Lord Exhumator Scaverous

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Cryx Logo.jpg Lord Exhumator Scaverous

Cryx Warcaster

Scaverous has served the Nightmare Empire for many centuries. His mortal life as a historian and arcanist who dabbled in the black arts was but a harbinger of the work that has consumed him since. Bestowed the gift of undeath for his obsession with and skillful pursuit of knowledge, Scaverous was immediately put to work, first in the Archive of Skell and later abroad to gather intelligence. He spent decades specializing in those exacting necromantic arts required to unbind the tongues of the dead, to manifest their shades from echos left on their bones and force from them answers to his questions.

Basic Info

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BASE Medium
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ARM 17
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Warcaster 1
the Statblock


  • Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. (Click the link for a full rundown.)
  • Undead symbol.jpg Undead
  • Knowledge of the Damned - When a model in this model's control range makes an attack or damage roll, this model can spend a soul token to make that model reroll it.
  • 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.


  • Avernus - 2" reach, POW 6, P+S 14 melee weapon.
    • Magical dam symbol.jpg Damage Type: Magical
    • Thresher (★ Attack) - This model makes one melee attack with this weapon against each model in its LOS that is in this weapon's melee range. Thresher attacks are simultaneous.



Death Ward

2 6 - - Upkeep -
Target friendly Faction model/unit gains +2 ARM. If an affected warjack is damaged, you get to choose which column suffers the damage. Models are not affected while out of formation.

3 10 - 13 - Yes
If this spell boxes a living enemy warrior it is RFP'd. Then you can add to play one Grunt to a friendly Cryx small-based undead unit in the caster's control range. The Grunt is placed within 3" of the caster, in formation, and must forfeit its Combat Action this turn.
Feast of Worms

4 10 4 12 Upkeep Yes
(1) Enemy models in the AOE suffer -2 ARM (before the damage roll), (2) Scaverous gains souls from living models that are destroyed while in the AOE, and (3) The AOE remains in play as long as the upkeep is paid.
Icy Grip

2 8 - - Upkeep Yes
Target warrior model/unit suffers -2 DEF and cannot run or make special attacks unless they have Immunity: Cold.
Soul Harvester

2 6 - - Upkeep -
When target friendly Faction model/unit destroys a living enemy model with a melee attack, the spellcaster gains the destroyed model’s soul token regardless of the proximity of other models.

2 8 - - - (★)
Place target model completely within 2" of its current location. When Telekinesis targets an enemy model, it is an offensive spell and requires an attack roll. A model can be placed by Telekinesis only once per turn.

Feat: Black Gate

Black Gate has 3 effects, all of which lasts for one round:

  1. While in Scaverous' control range, friendly Cryx models gain boosted magic attack rolls.
  2. When Scaverous casts a spell, reduce the COST of the spell by 1.
  3. When an enemy model casts a spell while within Scaverous' control range, increase the COST by 1.
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Tip !
The third effect:

  • doesn't affect models that cast a spell via a Magic Ability, since those have no cost.
  • doesn't affext models that "cast a spell that is COST 3 or less for free" because the feat doesn't change the base cost.
  • does, however, affect warbeast's animus.

Theme Forces

Thoughts on Scaverous

Scaverous in a nutshell

Scaverous is a spellslinger caster with a strong soul collection mechanic. He enables his army to do their job better. He can debuff ARM through Feast of Worms, has control elements from Icy Grip, but his main shtick is Telekinesis and Soul Harvester. On feat turn he can put out at least 7 telekinesis, all of them with boosted attack rolls. If you got souls on the turn before, you can spam even more.

His model does look like a melee powerhouse, his DEF/ARM is okay, and Thresher on his 2" weapon is good - but despite all this, he doesn't want to get in melee. He'll be spending nearly all his focus stack every turn, leaving him reasonably vulnerable to assassination.

Feat thoughts

In an ideal world you'd use his feat the turn after you've gorged on souls, so that you have plenty of focus to sling spells around. But this would mean that you wouldn't use your feat until Turn 3 (given that you're unlikely to gorge on souls on turn 1) and often Turn 3 can be too late.

Instead, Scav often prefers to use his feat on Turn 2, just as the lines engage, to spam Telekinesis, to land a much-needed debuff, or Excarnate some Grunts into play. This can help him get the alpha strike and start the attrition war in his favour.

