T’au Empire – Strike Team
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Strike Team

NoNAME MWSBSSTWALdSvBase
9
Fire Warrior (base: 25mm)
5‑12
9
Fire Warrior
6"5+4+331164+25mm
9
Fire Warrior Shas’ui (base: 25mm)
1
9
Fire Warrior Shas’ui
6"5+4+331274+25mm
15
DS8 Tactical Support Turret (base: 40mm)
0‑1
15
DS8 Tactical Support Turret
--4+331044+40mm
10
MV36 Guardian Drone (base: 32mm flying base)
0‑1
10
MV36 Guardian Drone
8"5+5+341164+32mm flying base
This unit contains 5 Fire Warriors. It can include up to 5 additional Fire Warriors (Power Rating +2), or up to 7 additional Fire Warriors (Power Rating +3). A Fire Warrior Shas’ui can take the place of one Fire Warrior. Each model is armed with a pulse rifle and photon grenades. This unit may be accompanied by 2 Tactical Drones or 1 Tactical Drone and 1 MV36 Guardian Drone (Power Rating +1 per two models).
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+5
Markerlight
+5
Markerlight
36"
Heavy 1
-
-
-
Markerlights
Markerlights
Missile pod
Missile pod
36"
Assault 2
7
-1
D3
-
Pulse carbine
Pulse carbine
18"
Assault 2
5
0
1
-
Pulse pistol
Pulse pistol
12"
Pistol 1
5
0
1
-
Pulse rifle
Pulse rifle
30"
Rapid Fire 1
5
0
1
-
Smart missile system
Smart missile system
30"
Heavy 4
5
0
1
This weapon can be fired at units that are not visible to the bearer. Units attacked by this weapon do not gain any bonus to their saving throws for being in cover.
This weapon can be fired at units that are not visible to the bearer. Units attacked by this weapon do not gain any bonus to their saving throws for being in cover.
Photon grenade
Photon grenade
12"
Grenade D6
-
-
-
Blast. This weapon does not inflict any damage. Your opponent must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made for INFANTRY units that have suffered any hits from photon grenades until the end of the turn.
Blast. This weapon does not inflict any damage. Your opponent must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made for INFANTRY units that have suffered any hits from photon grenades until the end of the turn.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any model may replace their pulse rifle with a pulse carbine.
 • The Fire Warrior Shas’ui may take a markerlight.
 • The Fire Warrior Shas’ui may take a pulse pistol or replace their pulse rifle with a pulse pistol.
 • Any Fire Warrior may take a pulse pistol.
 • The unit may take a DS8 Tactical Support Turret (Power Rating +1 per model) equipped with either a missile pod or smart missile system.
ABILITIES (Strike Team)
ABILITIES (Strike Team)
For the Greater Good
Bonding Knife Ritual: If you roll a 6 when taking a Morale test for this unit, the test is automatically passed.
DS8 Tactical Support Turret: Tactical Support Turrets are not set up when their unit is set up. Instead, once per game, at the end of any of your Movement phases, you can set up the Tactical Support Turret within coherency of its unit and more than 2" away from any enemy models.

The turret cannot move for any reason, and is destroyed if the Strike Team moves out of unit coherency with it. The destruction of a Tactical Support Turret is ignored for the purposes of Morale tests.
ABILITIES (Guardian Drone)
ABILITIES (Guardian Drone)
For the Greater Good
Saviour Protocols: When resolving an attack made against a <SEPT> INFANTRY or <SEPT> BATTLESUIT unit whilst that unit is within 3" of a friendly <SEPT> DRONES unit, if the wound roll is successful, you can roll one D6; on a 2+ that DRONES unit suffers 1 mortal wound and the attack sequence ends.
Drone Support: When a unit is set up on the battlefield, any accompanying Drones are set up in unit coherency with it. From that point onwards, the Drones are treated as a separate unit.
Guardian Field: Guardian Drones have a 5+ invulnerable save. Strike Teams within 3" of any friendly Guardian Drones have a 6+ invulnerable save.
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE, <SEPT>
KEYWORDS (Strike Team): INFANTRY, STRIKE TEAM
KEYWORDS (Guardian Drone): DRONE, FLY, GUARDIAN DRONE

