Warhammer 40,000/Tactics/Grey Knights(8E)

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Please note that this is the tactics for 8th edition Grey Knights. Their current tactics can be found here.

Why Play Grey Knights?[edit]

The Grey Knights are the Emperor’s final creation, an army ​of Space Marines whose might and dedication eclipses all others. Their all-consuming mission is to confront the Daemons of the Warp wheresoever they might manifest. ​Each Grey Knight has the power of an army in his own right, capable of felling the greatest of Greater Daemons with a single blow. When the Chapter fights as one there are few who can oppose them. Yet, as the Imperium approaches its twilight, the daemonic threat grows ever greater and the Grey Knights ever more beset.

Though the Grey Knights wield the finest armaments that the armouries of the Imperium can provide, their chief weapon comes from within: a psychic might that can cleave through armour, summon sanctifying flame or return life to the dead.

A Grey Knights army will always be outnumbered (with the exception of facing custodes or Knights), but each of your warriors is easily as powerful as the mightiest hero in your opponent’s ranks. Terminator Squads, the elite of other Space Marine armies, are the mainstay of your force.

Purgation Squads lay down a storm of heavy weapons fire, Purifiers immolate the foe with azure flame. Strike Squads attack wherever the enemy is most vulnerable, and towering Nemesis Dreadknights stride imperiously across the battlefield, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

  • The Grey Knights are an army of Psyker Space Marines. That's pretty cool. Besides, casting Hammerhand you will succeed in 72.22% of cases.
  • The Grey Knights have good assault and okayish close-range shooting. At a minimum, you're getting a storm-bolter and a force sword on every infantry model.
  • Great looking infantry models with lots of customization options. They are not really hard to paint either to look decent and Duncan has pretty neat tutorials on them.
  • A low model count allows for easy movement and understanding of the game.
  • Daemons and Psykers are a massive liability when playing against you. This benefit can't be understated, as GW is now focusing more on the Chaos vs Imperium conflict, and most Chaos armies rely on some form of daemon unit or psyker buff to function properly.
  • Force weapons absolutely everywhere, and they're no longer subject to Deny the Witch, which means you're always putting out D3 wounds to everything in melee!
  • All of your Squads can cast Baby Smite, and it doesn't increase in cost after the first and subsequent casts; expect to be putting out a lot of mortal wounds as the game goes on. Smack harder when turning them into consistent 2 MW per cast.
  • You are one of the factions that benefit most from the psychic phase. You get a nice boost to both cast AND deny, and two stratagems that further boost your ability to ridiculous levels. Your psychic discipline is good but not TOP TIER, with some powers that allow you to buff yourself in both offense and defense, hurt others really really badly and FUCKING TELEPORT ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. Others, unfortunately, are very situational. EVERYONE CAN CAST. EVERYONE CAN DENY. Your Baby Smite maybe a little on the weak side, but unlike most armies, you can cast it all you want without having to deal with the rising WC penalty for it.
  • Pretty much ANY one of your units can start the game in deep strike reserve. Everyone has some sort of teleportation device - and even if they don't, there's a stratagem that allows you to teleport units in any way. Unfortunately, after 2018 BIG FAQ 2 this is no longer that great a boost. You need half units AND Points on the ground AND you can't deep strike at all during the first turn. That's not so good for an army that relies upon and is costed around deepstrike.
  • Named character options are abundant, and overall pretty good even if overpriced.
  • Good news, everyone! Grey Knights will be including in the next Imperial Armour: Talons of the Emperor. What changes this will bring have yet to be seen, and will focus only on Forge World models.
  • One of the only armies with Terminator troops. Even Dark Angels lost their Deathwing as Troops. So GK is a good army if you want to bring a pure Terminator army. After Ritual of the Damned Terminators look like a viable option (great stratagems and powers to boost them).
  • Ritual of the Dammed and Chapter Approved 2019 brought great changes. A definitely competitive army now. How it will fare against current meta, time will tell.
  • GKs are the only army now besides Craftworld Eldar, Orks and Thousand Sons who can get +4 to cast. Combine Sanctic Shard relic with Empyric Surge stratagem and you have +3 to cast that can further be modified by +1 with Artisan Nullifier Matrix if you need it
  • A low model count means each loss hurts much more. In order to win, you must find ways to block line of sight, find cover saves, and get into assault as soon as possible.
  • The codex is extremely limited in terms of unit selection.
  • Other armies have access to high strength and AP weapons; 5++ isn't going to save you all the time. However, with new powers and stratagems, you can greatly increase the durability of key units, especially units with Terminator keyword (so Paladins too).
  • Very limited access to AP-3 and better aside from the close combat weapons of your walkers.
  • Poor long-range shooting options without combos. Somewhat mitigated lascannons but few things take lascannons.
  • Lack of stuff from Forge World. Despite the fact that Grey Knights were more or less established during the Second Founding, leaving you at a disadvantage on tables when the models/rules are permitted.
  • No Psychic Primaris Marines either, even Librarians, despite you know, with this whole Great Rift situation Grey Knights should have been the first Chapter to be reinforced with them.
  • Perils of the Warp is a thing. You may find yourself having to burn command points to keep your dudes from dying.
  • Stratagems can be really good, but to play efficiently you are almost forced to bring a double battalion so you can actually fund them.
  • Chaos Daemons have a Stratagem in their codex specifically meant to fuck with you. It's not a very good one, tho, so this is less of a 'con' and more of a 'meh'.
  • Warlord traits are mediocre. There's the one that lets units in 6" re-roll charge rolls, but that's pretty much the only good one.

Special Rules[edit]

  • Angel of Death:
    • And They Shall Know No Fear: Re-roll all failed morale tests. Not gonna come into effect too often given your relatively high Ld -- and also your ridiculous unit costs, which means you're likely running five-man squads anyways -- but it never hurts to have a safety net.
      • Since this is an optional rule, you should only re-roll a failure when you expect to do better on the subsequent roll; typically, this means only re-rolling a failure when it's a 4 or higher, although obviously, you should re-roll all failures when trying to keep the last member of a unit on the table.
    • Bolter Discipline: We 2nd Edition now. Astartes and Heretic Astartes models using a Rapid Fire bolt weapon can take double the normal attacks (2 for bolters, 4 for storm bolters, etc) if at least one of the following is true:
      • target is in half range
      • if the model didn't move during the previous Movement Phase
      • if the firing model is a Terminator, Biker, Centurion or Dreadnought
      Well, well, well. The Grey Knights might be straying further away from the trash bin. With every Knight having at least a Storm Bolter, your capacity for firepower has increased. Terminators are a lot deadlier now, while standard Knights can be used as a gunline. Combine this with Psybolt Ammunition for lolz. (Due to current FAQ rules, interceptor teleport shunt and gate of infinity do not count as you move in the movement phase for this rule, however, it does affect Psycannons and Psilencers, make up your mind GW!)
    • Shock Assault: We 6th and 7th Edition now. If a unit with this rule makes a charge move, is charged or performs a Heroic Intervention, add 1 to its attack characteristic for all models in the unit until the end of the turn.
  • Daemon Hunters: Re-roll all failed to-wound rolls against units with the Daemon keyword in the Fight phase.
  • Rites of Banishment: Every one of your units save for your transports and purifiers have this (purifiers and Crowe get their own 3", 1d6 mortal wounds). Grants a weaker version of Smite with only a 12" range, and deals only 1 mortal wound instead of D3, as well as losing the chance for increased damage with a roll of 10 or higher. However, if the target unit has the Daemon keyword, it takes 3 mortal wounds without rolling, instead. Fair, considering you can spam Smite like no other army save the Thousand Sons with the new version of the Psychic Focus rule.
  • Teleport Strike: (Almost) YOUR ENTIRE ARMY CAN STILL DEEP STRIKE! Not really, though, since at least half units and PL needs to be deployed. Instead of deploying normally, you can, at the end of a movement phase, set up a GK unit anywhere on the battlefield more than 9" away from an enemy unit. But after BIG FAQ 2, unfortunately, you can't deep strike on turn 1. This, according to the low body count and the lack of long-range weapon puts GK in a very very very very bad situation.
    • It's actually easier to list what hasn't got and can't get this: Techmarines, Brotherhood Champions, Crowe, Purifiers, Purgation Squads, Servitors. Why Strike Squads have it but Purgation Squads do not is a mystery, since for all intents and purposes Strike Squads are Purgation Squads with less training, as confirmed by the fluff on page 43 of the codex.
    • There is a Stratagem to allow your other GK INFANTRY to Deep Strike. So Purgation Squads can deep strike, it just costs Command Points.

Grey Knights Special Rules: You will only get these if your army is Battle-forged, and they only apply to Detachments of only <Grey Knights> units.

  • Brotherhood of Psykers: All your Psykers get this, but otherwise it's your version of Chapter Tactics. You can add 1 to Psychic tests and Deny the Witch tests taken by your units. It also exempts you from the increased Warp Charge costs that would otherwise occur from casting Smite multiple times due to Psychic Focus.
  • Knights of Titan: Objective Secured 8th Edition: if within range of an objective marker, you control it no matter how many of enemies try to swarm it, unless they have a similar rule, too.


So instead of getting doctrines, these tides are strictly only available to a full Grey Knights army. They can be changed by the new psychic power, Warp Shaping. These powers truly change the way Grey Knights operate. Essentially, you can easily increase your melee output (Fury), dakka output (Convergence), durability (Shadows), and smite output (Escalation) AND you can change this mid-game without using a command point. These Tides give the Knights incredible flexibility, but overall, they work to heavily bolster your short- to mid-range shooting game. Per FAQ no longer affects units without "psyker" keyword.

  • Tide of Fury: While this tide is dominant, Infantry units may reroll wound rolls of 1 with Nemesis Weapons. Never use this when fighting daemons because you already reroll to wound against them.
  • Tide of Convergence: While this tide is dominant, Infantry units in your army equipped with a Psi/Psy weapon, or any ranged weapon affected by the Psybolt Ammunition Stratagem gains +1S and 1D.
  • Tide of Shadows: While this tide is dominant, all Grey Knights gain the benefit of being in cover even while it is not entirely on or within a terrain feature. In addition if a unit is entirely on or within a terrain feature then ranged weapons are -1 to hit them. This is THE tide you should start out with if you are going 2nd.
  • Tide of Escalation: While this tide is dominant, any unit with the Rites of Banishment ability adds 1 mortal wound to the damage of their smite rolls. Literally DOUBLES the damage of your normal smite against non-daemon units.