Last thought: it can be tempting to fill your army up with spellcasters to maximise on the feat, but just be careful you don't overload on fragile mages and leave yourself too few points to spend on "boots on the ground" combat troops.

Spell thoughts

  • Death Ward is best on a high-value warjack who doesn't want Scav's Soul Harvester upkeep, to keep that warjack alive longer.
    • Erebus is a good choice, as are colossals.
    • Any jack with ARM 18 or higher, as stacking an ARM buff on an already-high ARM is just good sense.
    • Alternatively, you could put it on a unit of high-ARM infantry. Bane Riders and Bane Knights with Death Ward are ARM20 (when B2B for Knights) and ARM22 against shooting and magic with a Wraith Engine. Combine with Darragh Wrathe for even more ARM skew.
  • Feast of Worms is an expensive spell, but well worth it.
    • It can be used for pure offense (vs clumped-up troops like Durst or Trollbloods), for extra soul-collecting, and sort-of as a board control element. If some high-ARM enemy are out of range, you can land the AOE in front of them and say "come towards me, and you'll be dust next turn."
    • It can circumvent some forms of anti-magic tech that prevent targeting; you can run a Machine Wraith or TK an enemy model over, target them, and clip the warded model you want to debuff.
    • It has slight skornergy because if you're throwing it at easily-killed models to gobble their souls, then the ARM debuff is likely overkill; and vice versa.
  • You're generally putting Icy Grip out for the DEF debuff and let your army hit more reliably. Other applications include:
    • Put it on a slow warcaster/solo/unit early in the game, to keep it out of the fight. Telekinesis it backwards to add insult to injury.
    • Put it on a unit of spellcasters (like Hex Hunters) that rely on using a Special Attack to cast a spell. Without that, they can't act in combat at all.
  • Soul Harvester is your main source of soul-income. It is best going on a unit that can a) quickly close the gap with the enemy, and b) can reliably kill infantry, preferably in droves.
    • Soul Hunters or Bane Riders are a good choice, thanks to their SPD and number of attacks.
    • I've heard people suggest Bloodgorgers with Gerlak, because Berserk + Overtake lets them "Pacman" through enemy units, but I think they're a bit slow to be ideal. On the other hand, you only need 1 or 2 to make it to the enemy to start a Pacman, and Telekinesis on 1 or 2 guys isn't hard.
    • The Harrower can be decent thanks to its 2" Thresher ability.
  • Telekinesis is, hands-down, a fantastic utility spell. Here are some general tips applicable to any caster: (Edit)
    • Battle Engines can be placed (unlike other huge-based models).
    • Enemy model out of your charge range? Move your own model 2" forward. Still too far away? Move the enemy 2" closer. That's a 4" threat range extender!
    • Move enemy models 2" straight backwards, so they don't have range to charge/attack you next turn. While you're at it, spin them around so they can't declare charges and so you get the back strike bonus.
    • Move models out of your charge lanes, or to open up LOS.
    • Move enemy models out of scenario zones.
    • Is there an enemy 'jack or 'beast right at the edge of control range? TK them away from their controller so they can't Power Up or manage Fury next turn. Turn them around so they might occasionally frenzy into the enemy lines.
    • Is there an enemy unit with most of the troopers right at the edge of formation range? TK the commander away from his troops so they're out of formation.
    • Do enemy models get a bonus for being B2B? You can stop that.
    • TK your own caster forwards or backwards to be more threatening or more cowardly.
    • TK enemy models into range of your passive debuffs (such as Dark Shroud), then gang up on them.
    • TK enemy models into hazards to force them to take damage.
    • Move friendly models out of melee before they activate, to avoid free strikes.
    • Are you using arc nodes? After you're done, cast TK on the node itself to move it back and keep it safe(r) for next turn.
    • Or TK the arc node forward before casting offensive spells. This is especially useful if advancing the node those last 2" would trigger something nasty like Garryth2's feat.
    • Feast of Worms is a great debuff to move enemys into.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • He's a special order model.
  • As a spellslinger with 4 upkeeps, Scaverous doesn't play well with anti-spell stuff, particularly anti-upkeep stuff.
  • Despite being modeled as a badass robot dude with a huge scythe, he almost never wants to get into combat.
  • With only MAT 6 it's best you forget about Thresher. Although with Icy Grip he can push himself to effective MAT 8 vs warrior models, which are his preferred Thresher targets.

