40K: Cypher – A Closer Look

Games Workshop has a new video highlighting a shadowy figure – It’s time to take a closer look at Cypher!

via Warhammer Community

“We’re not sure any of us would have predicted that at the side of the Ultramarines’ Primarch would be Warhammer 40,000’s hide-and-seek champion 10,000 years running – but then Cypher has always been full of surprises.”

“Of all the secrets surrounding the Dark Angels, Cypher is perhaps the most compelling…”

We took a look at the Cypher Sprue earlier this week. It’s a fantastic model and kit over all. We also teased the return of the Fallen Angels as well. And I can also tell you after getting to look at his rules first hand in Rise of the Primarch, he’s not someone you want to get in a shooting competition with.

If you want to skip straight to the rules teasers from GW, Rules Writer Dave Sanders is back with the low-down on Cypher starting at the 1:56 mark.

“He’s armed with his iconic two pistols and they are both relics of time immemorial.”

His bolt pistol has some extra range and his Plasma Pistol never “Get’s Hot” – Oh and a handful of special rules to match:

He also fires them in overwatch with his full BS of 10. Yes – you read that right. He’s BS 10. Hitting on a re-rollable 2+ is as close as you’re going to get to “never missing” in 40k.

On top of that, Cypher always has a chance of denying your opponent VPs for “killing” him. He’s the Hide-and-seek champ for 10,000 years running for a reason!

However, Cypher does have a downside –  he can never be selected as your Warlord and he cause your Warlord to suffer a -1 Leadership penalty. Guilliman’s Unyielding Will rule is starting to make a bit more sense…

Cypher is available as a part of the Triumvirate of the Primarch which is hitting shelves this weekend!

Triumvirate of the Primarch $90

A strange fate binds Roboute Guilliman, Grand Master Voldus and the Fallen Angel Cypher together. They walk a path of providence; though whether it ends in damnation or deliverance, none can say. On the battlefield, this triumvirate of warriors is an unstoppable, inspiring force, bolstering the morale of those they lead while shattering enemy lines with their staggering strength. Cypher’s pistols roar as Voldus’ psychic powers lash out – all the while, Guilliman strides like a reborn god, bellowing rallying cries and striking down countless foes.


Cypher brings chaos where ever he goes…That’s little “c” chaos not, big “C” Chaos.

  • SilentPony

    So basically he’s a Moritat

    • Jared van Kell

      He is exactly that, in fact he is the ultimate Moritat.

    • Parthis

      Indeed. Only with a never gets-hot Plasma pistol… which is great, because all my Moritats seem to enjoy getting hot.

    • Spacefrisian

      No its the other way around.

  • Bradley Macduff

    i love how they stomped on the deathwing even harder with this release if that was even possible. i mean you took away the bonus for slaying cypher with deathwing units around… i didnt think it was possible but you dumped on terminators even harder. piss off games workshop

    • Shawn

      These rules aren’t new. They are the same in his own digital mini-dex. Also, if you do capture him, and a DA player you get a bonus VP. It’s only if no one is around (i.e. dies from shooting) that you don’t get the vp.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I think you might have an outdated Cypher ruleset.

    • Steve L Duelist

      Only if he dies with no enemies is D6″ of him, and DW knights mace in base to base.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I need to make a Fallen army! Yowza!

    • BaronSnakPak

      I wonder if the “sow and reap” rule is in effect for The Fallen faction. If it is, your warlord will be a bog standard captain, and your whole army has -1 leadership.

      • YetAnotherFacelessMan

        Reread that. The warlord gets -1 leadership. It doesn’t modify anyone else’s.

    • Iconoc1ast

      Yes. I heard the call as well.

      My dark angels are gonna be so pissed…….

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        My dark angels are equally sad!

  • Louie’sUglyRanglehorns

    Very fluffy rules. Individually strong, but not game breaking. Great model of course… “This one’s for the fans!”

    • LeroyJenkinss

      he also has hit and run, 3+ invul, eternal warrior and is only 85 points….

  • Steve L Duelist

    I wonder how you would run a fallen army, if he cannot be your warlord. Do you just make a Fallen champion the warlord, but Cypher is the lord of the Fallen?

    • LeroyJenkinss

      Yas but he wouldnt be leading the charge. He would be off baiting in a corner somewhere until someone finds him. Then Poof he’s gone!

  • Vangrail

    Boo he is the same as his old datasheet from few years ago. Moritat are better they can keep shooting he just gets 4 shots ams 2 are a bolt pistol.

  • Marik

    Cypher with an Executioners chapter would also ignore the -1 Leadership as well. Quote: “All models with Chapter Tactics (Executioners) ignore all negative modifiers to their Leadership values, regardless of their cause.”

  • This Dave

    I’m just glad they finally started painting Cypher in black armor. They used to always have the original Cypher model in green armor, which made no sense.