Warhammer 40,000/Tactics/Eldar Harlequins(8E)

From 1d4chan
Jump to: navigation, search

This is the current Edition's Eldar Harlequins tactics. 7th Edition Tactics are here.

Why Play Harlequins[edit]

Because you love practical jokes, big smiles, and grisly murder, have a thing for Carnevale masks, and like laughing at your opponents when your psychedelic clown elves eat entire units in assault at the speed of light.

Harlequins are massively improved from 7th in almost every way. They're extremely fast, surprisingly difficult to kill with proper support, and hit incredibly hard in Assault, quickly chewing through MEQs with mass high-strength, decent AP attacks. Badly positioned, they'll still quickly die to the enemy's firepower, but with proper planning you'll be laughing all the way to circus.

Pros[edit]

  • Incredibly fast with a default 8" movement plus the ability to Advance and Charge, and everyone ignores terrain and models.
  • Beautiful models with a unique and cool theme that can be painted in any kind of ridiculous way without breaking fluff.
  • Hit like an absolute truck in Assault with 4 attacks base for basic troops, and can also pull off close-ranged Shooting shenanigans with Fusion Pistols and Starweavers.
  • Your BASIC TROOPS can have 5 attacks, to compare Golden bananas have 3 and many characters have just 4.
  • Have the AELDARI keyword, meaning you can plug the holes in their capabilities with complementary units from Dark Eldar or Craftworld Eldar (think Farseers casting Doom or cheap scoring Kabalites). You will, however, need to take these units in a separate detachment, per the new Battle Brothers rule.
  • Cheap HQs and Troops you want to be taking a lot of makes it easy to fill out Battalions and Brigades for extra Command Points.
  • Possibly the best faction for leadership bombs on single units.
  • You can make cool Joker quotes the whole game and laugh away if you are winning.
  • Most players are not accustomed to battling against these buggers. Use that to your advantage and seriously play for keeps, laugh and clown around all day but this army is even more cutthroat than dark eldar.
  • Almost every model has access to a 4++, and also has access to high AP weaponry.
  • They're Clowns.

Cons[edit]

  • Even with improved Invulns, you're still fragile. Your clowns will fall apart under any kind of concentrated fire. If you can't hit first and hit hard things will go poorly.
  • In addition to the above: this is seriously the Harlequins greatest disadvantage. You pay a premium for your models, but unlike other elite armies, you don't have some bullshit to fall back on. Meaning if you don't manage to wipe out a unit on the first turn of combat, two turns of even CQC weapons are going to wipe out your unit, or cause so many casualties that they may as well have been wiped out.
  • No long ranged weaponry. The best you have is 24" on your Shuricannons.
  • Small pool of units to choose from- Two HQs, one Troops, two Fast Attack, two Elites, one Heavy support, and a transport. Most Harlequin armies are going to look very similar each other in terms of units.
  • Your models are pricey, in points and dollars.
  • You can always say that you're just doing it for the lolz if things go bad! (Why are we calling this a con?)
  • Currently your best option to kill a Leman Russ is a pistol with 6" range. Saddle up Bitchez!
  • They're Clowns.

Ghost Clowns vs. Regular Clowns[edit]

23/07/2017 FAQ: You must have Yvraine, The Visarch or The Yncarne as your Warlord to be able to give any Aeldari units in your army the "Ynnari" keyword. Yvraine and The Yncarne are your only access to the Revenant Discipline and the same FAQ finally gave The Visarch a 4++ Invulnerable save. It's a Tax, but all three characters are in a good spot now. GW has to sell that box set I guess. Remember that you still need to to take the following units in a separate Detachment should you wish to use them: Dhrazar, Mandrakes, Urien Rakarth, Coven units and The Avatar of Khaine.

16/11/2017 FAQ: Soulbursts now cannot be triggered on your opponent's turn, and only one of each particular action can be performed on your turn. Given the charge-happy nature of your Harlequins, it's hardly worth giving up your ability to advance and charge as well as the ability to fall back, shoot and charge again so you can squeeze in a maximum of one extra charge if you kill a squad on your turn. This constraint does not apply in Narrative/Open Play games, however.

16/04/2018 FAQ: You can no longer take Ynnari detachments with mixed troops due to changes to the Army of the Reborn rule. They must now be pure Craftworlds, Drukhari or Harlequins detachments only. They still don't receive a masque/craftworld/kabal etc trait, but they do now count for the purposes of unlocking stratagems, so you don't need to bring an additional "pure" detachment just for that purpose. You must also add one of the Ynnari HQs to *every* detachment you want to be Ynnari, as well as nominating one as your Warlord.

In 7th, taking Harlequins as Ynnari was almost flat-out better, as you lost nothing to gain Strength from Death. In 8th, though, you lose the benefit of Rising Crescendo, an extremely useful tool for securing charges and performing counter-charges.

Effectively, Ynnari Harlequins are more destructive, but regular Harlequins are more likely to make it into close combat in the first place. Look at your list, figure out what your plan for it is, then decide if you think it'll benefit more from Rising Crescendo (and Masque Form abilities) or Strength from Death.

Faction Keywords[edit]

Your main keyword is HARLEQUINS. You also get the AELDARI keyword, which is shared with Craftworlds, Dark Eldar, and Ynnari, allowing you to freely mix and match units from all four factions.

You also have to choose a <MASQUE> keyword, to denote what Masque your Harlequins belong to. This will determine their Chapter Tactics equivalent, Masque Forms.

16/04/2018 FAQ The new Battle Brothers beta rule states that the AELDARI and Ynnari Faction tags are no longer sufficient to include units in a Battle-Forged detachment. Any and all units now must also share an additional faction keyword (Such as <MASQUE> or HARLEQUINS) in order to remain battle-forged. While mixed soup lists are over, you can still take these units in separate detachments and remain battle forged.

Special Rules[edit]

  • Defenders of the Black Library: Objective Secured, Harlequin style.

Rising Crescendo[edit]

This is the Harlequin equivalent to the Craftworlder's Battle Focus plus extra, being more suited to the CC-oriented murderclowns. It lets you Advance in the Movement Phase while still being allowed to Charge (just like the formation bonus of the same name from 7th but starting Turn 1), which is extremely useful already. Even better though, it allows Harlequins to fall back and still shoot or charge, letting you steal the initiative from your opponents or pull out of difficult fights to charge a more suitable opponent. This special rule lets you pull plenty of shenanigans as well as boosting your speed in general and letting you strike first in the majority of assaults you get into. Note that you lose this rule if you field Harlequins in a Ynnari force.

  • Ynnari Note: While losing the ability to disengage and charge on the same turn may hurt a bit, losing just 1d6 extra move on 8" move models may just be laughed off with transports or clever positioning, all for the possibility to double the effectiveness of your units when they kill what they strike. Harlequins, just as DE, are particularly good at that, and more importantly Harlies tend to strongly favor an assault approach which incidentally is what Strength from Death is best for. The only trick here is to charge 2 Units (preferably with a character so you can kill him outright) with vehicles soaking up overwatch, and then just sow sweet murder. SfD allows you to charge double, effectively turning your scary murder-clowns into Khorne Berserkers (albeit at specific, not always easy to meet, circumstances) some of the time, which is much more overpowered than advancing prior to charging. Do note that since the 16/11/2017 FAQ if used in Matched play you can only use each Soulburst ability once per turn (so you can only use one extra psychic phase, or shooting attack), also you can can't Soulburst in your opponents turn either. So you will have to do Open or Narrative for Soulbursting in your opponents turn nonsense. Following this nerfing its not quite what it used to be and now much more of a toss-up.
    • However, the ability to Fall Back and then shoot and then charge while lacking the FLY keyword is no joke, either.