Tricks & Tips

  • Don't forget that Feast of Worms' ARM debuff applies before the damage roll. So you'll be doing:
    • Effective POW 14 vs the model directly hit
    • Effective POW 8 blast damage vs enemy models hit
    • Actual POW 6 blast damage vs friendly models hit
  • Using Star-Crossed from Wrong Eye with rerolls from Scaverous can be a very potent combination.
  • The "Spanish Inquistion" tactic
Warning: This is a high-cost, low-reward venture. You want to avoid using it, if possible.
But sometimes you're forced to be the 2nd player, your opponent advances very aggressively, just outside of your threat range. Furthermore, they're poised to feat on their turn 2 to lock you out of the scenario and/or prevent you making any meaningful attacks.
Net result: you've got nothing to attack on your turn 1, and very little to attack on turn 2. You can try and play defensively for 2 turns and hope enough of your army survives to give you a meaningful turn 3, or you can try something nobody expects.
  1. Feat at the start of your turn 1 and only cast Telekinesis, and cast it as many times as possible - Deathjack, WSC, Doctor Stygius, Misery Cage, and/or Blood Priestess can all help here.
  2. Use this to launch your army straight into those aggressively-positioned models, that weren't expecting all your threat ranges to grow by 2" (or 4" if you TK the enemy too) on turn 1.
  3. Hope like hell that this surprise turn 1 attack upsets your opponent's plans sufficiently for you to stay in the game.
  • Severa's "Mini-Hellmouth" feast
    • Severa Blacktide has a Chain Attack which will pull models closer then do a POW 12 to everyone in an AOE, similar to the Hellmouth spell.
    • This creates an interesting synergy with Scaverous's Feast of Worms spell - his spell will increase her Chain Attack to effective POW 14, and she will drag more models into the Feast AOE for him to gobble their souls.
    • The downside is that you want an enemy model in the ideal position that can survive both the Feast of Worms being cast at them, and Severa shooting them twice, but has enough models clumped up for you to get the souls. Basically you're looking for a heavy warjack surrounded by light infantry.

List-Building Advice


As an army-enabler, he doesn't really have one strategy. Instead he has a flexible toolbox that allows him to adapt to the flow of the game. Unfortunately, this can leave new players floundering with "Analysis Paralysis" where they spend so long thinking about what he could do with his focus this turn, they lose sight of the overall game and let the win slip through their fingers. To alleviate this, I suggest you choose one of the following strategies, build your list to capitalise on it, then play that list to death before picking another strategy.

  1. Telekinesis-enabled assassination
    • Figure out if any of your models can charge the enemy caster (ignore everything between them). Don't forget to add 3" to your threat range. Now that you've checked that, start spamming TK to move anything blocking your charge lane out of the way, then charge and go to town.
    • With this strategy, you'll probably want to have 2-3 fast, hard-hitting assassins in your army list. You spread them out the turn before the assassination, to saturate your opponent with threat vectors and maximise the chance they leave at least one with a "gap" to charge through (or at least a "gap" you can create with a minimum number of TK).
    • Ideally, you won't have to cast TK too often and you'll have enough focus left to cast either an Icy Grip or Feast of Worms on the enemy caster.
  2. Telekinesis-enabled attrition
    • In this strategy, you're looking to get the first strike, preferably against your opponent's most high-value targets. They'll try to keep them away from your army, and you'll just TK yourself and/or them closer, so that you get the charge.
    • You should also keep an eye out for important support models (like Choir and the Krielstone) that are trying to hide. Then use TK to bring them forward where you can either shoot them or charge them.
    • This strategy doesn't work very well with and/or against troop-spam lists - there's simply too many guys to cast TK on in any one turn.
    • With this strategy, you'll probably want one or two heavy-hitters that you can TK forwards and then charge the enemy. You also might want a bit of shooting in your list, to kill any screening units that are trying to block you from getting at the high-value targets.
  3. Plain attrition
    • Here, you're playing with and/or against a troop-spam army, where there are no obvious high-value targets worth TK-ing. Instead what you're doing is throwing out Icy Grip and/or Feast of Worms to debuff the enemy to the point where your army can kill them, preferably faster than they kill you.


  • You want decent targets for his Soul Harvester and Death Ward upkeeps - refer to the Spell Thoughts section above.

Theme thoughts

As an army enabler, Scaverous does quite well in any theme. However, he does like something that can hit hard (like Dark Host) because his only ARM debuff is an expensive Cost 4 spell.

