Hive Fleet Onachus Tyranid Army List

Named after the Terran beast from ancient legends, Hive Fleet Onachus set the Homeworlds ablaze with its abhorrent touch.

Forces

The Hive Fleet Onachus Tyranid Army List uses the datasheets from the Tyranid Forces section.

Using The Army List

Hive Fleet Onachus Tyranid formations come in three types: synapse swarms, independent swarms and war engines. Each synapse swarm you include in the army allows you to field one independent swarm. No more than one fourth of the points available may be spent on war engines.

The army list includes the following information:

Type
The name of the formation.
Core Units
The units that make up the formation. The core units of a formation may be doubled or tripled. A formation with the normal number of core units is called a small (S) formation, a formation with double the number of core units is called a medium (M) formation, and a formation with triple the number of core units is called a large (L) formation.
Cost
The point costs of a formation are listed under S, M and L (the costs for a small, medium or large formation, respectively).
Upgrades
A formation may add any of the units noted here for their listed cost. If there is a limit on the number of units that may be added then this limit is doubled for medium formations and tripled for large formations.
All of a formation’s core and upgrade units count as being part of one formation. The different units may not activate on their own.

Special Rules

The Mobility rule applies to all Tyranid units (see Xeno-Biology). Additionally, formations with synapse units may return brood units to play via Swarming (see Xeno-Sociology).

The Hive Mind

The Hive Mind of the Tyranids is a single coordinating sentience. Its influence is projected through synapse creatures that communicate with their lesser kin via a form of telepathy. Under the control of synapse creatures the slave organisms act in perfect unison. However, should the synapse creatures be slain the basic creatures revert to their animalistic behaviors until other synapse creatures can exert control over them. This is represented by the following rules for synapse swarm, not independent swarm or war engine, formations:

  • Synapse swarms ignore brood units for the purposes of determining formation strength during tiebreak.
  • A synapse swarm with no synapse units has an initiative of 3+ and may not capture objectives.
  • A synapse swarm with at least one synapse unit ignores the -2 modifier for being broken when it is attempting to rally. Additionally, it can absorb other synapse swarm formations with no synapse units at the end of its action. The formation must have one unit within 5cm of a unit from the formation(s) being absorbed. The units and blast markers of an absorbed formation become part of the formation. An absorbed formation is considered completely destroyed for the purposes of tiebreak and the Break Their Spirit goal.

Vanguard Organisms

Only Genestealer and Lictor Swarm formations may be set up on the table as garrisons at the start of the Epic tournament game scenario.

Hive Fleet Onachus Tyranid Army List

Hive Fleet Onachus Tyranid armies have a strategy rating of 1. All Tyranid formations have an initiative rating of 1+ but synapse swarm formations have an initiative of 3+ if they do not contain synapse units. If a synapse swarm does contain a synapse unit it ignores the -2 modifier for being broken when rallying (see The Hive Mind).

Synapse Swarm Formations
Cost
Type Core Units S M L Upgrades
Tyranid Swarm One Hive Tyrant or two Tyrand Warriors, and any six of the following units: Hormagaunts, Termagants 200 375 550
  • Add any number of the following units for +20 points each: Gargoyles, Hormagaunts, Termagants
  • Add any number of the following units for +25 points each: Biovore, Zoanthrope
  • Add any number of Raveners for +30 points each
  • Add any number of the following units for +50 points each: Carnifex, Exocrine, Haruspex, Malefactor
  • Add any number of Trygons for +60 points each
  • Add any number of Dactylis for +75 points each
  • Add up to one Tyranids Warriors unit for +50 points
  • Replace up to one Hive Tyrant in the army with a Dominatrix for +225 points
  • Add up to one Symbiote character per army to a Hive Tyrant or Dominatrix for +50 points
Independent Swarm Formations
(One independent swarm may be fielded per each synapse swarm.)
Cost
Type Core Units S M L Upgrades
Biovore Swarm Five Biovores 150 275 400 Add any number of Biovores for +25 points each
Dactylis Swarm Three Dactylis 300 575 850 Add any number of Dactylis for +100 points each
Exocrine Swarm Three Exocrine 175 325 475 Add any number of Exocrine for +50 points each
Genestealer Swarm Six Genestealers 150 n/a n/a
  • Add any number of Genestealers for +25 points each
  • Add up to one Brood Lord character for +50 points
0–2 Lictor Swarm Three Lictors 150 n/a n/a Add up to three Lictors for +50 points each
War Engine Formations
(Up to a fourth of the points available may be spent on these formations.)
Cost
Type Core Units S M L Upgrades
Harridan Swarm One Harridan 150 300 450 Add any number of Gargoyles for +20 points each
Hierodule Bio-Titan One Hierodule Bio-Titan 350 n/a n/a None
Hierophant Bio-Titan One Hierophant Bio-Titan 525 n/a n/a None
Trygon Swarm Three Trygons 225 n/a n/a
  • Add up to three Trygons for +65 points each
  • Add any number of Raveners for +30 points each