Masque Forms[edit]

  • The Midnight Sorrow - Art of Death: Units with this form can move an additional D6" when they Fall Back. In addition, they can consolidate up to 6".
    • Remember that everything has Flip Belts, so you move over units like they aren't there. Combine this with Rising Crescendo and your opponent will be tearing up thier deployment plans in seconds when they reason this rule.
    • Against shooting heavy armies, this is devestating, as the 6" consolidation can often land you in combat with something that can't fight back. This keeps your Harlequins safe and forces the opponent to fall back, costing them a turn with a potentially strong unit. Combine this with Cegorach's jest and you will be lucky to be invited back for a rematch.
  • The Veiled Path - Riddle-Smiths: At the start of each Fight phase, roll two dice, discarding the highest. For the rest of the phase, any To Hit rolls of that dice number that target a unit with this form (before modifiers) automatically fails.
    • This will apply army wide, so consider if you might want to reroll your lowest value dice so it applies benefits to as many combats possible.
    • Won't work outside of any phase that isn't Fight phase, so be careful with things like enemy (ironically) Ynnari's Soulburst, or Psychic/Stratagems/IG orders that allow units to fight in other phases.
      • Inversely though, this would protect against other out-of-phase attacks in the Fight Phase. So for those edgecases where you fight a Ynnari or Sister player that shoots you in the Fight Phase...
    • A little bit of math for this ability: Assuming a doubles roll for Riddle-Smiths just gives that number, then you have a 1/36 chance of getting a 6, 3/36 chance of a 5, 5/36 for a 4, 7/36 for a 3, 9/36 for a 2, and 11/36 chance of getting a 1 (which is basically useless, since 1's always miss anyways). On the surface, this form looks like it works best against more elite armies. If your enemies have WS 2+, then rolling a 2 basically gives them -1 to hit your clowns, while rolling a 2 for someone with 3+ doesn't matter, since they missed on 2's anyways.
      • Since each number on a Hit Die is equally likely, this power is like a -1 to hit in the Fight phase, but slightly worse, since it only helps if Riddle-Smiths gives you a number that is equal to or higher than the enemy's WS.
  • Frozen Stars - Hysterical Frenzy: If units of this form charge, +1 Attack until the end of the Fight Phase.
    • Like the Legendary Fighter Warlord trait applied to your whole army (which can funnily enough stack with that trait to give your warlord another extra attack on the charge). Obviously best used on max Troupe squads (a full 12 person Troupe goes from 48 to 60 attacks) but they'll be a massive threat magnet. Morale will be nasty, keep 2 CP spare for auto passes.
    • When you decide to run maxed out 12-elf squad it is either this trait or Dreaming Shadow, but considering how well this trait pair up with War Dancers stratagem putting Khorne Berzerkers to shame, Frozen Stars have their specific stratagem Malicious Frenzy that allows them to add +1 to wound against <Infantry>, <Beats> and <Bikers> (read: your favorite targets) all without any dependancies on psychic support or WT's (maybe Twilight Pathways to deliver them wherever needed). So in the end with a modicum of CP's (that's around 3-6) you can finally have enough Choppa to make any Ork horde cry with 120 S4 AP-3/S5 AP-2 attacks on the charge with +1 to wound and rerolling all failed to wound. Now thats proper murder clowns!
  • The Soaring Spite - Serpent's Brood: Models that have the FLY keyword or are embarked on units which have the FLY keyword treat their Pistols as Assault 1 if they or their Transport Advanced that turn. Also, Assault weapons on units with FLY don't get the penalty for Advancing. Aiming pistols sideways is not optional.
    • Perfect for fusion pistol drive-bys. Also removing the minus 1s from your 'weavers is a very nice bonus. No reason to not advance with this form.
    • This is very good trait just because it extends the pitiful 6" range of your pistols up to functional 12" effectively making them meltaguns. Also Never underestimate 6" increase in range as with proper deployment and/or screening it is very easy to ensure almost complete safety for majority of valuable targets, Though this trait doesn't help you with screening.
  • The Dreaming Shadow - Sombre Sentinels: When a unit with this form fails a Morale test, only one model from this unit must flee. In addition, each time a unit with this form is slain or flees, roll a D6 before removing that model: on a 4+, that model can either shoot with one of its ranged weapons as if it were the Shooting phase or make a single attack as if it were the Fight phase.
    • Max out your squad sizes and get these mini Ynnari into combat ASAP.
    • The way models disembark from destroyed Vehicles works, the models are placed on the battlefield first before you roll to see if any were slain. This means wise disembarking gives you a chance to use any slain models right away. Odds are, if the Starweaver is filled to 6 models full, one will be slain, so make sure you've placed your model you want to slay somewhere useful to get a free shot off.
    • Your grenade is a ranged weapon, remember that on any Shuriken clowns
    • Watch out if you die in combat, as the single melee attack is not great compared to a fusion pistol shot or a plasma grenade.
  • The Silent Shroud - Dance of Nightmares Made Flesh: Enemies have -1 Leadership when within 6" of any of your units. Also, enemies must roll two dice in the Morale phase and use the highest roll.
    • As this doesn't stack with multiple units (ala Haemonculus Dark Coven) might be worth kitting out a cheap Elite detachment of Death Jesters & Troupe Master to get the most out of this effect (maybe add a Starweaver to have a survivable & fast way to get the debuff aura in range of specific units).
    • With how much minus leadership the Harlequins can create, this can be pretty scary. You have -1 from this, -1 from shards of light, -1 from the mask of secrets and -2 from a death jester. -5 leadership plus requring two rolls will make even custodies quake in their boots. Just watch out for abilities like ATSKNF or auto passing morale.

Warlord Traits[edit]

Universal[edit]

  • Luck of The Laughing God: The Warlord can re-roll hits rolls, wound rolls and damage rolls of 1.
    • This helps all Harlequin characters. A Death Jester's shrieker profile will almost always hit with this, combined with the shrieking doom stratagem, you can also reroll its damage. A Troupe Master armed with a Kiss or Storied Sword also becomes more dangerous, very useful for having him as a character killer. While a Shadowseer will almost always hit with her hallucinogen grenade launcher, good for leadership bombing. Her melee weapon also does D3 damage.
  • Fractal Storm: The Warlord gains a 3++ against Melee Weapons.
    • Not quite meh, but still pretty eh.
  • One Foot in The Future: The Warlord gains +2" to their Movement characteristic, and +1" to any Advance, Charge, Fall Back, Consolidate, Pile in or Heroic Intervention distance.
    • Pretty cool. Helps with your Troupe Master or Shadowseers positioning for their aura.
  • Player of the Light: Re-roll failed charge rolls for Warlord and friendly <Masque> units within 6".
    • Not as useful as it first seems, as Harlequins have the mobility to get extremely close to their targets before charging. It helps against those low rolls, but not much else.
    • Alternative take: Use PotL to absolutely 100% guarantee that your Clowns can get into combat without any hiccups. The last thing you want to do is be stuck four inches away staring down 20 IG you could've vaporized with a successful charge.
  • Player of the Dark: Each wound roll of 6 in the Fight Phase causes an additional Mortal Wound.
    • With the re-rolls to the Troupe Master, this can generate a few more wounds, not great but not bad.
  • Player of the Twilight: Once per game, the Warlord can re-roll a hit, would or save roll. Also, when you or your opponent use a Stratagem, roll a die. If the number rolled equals the cost of the stratagem used, gain that many CP (e.g. your opponent uses a stratagem costing 3CP. If you roll a 3, you get 3CP from them).
    • Exactly as reliable as the "gain CP on 6+" rule that most armies have, but more rewarding. It is only less reliable than SM "gain 1 CP on 5+", but applies to both players rather than only to you, and can still be more rewarding.

