Tyranids – Hierophant
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Hierophant

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W! A Ld Sv Base
850
Hierophant (base: Use model)
1
850
Hierophant
10" 3+ 3+ 8 8 18-34 6 9 2+ Use model
8" 4+ 4+ 8 8 10-17 6 9 2+
6" 5+ 5+ 8 8 1-9 6 9 2+
A Hierophant is equipped with: bio-plasma torrent; 2 dire bio-cannons; lashwhip pods; gargantuan scything talons.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Bio-plasma torrent
Bio-plasma torrent
12"
Assault 2D6
7
-3
1
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, that attack automatically hits its target.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, that attack automatically hits its target.
Dire bio-cannon
Dire bio-cannon
48"
Heavy 8
10
-3
3
-
Gargantuan scything talons
Gargantuan scything talons
Melee
Melee
+2
-3
6
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, re-roll a hit roll of 1.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, re-roll a hit roll of 1.
Lashwhip pods
Lashwhip pods
Melee
Melee
5
-1
1
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 10 additional attacks with this weapon and no more than 10 attacks can be made with this weapon.
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 10 additional attacks with this weapon and no more than 10 attacks can be made with this weapon.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Frenzied Metabolism: The first time this model is selected to shoot in each of your Shooting phases, you can use this ability. If you do, this model suffers D3 mortal wounds, and until the end of the phase, each time this model makes a ranged attack, add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
Death Throes: When this transport is destroyed, roll one D6 before any embarked models disembark and before removing it from play. On a 6+, the closest enemy unit within 2D6" suffers D6 mortal wounds.
Hypertoxic Poison Cloud: At the end of the Fight phase, roll one D6 for each enemy model in Engagement Range of this model: on a 5+, that model’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound.
Titanic: This model is eligible to declare a charge in a turn in which it Fell Back. Each time this model makes a Normal Move, Advances or Falls Back, it can be moved across other models (excluding MONSTER and VEHICLE models) as if they were not there, and when it does it can be moved within Engagement Range of such models, but cannot finish its move within Engagement Range of any of them.
Bio-titan Warp Field: This model has a 5+ invulnerable save.

Designers Note: If this model does not have a base, before deploying this model, both players must agree the footprint of this model’s ‘base’ in the same way they would for an Area Terrain feature. We suggest that an imaginary straight line should be drawn from each point on this model which would touch the battlefield when it is placed on a flat surface. The area within these lines should be considered to be this model’s ‘base’.

If the model has been posed with one or more of its legs raised, agree with your opponent the point where that leg would touch the battlefield, and use this to advise the shape of the model’s ‘base’.
TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT
This model has a transport capacity of 20 INFANTRY models. Each model with a Wounds characteristic greater than 1 takes up the space of 2 models.
FACTION KEYWORDS: HIVE TENDRIL, TYRANIDS,
KEYWORDS: MONSTER, TITANIC, FLY, TRANSPORT, HIEROPHANT

Datasheet-related Stratagems

THUNDEROUS IMPACT2CP
Crusher Stampede – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Tyranid beasts see enemy vehicles and monsters as the most significant threats and fight furiously to bring them down.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a CRUSHER STAMPEDE MONSTER model from your army has finished a pile-in move. Select one enemy MONSTER or VEHICLE unit within Engagement Range of that model. Until the end of the phase, that model can only make attacks against the selected unit, and each time it makes an attack:
  • Add 1 to that attack’s hit roll.
  • Add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
  • Add 1 to that attack’s damage roll.
TERRIFYING CHARGE1CP
Crusher Stampede – Battle Tactic Stratagem

To look out over the battlefield and see an endless tide of Tyranid monsters rapidly approaching, claws ready and maws open, is a truly terrifying prospect.