    Black Industries    

This theme gives him access to most of the stuff he has the best synergies with, so he will spend most of his time here.

  • Deathjack
    • DJ can cast Telekenisis, and you can never have enough TKs in your game!
    • DJ can cast Excarnate, but DJ can't spawn a trooper because DJ doesn't have a control range.
    • Death Ward is DJ's favourite buff, stacking with Carapace to make DJ ARM 24 against shooting and making it hard to cripple DJ's systems.
  • Mechanithralls are good targets for Scav's Excarnate spell. They can screen or ambush depending on your opponent's setup. The brute thralls hit reasonably hard and are shield guards to boot. Thralls have a low MAT but Icy Grip can help with that.
  • Carrion Thralls - A very good flanking unit that make for excellent Soul Harvesters.
  • Necrosurgeon - With Excarnate and this girl you can lay on thick the reinforcements.
  • Thanks to TK, Scavy can actually make Seethers sing, because he can TK them into position should the enemy find a way for them to not have targets to charge in their front arc.
    • As such an Overseether module can work quite well with him (that is a Seether marshalled by an Iron Lich Overseer for Dark Shround and Crush!).
    • The Seether also gains Carapace in this theme.
  • Warwitch Sirens can alleviate his focus burden by Empowering his jacks, and on feat turn their magical sprays become very powerful.
  • Cephalyx Overlords have magical sprays that are great on feat turn.
  • For warcaster attachment you can choose between Doctor Stygius or the Withershadow Combine (you can ignore the Skarlock Thrall)
    • Either option can cast spells from Scav's card. So that's an extra TK each turn. They both benefit from Scav's feat. As with DJ they can cast Excarnate, but can't spawn a trooper.
    • Dr Stygius is cheaper.
    • WSC are more expensive, but give Scav a free upkeep, a re-roll, and on feat turn they get three boosted attacks instead of 1. Lastly they're a unit which can be good for scenarios.
  • Aiakos1 - The main synergy here is Aiakos can stack Escort with a TK from Scav for some truly ludicrous threat ranges.
    • A nice addition is Aiakos's pet warjack Kharybdis. TK plus Escort lets Kharybdis threaten 16" (or 18" if you TK the enemy closer).
  • Asphyxious4
    • He is another source of threat extension. Stack Scaverous, Aiakos1, and Asphyxious's buffs onto Kharybdis and you can have a heavy warjack threaten 20"!
    • He brings an ARM debuff that Scav appreciates.
    • He gets boosted magic attacks from Scav's feat turn (but doesn't get cheaper spells).
    • Asphyxious4 is available in other themes, but will use up your Mercenary unit slot in any other theme.

    Scourge of the Broken Coast    

A few of Scav's favourite pieces are available here, plus some stuff you can't get in Black Industries

  • Aiakos1, Warwitch Sirens, Overlords, and Stygius are all available here too.
  • Misery Cage can feed him extra focus each turn.
  • For warcaster attachment you can choose between Doctor Stygius or the Satyxis Blood Priestess
    • The Blood Priestess spell-casting ability isn't as reliable as the Doctor's (she has to kill a living model first) but she provides a free upkeep and protection from ranged attacks.
  • But the main reason to go in Scourge is to get the various combat troops which are a lot better than the thralls available in Black Industries.

    Dark Host & Ghost Fleet    

  • The Misery Cage can also go in Ghost Fleet.
  • The Overlords and Stygius can also go in these themes, but they will use up your Mercenary slot(s) in these two themes.


  • Cephalyx Overlords and Asphyxious4 already mentioned above are actually Mercenary models, so can go in any theme. They are Cryx Partisans so sometimes use up your Merc slot, sometimes don't.
  • Croe's Cutthroats have a strong synergy with Scaverous. They get an extra attack die and damage die if they shoot someone in the back arc, and Scav can use his TK spell to spin stuff around for them.
  • Wrong Eye has the Star-Crossed spell which stacks nicely with Knowledge of the Damned. Assuming you can get souls, that is.
  • Ragman, Hermit, and Void Archons are different ways of getting damage buffs into your list. ARM is something Scav can struggle vs.


Erebus is his pet warjack that he can take in any theme.

Scaverous likes at least two arc nodes, and normally rounds out his battlegroup with one heavy. He doesn't like to put lots of warjacks in his battlegroup, because he'd rather keep his focus to cast spells than allocate it to warjacks.

