Lich Lord Venethrax

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Cryx Logo.jpg Lich Lord Venethrax

Cryx Warcaster

Lich Lord Venethrax is supremely well suited to root out and destroy the Dragonfather's dark progeny. He is given to an obsessive, sometimes narrow focus of his duties, and his every thought is devoted to details of the draconic war. His vast web of agents has spread across the mainland, listening for whispers of the dragons and their plans. they have gathered the corrupt lore of ancient Morrdh, studied tales of the dragon Ethrunbal's defeat within Ios, and learned rumors of a new legion of blighted elves commanding dragon-spawned creatures far in the Immoren north.

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 here for a newbie-friendly recap, or click here for the full rules.

Feat: Vengeance of the Dragonfather

Enemy models cannot allocate focus points to, or leech fury points from, models in Venethrax's control range. Vengeance of the Dragonfather lasts for one round.

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Tip !
See the recap in the Feat Thoughts section for a detailed list of what his feat does/doesn't affect.


  • Undead symbol.jpg Undead
  • Soul Taker: Cull Soul - This model can gain soul tokens. When a living enemy model is destroyed within 2" of this model, this model gains the destroyed model's soul token. After this model replenishes its focus during your next Control Phase, replace each soul token with 1 focus point.
  • Dismember - When this model hits a warbeast with a melee attack, roll an additional damage die.
  • Field Marshal [Countercharge] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Countercharge. (Countercharge - When an enemy model advances and ends its movement within 6" of a model with Countercharge and in its LOS, the model with Countercharge can immediately charge it. The model with Countercharge can use Countercharge only once per round and not while engaged.)


  • Wyrmbane - 2" reach, P+S 15 melee weapon.
    • Magical dam symbol.jpg Damage Type: Magical
    • Eruption of Ash - If a model is boxed by an attack made with this weapon, center a 3" AOE cloud on it then RFP it. The AOE is a hazard that remains in play for one round. Enemy models within the AOE when it is put into play suffer a POW 12 fire damage roll. Enemy models entering or ending their activation in the AOE suffer a POW 12 fire damage roll. Eruption of Ash damage rolls cannot be boosted.


Blood Rain

3 8 3 12 (Corrode) - Yes
Blood rain causes corrosion damage. Models hit suffer the Corrosion continuous effect.

2 8 - 12 (★) Yes
When Deadweight destroys an enemy living or undead model, choose an enemy model within 2" of it. The chosen model must forfeit either its Normal Movement or its Combat Action during its next activation, as its controller chooses.

3 SELF - - Upkeep No
When an enemy model casts a spell while in the spellcaster's control range, double the COST of the spell. Additionally, enemy models must pay double to upkeep spells on models/units in the spellcaster's control range.

3 10 - - Round Yes
Target model/unit suffers -2 DEF and ARM, loses Tough, and cannot have damage removed from it. Mortality lasts for one round.
Terminal Velocity

3 SELF Control - Turn No
Warjacks in the spellcaster's battlegroup that are currently in its control range can charge or make power attacks without spending focus and gain boosted melee attack rolls against living models. When an affected model targets a living model with a charge or slam power attack, it gains +2" movement. Terminal Velocity lasts for one turn.

Theme Forces

Thoughts on Lich Lord Venethrax

Lich Lord Venethrax in a nutshell

Venny is a warjack-oriented-brutality made incarnate. He is a powerful Hordes counter, probably the best Cryx has, with Terminal Velocity, Mortality, and his feat all tailor-made to squash living armies like pumpkins. By himself, he can even kill Gargantuans with a good charge.

While pretty powerful and quite resilient, Venethrax is more of a mid-range caster than frontline. Be very careful how you position him, as he may die pretty quickly if overextended. You should pick your targets carefully while remembering that he is quite able to handle himself in a fight, just don't expose him too much.

However, don't except much support for troops. Venny doesn't like nor cares for foot soldiers.

