Tyranids – Hive Guard
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Hive Guard

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
50
Hive Guard (base: 50mm)
3‑6
50
Hive Guard
6" 4+ 3+ 5 6 4 3 5 3+ 50mm
If this unit contains 4 or more models, it has Power Rating 18. Every model is equipped with: shockcannon.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+10
Impaler cannon
+10
Impaler cannon
24"
Heavy 3
6
-2
2
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer, as long as the target is visible to a friendly SYNAPSE model. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer, as long as the target is visible to a friendly SYNAPSE model. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Shockcannon
Shockcannon
36"
Assault 2
7
-2
3
Each time an attack is made with this weapon against a VEHICLE unit, an unmodified wound roll of 4+ successfully wounds the target and inflicts 1 mortal wound in addition to any normal damage.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon against a VEHICLE unit, an unmodified wound roll of 4+ successfully wounds the target and inflicts 1 mortal wound in addition to any normal damage.
OTHER WARGEAR
ABILITIES 
+5
Adrenal glands
The bearer gains the ADRENAL GLANDS keyword. Add 1" to the Move characteristic and add 1 to the Strength characteristic of the bearer.
+5
Adrenal glands
The bearer gains the ADRENAL GLANDS keyword. Add 1" to the Move characteristic and add 1 to the Strength characteristic of the bearer.
+5
Toxin sacs
The bearer gains the TOXIN SACS keyword. Each time the bearer makes a melee attack, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target.
+5
Toxin sacs
The bearer gains the TOXIN SACS keyword. Each time the bearer makes a melee attack, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any number of models can each have their shockcannon replaced with 1 impaler cannon.
 • All of the models in this unit can be equipped with 1 adrenal glands each.
 • All of the models in this unit can be equipped with 1 toxin sacs each.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Defensive Stance: This unit can perform the following action:

Defensive Stance (Action): At the start of your Command phase, any number of HIVE GUARD units from your army can start to perform this action. The action is completed at the end of your next Movement phase. When it is completed, until the start of your next Movement phase, each model in this unit counts as 3 models when determining control of an objective marker.
Synaptic Guidance: Each time a model in this unit makes a ranged attack against an enemy unit that is visible to a friendly SYNAPSE model, you can ignore any or all hit roll and Ballistic Skill modifiers.
FACTION KEYWORDS: HIVE TENDRIL, TYRANIDS,
KEYWORDS: INFANTRY, HIVE GUARD

Datasheet-related Stratagems

GUARD AND CONSUME1CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem – Crusade

As the Tyranid ecosystem takes hold, strange living structures sprout forth that are vital to the final consumption of the world. Those Tyranid organisms charged with protecting these grotesque bio-structures now become exceptionally aggressive.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a BIOVORES, EXOCRINE, HARUSPEX, HIVE GUARD, HIVE TYRANT, PYROVORES, RIPPER SWARMS, TYRANNOFEX or TYRANT GUARD unit from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in that unit makes an attack:
UNPARALLELED FEROCITY1CP/2CP
Behemoth – Battle Tactic Stratagem

So single-minded is the aggression with which the beasts of Hive Fleet Behemoth fight that even death does not immediately halt their brutal rampage.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a BEHEMOTH INFANTRY unit (excluding CHARACTER units) from your army that has not fought this phase is selected as the target of a melee attack. Until the attacking model’s unit has finished making its attacks, each time a model in that BEHEMOTH unit is destroyed, instead of using any rules that are triggered when that model is destroyed, do not remove the destroyed model from play - it can, after the attacking model’s unit has finished making its attacks, attack as if its unit had been selected to fight. After resolving these attacks, the destroyed model is then removed. If that BEHEMOTH INFANTRY unit has the ENDLESS MULTITUDE keyword, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
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.
ADRENAL SURGE1CP/2CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem

These warrior organisms destroy all as their adrenaline surges.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when an ADRENAL GLANDS unit from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, if that unit made a charge move this turn:
  • Add 1 to the Attacks characteristic of models (excluding MONSTER models) in that unit.
  • Add D3 to the Attacks characteristic of MONSTER models in that unit.
If that unit contains 19 or fewer models, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
BURIED IN WAIT1CP
Jormungandr – Requisition Stratagem

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

Use this Stratagem before the battle, during the Declare Reserves and Transports step (if you are playing a mission without this step, use this Stratagem during deployment instead). Select one JORMUNGANDR unit from your army (excluding TITANIC units). You can set up that unit near to the surface instead of setting it up on the battlefield. If you do so, then in the Reinforcements step of one of your Movement phases, you can set up that unit anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" away from any enemy models. You can only use this Stratagem once, unless you are playing a Strike Force battle (in which case you can use this Stratagem twice), or an Onslaught battle (in which case you can use this Stratagem three times).
HYPER-TOXICITY1CP
Gorgon – Wargear Stratagem

Few substances are as lethal as the toxins of Hive Fleet Gorgon. Fewer still tailor themselves so effectively to their luckless victims.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase, when a GORGON TOXIN SACS unit from your army is selected to fight. Until the end of the phase, each time a TOXIN SACS model in that unit makes a melee attack, an unmodified hit roll of 5+ automatically wounds the target.
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.

The ENDLESS MULTITUDE keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

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.

The TITANIC keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Lords of War
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 TYRANNOFEX keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

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


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

Adrenal glands used in the following datasheets:


– may take Adrenal glands as an option.

The ADRENAL GLANDS keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:


– if equipped with the Adrenal glands the bearer gains the ADRENAL GLANDS keyword.

Toxin sacs used in the following datasheets:


– may take Toxin sacs as an option.
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.

The HIVE TYRANT keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

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.

The BIOVORES keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The EXOCRINE keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The HARUSPEX keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Elites

The HIVE GUARD keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The PYROVORES keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Elites

The RIPPER SWARMS keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Fast Attack

The TYRANT GUARD keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

The GORGON and TOXIN SACS keywords are used in the following Tyranids datasheets:


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

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

Indirect Fire Weapons
An Indirect Fire weapon is one that can target units that are not visible to the bearer (e.g. mortars, smart-missile systems, impaler cannons, etc.). If such a weapon targets a unit that is not visible (i.e. no models in a target unit are visible to the firing unit when you selected it as a target), then each time an attack is made with that weapon against that target this phase, worsen the Ballistic Skill characteristic of that attack by 1 and add 1 to any armour saving throws made against that attack.
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.
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