Adeptis Rahn

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Retribution Logo.jpg Adeptis Rahn

Retribution Shyeel Warcaster

Among the most powerful arcanists born in a generation, Adeptis Rahn Shyeel is a master of force manipulation and arcane science. His movements send ripples through the air, and with but a thought he can generate storms of kinetic force capable of rending metal and bursting flesh. With a wave of his hand men and machines alike are swatted aside as easily as gnats, and it is just as effortlessly that he brushes away entire volleys of incoming fire.

Basic Info

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the Statblock
  • Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. (Click the link for a full rundown.)

Feat : Arcane Alignment

While in Rahn's control range, friendly Faction models gain +2" RNG to their non-channeled spells, and their magic attack rolls and magic damage rolls are boosted. Arcane Alignment lasts for one turn.

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Tip !
The feat only applies to spells. Weapons with Damage Type: Magical don't count as magic attacks. See LPG - Magic vs Magical.


  • Force Mastery - This model does not suffer blast damage or collateral damage and cannot become knocked down. When an enemy AOE ranged attack deviates from a point in this model's control range, after the deviation distance is rolled you choose the deviation direction.


  • Balance - 2" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon.
    • Magical dam symbol.jpg Damage Type: Magical
    • Beat Back - Immediately after a basic attack with this weapon is resolved during this model's Combat Action, the enemy model hit can be pushed 1" directly away from the attacking model. After the enemy model is pushed, the attacking model can advance up to 1" directly toward it.


Chain Blast

3 10 3 12 - Yes
After determining the point of impact for this attack, rol deviation for an additional 3" AOE from that point. Models in that AOE are hit and suffer a POW 6 blast damage roll.
Force Blast

3 Control - - - No
Target a model in the spellcaster's battlegroup that is in its control range. Enemy models currently within 2" of the target model are pushed 4" directly away from it in the order you choose.
Force Hammer

4 10 - 12 - Yes
Instead of suffering a normal damage roll, a non-incorporeal model Force Hammer hits is slammed d6" directly away from the spell's point of origin and suffers a POW 12 damage roll. Collateral damage from this slam is POW 12.
Polarity Shield

2 6 - - Upkeep No
Target friendly Faction model/unit gains Polarity Field. Models are not affected while out of formation.
Polarity Field - This model cannot be charged or slam power attacked by a model beginning the charge or slam in this model's front arc.

2 8 - - - (★)
Place target model completely within 2" of its current location. When Telekinesis targets an enemy model, it is an offensive spell and requires an attack roll. A model can be placed by Telekinesis only once per turn.

Theme Forces

Thoughts on Adeptis Rahn

Adeptis Rahn in a nutshell

Rahn is a flexible spell slinger that is one of the most fun casters to play with. He can really mess with your opponent's army, and with the combination of his spells it is easy to set up assassinations or stall the enemy until an opening appears. If you want a caster who can manipulate the battlefield and your enemy's figures too, have a good combination of offensive magic and defensive spells and innate abilities, then Rahn is your guy. Force Mastery is basically a Force Field spell, which is always on, and keeps him safe from most pop&drop assassination tricks. He can also keep the squishier (and usually elusive) elements of his army relatively safe from blasts, as you direct the distance of scattering to cause the least damage.

Spell thoughts

  • Chain Blast - An expensive but strong spell. Retribution is full of with Magical Damage sources, so this one will probably only be cast if there is a group of low ARM infantry clumped together.
    • With Arcane Secrets from Sylys Wyshnalyrr, this spell can put serious damage into infantry.
    • Also excellent on the assassination as it is possible to throw out 2 of these fully boosted after a Telekinesis.
  • Force Blast - An excellent, though expensive, unjamming tool for your army.
    • If you combine it with other push tricks, like Repulsor Field on the Helios, enemy forces can end up way out ot their desired position.
    • The distance is a flat 4", not an "up to" amount, so watch out where the models will end up.
  • Force Hammer - Another favoured tool for assassination. The spell's POW is not huge, but knocking down targets is always fun.
    • If the enemy doesn't provide you with suitable models for slamming, run up your own model, and sacrifice him for the greater good.
    • Slamming a model into a same sized or larger base makes them take an extra die of damage, meaning this POW 12 can put in some work.
  • Polarity Shield - Cast on either hard targets that your opponent out-threats, like high ARM low SPD infantry, or colossi.
    • On ranged units it can often give you another round of shooting, but chances that are the enemy will just run to jam you in then.
    • Low ARM high DEF infantry with stealth also like it - since Force mastery keep them safe from AOE's, they become unassailable by charges too.

