEFUL SKIES3CP
Black Legion – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The Black Legion’s warships darken the battlefields skies, their lance batteries carving paths of ruin with deadly stabs of spite.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase, if any BLACK LEGION CHARACTER models from your army are on the battlefield. Select one point on the battlefield and place a marker on that point. At the start of your next Command phase, place another marker on the battlefield within 12" of the centre of that marker, and draw a straight line between the centre of each of these markers. Roll one D6 for each unit that line would pass over or through, adding 1 if the unit being rolled for contains 11 or more models and subtracting 1 if the unit being rolled for is a CHARACTER unit. On a 3+, that unit suffers D3 mortal wounds. The markers are then removed. You can only use this Stratagem once.
1CP

BRINGERS OF DESPAIR

Specialist Detachment Stratagem

The elite warbands of the Black Legion are known as Bringers of Despair, and they strike a sledgehammer blow into the heart of the enemy.

Use this Stratagem when choosing your army. Pick a BLACK LEGION Detachment from your army to be a Bringers of Despair Specialist Detachment. BLACK LEGION TERMINATOR units in that Detachment gain the BRINGERS OF DESPAIR keyword.
1CP

DEVASTATION BATTERY

Specialist Detachment Stratagem

When enemy fortifications or armoured forces must be brought low, many Chaos Lords will gather their most destructive followers together to focus their tremendous firepower.

Use this Stratagem when choosing your army. Pick a Chaos Space Marine Detachment from your army to be a Devastation Battery Specialist Detachment. CHAOS LORDS, WARPSMITHS, HAVOCS and OBLITERATORS in that Detachment gain the DEVASTATION BATTERY keyword.
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.
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.
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.
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. The result required is determined by comparing the attacking weapon’s Strength (S) characteristic with the target’s Toughness (T) characteristic, as shown on the following table:

WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH vs TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 ROLL REQUIRED
Is the Strength TWICE (or more) than the Toughness?2+
Is the Strength GREATER than the Toughness?3+
Is the Strength EQUAL to the Toughness?4+
Is the Strength LOWER than the Toughness?5+
Is the Strength HALF (or less) than the Toughness?6+

If the result of the wound roll is less than the required number, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. An unmodified wound roll of 6 always successfully wounds the target, and an unmodified wound roll of 1 always fails. A wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a wound 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 wound roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Select Weapon
When a model makes a close combat attack, it must do so using a melee weapon (i.e. a weapon that has the ‘Melee’ type). The weapons a model is equipped with are described on its datasheet. If a model is not equipped with any melee weapons, or if it cannot make an attack with any of the melee weapons it is equipped with, then that model makes its attacks using a close combat weapon, which has the following profile:

WEAPONRANGETYPESAPD
Close combat weaponMeleeMeleeUser01

If a model has more than one melee weapon, select which it will use before resolving any attacks. If a model has more than one melee weapon and can make several attacks, it can split them between these weapons however you wish – declare which attacks are being made with which weapons before any attacks are resolved. If the selected weapon has more than one profile that you must choose between, you must declare which profile is being used at the same time. Different attacks made with such a weapon can be made using different profiles if you wish.

If your unit is making attacks with more than one melee weapon against a unit, and those weapons have different characteristics profiles, then after you have resolved an attack with one of those weapons you must, if any other weapons with the same characteristics profile are also being used to make attacks against that unit, resolve those attacks before resolving any attacks against the target with a weapon that has a different characteristics profile. Note that all the attacks you have declared are always resolved against the target unit even if, when you come to resolve an individual attack, no models in the target unit remain in range (this can happen because of models being destroyed and removed from the battlefield as the result of resolving other attacks made by the attacking model’s unit first).

  • Each close combat attack is made with a melee weapon.
  • A model makes attacks using the close combat weapon profile if it has no other melee weapons.
  • If a unit attacks with multiple weapons, all attacks made with weapons that have the same profile must be resolved before resolving attacks with the next.

The AGENT OF CHAOS keyword is used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:


- If this model is your WARLORD it gains the AGENT OF CHAOS keyword.

The keyword is used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

The ABADDON THE DESPOILER keyword is used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Let the Galaxy Burn

Drawing upon countless years of festering bitterness and hate, Chaos Space Marines attack with a ferocity that is terrible to behold. Whether annihilating the foe at range or butchering them without mercy at close quarters, there is no aspect of death unknown to these traitors. Unencumbered by stultifying doctrines, they are capable of adapting their murderous priorities with horrifying ease, and there are no limits to the levels of devastation they will unleash to vent their anger.

