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- "Peter, Peter, pumpkin-headed, by the wicked sorely dreaded."
Myths and folk legends tell of twisted terrors with pumpkins for heads known as the dread rots. Wielding cruel implements with rusty blades, these creatures single out wicked and exploitative mortals living at the fringes of civilization for punishment. Now they serve their masters in battle, emerging from the loamy soil to reap a bloody harvest upon humanity.
- Tough - When this model is disabled, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, remove 1 damage point from this model; it is no longer disabled and becomes knocked down. While knocked down this model loses Tough.
- Bag Man - 1) Models disabled by a melee attack made by a Dread Rot cannot make a Tough roll. 2) When a Dread Rot boxes a living or undead enemy model with a melee attack, the boxed model is RFP'd and the Dread Rot gains the corpse token. 3) A Dread Rot can only carry 1 corpse token.
- Victuals you can neither raise nor buy - At any time during its activation while within 5" of a Dread Rot, a friendly non-Dread Rot model that can gain corpse tokens can remove corpse tokens from the Dread Rot(s) and place them on itself.
- Farming Implement - 1" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon
- Weapon Master - When attacking with this weapon, add an additional die to its damage rolls.
Thoughts on Dread Rots
Dread Rots in a nutshell
Cheap and hard hitting -- Dread Rots are essentially priced at "Chaff" levels but come with a strong weaponmaster attack and automatic anti tough + Remove from Play. If weaponmaster was to be treated as purely +3.5dmg (which is only true on average...) they out damage almost every other unit at an equivalent price point in the entire game. Apart from their offense, they are not exceptional in any other regard.
Why Should i Include Dread Rots in my Army?
Essentially, Dread Rots are brought to be super cheap, but hard hitting melee infantry. They are fairly easy to understand. However, they are available to both themes and the reason you bring them begins to become more nuanced.
Bump in the Night In Bump, Dread rots gain Rise, and contribute to free points. This combination makes their offense more reliable (as toughing doesn't leave them unable to charge), and more attractive to bring in large numbers. Bump also usually will not run a Death Knell meaning that Dread Rots are the most efficient way of getting corpses onto your heavies, which always has a value, even if its just making your upkeeps free.
Dark Menagerie In Dark Menagerie Dread Rots are not playing as a horde of cheap weaponmasters. They are most commonly brought as a minimum unit to feed the Death Knell as well as body block landing spots, and act as Arcana triggers. For example - The Heretic's Arcana requires warrior models, beasts won't do. Dread rots getting to attack in this capacity is treated as a bonus rather than a plan.
There are some builds that have been experimented around bringing more dread rots at the expense of free points -- As of June 2018 this is not a popular style of list, and nor has it made a competitive impact. This of course, does not mean it's bad.
Competitive Viability As of June 2018, Dread Rots are not a unit who can be called a "solid backbone" to grymkin competitive play, but they are seen. There is a mix in the competitive player opinion of if they are taken at all in Dark Menagerie or if the Grymkin player simply seeks to find their corpses from other sources. Furthermore, you will see them in some Bump in the Night lists, but not all. Overall -- a Competitive unit with some nuance as to when its taken.
Combos & Synergies
- Delivery - As Dread Rots have very poor defensive stats they tend to melt to guns and other abilities. This makes delivery tech an absolute priority
- The Shroud arcana will give them a turn of stealth on the approach
- The King of Nothing offers them a powerful cloud wall
- Old Witch 3 offers them Windstorm to greatly neuter the threat of incoming guns
- The Wanderer has both a cloud in Veil of Mists, and Fog of War increasing their defensive by a bit.
- Offensive damage buffing - As Dread Rots are weaponmasters, they react fairly well to damage and accuracy buffing
- The Fortune's Path Arcana helps their accuracy while also giving them a bump in damage. Very potent as MAT 7 is major
- The Heretic offers them his Trump and the spell Fury. he takes the damage output and dials it up to 11. Its not unheard of to see them charging at effectively MAT 8 POW15 Weaponmaster
- Old Witch 3 offers them Curse of Shadows, and can use her blind gun and her spell Scourge to help buff their accuracy on occasion
- The King of Nothing can apply scything touch, and very situationally his own -2 arm aura to their targets
- Glimmer Imp fixes their underwhelming MAT 6 to an impressive effective MAT 8
- Pathfinder - Dread rots suffer from a lack of Pathfinder and so having a fix for this is a very good piece of tech. There are however, only two reliable ways to deal with it for Rots
- Corpse Synergy - Dread Rots can collect corpses through the use of their Bag Man ability for the heavies in the faction, the Skin & Moans and the Cage Rager. The thing that makes this synergy particularily powerful is the Death Knell can only hand off corpses once per turn. Whereas Dread Rots hand off their corpses out of activation, allowing you to fill up the heavies more efficiently
- The Death Knell can also take the corpses off their hands too if it wants to fill up.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- Victim stats - 12/14 is awful. Tough is a decent compensation however.
- No pathfinder, and very limited way to gain access to it
- SPD 5 is quite slow for infantry. they're lacking an inch of threat range infantry normally have and will run 2" less
- Poor accuracy - MAT 6 is their biggest achilles heel when it comes to doing consistent damage.
- Sometimes when taken en masse to leverage how cheap they are, they can really cause a traffic jam.
- They can't be buffed to a point where they are survivable. the +2 ARM of the Death Knell is wasted on them, and The Wanderer's Fog of War barely helps as it does not work vs melee, or quite a number of ranged options.
Tricks & Tips
- Remember in Bump they have Rise, meaning a Dread Rot that has been knocked down by toughing is still as scary as a currently standing rot
- They deny souls and corpses to the enemy, meaning sometimes they are one of the best models to be using to remove key targets
- If playing in a Grymkin mirror for example, there are arcana that require "destroyed" that dread rots counter
- Recursion casters such as Testament of Menoth hate remove from play that denies him souls
- Remember that they don't give the corpses in their activation, and the beast does not have to start within 5" of them to receive it
- Skin & Moans can theoretically pull off ridiculous full heals because of this, it can already heal up to 9d3 on its own power, then you can add it taking and eating corpses off any rots within 5" and it gets a bit silly.
- Placing a dread rot between your opponents best offensive models and your heavies in Dark Menagerie is a great way to force the opponent to trigger effects such as the Ill Omens arcana, or the Heretics Trump
Beta rules released in the Grymkin CID (2017.03), final rules with the Faction release (2017.06)
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