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Age of Sigmar: How to Play Daughters of Khaine

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Jul 5 2024

Today we look into the Daughters of Khaine faction of Age of Sigmar. Murder never looked so good.

Now that she’s a fully formed Goddess, Morathi has taken Khaine’s place as the head of the Daughters of Khaine. In the wake of her great ritual and the betrayal it spawned, Morathi now leads an army that is basically a faction unto itself. Owing allegiance to no one but herself. Here are a few tips and tricks for navigating the new Daughters of Khaine battletome.

Who Are the Daughters of Khaine?

The Daughters divide themselves into Sects which worship different aspects of the lost god Khaine, within those sects they follow a strict hierarchy. At the pinnacle is Morathi, the High Oracle, she who speaks with the iron voice of the God and directly beneath her are the High Priestesses – Bloodwrack MedusaeHag Queens and Slaughter Queens.

The true Khainites are warriors and divided into two groups, the Scáthborn and the Sisterhood of Blood. The Scáthborn are only partially aelvish in form, souls stolen from the imprisoned god Slaanesh and reformed by Morathi in the Máthcoir – the great cauldron. The Sisterhood are naturally born Witch Aelves and Sisters of Slaughter and only amongst the Kraith are they ranked as highly as the Scáthborn although in all sects, Morathi may choose the most faithful and beautiful to be granted the high honour of being changed into a Medusae.

The duties of the Daughters of Khaine are not limitted to bloody ritual and battlefield duties, they also serve as gladiators, sword-dancers, assassins, and spies.

Daughters of Khaine battle

Why Play Daughters of Khaine?

One of the deadliest close combat forces in the entire game, the Daughters of Khaine are the true representation of a glass scalpel army. They move fast, hit hard, and only become deadlier as they work themselves into a mad fury. But they had better destroy, or at least cripple, their targets- every strike back will do real damage against this low wound-count, low resilience army.


Daughters of Khaine Strengths

  • You may have the single most powerful special character in the game. Not the strongest, or the best caster, or the toughest, but enough of all three to make her off the charts.
  • The Blood Rites table is pretty nuts, if you can survive a protracted game.
  • A strong selection of magic, prayers, and combat strength to quickly shift strategies.

Daughters of Khaine Weaknesses

  • Your shooting is really limited to one unit (Blood Stalkers).
  • You’re skinny elves in chainmail bikinis, and your defenses reflect that.
  • Hard to crack armies can blunt you if you aren’t very tactical.

Daughters of Khaine Morathi

Daughters of Khaine Signature Rules

Battle Traits

  • All out Slaughter– Once per battle command ability that allows an Infantry unit to Fight twice.
  • Blood Rites– every battle round your army stacks on one of these progressive buffs.

Battle Formations

  • Scathcoven– Snake and wing ladies Strike First if they charge 8+.
  • Shadow Patrol– One per turn teleport anywhere outside 9″.
  • Cauldron Guard– three infantry or war machines get an end of turn pile-in and chance to do mortal wounds.
  • Slaughter Troupe– once per turn change one charge roll dice to a ‘4’.

Featured Heroic Trait

  • Bathed in Blood– Heal(3) at the end of any turn this unit is in combat.

Featured Artefact

  • Sevenfold Shadow– Once per game teleport for this unit.

Top Daughters of Khaine Units

Cauldron of Blood (both varieties)

Daughters of Khaine Cauldron of Blood
An amazing centerpiece model, monster of combat, and potent support lynchpin, to say nothing of the hero on its back. There are few DoK armies that don’t include this beastie.

High Gladiatrix

An incredible hero that can turn your murder brides up to 12. She can also assassinate weakened heroes, so use her to deal with chafe support and keep your army moving.

Melusai Ironscale

If you prefer your murder a little more snakey, the Ironsacle is the choice for you. Boasting a catapulting effect to chain attack with your snakes, she’s an extraordinary combat monster. Even if you don’t take many snakes, you might want to consider her just for the kill potential.

Witch Aelves

Your primary line unit and the murder ladies of legend. Even better in the new edition with no combat ranges, they can dish out an extraordinary amount of damage in a single turn with the right support. You can also tune them for either offense or defense. But even in defense they’re super deadly. For my money, I’d take a unit of both.


Khainite Shadowstalkers

The Shadowstalkers make an excellent light-skirmish and harassment unit. Just mobile and numerous enough to steal a lone objective and be very annoying, while also able to teleport around the field causing trouble.

Khinerai Heartrenders

While they aren’t the most deadly or resilient of troops, the winged Khinerai more than make up for it in battlefield opportunism and playing the mission. A well played unit of Khinerai will score at least two Battle Tactics a game, and a skillessly played pair of units of them will at least score one. Huge utility for your bloody coven.

Sample Daughters of Khaine Army

Faction: Daughters of Khaine
-Battle Formation: 

Regiment 1
The Shadow Queen
10x Blood Sisters
10 x Blood Sisters
10 x Doomfire Warlocks

Regiment 2
High Gladiatrix
20 Witch Aelves


How to Play Daughters of Khaine

Move fast, hit hard, and try not to leave any survivors. It’s pretty likely you won’t survive a protracted battle, so try to dictate every engagement.

For Khaine!

Daughters of Khaine Iron Heart of Khaine

Author: Allen Campbell
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