40K: Top 5 Chapter Approved Relics


The Chapter Approved has 11 factions and each has a cool, new relic – come check out our Top 5 favorites!

We’ve been chewing through the new Chapter Approved 2017 this week. Goatboy had some of his initial thoughts. We loved the new Apocalypse stuff. And we’ve got our picks for the best Stratagems in the book as well. Yesterday, we took a swing at our favorite Warlord Traits from the book. Now it’s the Relics turn under the spotlight!

Sisters of Battle – Blade of Admonition

The Blade of Admonition is one of those Relics that you’ll be glad to have when you need it. Not terribly flashy, it’s still really handy due to that -3 AP and straight-up 3 Damage!


Orks – Headwoppa’s Killchoppa

Not only fun to say, Headwoppa’s Killchoppa has a nice bonus of being able to generate Mortal Wounds. It would have been even better if those extra D3 Mortal Would were on top of the damage, but hey, it’s still just a really big hunk of metal…that’s possibly possessed by a Khronate Daemon.


Genestealer Cult – Icon of the Cult Ascendant

This Icon is a call out to the previous Genestealer Cult book we had before the edition switch. It also makes those pesky Cultists not-so pesky, but a serious problem for some folks. Most of the time, this will be converting their attacks from wounding on 5s to wounding on 4s – for Genestealers, it’s even deadlier – and that’s why we liked it!


Thousand Sons – Athenaean Scrolls

Okay, the Thousand Sons have gotten arguably the biggest boost with the Chapter Approved. Even their Relic is pretty bonkers. If you successfully pass a Psychic Test and happen to roll doubles, your opponent cannot Deny the Witch!

Side note: Named Character (like Magnus) cannot be given Relics – this is clarified in the Chapter Approved. Don’t worry, he’s can still take that Warlord Trait, however…

Knights – Ravager

The Ravager is here because of the pure destruction it generates. It can only be used by a model with a Reaper Chainsword, sure – but re-rolling hit rolls of 1 for it means that those attacks that whiff completely have a second chance to bring the hurt. And it’s a LOT of hurt.

Bonus: Necron – Veil of Shadows

The Veil of Darkness is back for the Necrons – this was a classic piece of Wargear/ability that is getting a triumphant return. It’s really just a way to Deepstrike an Infantry unit and the relic bearer, but hey, that’s still cool. Nothing like teleporting away from one threat to go handle another.



That’s our list for our Top 5 relics from the new Chapter Approved – which one is your favorite?!

  • Kyle Stetson

    Veil of Darkness is the best gift my Overlord could have asked for this Christmas. Give his warrior blob MWBD, teleport to within rapid fire range of an enemy, lay down 40 S4 AP-1 shots. Merry Christmas.

    • el_tigre

      Ho Ho Ho – Now I have a Gauss Rifle

    • skoffs

      I can’t tell, are you allowed to give it to ANY HQ, or is it only generics?
      (because if Zahndrekh can take this…)

      • zeno666

        Named characters can not take relics, sorry 😉

  • benn grimm

    I remember well how unpopular veil was (with opponents) back in 3rd/4th, when ‘cron armies basically just comprised of lots and lots of warriors, destroyers and a monolith, doesn’t really surprise me that the current lot are either unaware of this or just not that bothered.

    • Sniddy

      Once per battle – so no more gummy bear lord and unit

      • benn grimm

        Good point, didn’t notice that till you mentioned it, does make a big difference.

  • Zhan

    The TS relic is pretty bonkers? what the hell???

    Double 1,2 and sometimes 3s are fail to cast. While double 5 and 6 are already pretty much unblockable (Don’t die on double 6 because then you still fail).

    So it only works on double 4 and sometimes double 3..
    So assuming double 4 and 3 is useful = 5.55% chance on a cast.
    So on a 3 powers per round caster (Ahriman) statistically this happens once every 18 !!! battle rounds.
    And of course is never going to happen when you actually NEED a specific power to go through.

    Oh boy insanely OP, plx nerf …..

    • Dan

      if you take the warlord trait what gives +2 to cast you can pass *some* spells on a double 2.

      It’s still not “bonkers” as they are claiming but it’s a little less garbage than that. Every cloud has a silver tower lining….

      • Zhan

        Which warlord trait is that? Did i miss something?
        The TS one is a re-roll on the deny the witch?

        Unless you mean the stratagem that requires 3 psykers and 1 CP?

      • Marco Marantz

        What power casts on a 4? The cheapest I know is smite on a 5?

    • Kabal1te

      You are also neglecting the same thing i said about the thousand sons warlord trait. Many armies (dark eldar, necrons, mechanicus, tau, and more) lack psykers all together and couldn’t attempt to deny the witch anyway. So meh. I think whoever is writing these just has a bias towards thousand sons.

      • Zhan

        But that i don’t mind that much. At least the re-roll is quite useful in some match-ups. If you are up against an army that has no psykers you can just pick a different warlord trait at the start of the game (when we get the others in our codex or one of the 3 generic ones).

        But the relic is garbage. When our codex comes out we are only going to get 5 others. Lets hope they will be better.

  • LordKrungharr

    My Thunderwolf Lord wants his magic Helm of Durfast back please!

  • Drew_Da_Destroya

    Blah, the Killchoppa remains mediocre. The only consistent advantage is the extra -1 AP, but the damage going d3 means that 1/3 of the time, you’re doing less damage than a standard Big Choppa.

    The potential for Mortal Wounds is cool, but again is pretty random.

    Where’s Da Lukky Stikk? I’ll take that back anyday. And use my Makari model to depict it…

  • Marco Marantz

    “The Blade of Admonition is one of those Relics that you’ll be glad to have when you need it. Not terribly flashy….” You know its still way better than Drachnyen which has always been a weapon a phenomenal power but which has been rubbish for at least 3 editions.

  • Joshua Palubinsky

    Ravager, meet Necron Quantum Shielding.