  • Telekinesis is, hands-down, a fantastic utility spell. Here are some general tips applicable to any caster: (Edit)
    • Battle Engines can be placed (unlike other huge-based models).
    • Enemy model out of your charge range? Move your own model 2" forward. Still too far away? Move the enemy 2" closer. That's a 4" threat range extender!
    • Move enemy models 2" straight backwards, so they don't have range to charge/attack you next turn. While you're at it, spin them around so they can't declare charges and so you get the back strike bonus.
    • Move models out of your charge lanes, or to open up LOS.
    • Move enemy models out of scenario zones.
    • Is there an enemy 'jack or 'beast right at the edge of control range? TK them away from their controller so they can't Power Up or manage Fury next turn. Turn them around so they might occasionally frenzy into the enemy lines.
    • Is there an enemy unit with most of the troopers right at the edge of formation range? TK the commander away from his troops so they're out of formation.
    • Do enemy models get a bonus for being B2B? You can stop that.
    • TK your own caster forwards or backwards to be more threatening or more cowardly.
    • TK enemy models into range of your passive debuffs (such as Dark Shroud), then gang up on them.
    • TK enemy models into hazards to force them to take damage.
    • Move friendly models out of melee before they activate, to avoid free strikes.
    • Are you using arc nodes? After you're done, cast TK on the node itself to move it back and keep it safe(r) for next turn.
    • Or TK the arc node forward before casting offensive spells. This is especially useful if advancing the node those last 2" would trigger something nasty like Garryth2's feat.
    • Adjust a model's position to line up a perfect slam with Force Hammer.

Feat thoughts

Plain and simple: anything that casts spells will shoot farther, deadlier and more accurate. Even on Rahn himself that would be awesome, but considering that you probably built your army around spellcasters, even humble POW 10 attacks become quite threatening. When it comes down the table, the end-game is near.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Anti-magic abilities can pull the fangs out of his tricks. Be vary with Arcane Suppression, Arcane Vortex, or feats, like Reznik1's or Garryth's
  • Magic-resistant enemies with Sacred Ward, Spell Ward, and the like will cause a lot of headache. Watch out for Doom Reavers or Protectorate jacks under Hymn of Shielding.
  • Armies with Slam/Push/Place resistance are bad match-ups for him (Doomshaper3, Nemo3, Khador clamjacks, etc).

Tricks & Tips

  • Cast TK on your arc node after you channel something, to keep it safe for next turn.

List Building Advice


His main method of winning is assassination, with a back up plan of scenario if all else fails. With spells like TK and Force Hammer, Rahn can set up an assassination run like no other. His feat allows tons of boosted spells from him and his army of Battle Mages, Magisters, and Artificers. These spells hurt, and all have movement shenanigans that add to his own jank. Players can scalpel out a caster that was thought to be safe. Opening up LOS with TK or slamming a heavy over the caster, then pulling the caster in with battle mages and TK is the game winning combo that has made him feared. If your opponent is playing too carefully, you can also use the same tools, along with force blast to keep the zones clear for scoring.

Rahn shines with models that have magic attacks as they will get the most out of his feat. Otherwise he can provide lots of moving the enemy around that can create clear shots and charge lanes for the rest of the Retribution's arsenal.

Theme thoughts

    Forges of War    

Rahn will mostly be taken in this theme because it allows Battle Mages etc, who synergise with his feat.

  • Battle Mages - the cornerstone of most Rahn armies, especially in Forges of War theme. Beside pushing around the enemy, their Force Bolt gets a good kick on Rahn's feat.
  • House Shyeel Artificer - A good 'Jack Marshal that can keep their jacks shields topped off and can provide defensive buffs to nearby models. He also has a solid magic attack to benefit from Rahn's feat. Force Wall buffs Rahn's DEF to new heights against shooting.
  • House Shyeel Magister - A grown up battle mage, with a few extra tricks. If you are building a Rahn list with intent to assassinate, the slams and 2" Whip Snaps these solos can provide are worth consideration.

