40K: Where’s Nurgle?


Times are changing in the Grim-Dark and one of the major players is biding his time – Where’s Nurgle?

The Chaos God’s are fickle but when they work together they are a threat unlike any other in all of Warhammer 40,000. With the Fall of Cadia the tides of Chaos are ever flowing outward from the Eye of Terror now. We’ve seen Khorne’s Chosen act in Traitor’s Hate. We’ve witness Magnus strike the Space Wolves a devastating blow with the blessing of Tzeentch. Now Abaddon rises up to smash the Cadia Gate. So where’s Nurgle in all of this?

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Typhus is the Herald of Nurgle. The last time Abaddon launched his 13th Black Crusade he was at his side in the Terminus Est bringing havoc, death and destruction all over the place. But since those events have be retconned, we are all starting to wonder where did they go?

Where ever Typhus goes, he brings the blessings of Nurgle with him. However, with the recent books, there hasn’t been a ton of attention focused on Nurgle’s loyal followers. I have a few theories so let’s talk shop.

Theory One: Nurgle is Present – He’s just waiting to reveal himself


I think this is probably the most likely case in terms of the lore, which is why I’m starting with it first. I think that Abaddon would have coordinated with Typhus, just as he probably did with Kharn, to launch an assault somewhere else. In Traitor’s Hate/Angel’s Blade we learned that Kharn’s real mission had something to do with a mysterious “Warp Egg” – I won’t get into all the details, but go read the books.

kharnthebetrayer03-cropI played with an egg and all I got was this shiny new model…

We basically learn, much as Abaddon’s attack on Cadia had an “alternate victory” condition, so did Kharn’s mission. The Imperium is just trying to push the back while the forces of chaos are playing the long game.

I think this is where Nurgle is at right now. Nurgle represents entropy in many ways – Death and Decay are just one of the aspects. He is patient and waiting to strike at the right time.

Theory Two: Nurgle is sitting this one out

I don’t put much weight behind this one but I think it’s worth a mention none-the-less. Much like Slaanesh going missing, Nurgle has been taking a back seat for awhile. The last time Nurgle got any real attention was the Glotkin/Maggoth Lord models for Warhammer Fantasy’s End Times. Which, to be fair, were pretty amazing! Papa Nurgle has actually been getting quite a bit of attention in the AoS fluff as well. He’s the main antagonist vs Sylvaneth as they are fighting over the “Garden of Life.”

sylvaneth-revenantsWe know EXACTLY where Nurgle is…at the end of our Blades!

But that probably doesn’t mean anything to 40k fans who have been wondering “where the heck is Nurgle?!” Sure we’ve got mentions of Plague Marines/Plague Bearers helping but I haven’t seen anything major from the Chaos God of Pestilence. Maybe he IS sitting this one out while he’s busy with things on the AoS front.

Theory Three: There’s no room for a Nurgle Release

Well, at least currently. Looking at the rapid fire release schedule I can see that this is probably the real world issue – it has almost nothing to do with the Lore. This month has been dubbed Tzaanuary after all. It’s Tzeentch’s time in the spotlight! I’m actually okay with this because it’s a welcome break from all the Khorne releases from last year. Don’t get me wrong, Khorne’s still #1 and all, but it’s nice to see something besides “Red and Skulls” for a bit.


I think the assumption is that the next big step forward will be something to do with the Eldar. That’s been teased at by Games Workshop already. So if next month is all Eldar what’s after that? Well, I would expect the follow up to Gathering Storm II would probably be something along the lines of Gathering Storm III…Or maybe a follow-up with the Black Crusade tag. I don’t know. But we haven’t heard anything from the rumor mill about Nurgle. It’s been a lot of talk about Primarchs coming back however…

So again, currently, I don’t think there is any room for a Nurgle release in the next couple months. Plus I’m still holding out that we’ll get an Abaddon model update at some point in the future. Maybe in Gathering Storm III. Only time will tell!


What do you think? Is Nurgle hanging out with Slaanesh in the Chaos Lounge? Or is there a more practical reason he’s MIA?

  • ILikeToColourRed

    just one god is missing so far then? just nurgle? really?

    • Xodis

      I think that statement takes into account the most “accepted” answer of Slaanesh and that its got a giant 40K/AoS release coming soon.

      • NNextremNN

        You mean “wish”. Let’s see if Slaanesh survives 40K “end times” at all.

        • Xodis

          Well that’s why I put it in quotations, never know until it happens.