Use this Stratagem at the start of the Morale phase. Select one enemy unit within Engagement Range of a CRUSHER STAMPEDE MONSTER model from your army that made a charge move this turn. Until the end of the turn, subtract 3 from the Leadership characteristic of models in that enemy unit.
DEATH SURGE2CP
Crusher Stampede – Battle Tactic Stratagem

In its final moments, the beast thrashes around injuring all in its path.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a CRUSHER STAMPEDE MONSTER model (excluding CHARACTER models) from your army is destroyed. Do not remove that model from play - it can fight after the attacking model’s unit has finished making attacks. When doing so, that CRUSHER STAMPEDE model is considered to have its full wounds remaining for the purposes of determining what characteristics on its profile to use. After resolving the destroyed model’s attacks, it is then removed.
BREAKING THROUGH1CP
Crusher Stampede – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The monstrous bioforms the Tyranids unleash upon their prey overwhelm all in their path.

Use this Stratagem in your Charge phase, when a CRUSHER STAMPEDE MONSTER model from your army finishes a charge move. Select one enemy model within Engagement Range of that MONSTER model, and roll a number of D6 equal to that MONSTER model’s remaining Wounds:
  • If that MONSTER model’s Strength characteristic is higher than that enemy model’s Toughness characteristic, for each 3+, that enemy model’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound (to a maximum of 6 mortal wounds).
  • If that MONSTER model’s Strength characteristic is the same as that enemy model’s Toughness characteristic, for each 4+, that enemy model’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound (to a maximum of 6 mortal wounds).
  • If that MONSTER model’s Strength characteristic is less than that enemy model’s Toughness characteristic, for each 5+, that enemy model’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound (to a maximum of 6 mortal wounds).
OPPORTUNISTIC ADVANCE1CP
Kraken – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Before the prey can react, Krakens swarms are already amongst them.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase, when a KRAKEN unit from your army is selected to move. Until the end of the turn:
  • Each time that unit Advances, do not make an Advance roll. Instead, until the end of the phase, add 8" to the Move characteristic of models in that unit (note that a unit cannot be affected by both this Stratagem and the Bounding Advance Stratagem, in the same phase).
  • Models in that unit do not suffer the penalty to hit rolls incurred for firing Assault weapons in the same turn that their unit has Advanced.
COMBINED ASSAULT1CP
Leviathan – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The broods of Hive Fleet Leviathan hunt as one, exhibiting eerie precision in their strikes.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase. Select one enemy unit within Engagement Range of two or more LEVIATHAN units from your army. Until the end of the phase, each time a LEVIATHAN model makes a melee attack against that enemy unit, improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
CRITICAL MASS1CP
Hydra – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Once this hive fleets warrior organisms outnumber their prey, they soon overwhelm them in a hideous, heaving mass.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a HYDRA unit from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, each time a melee attack made by a model in that unit targets an enemy unit with fewer models than its own, you can re-roll the wound roll.
VORACIOUS APPETITE1CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem

The hunger of the Tyranids can never be satiated.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a HIVE TENDRIL MONSTER model from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes a melee attack, you can re-roll the wound roll.
INDOMITABLE MONSTROSITY1CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Driven on by synaptic compulsion, the largest Tyranid beasts can shrug off even the most dolorous blows and keep fighting.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a HIVE TENDRIL MONSTER unit from your army is selected as the target of an attack. Until the end of the phase, each time an attack is made against that unit, an unmodified wound roll of 1-3 for that attack fails, irrespective of any abilities that the weapon or the model making the attack may have.
TRAMPLING CHARGE1CP
Tyranids – Epic Deed Stratagem

Employing their sheer bulk and vicious chitinous horns and spikes, the largest Tyranids crash headlong through the foe, often with devastating results.

Use this Stratagem in your Charge phase, when a HIVE TENDRIL MONSTER model from your army finishes a charge move. Select one enemy unit within Engagement Range of that MONSTER model and roll one D6:
  • If that MONSTER model has the HORNED CHITIN keyword, on a 2-4, that enemy unit suffers 3 mortal wounds; on a 5+, that enemy unit suffers D3+3 mortal wounds.
  • If that MONSTER model does not have the HORNED CHITIN keyword, on a 2-4, that enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 5+, that enemy unit suffers 3 mortal wounds.
ENCIRCLE THE PREY1CP
Tyranids – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

