Tyranids – Maleceptor
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Maleceptor

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W! A Ld Sv Psychic overload Base
170
Maleceptor (base: 120 x 92mm)
1
170
Maleceptor
7" 4+ 4+ 7 7 7-12 3 9 3+ 6 units 120 x 92mm
7" 5+ 4+ 6 7 4-6 3 9 3+ 3 units
7" 6+ 4+ 5 7 1-3 3 9 3+ D3 units
A Maleceptor is a single model armed with massive scything talons.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Massive scything talons
Massive scything talons
Melee
Melee
User
-3
D6
You can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for this weapon. If the bearer has more than one pair of massive scything talons, it can make 1 additional attack with this weapon each time it fights.
You can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for this weapon. If the bearer has more than one pair of massive scything talons, it can make 1 additional attack with this weapon each time it fights.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Shadow in the Warp, Synapse
Psychic Overload: Instead of manifesting any psychic powers in your Psychic phase, a Maleceptor can unleash brain-bursting psychic tendrils. If it does so, roll a dice for each enemy unit within 6", to a maximum number of units shown in the damage table above. On a 2+ the Maleceptor deals 1 mortal wound to that unit, but on a 6 it deals 3 mortal wounds to that unit instead.
Psychic Barrier: A Maleceptor has a 4+ invulnerable save.
PSYKER
PSYKER
A Maleceptor can attempt to manifest two psychic powers in each friendly Psychic phase, and attempt to deny two psychic powers in each enemy Psychic phase. It knows the Smite psychic power and one psychic power from the Hive Mind discipline.Whenever a Maleceptor attempts to manifest a psychic power, add 1 to its Psychic test.
FACTION KEYWORDS: TYRANIDS, <HIVE FLEET>
KEYWORDS: MONSTER, PSYKER, SYNAPSE, MALECEPTOR

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 attacks hit roll.
  • Add 1 to that attacks wound roll.
  • Add 1 to that attacks 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 models 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 models 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).
HIVE INSTINCT1CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem

With a psychic summons, the swarm is gathered.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your Charge phase. Select one enemy unit that is within Engagement Range of any <HIVE FLEET> SYNAPSE units from your army. Until the end of that phase, when a charge roll is made for a friendly <HIVE FLEET> unit that targets that enemy unit, roll one additional D6 and discard one of the dice. The first model you move as part of that charge must end its charge move within Engagement Range of that enemy unit, otherwise the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase.
HUNTER’S DRIVE1CP
Tyranids – Battle Tactic Stratagem

Saturating its kills with motes of synaptic energy, the leader-beast drives its minions towards any survivors.

Use this Stratagem in your Charge phase. Select one <HIVE FLEET> unit from your army. Until the end of the phase, when that unit declares a charge that targets any enemy units that had one or more models destroyed as a result of ranged attacks made by friendly <HIVE FLEET> SYNAPSE models this turn, roll one additional D6 and discard one of the dice when making the charge roll.
ENCEPHALIC DIFFUSION2CP
Tyranids – Epic Deed Stratagem

Glistening brain-arrays pulse with diffusive energies.

Use this Stratagem at the start of the turn. Select one MALECEPTOR model from your army. Until the end of that turn, that model gains the following ability: ‘Encephalic Diffusion (Aura): Each time a ranged attack is made against a friendly <HIVE FLEET> unit within 6" of this model, subtract 1 from the Strength characteristic of that attack (to a minimum of 1).’
SYNAPTIC CHANNELLING1CP
Tyranids – Epic Deed Stratagem

Individuality is a disadvantage that Tyranids surpass.

Use this Stratagem in your Psychic phase. Select one <HIVE FLEET> PSYKER unit from your army. Until the end of that phase, that unit knows all of the psychic powers known by friendly <HIVE FLEET> PSYKER units that are on the battlefield.
ANIMATED BY THE HIVE MIND1CP
Leviathan – Epic Deed Stratagem

Even though a creature’s autonomous cerebral functions have ceased, the Hive Mind - through its own indomitable will - is able to animate the dead flesh.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a LEVIATHAN MONSTER model from your army (excluding TITANIC models) is destroyed. If that model has an ability that is triggered on a dice roll upon its destruction (e.g. Death Throes) do not roll to see if that ability is triggered: it does so automatically.
SYNAPTIC DOMINATION1CP
Leviathan – Epic Deed Stratagem

The synaptic link between warrior-organism and leader-beast in Hive Fleet Leviathan is so strong that no biocreature is ever truly cut off from the Hive Mind’s will.

Use this Stratagem in your Psychic phase. Select one friendly LEVIATHAN SYNAPSE unit from your army, then select one friendly LEVIATHAN non-SYNAPSE unit from your army. Until the start of your next Psychic phase, while that SYNAPSE unit is on the battlefield, that non-SYNAPSE unit always counts as being within range of that SYNAPSE unit for the purposes of the Synapse and Instinctive behaviour abilities.
PROGENY OF THE HIVE1CP
Tyranids – Requisition 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.
PSYCHIC FISSURE2CP
Tyranids – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The Shadow in the Warp poses many dangers to those who would draw upon the immaterium’s energies.