Feat thoughts

First, a recap of what the feat does:   [Show/Hide recap]
  • Hordes:
    • Warlocks cannot leech from their warbeasts.
    • Warlocks cannot leech from themselves (cut themselves for fury).
    • Warlocks can gain fury by reaving from a destroyed warbeast.
    • Warlocks can gain fury via Spirit Bond.
    • Warlocks can gain fury via other means, such as Thagrosh's Athanc rule. Such abilities are rare.
    • Warbeasts can have their fury "managed" normally by support models (things like Serenity and Condition)
    • Warbeasts can be forced normally (although they may have frenzied from all the un-leeched fury).
  • Warmachine:
    • Warcasters replenish focus normally.
    • Warjacks still gain a free focus from Power Up
    • Warcasters cannot allocate extra focus to warjacks.
    • Warjacks can gain focus via special rules (such as Empower or Accumulator). Such abilities are common.
  • Other:
    • Infernals are unaffected by Venethrax's feat.
    • Convergence Vectors are sort-of affected. They can't be allocated focus during the Control Phase, but they can still induct focus to each other during their activations.
    • Cephalyx Monstrosities are unaffected.

Venethrax's feat is pretty straightforward. Against Warmachine armies, enemy warjacks lose a lot of effectiveness during a crucial turn. Against Hordes, you should use your feat the turn where the enemy's warbeast are full of FURY. The enemy warlock will have to deal with having little fury to play with and most of his beasts frenzying (failing the frenzy check itself is no sure thing and that your opponent will be the one choosing the order in which beasts take their tests in the first place). This is also a great feat to prevent enemy from making retaliatory strikes when you go in for the kill.

Taking these points together, one conclusion is that you will generally get less mileage out of feating on turns where you intend to remove some of your opponent's beasts from the table. Thus, a good feat turn may sometimes involve scalpeling out key support pieces while jamming or baiting those beasts most likely to frenzy. Machine wraiths are exceptionally good candidates for this job. With smart positioning and a little luck, frenzied beasts can incur painful free strikes, be pulled out of scenario zones or control areas, and lured into countercharge range. However, do not neglect to account for the possibility that some of your opponents' beasts will get lucky and pass their frenzy check. Operate under the assumption that your opponent will be able to retain control over their beasts on their turn and try to position your pieces in such a way as to account for either contingency.

Against Warmachine, the feat's effects are more easily predictable, with a lower ceiling for chaos. Factions with special rules for how their battlegroups interact with focus, such as Cephalyx and Convergence, are particularly untroubled by Venethrax's feat (although with Monstrosities being living models, Terminal Velocity becomes a relevant threat again). However, one potentially overlooked dimension of the feat is how scary it is for enemy colossals. A list which fields a colossal is more or less always planning on allocating it a full stack of focus every turn; denying allocation on a critical turn can severely limit their offensive output, especially when combined with a well-placed application of Deadweight. Sidenote: unlike Grievous Wounds, Mortality does prevent colossals from removing damage.

Spell thoughts

Venethrax's signature spell of Terminal Velocity is fantastic - particularly against living high-def spams - and he will cast it most turns in most games. In fact the mere presence of TV will affect your entire list design; but beware that you don't lean on it too heavily, because the rest of his spell list is also very strong.

With the exception of Deadweight, all his spells are COST 3 which means Venethrax appreciates any arcane support he can get.

  • Taking a Spell Slave attachment is usually a good call, as it will have three solid options to cast from his card.
  • Easing his own focus burden for jack support by means of abilities like Empower or Accumulator also helps out his spellcasting potential tremendously.

You will usually want to take at least one arc node with him to project the full range of threats on his spell card, particularly Deadweight.

