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Mercenary Logo.jpg Fiona the Black

Mercenary Privateer Thamarite Warcaster

An unabashed Thamarite, Fiona the Black brazenly displays her devotion to that widely loathed goddess and takes pride in having liberated herself from quaint, conventional notions of morality. She has found a home among the pirates and privateers of the Broken Coast, where skill and ambition bring ample rewards—and folly and stupidity invite destruction.

Basic Info

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Warcaster 1
the Statblock


  • Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. (Click the link for a full rundown.)
  • Cultists - (1) Choose one friendly living non-Morrowan Faction unit at the beginning of the game to be Cultists. Cultists are Thamarite models. (2) Fiona can upkeep one spell without spending focus if there is one or more Cultist models in formation in her control range during the Control Phase. (3) Cultist models do not suffer damage when spells are channeled through them as a result of Dark Rituals.
  • Dark Rituals - This model can channel spells through friendly Faction warrior models in its control range. Immediately after a spell is channeled through a model as a result of Dark Rituals, the model it was channeled through suffers d3 points of magical damage.
  • Whiplash - If an enemy misses this model with a spell, the attacking model is auto-hit by their own spell.




2 10 - - - Yes
On a hit, you can immediately advance target enemy non-warcaster, non-warlock, or non-infernal master model up to 3". Affected models cannot be targeted by free strikes during this movement. A model can move only once per turn as a result of Befuddle.

2 8 - 12 - Yes
Enemy upkeep spells and animi on target model/unit damaged by this attack expire.
Curse of Veils

2 8 - - Upkeep Yes
Target model/unit suffers -2 ARM and does not block LoS.

2 6 - - Upkeep No
Target friendly Faction model/unit gains Stealth. Models are not affected while out of formation.
Roth's Mercy

2 6 - - Upkeep -
When an enemy attack disables a living model in the target friendly Faction unit, you can choose a non-disabled living model in the same unit to be destroyed. If you do so, the disabled model removes 1 damage.

3 10 3 13 - Yes
When a living non-soulless model is boxed by Soulfire, the spellcaster gains 1 focus point and the boxed model is RFP'd. If the spellcaster does not have the Focus Manipulation special rule it cannot gain a focus point as a result of Soulfire.

Feat : Dark Omen

Enemy models roll one less die when making attack and damage rolls while in Fiona's control range. Lasts for one round.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

2019.07 Oblivion

  • Part of the new Flame in the Darkness theme force.

Thoughts on Fiona

Fiona in a nutshell

Fiona is an offensive spell slinger who has more options than focus. With two or three upkeeps, Soulfire, Chasten, and Curse of Veils as offensive options, she will need to prioritize. Her ability to arc node through any warrior model makes her very hard to defend against.

Befuddle from anywhere and her very powerful feat make her a force to be reckoned with and hands down the most adaptable mercenary caster. She would be included in any discussion of the best casters in the game.

Feat thoughts

Her feat is a solid defensive effect, but is weaker against gunlines who can stay out of her bubble and shoot in. Generally speaking, her feat gives her a massive advantage against melee armies.

In the current environment there are many models that can reach MAT 10 or higher, and since Fiona has no DEF buff, her feat does not keep infantry as safe as it once did.

Spell thoughts

Fiona has a flexible toolbox she can use to reach anywhere thanks to Dark Rituals allowing her to channel from any angle. She's an offensive spellslinger who can cast through any of her warrior models and do a whole lot of things to disrupt the enemy.

