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Cryx Logo.jpg General Gerlak Slaughterborn

Cryx Blighted Trollkin Character Solo

Gerlak Slaughterborn is a hulking monster of battle. His infamous brutality has caused brave men to fall to their knees in terror at the mere sight of him, unable even to defend themselves. Leading his notorious Bloodgorgers, this horribly blighted trollkin has earned his reputation with a century of massacre. Bloodgorgers claim that if piled into the deep, the bodies of his slain would create a grisly bridge reaching all the way from Garlghast to the mainland. Cryx has found better use for Slaughterborn's death toll: necrotechs follow in his wake and pick among the cleft bodies like carrion crows. From his detritus rise mechanithralls, brute thralls, and endless other unliving soldiers of Cryx.

Basic Info

General Gerlak Slaughterborn
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the Statblock


  • 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.
  • Berserk - When this model destroys one or more models with a melee attack during its Combat Action, immediately after the attack is resolved it must make one additional melee attack against another model in its melee range.
  • Bloodthirst - When it charges a living model, this model gains 2" movement.
  • Overtake - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a basic melee attack during its Combat Action, after the attack is resolved it can immediately advance up to 1".
  • Unyielding - This model gains +2 ARM against melee damage rolls.
  • Elite Cadre [Bloodgorgers] - Friendly Bloodgorgers models gain Berserk (as above).
  • Veteran Leader [Blighted Trollkin] - While in this model's command range, other friendly Blighted Trollkin models gain +1 to attack rolls.


  • Great Axe - 1" reach, POW 5, P+S 13 melee weapon
    • Weapon Master - When attacking with this weapon, add an additional die to its damage rolls.
    • Grievous Wounds - A model hit by this weapon loses Tough and cannot have damage removed from it for one round.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

No changes since 2018.01

Thoughts on General Gerlak Slaughterborn

General Gerlak Slaughterborn in a Nutshell

Gerlak Slaughterborn is the leader of the Bloodgorgers, and is able to turn them into a wrecking crew able to scythe through infantry with a Berserk/Overtake combination.

He is scary against hordes of infantry, as he can attack one, make an Overtake move, make a Berserk attack, make another move, rinse and repeat until they're all dead or you make a bad dice roll.

Combos & Synergies

  • Most of the time he'll be taken in the Slaughter Fleet Raiders theme (where he'll be free) alongside Bloodgorgers and/or Marauders.
    • Bloodgorgers - making them good is his job. He only needs to be in the same list to give them Elite Cadre.
    • To a lesser extent, Blighted Trollkin Marauders like him for the +1 to hit.
    • When taken with either Bloodgorgers or Marauders, Jussika Bloodtongue still counts as a "Bloodgorger" model, and therefore benefits from his Elite Cadre.
  • Anyone who can reliably deliver him. P+S 13 with Weapon Master can ruin a good few units' days, especially when sufficiently debuffed by Cryx's warcasters.
  • Sturgis the Corrupted or Scaverous can extend his threat range, widely broadening his area of operations.
  • Anyone who can make him hit harder (using Scything Touch or Curse of Shadows or any of our other debuffs).
    • With the amount of attacks you want Slaughterborn to be making, you want to limit the amount of 'failed attacks' you're getting out of him. Iron Lich Asphyxious can get him killing ARM 20 single-wound models even on triple-one damage rolls!
    • In addition, Deneghra, the Soul Weaver and Lich Lord Venethrax both have Mortality, which gives Slaughterborn +2/+2 to hitting and damage. Pretty good for mitigating the amount of 'failed attacks' he'll make.
      • However, in order to even make a swing, he's got to get there first.
  • The Withershadow Combine can give him Puppet Master, to reduce the odds of a bad dice roll stopping his Pacman attack.
    • Unfortunately the WSC are not available in Slaughter Fleet, so you need to play out-of-theme for that combo, or use Eilish.
  • Remember, P+S 13 Weapon Master is the equivalent damage output of a Bane Warrior. If there's no infantry for him to mulch, Gerlak can at least make a dent in something heavier.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • You don't want him without Bloodgorgers
  • Swathes of infantry are currently rare so it's a target poor environment.
    • The addition of Weapon Master, though, gives him something to do against harder targets.

Tricks & Tips

  • It's often worth running with him rather than charging - get him into position for the Bloodgorger wave.



