40K: Faction Focus Chaos Daemons

The Chaos Daemon are getting a revamp in their upcoming Codex. Come see some of the changes heading your way!

Games Workshop is showing off the upcoming Chaos Daemons Codex – are you ready for a change?

via Warhammer Community

The Daemon hordes may be innumerable, but they’re certainly not faceless; the legions of each god are rich in character and follow their own arcane patterns of organisation, utilising unique tactics on the battlefield. The new Codex: Chaos Daemons is designed to balance the terrifying spectacle of a diverse horde of Daemons tearing into realspace with rules that properly reflect the personalities of each Chaos God and how their armies go to war.

One of the big changes will be how you build your force of Chaos Daemons. If you decide to take a “pure Daemons of Chaos army” you’re going to get some new toys to play with: “Warlord Traits, Stratagems, psychic powers, scoring priority on your Troops choices and so on.”

And it doesn’t stop there. If you decide to commit your forces to a single chaos god then you’ll have access to powerful new Daemonic Loci – aura abilities for your character that will enchance all your units, even the Greater Daemons!

Khorne: Locus of Rage

Re-rolling charge rolls for an army that wants to get into close combat? Seems pretty good so far! I wonder if they will be able to advance and charge, too…


Tzeentch: Locus of Trickery

Wow. This power is going to cause some head-aches! The Locus of Trickery is going to mess with a lot of folks with Close Combat heavy armies. Personally, I’d rather of seen this happen in the shooting phase only because this power is going to discourage folks who play melee focused armies. I guess it’s time to bring even MORE guns.

Nurgle: Locus of Virulence

This one could be pretty mean as well – each time you get a 6+ to wound, that attack does an additional damage. We’ve seen that Nurgle (ie, Death Guard) have a few ways to get a boost to their to-wound rolls. I’m wondering if the Nurgle Daemons are ALSO going to see some of those benefits and if they do…well, it’s going to sting!


Slaanesh: Locus of Swiftness

Whelp… there is your Charge after advance ability (sorry Khorne Daemons). It might be time to bust out the Daemonettes or Seekers and dance across the battlefield at mach 2. Having played with Genestealers quite a bit, being able to charge after advancing is a really nice ability! Maybe with this ability we’ll start to see other chaos powers on the tabletop again.

That’s all for this preview from Games Workshop. If you want to read the full article from there you can do that HERE.


What do you think of the new Loci? Are those going to be good enough to make you play a pure Chaos Daemon Army? Are you going to go mono-god or mix it up?

  • SilentPony

    All I know is in Soulstorm Ultimate Apoc, the Chaos Daemon army is way OP.
    I’ve seen matches where 1 CD NPC is more than enough to take on 4 other NPCs, all different races.

  • J Mad

    Slaanesh: Locus of Swiftness and Tzeentch: Locus of Trickery are really good. I was more hoping that Khorne got something to make them hit harder. but re-roll charge is still good.

    Trickery tho vs everything that has a 4++, if you get a couple units to roll a 3 that is going to change the turn hard.

    • LordKrungharr

      I wanna get my 3 units of Flamers stuck in combat now with my disc-herald behind them now. They have pistol weapons so might last long enough to use them!

    • Steven Hyche

      Locus of trickery is truly terrible. I hope they errata it because its the worst ability released in the game yet.

    • Spacefrisian

      I wonder if this applies to ALL daemons, and i mean all. Unless GW added the Daemon engines to the dex.

  • orionburn III

    Thought those might actually be new Seekers but alas they’re the old ones. Maybe when Fulgrim finally drops we’ll see some things get updated.

    • Alexis Muscat

      Well the Seekers sculpts are quite new. Ok they’re statics if you glue them as the box says but you could change it .

  • BroxusMaximus

    I wonder if the Nurgle Loci will work on Death Guard PBC/Bloat Drones in the shooting phase?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      They do have the Nurgle and daemon keyword.

      • Bootneck

        I don’t think it will work judging by there wording:-

        To this end, Chaos Daemons forces possess a new kind of detachment-wide special rule that falls somewhere between codexes with a single faction.

        Your Deathguard won’t be in the same detachment.

        • Huntard

          Likely what will happen will be that the abilities will be locked behind the DAEMON faction keyword and not the DAEMON unit keyword. Something that all Chaos Daemons units have but Bloat Drones, Plagueburst Crawlers, Possessed, Defilers, etc don’t have.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Oh low and behold, look, be shocked, for the sky was never falling and Slaanesh is still very much part of the pantheon of Daemons; indeed very much so, with its design aesthetic intact, in both artwork, models, and they have given fair exposure in the teaser video.

    Yes, they are evidently not getting new stuff, this time around (and neither is Khorne or Tzeentch), but they are not going anywhere either. One can imagine that, following the pattern of last 3 years, the tail end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 will see Slaanesh, for both systems, will be given its time in the limelight.

    • LordKrungharr

      I imagine either late 2018 or early 2019 there will be a new AOS Slaanesh tome, unleashing plastic fiends and a new Keeper of Secrets too.

      • Alexis Muscat

        And a set of heralds maybe.. maybe time for a Plastic one on foot and on steed ! Anyway this timeline seems nice but I’d it could even be this summer .. but I guess Khorne will have first to get his minions (World Eaters) revamped.
        Then it will be our 40k time with Emperor’s Children containing cultists equivalent , Noises, Terminators , maybe some other sugar and ofc Fulgrim. and then Daemons and Mortals for AoS with Greater Daemons , fiends ect but also some pleasure chaos warriors , other mortal heroes (a sorcerer would be nice since Slaanesh is the last one to use magic not to have a specific one, specific marauders and chosen and I think I will need a credit at the bank .

