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Cygnar Light Warjack

Few military developments have been so disquieting to Cygnar's rivals as the Hunter; simply stated, it is a jack assassin. Equipped with advanced mechanika relays, an inventive boiler design, and a Long Arm cannon specifically designed for penetrating heavily armored opponents over distances, the Hunter has already made a name for itself in the field.

Basic Info

Hunter
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Warcaster 0
BASE Medium
SPD 6
STR 8
MAT 6
RAT 7
M.A. N/A
DEF 14
ARM 15
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FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
THRS N/A
HP 24
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COST 10
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FA U
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Warcaster 1
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Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • Warjack - All warjacks share the same set of special rules. Most notably being big and stompy. Click the link for a full run-down.
  • Construct - This model is a construct and is not a living model.
  • Pathfinder - This model treats rough terrain as open terrain while advancing. While charging, slam power attacking, or trample power attacking, this model does not stop its movement when it contacts an obstacle.
  • Extended Control Range - When checking to see if this model is in its controller's control range, double the range.

Weapons

  • Battle Axe - 1" reach, P+S 12 melee weapon.
  • Long Arm - 14" range, POW 6 gun. The worst POW in Cygnar, but armor piercing makes it 10 times better.
    • Armor-Piercing - When calculating damage from this weapon, halve the base ARM stat of models hit.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

No changes since 2017.09


Thoughts on Hunter

Hunter in a nutshell

The Hunter is an accurate, long-range, armour piercing jack with great mobility. It Long Arm is exceptionally good at punching through naturally high ARM, erasing on average more than a column of an ARM 18 jack per shot with damage boost. It boasts above-average DEF, but weaker ARM and fewer HP than the other light warjacks (save the Grenadier).

This jack almost always ends up compared to the Defender, Cygnar's other long-range jack:

Defender Hunter
Cost
16 points 10 points
Range
16" aiming
21" walk-and-shoot
14" aiming
20" walk-and-shoot
Accuracy
RAT 6
But can aim more often due to longer range
RAT 7
Damage
Better against targets under natural ARM 18 and who have additional ARM protection (Shield, Buckler, spells, etc.) Better against targets with natural ARM 18 and above
Melee
MAT 7
P+S 17
9" melee threat
Good against heavy targets
MAT 6
P+S 12
10" melee threat
Only useful against light/medium single wound infantries and light solos.
Resilience
DEF 12
ARM 18
30 HP
DEF 14
ARM 15
24 HP
Other
  • Cortex Damage on the melee weapon
  • Can Trample
  • Armour Piercing gun,
  • Pathfinder to help navigation,
  • Extended Control Range
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Overall, the Defender is much more resilient, and better at dealing damage against targets with ablative protection (Buckler, Shield, spells, etc), while the Hunter is good against naturally high ARM targets. The Hunter beats the Defender in mobility, and flexibility in positioning, but cannot compete with it in melee. Superior range in SR2017 scenarios is a debatable advantage due to the increased number of terrain pieces.

Combos & Synergies

  • Kraye can let it retreat after shooting, plus Admonition keeps it safe from jammers.
  • Extended Control Range makes the Hunter ideal for Journeyman Warcasters, since the Journeyman's 6" control area, which can be a real pain to work with, is extended to 12" for the Hunter.
  • Works well with Haley2's Temporal Acceleration, giving him speed buff and another shot.
  • The Hunter loves nearly everything Captain Kara Sloan can offer.
  • Haley 3 lets it have a 32' leash. (8 focus= 16 doubled to 32, giving it an extremely long leash. If you want to consider absurd CTRL ranges, look for Nemo1 too, who is quite capable of leading the Hunter across the entire board. Also, extended CTRL range synergize very well with AOE:CTRL spells, like Deceleration.
  • Siege1 - Though the feat doesn't stack with Armour Piercing, he offers no damage buff to his army, and you'll need something to crack heavier targets, before Siege drops his feat. Also, Foxhole makes a DEF 18 jack out of the Hunter.
  • Long Gunners - The Hunter's shots are quality shots of the best kind. Use the Long Gunners' quantity fire to trigger Shield Guards and erase Sacrificial Pawn targets. It is especially pronounced in the Heavy Metal theme.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Abysmal melee capacity and fragile frame - once in melee, it is in deep trouble
  • Ablative ARM buffs (Arcane Shield, Carapace, Buckler, Wall of Steel, Shield, etc.) aren't halved, significantly lowering it's hitting power.
  • Very sensitive for jamming infantries - fortunately, extended control plus pathfinder often gives you space to evade them.