Masque-Specific[edit]

  • Midnight Sorrow - Nemesis of the Damned: Rolls of 6 in the Fight Phase cause 2 hits instead of 1 for your warlord. In addition, your warlord adds 1 to hit rolls against Chaos units.
    • Not very good, your warlord usually does not get kills and you don't even average one extra attack per round of combat. A lot better against Chaos, however.
  • Veiled Path - Webway Walker: Your Warlord can Deepstrike (9" from enemies, same as normal). In addition, you can use the Webway Assault Stratagem twice.
    • Putting a ton of Harlequins in deepstrike can result in a bad time for your opponent, even after alpha strike nerfs. Even better, you can fit two units in deepstrike for only 2CP.
  • Frozen Stars - Our Kin will Rise Again: Friendly Frozen Stars units within 6" of your Warlord gain a 6+++ against their last wound. Doesn't stack with Webway Dance.
    • Kind of helps your survival (especially with all the buffs you can apply) but a 6+++ is still meh.
  • Dreaming Shadow - Warden of the Dead: Add 1 to Sombre Sentinel rolls for units within 6" of your Warlord. If there are any Necrons on the battlefield, then instead add 2 to these rolls.
    • Makes the ability more consistent, with how good it already is this is pretty much a must pick, even better versus Necrons.
  • Soaring Spite - Skystrider: Your Warlord can disembark from a Transport even after it has moved.
    • Holy heck, you've got a way to make your Meltas have a threat range of 50" (47" with rolling two damage). Put this on a Shadowseer that knows Twilight pathways, put it and a Fusion Pistol squad into a Starweaver, move the Transport 22" then disembark the Shadowseer, cast Twilight pathways and zoom!
      • If you give the aforementioned Shadowseer the Faolchu's Talon relic, this threat range is buffed to an even more absurd 56" (or 53" for two dice melta rolls.)
  • Silent Shroud - The Final Joke: If your Warlord is slain in the Fight phase, then after their slayers have made all their attacks, roll a D6. The enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds on a 2+, or D6 on a 6.
    • Good way to disuade people attacking your warlord in combat, not great compared to the other options though.

Stratagems[edit]

Universal[edit]

  • Cegorach's Jest (1 CP): Use this when the enemy unit falls back from your unit. If you aren't locked in combat with any other unit, you can shoot that unit AFTER it finishes it's fall back move. Not great, because most of your Harlequins will be armed with fusion pistols which might be out of range depending on how far they fall back. Helpful if your bikes make early contact and sends your enemy scrambling.
  • Dramatic Entrance (1CP): At the end of your opponent's Charge phase, a Harlequins Character can make a Heroic Intervention at 6" instead of 3". Situationally useful, though you dont want to get charged in the first place.
  • Enigmas of The Black Library(1/3CP): 1 or 2 extra Relics, as usual.
  • Fire & Fade (1CP): Select a unit that has just shot something. It can move 7". Identical to the Asuryani and Drukhari variants. Very meh, as you cannot charge after the move. Could find use to secure objectives.
  • Great Harlequin (2 CP): Used before the battle starts, and one use only. A Troupe Master gains the Great Harlequin keyword and the Will of the Laughing God ability. The latter grants re-roll to hit rolls of 1 for all Harlequin units of the same Masque within 6" in addition to his innate granting re-rolls to wound. Excellent! This 'not-Cegorach-I-swear' Master will be a priority for your opponent to wipe off the board, especially if you jack it up with Warlord Traits and artefacts. Make sure you don't send it going in alone for character killing where it can die easily.
  • Haywire Grenade (1CP): Same as Craftworlders and Commorites, a Character can throw one (1) of these instead of D6 Plasma Grenades. If it hits a VEHICLE, then it inflicts D3 Mortal Wounds. Good for polishing off a near-dead thing or dropping a Damage Tier.
  • Heroes' Path (2 CP): Use at the start of the Movement Phase. If a Solitare, a Death Jester, and a Shadowseer are within 6" from each other, you can remove them from the battlefield and set up again anywhere 9" from the enemy unit. Shadowseers and Troupe Masters are easy to keep together but Solitaires often become isolated. Only really useful as a first turn redeploy.
  • The Hundred Swords of Vaul (1CP): After Deployment, but before first turn, you can redeploy a unit (including a Transport and its passengers). Good for ruses, not much else.
  • Isha's Weeping (1 CP): At the end of any phase select your Harlequins unit that suffered any casualties. It's invulnerable save is increased by 1 to a maximum of 3++ until the end of the turn. A very interesting way for your opponent to feel fucked up by himself if he managed to kill someone in your Charge phase. More useful to use on your opponents turn than your own (use Prismatic Blur for your turn). A Troupe that lost models to Smite can have a hefty save to the Shooting and Fight phases that turn.
    • Alternative take - It is actually better to use it on your turn if possible, as it lasts until the end of the TURN, not the end of the ROUND, thus working longer, if used on "whoever goes first round".
  • The Labyrinth Laughs (1 CP): Same as the NECRON Emergency Invasion Beam Strategem, but for our new Webway Gates - when said Webway Gate is destroyed but before removing it from play (great that it can't explode afterwards) you can set up a unit which was in a webway spar wholly within 3" of the Gate and more than 1" from the enemy units.
  • Lightning-Fast Reactions (2 CP): Copy from Drukhari and Craftworld Codexes, your opponent subtracts 1 from their hit rolls targeting Harlequins unit for a phase, in which this stratagem was used. That's all Harlequins. Considering your FLY units have innate -1 to hit, and if Veil of Tears is cast, you're looking at a potential -3 to be hit, which can make your opponent cry bloody tears in attempting to actually hit you.
    • As per Codex, Veil of Tears affects only your Infantry units, so no -3 to hit for your Bikers and Star-/Voidweavers.
  • Mirthless Hatred (1CP): Same as the Craftworld Kin get. Select a Harlies unit at the beginning of the Fight phase, that unit gets to re-roll failed Hit and Wound rolls for any attacks that target a SLAANESH unit for that phase.
  • Prismatic Blur (1 CP): Select a Harlequin unit from your army that has advanced. It gains a 3+ invulnerable save for the turn. Turns your normal clowns into Solitaires in terms of survivability, which is nothing to laugh at, as anything in your army can have one of the best saves this edition. Well used on your transports to be a bit more survivable when getting your Infantry where you need them, though really you want to take a full Troupe of 12 models to get the most out of this. 12 Wounds with 3++ is usually reserved for named characters, but on a basic troop choice is, frankly, great. Have a Shadowseer bring up the rear with a Shield from Harm, and your unit can survive just about anything that turn (except Mortal Wounds and Morale tests ofc). Worth nothing, you can effectively 'not move' and use this stratagem by declaring an Advance, moving half away and then half back to the same position. Good for helping hold objectives from ranged enemies.
  • Shrieking Doom (1 CP): When firing a Death Jester's Shrieker Cannon or Curtainfall with the shrieker profile, it gains +1 S and it becomes d3 D. Pretty good for inflicting the rounds on multi-wound models. Combine with luck of the laughing god for extra hilarity.
  • Torments of The Fiery Pit (1CP): Activate during the Fight phase. Pick a Harlequins character that has lost any Wounds this game. Increase their Strength and Attacks by 2 for the rest of this Battle Round.
    • Want to have The One Rape Train to Rule Them All? Give your Solitare a Cegorach's Rose and Blitz him right into your opponent's face. If he hasn't killed everything within his grasp on his turn, than at your opponent's Fight phase he will become death incarnate with 12 (!) (2 from Blitz and 2 from this) S6 (!!) attacks, that deal 3 (!!!) damage each (last part is vs Infantry). Or don't even wait for your opponent's Fight phase and just use War Dancers strat on him just for the sake of Overkill and Hilarity, which will burn your CP just like it will melt everything in the actual Fight with your Path of Damnation walker. And for the laugh of gods, don't even start to think about how it will synergise with Ynnari...
      • Blitz ends at the end of your turn, which means it will end before you get a chance to fight with this stratagem (as long as the solitare is unwounded before you blitz). This results in only 10 attacks for the following fight phase.
  • Vessel of Fate (1CP): A Shadowseer can attempt an additional psychic power this Psychic Phase. Most probably used for Smite as they can already Cast twice and only know 2 Phantasmancy powers, anyway. Good for weakening a unit before a charge.
  • War Dancers (3CP): Standard Fight Twice Stratagem, but you can pile in twice. Sweet! Just think about it a Frozen Stars 12-elf troupe will yield 120 attacks on the charge, pile in twice, advance and charge and they don't even need to be Ynnari, so a friendly Ynnari Shining Spears blob can fight twice, what not to love!
  • Warrior Acrobats (1CP): A Harlies Infantry unit gets to Advance 6" this turn instead of rolling a Dice. Better than a charge reroll if you can get 6 inches closer.
  • Webway Ambush (1 CP): Use this strategem in the end of your Movement phase. You can deep strike 2 units from the webway following normal rules for Webway Gate (9" from enemy units and within 3" of the gate) or you can deep strike only 1, but only more than an 1" from enemy and within 3" of gate.
  • Webway Assault (1/3 CP): During deployment, you can deep strike one (1CP) or two (3CP) of your non-vehicle units anywhere more than 9" away from your enemies. Finally, the fluff that Harlequins attack out of nowhere is on the tabletop. Instead of worrying if your opponent first turn mulches your best clowns before you can react, or whilst making your way up the battlefield if you don't get into combat first turn (though you really should), you can keep them safe. A Charge of 9" is more than you will be used to making. With the new Beta rules for deploying deep strikes, weigh up whether it's worth using this stratagem or not when seeing your opponent deploy. Just don't leave them off the board too long, wasting their point cost somewhere in the Webway. And remember, this Strategem is restricted to "Once per battle" use if you aren't a riddle-maker from The Veiled Path Masque and have a Warlord with Webway Walker trait, which lets you to use it twice.