    • Marco Marantz

      and to be honest, Slaanesh is looking viable. Khorne is looking the worst daemon faction now.

    • Rasheed Jones

      Well, for aesthetic, the daemonette in the art had a fully male chest but, eh I’ll take it.

      • ragelion

        Really? I still see the boob on the right and the male chest on the left.

        • Rasheed Jones

          I actually don’t see it, it looks like the armor is just slightly curved there.

        • Rasheed Jones

          Nvm, I see it on the ones in the background, the one in the foreground just seems want of some shading.

    • eMtoN

      Slaanesh…exposure. hehe

  • Solvagon

    Uh, I’m definitely trying out Nurgle Obliterators with that Locus & Veterans of the Long War. Also Dakkafiends and Bloatdrones + Locus sounds nice.

    • Bootneck

      I don’t think it will work judging by there wording:-

      To this end, Chaos Daemons forces possess a new kind of detachment-wide special rule that falls somewhere between codexes with a single faction.

      Your CSM oblits won’t be in the same detachment.

      • Advachiel

        I would actually agree with him, it seems to suggest that as long as your second detachment is mono god, it unlocks the loci which, when read, potentially interact with legion units in the first detachment

      • Kabal1te

        Well the loci rules as worded on the community website states that a mono god demon detachment gets the loci rule tacked onto each character. The loci rules buff any demon in 6″ with nothing saying they have to be in the same detachment so you can get creative.

      • Solvagon

        A little bit late but to clarify: Oblits can have the DAEMON and the NURGLE faction keyword. They are therefore perfectly legal in a Chaos Daemon Detachment.

    • Marco Marantz

      Im hoping the two can share and synergize but I think GW will screw it up. I bet they will put that each detachment must have Mark of… and Daemon keywords….still might be possible if you take a CSM DP and Oblits as they both have Daemon and Mark of… keywords.

    • Daniel Bode

      Don’t it say nurgle demons within 6″? Are obliterators considered demons?

      • Spacefrisian

        Yes, and so are warptalons, possessed, daemon engines and even characters on steeds.

  • Jon Bohlinger

    Apparently Tzeentch’s new theme is blink tank. 4++, The Changeling, Tricky…between them they make you very hard to hit with a bazooka, but if someone brings a lot of lasguns, then you got a problem.

    • Steven Hyche

      Trickery does nothing to a bazooka….

      • Jon Bohlinger

        It’s more effective against an accurate weapon than an inaccurate one.

        • Steven Hyche

          It doesnt work in the shooting phase.

  • LordKrungharr

    Is Ku’Gath in there somewhere? I wanna fling some poop bombs!

    • Alexis Muscat

      He has been supressed in game bit still present in fluff apparently . Replaced by “Rotigus” .

  • Marco Marantz

    It seems the author has about the same skill in reading comprehension as the average 40K player….meaning poor.
    Locus of Trickery does not have an AoE of 6″ it affects all units within 6″ so its not only useful in melee as the author states.
    This codex needs to synergize with the CSM codex.

  • Seismic Ghost

    I still can’t figure out why if you’re supposed to play monogod, why all the daemons are in the same codex.

    It would make more sense to me to start putting out four codexes (one for each god including CSM and daemons in both) instead of what, 4 haphazard ones so far.
    1 with a bunch of CSM with no coherency
    1 one with Nurgle marines and one or two Nurgle Daemons and some neat rules
    1 with Tzeentch marines and one or two Tzeentch Daemons and some neat rules
    1 with a bunch of Daemons that don’t synergize with each other or anything else and they lose abilities if you include other gods entries from your own codex (and likely the same gods entries from a different codex.)

    I’ll also include:
    1 old edition Khorne book with a LOT of synergy utilizing ALL of the Khorne CSM and Daemons (now defunct)
    Literally nothing interesting for Slaanesh in 30 years.

    • Bakvrad

      You are not supposed, but you get a bonus if you do so.
      The units per se can interact quite satisfying all together when taking the whole pantheon. Mono god armies don’t. So they get a buff.
      Also you have to buy only one book. 2 if you want to add Chaos Marines. Consider the reaction of people who play full pantheon if they need to buy 4 codices 😉

    • Marco Marantz

      im surprised GW hasnt gone down this path simply to make money but it makes less sense…its annoying to have to buy four books. GWs chosen path may see 6 books however. If the two codexes were complete and synergized there would be no issue. And although i have never played Slaanesh they deserve a bit of love. Heck I could come up with stuff for them.

  • Nathaniel Wright

    >Be Slaanesh
    >Everyone Believes you are going to be removed.
    >Get one of the best loci in the new edition
    >Feast on the suffering of Khorne players everywhere.

    Tzeentch couldn’t have done it better.

    • Marco Marantz

      whoever stated that is not quite correct. Re-rolling charges is most optimal for khorne daemons (bloodletters) because they are slower than slaanesh and are best deployed from deepstrike. with a banner and locus they get two chances at an 8+ for a charge with other tricks to come.

      • Rasheed Jones

        True, but I will say the Slaanesh one is really cool, especially if it effects say…CSM Daemons like the Daemon Engines/Princes. Probably still won’t make possessed good though (I always kinda wished they were).

  • enold

    The abuse of the word “of” in the sentence “I’d rather of seen” hurt my eyes so bad I had to get sonar installed instead of eyes as my eyes were seared out of their sockets.