Use this Stratagem at the start of your opponent’s Psychic phase. Until the end of that phase, all <HIVE FLEET> SYNAPSE units from your army gain the following ability: ‘Psychic Fissure (Aura): While an enemy unit is within 12" of this unit, each time a Psychic test is taken for that enemy unit and the test is failed, that enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds.’
HIVE MIND IMPERATIVE1CP
Leviathan – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The synaptic control exerted by Leviathan leader-beasts is so absolute that lesser beings can sometimes act at the behest of several consciousnesses.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one LEVIATHAN unit from your army that is within 12" of a friendly LEVIATHAN SYNAPSE unit. Until the start of your next Command phase:
  • The unit you selected gains the Objective Secured ability. If a model in that unit already has this ability, it counts as one additional model when determining control of an objective marker.
  • If the unit you selected performs an action, it can shoot without that action failing.
THE VOID IN THE WARP1CP
Leviathan – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

The Shadow in the Warp cast by Leviathan is darker than those of other hive fleets, rendering their prey's attempts to harness otherworldly powers a hopeless cause.

Use this Stratagem in your opponent’s Psychic phase, after a Psychic test is passed for an enemy PSYKER unit and after any Deny the Witch attempt is made (if any). If that enemy PSYKER unit is within 24" of any LEVIATHAN SYNAPSE units from your army, roll one D6: on a 4+, that psychic power is denied.
1CP

POWER OF THE HIVE MIND

Tyranids Stratagem

The gestalt consciousness of the Hive Mind possesses a psychic might beyond mortal comprehension.

Use this Stratagem at the end of your Psychic phase. Select a TYRANIDS PSYKER unit from your army that manifested a psychic power this turn. It can immediately attempt to manifest one additional psychic power this turn.
1CP

VORACIOUS APPETITE

Tyranids Stratagem

The hunger of the Tyranids can never be satiated.

Use this Stratagem in the Fight phase when a TYRANIDS MONSTER or CHARACTER from your army is chosen to attack. You can re-roll all failed wound rolls for that model until the end of the phase.

Psychic Powers

Smite

Smite has a warp charge value of 5. Add 1 to the warp charge value of this psychic power for each other attempt that has been made to manifest this power by a unit from your army in this phase, whether that attempt was successful or not. If manifested, the closest enemy unit within 18" of and visible to the psyker suffers D3 mortal wounds. If the result of the Psychic test was 11 or more, that unit suffers D6 mortal wounds instead.

  • Warp Charge 5: A Psychic test of 5+ is required to manifest Smite.
  • Warp charge increases by 1 for each other attempt to manifest Smite made in this phase.
  • If manifested, closest visible enemy unit in 18" suffers D3 mortal wounds.
  • If manifested with a Psychic test result of 11+, enemy instead suffers D6 mortal wounds.

Hive Mind Discipline

D6PSYCHIC POWER
1

DOMINION

The Tyranid uses its prodigious psychic strength to channel and amplify the will of the Hive Mind.

Dominion has a warp charge value of 5. If manifested, select a friendly TYRANIDS unit within 36" of the psyker that has the Instinctive Behaviour ability. Until the end of your next Psychic phase, that unit ignores its Instinctive Behaviour ability and automatically passes Morale tests.

2

CATALYST

Through its synaptic conduits, the Hive Mind reaches out to infuse the organisms under its control, invigorating their metabolisms with such unnatural vitality that they can ignore the most grievous of wounds.

Catalyst has a warp charge value of 6. If manifested, select a friendly TYRANIDS unit within 18" of the psyker. Until the start of your next Psychic phase, each time that unit loses a wound, roll a D6; on a 5+, the damage is ignored and the unit does not lose that wound.

3

THE HORROR

The terrifying psychic presence of the Hive Mind radiates from the synapse creature, flooding the minds of the Tyranids’ enemies and causing them to quail and panic.

The Horror has a warp charge value of 6. If manifested, select one enemy unit within 24" of and visible to the psyker. Until the start of your next Psychic phase, that unit must subtract 1 from their hit rolls and Leadership characteristic.

4

ONSLAUGHT

The synapse creature reaches out its mind and seizes control of the lesser creatures’ weapon symbiotes, guiding their fire whilst simultaneously driving the swarms towards the enemy at a breakneck pace.

Onslaught has a warp charge value of 6. If manifested, select a friendly TYRANIDS unit within 18" of the psyker. That unit can shoot this turn (even if it Advanced) without suffering any penalties to its hit rolls for moving and shooting Heavy weapons, or Advancing and shooting Assault weapons. In addition, that unit can charge this turn even if it Advanced (though not if it Fell Back).

5

PAROXYSM

The Hive Mind debilitates its enemies by triggering every nerve and pain receptor in their bodies, overwhelming their senses with wracking fits of agony.

Paroxysm has a warp charge value of 5. If manifested, choose an enemy unit within 18" of the psyker. Until your next Psychic phase, that unit cannot fight in the Fight phase until all other units that are able to have done so. If the target unit has an ability that allows it to fight first in the Fight phase, it instead fights as if it didn’t have this ability. If both players have units that cannot fight until all other units have done so, then alternate choosing which of those units to fight with, starting with the player whose turn is taking place.