Masque-Specific[edit]

  • MIDNIGHT SORROW - No Price Too Steep (2 CP): When a Character is slain, it can Fight again. If the Character is a Solitaire or was slain by a CHAOS unit, it gets +1 to Strength and Attacks for it's final duel. Nice and poetic.
  • THE VEILED PATH - Capricious Reflections (1 CP): At the end of your opponent's Charge phase, a Veiled Path unit can make a Heroic Intervention as if they are a CHARACTER. Stacks with Dramatic Entrance for Hilarity with a capital H.
    • The mentioned synergy is doubtful, as it actually doesn't add CHARACTER Keyword, whereas Dramatic Entrance requires it, so wait for an FAQ or check with your opponent prior the battle if he agrees with you.
  • Frozen Stars - Malicious Frenzy(2 CP): Select a Frozen Stars unit at the beginning of the Fight phase. Add 1 to that unit's wound rolls for any attacks that target an enemy INFANTRY, BEASTS or BIKERS unit.
  • THE DREAMING SHADOW - An Example Made (1 CP): Use it on a DREAMING SHADOW CHARACTER in the Shooting phase. Any successful hit roll for that Character scores 2 hits, any that hit on a 6+ become 3 hits.
    • Keep In mind that the Dreaming Shadow Have Access to Curtainfall, which combos hilariously well with this stratagem since it turns your 3 shot shuricannon at S7 ap -2 to a 6 Shot Shuricannon with S7 AP2 that can target Characters. Any character that lack an invuln or has a low invuln is very potentially dead.
  • THE SOARING SPITE - Skystride (1 CP): Use this strategem before your unit consolidates. You can consolidate up to 6" towards closest SOARING SPITE Transport and if all models would end their consolidation move within 3" of it they can immediately embark on it as if it were your Movement phase (even if they disembarked earlier that turn).
  • THE SILENT SHROUD - The Silken Knife (2 CP): Simple yet great - at the beginning of your Charge phase pick a Silent Shroud Unit. Your opponent can't fire overwatch against it. Perfect with the Player of Light warlord trait to help your chances in not wasting 2 CP on a failed charge.

Psychic Powers[edit]

Phantasmancy is the unique Harlequins discipline, and it's a grab bag of buffs, debuffs, and a few direct attacks.

Phantasmancy[edit]

Overall an okay discipline, but it requires a lot of careful thought to utilise properly.

  1. Twilight Pathways: Warp Charge 6. Pick a unit within 3" and it gets to move. This is potentially the most useful of the psychic powers, granting a huge mobility boost, especially considering the huge movement speed of Harlequins. However, it is limited by its extremely short range- you will need to carefully position your Shadowseers if you want to get the most use out of this power. With proper placement it can be used to slingshot units across the board to vital locations (objectives, crucial combats) or to increase the threat range of melee units. Tricky to properly utilise but valuable.
  2. Fog of Dreams Warp Charge 7. Pick an enemy unit that is both within 18" and is visible to the Shadowseer, and it has to subtract 1 to hit for attacks, made against Harlequin infantry unit (note that this debuff only applies against Harlequins, so if you have Dark Eldar or Craftworlds in your force they will not benefit.) Useful to defang a powerful enemy unit in either shooting or assault, though it once again has a lower range than it might like. Best cast on a powerful close combat unit that you're about to charge or a threatening shooting unit like a Knight geared up to start shredding your clowns next turn. Combined with Shield From Harm and Holo-Fields this can make your units irritatingly hard to kill.
  3. Mirror of Minds Warp Charge 8. Choose a unit within 24", and roll off. If you roll equal to or higher than them, they take a Mortal Wound. Repeat until they roll higher than you or the unit dies. This is a usable but unreliable character sniping tool (remember that the restrictions on targeting Characters do not apply in the Psychic Phase). A few lucky rolls will kill weaker Characters like Priests and Commissars, and it's best used for that purpose, as more powerful characters usually have too many wounds to bother.
  4. Veil of Tears Warp Charge 7. Pick an allied Harlequin infantry unit within 18". Attacks made against that unit get a -1 to their hit rolls. Simple yet effective, especially against things with plasma. Combine with Fog of Dreams to really fuck with your opponent.
  5. Shards Of Light Warp Charge 7. Smite (albeit dealing only D3 mortal wounds disregarding how much you have rolled) that can target any unit it wants, and gives the target -1 LD
  6. Webway Dance Warp Charge 7. Friendly Harlequin units within 6" of the user get FnP 6+.

Revenant Discipline (Ynnari)[edit]

Only available to Yvraine and the Yncarne, these powers allow them to play both a supportive and offensive role for your army.

  1. Gaze of Ynnead: Essentially Smite on crack, this power deals damage based on a D6; A roll of 1 results in 1 Mortal Wound, 2-5 causes D3 Mortal Wounds, and a 6 Results in D6 Mortal Wounds on the target. This is perfect for either softening up a hardy unit or vehicle, or dispatching whatever battle-worn foes that didn't quite bite it last turn.
  2. Ancestor's Gaze: This power allows the targeted friendly unit to reroll To-Hit rolls of 1. A nice supplemental power, but it might be better to simply utilize an Autarch who will benefit multiple units automatically with his aura (so long as you're using primarily <Craftworld> Eldar in your Ynnari detachment).
  3. Word of the Phoenix: This. This is why the Ynnari are so damn good. At a warp charge of 8, this power allows a Ynnari Infantry, Biker, or the Yncarne one immediate Soulburst action (if they have not triggered Soulburst that turn already). Firing off two salvos from Dark Reapers at range, or melting everything up close with Troupes, Fire Dragons or Wraithguard, this power can all but guarantee the death of at least one enemy unit, possibly even two. What's better is that with proper positioning, you could unleash a domino effect and trigger multiple instances of SfD as long as your units can keep killing your targets. Kill em all and let Ynnead sort em out!

Tactical Objectives[edit]

11 - The Dance of Death
1 VP if at least one enemy unit was destroyed. Bonus points for your morale, if you laughed maniacally while doing so.
12 - Strike and Evade
1 VP if at least one your unit Fell Back and Charged during this turn, or D3 VP if 3 or more units did so.
13 - Trickery and Deception
Now the mindfuckery begins! When this TO is drawn, each player secretly nominates an objective marker. At the end of the turn, each player declares whether you control the objective he nomineted or not. 1 VP if you control at least one of them, or D3 if you either control both of them or you control one, that both of you nominated.
14 - The Joy of Lament
1 VP if at least one enemy unit Fell Back or failed a Morale test during this turn.
15 - Take the Stage
1 VP if you control Objective, which number corresponds with current battle round (3rd round=3rd objective). This can't be fulfilled on the 7th and subsequent turns, but if you play 7th turn using Harlequins you definetely doing something very wrong or have a plan, which will humor The Laughing God himself.
16 - Principal Performance
1 VP at the end of the battle if your Warlord hasn't been slain (relatively easy), rising to D3 VP if the enemy Warlord on the contarary was (middle difficulty) and reaching it's peak of 3 VP if your Warlord was the one who decimated your enemy's (that becomes high risk=high reward one).