  • Two Deathrippers plus his pet heavy warjack Erebus is only 1 point more than his WJP. Or swap Erebus for Barathrum to exactly meet his WJP (Barathrum is available in three themes).
  • I've occasionally seen people put Kharybdis in his battlegroup for some extremely long threat ranges. Personally I'd rather the Aiakos1 + Khary + TK combo for even longer threat, but that's a 21 point package that you can't spend WJP on, so there's pros and cons to either version.
  • Seethers are sad when the enemy turns them around, because they HAVE to make a charge or run, but can't if they can see any enemies. TK solves this.



  • Released in the Wrath book (2011)

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 - Doctor Stygius (Partisan) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)

Other Warjack Controllers

Jack Marshals: Iron Lich Overseer       "Junior Warcasters": Aiakos1 - Asphyxious4 - Deneghra0


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

Asphyxious4 - Bane Knights - Bane Riders - Bane Warriors - Bile Thralls - BO Boarding Party - BO Ironmongers - BO Smog Belchers - Bloodgorgers - Marauders - Carrion Thralls - Cephalyx Drudges - Cephalyx Overlords - Mechanithralls - Necrosurgeon - Revenant Cannon - Revenant Crew - Satyxis Gunslingers - Satyxis Blood Witches - Satyxis Raiders - Scharde Dirge Seers - Scharde Pirates - Soulhunters - The Devil's Shadow Mutineers - The Withershadow Combine


Aiakos1 - Agrimony - Axiara - Bane Lord Tartarus - Bloat Thrall - BTO Mobius - Captain Rengrave - Darragh Wrathe - Doctor Stygius - Deneghra0 - Gerlak - Hellslinger - Iron Lich Overseer - Machine Wraith - Master Gurglepox - Misery Cage - Necrotech - Pistol Wraith - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Satyxis Raider Captain - Scrap Thrall - Skarlock Thrall - Severa Blacktide - Soul Trapper - Warwitch Siren

Battle Engines & Structures Wraith Engine
Theme Forces
Black Industries - Dark Host - The Ghost Fleet - Scourge of the Broken Coast
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cryx Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2020.01

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Feat : Black Gate

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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:  : Thresher and/or Flashing Blade and/or Cyclone     (Edit)
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Resolving the attack

Under this heading, the word "Thresher" is used interchangeably for "Flashing Blade" and "Cyclone" too

  • Thresher makes an attack against every model, and as such it targets every model. Thus if a model "may not be targeted by melee attacks", you have to 'skip' it when you resolve the attack. (Infernal Ruling)
  • All attacks made by a Thresher attack are simultaneous.
    • If a model is out of LOS when you start the Thresh, then you may not attack it as part of the Thresh (even if the Thresh kills what is blocking your LOS)
    • This means you need to target everything, then resolve all effects that trigger on "target" before starting any attack rolls. Then complete all attack rolls and do everything that triggers on "hit" before starting any damage rolls, and etc.
    • In practice and to save time though, if neither player has effects that trigger on "being targetted, hit, damaged, etc" then they'll normally do the hit and damage rolls on a model-by-model basis.
    • If a model collects tokens (for instance the Cryx Harrower that collects souls), it cannot collect them until all Thresh attacks are resolved.

Thresher only

  • All attacks made by a Thresher are special melee attacks, and as such won't trigger stuff like Grim Salvation or Rhyas's feat. (Infernal Ruling)
  • No matter how many enemy you kill, Thresher only counts as a single attack for the purposes of triggering Berserk, Quick Work, Black Spot, etc
  • You can do a Thresher on a charge (it's a special melee attack).
    • If you charge & Thresher, only the damage roll against your charge target is automatically boosted - other models caught in the thresh suffer an unboosted damage roll (although you can spend focus/fury to boost it)
  • You can't buy additional Thresher attacks, because they're (★ Attack). You can buy additional normal melee attacks, though.
  • Thresher will hit friendly models.