    Shadows of the Retribution    

If you are willing to go outside of Forges of War, Mage Hunter's of both flavours can be utilized to good effect.

  • They have weaknesses against AOE's, but with their innate stealth causing most AOE's to miss, and Rahn's force mastery's ability to determine with way the AOE will deviate, they will definitely be a lot safer.
  • They are good targets for Polarity Shield, buying the MHSF another turn of shooting or making the MHI a fast moving anti-infantry jam unit.

    Support models - Various themes    

  • Sylys Wyshnalyrr - Free upkeep, boost to a magic attack & damage roll, bonus magic range - he fits perfectly in any Rahn list.
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl. On a feat turn she has boosted Hunter's Mark to aid it sticking, plus an 18" threat range on the spell to help Rahn's jacks charge in from afar. Alternatively, she can Ice bolt from further and has more chance of landing the Crit Stationary on the feat turn.


Discordia is his pet warjack that he can take in any theme.
  • He needs at least one arc node to make use of his spell list from afar.
    • Consider the Chimera and the Phoenix - or Hemera and Hypnos if you're willing to go out-of-theme.
    • Hemera gets special mention, as it can tame the cost of your expensive spells.
  • Discordia is his pet warjack that he can take in any theme. It keeps on going until it is completely destroyed is the cornerstone of many defensive formation, especially for firebases made from shooty units.
  • Sphinx - A must for Rahn and his Battle Mage buddies for the range buff his gun gives to their spells. However, cannot be taken in Forges of War.
  • Helios - Making one of the toughest colossals un-chargeable is a great anchor for scenarios. Plus, adding his tractor beam into his bag of battlefield manipulation is just more icing on the cake with the added bonus of having a heavy hitter. Using TK to open up LOS to a caster, then going fishing with his gun is a game winning tactic.
  • Gorgon - a speed de-buff and force lock will ensure that the enemy will only go to places you allow them to do so.

First Purchases

As of 2020.04 most veteran Retribution players agree that you should put pretty much the same group of models in every army list, regardless of caster. That group of models is:   [Show/Hide]
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We go over why these models are so central to the army on the main Retribution page.

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Released in Forces of Warmachine: Retribution of Scyrah (Novermber 2009)

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters Elara2 - Garryth1 - Garryth2 - Goreshade4 - Helynna1 - Issyria1 - Kaelyssa1 - Ossyan1 - Rahn1 - Ravyn1 - Thyron1 - Vyros1 - Vyros2
Warcaster attachments Fane Knight Guardian (Retribution) - Sylys Wyshnalyrr (Retribution) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers Elara1 (BGC) - Sentinel Scyir ('Jack Marshal) - Artificer ('Jack Marshal)
Light Warjacks Aspis - Chimera - Gorgon - Griffon - Harpy - Siren
Heavy Warjacks Banshee - Daemon - Hydra - Manticore - Phoenix - Sphinx
Discordia - Hypnos - Hemera - Imperatus
Colossal Hyperion - Helios
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Destors - Invictors - Sentinels - Heavy Rifle Team - Swordsmen - Arcanists - Battle Mages - Electromancers - Halberdiers - Riflemen - Infiltrators - Strike Force - Ryssovass Defenders - Stormfall Archers
Nyss Hunters - Spears of Scyrah
Special: Eiryss3 (CA) - Soulless Escort (WA)

Aelyth Vyr - Arcanist Mechanik - Destor Thane - Sentinel Scyir - Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios (1) - Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (2) - Eiryss, Fortune Hunter of Ios (4) - Elara, Tyro of the Third Chamber (1) - Fane Knight Guardian - Fane Knight Skeryth Issyen - Ghost Sniper - Hermit of Henge Hold - Artificer - Magister - Houseguard Thane - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress Lys Healer - Assassin - Narn, Mage Hunter of Ios - Nayl - Priest of Nyssor - Scythe - Soulless Voidtracer