  • Blood Rain : Venethrax's only AoE spell. Best used against one wound infantry.
  • Deadweight : Hard to pull-off but a reliable way to remove mobility from a target. Can be extremely powerful. A well-placed Deadweight can turn the game around. Crippling a Warcaster's ability to escape is very effective.
  • Lamentation : If everything costs more for the enemy warcaster, he will have less resources to hurt you. Cast it once turn 1, upkeep whole game. Always have Lamentation on.
  • Mortality : A good debuff spell, remove a lot of defensives layers from the target and prevent warbeast from healing a crippled aspect. Note that it is not an upkeep. Mortality can alleviate problems with high-ARM or high-DEF models as well as cripple regenerators.
  • Terminal Velocity : Signature spell, make your warjacks FOCUS effective against living target. Automaticaly boosted attack increase your chances of critical.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • For his statline he is rather squishy, do not overextend. He is also hard-pressed against sniping. Keep an Inflictor ready.
  • Venethrax hates infantry. He doesn't need them, and he has no buffs to make them more effective. Just take more Warjacks.
  • At the same time, Venethrax's strong spell list and desire to position himself aggressively puts a lot of strain on focus allocation decisions, especially on turns where you will be casting Terminal Velocity.
  • Unlike his fellow Lich Lords Asphyxious the Hellbringer or Lord Exhumator Scaverous, Venethrax does not have ready access to the kind of remote harvesting tools that would enable him to hop aboard the soul train to focus city.
  • To add insult to injury, he can't even use his own weapon to try and get souls himself, as he has to RFP anything he boxes.
  • While amazing against Hordes, sometimes he has problems against Jack-heavy armies and other non-living, as his signature spell, Terminal Velocity, is moot on them.
  • Read what his feat does carefully! It does not stop reaving from destroyed warbeasts, nor does it stop power up.

Tricks & Tips

  • Countercharge:
    • You can use your jacks to block LOS to Venethrax then you can use countercharge to unblock Venethrax before he activates. That strategy depends on your opponent, though.
    • Countercharge can be used to punish models that rely on abilities like Reposition, Sprint, Dodge, Side Step, or Vengeance. Similarly, it can completely neutralize powerful one-time effects like Admonition or Enliven.
    • If you're planning to have a second rank of flying warjacks (Scavengers or Shrikes) with the strategy that they countercharge over your front line just remember - they need LOS to declare a countercharge (even though flying models don't need LOS to declare a normal charge)
  • Eruption of Ash:
    • Eruption of Ash from your melee attack is not optional.
    • Depending on the target's base size and proximity, there is a good chance Venethrax won't be within the cloud once it is placed (especially if you're attacking targets at your max 2" range). If you're not in it, you can't see through it. This can be good if it blocks enemy LOS to Venethrax, but it can also be bad if you wanted to fire some offensive spells at a target on the far side of the cloud.
    • As mentioned in drawbacks, Eruption of Ash is an RFP effect so he can't collect souls from models he attacks in melee. He will get souls from models killed by the template, if any, though. If you really want to get souls on him, you need to park him within 2" of the victim then use something else in your army to kill it.

List Building Advice


Venethrax has to open the game with attrition on his mind. Venethrax doesn't have a very reliable spell assassination. Without a way to give pathfinder, even with Terminal Velocity he can struggle to deliver a jack to the caster's face.

Use your force multipliers like Countercharge and Terminal Velocity to shift the battle in your favor. Reduce your opponent's ability to hit you back using the feat, Lamentation, and Deadweight. As the lines come closer together, leverage Venethrax's impressive personal combat abilities.

Things you take in his army to help him achieve this strategy is Jacks, Jacks, Jacks. If this is not enough, throw in more Jacks.

While his spells give Heavies a lot more punching power, Venny also loves to have light Jacks to create charge choke points with Countercharge.

Theme thoughts

As a 'jack caster Venny prefers to be in either Black Industries or Scourge of the Broken Coast, although a case can be made for taking him in Dark Host.

    Black Industries    

  • Withershadow Combine are a great help for Venethrax. He always wants Lamentation for Admonia, Mortality is perhaps the best spell Maelovus can cast, and several jacks means Tremulus should almost always have a good target to help with Puppet Strings, although helping Venethrax cast a Dead Weight is a great use of the spell as well.
  • A Soul Trapper if you have a spare point.
  • This theme is full of jacks, but see the #Battlegroup section for advice on non-character jacks.

