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Mercenary Logo.jpg Infernal Logo.jpg Croe's Cutthroats

Mercenary, & Infernal Partisan, Character Unit

As a murderous band of mercenaries, Croe’s Cutthroats prefer stealth and guile over confrontations of brute strength. Many of their enemies have fallen to the poisoned weapons utilized by their unseen hands.

Basic Info

Croe's Cutthroats
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Warcaster 0
BASE Small
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DEF 13
ARM 11
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UNIT SIZE 6 / 10
COST 10 / 16
1.6 each
Warcaster 1
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  • Entire Unit
    • AD symbol.jpg Advance Deployment
    • Pathfinder symbol.jpg Pathfinder
    • Stealth symbol.jpg Stealth
    • Backstab - While completely within the back arc of an enemy model, this model gains an additional die on its attack and damage rolls against that model.
    • Prey - After deployment but before the first player's turn, choose an enemy model/unit to be this model/unit's prey. This model gains +2 to attack and damage rolls against its prey. When the prey is destroyed or removed from play, choose another model/unit to be the prey.
    • Reposition [5"] - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to 5", then its activation ends.
  • Leader
    • The Leader has +1 MAT & +1 RAT.
    • This model is not a character and it can be Field Promoted. You murdered the wrong Croe.


  • Leader
    • Hiss - 10" range, POW 10 ranged attack.
    • Two-Handed Sword - 1" reach, P+S 10 melee attack.
  • Grunts
    • Crossbow - 10" range, POW 10 ranged attack.
    • Murder Weapons - 0.5" reach, P+S 8 melee attack.

Theme Forces

  • Infernals
    • Dark Legacy. They don't use up your "Up to one Mercenary unit" slot in this theme.
    • Hearts of Darkness. They can be included no matter which warcaster leads the theme.
  • Other Factions
    • As a merc unit they can also be taken in a bunch of other Faction's themes. See #Other Theme Forces.

Recent Changes

No changes since 2019.08

Thoughts on Croe's Cutthroats

Croe's Cutthroats in a nutshell

The Cutthroats are a serious harrassment unit, with advance deployment, stealth, prey, pathfinder and a fantastic reposition 5 - which allows them to move 11" a turn while still taking a moment to slow down, admire the scenery, recentre their karma, and shoot someone in the back of the head.

Their mobility makes them a significant threat and a serious problem for your opponent, however they depend on positioning to pull off either Prey, Backstab, or preferably both. Without those bonuses, their hitting power is distinctly average, but you're still paying a premium price for them. They excel best with a caster that can turn enemy models around (such as with Befuddle, Telekinesis, etc) and thus ensure they get their Backstab bonus.

