40K: New Codex FAQs Live NOW!


Good News Everyone: All the Codexes for Warhammer 40,000 have been finalized – come take a look!

It’s go time folks. Back in November we had the final Rulebook FAQs come out. Now, all of the codex FAQs are out and available. What are you waiting for!?

via Warhammer Community

“Great news gamers: the finalised official FAQs for every one of our Warhammer 40,000 codexes have just been released.

These Frequently Asked Questions cover a huge range of the most common queries or rules ambiguities, and we hope they are a great help in your games.

These FAQs have been approached in a new way that has taken a little longer than some of our previous FAQs, but we’ve tried to keep the process transparent and make sure that you gamers out there were involved every step of the way (which can be a tricky because there are tens of thousands of you!).

Last year, we asked you on our Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page what questions you had about the rules and the game. We got literally thousands of questions, everything from common misconceptions, to some really insightful thoughts about interactions with some of the more complex and obscure rules of the game.

Our rules team worked tirelessly (alongside their day job of making new codexes and games) to answer as many of the questions as they could, before we released draft versions of the FAQs for you guys to give feedback on. We got a big response again, with a load more questions, some more clarification needed, and a few changes to make.

Finally, after the final amends were put in, we worked with the teams from some of the biggest independant Warhammer 40,000 events out there to make sure the answers were good to go – so a big thanks to both the AdeptiCon Tournament team, and the guys from the Las Vegas Open for their contributions.

And now, here we are!

Your questions, answered by our rules team, checked by you, and double checked by the people out there with the most experience of the Warhammer 40,000 tournament scene.


60040199041_40kstandardedition01 Adepta Sororitas

Astra Militarum

Blood Angels

Blood Oath

Chaos Daemons

Chaos Space Marines

Clan Raukaan


Cult Mechanicus

Curse of the Wulfen

Dark Angels

Dark Eldar

Death Masque


Farsight Enclaves

Genestealer Cults

Grey Knights

Haemonculus Covens


Imperial Agents

Imperial Knights


Khorne Daemonkin

Legion of the Damned

Militarum Tempestus


Officio Assassinorum


Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Shield of Baal: Leviathan


Space Marines

Space Wolves

Tau Empire

Traitor Legions


Waaagh! Ghazghkull

War Zone Damocles: Kauyon

War Zone Damocles: Mont’ka


That’s a LOT of FAQs. Some of these haven’t really changed all that much. Some of them have been added to quite a bit. As always, you can visit Games Workshop’s Errata page (which may not have been updated yet) to view the as well.


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  • ZeeLobby

    Man. Looking at the length of that list has me ready for 8th, and some kind of combining, lol. Still, glad to see them pumping out FAQs more regularly.

    • Loki Nahat

      What makes you think this isn’t 8th?

    • Vachones

      To be fair, a lot of these questions are people fishing for rules. I agree about 8th though, I hope GW looks over all these questions to understand where the confusion comes from and builds a cleaner, easier to learn edition.

      • Karru

        I agree, as long as the way to accomplish it is to remove a ton of character from the game. Just general balancing and an actual scale would be an amazing start.

  • rakshasa

    Seems only one 4+ roll for bringing back a destroyed chaos cultists unit in an Insurgency force.

    • Eisai

      But the question is: will it create 2 units of cultist, one of which can outflank?

      • Zeran

        Wait, cultists get outflank already because they can infiltrate with just being alpha legion, so it wouldn’t matter

        • GWELLS

          So if this is true it begs the question what they are going for with alpha legion. First they release FAQ nerfing outflank, then they do this.

          It begs the question if this is in preparation for something down the line or they are just ripping alpha legion.

      • HiveFleet Charybdis

        Doesn’t matter if they go gain Outflank. Brb says Outflank cannot be used for units coming from Ongoing Reserves, so they have to enter from your table edge.

        • hepe

          Did GW forget their own rules again or is there some other reason to give outflank to the resurrected unit that I’m missing?