    Scourge of the Broken Coast    

Venethrax can bring a flock of Scavengers for a spin here. Keep them behind a skirmish line and have them Counter Charge over it; with Gang Fighter they actually become quite scary little attackers. The troops here are also rather independent and don't mind the fact that Venny doesn't support them directly.

    Dark Host    

  • Between their native ghostly for ignoring terrain and the strong delivery benefits of the Dark Host theme, the only issue Banes really need help with is MAT-fixing, which Venethrax does support via Mortality (It also helps that Bane Lord Tartarus and his veteran leadership is a free choice inside that theme).
  • If you do go with a combined arms approach in Dark Host, Bane Riders in particular are an intriguing choice with Venethrax, because they solve their own MAT issues, but more importantly can keep pace with or flat outrun the jacks. Leading with a vanguard of Bane Riders while leaving a second wave of jacks in position to countercharge can be an effective way to unpack against opponents who you out-threat. Since ghostly allows them to ignore free strikes when they reposition, Bane Riders are able to charge and dig into the back arc of their targets, threatening free strikes on a potential feat-turn frenzy; alternately, you can use reposition to dictate which model the beast is likely to frenzy into. In either case, on a feat turn against Hordes, you will leave your opponent with little choice but to try to remove them, incurring a Vengeance move next turn.


  • The birdjacks, Shrike & Scavenger, can Countercharge from behind the frontline (so they don't get charged themselves) and don't care about intervening models (so don't need to worry about their countercharge lane getting blocked).
    • Note that they do need LOS to trigger countercharge, though.
  • Inflictors are good to have against shooty armies, as Venny is not that tough on his own and can be sniped if too exposed. The Inflictor also has a nice critical ability to go with with Terminal Velocity, and its two inches of reach helps create more possibilities for Countercharge.
  • Desecrators
    • Have a much better chance to get their Critical Shred with Terminal Velocity.
    • They have pathfinder innately, which Venny appreciates.
    • Grievous Wounds on its melee weapon is likewise an extremely useful tool against Hordes.
    • In addition, the pseudo-scather template on their guns is an effective countermeasure against the kinds of massed single-wound weapon master infantry which jack-heavy lists tend to struggle with.
    • A small downside is that the Descreator has Accumulator [Bane] so you want Banes in the list, but Venethrax doesn't really support Banes.

Starting a 25 point Brawl list

In 2020.10 Phillip Melvin, one of the LOS authors, put together this list for the Brawlmachine format. He even wrote about it's playstyle and expanding it beyond 25 points, which you can read here.

Theme - Black Industries

Lich Lord Venethrax: [+26 WJP]
Soul Trapper: [1 pt]
Mechanithralls (Min unit): [6 pts]
  • Command Attachment: [3 pts]
  • 3x Weapon Attachment: [Free] (6 pts)

Total RRP: USD $260 (based on PP's online store prices 2021.04)

For more Brawlmachine list ideas, see Category: Brawl List



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Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Feat - Vengeance of the Dragonfather

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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 : Eruption of Ash      (Edit)