Tricks & Tips

  • With Pathfinder the Hunter can routinely hide in forests to boost its DEF to levels which are, for a warjack, absurd.
  • Try to put it in or behind a solid obstacle (walls, etc.) so that it benefits from cover, and can take advantage of Pathfinder to get away from the enemy if they make a move towards it.
  • The Hunter is great at shooting Battle Engines and other targets on huge base, as most of the defensive tricks won't work on them.
  • Extended Control Area, by its current wording applies to spells which affect models within CTRL zone - have fun with Magnetic Field, Energizer, Deceleration, Pursuit, and the like.
  • The Hunter is accurate enough to not need to boost to hit against its favoured targets. Just the one focus from Power Up is enough for it do its job.


Other

Trivia

Originally released in Warmachine: Escalation (2004)

Other Cygnar models

Cygnar Logo.jpg       Cygnar Index       (Edit)
Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters Caine1 - Caine2 - Caine3 - Constance - Darius - Haley1 - Haley2 - Haley3 - Jakes2 - Kraye - Maddox - Nemo1 - Nemo2 - Nemo3 - Sloan - Stryker1 - Stryker2 - Stryker3 - Siege1 - Siege2 - Sturgis1
Warcaster attachments Squire (Cygnar) - Madelyn Corbeau (Merc) - Reinholdt (Merc) - Wyshnalyrr (Merc)
Other Warjack Controllers

"Junior" Warcasters: Caine0 - Jakes1 - Journeyman - T. Warcaster Lieutenant
'Jack Marshals: Runewood - Strangewayes - Anson Hitch - Stormblade Captain - T. Master Gunner - Gun Mage CA - Stormblade CA - Sword Knights CA

Light Charger - Firefly - Grenadier - Hunter - Lancer - Minuteman - Sentinel
Ace - Thorn
Heavy Avenger - Centurion - Cyclone - Defender - Hammersmith - Ironclad - Reliant - Stormclad
Brickhouse - Dynamo - Gallant - Ol' Rowdy - Thunderhead - Triumph
Colossal Stormwall - Hurricane
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures
Units

Arcane Tempest Gun Mages - Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team - Field Mechaniks - Legion of Lost Souls - Long Gunner Infantry - OoI Resolutes - OoI Vigilants - Precursor Knights - Rangers - Silver Line Stormguard - Storm Lances - Stormblades - Stormguard - Stormsmith Grenadiers - Storm Tower - Sword Knights - Tempest Blazers - Tr Cannon Crew - Tr Chain Gun Crew - Tr Commandos - Tr Express Team - Tr Long Gunners - Tr Infantry - Tr Mechaniks
Special CA : Captain Jonas Murdoch (Mercenary unit) - Special WA: Morrowan Battle Priest (any unit)

Solos

Arcane Tempest Rifleman - Archduke Runewood - Captain Arlan Strangewayes - Captain Maxwell Finn - Commander Anson Hitch - Grand Master Gabriel Throne - Glyn Cormier, Illuminated One - Gun Mage Captain Adept - Journeyman Lieutenant Allister Caine - Journeyman Warcaster - Harlan Versh, Illuminated One - Lieutenant Allison Jakes - Lieutenant Bastian Falk - Lieutenant Gwen Keller - Major Katherine Laddermore - Major Harrison Gibbs - Morrowan Archon - Savio Montero Acosta - Sir Dreyfus the Storm Knight - Squire - Stormblade Captain - Stormcallers - Tr Buster - Tr Master Gunner - Tr Patrol Dog - Tr Warcaster Lieutenant - Viktor Pendrake

Battle Engines & Structures Storm Strider - Trencher Blockhouse
Theme Forces
Flame in the Darkness - Gravediggers - Heavy Metal - Sons of the Tempest - Storm Division
Mercenaries
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cygnar Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.07

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Warjack      (Edit)

  • The Cortex/Induction core rule means a warjack cannot have more than 3 focus at any time (maybe 4 if they're really special).
    • Many abilities give out focus and don't state an upper limit (such as Convection and Empower). Despite not stating an upper limit, they are always "hard-limited" by the core rule.
    • A warjack can have more than 3 focus during a turn, though. For instance, a knocked down warjack can Power Up and be Allocated 2 focus, then spend 1 to shake knockdown, then another model could Empower it back up to 3.
  • Warjacks cannot spend focus outside of their activation. For instance, they can't boost free strikes or trigger Powerful Attack on Broadsides. (Infernal Ruling)

Inert warjacks

  • Abilities that say they cannot be used if the model is stationary (such as Shield Guard) cannot be used while a warjack is inert, either. Refer "Warcaster Destruction", page 59 of the core rulebook.

Rules Clarification : Construct - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Armor-Piercing and/or Case Cracker     (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Extended Control Range and/or Long Leash - None yet. (Edit)