If every unit from your army has the TRAITORIS ASTARTES keyword (excluding models with the AGENT OF CHAOS or UNALIGNED keyword) and every unit from your army (excluding ABADDON THE DESPOILER) is from the same Legion, this unit gains the following rules:
  • Each time a model in this unit shoots with a flame weapon, when determining how many attacks are made with that weapon this phase, add 2 to the result (e.g. a model shooting with a flamer makes D6+2 attacks).
  • This unit gains a bonus (see below) depending on which wanton act it is engaged in, as follows:
    • During the first battle round, your army (and every unit from it) is engaged in Wanton Destruction.
    • During the second battle round, your army (and every unit from it) is engaged in Wanton Massacre.
    • At the start of the third battle round, select either Wanton Massacre or Wanton Slaughter; until the end of that battle round, your army (and every unit from it) is engaged in the wanton act you selected.
    • During the fourth and subsequent battle rounds, your army (and every unit from it) is engaged in Wanton Slaughter.

The CELESTIAN SACRESANTS keyword is used in the following Adepta Sororitas datasheets:

The NEMESIS DREADKNIGHT keyword is used in the following Grey Knights datasheets:

Heavy Support
Armour of Contempt
Each time an attack is allocated to an ASTRA MILITARUM VEHICLE, ADEPTUS ASTARTES, SANCTIC ASTARTES, HERETIC ASTARTES or ADEPTA SORORITAS model, worsen the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
This rule does not apply to any of the following:
  • Models equipped with a storm shield, a relic shield or a combat shield (or a Relic that replaces one of these shields).
  • Models with either the Sacresant Shield or Force Shielding ability (CELESTIAN SACRESANT and NEMESIS DREADKNIGHT units).
  • Models that are under the effects of any other rule that worsens or reduces the Armour Penetration characteristic of an attack.
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.
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.

The BLACK LEGION and DAEMONKIN keywords are used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Elites
Fast Attack
Heavy Support
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.
Wanton Slaughter

Close assaults are the favoured tactics of many traitors, coupling murderous short-ranged firepower with the unrestrained slaughter of hand-to-hand execution.

While this unit is engaged in Wanton Slaughter, each time a model in this unit makes an attack with an Assault, Pistol or melee weapon, an unmodified hit roll of 6 scores 1 additional hit.
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.
Wanton Massacre

Barbarous firefights and the indiscriminate slaying of foes have been notorious hallmarks of the Heretic Astartes wars for millennia.

While this unit is engaged in Wanton Massacre, each time a model in this unit makes an attack with a Rapid Fire, Assault or Pistol weapon, an unmodified hit roll of 6 scores 1 additional hit.
Wanton Destruction

With skills honed in vast, bloody wars against the most heavily armoured or dug-in opposition, Chaos Space Marines punish such enemies with malicious barrages of utter destruction.

While this unit is engaged in Wanton Destruction, each time a model in this unit makes an attack with a Heavy, Rapid Fire or Grenade weapon, an unmodified hit roll of 6 scores 1 additional hit.
Fall Back
When a unit Falls Back, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches equal to or less than the Move (M) characteristic shown on its datasheet, and when doing so you can move it within Engagement Range of enemy models, but it cannot end its move within Engagement Range of any enemy models – if it cannot do this then it cannot Fall Back. A unit cannot declare a charge in the same turn that it Fell Back. A unit cannot shoot or attempt to manifest a psychic power in the same turn that it Fell Back unless it is TITANIC.

  • Fall Back: Models move up to M".
  • Units that Fall Back cannot charge this turn.
  • Units that Fall Back cannot shoot or manifest psychic powers this turn unless they are TITANIC.

The CULTISTS keyword is used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Performing a Heroic Intervention
When a unit performs a Heroic Intervention, you can move each model in that unit up to 3" – this is a Heroic Intervention move. Each model in the unit must finish its Heroic Intervention move closer to the closest enemy model. Remember that a unit must finish any type of move in unit coherency.

  • Heroic Intervention: Move up to 3".
  • Must end closer to the closest enemy model.
Army List
Datasheets collated

The and HAVOCS keywords are used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Heavy Support

The and OBLITERATORS keywords are used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Heavy Support
Normal Move
When a unit makes a Normal Move, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches equal to or less than the Move (M) characteristic shown on its datasheet, but no model can be moved within Engagement Range of enemy models.

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

The TRAITORIS ASTARTES and BIKER keywords are used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Fast Attack
Remain Stationary
If a unit Remains Stationary, none of its models can be moved for the rest of the phase. Any units from your army that were on the battlefield and were not selected to move in the Move Units step of the Movement phase are assumed to have Remained Stationary that phase.

  • Remain Stationary: Models cannot move this phase.
Warp Strike

Chaos Space Marines launch their deadly assaults from all directions. Whether utilising ancient teleporter technologies corrupted by the Ruinous Powers, employing arcane forces to breach the warp directly, or launching warriors equipped with archaic jump packs to descend on pillars of warp-tainted fire, these fell warriors strike into the very heart of battle.

During deployment, you can set up this unit in blasphemous reserves instead of setting it up on the battlefield. If you do so, then in the Reinforcements step of one of your Movement phases you can set up this unit anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" away from any enemy models.

The CHOSEN keyword is used in the following Chaos Space Marines datasheets:

Elites
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