6

PSYCHIC SCREAM

Through its vassal, the Hive Mind unleashes a piercing shriek of undiluted psychic energy that shreds the minds of those caught in its wake.

Psychic Scream has a warp charge value of 5. If manifested, the nearest enemy unit within 18" suffers D3 mortal wounds. In addition, if that unit is a PSYKER, roll two dice. If the result is higher than their Leadership characteristic, randomly select one of their psychic powers. They can no longer use that psychic power.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shadow in the Warp

The unfathomable presence of the Hive Mind radiates out from its synapse creatures, smothering the ability of the psykers who stand before them to draw upon their mystic powers.

Enemy PSYKERS must subtract 1 from any Psychic tests they make if they are within 18" of any units with this ability. TYRANID PSYKERS are not affected.
Synapse

Some Tyranids serve as synaptic conduits or nodal relays through which a portion of the Hive Mind’s iron will flows, overriding the natural instincts of the swarm.

<HIVE FLEET> units automatically pass Morale tests if they are within 12" of any friendly <HIVE FLEET> units with this ability.
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.
Manifesting Psychic Powers
The same PSYKER unit cannot attempt to manifest Smite more than once during the same battle round. When you select a PSYKER unit to manifest psychic powers, you select one psychic power that unit knows and attempt to manifest it. With the exception of Smite, you cannot attempt to manifest the same psychic power more than once in the same battle round, even with different PSYKER units.

To manifest the psychic power, you must first pass a Psychic test. The opposing player can then select one of their PSYKER units that is within 24" of the PSYKER unit attempting to manifest the power and attempt to deny that power before its effects are resolved by passing a Deny the Witch test.

So long as the Psychic test was successful and the psychic power was not denied by a successful Deny the Witch test, the psychic power is successfully manifested and its effects, which will be described in the power itself, are then resolved. If the PSYKER unit can attempt to manifest more than one psychic power in its Psychic phase, you can then attempt to manifest those, one at a time, as described above. The number of psychic powers each PSYKER unit can attempt to manifest in its Psychic phase is listed on its datasheet.

  • Select psychic power.
  • You cannot select the same psychic power more than once per battle round, unless that power is Smite.
  • Attempt to manifest the psychic power by taking a Psychic test.
  • The opponent can attempt to deny the psychic power by taking a Deny the Witch test.
  • If successfully manifested, resolve the psychic power’s effects.
  • Select another psychic power.
Deny the Witch
When a PSYKER unit attempts to deny a psychic power, you must take a Deny the Witch test for that unit by rolling 2D6. If the total is greater than the result of the Psychic test, the Deny the Witch test is passed and the psychic power is denied. Only one attempt can be made to deny a psychic power. If a PSYKER unit can attempt to deny more than one psychic power in a psychic phase, this will be listed on its datasheet.

  • Deny the Witch: Passed if 2D6 exceeds result of the opposing PSYKER’s Psychic test.
  • Only one attempt can be made to deny each psychic power.
Smite
Smite has a warp charge value of 5. Add 1 to the warp charge value of this psychic power for each other attempt that has been made to manifest this power by a unit from your army in this phase, whether that attempt was successful or not. If manifested, the closest enemy unit within 18" of and visible to the psyker suffers D3 mortal wounds. If the result of the Psychic test was 11 or more, that unit suffers D6 mortal wounds instead.

  • Warp Charge 5: A Psychic test of 5+ is required to manifest Smite.
  • Warp charge increases by 1 for each other attempt to manifest Smite made in this phase.
  • If manifested, closest visible enemy unit in 18" suffers D3 mortal wounds.
  • If manifested with a Psychic test result of 11+, enemy instead suffers D6 mortal wounds.

The PSYKER keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

The SYNAPSE keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support
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.
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.

The <HIVE FLEET> and SYNAPSE keywords are used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The LEVIATHAN and SYNAPSE keywords are used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Heavy Support

The TITANIC keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Lords of War

The <HIVE FLEET> and PSYKER keywords are used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

Psychic Tests
When a PSYKER unit attempts to manifest a psychic power, you must take a Psychic test for that unit by rolling 2D6. If the total is equal to or greater than that power’s warp charge value, the Psychic test is passed. If you roll a double 1 or a double 6 when taking a Psychic test, that unit immediately suffers Perils of the Warp.

  • Psychic test: Passed if 2D6 equals or exceeds psychic power’s warp charge.
  • If double 1 or double 6 rolled, PSYKER suffers Perils of the Warp.
Objective Secured
Some units have an ability called Objective Secured. A player controls an objective marker if they have any models with this ability within range of that objective marker, even if there are more enemy models within range of that objective marker. If an enemy model within range of an objective marker also has this ability (or a similar ability), then the objective marker is controlled by the player who has the most models within range of that objective marker as normal.

  • Objective Secured: Player controls objective marker if any of their models in range have this ability.

The TYRANIDS and PSYKER keywords are used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

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.
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.
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.

Massive scything talons used in the following datasheets:

Heavy Support

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

The MALECEPTOR keyword is used in the following Tyranids datasheets:

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