Combos & Synergies

  • Fiona the Black brings Befuddle, which can be used to turn choice targets around for easy backstabs, they can be her Cultists, as with Pathfinder, Repo and Stealth the shoudld reasonably get into places were channelling is interesting, and she bring as much needed damage buff, making them potentially POW 14 weapon masters against their Prey target. They also make for fine cultists to her.
  • Any Ambushers, so Press Gangers or Greygore Boomhowler & Co. ambushing in The Kingmaker's Army. Your opponent is forced to expose their back arc to either Croe, or to the ambushing unit.
  • Any ranged damage buff, such as Fiona, Hermit or Aiyana & Holt. With Backstab they start to hit hard enough to hurt heavies.
  • With the help of Gaspy4 they are no slouches in melee either
  • Accuracy buffs like Fortune from Macbain or Deadeye from Damiano make them competent shooters from the front arc, able to shoot and back up.
  • Rahera's feat lets them shoot again, really leveraging the Prey bonus.
  • Nemo4 brings a few of them back every turn.
  • Alexia1 or Alexia2 love them as fuel for their respective collection mechanics.
  • Boomhowler3 - Hoof It stacks with Repo 5, meaning they can get around quite a bit, even if they are aiming.
  • As a 10 man unit of living dudes they're a great soul battery for Void Archons in Cryx, who don't have many friendly souls around in non-Scourge themes.
  • Scaverous loves them because he can TK targets around for them to back stab and they fuel his Void Archons. Targets affected by Feast of Worms also don't like being shot at by their guns.
  • Thexus similarly brings TK and loves a 10 man unit to fuel his Void Archons.
  • Agathon can use Dark Seduction in the same way as TK. Ambushing Cultist can also be used to sandwich the opponent.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Unless they are getting the Prey or Backstab bonus, they are below-average combatants with an above-average points cost.
  • Even with the Backstab bonus, it can be surprisingly hard to take down enemy lights that are not your prey target as they are still only "boosted" POW 10s. Not including Croe (because he throws the math off), it takes about 7 grunts to kill a 'typical' light (DEF 12, ARM 17, 26 HP) and 16 grunts (impossible) to kill a 'typical' heavy (DEF 10, ARM 19, 32 HP).
  • Opposing armies can negate Croes by counter-deploying something cheap vs the Croes and running straight at them. Croes can't afford to ignore the cheap unit while they get in a position for Backstab, and are 'trading down' if they engage the cheaper unit. So the massively appreciate it when something Like a Void Archon spray or Orin1's chain lightning unjams them.
  • Incoming fire has right of way - and they die heavily to blasts.
  • There are many units out there that shoot things in the face quite well and don't need to circle around back.
  • Most of the time they're operating on the side of the board, trying to circle around the enemy army to get into the back arc. If your opponent has anything at all with Ambush, they're screwed.

Tricks & Tips

  • Remember that Croe (the Leader) does not have the Officer rule. As such, when the Leader model is destroyed, he simply field promotes with one of the Grunts.
    • If he is RFP'd, field promotion does not occur. Instead you pick a Grunt to become a unit commander.
  • Prey something that doesn't have Advance Deployment or Ambush. That way you can see where your Prey target deploys before you put the Croes down, and can counterdeploy to suit.
  • One trick your opponent might use against you is to "hide" the Prey target. Especially if you Prey an enemy unit, then don't quite kill the last trooper - you can expect that trooper to run for the hills to prevent you changing Prey targets. As a consequence it can be wise to take Croes as a minimum sized unit, the logic being you have less points "lost" if/when you can't reach your Prey target.



  • Released in Warmachine: Superiority (2006)
  • In Mk1 the field promotion rules didn't exist, but Croe had a special ability to let him replace anyone in his unit when he died. Which is, for all intents and purposes, the same thing.

Other Theme Forces

Cryx (Edit)

Khador (Edit)

Protectorate of Menoth (Edit)

Other Faction models

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Mercenary 'Jack Controllers (Human) (Edit)

Ashlynn1 - Ashlynn2 - Aurora2 - Blaize - Caine3 - Crosse2 - Damiano - Fiona - Macbain - Magnus1 - Magnus2 - Montador - Rahera - Shae


Asphyxious4 - Crosse1 - Nemo4

'Jack Marshals

Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - MacHorne1 - MacHorne2 - Raluk Moorclaw - Rutger Shaw - Steelhead Ironhead

Mercenary Warjacks (Human)   (Edit)
Light Buccaneer - Renegade (Magnus only) - Scallywag - Swashbuckler - Talon - Vanguard
Heavy Freebooter - Gallant - Mangler - Mariner - Mule - Nomad - Rocinante - Rover - Toro - Swabber
Colossal Blockader - Galleon
Rhulic 'Jack Controllers (Edit)
Warcaster Durgen Madhammer - General Ossrum - Gorten Grundback
'Jack Marshal Thor Steinhammer
Rhulic Warjacks (Edit)
Light Blaster- Gunner
Heavy Avalancher - Basher - Driller - Rockram
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Heavy Subduer - Warden - Wrecker
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Warcaster attachments

Doctor Stygius - Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr

Lesser Warlocks Rorsh & Brine (Farrow) - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (Gatorman)
Non-character Units