GK Warlord Traits[edit]

  1. Daemon Slayer: If your Warlord wounds a Daemon in the Fight phase, your opponent must subtract 1 from any invulnerable saving throw against this attack. Situationally underwhelming, to say the least. Draigo has this by default.
  2. Hammer of Righteousness: Add 1 to wound rolls for your Warlord if he charged that turn. Well, this one can be interesting on a Nemesis Dreadknight Grandmaster?.. Meh, scroll down. Crowe gets this by default.
  3. Unyielding Anvil: Your Grey Knights within 6" of your Warlord auto-pass Morale. Kinda meh considering you play MSU with ATSKNF. Ok if you're using units bigger 5. Stern has this.
  4. First to the Fray: Re-roll failed charge rolls for your Warlord and Grey Knights units within 6". Very powerful, and saves a lot of CP. In fact, the question is: why even think of taking anything else instead of this marvellous piece of cheese? Just make sure that your Warlord charges last.
    • Unfortunately, none of your named characters gets this. Always take a non-unique warlord to give this to.
  5. Nemesis Lord: Add 1 to the Damage of your Warlords' melee weapons (generally becomes 1d3+1), reroll if he has a Relic of Titan as a melee weapon. Decent for a character hunter, but not much else. While this looks hilarious on an NDK grandmaster, don't fall into the trap of taking it over First to the Fray. In the long run, actually making it into CC will increase your damage output WAY more than +1D
  6. Lore Master: Your warlord knows an additional power from the Sanctic same psychic discipline he is currently taking according to FAQ. Remember that "rule of one" in matched plays? You're better off with 4. Voldus has this.

Litanies of Purity[edit]

Well we get these now. A Grey Knights Chaplain knows litany of hate and two litanies of purity in addition to a psychic power.

  1. Litany of Faith: When a model of a friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the Chaplain would lose a wound as a result of a mortal wound, roll a d6 on a 5+ that wound is not lost.
  2. Words of Power: Select one friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the Chaplain. When resolving an attack made by a model within that unit with a weapon that has a random damage characteristic, you may reroll the dice when determining the damage inflicted.
  3. Intonement for Guidance: Select one friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the Chaplain. When resolving an attack made by a ranged weapon by a model in that unit, they ignore any hit and ballistic skill modifiers.
  4. Refrain of Convergence: This model has +3 when taking a deny the witch test. Stacks with BoP making it a +4 to deny, for when you REALLY don't want a specific power to go off. It's a real shame that chaplains can only deny once.
  5. Recitation of Projection: Select one friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the Chaplain. Add 6" to the range characteristics of bolt weapons and psy weapons of that unit.
  6. Invocation of Focus: Select one Grey Knights unit within 6". When resolving the attack made by a Nemesis or Psi/Psy weapon improve the AP by 1 for that attack.

Tactical Objectives[edit]

11 - Destroy the Daemon
1 VP for destroying a Daemon unit. d3 VP if you destroyed 3-5 such units, and d3+3 VP if you destroyed 6 or more.
12 - Psychic Communion
1 VP if you manifested at least 3 psychic powers. Upped to d3 if 6 or more were manifested. Get to Smite spamming.
13 - No Witnesses!
1 VP if every CHARACTER in the opponent's army has been slain. This one sucks. Regret your decision not to just use standard objective cards.
14 - Deeds of Legend
d3 VP for killing a VEHICLE or MONSTER.
15 - Teleport Attack
1 VP if you completely destroy an enemy unit using a unit that arrived from Deep Striking or Gate of Infinity.
16 - Rites of Exorcism
Your opponent picks an objective; if you control it, you gain 1 VP. If you control it on the same turn the Tactical Objective was generated, you get d3 VP instead.

Psychic Powers[edit]

Gone are the days of 7th Edition's psychic cluster-fuck, now armies get their own specific psychic powers again. Say hello to an old friend, the Sanctic and Dominus discipline! And no more 3 librarians with banishment and other useless powers, now you get to pick the powers your psyker knows. Remember your Chapter Tactic, Brotherhood of Psykers, gives you a +1 to casting powers.

Smite Special Rules[edit]

Your odds of casting Smite are the standard 83.33%, up to 91.67% with Brotherhood, and the CV doesn't increase with each cast.

  • Rites of Banishment: GREY KNIGHTS are worse at Smite than normal; this is the version all of them have. When this unit manifests the Smite psychic power, it has a range of 12" rather than 18", and the target unit suffers only 1 mortal wound rather than D3 (whether or not the result of the Psychic test is more than 10) – unless the target unit is a DAEMON, in which case it suffers 3 mortal wounds instead of 1d3. It is watered down, unless you face Daemons, but rightfully so, since you can spam smite like no other army in the game. But since all of your models have this rule the SMITE CHANGE doesn't apply to GK. With new Tide of Escalation each successful Smite deals 1 additional mortal wound.
    • A model with this goes from 1.79 average mortal wounds dealt to 0.83; with Brotherhood of Psykers 0.92; Tide of Escalation 1.84.
  • Purifying Flame: Purifier Squads and Crowe have this, rather than Smite or Rites of Banishment. When this unit manifests the Smite psychic power, it only has a range of 3", but it inflicts 1d6 mortal wounds instead of 1d3 (whether or not the result of the Psychic test is more than 10, and doesn't care if the target is a DAEMON) (average mortal wounds dealt is 3.21). Unfortunately, they are overpriced, easy to kill and can't deep strike, so it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to reach your enemy with the flame.
    • The Banner relic provides a variation of this to its carrier, which is the same, but has a range of 6". This is better and the combo with brother captain could be useful.
  • Psychic Locus: Brother-Captains, including Stern, have this; it doubles the range of Smite for all units within 6", including the Brother-Captain, so Rites of Banishment goes to 24", and Purifying Flame goes to 6" (and the Banner-bearer goes to 12").

Sanctic Discipline[edit]

Values in parentheses are odds of success base, then with Brotherhood of Psykers up.

  1. Purge Soul: WC 5 (83.33%,91.67%). When manifested, pick an enemy unit within 12". Have a 1d6 roll-off and add your respective Ld. If the target rolls equal to or higher, nothing happens. If the caster rolls higher, the target unit suffers a number of mortal wounds equal to the difference.
    • Note: Purge Soul is can do well as its one of your few targeting. If you take you should also be doing combos to widen the Ld difference. with the +1 leadership banner and the +1 leadership warlord trait, and it's actually helpful against vehicles/monsters or single models with a really high toughness value.
      • Bring along everyone's favorite Madonna Impersonating Inquisitor, Greyfax, in a Min Strength Vanguard and she'll share her Ld 10 with you boosting your base to 12 with the WL trait and Ancient's Banner. She also brings Terrify to reduce a target of choice within 18" by 1 Ld in addition to turning off their overwatch. The biggest problem is this forces you to either footslog your whole blob for maximum effect or pay for a transport for her. Lord Hector Can Teleport in with the boys for just 30 points more and is a better Psyker but doesn't help your own leadership as he's only Ld9 himself. Note: the inquisitors Unquestionable Wisdom allows you to use their ld, which overrides your leadership stat, thus buffs to your own ld from the banner do not stack as they modify your stat, which is them overwritten by unquestioning loyalty. Greyfax has a fixed warlord trait so caps out at 10, which you get from a banner anyway.
  2. Gate of Infinity: WC 6 (72.22%,83.33%). Pick a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit within 12" of the caster. The unit may immediately re-deploy anywhere on the battlefield more than 9" away from an enemy unit. Yes, you read it right, it doesn't say "GREY KNIGHTS infantry unit", just "unit"; SAY HELLO TO MY LAND RAIDER CRUSADER AT RAPID FIRE RANGE ON TURN 1!!! That's 24 shots minimum, not counting the storm bolter, multi-melta, etc. The only flaw is that you can only attempt to cast on per turn with so many good targets. Think about what needs it more and don't let it get dispelled.
    • This power right here. With a slightly clever setup, you can toss your LR around the board like some rabbit on speed, popping where it must go the moment it is needed. Also, nothing hinders you from teleporting out of melee. Your termies are tarpitted where you do not want them? No problem, just zip away. Also, this won't hinder you from shooting or charging, as the Fall Back move would.
  3. Hammerhand: WC 6 (72.22%,83.33%). Pick a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit within 12" of the caster. Add 1 to their wound rolls in melee. Basically, you can wound anything on 5's. ANYTHING.
    • This buff is better the worse the target's ability to wound was to begin with, so if you're using it, definitely try to stick to Falchions over Halberds, if you weren't already. Or cast it on a Dreadknight and wound on 2+.
  4. Sanctuary: WC 6 (72.22%,83.33%). Pick a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit within 12" of the caster. It gets 5++, or, if it already has an invulnerable save, adds 1 to it, to a maximum of 3++ (i.e. it won't stack with Warding Staffs on a 4++ model because GK players can't have nice things). Lasts until your next Psychic phase.
    • Best used on Grand Master Dreadknights or Warding Stave multi-model units wearing Terminator armour, for a 3++ on an already hard target.
  5. Astral Aim: WC 5 (83.33%,91.67%). Pick a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit within 18" of the caster. Until your next psychic phase, the unit is able to target enemy units they cannot see during the shooting phase, and units they target do not get any cover bonuses. Use this to thwart Ork boyz who think they're being clever by declaring a charge against you from around a building, or destroy cover-camping assholes like T'au or Imperial Guard infantry. Of course, one of the greatest uses is to stick a shooty Dreadnought behind a wall out of line-of-sight the whole game, allowing him to pump out shots in safety without worrying over firing lanes.
  6. Vortex of Doom: WC 8 (41.67%,58.33%). If manifested, a vortex opens above the nearest visible enemy model within 12"; that model's unit, and every other within 3" of that model, suffers d3 mortal wounds (d6 if cast on 12+).
    • Expected mortal wounds for only one target unit are 0.875 without BoP, 1.29 with; since you can't target the power, this only gets up to really useful levels in melee with multiple small units, to ensure a lot of targets are close to each other and to you. (Edit: Absolutely DO NOT cast Vortex in melee EVER. Since the wording of the power is "...and every other unit within 3 inches" (not specifying whether friendly or enemy) this means vortex will affect your own units as well.)
    • Pro tip: Combo with Psychic channeling and Empyric Surge stratagems to try and stack the deck in favor of getting 12+ (a roll of an 11+ because of Grey Knight bonus). Use this on MSU Tau fire warrior gunlines and you're laughing.

In short: what should be the discipline of the best psyker army of the Imperium ends up being just mediocre. Of your six powers, two will practically always be used by the same unit (Sanctuary for Grandmaster Dreadknights, Astral Aim for Purgation squads or Venerable Dreadnoughts), one is too unreliable (Purge Soul) and one too situational (Vortex of Doom). The only two that you'll ever need to consider using tactically are Gate of Infinity and Hammerhand. Just more salt in the wound.

Alternate take: Mediocre? This list is rife with dorito finger level That Guy cheese.

