Tyranids – Biovores
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Biovore (base: 60mm)
This unit contains 1 Biovore. It can include 1 additional Biovore (Power Rating +2) or 2 additional Biovores (Power Rating +4). Each model is armed with a spore mine launcher.
Spore mine launcher
Spore mine launcher
Heavy 1
See Spore Mine Launcher, below
See Spore Mine Launcher, below
Instinctive Behaviour
Spore Mine Launcher: Each time a spore mine launcher hits the target, roll a D6 to find how much damage is inflicted on the target; on a 1 the Spore Mine fails to inflict any harm, on a 2-5 it inflicts 1 mortal wound, and on a 6 it inflicts D3 mortal wounds.

Each time a spore mine launcher misses its target, set up a single <HIVE FLEET> Spore Mine model anywhere within 6" of the target unit and more than 3" from any enemy model (if the Spore Mine cannot be placed it is destroyed). This then follows the rules for a Spore Mine that is part of your army, but it cannot move or charge during the turn it was set up. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the firer, but it cannot be used to fire Overwatch.

Datasheet-related Stratagems



Tyranids Stratagem

Nothing can hold back the terrifying speed at which the hive fleets adapt their diverse organisms.

Use this Stratagem before the battle. Select one TYRANIDS INFANTRY unit or one TYRANIDS MONSTER model from your army that does not have an Adaptive Physiology, and then select one Adaptive Physiology to apply to that unit or model until the end of the battle. You can only use this Stratagem once per battle.


Tyranids Stratagem

The Hive Mind invests its warrior-forms with but a single imperative: kill.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Shooting phase. Select a TYRANIDS INFANTRY unit from your army – that unit can immediately shoot again.


Tyranids Stratagem

Lictors release a trail of potent pheromones that guide fresh waves of bioforms to the slaughter.

Use this Stratagem when a TYRANIDS INFANTRY unit from your army is set up on the battlefield as reinforcements if there is already a LICTOR from your army on the battlefield. You can set up the unit wholly within 6" of the LICTOR and more than 9" from any enemy models, rather than following the normal rules for setting up the unit. You cannot use this Stratagem to affect a unit of reinforcements being set up by the Genestealer’s Infestation ability, or that are added to your army due to a unit’s ability.


Jormungandr Stratagem

The Great Serpent attacks from below, bursting out from subterranean tunnels in the midst of its prey.

Use this Stratagem when you set up a JORMUNGANDR INFANTRY unit during deployment. It is set up within tunnels bored before battle. Whenever you set up a unit of RAVENERS, a MAWLOC, TRYGON or a TRYGON PRIME at the end of your Movement phase (a burrowing unit), you can also set up any number of units you set up within the tunnels. Set up the unit wholly within 3" of the burrowing unit and more than 9" from any enemy units. Any models you cannot set up in this way when you do so are destroyed.


Tyranids Stratagem

The swarms of the Hydra are numberless. Kill one organism, and two more will take its place.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Movement phase. Select a unit of Termagants, Hormagaunts or Gargoyles (or any HYDRA INFANTRY unit) from your army that has been completely destroyed. Add an identical unit to your army, and set it up as reinforcements wholly within 6" of any board edge, more than 9" from enemy models.

This datasheet has Heavy Support Battlefield Role. Full list of Tyranids units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

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.
Instinctive Behaviour

Unless controlled or coordinated by the domineering will of the Hive Mind, many Tyranid organisms will revert to their baser instincts.

Unless a <HIVE FLEET> unit with this ability is within 24" of any friendly <HIVE FLEET> SYNAPSE unit, you must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made for it when shooting any target other than the nearest visible enemy unit, and you must subtract 2 from its charge roll if it declares a charge against any unit other than the nearest enemy 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.
Certain rules enable units to fire Overwatch at an enemy unit before it can charge. If an enemy unit declares a charge that targets one or more units from your army that have such a rule, each of those units can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made. A unit cannot fire Overwatch if there are any enemy units within Engagement Range of it. Overwatch is resolved like a normal shooting attack (albeit one resolved in the Charge phase) and uses all the normal rules, except that an unmodified hit roll of 6 is always required for a successful hit roll, irrespective of the firing model’s Ballistic Skill or any hit roll modifiers. In addition, when a model fires Overwatch, it does so at the charging unit. Any rule that states the unit cannot be targeted unless it is the closest target (e.g. Look Out, Sir) does not apply when firing Overwatch.

  • Overwatch: Before charge roll made, all charge targets that can fire Overwatch can do so.
  • Can never fire Overwatch while enemy units are in Engagement Range.
  • When firing Overwatch, shoot with unit, but attacks only hit on unmodified 6s.

The RAVENER keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Fast Attack

The MAWLOC keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The TRYGON keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The TRYGON PRIME keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support
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