Cephalyx Mind Bender - Cephalyx Mind Slaver - Cephalyx Overlords - High Shields - Artillery Corps - Forge Guard - Idrian Skirmishers - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Legion of Lost Souls - Ogrun Assault Corps - OoI Resolutes - OoI Vigilants - Precursor Knights - Press Gangers - Sea Dog Pirates - Deck Gun - SH Cannon - SH Halberdiers - SH Cavalry - SH Mortar - SH Riflemen - SH Volley Gun - Tactical Arcanist Corps - Thorn Gun Mages
Special CA: Cephalyx Dominator (small or medium based units) - Special WA: Morrowan Battle Priest (Morrow units)

Character Units

Alexia1 - Asphyxious4 - Croe's Cutthroats - Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowler1 - Herne & Jonne - Lady Aiyana & Master Holt - Lynus & Edrea - MacHorne1 - The Commodore Cannon - The Devil's Shadow Mutineers

Non-character Solos

Cephalyx Agitator - Gobber Tinker - Menite Archon - Morrowan Archon - Ogrun Bokur - Powder Monkey - SH Arcanist - SH Ironhead - SH Gunner - Swamp Gobber River Raider Thamarite Advocate - Thamarite Archon - Void Archon

Character Solos

Alexia, Mistress of the Witchfire (2) - Alexia, The Undying (3) - Alten Ashley - Anastasia Di Bray - Balthazar Bamfist - Black Bella1 - Black Bella2 - Bloody Bradigan - Boomhowler, Solo Artist - Bosun Grogspar - Brun Cragback & Lug - Captain Crawtooth - Colbie Sterling, Captain of the BRI - Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Dez - Dirty Meg - Doc Killingsworth - Doctor Stygius - Eilish Garrity, the Occultist - Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios (1) - Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (2) - Eiryss, Fortune Hunter of Ios (4) - First Mate Hawk - Flubbin - Flugwug the Filcher - Gastone Crosse - Glyn Cormier, Illuminated One - Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (1) - Gorman the Mad (2) - Grand Master Gabriel Throne - Gubbin - Gudrun the Wanderer - Harlan Versh, Illuminated One - Harlowe Holdemhigh - Hermit of Henge Hold - Hutchuk, Ogrun Bounty Hunter - J.A.I.M.s - Kell Bailoch - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress - Lord Rockbottom - MacHorne2 - Major Harrison Gibbs - Master Gunner Dougal MacNaile - Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor - Ragman - Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger - Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord - Rorsh & Brine - Rutger Shaw, Professional Adventurer - Savio Montero Acosta - Saxon Orrik - Scythe - Sergeant Nicolas Verendrye - Stannis Brocker - Taryn Di La Rovissi, Llaelese Gun Mage - Thor Steinhammer - Viktor Pendrake - Weird Wendell - Widget, Tinker Extraordinaire - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

Battle Engines

Hammerfall Siege Crawler - Nemo4

Independent Warjack

Malvin & Mayhem

Theme Forces (Edit)
Flame in the Darkness - Hammer Strike - Llaelese Resistance - Operating Theater - Soldiers of Fortune - Strange Bedfellows - The Irregulars - The Kingmaker's Army - The Talion Charter
This index was last updated: 2020.07
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Unique Rules : Masters, Horrors, Essence, & Summoning
Infernal Masters Agathon - Omodamos - Zaateroth
Attachment Lord Roget d'Vyaros Master Infernalist Princess Regna
Lesser Foreboder Light Lamenter - Shrieker Heavy Desolator - Soul Stalker - Tormentor
Units, Solos, & Structures
Structures Infernal Gate

Alain Runewood, Lord of Ash - Eilish1 - Eilish2 - Great Princess Regna Gravnoy (Master Infernalist) - Hermit of Henge Hold - Lord Roget d'Vyaros - Nicia, Hound of the Abyss - Orin1 - Saxon Orrik - The Wretch - Umbral Guardian - Valin Hauke, The Fallen Knight