      • Nyyppä

        Only one. There is no question about that.

    • GWELLS

      Maybe they mean it doesn’t effect the first roll (such as no rerolling the first dice roll for tide of traitors).

      Maybe you count the other rule as a separate roll that has no effect on the effect of the first roll perhaps?

      Or maybe i am just reaching.

    • Zeran

      Man I know, this sucks because I just bought a ton of cultists just for that rule. I still can’t see a use for the insurgency force now, besides free shroud

    • MelonNeko

      I am interpreting it as ” I roll 2d6 and if either are a 4+ i get a new unit”. I can understand not getting 2 units from losing one, but I don’t see any reason to completely ignore a rule without an errata, and “These rules do not interact in any stackable way.” is just a bad answer really. It would have taken 1 more sentence to spell it out

      • Pete McGwire

        You roll once, it is perfectly clear.

        • gordonshumway

          Except that it’s not. At all.

      • gordonshumway

        I know right. It’s infuriating. They do all this work and they can’t be bothered to answer this one in a coherent sentence. There is no defined concept of “stacking” in 40k, so why not say what they actually mean? Also separate rules with different wording and different names cancel each other out now? Guess that means I can ignore any of my opponent’s rules I don’t like because they don’t “stack” for me in a meaningful way. How can they be this stupid?

        • Koen Diepen Van

          Maby they should have done the actual work when makeing the TL book. IT’s all old fluff and then some rules they made up in a afthernoon.

          • gordonshumway

            Yeah I was tricked by the fact that I’d thought they had turned over a new leaf…guess that’s what I get for being positive.

      • Ghaniman

        If you don’t believe GW ain’t capable of ridiculous redundancy and double-ups in its rules, then checkout this from the Ork FAQ.

        Q: In Codex: Orks, Mad Dok Grotsnik has both a cybork body, giving the Feel No Pain (6+) special rule, and dok’s tools, which give Feel No Pain (i.e. 5+) to all models in his unit. Do the bonuses stack?
        A: No. His dok’s tools confer Feel No Pain so he doesn’t need the Feel No Pain (6+) from his cybork body. Did we mention that he’s mad?

        Additionally, any Painboy can purchase cybork body…

        • Karru

          Yeah, that was one of the dumbest changes in the new Ork codex. I’d much rather have the Invulnerable save than the FNP.

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      Where was this? Can’t see in CSM FAQ.

      • Pinklabel

        Traitor legion faq

    • David Sherrer

      “These rules do not interact in any stackable way.”

      I’m pretty sure this means you can’t take 9 Cultist detachments and stack the rule. The rules do not interact in any way. You get both rules. You don’t roll 2d6 or 1d6 with a re roll. You get 2 rules that give you the ability to get a cultist back on a 4+.

      Otherwise Alpha Legion gets nothing but Stealth first turn for their detachment rule.

      GW needs to FAQ their FAQ

  • DrLove42

    They seem to have missed the one for the main rule book

  • GreekSauce

    Do Canoptek Wraiths and C’tan suffer the Initiative penalty
    when charging through terrain, despite their special rules which
    allow them to treat other models and terrain as if they were open
    ground when moving?
    A: No.


    • J Mad

      They are like snakes when they move, they need to put their weapons in bad positions, for sure they be slow on the attacking XD

  • James Eggers

    Woot – Burnas can use the Promethium Pipe Relay again. Glad to see they allow burnas to act as flamers for rules purposes described in the 40k rulebook. Now if only Cult Mechanicus Plasma would work the same way with the new Reactors.

  • Parthis

    Keep going GW. Some much needed clarifications and great to see the crazy stuff removed and cleaned up (like the drop pod doors counting as the hull, etc etc).

  • G Ullrich

    Thankfully they changed their drop pod answers so that doors basically “don’t count” as blocking LOS or as part of the vehicle hull.

    • orionburn

      Which FAQ is that in? You’d think they would have included that for all Marine chapters.