  • If Eruption of Ash is on a magical weapon, then the initial attack can hurt an incorporeal model. However, the AOE that is put into play by the weapon is not magical and doesn't harm them.
  • Templates that do damage (Edit)   [Show/Hide]
    • Most templates that do damage to models that walk into them are defined as "Hazards" (such as Burning Ground) but there are a few that aren't Hazards (such as Creeping Barrage and Wall of Fire). The differences are:
      • A hazard is a terrain element
      • Damage from a hazard is never considered to be from the model or weapon/spell that put it into play. So hazards never gain special rules of the weapon/spell (such as a Damage Type or Poison), nor does it gain special rules of the model (such as Hand of Fate).
      • Damage from a non-hazard is considered to be from the model that put it in play. So non-hazards do get stuff like Hand of Fate. (Infernal Ruling)
      • Damage from a hazard is not from an attack (so won't trigger stuff like Vengeance)
      • Damage from a non-hazard is also not from an attack. Instead it will be a Special Action (Covering Fire), or a "instead of making an attack, place a template" (Creeping Barrage), or etc.
    • Damage templates from spells is complicated:
      • (Infernal Ruling)
      • Spells that leave templates that are not hazards (such as Razor Wall) do Damage Type: Magical.
      • Spells that leave templates that are hazards (such as Breath of Corruption) follow the rules for hazards, which are most likely not magical damage but it varies by the hazard.
      • The initial damage when you place the template, if any, is Damage Type: Magical.
      • For example, Breath of Corruption's initial POW 12 corrosion damage roll is Damage Type: Magical in addition to Damage Type: Corrosion. But the hazard that is put into play from Breath of Corruption is not Damage Type: Magical, just Damage Type: Corrosion.
    • By default, when you put a template into play it doesn't do damage to models they overlap. The exceptions are templates that are created by an AOE weapon, and templates that explicitly say they do damage when they're placed.
    • A model which is "placed" also counts as "entering" an area, so the template will damage any one who teleports/spawns into it, too.
    • If two templates are overlapping, a model that enters them will take two points of damage.
  • Hazardous Clouds (Edit)
    • A hazard, by definition, is a terrain effect. If a template is both a cloud and a hazard it will not block sprays as per the errata (2017.09) to spray attacks. (Infernal Ruling)

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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. Warcasters/warlocks/etc can normally cast a spell or use their feat "At any time". However, there is a core rule saying they cannot do so on the same activation that they run. So, they are subject to all the same restrictions listed above, plus they can't cast/feat before running.
      9. 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 after they run (Infernal Ruling) or fail a charge. Because that makes that specific model's activation to end even though the unit's activation is still ongoing, and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
        • You can use an "Any Time" ability before running, however.
      • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability 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 not normally Grunt models. Therefore they're not normally eligible for stuff like Revive.
    • Press Forward Order vs Spells cast at Any Time (Edit)
      • As of 2020.08, I have lost track of how this is supposed to work and I'm giving up until it is sorted properly. Refer to this thread for the latest ruling and follow-up questions.

    • 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 : Undead - None yet. (Edit)
    Rules Clarification : Cull Soul - None yet. (Edit)
    Rules Clarification : Dismember - None yet. (Edit)

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    Rules Clarification : Field Marshal      (Edit)

    • Field marshal only grants the ability to warjacks/warbeasts in the battlegroup, so (normally) the caster does not have the Field Marshal ability.
    • However if it is listed on the caster's card separately, such as on Magnus2, then they do have it. (Closed thread)
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    Rules Clarification:  : Countercharge      (Edit)
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        Triggering Countercharge    
    • You can trigger Countercharge if you're engaging, but not engaged.
    • You can trigger Countercharge during your own turn, if your opponent has an ability to move during your turn (such as Admonition).
    • Some abilities let you "ignore intervening models when declaring a charge" (such as Flight). Unfortunately, you still need LOS to trigger Countercharge, and it's only after CC is triggered that you actually get to declare a charge. In other words, Flight and Countercharge don't work together for LOS purposes.
    • What does trigger Countercharge
      • Countercharge triggers off any advance, not just in-activation stuff.
      • Standing still but changing facing is an advance.
    • What doesn't trigger Countercharge
      • Aiming, or forfeiting your movement, is not advancing.
      • If a model doesn't move, doesn't change facing, doesn't aim ... does nothing but skips straight ahead to its Combat Action, this is not an advance. (Infernal Ruling)
      • Being placed (such as Teleport) is not an advance.
      • Involuntary movement (being slammed, thrown, or pushed) is not an advance.
    • When a unit is moving, countercharge is triggered on a model-by-model basis. So you can countercharge after any model in the unit has finished its move within range, but you can only countercharge that model who just finished its movement. You can't "save it" until the entire unit finishes moving and then say "I'm going to Countercharge the first guy you moved."

        What can your opponent do?    

