Death Guard – Helbrute
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Helbrute

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
115
Helbrute (base: 60mm)
1
115
Helbrute
6" 3+ 3+ 6 7 8 5 8 3+ 60mm
A Helbrute is equipped with: multi-melta; Helbrute fist.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+5
Combi-bolter
+5
Combi-bolter
24"
Rapid Fire 2
4
0
1
-
+10
Heavy flamer
+10
Heavy flamer
12"
Heavy D6
5
-1
1
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, that attack automatically hits the target.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, that attack automatically hits the target.
Helbrute plasma cannon
Helbrute plasma cannon
36"
Heavy D3
8
-3
3
Blast. Each time an unmodified hit roll of 1 is made for an attack with this weapon, the bearer suffers 1 mortal wound after shooting with this weapon.
Blast. Each time an unmodified hit roll of 1 is made for an attack with this weapon, the bearer suffers 1 mortal wound after shooting with this weapon.
Missile launcher
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
Missile launcher
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
 - Frag missile
 - Frag missile
48"
Heavy D6
4
0
1
Blast
Blast
 - Krak missile
 - Krak missile
48"
Heavy 1
8
-2
D6
-
+5
Multi-melta
+5
Multi-melta
24"
Heavy 2
8
-4
D6
Each time an attack made with this weapon targets a unit within half range, that attack has a Damage characteristic of D6+2.
Each time an attack made with this weapon targets a unit within half range, that attack has a Damage characteristic of D6+2.
Reaper autocannon
Reaper autocannon
36"
Heavy 4
7
-2
1
-
+10
Twin heavy bolter
+10
Twin heavy bolter
36"
Heavy 6
5
-1
2
-
+20
Twin lascannon
+20
Twin lascannon
48"
Heavy 2
9
-3
D6
-
Helbrute fist
Helbrute fist
Melee
Melee
x2
-3
3
Each time the bearer fights, if it is equipped with 2 Helbrute fists, it makes 1 additional attack with this weapon.
Each time the bearer fights, if it is equipped with 2 Helbrute fists, it makes 1 additional attack with this weapon.
Helbrute hammer
Helbrute hammer
Melee
Melee
x2
-4
D6
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, subtract 1 from that attack’s hit roll.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, subtract 1 from that attack’s hit roll.
Power scourge
Power scourge
Melee
Melee
+1
-2
2
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 3 additional attacks with this weapon.
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 3 additional attacks with this weapon.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • This model’s multi-melta can be replaced with one of the following: 1 Helbrute plasma cannon; 1 twin heavy bolter; 1 twin lascannon; 1 reaper autocannon; 1 Helbrute fist.
 • 1 of this model’s Helbrute fists can be replaced with 1 missile launcher.
 • 1 of this model’s Helbrute fists can be replaced with one of the following: 1 Helbrute hammer; 1 power scourge.
 • For each Helbrute fist this model is equipped with, it can be equipped with one of the following: 1 combi-bolter; 1 heavy flamer. That Helbrute fist cannot then be replaced.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Contagions of Nurgle
Monstrous Resilience: Each time an attack is allocated to this model, subtract 1 from the Damage characteristic of that attack (to a minimum of 1).
Frenzy: Each time this model makes an attack, if it has 7 or fewer wounds remaining, re-roll a wound roll of 1.
Explodes: When this model is destroyed, roll one D6 before removing it from play. On a 6 it explodes, and each unit within 3" suffers 1 mortal wound.
FACTION KEYWORDS: CHAOS, NURGLE, HERETIC ASTARTES, DEATH GUARD, <PLAGUE COMPANY>
KEYWORDS: VEHICLE, CORE, BUBONIC ASTARTES, HELBRUTE