  • Befuddle - Endlessly useful. This is her most dangerous spell. Turn around high DEF models, move something into charge range, walk a slam target in front of the other caster, turn shield models around...
  • Chasten - Upkeep removal is often a huge deal. It's also her cheap nuke.
  • Curse of Veils - An ARM debuff is always incredibly useful, and occasionally you'll use the secondary effect. Unlike the two Calamity casters in faction, Fiona has no problems getting this spell out.
  • Roth's Mercy - This is used to protect important unit leaders like the Idrian Skirmishers's chieftain or guide or the Press Gangers's lass, but it can also be used for board control when your opponent needs to clear a lane or zone. It's more powerful than it sounds. It can stop effects like Berserk, Killing Spree and probably at least a dozen other nasty effects that trigger on Destroyed. Just watch out for effects that prevent damage removal as those prevent the spell from working.
  • Occultation - Give stealth to something you want to protect. Just useful, especially as incoming fire has right of way.
  • Soulfire - With a 3" AOE, the Soulfire can potentially be cast for "free" infinite times ... if you can kill 3 troops each time. So first you need targets to be bunched up, then you need to kill them with POW 7 blast damage which is anything but guaranteed. Combined with Sylys' Arcane Secrets, you can generally get your focus back if this is your first spell of the turn - watch out for Tough models, though.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • She's squishy.
  • Any effect that prevents offensive spellcasting can wreck her if applied to the right targets. Choir of Menoth Shielding, Arcane Ward, etc...
  • Her feat can be countered by shooting from outside her control area.
  • She does not keep her army alive outside her feat turn. Some armies are quite capable of plowing right through her feat and doing work anyway.

Tricks & Tips

  • Using Dark Rituals to channel through a multi-wound model will not kill it.
  • Befuddle can give everyone else back arc bonuses for an effective RAT buff.
  • Some people play cultists defensively for the free upkeeps all game long - others play them aggressively for the free channeling.
  • Befuddle a model to stand in the perfect spot to catch multiple models with Soulfire.
  • RFP key solos or UAs with Soulfire. A boostable S+P POW 13 can take out most solos in the game.
  • Unlike every other similar rule in the game, Befuddle does not Take Control of the enemy model. That means the advance is "an enemy model advancing and ending its movement", so you can move it into range of and trigger Countercharge on Toros, which she almost always brings.
  • Alexia1 can collect the corpses of friendly models who die from Dark Rituals, which she can then convert into fresh arc nodes placed in the perfect positions at the start of the next turn. Additionally, if the original model killed is a Steelhead then Sgt. Nick can bring it back.

List Building Advice


Fiona is a toolbox spellcaster who does a lot of weird stuff that disrupts the enemy and causes them to tear their hair out.

Fiona has some infantry support with Roth's Mercy and Occultation, and some ranged support with Curse of Veils and Befuddle. High DEF units and high ARM warjacks benefit most from her feat. She also want to have speedy and expendible flanking models around for channeling through via Dark Rituals so she can get good angles for her offensive spells.

Theme thoughts

    The Talion Charter    
Fiona is a pirate, and unlike the other three pirate casters, she brings an ARM debuff, which Talion desperately craves. With Rockbottom to handle the hit-fixing and Powder Monkeys to run her jacks, there's good stuff here.

  • Powder Monkey - effectively a theme benefit, the Anciliary Attack it can grant to a Mariner (or even a Galleon) is excellent, especially with a caster that can hand out ARM debuffs and back strikes.
  • Scharde Dirge Seers - if Fiona takes two Mariners and The Commodore Cannon & Crew one unit can give them all eyeless sight for five effective shooting attacks regardless of things like cloud walls and stealth.
  • Scharde Pirates - RAT 7 POW 14 sprays when backed by Lord Rockbottom, this unit can put out a whole lot of devastating shooting and melee. POW 16 under Curse. They also do their own threat extension, which she does not do.
  • Sea Dog Pirates with Mr. Walls also bring threat extension, and are a solid choice in the theme.
  • The Swabber and Swashbuckler warjacks are quite resilient on her feat turn.
  • Press Gangers make outstanding Cultists that can replenish their numbers.
  • Swamp Gobber River Raiders probably find their best use with Fiona. Not only are they one-shot channelers with interesting debuffs, when they reel themselves in they can place themselves into the target's back arc so they aren't actually engaged by whoever they hit.