Flashing Blade only

  • You can cast it after your charge movement but before your charge attack.
    • This will essentially interrupt your charge attack, so no damage roll is boosted while resolving the spell's attacks (unless you pay to boost it).
    • If your charge target survives the spell , then you'll get your boosted charge attack against it.
  • Flashing Blade doesn't hit friendly models

Cyclone only

  • You can cast it after your charge movement but before your charge attack.
    • This will essentially interrupt your charge attack, so no damage roll is boosted while resolving the spell's attacks (unless you pay to boost it).
    • If your charge target survives the spell and is still in range, then you'll get your boosted charge attack against it.
    • If you used the advance to move out of range of your charge target, it was still as successful charge so it won't cause your activation to end. However, you are still limited to making melee attacks only.
  • Cyclone will hit friendly models.
  • The attack(s) from Cyclone occur simultaneously with "Ends its movement" triggers (such as Admonition). As such, the active player can use the Cyclone attacks before the inactive player uses his Admonition move. (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. 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 if they run, fail a charge, or use an ability like Reposition.
      Because doing one of those things makes that specific model's activation to end (even if the unit's activation is still ongoing) and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • So, for example:
      • You cannot use a minifeat after the Officer runs. (Infernal Ruling)
      • You cannot use a minifeat 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)
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 (normally) not Grunt models. Therefore they're not eligible for stuff like Revive.
  • Press Forward Order vs Casting Spells
    • If you're giving an order, it must be done first, before casting any spells or using your feat.
    • If you issue the Press Forward order and your caster does not have LOS to any enemy models, then they cannot declare a charge and instead must run, so therefore can't cast spells. But between the fact that models declare charges one at a time, and spells being an Any Time ability, it actually becomes a bit convoluted. The scenarios are essentially:
      • (A) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if no, I must run & I can't cast spells."
      • (B) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if yes, rinse and repeat."
      • (C) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if no, I must now forfeit both my Normal Movement and Combat Action."
    • Refer to (Infernal Ruling) and (Infernal Ruling). However note that as of 29th May 2019 it is getting reviewed (Infernal Checking)
    • Note that, in the above scenarios, the "I want to cast a spell" step is a Any Time ability. So although you may not be able to declare a charge right "now", you could for instance move one of the troopers in the unit to open up LOS.
    • Unfortunately if you have no valid charge targets you cannot cast a spell, even if resolving the spell would give you a valid charge target (such as Energizer or Mage Sight).
  • 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 : Knowledge of the Damned - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Cull Soul - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Death Ward      (Edit)

  • If Death Ward is on a Colossal, you still pick which column gets damaged - but not which grid. That's still determined via which field of fire the attacker is 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 : Excarnate      (Edit)

  • If Excarnate is cast by a model without a Control Range (eg the Deathjack) then you can't summon a new grunt. You can still RFP the enemy though.
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Rules Clarification : Feast of Worms      (Edit)

  • If you cast Feast of Worms at a model/unit that already has an upkeep on it then it won't make the first upkeep expire. (Infernal Ruling)
  • The ARM debuff is applied as soon as the AOE template is placed, so it applies to the damage roll of the initial spell.
    • But don't take the shortcut of saying "Feast of Worms 'real POW' is POW + 2" because of the interaction with calculating blast damage.
  • "Regardless of proximity" soul takers (Edit)
    • The model which ignores distance doesn't always get the soul. Abilities which say you "can't" collect souls (such as Soul Ward) trump it, due to the general rule that "can't trumps can".
    • If there are multiple models that all have the "regardless of proximity" clause, then you randomise who the soul goes to. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Icy Grip      (Edit)

  • The restriction from making power attacks is not a typo, even though this spell can only target warrior models. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Being affected by Icy Grip does not prevent models from charging.
  • A model that receives a Press Forward order but has no enemy models to charge, can still pick the "run" option and then follow the rules for "must run but cannot run". (Which results in it making a normal advance and ending its activation).
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Rules Clarification : Soul Harvester      (Edit)

  • "Regardless of proximity of other models" means exactly what it says. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Power Attacks are melee attacks, so will trigger Soul Harvester. (Locked thread)
  • Colleteral damage is not considered to be from an attack, so won't trigger SH. (Locked thread)
  • "Regardless of proximity" soul takers (Edit)
    • The model which ignores distance doesn't always get the soul. Abilities which say you "can't" collect souls (such as Soul Ward) trump it, due to the general rule that "can't trumps can".
    • If there are multiple models that all have the "regardless of proximity" clause, then you randomise who the soul goes to. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Telekinesis      (Edit)

  • If an enemy model with 2" melee range was B2B with you before the Telekinesis, it will still be exactly 2" away afterwards and thus will still engage you (unless you move completely out of their front arc).
  • Being placed into an area counts as entering that area. So you'll take damage from acid clouds etc if you're dumb enough to teleport into them.
  • You can change the facing of the model that you place. In fact that's one of the main uses of the spell.