For organisms that can soar on high or burrow, it is no hardship to fade back during battle and stalk their prey before striking again.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Movement phase. Select one BURROWERS unit or unit that can FLY from your army. Remove that unit from the battlefield. In the Reinforcements step of your next Movement phase, you can set that unit back up anywhere on the battlefield anywhere that is more than 9" away from any enemy models. If the battle ends and that unit is not on the battlefield, it is destroyed. A unit cannot be selected for this Stratagem if it was set up on the battlefield this turn.
PATHOGENIC SLIME1CP/2CP
Tyranids – Wargear Stratagem

Tyranid biological ammunition is often doused in a pathogenic mucus, which seeps into wounds and devours flesh.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a HIVE TENDRIL unit from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target. If that unit has the TOXIN SACS keyword, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
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.
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.
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 HORMAGAUNTS keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

BOUNDING ADVANCE1CP/2CP
Tyranids – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Synaptic impulses from the Hive Mind cause Hormagaunts to surge into battle.

Use this Stratagem in your Movement phase, when a HORMAGAUNTS unit from your army is selected to Advance. Until the end of the turn:
  • Each time that unit Advances, do not make an Advance roll. Instead, until the end of the phase, add 6" to the Move characteristic of models in that unit.
  • That unit is still eligible to declare a charge this turn even though it Advanced.
If that unit has 15 or fewer models, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
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.
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.
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.

The TOXIN SACS keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:


– if equipped with the Toxin sacs the bearer gains the TOXIN SACS keyword.
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.
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.

The HORNED CHITIN keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:


– if equipped with the Tusks the bearer gains the HORNED CHITIN keyword.
Pile In
When a unit piles in, you can move each model in that unit up to 3" – this is a pile-in move. Each model in the unit must finish its pile-in move closer to the closest enemy model. A model that is already touching an enemy model cannot move, but still counts as having piled in. Remember that a unit must finish any type of move in unit coherency.

  • Pile in: Move up to 3".
  • Must end closer to the closest enemy model.
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.
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.
Fall Back
When a unit Falls Back, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches equal to or less than the Move (M) characteristic shown on its datasheet, and when doing so you can move it within Engagement Range of enemy models, but it cannot end its move within Engagement Range of any enemy models – if it cannot do this then it cannot Fall Back. A unit cannot declare a charge in the same turn that it Fell Back. A unit cannot shoot or attempt to manifest a psychic power in the same turn that it Fell Back unless it is TITANIC.

  • Fall Back: Models move up to M".
  • Units that Fall Back cannot charge this turn.
  • Units that Fall Back cannot shoot or manifest psychic powers this turn unless they are TITANIC.

The BURROWERS keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Disembark
If a unit starts its Movement phase embarked within a TRANSPORT model, that unit can disembark in that phase so long as the model itself has not yet made a Normal Move, an Advance or has Fallen Back that phase.

When a unit disembarks, set it up on the battlefield so that it is wholly within 3" of the TRANSPORT model and not within Engagement Range of any enemy models.

Units that disembark can then act normally (move, shoot, charge, fight, etc.) in the remainder of the turn, but its models count as having moved that turn, even if they are not moved further (i.e. they never count as having Remained Stationary).

  • Units that start their Movement phase embarked in a TRANSPORT can disembark this phase.
  • A unit must disembark before their TRANSPORT moves.
  • Disembarking units must be set up wholly within 3" of their TRANSPORT and not within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
  • Units that have disembarked count as having moved this turn.
Transport Capacity
All TRANSPORT models have a transport capacity listed on their datasheet. This determines how many friendly models, and of what type, can embark within them. A model’s transport capacity can never be exceeded.

Units can start the battle embarked within a TRANSPORT instead of being set up separately – declare what units are embarked within a TRANSPORT model before you set it up.

  • Transport capacity: Maximum number of models that can embark within the Transport.
  • Units can start the battle embarked in a TRANSPORT.

The TRANSPORT keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Dedicated Transport
Lords of War

This datasheet has Lords of War Battlefield Role. Full list of Tyranids units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Lords of War

Gargantuan scything talons used in the following datasheets:

Lords of War

Dire bio-cannon used in the following datasheets:

Lords of War

The TITANIC keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Lords of War
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