The following models can be taken in Talion but elsewhere, too:

  • The Commodore Cannon & Crew is an excellent choice if you don't want to risk her cultists - but may not be fast enough to reach play until turn 3 if you go first.
  • Lady Aiyana & Master Holt can stack their ARM debuff on her ARM debuff to burn something to the ground.
  • First Mate Hawk can get interesting places with Sprint and Acrobatics and as such provides interesting channel vectors. Object of Desire plus Fiona's Arm Debuff also lets Privateers seriously threaten multi-wound infantry.
  • Master Gunner Dougal MacNaile cancels stealth - and helps Privateer shooters.
  • Bosun Grogspar cancels pop and drop assassinations.

    Flame in the Darkness    

Fiona is extremely strong in this theme. With Curse of Veils, Throne, Ragman, Alexia3 and Hermit, she can achieve a -10 ARM swing! Though this is severe overkill. Nevertheless, Flame offers many units and solos that will hold up rather well under her feat.

Of note:

  • The Thamarite Archon makes up for the loss of Sylys, allowing her to re-roll her attacks. He's also a self-contained ranged powerhouse and he is nigh invulnerable under her feat so you can run him to contest.
  • Ragman, Throne and Alexia3 are all worthy of consideration for the damage boosts.
  • Savio Montero Acosta is an expensive requisition choice who benefits from the Thamarite Archon and all the damage boosts.
  • The Devil's Shadow Mutineers are a solid Cultist option, but she can always channel through Vigilants or Archons (or even Precursors) if need be.
  • Jakes1 can bring high DEF jack, which under Sidekick, will be very hard to deal with under Fiona's feat. The Swashbuckler, in particular gets to DEF 17 in melee with dodge while under Sidekick.
  • Order of Illumination Resolutes are good for arcing spells, taking charges on her feat and being useful in general.
  • The Legion of Lost Souls are heavy hitters with good range and are blast-resistant on her feat turn.
  • The Morrowan Archon adds that extra kick of DEF to make your army extra unhittable in melee, even by MAT 9 on her feat.
  • The Hermit of Henge Hold grants an ARM debuff or an accuracy boost, enhancing her effectiveness greatly.
  • Alexia2's Thralls hit quite hard on a Cursed target. And she herself is tough to remove when she has stealth. Most importantly however, Alexia can move up spawn a Thrall or three, repo back, and then Fiona can channel through the Thrall, meaning the enemy caster has to constantly worry about her assassination threat.

    The Irregulars    

The Irregulars allows the widest possible range of models, including powerful 10 man ranged units to make use of Curse of Veilss, Eliminators as mobile arc nodes and most importantly Nemo4, but sadly no Archons. She's very viable here as well.

  • Nemo4 is a powerful ranged platform to begin with, totting boostable POW 14 guns with potential for Signs and Portens to really make use of Curse. He can summon a Steelhead Ironhead as a means of threat extension, and recurrs infantry, which synergises with Alexia2. But most importantly he can bring a Toro and move it with Watcher and Locomotion.
    • The combo goes like this: Use Locomotion and Crane from the Ironhead for a free 5" move on your Toro. Befuddle something within 6" of Nemo and have the Toro advance 5", befuddle something else into 6" of the Toro and counter charge for 8". Your Toro just moved 17" before it even activated and potentially even laid out a fully boosted P+S 20 Watcher attack and a P+S 20 Counter Charge.
  • Alexia2, mentioned above can also be here in this theme. She collects souls from your infantry, which Nemo then recurrs.
  • One or two units with powerful guns and good DEF are recommended to really make use of Curse and her feat.
    • Croe's Cutthroats - Take them for Backstab, as Fiona can turn targets around with Befuddle.
    • Idrian Skirmishers are an amazing combined arms unit - thanks to their CA - so they love Roth's Mercy. Their ability to Reposition often lets you place one model in an ideal position to arc from once the unit's activation is over.
    • Nyss Hunters - They are also Weapon MAsters in melee. They take very kindly to Occultation giving them a defensive ability or Roth's Mercy in order to keep Celyna safe.
  • Kayazy Eliminators are great to channel through as they have acrobatics and multiple hit points - and can survive.
  • Lynus Wesselbaum & Edrea Lloryrr really amplify shooting as they remove pesky clouds and Applied Knowledge makes youable to pick columns. Finally, Lynus can heal models damaged by Dark Rituals.
  • Lady Aiyana & Master Holt - Usually a mainstay in Irregular lists, but with Fiona's spellcasting and ARM debuff you might find you don't need their services.
  • Asphyxious4 brings another form of threat extention in Leadership: Bloodthirst. As a super "solos" he also really loves her feat to stay alive and can put into place servitors as throwaway arc-nodes.