      • Space Marines FAQ:
        Q: Do Space Marine Drop Pod doors count as solid walls that
        block line of sight?
        A: No.
        Q: Are Drop Pod doors ignored for game purposes
        once deployed?
        A: Yes.

        • orionburn

          Thank you, sir. I’ve only had a chance to read through the DA one so far so I’ll have to check it out.

        • Nyyppä

          The key here is “once deployed”. That would mean that during deployment they matter which would mean that there has to be enough room for them to open.

          • Munn

            Except you don’t have to model the doors down, as long as you never drop the doors they never matter.

          • Nyyppä

            So, modeling for advantage is now allowed?

  • Stealthbadger

    Drop pod doors now ignored and plasma leman russ benefits from preferred enemy again. Wyvern can also re roll every scatter.

    Thank you GW

    • Damien Coté

      Where did you read the latter 2? not in the AM FAQ???

      • Stealthbadger

        Q: Twin-linked multiple barrage units. Can the drift for every shot after the rst (the shots that use the drift dice but not the 2D6) be re-rolled?
        A: Yes.

        Q: Does the Preferred Enemy special rule allow you to re-roll Gets Hot rolls of 1 for blast weapons (e.g. a plasma cannon)? A: Yes.

        Both Page 14 of main rules FAQ

        • Damien Coté

          Oh but that’s old news. the main rules one was officially released awhile ago…

          • Stealthbadger

            Hey I’ll take it whatever the source. Emperor praise the wyvern!

  • Viper666

    They partially fixed the Aeronautica Imperialis Valkyries faction issue….(now available for Astra Militarum, Militarum Tempestus and Inquisition) but why can’t the Adepta Sororitas have access the Imperial Navy…. they normally rely on them for transport just like the Astra Militarum since they don’t have their own fleet (unlike the Mechanicum and the Astartes)

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Funny enough as they are provided strike fighter and arvus from the navy in the actual aeronautica books…

      • Viper666

        I also asked Forgeworld upon the Codex: Imperial Agents release, if their “Imperial Navy” flyers count as “Aeronautica Imperialis” faction units….they told me it would have to be updated first in their books…..it would have been easy to FAQ it….for example in the Death for the Skies FAQ… (where they are described as Imperial Navy units)

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Problem is that could take years. Plus so many still see them as not core 40k and totally don’t recognize them as a faction. Which is hilarious since they now are one thanks to the formation in agents. Further more, the old book still says arvus and avengers can be taken by “sisters of battle” some argue now that its codex Adeptus Sorritas, they can no longer take them as normal cad choices!

  • SilentPony

    Yay! Now only 4 more months before its all completely meaningless when they retool everything for 8th Edition!

    • Stealthbadger

      4 months is a long time. At least they are trying. Cheer up buddy.

      • SilentPony

        Its been years! 7th has been around for years and they’re now, just now, with 8th edition on the horizon, actually getting a proper FAQ.
        Like…why bother? Put the effort it took to make the FAQ and instead give 8th a few more goings over to really smooth things out.

        • Stealthbadger

          Maybe they’re doing both?

          No FAQ – People complain
          FAQ – people complain

          Plus is 8th in four months, is that now confirmed? Is it a complete shake up? Will these FAQ not be relevant? Is there no chance some of these actually carry over to any future edition? Why is providing more information on the current rules and at least trying to engage after radio silence for so long really so terrible?

          I know cynicism is cool and GW are the devil but is there really something worth complaining about here?

          • Nyyppä

            Well, lack of releases is bad. Also bad releases are bad. People complain when things are bad.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          To turn your FAQ process into a well oiled machine before it really matters.

          • SilentPony

            I’m not sure a single FAQ years in the making, right before the launch of an apparently completely retooled game system is the best step forward.

      • Commissar Molotov

        Yeah, 4 months is a long time if you’re a toddler.