Vortex of Doom is situational yes, but the beautiful thing is if the situation EVER comes up anywhere on the board, you're playing an entire army of deep-striking, re-deploying psykers. Since you can redeploy up to two units (Interceptors with Stratagem & GoI), you can punish an opponent who doesn't keep his things close together by placing your dudes in areas where his units can be attacked without your dudes being subject to any volume of fire from other units. This can lead to a situation where he ignores your teleporters blowing up vulnerable spots until he sends armour away from better objectives to hunt them down, at which point they can simply teleport away again. If he accounts for this and deep strike by clustering his units, it's Vortex time. Even if you take Vortex and your opponents spreads all of his things awkwardly to disrupt his army placement, to never give you a context to use it, that's good in my books, go back to harassing spread out heavy weapon infantry stragglers.

If you find purge and vortex are underpowered, just throw them on the spell hungry Voldus, letting the rest of your army use the bread and butter spells. Smite Lite, Purge Soul, and Vortex coming from the same dude, you'll probably get SOMETHING going for you. And when the dice gods DO smile upon you, you shall be most pleased when Voldus mangles an entire elite squad, or two, locking a third thing melee (if not also crushing it.) I have had Voldus pull this off with these lamer spells a few times, and it is glorious (if he doesn't just teleport away after deep striking in).

The cheese you can blast when you are the only man in the Imperium (who isn't a vegetable) who can cast three spells at once

Dominus discipline[edit]

The Dominus Discipline are only available to GREY KNIGHTS Characters to manifest, and support spells. You must choose from the Dominus Discipline or Sanctic Discipline, you can not manifest powers from both disciplines. Values in parentheses are odds of success base, then with Brotherhood of Psykers up.

  1. Warp Shaping: WC 5 (83.33%,91.67%). If manifested you can change which "Tide" is currently dominant.
  2. Armoured resilience: WC 6 (72.22%,83.33%). If manifested select a GREY KNIGHTS INFANTRY unit within 12" of the psyker, until your next psychic phase that unit has -1 to wound roll against them.
  3. Ethereal Manipulation: WC 7 (58.33%, 72.22%). If manifested select one GREY KNIGHTS unit within 6" of the psyker, until the start of your next psychic phase you can reroll the hit roll against a unit in the shooting phase if they are within half range.
    • Devastating for any teleporter, especially a Purgation, as 9" away is less than half of the common 24" range.
  4. Edict Imperator: WC 7 (58.33%, 72.22%). If manifested select one GREY KNIGHTS unit within 12" of the psyker, that unit can shoot and then move during the psychic phase. This unit can not advance with this move, and can't charge or shoot again that turn.
    • 6" or less movement is slow for footslogging after teleporting, the ability to move double your speed or move in then out of cover is useful.
  5. Empyrean Domination: WC 7 (58.33%,72.22%). If manifested you gain one command point. Free CP is always lovely.
  6. Inner Fire: WC 5 (83.33%,91.67%). If manifested select 1 enemy within 1" of the psyker (practically engaged in melee) and roll dice equal to the psychic test result. For each roll of 1, the psyker suffers a mortal wound, for each roll of 3+, the enemy suffers 1 mortal wound.
    • Hardest to pull off, as you need to spend 2 rounds in melee and the enemy has not withdrawn, killed you, or kill two much of the enemy.
    • It's not as hard as it might seem, with Powerful Adept the range becomes 7" and with Dynamic Insertion to deep strike 3" away, you now have a little assassin.
    • This can combo well with the relic Cuirass of Sacrifice, giving you the ability to shrug off those self-inflicted mortal wounds on rolls of a 5+.


Grey Knights get a couple of really cool stratagems which can be really useful, like Heed the Prognosticars and Psybolt Ammunition. Pity that Grey Knights armies seldom have enough CP to do anything useful with them. If you really want to - you can always grab a small Guard detachment to grab some CP, but you'll only have to kill them later to prevent them spreading chaos taint...

  • Honour the Chapter (3 CP): Use this stratagem at the end of the Fight Phase. Select a GREY KNIGHTS INFANTRY unit - that unit may immediately fight a second time. Literally a CTRL+C/CTRL+V of the Space Marine Codex rule. Use this on your Paladins, it will please you.
  • Orbital Bombardment (3 CP): If your warlord didn't move in the movement phase, you can use this once per game in the shooting phase instead of having him shoot any weapons. Pick any spot on the battlefield that the warlord can see, and roll a D6 for every unit within D6", subtracting 1 if it's a Character. On a 4+, it takes D3 mortal wounds. It's another direct copy from the Marines Codex.
  • Only in Death Does Duty End (1 CP): Use this stratagem whenever a GREY KNIGHTS CHARACTER is slain. That model may immediately make a shooting attack or a close combat attack. Note that this stratagem is half the CP cost of the Vanilla SM version.
  • Wisdom of the Ancients (1 CP): Used at the start of any phase. Select a friendly GREY KNIGHTS DREADNOUGHT. Until the end of the phase, all friendly GREY KNIGHTS re-roll to-hit rolls of 1 within 6" of the Dreadnought. Again, a cut-and-paste of the Codex Marines stratagem.
  • Tactical Flexibility (1 CP): At the start of your movement phase, pick a 10 model unit with the Combat Squads rule and split it into two 5 model units. Yep, another copypaste job.
  • Armory of Titan (1/3 CP): Same as in every other Codex; use it before the battle and take an additional Relic (1 CP) or two (3 CP).
  • Teleportarium (1 CP): You can set a GREY KNIGHTS INFANTRY unit or GREY KNIGHTS DREADNOUGHT in a Teleportarium chamber instead of placing it on the battlefield, essentially gaining Teleport Strike for 1 CP. Note that you can use it multiple times before the battle. This is super useful for getting Crowe and Purifiers closer to Cleansing Flame range. Or just cackle maniacally as you deepstrike Dreadnoughts.
  • Truesilver Armor (1 CP): Activate when GREY KNIGHTS VEHICLE suffers a Mortal Wound: roll d6 for it and every subsequent Mortal Wound inflicted in that phase, on a roll of 5+ it is ignored.
  • Psybolt Ammunition (2 CP): Used during the shooting phase. A chosen GREY KNIGHTS unit's Boltgun, Storm Bolter, Hurricane Bolter and/or Heavy Bolter gain +1 strength and increases its AP by 1. So Storm Bolters become S5 AP-1, for example. Given how the Grey Knights' shooting has always been hampered by bad AP values, expect to use this a lot. Absolutely disgusting Using this on a 10-man Strike Squad using Bolter Discipline during Tide of Convergence will absolutely decimate hordes and even light vehicles like Raiders or Venoms. Who's got cripplingly short-ranged firepower now?
  • Psychic Onslaught(2 CP): The same, but with Gatling Psilencers, Psilencers, and regular and Heavy Psycannons. Psilencers become rather brutal against regular infantry and can even scratch high Toughness models due to number of shots. Best used on either a Purgation Squad with 4 psilencers or psycannons or a Dreadknight with a Heavy Psycannon and a Gatling Psilencer.
    • The math on this stratagem is not as good as it might seem, specifically when paired with tide of convergence. against half of your normal targets(any T4, T7, and T8) all your getting is an additional -1 ap. If you're looking to get the most out of this stratagem, psiliencers targeting bikes, centurions or other multi-wound T6/T5 units is your best bet. you can normally expect it to get you 5-6ish more wounds on these kinds of targets
  • Psychic Channeling (1 CP):Used when taking a test for GREY KNIGHTS PSYKER. Roll 3 dice instead of 2 and pick 2 highest results.
  • Teleportation Boost (1 CP): In the Movement Phase, an Interceptor Squad that has already made a teleport shunt can do it once again.
  • Aegis (2 CP): Used in the psychic phase before a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit attempts to deny the witch. They roll 3d6, picking the two highest when attempting to deny. Some Grey Knight veterans are still rather sore this is no longer part of the Special Rules.
  • Heed the Prognosticars (2 CP): Used at the start of your turn. Pick a GREY KNIGHTS CHARACTER, add 1 to his invulnerable saves until the beginning of your next turn. Draigo with 2++? Yes, please! (As per April FAQ no more 2++ Draigo)
  • Mental Focus (1 CP): Used in the psychic phase. Lets a friendly GREY KNIGHTS unit try and manifest one more power. Practically useless considering your ratio of psykers to powers Known and able to cast, boiling down to casting one more smite. And that's before you factor in the cost.
  • Finest Hour (2 CP): At the start of your turn, double the range of any GREY KNIGHTS CHARACTER's aura effects. Brotherhood Captains and Ancients are gonna enjoy this, and at 2 cp, they better!
  • Transhuman Physiology (2 CP): When a GREY KNIGHTS unit that is not a VEHICLE or Servitor is chosen as a target for an attack, until the end of the phase, when resolving an attack made against that unit, an unmodified wound roll of 1-3 always fails, irrespective of the abilities the weapon or model may have. S10 attack? Effective T10 marines aw yee.
  • Overwhelming assault (1CP): During Any Phase select one Nemesis Dreadknight, until the end of that phase add 1 to the attack characteristics of that unit and reroll 1s to wound and damage.
  • Masters of Combat (2CP): During the Fight Phase when a Grey Knights Paladin unit that has not yet been chosen to fight with this phase is then chosen for an attack. Until the end of that phase when a model in that unit is destroyed before that model is removed from play it can attack.
  • Vengeance of the Machine Spirit (2 CP): During Any Phase if a Grey Knights Land Raider or Storm Raven is destroyed, it can either auto-explode, shoot a ranged weapon or attack in melee one last time. In the latter two cases, it acts as if it was at the top bracket of its damage chart.
  • Dynamic Insertion (1CP): When a Grey Knights unit is set up on the battlefield using the Teleport Strike ability. You can set that unit up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 3" away from any enemy model instead of 9", however this unit can not charge. (Great for getting incinerators in range, hem a unit in or drop a big squad of paladins in your opponents face to deal with)
  • Bring down the Beast (2CP): During your Shooting Phase after you shoot at a Vehicle or Monster, all wounds rolled against that target by any Grey Knights unit can be rerolled until the end of the phase.
  • Big Guns Never Tire (1 CP): During Any Phase selects a Vehicle until the end of the phase, that unit does not suffer the penalty for moving and firing heavy weapons.
  • Fury of the Proven (1 CP): During Any Phase select a Grey Knights Terminator unit, +1 to hit rolls for that phase.
  • Powerful Adept (1CP): During your Psychic Phase select a Grey Knights Psyker with the Rites of Banishment ability, until the end of that phase add 6"s to the range of their powers. (Purifiers do not have the Rites of Banishment ability)
  • Duty eternal (1CP): During Any Phase when a GREY KNIGHTS DREADNOUGHT is chosen as the target for an attack, until the end of that phase you take one from the damage inflicted (it takes half the damage inflicted rounding up. This Stratagem decreases damage by 50% for D2, 33% for D3 and D1d3 (average 2 becomes average 1.33), and about 43% for D1d6 (average 3.5 becomes average 2). This is considerably more useful on larger dreadnoughts than it is with vanilla dreads, especially those from Forge World which Grey Knights sadly don't get access to.) (due to the February 2020 space marine update it is now much worse)
  • Fight on the move (1CP): At the end of your Movement Phase select one Grey Knights Interceptor unit, until the end of that turn that unit can be chosen to shoot with and charged with even if it fell back during this turn.
  • Empyric Surge (1CP): During your Psychic Phase select a Grey Knights Psyker unit after it has manifested a psychic power. For the rest of that phase, any friendly Grey Knights Psyker within 6" of that unit adds 1 to any psychic test taken.
    • A great strategy for the one is letting one of your units that with in 6" of a character cast an easy power like smite, then after using this stratagem, cast Empyrean Domination with the character (which now only requires a 5 to go off) to refund the CP.
  • Redoubtable Defense (1/2CP): During Any Phase select a Grey Knights Terminator unit, until the end of that phase when resolving an attack made by a ranged weapon against that unit subtract 1 from the damage characteristic of that weapon for that attack to a minimum of 1.(5 or fewer models costs 1CP)
    • This ability is actually stronger than you might think, specifically on paladins, due to the simple fact that there are very few 4/5 damage weapons. This means, most weapon profiles will require an additional hit to kill a model, so not only do you halve the damage for 2 damage weapons but essentially all 3 damage weapons as well. this also applies to d6 damage weapons, their damage averages to 3.5 after this stratagem it's 2.66, which is not enough to kill a model anymore, so you now need two hits to get a kill.
  • Steady Advance (1CP): During your Shooting Phase select a Grey Knights Infantry unit, until the end of that phase for the purposes of the Bolter Discipline ability they count as having remained stationary. Let your Not-terminators shot far distance enemies.
  • Untainted and Unbowed (1CP): When a Grey Knights Purifier unit is chosen as the target for an attack. Until the end of the turn models in that unit have a 4+ invulnerable save. When a morale test s taken for that unit, do not roll the dice; it is automatically passed.
  • Preternatural senses (1CP): Select a Grey Knights Purgation unit, until the end of that phase when resolving an overwatch attack they hit on 4+.