Armory[edit]

Ranged Weapons[edit]

  • Fusion Pistol Just like the Craftworld Eldar version, but you get to take it on Troops. It has a tiny 6" range, but S8 AP-4 and D6 damage (rolling two dice for damage and picking the highest at 3" range) makes it a powerful tool for melting vehicles. Remember that your units are fast and can leapfrog enemy units, which allows you to occasionally catch out a poorly placed Character. Being able to fire it in assault makes it a more worthwhile pickup for Troupe Masters.
  • Hallucinogen Grenade Launcher Not a grenade, but an 18" range Assault 1 weapon exclusive to the Shadowseer. On hit, you roll a 2D6, and if it's equal to or higher than the target's leadership they take D3 Mortal Wounds. Not a bad little toy, and could be seen as a slightly weaker extra Smite. Again, remember your speed and leapfrogging abilities- this can be used to snipe at badly bubble-wrapped Characters.
    • Stacks very nicely with LD debuffs, for obvious reasons
  • Haywire Cannon One of your longer ranged weapons at 24", it's an Assault D6 S4 AP-1 D1 weapon designed for your vehicles and Jetbikes. Instead of the 2+ Glancing Hits of 7th, Haywire now means it causes one Mortal Wound to a vehicle on a 4+ and D3 on a 6+. Now a dedicated anti armor weapon, and can dish out some serious hurt even on T9 heavies. Save a command re-roll for turns when you need to maximize your damage output. Its a good weapon, sadly its still unpredictable. Against T7 or less, expect 2-3 wounds inflicted, T8 or more maybe one of two. Best when used in volume and concentrated blasts, so unleash multiple cannons all at once. If you roll hot and snag multiple sixes you can out do a lascannon, but this is not an army that compensates for randomness well... Still, if you play aggressively as you should, your opponent will likely be dealing with other threats. IF you manage to preserve your cannon wielding units they should steadily pour on wounds eventually crippling enemy armor. A fusion pistol is simply more reliable, a haywire cannon offers range and a higher upside if you pray ever-so-dearly to the dice gods.
    • Note: The new FAQ confirms that Mortal Wounds are treated as individual "hits" so you can't roll off against Mortal Wounds inflicted by these, giving them a very powerful niche against things like Quantum Shielding and Serpent Shields.
    • 23/07/2017 FAQ Update: FAQ confirms that a roll of 4+ is a guaranteed Mortal Wound regardless of if that 4 failed to wound. These are now very reliable at stripping wounds from vehicles that have invulnerable saves.
    • Codex: Now Assault d6 instead of Heavy d3, an insane boost, and should make bikes with these and zephyrglaives the go-to anti-Vehicle pick.
  • Neuro Disruptor Went from hilariously strong in 7th to average in the 8th Edition Codex. 12" range at S4 AP-3 D3 Damage (1 Damage against Vehicles) makes it only useful for Shadowseers, and even then it costs 10 points on an already expensive model. Just take Fusion Pistols on Troupes and Troupe Masters.
  • Prismatic Cannon Exclusive to the Voidweaver, and gets to use one of three profiles- Heavy D6 at Strength 4 AP-2 D1, for zapping light infantry, Heavy D3 at Strength 6 AP-3 DD3 for scorching the likes of Terminators, or Strength 8 AP-4 DD6 for vehicle hunting, all at 24" range. Suffers from the same Heavy-ness as the Haywire Cannon, Not anymore! As of the codex it's Assault D6/D3/1 like the Haywire Cannon. It isn't terrible at what it does, which is threaten a wide range of units; if you're taking a Voidweaver you should probably opt for this seeing as if you want fast Haywire jet bikes make for a better platform.
  • Prismatic Grenade Your actual grenade. It's a D6 Grenade with S4 and AP-1. Nothing much to say, just remember to throw it when your Troupes shoot for a bit of extra damage.
  • Shrieker Cannon The Death Jester's special toy. Can be fired as a 24" Assault 3 S6 gun (with the AP-3 on a 6 to wound) or with a special Shrieker profile. The Shrieker profile only gets 1 shot with the same profile, but if it kills an Infantry model you cause an additional D3 Mortal Wounds; and of it kills any model, the target unit gets a -2 Ld penalty until the end of the turn. This is fairly useful against single-wound model units, but almost completely useless against characters or multi-wound models, so make sure to use the Shuriken profile against them.
  • Shuriken Cannon Just like the gun your Craftworld buddies get. 24" range, S6 Assault 3 with the ubiquitous AP-3 on a 6 to wound makes it a versatile and useful weapon that can be fired while maintaining mobility. The new wound chart means it'll wound on at least a 5+ against basically anything. Your Vehicles and Jetbikes get one or more of these standard.
  • Shuriken Pistol Identical to the Craftworld Eldar version, most of your units get this base. Pistol 12" S4 AP0 is eh, but AP-3 on a 6 to wound makes it moderately useful, and it adds a little extra killing power up close. Remember that it can be fired in melee now. You generally want Fusion pistols if you can afford them, however you always want one Troupe per unit carrying a Shuriken Pistol so you can still spam Grenades.
  • Star Bolas One of two equipment options for Skyweavers. A D3 Grenade with S6 Ap-3, which is reasonably strong, but just like in 7th it's rarely worth choosing them over the Zephyrglaive. You already have better ways to do that kind of damage.

Melee Weapons[edit]

  • Harlequin's Blade It's a free CC weapon with no bonuses. Still does work against T3 if you're in a Troupe master's Aura. That said only take it if you don't have the points for any of the below:
  • Harlequin's Embrace The cheapest non-basic melee option, costing 6 points. No longer causes Hammer of Wrath hits, instead it's a +1S AP-3 close combat weapon. A potent and useful weapon, this should be your default choice for Troupes.
  • Harlequin's Caress The middle child of the three primary Harlequin weapons, which costs 7 points and grants +2S and AP-2. While there are certain unit types against which it is the better choice (this is explored more below), in practice it is never so much better that its cost is justified over the Embrace.
  • Harlequin's Kiss Only gives +1S and AP-1, but also packs D3 damage. As Codex equalized the price of Caress and Kiss, now you've got much more incentive to use Kiss. Just think about what units you're going to encounter and pick your wargear accordingly.
  • Miststave The special melee weapon for the Shadowseer, it hits hard with +2S, -1 AP and D3 damage. While -1AP is poor, the Shadowseer's 3 attacks let it do a surprising amount of damage up close for a Psyker, and D3 damage gives it a chance to splat other HQs.
  • Power Sword Only available to Troupe Masters and exactly like the regular Power Sword. Completely useless to Harlequins, who have the flat-out superior Embrace.
  • Zephyrglaive The melee option for Skyweavers, a +1S AP-2 weapon with 2 Damage. Combined with the extremely high speed of Skyweavers, it's a useful weapon for backfield assaults against 2W models, letting them quickly wipe out skulking units of Hellblasters and the like.

Caress, Embrace or Kiss[edit]

The Embrace works best against T3, T6, T7 and T10. While being somewhat equal to the Caress against T4. The high AP makes it better against high armour saves but no invulnerable save. Due to the Embrace working well against the most common infantry toughness (T3 and T4), it makes it the default choice against most armies.

The Caress works better against T5, T8 and T9. It is superior versus the Embrace against units with high invulnerable saves or 5+ armour. It therefore tends to occupy a dual roll, being very good against elite armies such as Custodes and spam armies such as Orks and Guard, however, the high AP of the Embrace might be preferable against some armies with a higher armour save.