Tyranid Forces

Brood Lord CH n/a n/a n/a n/a
Rending Claws and Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • FS
  • Inspiring
  • Invulnerable Save
  • Leader
Symbiote CH n/a n/a n/a n/a
-
  • Supreme Commander
  • Synapse (+1)

If added to the Dominatrix the unit will additionally loose supreme commander and synapse (+1) on a Critical Hit Effect roll of a 6.

Gargoyles INF 30cm - 6+ 5+
Flamespurts (15cm)
Small Arms
  • Brood (2)
  • Expendable
  • Jump Packs
Genestealers INF 20cm 6+ 2+ -
Rending Claws (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • FS
  • Infiltrator
  • Scout
Hormagaunts INF 20cm - 3+ -
-
  • Brood (1)
  • Expendable
  • Infiltrator
Raveners INF 20cm 5+ 4+ -
Twin Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • Brood (2)
  • Expendable
  • Infiltrator
  • Tunneler
Termagants INF 20cm - 6+ 5+
Fleshborers (15cm)
Small Arms
  • Brood (1)
  • Expendable
Tyranid Warriors INF 20cm 5+ 2+ 5+
Deathspitters 30cm
AP5+
  • Fearless
  • Synapse (1)
Biovore LV 15cm 6+ 6+ 5+
Spore Mines 30cm
AP5+/AT6+
  • D
  • Ind
Lictor LV 20cm 5+ 3+ 6+
Flesh Hooks (15cm)
Small Arms
Lictor Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • S
  • First Strike
  • Infiltrator
  • Invulnerable Save
  • Scout
  • Teleport
Zoanthrope LV 15cm 4+ 6+ 5+
Warp Blast 30cm
AP5+/AA6+
and (15cm)
Small Arms
  • MW
  • Invulnerable Save
Carnifex AV 20cm 4+ 3+ 5+
Bio-Plasma (15cm)
Small Arms
Large Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Fearless
  • Reinforced Armour
Dactylis AV 15cm 4+ 5+ 5+
Bile Pods 45cm
1BP
  • D
  • Ind
  • Reinforced Armour
Exocrine AV 15cm 4+ 5+ 4+
Bio-Cannon 45cm
2× AP4+/AT5+
  • Reinforced Armour
Haruspex AV 20cm 4+ 3+ 5+
Acid Jets and Frag Spines 15cm
2× AP5+/AT6+
Claws and Mandibles (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Reinforced Armour
Hive Tyrant AV 20cm 4+ 3+ 5+
Venon Cannon 30cm
AP4+/AT5+
Lash Whip and Bonesword (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Commander
  • Fearless
  • Leader
  • Reinforced Armour
  • Synapse (2)
Malefactor AV 25cm 4+ 4+ 5+
Frag Spines 15cm
2× AP5+
Arms (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Reinforced Armour
  • Transport

May transport two infantry units without Jump Packs or Mounted.

Dominatrix WE 20cm 4+ 3+ 5+
Bio-Titan Bio-Cannon 45cm
3× AP4+/AT5+
  • FxF
Energy Pulse 60cm
3BP
  • MW
and 45cm
AA5+
  • MW
2× Massive Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • TK
  • Damage Capacity 4
  • Commander
  • Fearless
  • Invulnerable Save
  • Leader
  • Regeneration
  • Reinforced Armour
  • Synapse (2)

May step over units and and pieces of terrain that are lower then the unit’s abdomen and less than 2cm wide. Critical Hit Effect: The unit takes a point of damage. Roll a D6, on a roll of 1 all units within 5cm take a hit on a roll of 6+, and on a roll of 6 the unit loses commander, leader and synapse (2).

Harridan WE 35cm 5+ 5+ 5+
Twin Harridan Bio-Cannon 45cm
2× AP4+/AT5+
  • FxF
Large Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Damage Capacity 3
  • Fearless
  • Reinforced Armour
  • Skimmer
  • Transport

May transport four Gargoyles. Critical Hit Effect: The unit takes an extra point of damage.