  • Nathan Dowdell

    Grandfather Nurgle is patient, and inevitable. He is in the inexorable decay of all things. He is in the ticking of the clock, and the buzzing of flies.

    Accept decay. Embrace entropy. The Plaguefather loves you.

    • kingcobra668

      Lots of death needs to happen before lots of decay and disease starts to spread. The others are just setting the stage for him.

      • Frey Jepson

        Everything in material space suffers form entropy in varying degrees. Nurgle is just as much about life as he is death and always at work.

    • Aezeal

      He also got kicked out of ghyran

  • Well, the question is “Where is nurgle?”, but that shows it could be even worse: “Who is this Slaanesh people talked about years ago?”.

    • ZeeLobby

      Haha. Amazing point.

    • DeadlyYellow

      I see your Slaanesh and raise you a Malal.

      • Ha!

      • euansmith

        And who remembers to spare a prayer for Alluminas, Arianka and Solkan the Avenger? Forgotten, but not gone.

        • Muninwing

          Necoho and Zuvassin either…

          • euansmith

            What happens in Kislev, stays in Kislev. 😉

        • Aezeal

          No, they’re gone, but apparently not forgotten since you posted about them.

  • EnTyme

    I’m guessing Slaanesh will be the next Chaos go to get a release after Tzeentch is done. This’ll like come right after AoS Aelves get a major release and 40k Eldar/DE/Harleys get a supplement. Nurgle will be after that (Nurglevember?)

    • 6Cobra

      Here’s hoping..

  • Ryan C

    In my mind the way I see it is:

    Warhammer fantasy end times had a lot of Nurgle then GW kinda slipped into Khorne obsession for a year or so. Now they are headed towards Tzeentch which will last a for a while. Hopefully after that Slaanesh will finally get some love again, then finally Nurgle will be up in line again.

    Personally I lamented the Khorne focus so heavily when it was happening but I’d rather they invest the effort into doing each god well rather than trying to balance all 4 at the same time.

  • Ravingbantha

    I guess the role Nurgle and Montorion played in destroying Midgardia doesn’t count.

    • Statham

      Not in terms of a model release like say, new!Kharn or Thousand Sons/Tzeentch, no.

      • Ravingbantha

        Not every release for Chaos has to include Nurgle or Khorne. Just because there’s no new minis, doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything.

        • Statham

          That wasn’t even what I meant, and… Please. Like Nurgle has even half the toys that Khorne does.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, he wasn’t even there (or so I’ve heard), just gave Magnus some virus to spread.

      • Ravingbantha

        Midgardia was blown up because of the Nurgle infestation, and because it was blown up, the other planets are all jacked up now. The Wrath of Magnus may have been about the thousand sons, but it’s argue able that Nurgle’s forces did more damage.

        • ZeeLobby

          Because Magnus chose to attack. Wake me up when Mortarion does something.

    • The Rout

      With good reason. Sending a disease and taking part in an invasion are quite different things.

      Mortarion basically spat on a forest, hardly a big deal :p

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    We had a big ramp up for Khorne. Now we are getting a big ramp up for Tzeench. Next up will be Nurgle.

    Then, maybe, Slaanesh?

    • Xodis

      I’m hoping Slaanesh gets some love before Nurgle. He got plenty during End Times, and a little love at the beginning of AoS. Slaanesh hasn’t gotten any love….in a long long time lol.

      • euansmith

        I’ve heard Slaanesh likes nothing more than a big ramp up.

  • Ryan Williams

    More likely Nurgle is part of a future campaign, allowing them to get Mortarion and a new Great Unclean One out .

    All things to those who wait.

  • nurglitch

    It’s worth pointing out that Nurgle got a bunch of stuff released as part of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle End Times. Also, that one could consider the Horus Heresy as having been won by the Chaos Gods and the Imperium only lasting as long as it has through His Beneficence (“Master of Mankind by the will of the gods”).

  • Karru

    Where is Nurgle you ask? Maybe he is waiting for his turn to arrive, just like every other God. During End Times, Nurgle got massive releases, Glottkin, Putrid Blightkings and Maggoth Lords. Then came the release of AoS and with it became the Bloodbound. Then we saw some more Khorne releases for them and later on Kharn arrived. Now we get a lot of Tzeentch stuff, like the Thousand Sons and these guys.

    The real question is, where in the Warp is Slaanesh and his/her followers?