The Kiss works well against multi-wound models with invulnerable saves, which pretty much relegates it to fighting characters. However, a below-average damage roll makes it worse than the Caress. It can find some use fighting T4 multi-wound models (such as Primaris), however the lack of significant AP might hurt you in the long run. Put Kisses on models who will be character killing and leave it at that, though it now is actually a situational alternative to the Embrace and Caress.

Know what you're likely to be facing and build your Harlequins accordingly. Of course this advice is worth sod all in a blind match-up, so take whichever weapon counters what you are most afraid of, and if you fight an army who the weapon is not designed for it is not a huge loss, as both weapons perform very close to each other. The point difference between the three is no longer an issue.

Relics[edit]

Universal[edit]

  • The Mask of Secrets: The bearer of this gains +1 to their Leadership, and any enemy units in 6" of it have -1 Leadership. It's a small bonus to your Characters getting into melee, murdering a few scaredy-cat multi-model units to make an extra model flee, whilst not getting as hurt by certain Psychic spells, or helping to proc the Hallucinogen Launcher.
  • The Storied Sword Replaces a Power Sword, and so can only be taken by a Troupe Master. A nice little weapon with S+1 AP-3, Damage D3. Can be seen as a D3 Damage Embrace, or a AP-3 Kiss for 2-3 points less. It also lets you to re-roll failed hit rolls for Attacks made with it, which is a little meh on a Great Harlequin who’s re-rolling hits of 1 from their Aura anyway, but nice if you’d rather not burn the 2CP.
  • Suit of Hidden Knives: Any time an enemy unit rolls a 1 to hit the bearer with a melee attack, roll a D6. On a 2+, the attacker suffers a mortal wound.
    • Trolltastic with a Shadowseer's ability to self-Veil of Tears and cast Fog of Dreams on the enemy for -2 to hit, making rolls of 1, 2 and 3 count as a 1. Coupled with 2CP for Lightning Reflexes and you have an inverse death-bomb of a Psyker that turns more than half of his opponent's attacks into Mortal Wounds. Remember that you can't opt out of Fighting if you're within 1", and you can't forfeit your attacks even if they can't hit, so prepare for a salty opponent if you ever manage to pull this off on a big unit!
  • Crescendo: Replaces a Shuriken Pistol. d6 shots and 2 D, but no other improvements over the regular version. Meh.
  • Starmist Raiment: 3++ vs ranged weapons and enemies cannot fire Overwatch against the bearer if they advanced this turn. Helpful, especially with a Great Harlequin who can charge in without worry before the Troupes bundle in.
  • The Laughing God's Eye: Whilst within 6" of the bearer, Harlies auto-pass Morale and gain a 6+++ against mortal wounds caused in the psychic phase.
  • Cegorach's Rose: Replaces a Harlequin's Kiss and is identical bar its two abilities. It comes with a standard re-roll failed wound rolls, which is nice but not nearly as nice as the next bit: Against INFANTRY units, it deals a flat 3 damage as opposed to D3. Which is enough to make the bearer (a Solitaire, because who else) an absolute nightmare for your opponent's multi-wound models. Most importantly, this brings consistency to the solitaire, and turns him into the scariest character assassin on the battlefield.

Masque-Specific[edit]

  • The Midnight Sorrow - Midnight's Chime: A one-off buff-bubble that can be activated the start of the Fight Phase. +1 Attack for all The Midnight Sorrow units within 6" of the bearer.
  • The Veiled Path - Mirrorstave: Replaces a miststave. Instead of having a Strength score, its wound rolls are equal to the target's unmodified WS (if used in melee) or the target's unmodified BS (if used in shooting). Obviously, this makes it excellent against characters and elite units but awful against cheap hordes. Ranged = 12" Assault 6 AP-1 Damage 1. Melee = AP-1, Damage D3.
  • The Frozen Stars - The Ghoul Mask: Lets the bearer Deny The Witch as if they are a Psyker, or on a Shadowseer lets them Deny twice a turn. Additionally, you can add 1 to the Bearer's Deny Test roll.
  • The Dreaming Shadow - Curtainfall: Replaces a Shrieker Cannon. A heavily buffed Shrieker Cannon that can be coupled with a Stratagem or 2 to dish out some disgusting shooting. The Shuriken Profile for this weapon gains AP-2, whilst the Shrieker profile boasts S7 AP-3. Both profiles have 30" range, and any hit that wounds on a 6+ gets Bladestormed out to AP-4. On top of that, both profiles reap the benefits of being Bio-Explosive; for each model slain with this weapon, the target unit suffers D3 mortal wounds. In the Codex it states that the Bio Explosive Power only effects the Shrieker Profile, however both profiles do benefit from -2 LD from causing a casualty.
    • Coupling this with the Masque-specific An Example Made and generic Death Jester Shrieking Doom Stratagems can make for a terrifying round of shooting.
  • The Soaring Spite - Faolchu's Talon: If the bearer is embarked on a transport, the transport gains an extra 6" of movement. Additionally, if the transport is destroyed with the bearer embarked on it, no disembarking models will be slain and the transport will not explode.
  • The Silent Shroud - Scintillant Veil: Troupe Master or Shadowseer only. Increases the range of their Aura abilities by 3".
    • Remember that this works on your Masque Form, on the Player of the Light Warlord Trait, on the Shadowseer's Webway Dance Psychic Power and the Great Harlequin's aura.

Other Wargear[edit]

  • Flip Belt:

Unit Analysis[edit]

HQs[edit]

  • Troupe Master: No longer a squad sergeant but a full-fledged HQ, allowing you to fill out Detachments. Is reasonably cheap at just 70 Points, and comes packing 5 attacks hitting on a 2+ with your choice of Embrace, Kiss, or Caress (or Power Sword, but you're never going to take that). The real reason you take a Troupe Master, though, is for the buff aura, granting clowns within 6" re-rolls to wound in Assault. This is an extremely powerful buff to your Harlequins and should be leveraged as much as possible by keeping multiple units within the aura (remember that only one model needs to be within 6" for the whole unit to benefit). Ideally, a Troupe Master should be nearby whenever you get your clowns into a charge. He can potentially spar with enemy HQs using a Kiss, as his re-rolls help to overcome the comparatively low Strength and AP, but he's best off with a big Troupe hacking through the regular enemy army. Like the Troupe members, his best loadout is a Fusion Pistol and Embrace.
    • However, as a single-model buffing unit, his grenade deserves special mention, not least because it's the same range as a Fusion Pistol. The grenade can't be thrown in melee, which is significant, but for drive-by shootings, it's substantially better than the shuriken pistol and comes for free anyway. Since his primary purpose is his buff, not dealing damage himself, there's a lot to be said for leaving him with his Shuriken Pistol, having him rely on his grenade when he needs to, and spending the points elsewhere. Don't do the same thing with his melee loadout unless you're certain, as the gap between a basic weapon and an Embrace is drastic.
  • Shadowseer: Moved from the Elites to HQs, with a price bump to match. The Shadowseer is very expensive, clocking in at 125 Points. It justifies this points cost with the ability to cast two spells in the Psychic phase, a decent melee presence with 3 S5 AP-1 D1d3 attacks, and especially the Shield From Harm ability. The defensive counterpart to the Troupe Master's Choreographer of War, it means your opponent must subtract 1 to wound rolls against Harlequin infantry units within 6" of the Shadowseer. This is a potent defensive bonus and one of the few defences you have available, and much like the Troupe Master's bonus should also be extended to as many units as possible at once. The sheer joy of seeing weapons have to wound your squishy, squishy clowns on a 5+ cannot be overstated. Shadowseers are too expensive to spam, but at least one is practically mandatory for any list.
    • As discussed elsewhere, Neuro Disruptors are average at best on your Shadowseer. Just stick with the basic Shuriken Pistol and make do.

Special Characters[edit]

There aren't any named Harlequins with rules right now, but since you can field Harlequins in an Ynnari force, the Ynnari named characters are listed here.

