Maelok the Dreadbound

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Minion Logo.jpg Maelok the Dreadbound

Minion Gatorman Warlock

The gatorman warlock known as Maelok the Dreadbound exists in a torturous state of undeath as an animated corpse bound to the will of another. Despite his decaying physical form, Maelok is still a mighty bokor who can return slain allies to life, steal the souls of the living, or connect to the spirit world to transform his army temporarily into ghostly horrors unimpeded by flesh, stone, or steel.

Basic Info

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BASE Medium
SPD 5
STR 7
MAT 6
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DEF 14
ARM 17
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FOCUS N/A
FURY 7
THRS N/A
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Understanding
the Statblock

Feat: Spirit World

  1. Friendly Faction models currently in Maelok's control range gain incorporeal this turn.
  2. While within Maelok's control range, friendly Faction undead models gain +2 ARM.
Spirit World lasts for one round

Abilities

  • Amphibious symbol.jpg Amphibious
  • Undead symbol.jpg Undead
  • Field Marshal [Undead] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain 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 leeches during your next Control Phase, replace each soul token with 1 fury point.

Weapons

Bite
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 5 12
  • Magical dam symbol.jpg Damage Type: Magical
  • Spirit Eater - This model can reave fury from enemy warbeasts destroyed by this weapon. Other models cannot reave fury points from enemy warbeasts destroyed by this weapon.
Claw (x2)
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 5 12

Spells

COST RNG AOE POW DUR OFF
Death Pact

3 SELF Control - Round -
While in the spellcaster's control range, friendly Faction warrior models gain +2 ARM and Undead. Models are not affected while out of formation. Death Pact lasts for one round.
Mortality

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.
Revive

3 Control - - - No
Return one destroyed Grunt to a friendly Faction unit with one unmarked damage box. Place the returned Grunt in the spellcaster's control range, in formation, and completely within 3" of another model in its unit. The Grunt must forfeit its Combat Action the turn it is put into play.
Soul Harvester

2 6 - - Upkeep No
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.
Venom

2 8" spray - 10 (Corrosion) - Yes
Venom deals Corrosion Damage. Models hit suffer the Continuous corrosion effect.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

No changes since 2017.12

Thoughts on Maelok the Dreadbound

Maelok the Dreadbound in a nutshell

Maelok is a brick caster who excels at running Gators. Death Pact brings the Posse up to ARM 18 (20 in melee), and his feat raises that by two. An army of ARM 22 multi-wound models on feat turn is very very tough for many armies to deal with.

Feat thoughts

Maelok's feat is an attrition or assassination feat - turning your entire army incorporal for the turn allows most of it to charge straight through enemy defences and into their caster. (Or just into their back lines). On the other hand +2 ARM for an already tough army is nothing to scoff at. It's probably best used as the lines meet to dig deep and wreck.

Spell thoughts

  • Death Pact is a backbone spell Maelok casts almost every turn. +2 ARM for all infantry? Yes please.
  • Soul Harvester is just nice against infantry, allowing Maelok to cast more spells. Like Mortality.
  • Mortality is an excellent debuff for when you need it.
  • Venom is a great magical attack.
  • Revive is probably too expensive unless you've had a soul-bonanza or have somewhere really awkward to put your revived model.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Some people don't like playing bricks. Or against them, so you might become the unpopular player in your meta.
  • Your battle plan is obvious.
  • Gatorman Bokor and Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers can't collect corpses from friendly models when he makes the whole army undead.
  • Most rules that work against Undead also work against Living models, so there are only a few instances where your turning your models Undead will impact them:
    • They are an Archon or Construct and will thus now be affected by Withering Humor when they weren't before. Which only consistently comes up against Crucible Guard. Golab’s Carrion Feast would also effect them.
    • In Will Work for Food you lose assess to Primal from a lesser warlock and Battle Boar, but you have Rage anyway which is a much better animus.

Tricks & Tips

  • If assassinating, see if you can land Mortality. It's your mainline offensive spell and with Offerings to Kossk effectively makes your Gators MAT 10.

List Building Advice

Strategy

Brick up. He makes Gators ARM 18 (20 vs melee) with eight damage boxes each in theme, and for just over three points a model. Most enemies are going to blunt their blades on models like that. And then he has the assassination to force the enemy to play cautiously.

Theme Thoughts

    The Blindwater Congregation - Preferred theme    

  • Gatorman Posse - If you're running an infantry brick this is a good first choice. Take as many units of Gators as you own. That +2 ARM with the 8 wound gators with Snacking makes for a very hard brick to grind through.
  • Croak Raiders - Croaks love Mortality. That said they don't brick.

