Bane Witch Agathia
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| Bane Witch Agathia |
Once regarded as both prisoner and oracle, Bane Witch Agathia is one of the more unusual weapons in Cryx’s arsenal. In life she was valued for her insight into the occult, and the tragic circumstances of her death only increased her worth to the dark lords of the Nightmare Empire. Though presently more pawn than queen, Agathia has begun to assert her will, and she may yet find a way to choose her own fate.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Bane Witch Agathia
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
- Friendly Faction models/units currently in Agathia's control range are affected by Ghost Walk (refer to her spells).
- While in Agathia's control range, friendly Faction models gain Stealth.
- When a model in Agathia's battlegroup ends its activation in her control range, you can immediately place that model anywhere completely within 3" of its location.
- Shadowfall lasts for one round.
- Apparition - During your Control Phase, place this model anywhere completely within 2" of its current location.
- Death Shroud - While within this model's command range, enemy models suffer -2 STR.
- Ghostly - This model can advance through terrain and obstacles without penalty and can advance through obstructions if it has enough movement to move completely past them. It cannot be targeted by free strikes.
- Henchmen [ Small-based Bane ] - Choose one friendly Small-based Bane unit at the beginning of the game to be Henchmen. The chosen unit gains +2 DEF and MAT and Apparition.
- Irregulars [ Bane Knights ] - Bane Knights can be included in any army that also contains this model.
- Soul Taker: Cull Soul - This model can gain soul tokens. When a living enemy model is destroyed within 2" of this model, this model gains the destroyed model's soul token. After this model replenishes its focus during your next Control Phase, replace each soul token with 1 focus point.
- Death Kiss - 2" reach, P+S 12 melee weapon
| Ghost Walk
|Target friendly Faction model/unit gains Ghostly for one turn.
|Models disabled by Hellfire cannot make a Tough roll. Models boxed by Hellfire are removed from play.|
|Target warjack in the spellcaster's battlegroup gains +2 ARM and Retaliation.
|Target model/unit suffers -3 ARM and the spellcaster gains +1 ARM.|
|Place the spellcaster anywhere completely within 3" of its current location. Vanish can only be cast once per activation.|
- Black Industries
- Dark Host. Agathia gains Prowl in this theme.
- The Ghost Fleet
- Scourge of the Broken Coast
- The "place" part of her feat now affects herself
- Gained Apparition, Death Shroud, Ghostly, Irregulars, and Henchmen
- Lost Dark Shroud
Thoughts on Bane Witch Agathia
Bane Witch Agathia in a nutshell
Bane Witch Agathia is the Cryx Battlebox caster. Like all Battlebox casters, she is built to be relatively simple to use while still providing a meaningful introduction to the faction. As such she exemplifies many of the powers (ignore terrain & debuff the enemy) and weaknesses of Cryx (easy to kill). If you're learning the game, it is best to use her vs one of the other battlebox casters because they're all designed to have roughly the same power level. None of them are top tier casters, as they lack the flexibility or strength to be top contenders.
Her tool box hits many of the hallmarks of Cryx including a debuff, soul mechanics, mobility improvements, above average focus, and a strong offensive spell. On the down side, her protective abilities will be short lived and she is not that hard to kill.
Leveraging her strengths primarily means using her spells rather than her personal combat ability. It's best to keep her safe with distance and clever use of a combination of Apparition, Vanish, and her feat.
Applying Henchmen to the Knights makes them a very durable, manueverable unit:
- In terms of durability they start out as DEF 12 (plus Set Defense) and ARM 16 (plus Wall of Steel). Add the Henchmen DEF and Agathia's Death Shroud and you're looking at
- DEF 16 ARM 20 vs models that charge them, DEF 14 ARM 20 in melee generally. Also they have a Defensive Strike mini-feat to make them even harder to attack in melee.
- DEF 14 ARM 18 vs ranged and spells (given that Death Shroud is unlikely to apply). But you can easily bump DEF up with concealment or cover.
- In terms of manueverability they start with 2" reach and Reposition . Add the Apparitition to that for even better movement options. In fact, in Scourge of the Broken Coast they are better at applying Gang Fighter than the fast Satyxis models.
Applying Henchmen to the Warriors mostly just fixes some of their natural weaknesses:
- They hit hard, but are a bit inaccurate. The +2 MAT fixes that.
- They're a bit slow, and Apparaition fixes that.
- In terms of durability they're also DEF 12 but with no other natural DEF buffs, the +2 DEF from Henchmen becomes "nice" rather than "awesome".