Croe's Cutthroats - Cultist Band - Griever Swarm - Howlers

Theme Forces Mercenaries
Dark Legacy - Hearts of Darkness J.A.I.M.s
This index was last updated: 2019.06

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Croe's Cutthroats

  • Note that in Croe's unit there is no model called "Croe" and also there is no Officer model. This means when the Leader dies you use Field Promotion to "give" a grunt the better weapons.
    • This is supposed to represent Croe's ability to disguise himself amongst his men so his opponents only "think" they killed him. Or his ability to use henchmen as living shields.
  • However, if the Leader is hit by an RFP attack then he's gone for good and you don't do Field Promotion. You get to choose a grunt to be the Unit Commander, instead
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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.")

Rules Clarification : Silencer - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Backstab      (Edit)

  • Backstab always applies on a free strike, because free strikes are always in the back arc. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Backstab applies to magic and ranged attacks, too.
  • For a caster with Backstab that uses an arc node to attack their target: Backstab doesn't care about the point of origin of the attack, and does not interact with Arc Nodes at all.
In other words, if your arc node is in the target's back arc & but the caster is not, then Backstab doesn't apply. And vice versa, if your arc node is in the front arc & you're in the back arc, then Backstab will apply.
  • Models with Circular Vision aren't immune to Backstab. They still have a back arc, and backstabbers can stand in it.
  • Steamroller objectives have facings, and can be backstabbed. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Before the game starts you should discuss with your opponent the facing of the objective.
    • In Steamroller 2017, objectives face towards the opposing deployment zone.
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Rules Clarification : Reposition      (Edit)

  • Models out of formation cannot move via Reposition. Refer to the "Out of Formation" rules in the core rulebook.
  • End of Activation (Edit)
    • Some end-of-activation abilities explicitly state your activation ends as part of resolving the ability, and some don't. Either way, you can never do anything extra during or after triggering an end-of-activation ability. You cannot cast spells, purchase additional attacks, use a mini-feat, etc.
    • If you start resolving an end-of-activation-movement (such as Reposition) then you cannot trigger abilities that occur "at any time" (such as Go To Ground). Because you can't trigger it while moving, and after moving your activation has ended. (Infernal Ruling)
    • For units: if any model in the unit starts resolving the unit's end-of-activation-movement, then no model in the unit can trigger an any-time ability. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you have more than one end-of-activation ability, you have to choose which one to resolve, then your activation ends and you cannot use the other one.
    • See also the training article: LPG - End of Activation.
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Rules Clarification : Prey      (Edit)

  • When you declare your Prey target, it has to be used on a model that is currently on the table. You can't use it on models that are in Ambush, Burrow, etc. (Infernal Ruling)
  • If you have both Prey and Ambush, then you declare your Prey target at the normal time (even though the Prey-er isn't currently on the table). (Infernal Ruling)
  • Prey bonuses apply to "non-attack" damage, such as Electro Leap. (Infernal Ruling)
  • If you hit your Prey target, but your attack is "shifted" to a non-Prey model (via Shield Guard etc) then you don't get the damage bonus vs the new target.
  • If a model with Prey can return to play, then:
    • If the Prey target is still alive when the Prey-er returns, then it stays as your Prey target.
    • If the Prey target died while the Prey-er was off the table, you get to pick a new Prey target when you return to play.
    • This is based on a MK II ruling.
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Rules Clarification : Advance Deployment      (Edit)

  • Sometimes you can attach a WA or CA that doesn't have AD to a unit that does have AD. If you do, the attachment effectively gains AD and they can all advance deploy together. (Locked Thread)
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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Stealth      (Edit)

  • Stealth models are not invisible and you can target them - you'll just auto-miss most of the time.
  • You can target them with a charge.
  • You can target them with an AOE, have it auto-miss and scatter, luckily land on top of them anyway, and that will hit them.