    Either theme    

  • Gatorman Witch Doctor - Make your undead faster! That's everything
  • Gatorman Soul Slave - Not only does he let you upkeep Soul Harvester for free, but he offers 3+ boosted Mortalities or Venoms per game (assuming the enemy doesn't kill him, and depending on your Mental Force rolls). Excellent focus efficiency if you want to keep fury on Maelok for transfers, Revives, or animus casting. Plus, a cheaper alternative for spell-slinging than the Blind Walker.
  • Captain Crawtooth - And now on top of everything else you have a No KD bubble on your Posse to make them even more obnoxious !
  • Primal Archon - He can make it ARM 23 and Incorporeal, making it almost impossible to take down. Maelok also ups its damage out put with Mortality.
  • Bone Shrine with 2 spells that cost 3 and 1 upkeep the extra fury is very useful and Maelok is durable enough to not suffer the negative effect that much.
  • Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew a dirt cheap investment that helps grant concealment and improve the Def of your infantry - if your opponent needs to boost to hit and boost to damage the posse then they likely will not have the volume of attacks needed to do away with the gators before they get into melee

Battlegroup

  • Blind Walker - A spell slinger wants to channel. That's what this beast is for - and Mortality is an excellent spell to arc and Venom isn't bad. This was a questionable pick - but Soul Harvester really makes it worthwhile.
  • Bull Snapper - Potentially free in theme, and with animus on feat turn Maelok soars to "extremely concerning" levels of ARM. Watch out for Blessed weapons though.

First Seven Purchases

A few veteran players have put their heads together and tried to figure out the seven best things to buy for this specific caster. This is not designed to add up to a nice round points limit, nor be balanced vs other "First Seven" lists you find on this website. It is simply going to give you some of the essentials this caster needs most of the time.

  1. Warbeast: Blackhide Wrastler
  2. Warbeast: Bull Snapper
  3. Warbeast: Bone Swarm
  4. Solo: Gatorman Soul Slave
  5. Solos: Gatorman Husk (x2)
  6. Unit: Gatorman Posse
  7. Unit: Gatorman Posse


Other

Trivia

Released in Hordes: Domination (2011)

Warbeasts he can take

With the way Minion battlegroups work, this warlock can't simply take any Minion warbeast, and instead is limited to the following choices:

Gatorman Warbeasts Edit)
Lights Boneswarm - Bull Snapper - [Underchief Mire only: Swamp Troll]
Heavies Blackhide Wrastler - Blind Walker - Ironback Spitter - Swamp Horror
Gargantuans Dracodile

Video Battle Reports

Other Minion models

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Farrow Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Azazello1 - Arkadius1 - Carver1 - Helga1 - Helga2 - Midas1 - Sturm & Drang1
Lesser Warlocks Rorsh


Farrow Warbeasts (Edit)
Lessers Razor Boars
Lights Battle Boar - Gun Boar - Splatter Boar
Dr Arkadius only: Gorax Rager | Midas only: Boneswarm
Heavies Road Hog - War Hog
Gatorman Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Barnabas1 - Barnabas2 - Calaban1 - Jaga-Jaga1 - Maelok1 - Rask1
Lesser Warlocks Underchief Mire - Wrong Eye


Gatorman Warbeasts Edit)
Lights Boneswarm - Bull Snapper - [Underchief Mire only: Swamp Troll]
Heavies Blackhide Wrastler - Blind Walker - Ironback Spitter - Swamp Horror
Gargantuans Dracodile
 
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Warlock attachments Targ - Gatorman Soul Slave
Units Farrow

Farrow Bone Grinders - Farrow Brigands - Farrow Commandos - Farrow Razorback Crew - Farrow Slaughterhousers - Farrow Valkyries

Gatorman

Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron - Bog Trog Ambushers - Croak Raiders - Croak Trappers - Gatorman Bokor & Shamblers - Gatorman Posse - Gobber Bellows
Special WA: Void Leech

Unaligned

Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Lynus & Edrea

Solos Farrow Agata, Queen of Carnage - Maximus - Rorsh & Brine - Targ
Gatorman

Bog Trog Mist Speaker - Bog Trog Trawler - Croak Hunter - Flugwug the Filcher - Gatorman Husk - Gatorman Soul Slave - Gatorman Witch Doctor - Kwaak Slickspine & Gub - Longchops - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