Other Cryx models

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Battlegroup & Similar

Agathia - Aiakos2 - Asphyxious1 - Asphyxious2 - Asphyxious3 - Coven - Deneghra1 - Deneghra2 - Deneghra3 - Goreshade1 - Goreshade2 - Goreshade3 - Mortenebra1 - Mortenebra2 - Rahera - Scaverous - Skarre1 - Skarre2 - Skarre3 - Sturgis2 - Terminus - Venethrax

Warcaster attachments The Withershadow Combine - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Skarlock Thrall - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers Iron Lich Overseer (Marshal) - Aiakos1 (BGC) - Deneghra0 (BGC)

Cankerworm - Deathripper - Defiler - Helldiver - Nightwretch - Ripjaw - Scavenger - Shrike - Stalker


Barathrum - Corruptor - Deathjack - Desecrator - Erebus - Harrower - Kharybdis - Inflictor - Leviathan - Malice - Nightmare - Reaper - Seether - Slayer

Colossal Kraken - Sepulcher
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures
Units - Living BO Boarding Party - BO Ironmongers - BO Smog Belchers - Bloodgorgers - Marauders - Cephalyx Drudges - Cephalyx Overlords - Satyxis Gunslingers - Satyxis Blood Witches - Satyxis Raiders - Scharde Dirge Seers - Scharde Pirates
Units - Undead

Bane Knights - Bane Riders - Bane Warriors - Bile Thralls - Carrion Thralls - Mechanithralls - Necrosurgeon - Revenant Cannon - Revenant Crew - Soulhunters - The Withershadow Combine

Solos - Living/Construct

Aiakos1 - Axiara - Darragh Wrathe - Deneghra0 - Gerlak - Misery Cage - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Satyxis Raider Captain - Severa Blacktide - Warwitch Siren

Solos - Undead

Agrimony - Bane Lord Tartarus - Bloat Thrall - BTO Mobius - Captain Rengrave - Hellslinger - Iron Lich Overseer - Machine Wraith - Necrotech - Pistol Wraith - Scrap Thrall - Skarlock Thrall - Soul Trapper

Battle Engines & Structures Wraith Engine
Theme Forces
Black Industries - Dark Host - The Ghost Fleet - Infernal Machines - Scourge of the Broken Coast - Slaughter Fleet Raiders
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cryx Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.02

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : Weapon Master - None yet. (Edit)

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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.

Rules Clarification : Tough - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Berserk      (Edit)

  • Berserk grants an additional attack which by definition can only occur during your Combat Action. Therefore Berserk doesn't work on free strikes, impact attacks, etc.
  • If Berserk triggers at the same time as another "attack generating" ability (such as Black Spot), Berserk means you must make an attack. But it can be either a Berserk attack or the other one. (Infernal Ruling)
    In other words you can't say "I trigger both Berserk and Black Spot, I choose Black Spot, Black Spot is optional, so I'm not making any more attacks".
  • "Immediately" means you can't save it until later in your activation. Berserk must be resolved at step 14 of the attack sequence (refer Apdx A).
  • You cannot use "Any Time" abilities while resolving the original attack, the Berserk attack, or between the attacks. Refer Apdx A.
  • Berserk doesn't trigger during a frenzy. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Berserk will not trigger if the target uses an ability to move the damage to another model (such as a warlock transfer).
    • But it will trigger if they use an ability to move the attack to a different model (such as Grim Salvation).

Rules Clarification : Bloodthirst - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Swift Hunter and/or Overtake     (Edit)

  • The free move must be resolved before other abilities that involve attacks (such as Quick Work or Berserk). Refer Step 12 vs 14 in Appendix A.
  • This ability does not trigger off special attacks, only basic ones.
  • An important difference:
    • Swift Hunter can be triggered by any attack, including out-of-activation attacks.
    • Overtake only works on attacks during your Combat Action. Even stuff like Impact Attacks won't trigger it.
  • Blood Boon & Overtake (Edit)
    As of 2019.03, this interaction is only available to Iona the Unseen   [Show/Hide]
    • Overtake is resolved at Step 12. Blood Boon is resolved at either Step 12 or 14 depending on whether you cast an offensive spell or not.
    • You can choose whether to trigger Overtake or Blood Boon first.
    • If you decide to cast a spell before resolving Overtake, that's fine. But if you choose an offensive spell, then you've skipped ahead to Step 14 and you've lost your chance to use Overtake.
    • (Infernal Ruling for all of the above)

Rules Clarification : Unyielding - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Leadership      (Edit)

  • If you have two Leaders handing out the same buff, then sometimes they stack (Bronzeback) and sometimes they don't (Exemplar Bastion). (Infernal Ruling)
  • See specific models for case-by-case clarifications.