- Also they're ARM 15 plus Tough rather than 16 plus Wall of Steel, so stacking Agathia's Death Shroud bonus on them does less than it does for Knights.
- One advantage they do have over Knights is that their mini-feat brings back destroyed models. Do you love having Henchmen? How does getting an extra d3+1 during the game sound?
Agathia's feat provides several different bonuses to your army including faction wide stealth, faction wide ghostly, and battlegroup teleport at the end of activation. Each one of these buffs can be powerful in turn and should be leveraged if possible.
Against a gunline with limited anti-stealth tech, it may be worth using this feat for this buff alone. You can rush your army into position to threaten objectives forcing enemy gunlines to move forward or lose on scenario.
Faction wide ghostly is a huge buff. In anticipation of using this feat, take advantage of the terrain. Cover from walls, blocking LOS obstruction, and patches of rough terrain to restrict enemy movement.
The last element of the feat is a short teleport, don't underestimate the utility of this. It can be used to dive into protective terrain like a forest's concealment or cover from a wall or trench. After charging an enemy, you can teleport out of the way so another one of your units can move in and continue the attack if the enemy survived. Without this, you might be hard pressed to to fit more than one heavy warjack around some targets.
- Ghost Walk is an awesome mobility spell, allowing the model/unit to benefit from a combination of Parry and Pathfinder+. A great tool for positioning and making the most of the terrain on the table. It's often worth bringing a Skarlock Thrall or The Withershadow Combine along just to cast this exactly where needed without depleting Agathia's focus or restricting her movement.
- Hellfire The standard high-power "laser" of cryx. It's kind of long range, prevents tough and removes the victim from play once boxed. A great spell for spot removal of pesky solos.
- Hellwrought is a spell with unexpected utility, as not only does it make Deathjack an arm 21 snacking terror, the vengeance move it provides can allow drag jacks threat extension and shooting crab jacks the ability to aim. Because of its synergy with Shield Guard, an Inflictor is also a great target for this spell. Helljacks like the arm buff, but even at arm 19 they are easy to kill or cripple in one round, limiting the value of the vengeance.
- Parasite is a fantastic debuff that gives Agathia a small ARM buff at the same time. Use it to weaken opposing heavy ARM targets to shred them with the rest of your forces.
- Vanish allows flexibility with positioning. While 3" isn't very far, being able to place yourself anywhere within that range can make getting to advantageous terrain easier. Also a Get Out of Melee free card if your opponent managed to get something Agathia can't deal with close but failed to finish her off.
In a battlebox fight, two players who bought nothing but their Faction's starter set use everything in that box to play a game.
As a Cryx caster, Agathia is going to win through denying your opponent's strengths, superior mobility, and debuffs. Ghostwalk and her feat will let the most dangerous element of your army reach the enemies most valuable. Superior mobility on your arcnode will allow Agathia a sizeable board presence and to arc your most potent spells from a safe distance. Parasite takes the cake on your spell list. Not only it will help you to remove heavily armored targets, with Dark Shroud it can often lead to excellent piece trades and assassination victories. Just don't forget to keep Agathia safe from retaliation. See Tips and Tricks.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- She relies heavily on her Bane Knight Henchmen. Anything that is good vs single wound infantry is going to give her a hard time.
- Agathia does not have any form of DEF debuffs so she has a hard time dealing with high DEF targets. On the other hand her Henchmen are quite accurate, and/or you can take naturally accurate troops such as the Satyxis.
- True Sight casters (such as Issyria1 or Kara Sloan) are a hard counter to the Stealth portion of Agathia's feat.
Tricks & Tips
- Using her feat, a warjack with the Drag ability can walk through LOS-blocking terrain, drag an enemy heavy towards your line, then teleport away. Leaving either the enemy heavy stranded somewhere useless or perhaps just standing in front of your army ready for a pummeling. And if your Dragging warjack misses, the teleport can help save its bacon.
- Because her feat applies the Ghost Walk spell, which is itself a target model/unit spell, when it comes to units you only need to have a single trooper within her control range for the entire unit to get Ghostly.
- Cryx debuff engine allows you great piece trades, ie. you can remove valuable enemy models with your less valuable assets. this is something you should learn as fast as possible when playing Cryx. The most typical example is the ARM de-buff in the form of Parasite, Dark Shroud and other abilities. Here's a quick rundown:
- Let's see a battlebox contestant, the Khadoran Juggernaut. This jack is the golden standard for warjack survival with its basic ARM of 20 and 34 HP. For the sake of simplicity let's assume that none of your attacks miss against it. If you manage to land a charge with your Slayer, and do a Combo Strike, you'll cause ~12 damage with your first hit (P+S 22 + 10 on average for 3 dice minus the ARM), then 3 for each attack you bought. Since your Slayer can have only 3 Focus, and 1 must be spent on charging, most likely the Juggernaut will survive on 16 HP - and with a little (mis)fortune it remains fully functional. Ouch.