Unaligned

Alten Ashley - Brun Cragback & Lug - Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Dhunian Archon Efaarit Scout - Eilish Garrity, the Occultist - Feralgeist - Flubbin - Flugwug the Filcher - Gobber Tinker - Gremlin Swarm - Gubbin - Gudrun the Wanderer - Hermit of Henge Hold - Hutchuck, Ogrun Bounty Hunter - J.A.I.M.s - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress - Ledfoot & Tredz - Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor - Ogrun Bokur - Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger - Primal Archon - Pyg Tank - Saxon Orrik - Scythe - Swamp Gobber Chef - Swamp Gobber River Raiders - Thamarite Advocate - The Wastelander - Thrullg - Totem Hunter - Underchief Mire - Viktor Pendrake - Void Archon - Weird Wendell

Battle Engines Meat Thresher (Farrow) - Sacral Vault (Gatorman)
Independent Warjack Malvin & Mayhem
 
Minion - Theme Forces
Minion Faction Themes (Edit) The Blindwater Congregation - The Thornfall Alliance - Vengeance of Dhunia - Will Work for Food
Unlimited Minions themes(Edit) Disciples of Agony (Skorne) - Oracles of Annihilation (Legion) - Secret Masters (Circle)
This index was last updated: 2020.06

Rules Clarifications

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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.")

Rules Clarification : Spirit Eater - None yet. (Edit)


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Rules Clarification:  : Warlock      (Edit)
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  • General
    • Damage from a feat is neither an attack nor Damage Type: Magical (unless the feat says it is).
    • FURY (uppercase) is the stat printed on the warlock's card. Fury (lowercase) refers to fury points a model currently has.
    • Your CTRL area is double your FURY stat, not double your fury 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 warlocks 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 Warlock rules.
  • Reaving & Leeching
    • If you choose to Reave, it's all or nothing. You must Reave all the Fury (up to your limit) and you can't choose to "let some disappear". (Locked thread)
    • If your warbeast is Removed From Play, you can still reave fury off it. (Locked thread)
    • If your warbeast is destroyed or RFP'd while under your opponent's control then:
      1. You cannot reave fury off it. Because it is still enemy at the time it was destroyed/RFP'd, and you can't reave from enemy warbeasts.
      2. After it is taken off the table, it returns to your control and is eligible for Spirit Bond and (possibly) Return to Play stuff (like Thagrosh1's feat).
  • Transferring Damage
    • If both the warlock and the warbeast are damaged by the same attack (such as an AOE), then you need to apply the 'normal' damage to the warbeast before the transferred damage. This distinction can be important when you're working out who/what actually destroyed the beast. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If there is too much damage for the warbeast and it "overlaps" back to the warlock, then that damage is considered ... unsure at this time. (Infernal Checking)
  • 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 : Gatorman Warlock and/or Bog Trog Warlock - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Amphibious - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Undead - 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)

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


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Rules Clarification : Death Pact      (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Undead - None yet. (Edit)

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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 : Revive and/or Raise the Dead and/or Mockery of Life     (Edit)

  • These spells can be used on models with Spell Ward etc, because it doesn't actually 'target' anybody.

Return to Play - Other Units (Edit)

  • "Return" is quite simple if you only return models to your own unit (like Blood-Bound) or only return independent models (like Thagrosh1's feat). But if you're returning models to other units, then click to read more.   [Show/Hide]
    • If you can return multiple troopers at once, they don't all have to be the same unit. Spread the love around.
    • Troopers must return to their original unit. Even if you have two units of the same type (such as two units of Convergence Eradicators) then you can't have 4 die from unit [A] and return them all to unit [B].
    • If your rule is something like "return d3 models to units within CMD range" (Old Witch3) then it is d3 models total, not d3 models to each and every unit.
    • If your rule is something like "spend 1 soul to return 1 Grunt" (Enigma Foundry) then it doesn't matter where the souls came from originally. Think of them like currency, in this case.
    • Troopers are placed sequentially, and you can leap frog the "within 3" of another model in its unit" requirement.
    • You can Return models even after a unit is reduced to just Attachments (Weapon or Command)
      • If your Return ability lets you return a Leader or Officer model, then they will immediately become the unit commander and redefine the "in formation" bubble.
      • If your Return ability only allows Grunts, then the Grunt will not be field promoted when he arrives.
        This means that, in the unusual scenario where the Leader model has different wargear to the Grunts (such as Cygnar Stormguard), then that wargear is effectively 'lost'.
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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 : Venom      (Edit)

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