Battle Engines Arcantrik Force Generator - Dawnguard Trident
Theme Forces
Defenders of Ios - Forges of War - Legions of Dawn - Shadows of the Retribution
Units Lady Aiyana & Master Holt - Lynus Wesselbaum & Edrea Lloryrr

Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Eilish Garrity - Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan - Void Archon

This index was last updated: 2020.01

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")
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Rules Clarification : Beat Back      (Edit)

  • You cannot use Beat Back if you destroy the target; because you can't advance towards a model that is no longer on the table. (Infernal Ruling)
  • You can trigger Beat Back even if the model is no longer in your melee range after the attack. For instance, if you used a Pitch to throw it away, you can still Beat it Back. (Locked thread)
  • The free advance doesn't depend on the target being pushed, but it is dependent on you trying to push them:
    • If you try to push something which Cannot Be Pushed (such as a Colossal), then it won't move and then you can advance directly towards it.
    • If you choose not to push your target, then you choose not to trigger Beat Back, so you don't get to advance.
  • Beat Back can be used to push larger models.
  • See also the clarifications on Pushes.

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Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster      (Edit)
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  • General
    • Damage from a feat is neither an attack nor Damage Type: Magical (unless the feat says it is).
    • FOCUS (uppercase) is the stat printed on the warcaster's card. Focus (lowercase) refers to focus points a model currently has.
    • Your CTRL area is double your FOCUS stat, not double your focus points. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Casting spells or using feats is an anytime ability with the added restriction that you can't use them on the same turn you run even before you run.
      • See also the clarifications on Any Time abilities (below).
    • Some warcasters are also Battle Engines and thus follow all the Battle Engine special rules.
      • There is no particular interaction between the Battle Engine rules and the Warcaster rules.
    • Work out all damage modifiers (such as Decapitation doubling the damage that exceeds ARM) before reducing it with the Power Field. (Infernal Ruling)

  • Restrictions on "Any Time" abilities     (Edit)         [Show/Hide]
    • "Any Time" abilities can be used at any time during a model/unit's activation, except:
    1. Before any compulsory forfeiture of movement/action. See step 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    2. After the model with the "Any Time" ability has had their activation end "prematurely". By this I mean you resolved something which includes the phrase "its activation ends". Examples include:
      • Running, failing a charge, or failing a slam.
      • Abilities that include "then its activation ends" (such as Reposition and Teleport).
    3. In between declaring your charge target and making your charge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    4. In between completing your charge movement and determining whether it was a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
    5. When you're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    6. When you're in the middle of an attack. Which also includes effects that occur "after the attack is resolved".
      (Although the attack is "resolved" at Step 11, in terms of using an "Any Time" ability the attack is not "finished" until after Step 14. Refer to the first paragraph of Apdx A.)
    7. Your opponent interrupted your activation to trigger one of their own abilities (such as Countercharge).
    8. Units: See below.

    • In general you can use "Any Time" abilities while you're knocked down or stationary (except Spells and Feats which specify you can't).
    • If you have a gun with a random ROF, you can use an "Any Time" ability inbetween rolling the number of shots and actually making the first attack. (Infernal Ruling)

    Units with "Any Time" abilities
    • You cannot use an "Any Time" ability before issuing/receiving orders. See step 1 and 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability if they run (Infernal Ruling) or fail a charge. Because that makes that specific model's activation to end even though the unit's activation is still ongoing, and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability after anyone in the unit has begun a Reposition move. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Warcaster/Warlock Cavalry ( Edit )
    • Warcasters/Warlocks can't cast spells or use their feat while resolving Impact Attacks. Because Impact Attacks occur during movement - you can use spells or feat before moving, or after moving, but not during movement.
      • Exception: If your Impact target(s) include your charge target, then your movement has ended (refer rulebook, last paragraph of 'Impact Attacks') and thus you're fine to use "any time" abilities before starting the Impact attacks.