- Now, with Parasite (basically making said Juggernaut ARM 17), you don't even have to resort to combo strike - even your 3 basic attacks will cause ~17 points of damage (9+6+2). 2 more claw attacks will leave it on roughly 7 HP, which is basically crippled for good. However, it can still be dangerous if you left the cortex untouched.
- If you can deliver Agathia within 2" to that poor Juggernaut, and land Parasite on it, we're basically talking about a beefier light jack armour level of 15. Your charging Slayer might cause up to 23 points of damage with its initials (11+8+4) and 2 more claw attacks (8 damage each) can one-round the Khadoran jack for good. Just make sure, Agathia won't be killed next turn.
- If you manage to apply both Parasite and Dark Shroud on the enemy caster, it is basically game over.
List Building Advice
Once moving beyond the battlebox fights, discussed above, Agathia supports her army in a variety of ways allowing newer players to explore the faction in their own fashion. When seeking infantry, find the units that are most likely to use both Ghostwalk and Parasite. Also she generally wants models that can hit accurately, as she has no to-hit buff.
Her army list starts with a max unit of Bane Knights + UA (19 points). They're an auto-include in every theme except Dark Host, and even in that theme you probably want them. Her battlegroup is normally one arc node and two heavies, spending just her WJP or a little bit over, and then she spends a whole lot of points on troops (50-ish points).
This theme is full of infantry that hit accurately, but not very hard. They can also sometimes struggle with rough terrain. So they make excellent use of Agathia's Parasite debuff as well as Ghostwalk. The Trolls and Ogrun especially like the Ghost Walk and Stealth from her feat to help them cross the board somewhat unscathed.
- Her Bane knights will will be able to proc Gang Fighter for her jacks, and with 2" reach and Reposition 3" they will do this very, very well.
- Her jacks with Gang Fighter will be absurdly heard hitting. You also have access to other damage buffs such as Dark Shroud from Asphyxious4, or
- Darragh Wrathe - You can stack Mortal Fear and Death Shroud for an effective +4 ARM where the bubbles overlap. Which is especially mean on a Hellwrough Kraken. He can also Death Ride for an extra 1" of threat range on her and her Banes.
- Death Archon - They contribute to the ARM skew with Mortal Fear and are powerful models in and of themselves.
- Asphyxious the Sanctified - Death Shroud and Ghostly are excellent buffs for him and Blood Thirst and her feat make her jacks deceptively fast.
- A merc jack like a Toro with Gang Fighter and Dark Shroud hits extraordinarily hard especially against Parasite targets and Death Shroud makes it no slouch in melee either.
- Barathrum & Kharybdis - Two of the best jacks in the Cryx stable, the love her feat to be more mobile, which they already are baseline.
- Warwitch Siren - They are extra focus on a stick and have a neat Shadow Bind sword.
Dark Host is the home of the Banes so you get to make Bane Warriors your henchmen if you so please.
- First off, the theme gives her Prowl and fog to hide in, letting her have stealth all game.
- Secondly, she can benefit from Tartarus's Veteran Leader. It applies to her offensive spells as well as her melee attacks (although hopefully she stays out of melee).
- Darragh Wrathe is also in this theme.
- Stealth from her feat can all but guarantee the Banes get to combat unscathed (if you feat early).
- The Wraith Engine combined with Death Shroud helps the list to skew armour.
- The Withershadow Combine or Skarlock are good for putting Ghost Walk out.
- Carapace and Hellwrought make a jack really not worth shooting at. An Inflictor can perform it's Shield Guard duty extremely well under these buffs.
- Barathrum, Kharybdis, Asphyxious and Sirens are in this theme too.
- A Desecrator can get a free focus from her just by activating within 3" of her.
- the Inflictor loves Hellwrought as it’s shield gives it a respectable armour and shield guard lets you trigger vengeance.
- Released in Prime Mk3 (2016.06) in the battlebox set
- Resculpted in 2021 as a standalone model.
Video Battle Reports
- 2019.05 Encounter Wargaming, vs Helynna1
- See also Category: Video Battle Reports for more casters with videos.
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Rules Clarification : Agathia
|* 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)