40K: Grey Knight Relics Ranked

The Grey Knights are now out and about – let’s talk about the Relics of Titan!

The Grey Knights have access to some of the deadliest wargear the Imperium can muster so you would expect their relics to be pretty awesome. Well we’re taking a look at each one and ranking them based on what they can do on the tabletop. Keep in mind we’re not taking into account any other synergies in the army – we’re only ranking them against each other with no other considerations.

 

#6 Domina Liber Daemonica

We’re putting this one at #6 because it’s highly situational. You’ve got to be playing against an army with Keyword Daemon around (which might be more common than you think). But then you’ve got to get within 6” of those daemon units for this to kick in. However, if you can manage it and force a leadership test (via wounds or other means) you just might get an extra daemon to run for the hills. Not too bad if you know you’re playing against daemons to begin with – but other than that, kind of “meh” in our book.

 

#5 Banner of Refining Flame

The Banner of Refining Flame can be super effective – if you can get close enough to use it. Dropping your Smite range to 6” but upping the damage to D6 mortal wounds sounds like a good trade…but I’m not sold. Why? Well, it can only go on Paladin Ancients or Brotherhood Ancients (Banner Bearers) which means these solo models are just that – solo models. Sure, you can protect them with good bubble wrap, but when you’ve got to get close to use this ability…well, it just seems counter intuitive. Oh, and there is always the possibility that you roll a 1 anyways… I like that it still counts as a Sacred Banner (so you get bonus attacks and leadership still) so that’s a plus. I guess if your battle plan revolves around using it ”in addition too” vs “building around it” then it’s worth taking.

 

#4 Cuirass of Sacrifice

Most character that can take this already have at least a 5++ invulnerable save (or ways to get one). But that’s not what the Cuirass of Sacrifice is – it’s the new and improved “Feel No Pain” bonus saving throw. Remember that this triggers each time a this model “loses a wound” – that includes Mortal Wounds, folks. You might only get this save ⅓ of the time, but that’s better than not getting any chance to prevent a Mortal Wound from happening!

 

#3 Soul Glaive

If you’re a fan of the good old Nemeisis Force Halberd, then the Soul Glaive is for you! It’s a better Halberd with a -3 AP value which isn’t bad. But the real kicker is that you get the ability to re-roll failed hit AND wound rolls for this weapon. That ability is pretty solid as long as you’re aggressively getting the wielder into close combat! Honestly, we kept going back and forth between this one and the next one as to which spot it belonged. Because…

 

#2 Destroyer of Crys’yllix

This is the Daemonhammer all other hammers wish they were. What makes this so deadly is that it’s 4 Damage per failed save. OUCH. Toss that on your Grandmaster and watch him go to WORK…he’ll be hitting on 3’s instead of 2’s but he still gets to re-roll 1’s…I’ll take that all day long. I know we said we weren’t looking at outside factors but this relic has the ability to reliably take out a rhino or other tanks in a round of combat. We had to look at that compared to the random D3 damage the Soul Glaive would do – and that’s what tipped it for us.

 

#1 Fury of Deimos

Fury of Deimos gives them back the old S5 ammo they used to have a couple editions back. Let’s just look at the stats: Range 30” Rapid Fire 3  S5 AP -1 D1. It’s basically a Heavy Bolter – except at 15” it’s getting an extra 3 shots! When you’re fighting T4 infantry, it’s basically as good as a Psycannon and you can move and fire with no penalty. On a Grandmaster it’s very deadly… It’s #1 on our list because it’s got range, doesn’t require you to take wounds to trigger, and you can use it against every army and it’s effective. It’s not as fancy as a Daemonhammer or as flashy as the Soul Glaive, but it will get the job done.

 

That’s our ranking for the Grey Knight Relics – agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Kinsman

    Nice list. If I have one suggestion it’s that you should use screencaps from the digital codex for these. Things will look better.

  • Drpx

    A storm bolter, really?

    • Jeremy Larson

      Absolutely. It’s effectively only 2 points, can go on anyone, and with most folks getting to deep strike, is effectively always 6 shots at S5, -1AP. If you use the psybolt stratagem, it goes up to S6, -2AP.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Fair reasonings; I’m onboard with it. Definitely rate Fury of Deimos as being up there in the category of all round usefulness.

  • Suicidemaniac

    So I’m not too familiar with wording in 8th ed yet but each time the model loses “a” wound (for the cuirass)- does this mean if you, say, eat a hit from the daemonhammer relic that deals 4 wounds, you roll separately for each wound lost, or are all 4 wounds considered a single instance of “losing a wound” so it’s all or nothing?