    • Victor Hartmann

      You’re assuming that 8th Edition conflicts with the FAQs. It’s entirely possible that most, if not all, of the FAQs would remain accurate. Rumors are that 8th Ed will simply be a “cleaned up” version of 7th.

      But who knows. Maybe 8th will be completely different and GW will continue to support both 7th and 8th simultaneously. Pre-death of the Emperor and Post-death of the Emperor. Or rebirth of the Emperor.

      Anyways, no point in worrying about it until we see what actually happens. In the meantime, nice to have the FAQs.

    • Loki Nahat

      what makes you think this isn’t the new edition?

    • Matt Craufurd

      They aren’t going to Sigmarise every single codex. I can’t believe that 8th will be so vastly different that you cannot use your codexes. Its more likely to be a gradual change every couple of years so the game evolves rather than reboots.

  • Raven Jax

    I’m confused on Deathwatch. Can somebody help?

    “Q: Can a Watch Sergeant or Black Shield take items listed as
    being available to Veterans?
    A: No.”

    So….does that mean we can’t even give the Black Shield two power swords like the model shows?

    • Yig

      Yeah, I’m a bit annoyed about that.

      I think it is just to prevent them from taking HTH or other things not listed in the weapon list (sorry, don’t have my book with me).

    • Solaq

      It says “Any model may take…” so you’re fine. You can’t give a Black Shield a Heavy Weapon or a heavy thunder hammer though.

    • cuda1179

      I don’t like that, for whatever reason, they decided you can’t have both a shotgun and a bolter, despite that being an actual option.

  • Christopher Cromer

    Imperial knights got a big nerf in their arm weapons arcs. The way they are pictured there is no inward tilt like the picture of sponson arcs displayed in the RB. The way it’s pictured in the FAQ, a knight would never be able to fire both its arm weapons ar the same target as the weapon arcs run parallel and would never intersect. Tank sponsons though have a slight inward angle allowing it to fire both weapons at a target which is far enough away. I very much hope this is not the case.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I dunno, vehicle weapons have always been an issue for me. Half the time they would be blocked by their own chasis. Sometimes They should abstract and have all weapons fire from a central point and call it a day! But since vehicles are not on bases its a hard call.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        I think that will change with 8th edition. It is just easier to give everything 360 degree arc.

  • Julio Lenin Roman Martinez

    They finally gave Abaddon back his rule that prevents him from becoming a Daemon Prince or Spawn. Though that oddity was unlikely with TL rules.

  • Bonemaw

    no wrath of magnus faq :O

  • Charon

    GW and rules.
    Alpha legion gets the Cultist uprising as detachment bonus. the only way to get Cultists in the detachment is the Lost and the damned formation which has a similar rule. They do not stack. That basically makes the Detachment rule completely invalid.

    • Matt Craufurd

      Similar to the way that the Wraithseer has the Independent Character special rule, but since he is a Monstrous Creature he now cannot use it.

      • Charon

        I give FW the bonus of the doubt as the runes teams are different from GW rulesteams and unitl the FAQ it was indeed possible.
        This is not even a complicated interaction as both rules are within the same book.

  • Nyyppä

    Well, this is actually better than before.

  • Asmondai

    Deathwing Redemption Formation:
    “All units in this Formation that can do so must begin
    the game in Deep Strike Reserve (this includes any
    Venerable Dreadnoughts which must be in their Drop
    Pods). All OTHER units must begin the game in Reserves.”

    Is this a mistake, what other units is this referring to? :/
    …..does this mean the formation will auto-lose on first turn…. again
    …..permanently this time?

    • iguana1981

      yeah by the looks of it, somewhere later on it explains that this and the ravenwing formation where never meant to be used in isolation and to take another formation/detachment. They did also say that you could discuss with your opponent before hand to omit the auto lose rule. Not so easy for those pick up games though.