Ynnari[edit]
  • The Visarch: Now actually a better combatant than Yvraine. At 141 points and with a statline that puts him somewhere between a close combat Archon and the Phoenix Lords, The Visarch is a very nice but expensive character, especially now he has a 4++ Invulnerable save thanks to the recent FAQ. His BFS, Asu-Var, the Sword of Silent Screams is a Strength 5 Force Sword that reduces the enemy unit's Leadership by 1, allowing him to be the linchpin for Leadership Bomb setups. Very tanky, as when any Aeldari model within 7" dies, on a 4+ he regains a lost wound, and gains +1 Attack (caps at 7) if it was a character (you have been sticking him near super cheap Court of the Archon Characters, right?) in addition to his standard Soulburst activation. He also acts like a bodyguard to Yvraine and if he's within 3" of her, he can take any wounds for her as a Mortal Wound on a 2+. He doesn't have his free Warlord trait anymore but I'm sure he will get something similar for Stratagems and/or Command powers once the Ynnari codex is out.
    • Costs more than Yvraine, but does absolutely nothing for your army other than bodyguard Yvraine - as a melee beatstick he's far too expensive to be worth it.
  • The Yncarne: The single most expensive HQ choice for the Eldar, the Yncarne clocks in at a whopping 337 points to field, equipped with nothing but Vilith-shar, the Sword of Souls, an awesome weapons that is S6 AP-4 DD6 with re-rolls to wound. With 6 attacks, 7 with the relevant Warlord Trait, whatever it is hitting is dying. If that in itself doesn't seem like much, the Yncarne is a flying monstrous character that can cast two of the three Revenant Discipline powers. The Yncarne is also pretty resilient, T6 with a 3+ armor and 4+ invuln that covers 9 wounds that regenerate on a 4+ for any Aeldari model killed near it. It also provides a 6" bubble to any friendly Aeldari of Fearless and 6+ FNP. While the 8" of movement it has may not seem particularly fast, the Yncarne also has the unique ability to teleport to the location where any squad (friend or foe) is killed, so long as it is at least 1" away from enemy units. This makes it one of the few units able to deep strike easily within charging range to wreak some melee havoc (although it can't charge when it Deep Strikes), and can give it a terrifying threat radius. Use your Dark Reapers to nuke some squishy back-line unit, then have the Yncarne teleport behind enemy lines to hit' em where it hurts!
    • Note: The Yncarne cannot charge after arriving in this way as his rule prohibits it, so you ideally want him popping up on your opponent's turn. You also want to be exploiting the ability to redeploy when anything dies as a mobility/escape tool. If nothing else, The Yncarne popping up somewhere unexpected can divert a ton of fire away from your other units, though you might want to leave the DISTRACTION CARNIFEX role to something like a Succubus, Solitaire, or Venom.
  • Yvraine: The linchpin of any Ynnari detachment, Yvraine costs 132 points and is exclusively armed with Kah-vir, the Sword of Sorrows (basically a Force Axe stat-wise). While her statline itself might seem like a sub-standard Phoenix Lord at S3 T3 with 5 Wounds and only an invuln of 4+, her psychic powers can cause unyielding destruction upon your foes should they be unfortunate enough to be near her. In addition to her impressive powers, Yvraine also has several abilities that make her surprisingly survivable. Whenever any Aeldari model (model, not unit) dies within 7" of her, Yvraine automatically on a 4+ regains a lost wound. In addition, if that model happened to be a Psyker, on a 4+ she immediately learns another Revenant power (as of right now, that means the first time she learns the third power, and then the ability stops doing anything). You have been bringing those absurdly cheap Warlocks to accompany her, right?
    • As with any Ynnari Psyker, she can use Strength From Death to cast a Psychic Power, the most useful of which will probably be Word of the Phoenix, assuming you haven't cast it already, as this lets her "pass" the Soulburst trigger to anything you like, even if your opponent has been avoiding letting something react.

Troops[edit]

  • Troupe: Oh BOY have Troupes really gotten better than last edition. To start off you can buy all of your Harles fusion pistols for just 9 points! Added on to the fact that you can shoot pistols in combat during the shooting phase makes Troupes a monster in combat. Competent vehicle killers? Harlequin Troupes? Who would have thought it! In addition, they all get a 4++. Yes you read that right. Armies will no longer shred them anymore, coupled with the fact that high AP weapons will never rend their saves actually makes them an extremely tough unit. And to top it off, Rising Crescendo lets them advance AND CHARGE. Did I also mention they move 8" and are not slowed by terrain or any models?. These dudes are best equipped with the Harlequins embrace for most armies. Overall these flippity-floops just got a helluva lot faster, tankier and deadlier. Groovy.
    • On the Topic of Weapons: With the Codex, the Caress and Kiss dropped down to 7 points a pop, whilst the Caress remained at 6 points. Players also dropped down to 13 points and the frustratingly pointless 'Harlequin Blade' no longer costs anything, making your Troupes cheaper and giving you more incentive to try out a different build.
    • Side Note: A basic 5-man Troupe with optimal loadout, Fusion Pistols+Embraces, is 140 points - 1 point less than 3 5 men squads of Kabalites with Blasters, although the Troupe will do a lot more damage if it can get within Pistol/Charge range against most targets, so they are not cheap, but what they really shine in is melee. A bog standard 5-man Troupe is going to pump out 20 attacks at S4 AP-3, all with a good staying power with 4++, perfectly amplifiable with the Shadowseer's and Troup Master's buffs. Please do keep in mind that even with -1 to wound rolls against them from the Shadowseer, they are still T3, and while with their newly acquired 4++ they may take lascannons to the face for turns without dying they still do drop down like flies even under standard bolter firing. All this in mind, if you cannot stick 'em in combat and/or hide 'em from LoS (preferably both) you should stay in the warmth of your cozy little Starweaver while peppering your opponent with Fusion pistols (which you can do now even if your transport is engaged in combat). So, in most cases, a starweaver is more than essential.
      • As noted above, their 4++ is equivalent to a 4+ against AP0 weapons (slightly worse, in fact, since Harlequins generally get no benefit at all from cover), so you need a Shadowseer if you want to run into mass Storm Bolter fire from something like Grey Knights. Without a Shadowseer but within 12", every 9 Grey Knight shooters equals 8 dead harlequins; with a Shadowseer around, that improves to 6 dead against the same 9. As you can see, the Shadowseer is helpful, but needs to be near a lot of Troupes to earn its extremely high cost back.

Elites[edit]

  • Death Jester: The Jester retains his role as a ranged support sniper, but now has some nasty tricks. The first thing to note is he lacks any melee weapons, so unlike most of your army, he will want to hang back, made a bit easier by his CHARACTER status. The next thing to note is that he is capable of sniping other CHARACTERs regardless of whether they are the closest. So far, so good. His weapon and Death Is Not Enough is where he really starts to shine, though. His weapon has two profiles. One is a standard shuriken style weapon, the other trades Assault 3 for the ability to tack on D3 mortal wounds if an enemy INFANTRY model is slain. This lets you potentially knock out small chunks of a unit. Note that the -3 AP on a 6+ applies to both profiles. Death is Not Enough is where the Jester gets his most dangerous punch. If he slays any models, then the target suffers -2 Ld until next turn. And if a unit he attacks flees, you choose the first model that is removed. This applies for an entire turn, so use your Jester to soften an opponent before a charge. Regardless of whether or not he does damage, if an enemy fails its morale, you'll get to get rid of that special weapon. The only problem is that his trick is situational, best used against certain armies. Other times, you'll just be sniping characters.
    • His Shrieker profile is usually worthless, because he's doing 1/3 the normal damage in exchange for getting the "lost" wounds back as mortal wounds if his one shot kills someone. Obviously, the profile is terrible against unwounded multiwound models, as its ability can't trigger, but even when it can trigger, doing 2 mortal wounds only when the first wound gets through is the same damage amount as just shooting the target 3 times, and meanwhile you've drastically increased the variance in his shooting (it all comes down to 1 shot, not spread out over 3). You should really never use it. (Except it is not the same. The enemy will not get armor saves against the mortal wounds, whereas they will against the normal profile).
    • His Shuriken profile has terrible points per wound, but that's very normal for snipers in 8E; he's nowhere near as good as, say, Ratlings or Deathmarks.
    • Take him for Death Is Not Enough, or don't take him at all - that's what he can do better than anyone else. Remember, he just has to shoot at a unit to activate the ability - he doesn't even need to hit, and it works perfectly well in melee, not just at range.
  • Solitaire: You know him, you love him. An incredibly powerful single model, with Melee potential that will truly threaten any other infantry or character in the game. Functionally, he hasn't changed much between editions, though he has gotten a couple of buffs. A 12" move puts him among the fastest infantry on the board. His trademark, Blitz, lets him add 2D6" to his move and sets his number of attacks to 10, but he can't use it if he gets Twilight Pathways in the previous turn. Worth noting is that Twilight Pathways is inordinately useful to him regardless since his native movement is higher than other infantry. Just don't use it when you're planning to use Blitz. Between these traits, the Flip Belt, and his 3++, you are looking at a highly mobile character killer. Be careful, though, as he suffers from the same T3 squishiness as the rest of your army. BE cautious and consider a transport, as every enemy sniper and lascannon will desperately try to vaporize this guy before he can reach "terminal threat range." Also, the psychological power of this model is not to be taken lightly. As noted below, a basic troupe can out perform him... but your opponent is still very worried about the solitaire. This is a model you want your opponent to make mistakes over and alleviate pressure on the rest of your army. Very fitting method of fucking with their mind.

