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How to Play Drukhari in Warhammer 40k 9th Edition

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Jan 21

Today take a look at some basics of how to play and get started with Warhammer 40k Drukhari.

The Drukhari are a twisted and merciless take on Eldar in Warhammer 40K. Commonly called Dark Eldar, they consist of raiding parties bent on taking prisoners. The faction contains variations from macabre creations of the Haemoculi, to the gladiatorial mistresses of the Wych Cults. There is a lot to take in.

So below we will offer some tips on how to play Drukhari and get started with the army.


Who Are The Drukhari?

The Drukhari or Dark Eldar are kindred to the Asuryani and other Aeldari. They are an ancient and advanced race of elf-like humanoids. The Dark Eldar revel in piracy, enslavement and torture, and are sadistic in the extreme. Drukhari raiding parties make use of advanced anti-gravity skimmers. With these they launch high speed raids on their enemy while transporting large numbers of warriors. They strike useing the galaxy-spanning inter-dimensional labyrinth known as the Webway. Drukhari are extremely mobile, striking from seemingly nowhere, with little or no warning. They only desire prisoners, and vanish with their captives before military reactions can be mobilized.

The Drukhari are unique amongst the races in the sense that they do not occupy many planets. Instead they hail from The Dark City in the Webway called Commorragh. They are mainly pirates, though are sometimes used as mercenaries.

Why Play Drukhari

Drukhari are a dynamic faction of sadistic Xenos. Their unique Codex presents a 3-in-1 army structure combining the elements of the three Cs (Kabals, Cults, and Covens) allowing for many interesting builds and options. Do you like fast, hard-hitting units? Do you like elves? Is glass hammer your playstyle? Drukhari might just be your faction.


Strengths of the Drukhari Army

  • Most units are natively very fast and this is amplified by fast transports.
  • The ultimate glass hammers. Most units punch above their point cost.
  • Very cheap (under-pointed) and efficient units overall.

Weakness of the Drukhari Army

  • The ultimate glass hammers. Most Drukhari units are heavily weighted to offense over defense.
  • Army construction can sometimes feel restrictive.
  • No participation in the Psychic Phase.

Drukhari Signature Rules

The army has a number of special rules, the key ones to remember are:

  • Power from Pain – This rule affects units army wide in a pure Drukhari army, adding cumulative benefits each battle round.
  • Blade Artists – A small buff to combat prowess, giving many units extra armour penetration.
  • Poisoned Weapons – Widely distributed to many Drukhari profiles, Poisoned Weapons wound on a fixed roll, irrespective of Toughness.

Drukhari Sub-factions

The army have a great number of sub-factions, called Kabals, Cults and Covens to choose from. Almost every Drukhari unit must belong to one.

Which one you select will determine what stratagems, relics, and warlord traits you have access to. To play these to the fullest you will need Codex: Drukhari.

Key Drukhari Units To Know

Warhammer 40K Drukhari have a sizable unit roster and knowing what units to take can be tricky. Here are some suggestions to get you off on the right track.

1. Archon


A powerful Kabal leader, the Archon is the classic HQ for the army. Equipped with a Shadowfield, the Archon is one of your most durable models, and provides a great aura enhancement for Kabal and Incubi.

2. Incubi

These are the elite bodyguard of the Archon. Incubi are equipped with deadly klaives. High damage and armour penetration mean Incubi slice through elite infantry with ease.

3. Kabalite Warriors

The backbone of a Kabal detachment are its Warriors. Their poisoned  shooting weapon, plus natural high attacks and Blade Artists rules means Warriors do well at range and up close.

4. Venom

The Venom is a light skimmer transport/gunboat available to Kabals, Cults, and Covens. They are useful in ferrying small units around the battlefield, but it also has a rather absurd number of Poisoned shots.

5. Ravager

This is a pure Heavy Support gunboat of the Drukhari.  The Ravager can be equipped with either a trio of either Dark Lances (for vehicular clean up) or Disintegrators (for dealing with elite infantry).



Sample Starter Warhammer 40k Drukhari Army

Army: Drukhari

Kabal: Kabal of the Black Heart

Patrol Detachment

HQ:  Archon. 1 Model. He is equipped with: splinter pistol; agoniser-  70 pts

Troop:  Kabalite Warriors. Ten Models. One Dark Lance. One Blaster. Eight models are equipped with: splinter rifle.- 105 pts

Troop:  Kabalite Warriors. Ten Models. One Dark Lance. One Blaster. Eight models are equipped with: splinter rifle.- 105 pts

Elite:  Incubi. Five Models.  Every model is equipped with: klaive. – 90 pts

Transport: Raider. One Model. A Raider is equipped with: dark lance; bladevanes. -105

Total: 475 pts.



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