Most of the non-archon solos in Flames are also available in this theme, as well as a myriad of other solos and lesser warlocks.

  • Gastone Crosse - Gastone is already a deadly super-solo with high damage output. Fiona cranks this up to eleven by turning targets around with Befuddle, exposing their backs for him to stab them with... bullets?
    • Giving him a Swashbuckler can prove worthwhile as with naturally good DEF and Duelist it can function a a cheap and difficult to get rid of engagement or contesting piece on feat turn.
  • Harlowe Holdemhigh - Probably the best shooting solo in the faction. Curse and feat really help him do his thing, though he functions perfectly well without support, too.
  • Boomhowler, Solo Artist - Giving a key ranged solo or unit Reposition allows them to be a bit more aggressive.
  • Sylys Wyshnalyrr, The Seeker - Another free upkeep if you brought cultists, extra dice on magic attack and damage rolls and extra range on spells (albeit only on non-channeled ones). Combos very will with the Hermit for Telemetry.
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl has a speed buff (which Fiona lacks) which also lets her jack charge for free, which saves her focus, but you rely on Lanyssa hitting and damaging the target. Upgrading her into a Diffuser on Nemo4 for 2 points might prove more worthwhile.
  • Gorman2 - His Weaken spray can stack well with her feat, meaning living enemies will struggle to put a dent into anything in your army.
  • Wrong Eye & Snapjaw are useful as Star Crossed and her feat combine well and Snapjaw is a heavy she does not have to fuel.
  • Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath love her feat and free up her focus. The danger noodle (Skarath) also has a neat gun.

    Soldiers of Fortune    

Fiona runs this theme quite well. SOF lacks an ARM debuff outside Gorman, so Curse of Veils is helpful and makes the Cavalry extremely powerful. Likely she will cast Occultation on the Cavalry, bring Verendrye and Alexia2 plus a couple units of Halberdiers and Rhupert plus whatever else and let the army do its thing while she does hers.

  • The Steelhead Ironhead increases the Befuddle/Countercharge threat of the Toro an extra 2".


She's not a battlegroup caster, having no innate boosts to jacks or jack spells. She wants to sling spells. So don't bring too many. 2-3 is a fine amount

  • Mariner - two Mariners fit almost perfectly into Fiona's jack points. They are good all-round shooty jacks with long ranges, large AOEs, and in the Talion theme they can get a second shot thanks to the Powder Monkey. It is possible to blow heavy targets away by befuddling them, dropping Curse and Kiss on them and shooting them with 3 Mariners plus ancillaries.
  • The Toro has phenomenal synergy with has as you can trigger Counter Charge manually by befuddling any enemy into it. It also has just the right defensive stats to get the most out of her feat and brings a P+S 18 whackstick to boot.
  • Fiona runs a mean Blockader - turning the sprays up to 11 on the advance, protecting it on her feat turn and after that - rocket fists.