Fast Attack[edit]

  • Skyweaver: Clowns on bikes. By default, they come with a shuriken cannon and star bolas. Do yourself a favor and buy the zephyrglaive. The star bolas are perfectly serviceable, or would be, but as with other Harlequin units, you want them in close combat. The scary part is how mobile they are. A 16" move, plus a 6" automatic advance, then the charge. They also fly, so can drop out of combat, fly over their enemies, and play amazing hit and run (and hit again) tactics. At 3A and 3 wounds with their 4++ and -1 penalty against anyone shooting them, they stick around longer than they have a right to, knocking out models all along the way. A good default tactic is to advance, shoot, charge, then fall back, shoot, and charge again next turn. Keep in mind that they are among the most mobile units and, if needed, can also harass at range until they swoop in for the kill.
    • Note the once humble Zephyrglaive. Once largely ineffective, it occupies a niche role as a 2 Damage weapon. Use these guys' maneuverability and speed to hunt down multi-wound models like Terminators and characters.
    • These guys will kill almost anything slower than a Troupe will; aside from their incredible speed, their primary asset over a Troupe is their durability (a Troupe needs a Skyweaver or Shadowseer to even begin to compete with them). Use them to soak up very small arms fire, even more so if you can get a Shadowseer near them
    • The codex made haywire cannons Assault d6, making them very mobile and dangerous anti-vehicle platform. Taken with the Soaring Spite allows them to shoot after advancing with no penalty

Dedicated Transport[edit]

  • Starweaver: Because you really, really want to get your troupes up close and personal (and that is 100% of the time you field them). In the 8th edition Starweaver received a MAJOR buff, now making it probably the best transport in the entire game (still maybe a bit short of Wave Serpents and Valkyries) and what is more important, it is much more infuriating to take down. As it was before it is fast, open-topped, and has a 4+/4++ (now 4++ is permanent) with 6 wounds. Mirage Launchers, now they are here not to modify your invulnerable save, but on a permanent basis give -1 to hit for any shooting attack against you, making it much more survivable in shooting, (All those marines with their lascannon spam will be forced to hit on 5+ after moving, and I'm not talking about IG) , For armament it has shuriken cannons, while not phenomenal, do their bladestorm effect and now can fire at whatever you want that firing arcs are gone. It is no slouch in melee; it has the best WS of all vehicles with marinesque 3+, and with A3 S5 it can now kill a few MEQ/GEQ on its own with with 3 attacks; sadly, it loses its -1 to hit in melee, so do not expect it to survive well there. All is good, but, honestly, the worst part is that it can only carry 6 <MASQUE> INFANTRY and you do not have access to a DE raider or any bigger capacity transport.
    • Note on Points: For 99 points with 2 Shuricannons included this boat is a steal and is very similar to a DE Venom which, incidentally, comes at 95p with double Splinter cannons. While they do share a lot in common, the Starweaver has better transport capacity, better invulnerable, and better movement, while not pumping as many shots at close range; it is much more versatile with Bladestorm made effective against vehicles and much higher S. Its main use is not only to transport your units and to provide them shelter until they can assault on turn 2, but also to soak up overwatch (and with 4++ it can do it pretty reliably); Overwatch is your worst enemy, just as it was before, and when each and every model of yours has 4A at S4 AP-3 and you are paying 24-33 points for that pleasure losing even one Player may spell doom for your assault and thus may even cost you a game.

Heavy Support[edit]

Voidweaver: No longer a mandatory tax, so now the real question is are they worth taking? Short answer: maybe. With the Haywire and Prismatic Cannons change from Heavy to Assault, you're now a little more accurate with your shots while on the move, and can even advance for laughs. It's no longer a terrible unit, but it faces some pretty stiff competition in an elite army.

  • So, breaking it down to its points costs and competition: The Haywire Loadout clocks in at 103 points, whilst the Prismatic Cannon comes in at 108 points. Both of these options are cheaper than taking 3 Skyweavers by 12 to 50 points depending on the loadouts. For that price difference, the two units get the same Invulns and hit modifiers, whilst the bikes get more mobility, wounds and some added safety from multi-damage weapons. The bikes are also far superior in combat, with or without Zephyrglaives. The Voidweaver comes out with 2 higher Toughness. The bikes can bring in more Haywire than the Voidweaver, but don't have access to the Prismatic Cannon.
  • 23/07/2017 FAQ Update: FAQ confirms that a roll of 4+ is a guaranteed Mortal Wound regardless of if that 4 failed to wound. Haywire is now very reliable at stripping wounds from vehicles that have invulnerable saves.

Fortifications[edit]

  • Webway Portal: For 120 points you can finally pick this giant arc. Fluffwise, it is the very reason of Eldar trollobility to suddently appear somewhere, where they completely shouldn't be. Crunchwise, it is still a giant arc with T8, 14 wounds, 3+ and 5++ which helps you to deep strike your units. It is set up anywhere on the battlefield more than 12" from enemy deployment zone and their units during your deployment and, of course, is immobile after that. What it allows you to do, is to be able to set some of your AELDARI units in the Webway (aka Necron style Tomb World), but, aside from 1 unit per gate (aka 1 unit per Night Scythe) restriction, you also must be 9" away from enemy, just like for normal deep strike (both parts can be amended a bit via Webway Ambush strategem, so check out Strategem section for more info), AND within 3" from the gate. Of course, if the gate is destroyed, all units, that were in the gate's Webway (the Webway form Webway Assault strategem is not the same one) are slain. On the one part, it does let you save some CP for not using aforementioned Webwey Assault Strat and, furthermore, allows you to deep strike your Vehicles on the contorary to it. Still, the restriction for model placement (9" away from the enemy or 1" with The Labyrinth Laughs Strat and within 3" of the gate itself) poses a large threat that your opponent just bubble-wrap your nice and large gate with infantry blob, thus making actually using the gate a bit of "Risk-Reward" tactics, if not even a bit of a doubtfull one. The model is very nice thou, so don't restrain yourself from using it as a piece of terrain.
  • Universal Fortifications: Harlequins benefit more than most from taking Bunkers and Bastions. Assuming a 6" diameter building, they have an effective threat range of a 42" circle (this is often squished into an oval due to deployment zones), or roughly a quarter of the board. While your faction transports are certainly faster, the building are far more durable.
    • Note that these will require a fortification detachment, which may be an issue if you plan on spamming for CP.


Warhammer 40,000 Tactics Articles
General Tactics
Imperium
Chaos
Eldar
Necrons
Orks
Tau
Tyranids