Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears

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Trollblood Logo.jpg Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears

Trollblood Unit

Some kriels are known for their skill in capturing and training wild northern bears, for the power of these beasts makes them potent weapons in times of war. By simple gestures combined with commands, a bear handler can designate prey even in the chaos of battle. The beasts become protective of their trainers and handlers and will lash out at anyone who raises a hand against them, making them useful guardians.

Basic Info

Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears
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UNIT SIZE {{{casize}}}
FA {{{cafa}}}
Handler / Bears
BASE Medium / Large
SPD 6 / 7
STR 6 / 8
MAT 6
RAT 3 / -
M.A. N/A
DEF 12
ARM 15 / 17
CMD 9 / 5
ESSENCE {{{essence}}}
FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
THRS N/A
HP 5 / 8
F. Field N/A
WJP {{{wjp}}}
WBP {{{wbp}}}
IHP {{{ihp}}}
FA 2
UNIT SIZE 1 Handler 2 Bears
COST 10
N/A
N/A
N/A
Warcaster 1
COST N/A
N/A
Understanding
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Abilities

  • Entire unit
    • AD symbol.jpg Advance Deployment
    • Cold Imm symbol.jpg Immunity: Cold
    • Pathfinder symbol.jpg Pathfinder
    • Tough symbol.jpg Tough
    • Ambush - You can choose not to deploy this unit at the start of the game. If it is not deployed normally, you can put it into play at the end of any of your Control Phases after your first turn. When you do, choose any table edge except the back of your opponent's deployment zone. Place all models in the unit in formation completely within 3" of the chosen table edge.
    • Prowl - While this model has concealment, it gains stealth.
  • Bear Handler only
    • Granted: Gang - While this model is in formation, models in its unit gain Gang. (Gang - When making a melee attack targeting an enemy model in the melee range of another model in this unit, this model gains +2 to melee attack and melee damage rolls.)
    • Trollkin - This model is a Trollkin model, but the bears and the overall unit is not.
    • Northkin - This model is a Northkin model, but the bears and the overall unit is not.
  • Bears only
    • Unyielding - This model gains +2 ARM against melee damage rolls.

Weapons

  • Bear Handler
    • Axe - 1" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon
  • Bears
    • Claw (x2) - 1" reach, P+S 13 melee weapons
    • Bite - 1" reach, P+S 14 melee weapon

Theme Forces

  • Storm of the North. The bears become Northkin models in this theme (normally only the Handler is Northkin).

Thoughts on the Northkin Bears

Battle Bears in a nutshell

The Battle Bears are a threatening melee unit. With the lead of the Handler, the bears fight as a coordinated unit. And they hit very hard and can take one hell of a pounding.

Combos & Synergies

  • The Krielstone makes the bears ARM 21 in melee. And the Northkin STR-buff means that the bear's charge attack is a boosted POW 18.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • The attacks of the bears aren't quite as brutal as they look; most infantry expect their damage rolls to be boosted but with three attacks only one will be boosted per bear. (Still, boosted MAT 8 POW 16 is impressive).
  • The weak link is the handler; if the enemy can scalpel out the handler you lose Gang, taking the effectiveness of the bears down to much more reasonable levels. This means he's a good choice for the Dhunian Archon's Threads of Life ability.

Tricks & Tips

  • Although the bears are not Northkin models by default, they become Northkin if they're taken in the Storm of the North theme.
  • Ambushing is great - but so is brawling under the Krielstone aura.
  • Used in pairs they hurt heavies and can utterly maul lights.