      • HiveFleet Charybdis

        Just use two of them. 1 starts on the board, 1 off. I put one character and 2 flyers in the reserve Detachment so I can still bring Ravenwing Flyers

    • CthulhuDawg

      It’s talking about Land Raiders taken by units as Dedicated Transports. The termies who took it still have to go into deepstrike reserve since they can. The LRs, which can’t start in Deepstrike Reserve but are still part of the formation must then start in normal reserves and rive onto the board as normal.

      • Asmondai

        aaaa, i see. 😮
        So all would be fine if I take formation as unbound
        and just have extra dreggy and land raider on the field?

        • CthulhuDawg

          Yup, Unbound is a great way to play when you just want to get your stuff on the field. The formation is specifically designed to be played alongside a separate force, like a Demi-Company or CAD or you auto lose but the Dreds and NON-Deathwing Dedicated Transport Land Raiders will keep that from happening. I will note however that a lot of people don’t like playing against unbound (which is stupid Unbound is great) and it is flat out banned in most tournaments. If you’re not running 5 wraithknights unbound is fine. I mean in 5E there was no FOC past 2k points and “standard” games nowadays are 1850 sooooooooo…

          Edit: Make sure to put those LRs and Dreds in cover or preferably behind los blocking terrain when you deploy, if you get tabled before your Redemption force gets to deep strike in on turn two you still lose because you don’t have any models on the board.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Heldrake still useless with confused rules- no idea how hull mounted weapon, template, 45 degree downward arc and torrent interact.

    • Francois Sanchez

      To me it’s simply placing the tip of the template anywhere within the arc of fire, then give the orientation you want to the template as long as the end of the template is further away from the weapon, like any other torrent weapon

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        you can only target a model inside in line of sight and therefore inside your firing arc if you are a vehicle, so what happens if the only targetable models are outside the 45 degree fixed mount/45 degree flier down arcs (quite a small area)? It makes the torrent rule redundant if you can only place the template fully inside that area, or if you aren’t allowed to target models outside that area.

        • Munn

          Basically all it means is that you don’t get to shoot fire out of the heldrake’s butt. You have a 45 degree forward arc you can drop the template into, if there’s nothing in that arc, fly better.

          • MechBattler

            “Go back to flight school ya drunk turkey!”

        • Francois Sanchez

          Template and blasts have always been able to hit models out of line sight, but you still need to see at least one to declare the shooting attack. So I guess you’d need minimum one model under the template in the 45° firing arc (it can be from a different unit than the one you really want to hit) and place the template as you want as long as you hit that model.

  • Viper666

    Multi-source rules for units (2 sources for Inquisition and Adepta Sororitas units with different entries, rules from 2 valid editions of Whaagh Ghazghkull…) is not helping the game at all…

  • Patriarch

    The Genestealer Cult one seems sensible. Cult Ambush models are stationary when first deployed, but moving if it happens once the game starts, Your own allies don’t stop you from Returning to the Shadows (not RAW but makes sense), Falling Back and Regrouping does stop you RttS though.

    Some of the questions are a bit baffling.
    “Q: How does the Genestealer Cult Faction ally with Tyranids?
    A: The Genestealer Cult and Tyranids Factions ally with
    each other as Allies of Convenience.”
    What, just like it says in the codex then?

    • Commissar Molotov

      Only cult one that threw me for a loop was the servo-skull ruling. They went 100% the other way in the Ghosar Quintus FAQ.

      • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

        More annoyed with the Broodcoven/Subprising interaction ruling. I guess D-Throng or Demo Claw are the only useful Deathstar components now.

  • Shawn

    Great that they did an FAQ for Deathwatch, even though they weren’t part of the initial push for FAQs. However, I am disappointed that one question wasn’t addressed. I would have addressed it, if I’d known they were doing an FAQ. Basically, for some reason a Death Watch Librarian cannot take a storm shield, but can take a combat shield. Utterly ridiculous.

  • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

    My god, they actually got around to updating Exalted Flamers to Jump Infantry.

  • kingcobra668

    No Wrath of Magnus?