T’au Empire – Ethereal
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Ethereal

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
55
Ethereal (base: 25mm)
1
55
Ethereal
6" 3+ 4+ 3 3 4 3 9 5+ 25mm
An Ethereal is a single model armed with an honour blade. It may be accompanied by up to 2 Tactical Drones (Power Rating +1 per two models).
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Equalizers
Equalizers
Melee
Melee
User
-1
1
A model armed with equalizers increases its Attacks characteristic by 1.
A model armed with equalizers increases its Attacks characteristic by 1.
Honour blade
Honour blade
Melee
Melee
+2
0
1
-
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • This model may replace its honour blade with equalizers.
 • This model may take a hover drone, increasing its Move characteristic to 8" and giving it the JET PACK and FLY keywords (Power Rating +1).
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ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Failure Is Not An Option: T’AU EMPIRE units within 6" of a friendly ETHEREAL may use the Ethereal’s Leadership characteristic instead of their own when taking Morale tests.
Invocation of the Elements: In your Movement phase, an ETHEREAL may invoke one of the elemental powers below. All friendly T’AU EMPIRE INFANTRY and BATTLESUIT units within 6" of the model invoking an elemental power gain the relevant benefit until the start of your next turn. A unit can only be affected by the same elemental power once per battle round.
  • Calm of Tides: Subtract 1 from any Morale tests made for affected units.
  • Storm of Fire: Re-roll hit rolls of 1 in the Shooting phase for affected units that remain stationary in the Movement phase.
  • Sense of Stone: Whenever a model in an affected unit loses a wound, roll a D6; on a 6, that model does not lose that wound.
  • Zephyr’s Grace: You can re-roll the dice for affected units when they Advance.
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE, <SEPT>
KEYWORDS: CHARACTER, INFANTRY, ETHEREAL

Datasheet-related Stratagems

1CP

SWORN BODYGUARDS

T’au Empire Stratagem

Crisis Bodyguards rush to the aid of their charge, ready to fight hand-to-hand if necessary to protect them.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a <SEPT> XV8 CRISIS BODYGUARDS unit from your army is chosen to fight with. Until the end of that phase, when resolving an attack made with a melee weapon by a model in that unit whilst a friendly <SEPT> CHARACTER unit is within 3" of that model’s unit, you can re-roll the hit roll and you can re-roll the wound roll.
1CP

WISDOM OF THE MANY

T’au Empire Stratagem

The wisest of the T’au Ethereals know how powerful the combined strength of the four castes can be.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase. Select one ETHEREAL unit from your army. Until the end of that phase, that unit can invoke one additional elemental power using its Invocation of the Elements ability, so long as that elemental power has not already been invoked by that unit in that phase.
1CP

PROMISING PUPIL

T’au Empire Stratagem

The Fire caste academies imbue in all Fire Warriors the importance of raising up the particularly skilled of their number, for the Greater Good.

Use this Stratagem before the battle, after nominating your Warlord. Select one <SEPT> CHARACTER model from your army that does not have a Warlord Trait and determine one Warlord Trait for it; it is regarded as your Warlord for the purposes of that Warlord Trait. Each Warlord Trait in your army must be unique (if randomly generated, re-roll duplicate results).
1CP/3CP

EMERGENCY DISPENSATION

T’au Empire Stratagem

Multiple advanced prototypes and ultra-rare technologies have been provided for the war effort by Ethereal decree.

Use this Stratagem before the battle. Your army can have one extra Signature System for 1 CP, or two extra Signature Systems for 3 CPs. All of the Signature Systems that you include must be different and be given to different T’AU EMPIRE CHARACTERS. You can only use this Stratagem once per battle.
2CP

HOT-BLOODED

Vior’la Stratagem

The daredevil Fire Warriors of Vior’la stray dangerously close to enemy formations in order to maximise the killing power of their pulse volleys.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your shooting phase. Pick a VIOR’LA SEPT INFANTRY unit from your army. That unit may be chosen to shoot twice this phase, but all models in the unit must target the closest enemy unit each time they do so.
2CP

ORBITAL MARKER DISTRIBUTION UPLINK

Sa’cea Stratagem

Sa’cea Sept has innovated the use of markerlight scatter-flares, dropped from the upper atmosphere by networked Recon Drones to illuminate the greatest concentrations of enemy troops.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your Shooting phase. Pick an enemy unit visible to a SA’CEA SEPT CHARACTER from your army. That unit and all other enemy units within 6" of it gain a markerlight counter.
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.

Honour blade used in the following datasheets:

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.

The ETHEREAL keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

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.

The ETHEREAL keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

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.
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.

The ETHEREAL keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

The <SEPT> and XV8 CRISIS BODYGUARDS keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

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.

The ETHEREAL keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

The Warlord
While mustering your army, you can nominate one model (except a model with the FORTIFICATION keyword) to be your Warlord. That model gains the WARLORD keyword. If this model is a CHARACTER, you can also assign a Warlord Trait to it. Note, that more than one model in your army can have a Warlord Trait (e.g. by using Stratagems), but they are only considered your Warlord for the purpose of that trait.
Warlord Traits
Warlord Trait is a bonus that your Warlord receives upon being nominated. Such Traits can be found in Codices, Supplements and another Games Workshop publications. Any Warlord can have the Inspiring Leader Warlord Trait. Normally, only one Warlord Trait can be given to the Warlord, but there are ways to bypass this restriction (e.g. by using Stratagems). You can choose a Warlord Trait randomly by rolling a dice, or simply pick one. Note, that named characters usually have predetermined Warlord Traits and receive them after being nominated as Warlord.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Markerlights

A projected holo-beam illuminates the target, rendering it vulnerable to pinpoint fusillades from supporting units.

If a model (other than a VEHICLE) fires a markerlight, it cannot fire any other weapons in that phase. When a unit is hit by a markerlight, place a counter next to it for the remainder of the phase. The table below describes the benefits T’AU EMPIRE models receive when shooting at a unit that has markerlight counters. All benefits are cumulative.

MARKERLIGHT TABLE
MARKERLIGHTSBENEFIT
1You can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for T’AU EMPIRE models attacking this unit.
2Destroyer and seeker missiles fired at this unit use the firing model’s Ballistic Skill (and any modifiers) rather than only hitting on a 6.
3The target unit does not gain any bonus to its saving throws for being in cover.
4T’AU EMPIRE models attacking this unit do not suffer the penalty for moving and firing Heavy weapons or Advancing and firing Assault weapons.
5 or moreAdd 1 to hit rolls for T’AU EMPIRE models attacking this unit.
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