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Infernal Logo.jpg Howlers

Infernal Unit

Howlers take on a form that is extremely durable, each with a thick hide that turns aside blades and deflects or at least diminishes the impact of bullets. These beings warp reality around them in such a way that their presence facilitates greater infernals lingering on Caen.

Basic Info

Howlers
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Warcaster 0
BASE Medium
SPD 5
STR 8
MAT 7
RAT N/A
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DEF 12
ARM 17
CMD 8
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FURY N/A
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COST 9 / 15
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Understanding
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Abilities

  • Eyeless Sight symbol.jpg Eyeless Sight
  • Soulless symbol.jpg Soulless
  • Tough symbol.jpg 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.
  • Vengeance - During your Maintenance Phase, if one or more models in a unit with Vengeance were damaged by enemy attacks during the last round, each model in the unit can advance 3" and make one basic melee attack.

Weapons

Theme Forces

Thoughts on the Howlers

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Howlers in a Nutshell

Howlers are the heavy beat-stick infantry of the Infernals, though they are surprisingly pillow fisted on their own. Like their Griever buddies, they are native Infernals, and therefore lack the souls required to contribute to an essence economy. Instead, they are a meaningful recursion target for the ever-useful infernal gate, and bring enough special rules that they're a few buffs/debuffs away from being truly menacing and difficult to take off the table.

Combos & Synergies

  • They hugely appreciate any of the ARM debuffs available to Infernals, such as Curse of Shadows and Scything Touch, as well as the Desolator and Hermit.
  • They’re the model you’ll most likely want to bring back with an Infernal Gate.
  • Omodamos' feat increases their potential threat range to a whopping 14" and removes their difficulty with terrain. His signature spell also makes Howlers far more likely to weather a charge if necessary.
  • Saxon Orrik can provide pathfinder to them before being sacrificed for a Desolator to further help the Howlers rip and tear.
  • Wretches provide healing via That Which Does not Kill You in Hearts of Darkness, which es very useful if you just spawned some new ones with the Infernal Gate.
  • Kommander Andrei Malakov has Veil of Mist, as a nice terrain solution and his feat works very well with Tough multi-wound infantry with vengeance.
  • Lieutenant Crosse, Resistance Fighter packs Dauntless Resolve, making them ARM 20.
  • Aurum Legate Lukas di Morray he can give them some very nice threat extention via Mirage (note that it triggers before Vengeance moves, so you get to make a 5", non-linear move before activation in total.) Alternatively he can make them ARM 19 with Iron Flesh. Oh and he also has the damage buff they so desperatly want.
  • Valin Hauke, The Fallen Knight - He gives them immunity to knock down and stationary, to go with their native Tough and Vengeance.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • They have a lot of good special rules but lack the fundamentals of Pathfinder and hitting power. Howlers need a bit of help to tip over from being a good unit to being a great one.

Tricks & Tips

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Other

Trivia

  • Released with the Faction launch (2019.06)

Other Infernal models

Infernal Logo.jpg       Infernal Index       (Edit)
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
Solos

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

Units

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 : Eyeless Sight      (Edit)

  • A model that ignores Stealth must ignore both aspects: both (1) the auto-missing, and (2) the 'not counting as an intervening model' parts.
    • This can have some strange interactions with casters & channelers, if one has Eyeless Sight and one does not. There are examples on the Category:Channeler page.

Rules Clarification : Soulless - None yet. (Edit)
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. (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".
    • If your other generated-attack is a ranged attack (such as Quick Work or Kill Shot) then you can't use it. Not unless everything in melee range is dead, at which point you can't resolve Berserk. (Infernal Ruling)
  • "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 : Vengeance and/or Righteous Vengeance and/or Retaliation and/or Swift Vengeance and/or Tantrum     (Edit)

  • Vengeance moves do not have to be towards an enemy model.
  • You can choose to not move, but still get the attack. One is not conditional on the other.
  • When resolving Vengeance, move all models in the unit before making any attacks. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you have more than one unit with Vengeance, move all of unit A then complete all of unit A's attacks, before starting to move unit B.
  • Vengeance is not an activation. It does not prevent the unit from activating and acting normally later in the turn.
  • Stationary and knocked down models may not perform Vengeance moves nor attacks.
  • Out of formation models cannot make attacks.
  • Due to the way it is worded Vengeance can be "inherited" by unit attachments that do not actually have the Vengeance ability themselves. For instance, a Soulless Escort attached to the Spears of Scyrah.
    • If anyone is damaged, including the attachment, everyone in the unit gets to trigger Vengeance.
    • But if everyone is killed except the attachment, then he doesn't get to trigger Vengeance because the rule is "no longer on the table".
  • Triggers
    • Only enemy attacks trigger Vengeance. There are plenty of ways enemies can damage you without attacking you (such as Electro Leap) and these will not trigger Vengeance.
    • If a CA has Granted: Vengeance then only models in formation have it. However, models that are damaged while out of formation can trigger Vengeance, they just will not benefit from it. (Locked thread)


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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 : 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.