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40K: Tyranid Codex Rumors

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Oct 29 2017
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There’s a new Tyranid codex coming, and the first batch of rumors is bubbling up to the surface.

Like the Shadow in the Warp that follows the hive fleets of the Great Devourer as they snake their way through the galaxy claiming world after world, so too do rumors follow the announcement of a new Codex. The rumors, if true, are promising for the new Niddex, so let’s take a look.

via The Tyranid Hive user ‘Seeg’

Spotted over on the Tyranid Hive message boards via one of their users, we’ve got a possible look at some of the upcoming rules for the news Tyranid codex. Again, these are just rumors, and may not actually be true, but if they are–the new codex is something for Tyranid players to get excited about.


These posts were in a Codex Rules preview thread from Tyranid Hive user Seeg. You can read the whole thread here, but we’ve snipped the relevant information.

behemoth: reroll failed charges
Kraken: can charge after falling back
Gorgon: reroll 1s to hit for fight phase
jormungandr: always have cover bonus (i’m not sure if i read this right)
hydra: reroll misses against units with less models during fight phase
kronos: reroll 1s to hit for shooting, IF the unit doesnt move
Leviathan: looks to be the same as salamander tactic but i’m not 100% sure

Neurothrope is now HQ, a character and no longer part of a zoanthrope unit. zoanthropes within 6″ of a neurothrope reroll 1s for psychic tests. the spirit leech thing now only heals 1 wound for a zoanthrope unit withint 6″

here’s the bit lots and lots of ppl will go nuts about
there are now 3 seperate carnifex entries. 1.) Carnifex 2.) Screamer killer 3.) Thornback
carnifex including 2x monstrous scything talons clock in total at 83 pts.. the 2 pairs of monstrous scything talons for carnifexes are 15 pts, 1 pair is 14 pts. yes.. i know. dont ask me why.
there are individual upgrades for basic carnifexes. +1BS, +1 attack on the charge, -1 to hit from enemy shooting. on the charge carnifexes and screamer killers now get +1 WS on top of the current battering ram rule
screamer killers come stock with “bio plasmic scream” which is 0 points, 12″ assault 6(not sure on the number), S7 ap-1, 1damage. screamer killers come stock with 2 monstrous scything talons as well. 90 pts in total
dont have much info on the thornback other than at the end of combat roll d6 for each enemy unit in combat with it. on 6 deal 1 mortal wound


Psychic scream, WC5, Targets nearest enemy within 18″ does d3 mortal wounds. if the target is a psyker, also roll 2d6. if the value is higher than the enemy psyker’s leadership, the enemy psyker loses 1 spell at random

paroxysm WC5, target enemy unit within 12″ of the psyker fights last. (there’s a whole big ass block of text here talking about exceptions and what not)

*cant remember the name* target unit within 36″ of the psyker essentially gains synapse

here’s a bunch of random (please do not swear)

old one is is now 9 wounds. 200 pts. hits of 6 generate one additional attack. can be equipped with a scything talons relic that +1s ap-3, 3dmg, +1 attack. uses behemoth warlord trait
swarmlord is t7, 12w, 4++. his blade parry makes it 3++. no other notable change i think. uses leviathan warlord trait

hivefleet gorgon warlord trait: enemy units within 3″ of the warlord at the end of the turn take 1 mortal wound each on a 4plus
hivefleet behemoth warlord trait: on 6’s to wound he deals an additional damage
hivefleet leviathan warlord trait: after deployment but before start of game, redeploy your warlord

tyrannocyte is now 100 pts. 5pts for each deathspitter.


hivefleet kronos stratagem: 2cp, when an enemy psyker attempts to cast a spell, make it use only 1 dice to roll
hivefleet behemoth stratagem: 2cp, choose on unit. roll a d6 for each charging model. for each 6 deal 1 mortal wound to the enemy unit it charged. for monsters its on a roll of 2+

2cp stratagem: choose one unit. at the end of the shooting phase it shoots again. (cannot target monsters)

maleceptors total pointage including wargear is 172. T7, 12W

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Now again, these are just rumors, but if you read the thread, none of the administration have pulled it as baseless rumors (at least not as of this writing), and a few people are vouching for what the user has to say.

If any of this is true, there could be some pretty spicy changes coming to the Hive Fleets. Time alone can tell.

In the meantime, what do you think of these rumors? Those carnifex changes look mean.

Author: J.R. Zambrano
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