Top 10 Surprises Inside Codex Deathwatch


There are a ton of surprising things that are lurking inside this week’s Codex: Deathwatch – Come take a look!

The new codex is on the way and it may just have a bigger impact that most folks though from the early rumors. Checkout our top 10 surprising facts about the new Codex Deathwatch:

1. Frag Cannon – this bad boy has the normal frag profile but can become a 12″ range assault 2 Lascannon.

2. Sudden Onslaught – Command benefit from their new decurion gives all DW non vehicle models deep strike special rule!

3. Atonement Through Honor – lets some models get double attacks when versus MCs, ICs, vehicles and more!

4. The Corvus Blackstar can be equipped to re-reroll failed saves from Jinking!

5. Several formations feature “super units” (see kill team special rule) consisting of Terminators, bikes, jump and regular infantry – all of which can fit in a Blackstar and can benefit from the assault pack re-roll charge ability per GW’s FAQ.


6. Artemis is NOT in the Codex – only the Death Masque Box Set mini supplement.

7. Up to FOUR Deathwatch Veterans can take the new Frag Cannon in a squad.

8. Bikes can be taken model by model and may be upgraded with a power weapon for 5 points!

9. Terminators are Fearless, can have the melta fist for 10 points and any terminator can have an assault cannon or Cyclone launcher! They can also be purchased model by model.

10. Vanguard Vets can also be taken model by model and their Heroic Intervention rule applies to any unit with a Vanguard vet as well, so those formations at the back of the book (consisting of a squad of terminators, bikes, jump and regular infantry) just got another bonus as well.


The Deathwatch is going to bring the heat for sure – what are you most excited about for the Deathwatch?!

  • Hot_Dog_Heretic

    Why do the new inquisitorial kids on the block get an all deep strike formation but Grey Knights (known for their deep striking in fluff and in previous codices) don’t get it on Purgators and Purifiers? I call shenanigans.

    I realize Grey Knight psyflemen dreadnoughts and Draigo were overpowered in their previous codex, but taking that away was a bit much. They’re not terrible now, but they’re kind of an anemic allies supplement now.

    I know, I know. Xenos and Chaos players have it harder. I feel for you.

    • OldHat

      These are new, GK are oldish (their “new” Codex barely counts as new). When they get a new supplement or Codex, they will be creeping along with everything else.

      • Hot_Dog_Heretic

        I suppose that’s fair. I think it was technically a part of this edition, but they’re showing their age.

        I also didn’t pick up on the real distinction of the #1 point here. Does that means the Frag Cannon has three profiles?

        • Drew_Da_Destroya

          It got a rule that at 12″ or closer, the non-template profile gets a bonus to S and AP

          • nurglitch

            What’s the points cost, in terms of Melta Guns?

          • Drew_Da_Destroya

            2 1/2. 5 flamers or 1 power fist, if you prefer.

          • euansmith

            In the grim world of the future there is only barter.

          • Drew_Da_Destroya

            You should see my Bitz Box. I could make you such a deal!

          • nurglitch

            That’s not gravy, but that is worse than lazy.

          • Drew_Da_Destroya

            Hey man, you asked. If you don’t like that, I’ve got a nice discount Rhino for you to test drive. It’s taken some damage, so I’ll knock a few points off for ya.

          • nurglitch

            So five fingers of lady Godiva?

        • Wouldn’t be surprised if Grey Knights got an updated Codex with Warzone Fenris Pt. 2. Space Wolves and Daemons did with Pt. 1, and there’s room for Tzeentch and Grey Knights, or even Dark Angels, come the follow-up.

    • Koen Cambré

      Erm, the nemesis strike force pretty much is a good deepstriking formation…. and a lot more flexible when making an army than most of them. And yeah, older codex without decurion style army selection. Codex necrons really set a new bar for powerlevel.

      I’m just hoping they’ll redo sisters at some point and maybe finally do a big tome codex: inquisition with their militant wings.

      But that’s maybe asking for a bit much.

    • JJ

      I would also like to know why the new (deathwatch heavybolter/heavy flamer) so so much better than the psycannon. Heck I would give up one shot to not be salvo!

    • Azrell

      why do Ultra smurffs get a formation where they deep strike on the first turn when Thats been a DA thing for 20 years and 4 editions.

      Its because GW doesn’t think about the rules as they write them, or how they effect anything they have already written.

    • Curtis Cunningham

      GK? bah what happened to my poor Blood Angels…..Poor Danta is just sitting on the pot right now waiting for a good codex to pass so he can whip his azz with this current version.

  • AmasNagol

    Bikes also give a unit split fire.

    • wibbling

      This is incorrect: the bikes have split fire, they do not give it to their unit.

      • Skathrex

        As far as I know, Split fire is a Unit where if 1 Model in the Unit has it, the whole Unit has it.

  • Artyom Trityak

    Any reason to have bikes and infanity in one unit? They do have such formation but that’s a bit strange

    • Eric Buchanan

      you could kite them to get into a charge that infantry normally couldnt make. In the movement phase you’d make a congo line with 2″ between each biker and jump marine.

      • Drew_Da_Destroya

        That is some shenaniganery, lol.

      • Artyom Trityak

        this sounds weird

    • Could lead to potential rules shenanigans of a special rule bashing variety

    • Derek Lee

      They are tougher, shoot better(relentless for salvo weapons), and carry more weapons than your average special weapon guy.

      • Andrew Thomas

        And they can tank wounds that would kill your guys on foot via Jink.

  • >decurion

    Stop calling it that already. There’s an official name, and it existed from the start. Learn it, use it.

    • Raven Jax

      Never foolish flesh creature. Bow down to your robotic overlords.

  • CthulhuDawg

    I think an inordinate amount of my Death Watch are going to be Imperial Fists. FRAG CANNONS FOR ERE’BODY!

  • BaronSnakPak

    The biggest surprise for me was that my copy of Death Masque was waiting for me on the doorstep after work.

    • Andy Wise

      Nice – what a lovely surprise to come home to

    • Pablo Martinez

      who did you purchase it from?

      • BaronSnakPak

        An ebay seller. I don’t want to name him, in case he gets reported or something.

  • Senexis

    I’m excited that there’s a new thing out to get people buying Space Marines again. Man, those bad boys were really suffering…

    • I’m really frustrated with people getting what they’ve been asking for since… well, a long time ago. An official Deathwatch Codex / Supplement / Upgrade sprues and special gear were demanded for quite a while. Shame on GW for finally getting into gear with both DW and Genestealer Cults, I say.

      • GreyPanthers

        Yeah, it’s almost like the poor reception of AoS drove them to release something we actually wanted to promote sales. I just wish the game as a whole was more accessible and easier to play/understand for newer/returning players.

  • Desc440

    Did anybody else notice that most of the weapons options for dreads and razorbacks have been removed? Sucky. Yeah yeah, I know why they did it – it’s still stupid, imo.

  • In the Death Masque rules it states that Artemis can replace a Watch Captain in any Deathwatch formation.