    • Once you trigger countercharge, your opponent cannot use a "Any Time" ability until the countercharge is fully resolved. Even though it's their turn.
    • They can trigger their own abilities from your movement (such as Admonition) and/or your attack (such as Shock Field).

        Attacks, Boosting, & Other Triggers    

    • You only get one attack when making a countercharge, regardless of how many initials you normally have.
    • The charge attack damage is only boosted if the Countercharger moved 3" or more, as with a regular charge.
    • Countercharge occurs outside of activation so you can't spend fury/focus to boost a countercharge attack, nor buy additional attacks afterwards, not trigger stuff that only happens during your Combat Action (like Berserk).
    • Even if you trigger Countercharge during your own activation, for the duration of you resolving the CC it "no longer counts" as being in your activation. This is a reversal of an earlier ruling. (Infernal Ruling)

        After the Countercharge    

    • You cannot use any abilities that trigger on "during activation" or "during combat action" (such as Sprint) after a Countercharge, as Counter Charge is not an activation. (Locked thread)

        Other interactions    

    • Countercharge during your own activation (Countercharge vs Admonition etc) ( Edit )
      • You can trigger Countercharge during your own activation, but only if an enemy model moves during your activation. For instance, you move towards a model who has Admonition and they trigger that to try to move away. (You do a normal move, they trigger admonition and move, you trigger countercharge from their admonition-move.)
      • However countercharge always counts as being out-of-activation, no matter when you trigger it. (Infernal Ruling)
      As a result, you can't trigger only-during-activation effects (such as Critical Shred & Sustained Attack).
      • On the other hand, you can potentially get two charge attacks (one for your normal charge, one for the counter charge). (Infernal Ruling)
        This ruling still applies even after the 2018.07 update (Infernal Re-ruling)
    • Countercharge plus Admonition
      • If a model has both CC and Admonition, it can trigger both at the same time. A model moves nearby, it admonitions away, then countercharges back in.
    • Countercharge vs Slipstream ( Edit )
      • Both these abilities trigger at the same time (end of movement). The active player then resolved his first.
      • This can let the Slipstream model place something to block the Countercharge model.
    • Assault vs Countercharge ( Edit )
    • Countercharge & Cavalry ( Edit )
      • A model with Countercharge and Cavalry can make Impact Attacks during the countercharge. (Refer "Charges Outside of Activation" in the rulebook).

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    Rules Clarification : Blood Rain      (Edit)

    • Damage Type (Edit)
      • This spell does elemental damage in addition to magical damage, not instead of magical damage. (Infernal Ruling)

    Rules Clarification : Deadweight - None yet. (Edit)

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    Rules Clarification : Lamentation      (Edit)

    • Casting Spells
      • Warcaster's that stand outside the Lamentation area, and use an arc node within the area, are unaffected.
      • Magic Abilities do not have a COST so are unaffected by Lamentation.
      • Models that can cast spells with a COST [X] for free (such as Blood Boon or Spell Slave) are unaffected by Lamentation - they can still cast COST [X] spells, they're not limited to COST [X/2] spells. (Infernal Ruling)
      • When combined with other abilities that change COST (such as Tanith's feat "Rites of the Wurm") use normal maths: double/halve first, then add/subtract. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Upkeeping Spells
      • It doesn't matter where the model doing the upkeeping is, it matters whether the model/unit that the upkeep is on is in control range.
      • Upkeeps which aren't on a model/unit (such as Veil of Mists or Rock Wall) are unaffected by Lamentation.
      • Models which upkeep spells by other means (such as Skarre2's Blood Trade) are unaffected by Lamentation. (Infernal Ruling)
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    Rules Clarification : Mortality      (Edit)

    • Mortality prevents models removing damage, but it doesn't prevent secondary effects associated with that heal rule (if there are any). For example:
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    Rules Clarification : Terminal Velocity      (Edit)

    • Warjacks need to be in the caster's control area at the time the spell is cast to gain the buffs, but they can move out later and still keep the buffs.
    • You get the free charge/power attack whether or not you target a living model.