    • Damien Coté

      ” Maybe he is waiting for his turn to arrive, just like every other God. During End Times”

      That was the same hope that crushed my dreams about a new Keeper of Secrets… or ANYTHING Slaanesh during the End Times

  • euansmith

    He is in your throat. Can you feel that little itch? That flick pain when you swallow? That momentary click as you exhale?

    • amaximus167

      I have been blowing him out of my sinuses all day.

      • Slite

        Good, spread the disease

  • Xodis

    I think Nurgle was given a bit of love to show he’s not forgotten, but will be waiting for a larger release. Hopefully after Slaneesh comes back from whatever its up to.

  • Muninwing

    yes. blue and feathers is a break from red and skulls.

    don’t ask about slaanesh…

  • Prisoner 42

    The Terminus Est was in the Fall of Cadia. I was hoping they’d have had a bigger part than just a passing reference. I hope they get a nurgle release soon just started on my AOS nurgle deamon army.

  • DeCold

    Nurgle wait for GW to release Nurgle Demonkin type codex for 40k

  • Beefy

    Nurgle has had more than enough love from GW the last few years it’s time some one else got some attention.

  • Callum Brown

    terminus est was in the new fall of cadia book, so i assume he’s sat chilling there.

  • Nathaniel Wright

    Confirmed nurgle squatted?!?!?!

  • Krizzab

    Crying in his cauldron after seeing all cool things that Tzeentch has now.

  • Damistar

    They did not completely ret con the old Eye of Terror campaign fluff, but expanded on it. The Battle of Tyrok Fields happened ans well as the initial landings. Fall of Cadia is clearly spelled out as the 2nd wave of Abaddons 13th Black Crusade.

  • Deathwing

    Just wait. Daemon Prince Mortarion would make a hell of a good model release just as Daemon Prince Magnus did, and Nurgles gooey green black brown swath of filth would make a great story line for opening another rout from the EOT to Sol. Magnus may have used his sorcerous ways to teleport half way across the galaxy, but eventually somebody has to do the footslogging from the eye

  • Dr.Clock

    He’s trying to stop the Harlies from waking up Ynnead by killing Isha.

    I think Ynnead and Isha are connected… it’s not impossible that Isha being held in thrall by Nurgle is one of the main things stopping Ynnead from manifesting.

    • PrimoFederalist

      I thought Isha and the Emperor might be connected. Now, after Fall of Cadia, I think Isha, Ynnead, and the Emperor are all three connected. What better way to cement an Imperal/Eldar alliance than by combining their god?

      I’ve been hoping Russ’ return will coincide with the rescue of Isha (one of the legends is that Russ went in search of the “Tree of Life” to revive the Emperor).

  • Abe Killian

    After we were flooded with Nurgle a year or so ago, I think we can have a ittle less Nurgle for a while. His forces were in the attack on Cadia, so not like Nurgle didn’t represent!

  • CF

    Theory Three … which caused GW to write the story to accommodate this a la Theory One.

  • Branahar

    Wasn’t Nurgle miss used by Magnus in Wrath of Magnus, He had a big part to play in the fall of the Emperors Puppies, it wasn’t Magnuses falt that the planet went pop.

  • ANevskyUSA

    Nurgle called in sick. But he says he will be in tomorrow. Totally unrelated to the long weekend.

  • Noah Jerge

    Perhaps a new Typhus kit will be released in a Chaos version of the trimverate in the future? I just hope they make a Pestigors kit.

  • Zack Seiders

    Hope nurgle hq’s gain access to a better chaos mount “rot flies would function similarly to juggernaut mounts except jetbikes, and one of the extra attacks becomes ap 2 instant death (more expensive point wise but VERY powerful)

  • PrimoFederalist

    I’m hoping Nurgle gets involved when Russ returns – one of the legends of Russ’ disappearance is that he went in search of the “Tree of Life” to revive the Emperor. We know that Isha is trapped in Nurgle’s Garden where she is endlessly infected (and cures) all of Nurgle’s plagues for eternity. I think it would be cool and hope that Russ’ return involves rescuing Isha from Nurgle. Given a new “parlay” and “new beginning” between the Eldar and Imperium, my hopes are not dashed yet!

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    Trust me, getting the stronger part of Traitor Legions is all Grandfather Nurgle needs right now. He’ll be back just before the last few legs of the push toward Terra. Likely with an entire Hive Fleet in tow.

  • The Rout

    I think nurgle will get his release when the Mortarion model is ready to roll out and will have the nurgle demonkin in tow.

    The only loyalist primarch the deathguard have really had beef with is the white scars so i expect that campaign book/ supplement to be DG vs White scars.