T’au Empire – Stealth Battlesuits
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Stealth Battlesuits

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
25
Stealth Shas’ui (base: 32mm)
2‑5
25
Stealth Shas’ui
8" 5+ 4+ 4 4 2 2 8 3+ 32mm
25
Stealth Shas’vre (base: 32mm)
1
25
Stealth Shas’vre
8" 5+ 4+ 4 4 2 3 9 3+ 32mm
If this unit contains 4 or more models, it has Power Rating 8. Every model is equipped with: burst cannon.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Burst cannon
Burst cannon
18"
Assault 6
5
0
1
-
+5
Fusion blaster
+5
Fusion blaster
18"
Assault 1
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.
OTHER WARGEAR
ABILITIES 
+5
Drone controller
In your Command phase, you can select one DRONE unit within 6" of the bearer. Until the start of your next Command phase:
  • DRONE models in that unit have a Ballistic Skill characteristic of 4+.
  • GUN DRONE models in that unit lose the Threat Identification Protocol ability.
+5
Drone controller
In your Command phase, you can select one DRONE unit within 6" of the bearer. Until the start of your next Command phase:
  • DRONE models in that unit have a Ballistic Skill characteristic of 4+.
  • GUN DRONE models in that unit lose the Threat Identification Protocol ability.
+5
Homing Beacon
If this unit is equipped with a homing beacon, it can perform the following action:

Homing Beacon (Action): In your Command phase, any number of units from your army that are equipped with homing beacons can start to perform this action. The action is completed at the start of the Reinforcements step of your next Movement phase. When it is completed, the unit performing the action loses its homing beacon and one friendly CRISIS CORE unit that was setup in a Manta hold (see Manta Strike) can be set up on the battlefield within 3" of the unit and more than 9" away from any enemy models, even if it is the first battle round.’

We recommend placing a Homing Beacon model next to the unit as a reminder, removing it once this action has been completed (a Homing Beacon does not count as a model for any rules purposes).
+5
Homing Beacon
If this unit is equipped with a homing beacon, it can perform the following action:

Homing Beacon (Action): In your Command phase, any number of units from your army that are equipped with homing beacons can start to perform this action. The action is completed at the start of the Reinforcements step of your next Movement phase. When it is completed, the unit performing the action loses its homing beacon and one friendly CRISIS CORE unit that was setup in a Manta hold (see Manta Strike) can be set up on the battlefield within 3" of the unit and more than 9" away from any enemy models, even if it is the first battle round.’

We recommend placing a Homing Beacon model next to the unit as a reminder, removing it once this action has been completed (a Homing Beacon does not count as a model for any rules purposes).
+5
Target lock
Each time the bearer makes a ranged attack, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
+5
Target lock
Each time the bearer makes a ranged attack, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • For every 3 BATTLESUIT models in this unit, 1 BATTLESUIT model’s burst cannon can be replaced with 1 fusion blaster.
 • For every 3 BATTLESUIT models in this unit, 1 BATTLESUIT model can be equipped with one of the following: 1 drone controller; 1 target lock.
 • This unit can be equipped with 1 homing beacon.
 • This unit can be equipped with up to two of the following, in any combination (Power Rating +1): 1 Gun Drone
+10
; 1 Marker Drone
+10
; 1 Shield Drone
+15
(see Drones).
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Battlesuits
Camouflage Fields: Each time an attack is made against this unit, subtract 1 from that attack’s hit roll. Each time a ranged attack is allocated to a model in this unit while it is receiving the benefits of cover, add an additional 1 to any armour saving throw made against that attack.
Infiltrators: During deployment, when you set up this unit, it can be set up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" away from the enemy deployment zone and any enemy models.
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE,
KEYWORDS: INFANTRY, CORE, BATTLESUIT, FLY, JET PACK, STEALTH BATTLESUITS