Other

Trivia

Released in the Northkin CID (2017.07)

Other Trollblood models

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Warlock attachments Trollkin Runebearer
Lesser Warlock Horgle1
Light warbeasts Ice Troll - Night Troll - Pyre Troll - Slag Troll - Storm Troll - Swamp Troll - Troll Axer - Troll Basher - Troll Bouncer - Troll Impaler - Winter Troll
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Dozer & Smigg - Mulg the Ancient - Rök
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Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units

Dannon Blythe & Bull - Greygore Boomhowler & Co. (1) - Dhunian Knot - Kriel Warriors - Stone Bearer - NK Bears - NK Fire Eaters - NK Raiders - Pummeler Crew - Pyg Burrowers - Pyg Bushwhackers - Pyg Lookouts - Sons of Bragg - Scattergunners - Thumper Crew - T Champions - T Fennblades - T Highwaymen - T Long Riders - T Runeshapers - T Scouts - T Sluggers - Warders
Special WA: Trollkin Sorcerer

Solos

Boomhowler, Solo Artist (2) - Braylen Wanderheart, Trollkin Outlaw - Dhunian Archon - Fell Caller Hero - Fennblade Kithkar - General 'Thunderstone' Brug - Horgle Ironstrike (1) - Horthol, Long Rider Hero - Janissa Stonetide - Ledfoot & Tredz - Northkin Shaman - Pyg Tank - Stone Scribe Chronicler - Troll Whelps - Trollkin Champion Hero - Trollkin Skinner Valka Curseborn, Chieftain of the North

Battle Engines Hearthgut Hooch Hauler - War Wagon
 
Theme Forces
Band of Heroes - Kriel Company - Power of Dhunia - Storm of the North - Vengeance of Dhunia
 
Minions that work for the Trollblooods
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This index was last updated: 2020.06

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Northkin status


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Rules Clarification : Advance Deployment      (Edit)

  • Sometimes you can attach a WA or CA that doesn't have AD to a unit that does have AD. If you do, the attachment effectively gains AD and they can all advance deploy together. (Locked Thread)

Rules Clarification : Cold - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Tough - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Ambush      (Edit)

  • If you attach a WA or CA to this unit, and the attachment doesn't have Ambush, then they all get to Ambush anyway. (Locked Thread)
  • Ambush and Apparition both occur at Step 5 of the Control Phase. However, Ambush specifies the "end" of the Control Phase so you cannot use Apparition on a model that Ambushes. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Declaring Prey:
    • If a model/unit is going to use Ambush, it needs to be declared before either player begins deploying models. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If both players have Ambushing models, then it goes: Pick Sides, Player 1 chooses whether or not to use Ambush, then Player 2 chooses whether or not to Ambush, then Player 1 begins deployment. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you have both Prey and Ambush, then you declare your Prey target at the normal time (even though the Prey-er isn't currently on the table). (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Gang and/or Gang Fighter and/or Tag Team and/or Team Effort     (Edit)

  • You can gain the Gang bonus on free strikes, but generally only the first "Ganger" will get it.
For example, if a target is engaged by two models with Gang, when it leaves the melee range of the first Ganger it suffers a free strike with the Gang bonus. Then it leaves the melee range of the second and suffers a normal free strike.
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Rules Clarification : Tactics vs Granted     (Edit)

  • Granted = The unit loses the ability as soon as the model that grants it is taken off the table. (think "G for Goes away")
  • Tactics = The unit keeps the ability for the entire game, regardless of who dies. (think "Tac-Tick = K for Keeps")
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Rules Clarification : Prowl      (Edit)

  • Whether you can trigger Prowl is a bit awkward; As long as you have concealment you can trigger Prowl ... even if the attacker ignores concealment, (such as with Hunter).
    • If you're standing in a cloud, and the attacker "ignores clouds for LOS" (such as Bird's Eye) you get Prowl.
    • If you're standing in a cloud, and the attacker "ignores clouds completely" (such as Alchemical Mask) you don't get Prowl. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Similar for standing in a forest.
  • If a debuff removes Stealth, Prowl does not reapply stealth. But this ruling is being rechecked. (Infernal Checking)
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Rules Clarification : Stealth      (Edit)

  • Stealth models are not invisible and you can target them - you'll just auto-miss most of the time.
  • You can target them with a charge.
  • You can target them with an AOE, have it auto-miss and scatter, luckily land on top of them anyway, and that will hit them.

Rules Clarification : Unyielding - None yet. (Edit)