  • Storm Bolter: Now Rapid Fire 2 + bolter discipline, which means 4 S4 Ap0 shots within 12", stand still or 24" if terminators. Your basic 5 man strike squad will shoot 20(!) shots if teleported within 12" of the target, which is no joke. Then add Psybolt Ammunition (2CP) every 5 men in a squad shoot 20 S5 Ap-1 D1 shots!!! But wait there is more. Tide of Convergence increase Str and Dmg of Psi weapons, this includes Storm Bolters affected by Psy Bolt Strat. Storm Bolters now go to 20 S6 Ap-1 D2. There are 2 litanies worth a look, Invocation adds an AP and Recitation of Projection adds an extra 6 inches to range. using invocation our Storm Bolters now become, 20 S6 Ap-2 D2. Which is just right to lay waste to multi wound infantry. Throw Astral Aim on the unit as the icing on the cake. Ignore cover on top gives perfect recipe for collecting the tears of primaris marines hiding in ruins.
  • Combi-Weapon: Only available to your Techmarines and Librarians in Terminator Armor. Consists of a regular Boltgun with a Meltagun, Plasma Gun or Flamer strapped on, though the Techmarine additionally has the choice of a Grav Gun. You can fire on either mode or shoot the boltgun and the combi-weapon in tandem. However, you force a -1 to-hit modifier on all its shots, which the auto-hitting flamer gives exactly no fucks about.

Special Weapons[edit]

  • Psycannon: 24" Heavy 4 S7 Ap-1 D1. The infamous weapon from 5th Edition. It has an arguably greater utility than it did in 7th, but compared to earlier editions, it's nowhere near the premiere auto-include it used to be at least in soups. This thing's best served against light/medium infantry outside of cover and weaker vehicles. Without buffs you'll only do .667 damage against T7/Sv3+ per psycannon, even when standing still, so psilencers are statistically better for cheaper against most targets, due to their increased damage. If you want real anti-vehicle in the case of a soup list, just take more lascannons. However, with the new Tide of Convergence (ToC) ability, these bad boys goes up to S8 and D2, making their overall damage output very similar to plasma weapons who have better AP but a lower rate of fire, all the while being retarded explosion-proof. Then, stacking with Psychic Onslaught (2CP), will give your Purgation Squad 16 S9 AP-2 D2 shots! Point these psycannons at any vehicle and see it's armour crumble - against what is now the Grey Knights' strongest ranged anti-armour weapon.
    • Given the fact that lots of things in Grey Knights are all about stratagem synergy, and you're likely going to be using your Psychic Onslaught strat on your psilencer Purgators, it is sometimes good to have a squad around with a base AP -1 to kill marines and termies.
      • As long as ToC is active, infantry psycannons do the best against units with: T6 Sv2+, T7 Sv2+/3+ and T8 Sv2+, compared to psybolt storm bolters and psilencers (without needing additional buffs).
  • Psilencer: It's a 24" Heavy 6 S4 AP0 D1d3 gun that fires the condensed psychic power of its wielder. Literal mindbullets. Deals 1d3 damage, like a force weapon. As long as you don't move, your 3/2 more shots then a storm bolter for only double the cost, Not to mention having an easier time wounding tougher models, you're sure to force some failed saves eventually. Their precious plot armor can only protect them for so long.
    • On a Purgation Squad, Psychic Onslaught is CP better spent than on a team of rapid fire storm bolters.
    • Note: Outside of Tide of Convergence, against anything with Toughness 5 or higher and a 3+ save -- e.g. most vehicles, Monstrous Creatures, etc. -- you're still only dealing an average of .88 damage per psilencer, but against those targets, so is the psycannon, and for more points. Against the majority of targets, the Psilencer is your best option from this list - you need to be shooting a Land Raider for a Psycannon to do better, in terms of hard targets, and even then, it won't be better enough for its cost.
    • With the new Tide of Convergence rule, psilencers become S5 and D1+D3... Now you comfortably wound almost all infantry and you wound T8 on 5s, plus your damage will be on par with Lascannons once your enemy eventually fails some saves. Not bad, not bad.
  • Incinerator: Most expensive special weapon for 9 pts. 8" Assault 1d6 S6 AP-1, auto-hitting. It's now a +1 heavy flamer, but an 8" range makes it hard to use in a faction that relies on deep striking for movement without using Dynamic Insertion(1cp). Only really useful on Purgation squads with 4 of them, if only so you don't miss out on Advance & shoot.
    • Your best chance of murdering a Culexus Assassin, and actually works decently against aircraft, but only if used en-masse.
  • Psyk-out Grenades: It's available on all infantry models, but I'll leave this here. It's only S2 AP 0 but does 1 mortal wound to Psykers and Daemons if you roll a 6 to-hit (no need for the to wound roll). Frag or Krak is better, with Psyk-out situationally better if rolling a six has better chances to than anything else.

Nemesis Force Weapons[edit]

Your main armament for Knights is a force (power weapons that deal D3d damage) each cost 1 point with the exception of two Falchions or the Daemonhammer. With the Rise of Primaris, the ability to deal 2+ damage per swing is very useful when taking out MEU and vehicles.

  • Nemesis Force Sword: A basic power sword with Ap-3 and D3 damage. Has the greatest AP of the force weapons - this thing is equal in AP to a Daemonhammer now! - but doesn't give you any strength bonuses.
  • Nemesis Force Halberd: S+1 AP-2 weapon. The thing is, the Force Sword benefits from Hammerhand much more than this does with its better AP, and thanks to the new To Wound chart in 8th, it's a lot less useful vs. Toughness 3 and 6, since you'll still be wounding on 3+ and 5+ respectively with or without the strength buff. You will have an easier time wounding Toughness 4, 5, and 8, however, so it still has its uses. Slightly inferior to Falchions against anything that isn't T5 or T8.
    • It would be cool if GW would take a note from Age of Sigmar and give these things a melee range increase.
  • Nemesis Warding Staff: S+2 AP-1 D3 damage that gives the user a 5++ against attacks made in the Fight Phase, or +1 to their invuln if they have one already. No longer gives any bonuses to denying psychic powers, but instead stole the rules from the 5th ed Nemesis Force Sword. As wounds are allocated by the controlling player, this gives defensive utility, as a Terminator combat give the unit a 4++ until he dies, or a 3++ with Sanctuary! You'll still die when you get shot.
  • Two Nemesis Force Falchions: AP-2 power weapons which grant the wielder +1 attack when taken together. Are now 2 pts instead of 1 pts like other basic Nemesis weapons. with Shock Assault, Strike Squads and Purifiers will have 3 attacks each. Combined with a banner from the Brotherhood Ancient, you're effectively tripling the combat output of your boys in power armor. Statistically speaking, these things beat out or equal halberds in terms of damage output against anything that isn't Toughness 5 or 8.
  • Nemesis Daemonhammer: Sx2 AP-3 which does a straight 3 damage per wound. However, it forces a -1 to-hit modifier. That said, if you stick this on your Paladin Paragons and HQs, you'll still hit on 3s like the rest of your units. It got a little bit more expensive, but since the bearer no longer attacks last in combat, you won't have to worry about him getting taken out before he can swing. Use this to beat the shit out of vehicles, big gribbly monsters, and multi-wound characters.

Relics of Titan[edit]

Codices are adding back relics to armies. The way relics now work is that they replace an equivalent item, functionally free (though that still means you have to pay for the item it replaces, and the model needs to be able to use the equivalent in the first place). The only two worthy of serious consideration is the Banner and the Cuirass; the first multiply your expected damage from Smite by more than 3.5, getting it up to Cleansing Flame levels at twice Cleansing Flame's range, and the latter will help keep you alive, including through Perils. None buff your entire army, unlike the best choices from the Space Marines list, but both of those help your Smite output improve; a Brother-Captain in the Cuirass paired with a Paladin Ancient with the Banner will provide very pleasingly consistent Smite output the entire game.