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Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster Unit or Warlock Unit     (Edit)
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This summary is specific to Warcaster/Warlock units. You may also want to check the Warcaster and Warlock pages respectively, for the "regular" rules clarifications.
  • All models in the unit count as part of the battlegroup. So, for instance, Butcher3's argus can be moved via his Energizer spell.
  • Warcaster units can have attachments. They can even attach units (such as the WSC). (Infernal Ruling)
  • The non-caster models are trooper models but are (normally) not Grunt models. Therefore they're not eligible for stuff like Revive.
  • Press Forward Order vs Casting Spells
    • If you're giving an order, it must be done first, before casting any spells or using your feat.
    • If you issue the Press Forward order and your caster does not have LOS to any enemy models, then they cannot declare a charge and instead must run, so therefore can't cast spells. But between the fact that models declare charges one at a time, and spells being an Any Time ability, it actually becomes a bit convoluted. The scenarios are essentially:
      • (A) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if no, I must run & I can't cast spells."
      • (B) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if yes, rinse and repeat."
      • (C) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if no, I must now forfeit both my Normal Movement and Combat Action."
    • Refer to (Infernal Ruling) and (Infernal Ruling). However note that as of 29th May 2019 it is getting reviewed (Infernal Checking)
    • Note that, in the above scenarios, the "I want to cast a spell" step is a Any Time ability. So although you may not be able to declare a charge right "now", you could for instance move one of the troopers in the unit to open up LOS.
    • Unfortunately if you have no valid charge targets you cannot cast a spell, even if resolving the spell would give you a valid charge target (such as Energizer or Mage Sight).
  • Steamroller 2018
    • The non-caster models can contest scenario zones & flags.
    • The caster model cannot contest.
    • The caster model can control zones and flags by itself, but:
      • to control a zone, the entire unit remaining in play needs to be in formation.
      • to control a flag, the entire unit remaining in play must be within 4" of the flag.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
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Rules Clarification : Unit of Warcasters or Warlocks     (Edit)

  • Even though they're warcasters, if they're out of formation they suffer the normal penalties (can't make attacks, actions, spells, etc).
  • They can't upkeep each other's spells.
  • They can only dominate one SteamRoller scenario element at a time.
  • Each warlock/warcaster can have different upkeeps on them if those upkeeps are "target SELF" or "target model". If you cast an upkeep that is "target model/unit", that is the only upkeep any of them can have.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
  • The Legion Twins
    • Rhyas cannot dominate a zone while out of formation.
    • Rhyas can use the feat while out of formation.
  • Haley3
    • Only Haley Prime is an 'actual' warcaster model, and as such she is the only one that can dominate a scenario element.
    • The echoes can Control/Contest scenarios like a normal unit.
    • Haley Prime can dominate an element even if the echoes are out of formation.

Rules Clarification : Force Mastery - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Chain Blast      (Edit)

  • For direction, you orientate the second AOE so it points in the exact same direction as the first one.
  • Regardless of distance between the caster and the original target, the second AOE deviates the full distance you roll on the die.
  • The second AOE does magical blast damage, given that it is caused by a spell.
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Rules Clarification : Force Blast      (Edit)

  • Push - General     (Edit)   [Show/Hide]
    • Pushed models do not change their facing.
    • Pushed models move at half rate through difficult terrain. Also, Pathfinder doesn't apply during pushes.
    • Pushed models stop if they contact anything - a model of any size, or any obstacles or obstructions.
    • You don't get free strikes against pushed models, because it is "involuntary movement" and therefore does not count as an advance.
    • Pushed models suffer the effects of anything they move through (such as acid clouds).
    • If you use a Push vs a charging model (via a free strike for example), this will stop the charge movement (refer core rulebook).
      • However, if the pushed model is in melee range of its charge target after the push, then it is considered a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
      • In that scenario, you measure whether the charging model moved 3" or less excluding the push distance. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Force Hammer and/or Thunder Strike     (Edit)

  • An Incorporeal model will be damaged by this spell, but not slammed.
  • The slam distance for the spell is not halved vs larger models - that only applies to a Slam Power Attack.
  • See also the rules clarifications on slamming.
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Rules Clarification : Polarity Field and/or Polarity Shield and/or Polarity Wall     (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Telekinesis      (Edit)

  • If an enemy model with 2" melee range was B2B with you before the Telekinesis, it will still be exactly 2" away afterwards and thus will still engage you (unless you move completely out of their front arc).
  • Being placed into an area counts as entering that area. So you'll take damage from acid clouds etc if you're dumb enough to teleport into them.
  • You can change the facing of the model that you place. In fact that's one of the main uses of the spell.