  • Sculptor: Werner Klocke
  • Fiona is Warmachine's first Thamarite, and was the first mercenary caster with a FOCUS stat over 6.
  • As a Thamarite, she will use any means necessary to achieve victory. (Thamar's central tenet is that everyone can improve themselves, and should do so by whatever means they deem necessary - as opposed to Morrow's, that everyone can improve themselves and should do this and help everyone else do so)
  • Released in Pirates of the Broken Coast (2007)

Warjacks she can take

With the way Mercenary battlegroups work, this model can't simply control any Mercenary warjack, and instead is limited to the following choices:

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
Note: Other restrictions may apply, such as 'Jack Marshals can't control Colossals, character warjacks aren't allowed in most theme forces, etc.

Other Mercenary models

Mercenary Logo.jpg       Mercenary Index       (Edit)
Mercenary 'Jack Controllers (Human) (Edit)

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

Non-Casters Battlegroup Contoller

Asphyxious4 - Crosse1 - Nemo4

'Jack Marshal

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

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
Colossal Earthbreaker
Cephalyx Warcasters (Edit)
Warcasters Cognifex Cyphon - Exulon Thexus
Cephalyx Monstrosities (Edit)
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)

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


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 Bella, Duchess of Dread - 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 - 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

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: 2020.03

Rules Clarifications

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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, fail a charge, or use an ability like Reposition.
      Because doing one of those things makes that specific model's activation to end (even if the unit's activation is still ongoing) and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • So, for example:
      • You cannot use a minifeat after the Officer runs. (Infernal Ruling)
      • You cannot use a minifeat 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 : Cultists - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Dark Rituals      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Channeler  and/or Arc Node     (Edit)
Channeler - LOS

  • You use the channeler's abilities when determining LOS (such as whether you can see your target through a forest).
    • If the channeler has an ability to ignore LOS or DEF bonuses (such as Eyeless Sight), then you only apply that "ignorance" to LOS.

Caster - Attack roll

  • You use the caster's abilities when determining attack roll modifiers (such as whether a target standing in a forest gets +2 DEF or not).
    • If the caster has an ability to ignore LOS or DEF bonuses (such as Eyeless Sight), then you only apply that "ignorance" to the dice roll.

Stealth - It affects both LOS and the attack roll

  • Since Stealth has both a LOS modifier (stealth models more than 5" away aren't intervening models) and an attack roll modifier (stealth models more than 5" away are auto-missed) things get a little complicated.
  • If only the channeler ignores stealth, then all stealth models count as intervening models and block LOS, but the caster will auto-miss models more than 5" from the channeler.
  • If only the caster ignores stealth, then only models within 5" of the channeler block LOS, but the caster won't auto-miss no matter what you target.
  • If both channeler and caster ignore Stealth, it works as you'd expect.
  • Stealth Examples     [Show/Hide]
    • Caster has Eyeless Sight, channeler does not.
      1. Stealth model is within 5" of channeler
        • LOS - The model counts as an intervening model, as per the normal Stealth rules
        • Attack roll - If you attack it then you don't auto-miss, as per the normal Stealth rules
      2. Stealth model is more than 5" away from channeler
        • LOS - The model does not count as an intervening model, as per the normal Stealth rules.
        • Attack roll - If you attack it then you don't auto-miss, as the attacking model has Eyeless Sight.
      3. Stealth model is more than 5" away from channeler, and you want to target a model behind it.
        • LOS - The front model doesn't block LOS
        • Attack roll - Doesn't auto-miss
    • Caster hasn't got Eyeless Sight, channeler does.
      1. Stealth model is within 5" of channeler
        • LOS - The model counts as an intervening model, as per the normal Stealth rules
        • Attack roll - If you attack it then you don't auto-miss, as per the normal Stealth rules
      2. Stealth model is more than 5" away from channeler
        • LOS - The model counts as an intervening model, because the model drawing LOS ignores Stealth.
        • Attack roll - If you attack it then you will auto-miss, as the attacker doesn't ignore Stealth.
      3. Stealth model is more than 5" away from channeler, and you want to target a model behind it.
        • LOS - The front model blocks LOS, so you can't target the rear model.
        • Attack roll - N/A
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Rules Clarification : Whiplash      (Edit)

  • If the casting model is not a valid target of the spell, Whiplash will not occur.
    • For example, if you cast a "target warjack suffers ..." spell at a model with Whiplash it can't bounce back at you because the caster is not a warjack (exception: the Deathjack).