  • Banner of Refining Flame: Paladin Ancient or Brotherhood Ancient only. The model immediately loses the Rites of Banishment ability, and this time Smite drops to a pitiful 6" range, but always does D6 Mortal Wounds regardless of how high your casting value was. Takes the expected damage of Smite from the GK baseline of 0.83, past the standard output of 1.79, and all the way through to 2.92 expected mortal wounds. Stack this with a Brother-Captain to deliver that at 12", not 6", so you can do it after teleporting in.
  • Cuirass of Sacrifice: Requires the INFANTRY keyword, is not a suit of Terminator Armor like in 7th; 5+ FNP. Pretty great all around, since the 5+ works to prevent mortal wounds from Perils and Inner Fire.
  • Fury of Deimos: A souped-up storm bolter and replaces one. 30", Rapid Fire 3 S5 AP-1 D1. Functionally worse than the Primarch's Wrath regular Space Marines get, since it is only D1 and effectively costs 2 points, rather than 0, but still the best weapons relic available to Grey Knights. You probably shouldn't take it.
    • Bolter Discipline does give it SOME new life for a Grand Master parked near some Purgation marines or a Dreadnought, but you're still wasting a slot best served on the Banner or the Cuirass.
  • Destroyer of Crys'yllix: Souped-up (Plus 1D is NOT "souped-up") Nemesis Daemon Hammer and replaces one. Sx2 AP-3 D4, still subtracts 1 from hit rolls. Complete waste of a relic slot - GW has clearly established that relics should do more than merely add +1 damage, which has been everywhere else relegated to the "master-crafted" adjective. Do not take it.
  • Domina Liber Daemonica: All Daemons within a 6" bubble from the character must subtract 1 from their Leadership. What did the hell happen? This thing used to grant additional psychic power. Still fluffy, but with 6" area of effect, it isn't a game-changer. The only few relic a Grand Master in a Dreadknight can take, but just like others on this list, it will almost never benefit you enough to make it worth bringing.
  • Soul Glaive: A souped-up Nemesis Halberd and replaces one. Improves the AP by 1, Melee S+1 Ap-3 D3d and rerolls failed hits and wounds. The re-rolling of wounds is the real kicker, and will actually get the halberd to outperform a set of falchions, but it won't get you up to Teeth of Terra levels, so, once again, just not good enough to justify a relic slot.
  • Blade of the Forsworn: This relic replaces a Nemesis Force Sword only. Melee +1S Ap-3 D3, ignore Invulnerable saves against Daemons. Situationally better than Soul Glaive dependent on your deamon meta or giving a champion a better sword.
  • Sanctic Shard: When a psychic test is taken by the model with this relic you can reroll the result, additional the model with this relic adds +1 to the result of their psychic tests. Virtually an auto-take for your first relic slot.
  • Augurium Scrolls: Any friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the model with this relic score an additional hit on an unmodified roll of 6 with all Nemesis weapons. Killer with a unit with Falcons.
  • Staff of Supremacy: This relic replaces a Nemesis Warding staff. When a psychic test is taken for an enemy model within 18" of the model with this relic, the enemy will suffer perils of the warp on a roll of any double.
  • Artisan Nullifier Matrix: Available only for a Grey Knights Librarian. Once per turn when a psychic test is taken by a friendly Grey Knights unit within 6" of the librarian with this relic. You can increase or decrease a dice roll value by 1. (+1 to cast or stops perils.)
  • Aetheric Conduit: Available only for a Grey Knights Techmarine. You can heal 2D3 instead of D3.

Unit Analysis[edit]

Common faction keywords are IMPERIUM, ADEPTUS ASTARTES, and GREY KNIGHTS.


  • Grand Master: Much stronger in this edition. 133 points and allows all friendly GREY KNIGHTS units within 6" to reroll To Hit rolls of 1. Stick him next to Venerable Dreadnoughts with Twin Lascannons; you will now hit your target literally 97% of the time. Not to mention, he'll make everyone around him a close combat god. But really, if you're already giving him a hammer -- and why would you not -- why not just take Voldus instead? An extra 8 points for psychic power and getting to ignore the -1 to hit? Unless you're planning to stick your grandmaster with a psycannon, which you could just give to a paladin anyways, you're not getting much better value from your HQ slot. The only thing the nameless version has over Voldus is the ability to take First to the Fray (and the ability to take a relic).
    • Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight: 20 points more expensive compared to a regular Grand Master (equipped with a SB and Daemonhammer), 38 more than a regular Dreadknight, for 2+ WS/BS, +1A, 4++ instead of 5++, AND Rites of Battle, so you hit on 2+ re-rolling 1s in both phases (before any wounds are taken into the account), nice. Be warned, he has 12 wounds and can be targeted. Also, he knows one power from the Sanctic list. He also your in faction Knight, use him as such.
      • Unfortunately, the only relic he qualifies for is a DOMINA LIBER DAEMONICA, which debuffs Daemonic leadership - not a phenomenal choice. Actually he can also now equip the Augurium Scrolls or the Sanctic Shard as of Ritual of the Damned.
      • Note also that, unlike Apothecaries, You have to spend a cp to deepstrike Techmarine with him to keep them in good repair but movement shenanigans will separate them.
      • Mathematically, he's superior to a base Dreadknight, even assuming the other one is getting buffed by a nearby Grand Master, before you examine his improved Psyker power output or invuln save, in both ranged and melee!
      • You know one power; this anon points you towards Sanctuary. The 3++ will be beyond nasty - since he has 12 wounds, he can be sniped with Lascannons, and yes, a lot of these weapons will target your Grandmasterbabycarrier.
        • You should also know one stratagem; Heed the Prognosticars. Deep strike (I mean, Gate of Infinity) your baby-carrier, (after you) declare your stratagem (which is declared at the start of your turn and must target a character already on the table and not a target that will arrive at the end of your movement phase), and your opponent can either blow 8/9ths of all firepower directed at it or be forced to target something other than the Grandmaster breathing down their necks.
        • Alternatively, just spam him. A set of 3 of these guys is enough for their own Supreme Command detachment, and they can carry Gate of Infinity, Sanctuary, and Astral Aim; if you really want, you can fill up that first detachment with a Hammerhand and a Purge Soul, or go to two detachments and have one Grand Master with every power in the Discipline. That's incredibly silly, but you get the idea - these guys are certainly efficient enough to justify taking more than one in an entire army if you want to.
  • Brother Captain: Doubles range of smite for all friendly GREY KNIGHTS models within 6" of him. His greatest utility probably lies in combining him with Purifiers and/or an Ancient with the relic banner. As long as he's close enough, the banner can dish out d6 mortal wounds at a 12" range, enough to use out of deep strike, and even the Purifiers might get a chance to cast at something with their 6" Cleansing Flame. Plus, this buff guarantees that you'll never miss out on Smite spam as long as you're in range to shoot something. Not terribly useful, but it can help when utilized well. A must-bring if you know you're going to face Daemons. With typical Grey Knight MSU and a 24" 3-damage smite, you'll melt most Daemon armies long before you get into melee range.
    • The Finest Hour stratagem will double the range of his ability to double the range of Smite. This costs 2 cp a pop but you can realistically buff many units at once and seriously crank out a shitload of smiting. Combine this with the new Tide of Escalation and all this new smite gets +1 mortal wound. This comes very close to fully restoring smite to your Knights and will enable you to punish other TEQ and multi-wound units. Of course, this makes him a central figure in your army and a magnet for enemy snipers, psychics, and other such character removal entrapments.
  • Librarian in Terminator Armor: They are like any librarian in terminator armour, can take combi-weapons and knows/Cast/Deny 2 Powers but the Rule of 1 means knowing more powers of the 12 we have access to is much less helpful than it sounds. They are cheapest 2 spell caster and will be casting and dispelling big spells especially with an Artisan Nullifier Matrix. With Psychic Hood + Brotherhood of Psykers to give him +2 to Deny The Witch. This gives the Librarian a 79.67% chance of denying enemy powers at 12". Basically, nobody short of Magnus will be able to cast anything reliably through your Librarian's DTW, and that's before using the Aegis stratagem, overcosted though it might be.
    • Unlike lesser Astartes, these guys are WS/BS 2+, allowing them to genuinely fight should then need arise which is helpful.
    • index shinanigans can get Storm Shield for 3+ and Warding Staff for a 2++ in combat.
  • Brotherhood Champion: Surprisingly good at killing vehicles and other high toughness targets, Hammerhand and Sword Strike stance stack and add two to every wound roll. Give him the Warlord trait for +1 to wound on the turn he charges, and he'll shred through almost anything with ease. Stab that landraider on a 2, wound on a 3, d3 damage at -3. He comes with a 2+ save, not bad for 93 points, but will require a transport otherwise.
  • Techmarine: The Grey Knights' Techmarine, a magical repairman. The cheapest GK HQ at 71pts. Plop him near a Dreadnought and he'll keep it alive. Alternatively, you might consider paying a CP to drop him in with your Dreadknights to keep them in shape, though he'll have trouble keeping up if you always use their 8" movement and teleports. Useful due to his cost, though GK HQs are typically not where you want to pinch the points.
  • Greyknight Chaplain: Clad in Terminator Armor, Magic and faith. He is relatively expensive at 105 points, like all GK HQs. He shares his 9Ld and knows Litany of Hate + two other litanies from the Litanies of Purity. At the start of the battle round, this model can recite one litany it knows that has not already been recited by a friendly model that battle round. Roll one d6; on a 3+ the recited litany takes effect until the end of that battle round. The restriction is that you have to be on the field to use and only come into play by round 3 when deep striking. Although chaplains are a powerful force multiplier in melee, the restriction unless you use a Gate, make them better at fire support. He can also form a defensive role, protecting others from MW or be better then Librarians at Dispelling. His most efficient use is buffing a Purgation squad giving them reroll damage rolls/+6" shooting range/-1Ap/Ignore penalties + a casting a spell.

Special Characters[edit]

