Ghost Sniper

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Retribution Logo.jpg Ghost Sniper

Retribution Ghost Solo

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Unlimited Only
This model can only be used in the Unlimited game mode. You can see the other models with / without mk4 rules on this page.

Note that the rest of this page is about the model's Mark III rules.

Ghost snipers are specialized and secretive hunter-killers employed ostensibly to help patrol the borders by employing powerful rifles to bring death to hapless intruders who wander into their sights. Many were already sympathetic to the Retribution while others seek profit and a chance to exercise their skills abroad. These killers stand ready to aim their formidable rifles at the enemies of the Retribution.

Basic Info

Ghost Sniper
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Warcaster 0
BASE Small
M.A. N/A
DEF 14
ARM 11
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HP 5
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FA 2
Warcaster 1
the Statblock


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  • Marksman - When this model damages a warjack or warbeast with a ranged attack, choose which column or branch suffers the damage.
  • Swift Hunter - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a basic ranged attack, immediately after the attack is resolved it can advance up to 2".


  • Arcane Cannon - 14" range, POW 10 ranged attack
    • Deadly Shot - Instead of making a damage roll to resolve an attack with this weapon, you can choose to have a model hit by this weapon suffer 3 damage points instead. A model disabled by this attack cannot make a Tough roll.
  • Sword - 0.5" reach, P+S 7 melee attack

Theme Forces

Thoughts on Ghost Sniper

Ghost Sniper in a nutshell

Ghost Sniper is a straight combat solo. Set damage on his Deadly Shot, along with Marksman designates his task against heavier targets. If you found juicier, soft targets, Swift Hunter lets you to slither back into the bushes after killing. Deadly Shot doesn't do enough damage to take out a solo, but can put crucial damage into multi-wound Shield Walled infantry, like MoW Troppers, or Cataphract Cetrati.

Combos & Synergies

Nearly any lists can make use of a sniper. He is rather self-sufficient, and can slowly chip away health from afar as long as he keeps shooting. He rarely warrants direct support, but if you have the spare points for him, why not?

  • Eiryss1 and 2 snipers mean 9 points of fixed damage, even into the toughest target
  • Another sniper - a duo of them can scalpel out arc nodes from all but the best armored warjacks. Against warbeasts, aim for the Spirit aspect. Ryssovass Defenders can also do targeted damage in melee, House Vyre Electromancers can fry cortexes.
  • Goreshade4 and Kaelyssa have ways to stationary enemy warnouns. If you use Snipers to carve out the cortex/spirit, they can no longer shake stationary.
  • The Defenders of Ios theme gives Reposition, which stacks nice with Swift Hunter for a total of 5" movement after killing something - or an emergency 3" move, if you need to back off.
  • Clouds and Stealth is a serious issue for a long range shooter - something that Issyria's feat can manage.
  • Garryth, Eye of Vengeance - Mostly you are playing these models together because scary Garry has an amazing feat on ranged models, shooting out of activation still works with swift hunter and deadly shot, Blackpenny is useful but the ghost sniper usually can shoot something with its impressive range.

Drawbacks and Downsides

  • His low ARM makes him an easy target for blasts.
  • He has no way of seeing through Stealth or clouds.
  • There are many good solos in the Retribution's arsenal: for free, he is usually not your first choice. If you have to pay for him it is hard to find balance between omitting others solos for him, and not bloating your army list with too much support.
  • if he gets caught up in melee he is pretty much a write off as he won’t take a free strike and live.

Tricks and Tips

  • Against ARM 14 targets there's a good 58% possibility that you'll cause equal or less damage than with Deadly Shot. Keep it in mind when you might want to roll for damage. Plus, sparing a damage roll can win you precious seconds on your deathclock.



Released in Forces of Warmachine: Retribution of Scyrah (November 2009)

Other Retribution models

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Battlegroup & Similar

Elara2 - Falcir1 - Garryth1 - Garryth2 - Goreshade4 - Helynna1 - Issyria1 - Kaelyssa1 - Ossyan1 - Rahn1 - Ravyn1 - Thyron1 - Vyros1 - Vyros2

Warcaster attachments Fane Knight Guardian (Retribution) - Sylys Wyshnalyrr (Retribution) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers Elara1 (BGC) - Sentinel Scyir ('Jack Marshal) - Artificer ('Jack Marshal)
Light Warjacks Aspis - Chimera - Gorgon - Griffon - Harpy - Siren
Heavy Warjacks

Aeternae - Banshee - Daemon - Discordia - Hemera - Hydra - Hypnos - Imperatus - Manticore - Phoenix - Sphinx

Colossal Hyperion - Helios
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines

Cyelna & Nyss Hunters - D Destors - D Invictors - D Sentinels - Heavy Rifle Team - H Halberdiers - H Riflemen - HE Swordsmen - HE Wardens - HS Arcanists - HS Battle Mages - HV Electromancers - MH Infiltrators - MH Strike Force - Ryssovass Defenders - Spears of Scyrah - Stormfall Archers
Special: Eiryss3 (CA) - Soulless Escort (WA)


Aelyth Vyr - Arcanist Mechanik - D Destor Thane - D Sentinel Scyir - Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios (1) - Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (2) - Eiryss, Fortune Hunter of Ios (4) - Elara, Tyro of the Third Chamber (1) - Fane Knight Guardian - Fane Knight Skeryth Issyen - Ghost Sniper - Hermit of Henge Hold - HE Warden Executioner - HS Artificer - HS Magister - Houseguard Thane - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress Lys Healer - MH Assassin - Narn, Mage Hunter of Ios - Nayl - Priest of Nyssor - Scythe - Soulless Voidtracer

Battle Engines Arcantrik Force Generator - Dawnguard Trident
Theme Forces
Defenders of Ios - Forges of War - Legions of Dawn - Shadows of the Retribution
Refer to Category: Retribution of Scyrah Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2021.04

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : Deadly Shot - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Marksman and/or Precision Strike     (Edit)

  • These abilities do not get around Retribution Force Fields. The attacker's ability assigns it to a column, and Force Field reassigns it.
  • Versus a Colossal or Gargantuan, you don't get to choose which grid is damaged. That is still governed by which Firing Arc the attacker is standing in.
  • Attacker chooses column vs Defender chooses column (Edit)
    • When both the attacker and defender have an ability that lets them choose the column that gets damaged, the attacker gets to choose. (Infernal Ruling)
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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.
  • If you make a free strike during your Combat Action (for instance the enemy used a special rule to move during your Combat Action) you can trigger Overtake on that free strike. It still counts as being during your Combat Action. (Infernal Ruling)