Datasheet-related Stratagems

1CP

DANGER CLOSE

Farsight Enclaves Stratagem

Fire Warrior teams of the Farsight Enclaves receive extensive training in close-quarters combat.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a BREACHER TEAM or STRIKE TEAM unit from your army is chosen to shoot with. Until the end of that phase, when resolving an attack made with a ranged weapon by a model in that unit against an enemy unit within 12", you can re-roll the wound roll.
1CP

SUPPORT TURRET REPLACEMENT

T’au Empire Stratagem

Field-logistics drones swoop down from above, bearing a replacement support turret in an underslung grav-harness.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Movement phase. Pick a friendly STRIKE TEAM or BREACHER TEAM whose DS8 Tactical Support Turret has been destroyed. You may immediately set up a new DS8 Tactical Support Turret in unit coherency with the unit as described in their DS8 Tactical Support Turret ability.
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.

This datasheet has Troops Battlefield Role. Full list of T’au Empire units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Markerlight (Fire Warrior Shas’ui) used in the following 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.
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.
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.
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.

Pulse pistol used in the following datasheets:

Fast Attack
PISTOL
Due to their compact size, pistols can even be used in melee to shoot at point-blank range.
A model can make attacks with a Pistol even when its unit is within Engagement Range of enemy units, but it must target an enemy unit that is within Engagement Range of its own unit when it does so. In such circumstances, the model can target an enemy unit even if other friendly units are within Engagement Range of the same enemy unit.

When a model equipped with both a Pistol and another type of ranged weapon (e.g. a Pistol and a Rapid Fire weapon) shoots, it can either shoot with its Pistol(s) or with its other ranged weapons. Choose which it will fire (Pistols or non-Pistols) before selecting targets.

  • Can be shot even if firing model’s unit is within Engagement Range of enemy unit.
  • Cannot be shot alongside any other type of weapon.

Pulse rifle used in the following datasheets:

Fast Attack
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.

Photon grenade used in the following datasheets:

Fast Attack
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.
GRENADE
Grenades are handheld explosive devices that a warrior throws at the enemy while their squad mates provide covering fire.
When a unit shoots, one model that is equipped with a Grenade in that unit can resolve attacks with it instead of shooting any other weapons.

  • Only one model can use a Grenade when its unit shoots.
For the Greater Good

The greatest proof of the superiority of the T’au’va is the sight of a hundred pulse rifles firing in unison.

  • Each time an enemy unit declares a charge against this unit, this unit can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made.
  • While a friendly unit with this ability is within 6" of this unit, each time an enemy unit declares a charge against this unit, that friendly unit can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made. If it does so, until the end of the phase, that friendly unit cannot fire Overwatch again.
Designer’s Note: This allows T’au units to fire Overwatch in the same way that they did in the previous edition, and as such, units with this ability do not require the Fire Overwatch Stratagem from the Warhammer 40,000 Core Book in order to do so.
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.
Unit Coherency
A unit that has more than one model must be set up and finish any sort of move as a single group, with all models within 2" horizontally and 5" vertically of at least one other model from their unit. While a unit has six or more models, all models must instead be within 2" horizontally and 5" vertically of at least two other models from their unit. This is called unit coherency. If a unit cannot end any kind of move in unit coherency, that move cannot be made. Units are primarily moved in the Movement phase, but they can also be moved in the Charge phase and the Fight phase.

Some rules allow you to add models to a unit during the battle; such models must always be set up in unit coherency with the unit they are being added to. Sometimes there will be insufficient room to set up all the models from a unit, or it will not be possible to set up all the models so that they are in unit coherency. When this is the case, any models that cannot be set up are considered to have been destroyed.

  • Unit coherency: 2" horizontally + 5" vertically.
  • Each model must be in unit coherency with one other model from own unit.
  • While unit has 6+ models, each model must be in unit coherency with 2 other models from own unit.
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.
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.

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

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

The STRIKE TEAM keyword is 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.
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