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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 : Blessed and/or Creator's Wrath     (Edit)

  • Blessed ignores buffs even if they're not directly on the target. For instance, Haley3's Temporal Distortion spell gives a DEF buff to everyone within 5" ... and Blessed ignores it. (Locked thread)
  • You only ignore the DEF/ARM buff if the spell directly adds to the stat. A spell which instead grants a separate non-spell ability, and the ability gives a DEF/ARM buff, would not be ignored. (Infernal Ruling)
    In this ruling, Blessed does not ignore the DEF from Ashen Veil, because the DEF bonus comes from Concealment, and not the spell itself.
  • If a spell buffs DEF/ARM and [something else] then you ignore the buff but not the [something else].
    • For example, the spell Cloak of Ash grants concealment, and models with concealment gain +2 DEF. You would not ignore this DEF bonus.
    • For example, the spell Death Ward grants +2 ARM and the defender chooses which column suffers damage. You would ignore the ARM bonus, but the defender still picks the column.
  • The Mk3 Blessed icon resembles the old Mk2 Magical Weapon icon. Do not get them confused.
  • This ability only ignores buffs from spells, not buffs from feats (such as Stryker1's Invincibility +5 ARM) or abilities (such as Protective Aura's +2 ARM).
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Rules Clarification : Grievous Wounds      (Edit)

  • GW prevents "repairs" as well as "heals".
  • It does not stop a warlock transferring damage, or stop the wounded model from being able to 'heal' someone else.
  • Does not affect models with the Massive rule.

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Rules Clarification : Befuddle      (Edit)

  • Befuddle does not take control of the enemy model. (Infernal Ruling )
    • You can use it vs Inscrutable models.
    • You can trigger your own Countercharge etc from the movement you forced the enemy to make.
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Rules Clarification : Chasten      (Edit)

  • Anti-Upkeep vs a unit (Edit)
    • If an upkeep is on a unit, then all you need to do is make it expire off any member of the unit and the spell will expire from the entire unit.
    • It doesn't matter if the target is in formation or not. (Locked thread)
    • However, if an upkeep is on a single model within a unit (such as Scything Touch) then you need to dispel it off that particular model to make it dispel. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Curse of Veils - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Occultation      (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.
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Rules Clarification : Self-Sacrifice and/or Roth's Mercy     (Edit)

  • The model that is destroyed is not destroyed by an enemy attack, instead it is destroyed by the Self-Sac ability. (Infernal Ruling)
    • This allows you to nullify many enemy abilities (such as Overtake and Blood Boon).
    • However, it will not nullify all abilities, some abilities don't care who destroyed what (such as Soul Taker or Body Snatcher).
  • An enemy ability that prevents healing (such as Entropic Force) does not prevent you triggering Self-Sacrifice ... it just prevents the part where you heal.
    • This means you could end up with 2 dead models and 0 healed models; an opponent is perfectly within his rights to let you declare self-sacrifice, remove a 2nd model via self-sacrifice, then refuse to let you heal the first one.
  • If multiple models are caught in the same attack (for instance, an AOE), then they can't self-sacrifice to each other (because they're all disabled at the same time).
    • However, if you have Self-Sacrifice & Tough they trigger at the same time. So you resolve tough first and if anyone in the AOE passes they become non-disabled. Since it's simultaneous, that model is now a valid target for self-sacrifice for the other guys in the AOE.

Rules Clarification : Soulfire - None yet. (Edit)