  • Lord Kaldor Draigo: The warp crusader himself returns, this time as a force multiplier AND a close combat monster. Make your homies re-roll all failed to hit rolls for all friendly GREY KNIGHTS units within 6" in shooting and melee. Substantially better than Rites of Battle on your regular Grandmaster, who only lets you re-roll 1s. He also allows GKs within 6" to re-roll damage rolls against daemons in the fight phase. Considering that the standard GK melee weapons (except for the daemonhammer) come with d3 damage, not too shabby at all. You're basically paying 47 extra points for a better re-roll, a better invulnerable, an extra wound, an extra attack, a higher strength, and better AP, at the expense of weapon choices. Unfortunately, as a named character, he is stuck with a rather lackluster warlord trait, but this is probably his only downside outside of cost. It should be noted that his version of Teleport Strike, while functionally identical, states that he instead simply emerges from the warp to fuck shit up. Fluffy flavor text makes him stronger.
    • Currently one of the best beatstick characters in the game. Wipes the floor with most other HQ's. Abaddon, Asurmen, and Calgar are the only real threats 1v1 outside of Primarchs and Ghazzy/Avatar/Hive Tyrant monsters. Give him Hammerhand and watch him tear the enemy commanders a new one.
  • Grand Master Voldus: Be careful who you call ugly in 7th, he's now a smashfucking GOD. With the standard grandmaster effect of "re-roll to hit rolls of 1 for friendly Grey Knights" aura, a Nemesis Daemon Hammer that doesn't get -1 to hit, plus the ability to use three psychic powers a turn, all for just 8 more points than a normal grandmaster (including wargear & hammer), he's a very good option for the HQ slot if you're strapped for points. Keep in mind that, as each power can only be attempted once per turn, going full ham in the Psychic Phase might rob your other units of the ability to cast much else besides Smite.
    • Voldus is best used as a supporting character. Give him buff spells, attach him to a Paladin squad, and kill things. If you're just using him as a beatstick (which he does very well), consider paying the extra points for Draigo. Draigo is slightly better in combat due to his better AP and is better for your psychic economy (his 3++ means he does not need Sanctuary). Additionally, Voldus and a Strike squad in a Patrol detachment make for outstanding allies and provide all the psychic defense an army needs since Voldus can Deny 3 times all by himself.
  • Brother Captain Stern 5 points cheaper than a regular Brother-Captain while also maintaining and additional psychic power. Does the Brother-Captain double-smite range, and he can re-roll either one failed to hit roll, wound roll, or saving throw he makes each turn, but gives your opponent a re-roll of the same type. Many re-rolls. Use him often if you're luckier than your friends. He lacks Rites of Banishment in favor of his signature Zone of Banishment, albeit tweaked a bit from older editions. His Smite is only 6", but the Smite range buff also applies to himself, meaning it's the same range as everyone else's. However, when casting it, he also causes all Daemons within 6" of him to suffer a Mortal Wound. It basically retains the same purpose as before and should prove at least somewhat useful if he ever gets swamped by daemon blobs.
    • One thing to note with Sterns re-rolls --Your rerolls can only be used on Stern, while your opponent has no such limitation-- so even though you might dictate the kind of reroll your opponent will have more benefit off of it in most cases.
  • Castellan Crowe Among your cheapest options for an HQ at 80 points. Does d6 mortal wounds to the closest unit within 3 inches in the Psychic Phase, re-rolls to hit and wound in the Fight Phase, and gains an extra attack for each successful wound he causes. This ability does not stack with the bonus attacks he generates. Considering how often he'll be tearing shit up in combat, he has some great utility against hordes, especially when considering his Cleansing Flame, which ends up functioning like a brutal psychic pistol in melee. However, when factoring in the lack of AP on his sword, he won't really be tearing up much more than that, until of course, your Psychic Phase rolls around again. Don't forget that he can cast 2 powers a turn; give him Purge Soul for yet more mortal wound stacking, or Hammerhand to maximize his bonus attack generation. Alternatively, Gate of Infinity can make up for his lack of Teleport Strike if you desperately need to relocate him or get him up the field.
    • One fun trick you can pull with Crowe: Due to his Heroic Sacrifice special rule, he can pile in and fight when he is slain in the Fight phase. Combine this with the Only in Death does Duty End stratagem (which lets a GREY KNIGHTS CHARACTER fight or shoot when they're slain) for getting a potential 20 attacks off upon death. NOT possible after GK FAQ for that Stratagem.
    • He is super points efficiently even when compared to regular space marines HQ's heck even most armies would struggle to find and HQ with 2+ 4++ for 80 pts. He absolutely tears through screens and chaff with his massive rerolls and smites. Still struggles with vehicles but hey if you're trying to kill that 30 man blob of boyz with one model Crow can probably do it.


  • Strike Squad: Oh boy, where do we start? Costing 17 points including the mandatory gear, costing the same as an Intercessor. Strike Squads are your "budget" troop choice. They can still teleport right onto the battlefield, still one in five can drop all his weapons to grab an Incinerator, Psilencer or Psycannon instead, and they are still viable for Psyker spam (this edition with Smite), but do not excel at it. However, they desperately want to be in CC using with Falchions to rip up with 3 Ap-2 attacks per model, and still definitely worthwhile despite the lack of AP compared to the sword and hammer. A solid unit overall, if somewhat fragile for their price.
    • These will generally completely outperform a Terminator Squad at the same points offensively. Since they also get Objective Secured, these should be your go-to for muscling in on an objective. Not anymore. With Chapter Approved 2019 and changes from Ritual of the Damned one Terminator costs just 1 point over 2 Strike Squad members and offers better output in shooting (at long range, the same in 12") and hit with 1 less attack in melee. Instead offers increased durability especially due to new stratagems and powers.
      • This is arguably one of the most efficient units in the codex. The ability to deep strike, smite, and then fire off 20 storm bolter shots is nothing to sneeze at, especially when you have a Grandmaster at hand to reroll the ones. Then you can pair it with the Psybolt stratagem, and have 20 heavy bolter shots instead. Just be aware that they have the same old crummy durability as all marines, and your PAGK will get sneezed off of the board if anything glances their way in future turns. Additionally, 10-man squads are sub-optimal thanks to potential leadership losses and wound allocation, so position wisely if you want to bring them for the Psybolt stratagem.
  • Terminator Squad: They're still the famed Terminator troops of yore, these guys will still ask you to mortgage your house to afford to bring any. They have filled the role of objective holders. Each model is 35 points, 1 point more than two Strike squad members. Strike squads and Paladin are for your offense, while Terminator is for defensive objective holding. At Round 2, place a square on an objective, getting priority because they are a troop choice, lay fire at range with bolterDisaplin Storm Bolters + one in five can take a Heavy Weapon, then buff them with magic and Stratagems to make their W2 Sv2+/5++ even tankier.
    • These chaps buffed with Hammerhand wound everything on 5+ minimum, delivering d3 wounds in the process, so most of the monsters/vehicles you charge are highly likely to go "poof" with their 2 attacks base, and Swords and Falchions are generally better against anything <T8. That being said, bearers of something with d2 and higher with good AP are the bane of their existence and are generally better dealt with using Strike Squads. With new stratagems and powers you can greatly mitigate this problem.


  • Purifiers: Utterly incorruptible and pure even by Grey Knight standards, these white-helmeted wielders of psychic flame. Now Strike squad with +1 Ld that can take two Heavy weapons Per 5, and have a stronger short-range smite in exchange for Teleporting Privileges. Despite having a limited threat range, a 3" smite that does d6 Mortal Wounds to the closest unit let them pack a punch in CC. Put them in s transport and hurt enemies. Despite their lack of Teleport Strike, Gate of Infinity is great for granting them some desperately needed mobility, short of carting them around in a transport. It's worth using a Brother-Captain's Psychic Locus to doubles Purifying Flame to 6", and boy can those 3" make all the difference.
    • to save Heavy Support slots, you could run a 10 man squad and Combat Squad all the heavy weapons together.
    • Keep in mind -- though squishy, and immensely less powerful in close combat, the ability to do d6 MORTAL wounds is seriously incredible. Set two squads of them up in a Land Raider, and when it gets charged to stop it from shooting, pop out and deal, on average, SEVEN mortal wounds to whatever's smashing your ride. Assuming this kills it -- it should unless you're dealing with TEQ -- your Land Raider now gets to fire as normal, and your Purifiers can hide behind it to block line of sight and hop in next turn, never once leaving yourself vulnerable. Got a Swarmlord to deal with? Seven mortal wounds should do it. Daemon Prince? Seven mortal wounds should deal with it. Give them some Falchions and charge whatever's left, and these guys should be able to wipe any single unit in the game.
    • with CA 2019 these guys are now the same price as strike squad making them more interesting. on top of that, both the Land Raider Crusader and all the characters dropped substantially. So hey, use that savings and take Crowe and the relic banner giving you 14 mortal wounds on just smites. On top of also doubling your close-range effectiveness and giving you an additional psychic power from Crowe. All this for barely 70ish points more from pre-CA 2018 loadout.
    • See the Brother Captain aura Strat and Tides of Escalation new rules. Be prepared to unleash Purifying Flame like never before!
  • Paladin Squad: The extremely expensive big brothers of the Grey Knight Terminator Squad, and rightly so. Each are 44pts for 3 wounds apiece, 3 attacks, and if you increase the squad size from 3 to 5+ you can bring 2 heavy weapons per 5 men, these guys can dish out some serious punishment while tanking through virtually anything the enemy can throw at them. They start out in a unit of 3, but as with any other squad, you can pay points to add more, which effectively acts as a tax if you want to use them as a heavy weapons platform. As is fitting of a champion on the road to Grandmasterhood, the Paragon hits on a 2+ in melee, making him the best choice to carry the squad's Daemonhammer. With the right buffs from an HQ, an Apothecary to shore up their lost wounds, and a variety of methods available to transport them across the board, these guys are going to be a serious wrecking ball to delete whatever they come across. As always, be wary of tarpits, and remember that Gate of Infinity is wonderful for delivering their strength wherever you need it.
    • Unlike the rest of your squads, you want to bring Halberds rather than Falchions on these guys. Their 3 +1 base attacks make it so that the +1 S from a Halberd has a greater impact than another +1 A on a Falchion.
    • As for which power to give them, it's fairly close between Gate, Hammerhand, and Sanctuary. Pick your targets before the battle, and pick your power accordingly. Hammerhand for targets with T5+ without high-AP CC weapons, Sanctuary if you'll be fighting AP -3 or better. Otherwise, take Gate, it's flexible and hard to go wrong with.
      • Actually, Hammerhand is useful on a relatively small number of opponents, but against those opponents, it can make the difference between your Paladins wiping out a unit or wasting a round of combat. I suggest giving the squad Gate or Sanctuary and giving Hammerhand to whatever Ancient, Apothecary, or Grand Master is babysitting them. That way, the Paladins can get HH when they need it without sacrificing Gate or Sanctuary, which they will need constant access to.
  • Brotherhood Ancient: Introduced in 8th as the Grey Knight equivalent to the Chapter Ancient that Space Marines can field, this guy starts out with the Brotherhood Banner that was previously exclusive to a squad of Paladins. The Grandmasters must've ordered the Paladins to stop acting so selfishly by hogging all the buffs, as the banner now gives +1 Leadership and Attack to all units with the GREY KNIGHTS keyword within 6". Keep in mind that he is a single model unit independent of a squad, meaning he charges independently and stands the chance of getting separated from the men he's there to assist. This also means he can be singled out by enemy charges (and shooting, if you aren't careful) in turn. Thankfully, unlike in previous editions, carrying the banner doesn't entirely rob him of his melee strength, as he can take a Falchion, though only 1, so no +1 attack. Still, AP -2 with d3 damage is better than smacking daemons around with a flagpole like he used to. his buffs he synergizes better with Strikes than his Paladin/Terminator brethren you'll get much more mileage buffing more models.
  • Paladin Ancient: This guy is essentially a Brotherhood Ancient with a slightly more impressive statline - 10 extra points for an extra attack and to hit on a 2+ in combat instead of 3+. He can take a (single) Falchion as well, or swap out his storm bolter for a special weapon (or the Relic Storm Bolter). You're probably better off taking the normal version unless you're desperate for heavy weapon saturation.
  • Apothecary: As with the Brotherhood banner, this guy's buffs were once exclusive to Paladin squads, and is likewise now a unit of his own. What this means is he now has the option to heal (and revive) all keyword GREY KNIGHTS infantry units in a radius around him; your power-armored squads will finally receive the relief they've always asked for. On top of this, if the squad in question is missing models and contains none that are currently injured, on a 4+, he can revive a single model with 1 wound remaining. If this fails, however, he can't do anything for the rest of the turn while he collects the gene-seed of his fallen comrades. This can potentially change the outcome of crucial battles when he heals Draigo to full health or revives a Paladin in time for the squad to force an enemy off an objective. Same notes as before, however; make sure he isn't left behind and place him carefully so the enemy can't single him out.
    • Additionally, Apothecaries are surprisingly effective in combat, hitting on 2+ with 4 attacks. Add to that the ability to heal themselves if necessary, and the option to take a warding staff to up their own 5++ into a 4++ automatically, and you have a unit that can absorb a surprising amount of punishment while still dishing it out, depending on their kit.
      • Honestly one of the best units in the army, with how expensive GK units are the efficiency of this unit is insane. Just assuming that you are able to just revive strike squads units(the WORST unit to do this to) Gk apothecary will already make close to half its points back over the game(17*4=68 at a 50% success rate=34) on top of having a great statline, and it only gets better the more expensive the unit is, heck even one good heal on Drago pretty much makes the whole cost up. oh and hey look who just dropped points in CA 2018.
  • Dreadnought: Use a datasheet found in Space Marines, add Psyker, Daemon Hunter, and Rites of Banishment. They are a notch more expensive than the standard Dreadnought though, rolling in he ability to cast 1 and deny power per turn. Want a teleporting Dreadnought? Now you can. Stick it in a Stormraven and give it a twin heavy flamer and a mounted flamer besides for a hilarious 3d6 Overwatch shots. Thanks to the variety of options they have, Dreadnoughts are effective at filling whatever role you might need them for, though they shine at wiping out tough infantry, monsters, and vehicles. The standard Dreadnought combat weapon gives you 3 damage per smack, and with 4 attacks at Strength 12 after shooting, they are damned capable of tearing up whatever you throw them at. But watch out for power fists and their equivalents, as those 8 Wounds won't last forever against the likes of multi-damage weapons.
  • Venerable Dreadnought: Boxnought+1. +1WS/BS and Unyielding Ancient can be used to ignore Mortal Wounds from Perils. These are also one of your best from a limited source of heavy shooting, and they're damn good at it. Hitting on a 2+ is especially nasty when you stick one of these gentlemen next to a Grandmaster for your 2+, rerollable shots. That's a whopping 97% chance to hit per shot, and you can take a twin lascannon for some real dakka. In addition, 2+ makes him more mobile. With Gate of Infinity, you can either fling your LR across the board, or you can get you Lascanonns where they are needed most.
    • Give this one a twin lascannon, a missile launcher, and Astral Aim. You now have a 48" range tank/monster killer who doesn't need line of sight, hits on 2+, is mostly too far away from the enemy for them to deny his power, and will take serious firepower to bring down.
    • As stated directly by GW, you may continue to use the Psyfleman Dreadnought from the Index, even though they're not in the new codex. "There are a few options in the indexes[sic for some Characters and vehicles that are no longer represented in the Citadel range – certain Dreadnought weapons that don’t come in the box, or some characters on bikes, for example. Don’t worry though, you can still use all of these in your games if you have these older models. In these instances, use the datasheet from the index, and the most recent points published for that model and its weapons (currently, also in the index)."]
  • Grey Knights Doomglaive Pattern Dreadnought (Forge World): By the Emperor's chinny chin chin, we finally get some god-damned rules for this guy again!!.....and now his kit has been discontinued. The signature Dread of the Grey Knights, it's a Venerable Dread armed with a heavy psycannon, a stormbolter (or incinerator,) and with its CCW replaced with the Nemesis Doomglaive, which is "only" S9, but compensates with 1d6 damage (average: 3.5) instead of a flat 3. Since you'll want it to be in melee range at all times, it's best taken with the Incinerator to maximize its close combat effectiveness. Don't forget that the obligatory heavy psycannon is a tasty 2 damage per wound, meaning it can actually lay down some reasonable firepower on the way to carve up your enemies.
    • The Doomglaive can take one power from the Sanctic Discipline. You'll never have to worry about getting tied up when you are needed elsewhere, since you can just teleport into the best position. In short, if you take another power than Gate, you're doing it wrong, especially when considering how much easier it makes getting into combat.
  • Servitors: Why bother with these things? Sure, they've got plasma cannons and other heavy weapons, but they hit on a 5+ unless you've got a Techmarine nearby, which improves them to the ever-impressive tier of Guardsman accuracy. Just take AdMech or Astartes allies.
    • If you are trying to fill out a detachment to get Brotherhood of Psykers or Objective Secured, these are the cheapest things you can take for 20pts, full stop, even if they are otherwise useless in their own right. Although the fact they are your cheapest source of wounds could make them a good screen against enemy Smites. They're 60 pts for 12, and 12W=about 5-6 successful Smites. So it may save your life against Thousand Sons, who just got a buff in the same book as you.
    • It should be noted that these guys ARE your only Infantry units with ranged weapons of Strength higher than 6, and range greater than 24". They also do have the GREY KNIGHTS keyword, and benefit from Grand Master/Draigo re-rolls. It's not the best strategy by any means, but if you are already bringing a Techmarine for some reason, 52pts for the two Plasma Cannons could end up plinking unexpected wounds on things.