Hierodule Bio-Titan WE 25cm 4+ 3+ 5+
Bio-Titan Bio-Cannon 45cm
3× AP4+/AT5+
  • FwA
0–1× Cluster Spines 45cm
4BP
  • FwA
0–1× Razorclaw (15cm)
Small Arms
  • EA(+2)
or (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • TK(D3)
2× Massive Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • TK
  • Damage Capacity 4
  • Fearless
  • Invulnerable Save
  • Regeneration
  • Reinforced Armour

May step over units and and pieces of terrain that are lower then the unit’s abdomen and less than 2cm wide. Armed with either a Cluster Spines or a Razorclaw. Critical Hit Effect: The unit takes a point of damage. Roll a D6, on a roll of 1 all units within 5cm take a hit on a roll of 6+, and on a roll of 6 the unit loses another point of damage.

Hierophant Bio-Titan WE 25cm 4+ 3+ 5+
0–1× Bile Launcher 60cm
3BP
  • FwA
Pyro-Acid Spray 15cm
3BP
  • FwA
  • IC
0–1× Razorclaw (15cm)
Small Arms
  • EA(+2)
or (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • TK(D3)
Ripper Tentacles (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+2)
  • FS
2× Gigantic Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • TK(D3)
  • Damage Capacity 6
  • Fearless
  • Invulnerable Save
  • Regeneration
  • Reinforced Armour

May step over units and and pieces of terrain that are lower then the unit’s abdomen and less than 2cm wide. Armed with either Bile Launcher or a Razorclaw. Critical Hit Effect: The unit takes a point of damage. Roll a D6, on a roll of 1 all units within 5cm take a hit on a roll of 6+, and on a roll of 6 the unit loses another point of damage.

Trygon WE 25cm 5+ 4+ 6+
Bio-Electric Field (15cm)
Small Arms
Large Scything Talons (bc)
Assault Weapons
  • EA(+1)
  • MW
  • Damage Capacity 2
  • Fearless
  • Reinforced Armour
  • Tunneler

Critical Hit Effect: Destroyed.

Xeno-Sociology

A Tyranid invasion is more akin to an infestation. Lesser creatures are everywhere, whether because they were separated from a swarm or because they just made planetfall via a Mycetic Spore. These creatures instinctively seek out the psychic conduits of the Hive Mind that are the synapse creatures. This is represented by the following rules:

Brood
Units with brood (brood units) are placed in the army’s off-board swarm pool when they are destroyed. These units may be returned to play via swarming for a number of swarm points equal to their brood value. This is the number in parenthesis after Brood.
Synapse
Formations that contain at least one unit with synapse (a synapse unit) may return brood units from the swarm pool to play via swarming. Each synapse unit has a synapse value, the number in parenthesis after Synapse. Some characters are noted as having Synapse (+x). These increase the synapse value of the unit they are added to by a number equal to x.
Swarming
After a formation regroups, or in the End phase after all formations have rallied, a formation with at least one synapse unit may swarm.
Total up all the synapse values in the formation, this is the number of swarm points available to the formation. Units with brood in the swarm pool may be returned to play for a number of swarm points equal to their brood value. If a formation is broken or within 30cm of enemy units halve the number of swarm points available to it, rounding up. If a formation is broken and within 30cm of enemy units then it may not swarm. A formation may only return units to play if it started the game with that type of unit. For example, if a formation began the game with only Termagants then it could only return Termagants via swarming.
All units returned to play in this manner must be placed within 5cm of a unit from the formation that was there prior to swarming. These units may not be placed in enemy zone of control or in impassable terrain. Not all of the swarm points available need to be used, but any leftover are discarded.

Xeno-Biology

Tyranids are the most rapidly evolving species in the known galaxy. The developmental leaps exhibited in broods from the same hive fleet would normally take millions of years to achieve in other creatures. Their biology gives them certain benefits on the field of battle which are represented by the following rules:

Mobility
Tyranid armored vehicle and war engine units do not take dangerous terrain tests. In addition, Tyranid light vehicle units count as infantry for the purposes of terrain (see Terrain). Fortification terrain features such as minefields or razorwire, and special terrain features such as lava flows affect Tyranids normally.
Regeneration
War engine units with regeneration can regain lost damage capacity points. Each unit with regeneration regains one damage capacity point at the beginning of each turn’s end phase. Regeneration cannot be used by a destroyed unit nor may it increase a unit’s damage capacity beyond the starting amount.