Datasheet-related Stratagems

FOCUSED FIRE2CP
T’au Sept – Battle Tactic Stratagem

T’au Sept doctrine heavily emphasises the massed concentration of fire upon a single target at a time, obliterating each component of the enemy force in succession with a series of unrelenting barrages.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when an enemy model loses any wounds as a result of an attack made by a T’AU SEPT model from your army. Until the end of the phase, each time a T’AU SEPT CORE model from your army makes an attack against that enemy model’s unit, add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
DROP ZONE CLEAR3CP/2CP
Farsight Enclaves – Battle Tactic 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 in your Movement phase, when a FARSIGHT ENCLAVES BATTLESUITS unit from your army is set up on the battlefield using the Manta Strike ability or the Homing Beacon action (see Stealth Battlesuits datasheet). Until the end of the turn, each time a BATTLESUIT model in that unit makes a ranged attack, you can re-roll the hit roll and you can re-roll the wound roll. If that unit contains 4 or more BATTLESUIT models, this Stratagem costs 3CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
DROP THREAT ACQUISITION3CP/2CP
T’au Empire – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Even as they descend from on high with thrusters blazing, battlesuit pilots are already locking onto hostile targets and computing fire solutions.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase, when a BATTLESUITS unit from your army is set up on the battlefield using the Manta Strike ability or the Homing Beacon action (see Stealth Battlesuits datasheet). Until the end of the turn, each time a BATTLESUIT model in that unit makes a ranged attack, you can re-roll the hit roll. If that unit contains 4 or more BATTLESUIT models, this Stratagem-costs 3CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
EXPERIMENTAL WEAPONRY2CP
Bork’an – Epic Deed Stratagem

Bork’an scientists have distributed the latest prototype weapons amongst their sept’s Fire Caste contingents, optimised to increase range and accuracy.

Use this Stratagem in your shooting phase, when a BORK’AN unit from your army is selected to shoot. Select one model in that unit and one weapon that model is equipped with. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes an attack with that weapon, invulnerable saving throws cannot be taken against that attack.
SAVIOUR PROTOCOLS1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

Drones will dive into the path of incoming fire without a second thought if it means protecting T’au lives.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a saving throw is failed for a model in a unit from your army. Select one friendly DRONE model within 3" of that unit, or within 6" of that unit if it contains a model equipped with a drone controller. That DRONE model is destroyed and the Damage characteristic of that attack is changed to 0.
FAIL-SAFE DETONATOR1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

The battlesuits of high value T’au operatives are equipped with a fail-safes that ensure the pilot cannot be taken alive for interrogation.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a BATTLESUIT model from your army is destroyed. Before removing that model from play, instead of using any rules that are triggered when that model is destroyed (e.g. the Explodes ability), roll one D6 for each unit within 3" of that model, adding 1 to the roll if the destroyed model has a Wounds characteristic of 12 or more: on a 3-5, that unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 6+, that unit suffers 3 mortal wounds.
OUTFLANK1CP
Dal’yth – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Inspired by the fieldcraft of alien auxilia, the warriors of Dal’yth are practised in subtly encircling their foes.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Movement phase. Select one DAL’YTH CORE unit or T’AU AUXILIARY unit from your army that is within 9" of any battlefield edges. If the mission you are playing is using the Strategic Reserves rule, you can remove that unit from the battlefield and place it in Strategic Reserves.
ORBITAL UPLINK1CP
Sa’cea – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Sa’cean cadres maintain close contact with Air Caste spotters in low orbit whose intelligence scans augment the accuracy of the Fire Caste.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase. Select one enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in a SA’CEA unit from your army makes a ranged attack against that enemy unit, the target does not receive the benefits of cover against that attack.
WALL OF MIRRORS1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The T’au Stealth Cadres utilise interwoven obfuscation fields and wide-band refraction beams to mask their advance. This process is known as mesme’j’kaara - the wall of mirrors.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Movement phase. Select one STEALTH BATTLESUITS or GHOSTKEEL BATTLESUIT unit from your army that is wholly within 9" of any battlefield edges. Remove that unit from the battlefield. In the Reinforcements step of your next Movement phase, you can set that unit back up on the battlefield anywhere that is wholly within 9" of any battlefield edge and more than 9" away from any enemy models. If the battle ends and that unit is not on the battlefield, it is destroyed.
COORDINATED ENGAGEMENT1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