Datasheet-related Stratagems

FIRE FEVER1CP
Death Guard – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Empyric fever-heat burns through the Helbrutes brain, causing it to fire with ever more frenzied ferocity as it rails against its agony.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a DEATH GUARD HELBRUTE model from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, that model can only target a single eligible enemy unit and each time an attack is made by that model, add 1 to that attacks hit roll and add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
HAZE OF CORRUPTION2CP
Death Guard – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The close combat weapons of many Death Guard warriors are coated with terrible venoms. When they swing these weapons, the air is filled with corruption that can infect those nearby.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a DEATH GUARD CORE unit from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, each time an enemy model is destroyed by an attack made by a model in that unit, any excess damage inflicted by that attack is not lost and is instead suffered by another model in that unit (do not make a saving throw for that model). This continues until there is no excess damage remaining.
FLASH OUTBREAK2CP
Death Guard – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

On occasion a contagion of Nurgle will flare up brilliantly in an all-consuming wave of infection.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one <PLAGUE COMPANY> unit with the Contagions of Nurgle ability from your army:
  • If there are any other <PLAGUE COMPANY> units from your army on the battlefield that have any Contagion abilities that the selected unit does not have, then until the start of your next Command phase, the selected unit has all of the same Contagion abilities (this is in addition to the ones it already has).
  • Until the start of your next Command phase, units from your army count the battle round number as one higher than the current battle round number for the purpose of determining the Contagion range of any Contagion abilities they have.
PUTRID DETONATION1CP/2CP
Death Guard – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Upon their destruction, the seven-cursed hulls of Death Guard battle tanks have an alarming tendency to burst like ruptured boils, exploding in a swelling mass of pus and foulness.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a DEATH GUARD VEHICLE model from your army is destroyed. Do not roll to see if that model explodes: it does so automatically. If that model has a Wounds characteristic of 9 or less, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
VIRULENT ROUNDS1CP
Death Guard – Wargear Stratagem

The Death Guard know countless revolting ways to render their bolt rounds horrifically virulent.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a DEATH GUARD CORE unit from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, bolt weapons models in that unit are equipped with have the Plague Weapon ability.
Plague Weapon

Revolting toxins and infectious slime weeps from this weapon in a ceaseless stream. Even shallow cuts or glancing blows will leave the enemy’s flesh seething with incurable diseases.

Each time an attack is made with this weapon, re-roll a wound roll of 1.
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.
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.
Contagions of Nurgle

The Death Guard are carriers of countless infections and contagions, each a gift from Nurgle. Whenever they march to war, these diseases spread, contaminating all around, sapping the strength of its victims, draining them of energy, withering their muscles and overwhelming their immune system. Such is its malefic nature, they can even undo metallic bonds, alien psychic materials and all manner of other elements and components, rendering even armoured vehicles vulnerable.

If every unit from your army has the DEATH GUARD keyword (excluding UNALIGNED units), this unit gains the following ability:

Nurgle’s Gift (Contagion): While an enemy unit is within Contagion Range of this unit (see below), subtract 1 from the Toughness characteristic of models in that enemy unit.

Contagion Abilities
Contagion abilities affect enemy models or units within Contagion Range - this changes with the battle round number, increasing as the battle progresses, as shown in the table below. The effects of multiple, identically named Contagion abilities is not cumulative (i.e. if an enemy unit is within range of two models with the same Contagion ability, that Contagion ability only applies to the enemy unit once). Note, that while similar in many regards to Aura abilities, Contagion abilities are not affected by abilities that affect Aura abilities, and vice-versa.

BATTLE ROUND NUMBERCONTAGION RANGE
11"
23"
36"
4+9"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Army List
Datasheets collated
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.

Multi-melta used in the following datasheets:

Bolt Weapons
A bolt weapon is any weapon whose profile includes the word ‘bolt’ (boltgun, bolt pistol etc.), and any Relic that replaces a bolt weapon. Rules that apply to bolt weapons only apply to the boltgun profile of combi-weapons, and the boltgun profile of Relics that replace combi-weapons.

The DEATH GUARD and HELBRUTE keywords are used in the following Death Guard datasheets:

Elites

Missile launcher used in the following datasheets:

Elites

Reaper autocannon used in the following datasheets:

Heavy Support
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