Dedicated Transport[edit]

  • Rhino: the same for all. Rhinos can carry up to 10 friendly <GREY KNIGHTS> INFANTRY models and has a chance to heal a wound every turn. Our pilots still haven't remembered how to cast psychic powers, unfortunately, but as with Dreadnoughts, these things are surprisingly durable compared to before, boasting 10 Wounds, a +3 save, and a 12" movement. With a buff of that magnitude, the chances of actually delivering your payload of marines without first getting blown to smithereens are drastically increased a little. You can even charge them to soak up overwatch fire post-disembarkation before your squad dives in, and perhaps even run over a few feet while you're at it. As always, they can take a hunter-killer missile, which is still a crapshoot considering its single-use quality, and/or a stormbolter for some supplementary firepower. Drive them up the board, pop smoke for a buffer against enemy shooting, and get your Knights where they need to go without first getting shot to pieces.
  • Razorback: a shootier Rhino with a transport capacity of 6, as the rest of the space filled with loads of totally-not-dangerously-volatile ammunition for the guns up top, likely your going to spam them. They can have twin-heavy bolter, twin lascannon, twin assault cannon or twin heavy flamer. You mainly buy them for the lascannon in pure GK list to you have anti-VEU. Each foot slogging Strike squad and Purifier should be pared with one. Like any transport, they will die quickly, especially with its juicy lascannon and super-marine cargo, you need something more threatening to draw the heat.
  • Grey Knights Vortimer Pattern Razorback (Forge World): Someone finally remembered these existed and realized it actually made sense for us to mount our signature special weapons on our own vehicles. This is a Razorback armed with twin psycannons, which in practice is effectively the same as the Assault Cannon variant, albeit with 4 fewer shots and +1 Strength. Nowhere near as flexible as the vanilla Razorback, but we still have access to those anyway. Thanks to Chapter Approved increasing the points cost on the twin psycannon by more than three-quarters of its original cost, this is really not worth considering anymore. For fuck's sake, the gun now costs two-thirds of a Rhino.

Fast Attack[edit]

  • Interceptor Squad: Now 20 points, these guys used to be Assault Squad 2.0 (those cost 15 points with Jump Packs, by the way), but now 12" moving Strike Squads with pseudo-Fly (ignore obstacles and vertical distance when moving while not conferring bonuses from anti-air guns) and once per game they can teleport instead of moving (lets you save a gate of infinity for another unit). They are the most mobile foot troops the Grey Knights have, able to makes them one of the few non-flyer units that can move significantly up the board during turn 1. If you wanted, you could take an Outrider Detachment of 3 Interceptor Squads and have them all vault up the table to get in your opponent’s face in the first turn or later to steal objectives at any time.

Heavy Support[edit]