T’au combined arms groups are called Hunter Cadres for good reason. Working in close coordination, they hunt and destroy the most dangerous enemy targets.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, before selecting a unit to shoot with. Select one enemy unit and two units from your army that are within 18" of and visible to that enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in one of those units makes an attack:
  • That attack can only target that enemy unit (and only if it is an eligible target).
  • Improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
DESIGNATED TASKING1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Drone Al are adaptive enough to be assigned individual missions by their masters.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one T’AU EMPIRE unit from your army that is not within Engagement Range of any enemy units and contains both DRONE models and models without the DRONE keyword. Split that unit into two units, one containing all of the DRONE models, and the other containing all of the models without the DRONE keyword.

If any of those DRONE models are docked with another model, set them up within 1" of the model they are docked with before splitting the unit. Those DRONE models are no longer docked with that model.
STRIKE AND FADE1CP/2CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

T’au are experts at harrying and outmanoeuvring their foes, bleeding them with accurate bursts of fire before fading away into the shadows.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your Shooting phase. Select one T’AU EMPIRE JET PACK unit from your army. You can shoot with that unit and then it can make a Normal Move of up to 6". That unit cannot shoot again this phase.

If that unit contains 5 or fewer models (excluding DRONE models), this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
REPULSOR IMPACT FIELD1CP
T’au Empire – Wargear 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 in your opponent’s Charge phase, when a BATTLESUIT unit from your army is selected as a target of a charge. Until the end of the phase, subtract 2 from charge rolls made for any unit that declares a charge against that BATTLESUIT unit. The charge roll modifier incurred via this Stratagem is not cumulative with any other negative modifier to a unit’s charge roll.
IONISED SHOCKFIELD2CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

By modulating their weapons’ settings, skilled T’au marksmen can cause an ionised energy pulse to erupt from the point of impact to inflict neurological and wave-field disruption upon the foe.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a model in an enemy unit is destroyed as a result of an attack made with an ion weapon by a model from your army. Until the start of your next Shooting phase, that enemy unit is not affected by the aura abilities of other enemy units.
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.
Manta Strike
During deployment, if every model in this unit has this ability, you can set up this unit in a Manta hold instead of setting it up on the battlefield. If you do, 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 T’AU AUXILIARY keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

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.
Aura Abilities
Some abilities affect models or units in a given range – these are aura abilities. A model with an aura ability is always within range of its effect. The effects of multiple, identically named aura abilities are not cumulative (i.e. if a unit is within range of two models with the same aura ability, that aura ability only applies to the unit once).
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.
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.
Light Cover
When an attack made with a ranged weapon wounds a model that is receiving the benefits of cover from this terrain feature, add 1 to the saving throw made against that attack (invulnerable saving throws are not affected).

  • +1 to saving throws against ranged weapons.
  • Invulnerable saving throws unaffected.
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).
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.
Battlesuits
BATTLESUIT models in this unit can make attacks with ranged weapons even when their unit is within Engagement Range of enemy units, but they can only make such attacks against enemy units that they are within Engagement Range of. In such circumstances, those models can target an enemy unit even if other friendly units are within Engagement Range of the same enemy unit.

Note that if a BATTLESUIT model has more than one ranged weapon, you can still choose to target units that are not within Engagement Range of its unit, but it will only be able to make the attacks with that weapon if all enemy units within Engagement Range of its unit have been destroyed when you come to resolve those attacks. In addition, when a BATTLESUIT model shoots a Heavy weapon, subtract 1 from the hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks while any enemy units are within Engagement Range of that model’s unit.

Fusion blaster used in the following datasheets:

Heavy Support
Fortifications
Fast Attack

– may take Fusion blaster as an option.

The , CRISIS and CORE keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

The T’AU SEPT and CORE keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Fast Attack

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

Fast Attack

The DAL’YTH and CORE keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Fast Attack

Drone controller used in the following datasheets:

Fast Attack
Lords of War

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

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

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