40K: GW Teases More Genestealer Cult Lore


Games Workshop is showing off some new art and teasers for the upcoming Genestealer Cults Codex – check this out!

This week Games Workshop has some teasers of their own they wanted to share with the world. Here are the first two teasers for the Genestealer Cults!

via Games Workshop (Warhammer 40000 Facebook)

So, who are the Genestealer Cults, and how do they fit into the Warhammer 40,000 universe?

Read more about these insidious cults in the new codex: Here


via Games Workshop (Warhammer 40000 Facebook)

“Each day this week, we’re taking a look at one of the new Genestealer Cult units.
Let’s start with the basics – Acolytes, the 1st and 2nd Generation of the Genestealer Cult family.”

Check out Genestealer Cult Products Here.


“All will fear the humble Acolyte” indeed. Having looked over their stats and options I’ve got to say they could be pretty dangerous if used effectively. On top of that their kit is also pretty great! With access to cheap Rending attacks, autopistols and whatever else you want to add, these guys will be a threat in close-combat. Couple that with access to some pretty fun equipment and the Cult Ambush Rules they have potential to be more than just a nuisance unit.


For me, the Genestealer Cults are one of the most entertaining armies to read about. It’s something about how insidious of a threat they represent. At first it’s just a few random “mutations” here and there. Then it’s a settlement that’s gone quite. Then it’s a region or two that have “converted” and then BOOM – planetary “civil war” breaks out just in time for the Tyranid fleets to arrive. Keep in mind that it takes generations for the planet to fall and all the while the cult is pulling the strings…

All that to say I’m really looking forward to seeing these teasers from Game Workshop. Even though I’ve been feverishly reading the Codex, I want to know more about his treacherous foe!


Anyone else as excited as me to get a Genestealer Cult Army going?

  • SilentPony

    Aww, that’s not nearly as fun. I miss the old lore where the Genestealers were just kinda’ a xenomorph knockoff that were the first to get assimilated by the Tyranids, Borg/Zerg style.

    Wait a minute, so the ‘Nids send the Genestealers off to the milky way galaxy, and we know they’re around during the Great Crusade because the Wolves and Titans fought them a few times, then they wait for the Pharos Beacon on Sotha to overload before deciding to go see what those noisy humans are up to?

    • georgelabour

      It’s very likely that the Tyrannid fleets were off in another galaxy draining it dry until the stealers drew them to a galaxy not only filled with fresh life, but was now free of the violent warp storms that would mkae space travel hazardous.

      Or maybe those storms blocked the signals until after the great crusade ended.

      Either way it’s pretty clear that intergalactic travel would be even slower than Warp Travel or whatever the Tyrannids use in its place.

    • Blight

      When did Space Wolves or titans fight genestealers during the horus heresy books?
      And specifically genestealers and not another similar xenos lifeform.

      • SilentPony

        Old lore had artifacts and relics from the Great Crusade in the Fang, and one of them was tested to be a Tyranid egg. Likewise a few Titans from that time period were known to have been damaged by a bio-acid.
        Pretty sure its in Xenology, if not some of the old Wolf codexes.

        • nurglitch

          I think the acid scarring on the Titans is in the codex. Acid blood as an army-wide special rule would be neat. It would emphasize the Lovecraftian Color Out of Space otherness of the Tyranids.

    • Joel Davies

      I’m intrigued as to when the ‘old lore’ was around? Was that Rogue Trader era? Certainly the law that stealers have always been forward scouts that find biomass for the Hive Fleets has been around since the 2nd edition Codex. The stories in the 2nd Edition Codex described a Tyranid invasion, the first story was a Cult uprising, then lictors arriving (one of my favourite ever stories) and finally a full blown invasion.
      There was even a Stealer Cult list in the Appendix of the 2nd edition Codex. Think that might actually be the last official Stealer Cult list before the one coming out this week.

      • Flashlights4Gunz

        Stealers were their own race in RT and were sort of ret-conned into being the Tyranid vanguard when the big boys were introduced in 2nd AFAIK

        • rtheom

          I believe you are correct, much like Zoats, who didn’t survive the incorporation quite so well, both sadly and thankfully. 🙂

      • Liam Lofty Loftus

        I think there was one in the Citadel Journal updated for third ed

    • TenDM

      It would make sense to me if the Tyranids sent out scouts in the form of Genestealer Cultists, or even minor Hive Fleets, to multiple other galaxies long before they were finished devouring their current galaxy. They could have been poking around several galaxies during the Great Crusade while finishing up in their current galaxy, and then the beacon convinced them the Milky Way was their next destination.That makes sense if their means of intergalactic travel is slow. They wouldn’t want to spend thousands years drifting between galaxies only to arrive and find there isn’t enough fuel there to get them to their next destination. 1,000 years travel for the scouts to arrive, then another 1,000 years for the actual Hive Fleet, means at least 2,000 years between sending the first scout out and the Hive Fleet getting it’s first meal. If the galaxy only takes 4,000 years to consume they’ve got to start sending scouts before they’re even halfway finished.
      In all likelihood the Tyranids start sending out scouts to their next destination as soon as their main forces arrive in a new galaxy. I mean it’s inevitable so why wait?

  • KnightShift

    For the longest time the psychology of the Genestealers has mystified me. These tidbits are at last making clear some things. It sounds like the cults really aren’t that cognizant of their purpose, of the meaning of their actions. I suppose in some ways they are like the “useful idiots” of Tyranid communism (to use a quote sometimes attributed to Lenin).

    • Do yourself a favor and read Peter Fehervari’s Genestealer Cults novel. It dives right into the Cults, and the prologue already showcases the initial infiltration and evolution of the alpha. Its a very good book so far (33% in), and closer to psychological horror than the usual action piece.

  • Myu

    Looks interesting, I like the 40k lore generally so I think I’ll pick up the codex and see what it’s like

  • Benderisgreat

    Anybody else notice Genestealers got no chicks? Kind of an important part of their life cycle, what with the birthing and stealing of genes and all.

    • SYSTem050

      I think there is fluff somewhere about many mother’s dying during the birthing process. They would be to valuable to the cult to risk on the front lines

      • Benderisgreat

        But hybrid mothers would be considerably hardier, and if they did die off in droves the swarm wouldn’t be as big.