  • Purgation Squad They are the Grey Knight version of Space Marine Devastators, meaning 4 heavy weapons allowed per squad of 5. They never saw much play in 7th since psycannons were shit on power armored units, but against the likes of Tau, Aeldari, and such T3, you can get 4 guys with psilencers unload 24 shots a turn, hitting and wounding on 3's. That pretty much wipes your standard Fire Warriors, Breachers, Pathfinders, Guardians, etc. With buff they can even destroy vehicles when damage is a D3d. Also, the new "to wound" table has been incredibly kind to the psilencers. Having the ability to wound all but the heaviest of tanks and monsters on 5's is pretty decent when you put out 24 shots a turn, especially considering that standard weapons such as bolters are on an even playing field as far as the lack of AP goes. Combined with their D3d damage, this actually makes them more effective for their points at hunting tanks than psycannons. Seriously, for the cost of slightly more than 100 points, you can out up to 72 total wounds (not including the justicar's storm bolter). Not even Titans can hide from mindbullets. Furthermore, one of their main weaknesses, namely their lack of range compared to other heavy weapon teams (only 24") can now be mitigated by giving them Gate of Infinity, (wow, kinda seems like the star of the show in this Codex, huh?) which allows them to redeploy from the table in a pinch. There's a carnifex threatening your Land Raider on the other side of the table? No problem. A squad of Fire Warriors out of LOS in that building over there? Not anymore, they aren't. A squad of Khorne Berzerkers about to charge your vulnerable fire support? No big deal, why not teleport to the other side of the table and shoot those poor Berzerkers in the backside. They won't even know what happened.
    • Due to how Imperium armies work in 8th, these guys make a great alternative to standard anti-infantry heavy weapons units such as Devastators, Retributors, and Heavy Weapons Squads. One Purgation Squad supporting another Imperial army can teleport 24" from a unit, shoot it, and teleport away to another unit each turn. Use these and they will please you.
    • Astral aim is amazing on these guys. Hide them behind terrain or a tank, cast astral aim (91.667% chance with GK +1), and fire your 4 psilencers at anything in range at no risk of return fire, and no cover bonuses to help with the 0 AP.
    • Four of these guys with Incinerators will put a dent in most flyers, and seriously mess up some of the lighter ones. Plus they'll murder Culexus Assassins in a single go, or any other unit that imposes modifiers to hit.
  • Nemesis Dreadknight: The baby-carrier's back, baby. When you take into account the fact that you can throw a teleportation device on these bad boys for a measly 10 points, allowing them to deep strike into the Heavy Incinerator's 12" range, dishing out d6 auto hits and an additional 12 shots if you take the Psilencer, spit out a nice little Smite, then go in for the charge and pray to the Emprah that you roll a 9, they redeem themselves slightly. Also, the Heavy Incinerator is usually enough to hammer out a few wounds on an enemy charge, since the auto-hits confer on Overwatch as well (and again, the 12" range means you can't be charged out of range of this weapon, unlike the 8" range on the regular Incinerator). Unfortunately, deep striking counts as moving, so you take -1 to hit on all heavy ranged weapon profiles on your alpha strike. However, you might be touched in the head if you aren't aiming for big assaults with these bad boys; you're looking at 4 attacks at a minimum of Strength 10, 12 at the most, and AP -3 across the board for weapon choices. The Dreadfists, while only d3 damage, grant an extra attack when taken together, whereas the Nemesis Greatsword stands at a whopping d6 damage for the same price (ever smacked a Bloodthirster upside the head with a lascannon?). Last but not least, the Nemesis Daemon Greathammer comes at a penalty of -1 to hit, but rolls d6 damage, with the exception that results of 1 and 2 count as 3 instead, all for only 5 points, and all this on top of their ability to cast a single power from Sanctic. As with Dreadnoughts, giving these guys Gate is great fun, especially as you watch the terror steadily unfold across your opponent's face when they witness your knight-piloted power loader pelvic thrust its way out of the warp and into their ranks to wreak havoc. Given their 12 wounds, 2+/5++ saves, and a static 3+ WS, these guys are pretty killy, and will probably last at least one turn after deep striking. 10/10 will definitely draw your opponents fire.
    • The heavy incinerator has dropped to a respectable 19 points, the cheapest of the Dreadknight's special weapons now. Take one for Overwatching, but grab both of the other guns for pure offensive dakka.
    • In terms of melee, get a hammer. It's better than the sword against almost everything, and your fists are inferior to sending in a strike squad, but the hammer lets you rip Land Raiders in half while smiling about it. Commit, Emperor damn it.
      • Remember though, that with the hammer, you'll be statistically hitting only 50% of the time, and then there's the factor of degrading attacks. Even on a Grandmaster, the hammer is unreliable (hitting on 3+ while re-rolling 1s), as even 1 missed attack can leave you seriously short of your intended mark.
    • The math on these guys is actually very bizarre now, due to how good a Grand Master in a Nemesis Dreadknight is. Comparing them barebones, so 115 points to 165 with two dreadfists, the Dreadknight does worse even with getting a free re-rolling 1s to hit buff, and as you add upgrades, the power gap widens - and that's ignoring the improvements in invuln save and psyker power output. You need a very good reason now to take one of these guys over the HQ equivalent.
  • Land Raider: Now that the vanilla Land Raider isn't forced to fire all its guns at the same target, it's gone from schizophrenic to an effective all-rounder. For example, you could use its lascannons to pop a vehicle and then follow up with the heavy bolters to wipe out an infantry squad. This is assisted further by the new Power of the Machine Spirit, which lets it ignore the normal penalties for moving and firing heavy weapons. While it still works fine as a transport, Grey Knights are better off using their Land Raiders for their much-needed anti-armor firepower.
  • Land Raider Crusader: As ever, the Hurricane Bolters will shred any infantry within 12"- you have 24 bolter shots supplemented by another 12 Assault Cannon shots. The Frag Assault Launchers also help in regards to transporting and supporting its cargo, since it causes d3 mortal wounds on a 4+ if it finishes a charge within 1" of an opponent. But whatever you do, take the multi-melta. Neither the assault cannons nor the hurricane bolters have enough AP to significantly reduce a MEQ's armor save, and anything with T7 or more (e.g. other vehicles) won't even get their paint scratched. It carries 16 models, so it's still your best choice for transporting Terminators and other larger units. Stick near a Captain and/or a Lieutenant and laugh maniacally as you shred every infantry squad around you. Incidentally -- this unit is a FANTASTIC target for your Psybolt ammunition stratagem (Really? It's not bad, but there are far better targets for Psybolt Ammo. All you get on a LRC is 24 Bolter shots. Meanwhile, a 10 man Strike Squad puts out 40 shots for just over 200 points. Or, run it on a Stormraven with Hurricane Bolters and Heavy Bolters for a total of 24 S5 AP-1 shots and 6 S6 AP-2 shots (Assault Cannons are not affected by Psybolt Ammunition because fuck you). Your tank suddenly turns into a teleporting hunk of metal, full of goodies, that's also putting out 40 heavy bolter-equivalent shots at close range.
    • huge point drops on top of the new first turn cover strategem this bad boy look great, able to take around 20 BS 3+ lascannons. He makes a great choice for a boots on the ground delivery system, on top of having the perfect kit to clear screens turn 1 to set up for all your deep strikers.
  • Land Raider Redeemer: Similar to the Crusader, but trades off the hurricane bolters' volume of shots for the flamestorm cannon's greater strength, higher AP, and improved damage per shot. While you'll have to get in close to make the most of it, the Frag Assault Launchers let you use this to your advantage as you burn down the heavier infantry. Though the flamestorm cannons can threaten lighter vehicles, you should still add the multi-melta to be on the safe side. Carries 12 models. Can easily cockblock a charging unit with 2d6 automatic Flamestorm shots.
    • The flamestorm cannon can, because of flamer autohits, crisp some flyers if you are close enough. Consider if it is worth to put your Land Raider in the open.
  • Grey Knights Vortimer Pattern Land Raider Redeemer (Forge World) A slightly tweaked Land Raider Redeemer. The assault cannons are replaced with psycannons and the frag assault launchers are switched for psyk-out assault launchers, which work like their normal counterpart but only do 1 damage to non-psykers.
    • Flamestorm Cannons are now basically Heavy Incinerators with +1AP, at 1.3 times the cost so they're good or at least fair. The same CA nerf that killed the Vortimer Razorback takes a minor dump on the Vortimer Land Raider, but comparatively, it stings far less given the over-300 point investment you're making to bring it.


  • Stormhawk Interceptor: The Anti-Flying Flyer. The only Space Marine flyer without hover. Gets a +1 to hit any target with the Fly keyword, to mitigate the penalty for moving and firing heavy weapons. Comes stock with 2 Assault Cannons, 2 Heavy Bolters, and an Icarus Stormcannon. The bolters can be swapped with Skyhammers for more anti-flying or a Typhoon against ground targets, while the Icarus can be swapped for an anti-vehicle laser. Cannot hover, unfortunately, but does get to re-roll any 1's for saves and has the normal Hard to Hit.
    • A good choice if you are going up against Tau or Dark Eldar, due to the prevalence of Fly. Especially the Icarus/skyhammer combo as it lets you hit anything with Fly on a 2+; with the drawback of hitting everything else only on a 5+.
  • Stormtalon Gunship: Also a new addition to the Grey Knight Codex. Cheaper than the Storm Raven, a flying anti-ground weapon platform, rather then a more durable transports. Two of these cost more than a Storm Raven but have less firepower and arguably the same survivability. Again, don't bother, stick with the Raven. The Anti-Ground Flyer. The 'Talon has undergone a few noticeable changes in this edition. You can hover, of course, but standing still is probably not what you want to do with it. The other change comes from the assault cannon. The weapon now vomits out three times as many shots, but lost much for AP and lost rending completely. This makes it better at clearing infantry than the light vehicles it had been targeting previously. Compared to the last edition, it's much tougher but easier to hit. Also technically your cheapest flier, making it good for building Air Wings.
    • If you hover you can fire at ground targets at BS2+, assuming you don't move and have taken no more than 4 wounds (Or you are back to normal 3+ after falling into middle damage bracket, which at that point might as well stay in hover and get the most out of your flyer before it gets toasted). This is actually really damn good, in later turns. having the ability to get a few solid rounds fo shooting makes a big difference. Be sure to play your talons cautiously, as the assault cannon requires you to get within range of enemy Dakka. This flyer's true potential can only be achieved by treating it very gently.
    • Also note that, for the usual GW rules-fuckery reasons, the Strafing Run special rule completely invalidates the second half of the Skyhammer Missile Launcher's rules. Skyhammer Missile Launchers gain +1 to hit against units with FLY and -1 to hit against units WITHOUT FLY...but Strafing Run gives a +1 to hit against units WITHOUT FLY. Resulting in a net result of only +1 against FLYing units.
  • Stormraven: If you're going to bring a heavy vehicle, this is the one to bring. One of our best (and only) sources of high-damage anti-vehicle weapons; load it up with Twin Multi-meltas and Twin Lascannons, combine with the integral Storm Strike Missiles, throw on some hurricane bolters if you can spare the points, and go tank hunting. It has enough weapons that hit hard to even deal with (ie, cripple) enemy flyers, despite the -1 to hit them. Plus, it has superior transport capabilities, with 12 spots for infantry, interceptors, and terminators, and even a dreadnought (if one's in your list). All of this helps lower your deployment drop count, which increases the likelihood of getting that all-important first turn, and Grey Knights need every advantage they can get.

Lords of War[edit]

  • Grey Knights Thunderhawk Assault Gunship (Forge World): Identical to the Space Marine Thunderhawk, but with the added option of exchanging the heavy bolters for psycannons.
    • except 200 pts cheaper, 1130 versus 1330 its a steal


Alright lets be real. Playing Grey Knights is Warhammer 40k: Hard Mode. The only time numbers will be on your side is if you're facing knights or Custodes. Your selection of relics is possibly the worst in the whole game right now. You only get a strong game against Daemons (Well, not so much anymore now that they got their codex. That "Resurrect a Demon unit killed by a GK unit for no reinforcement points" stratagem is going to hurt, REAL BAD.) However given the GK capacity for an Alpha Strike adding a Callidus will help hugely because it might at least discourage your opponent from using it at the start and if you take out the bigger units first they can't then bring them back later. Just a thought). And the changes to AP mean a 3+ is only good against the worst of small arms. You will never fill a brigade. EVER. In normal games(well, that not true, you can take bare bone strike squads, purgators and inceptors and still have a little wiggle room for your elites. And with smite spam getting a buff, it's all in all not a bad idea) you will probably stick with a vanguard detachment ...so kiss any stratagems that cost more than 1CP good-bye except for times when it will turn a game around.

Not anymore. With Chapter Approved 2019 and Ritual of the Damned GK army became competitive. First, units cost have been significantly reduced. Secondly, new rules, strategems, powers and litanies offer us both tactical flexibility and increased pure power.

Relax now thy purest of brothers, taking two battalions in a battle forged army will yield 13 command points. That's less than others but enough for multiple rounds of Psybolt Ammo and some pocket teleportarium squads along with your usually rerolls. Take 6 strike squads each with falchions and a psilencer for 90 points apiece, then 2 DK grandmasters will teleporters, sword and heavy incinerator along with Drago and Voldus. That's 1271 points, and leaves you plenty of room for venerable dreads with lascannons, maybe some purifiers and a LR crusader, paladins/ apothecary, or more strikes/intercepters.

Grey Knights are an elite melee army in an edition that still tends to favor shooting and hordes. Use your Paladins and purifiers with ancients/apothecaries. Give purifiers razorbacks. let strike squads and LR crusaders clear the hordes. Dreadknights and GM Dreadknights pack quite the punch. Venerable and regular dreads can comfortably handle your long range anti armor duties. Use all of your psychic powers every turn for maximum advantage in all situations (astral aim, gate of infinity, sanctuary) and unleash your offensive powers in conjunction with timely attacks (vortex of doom, purge soul, hammerhand). Often times, its best to hang back and wait... clear out the hordes and supporting characters, then swoop in and slay your opponent while they lay lame and crippled.

You will quickly find that your units are not bad, oh no, quite the opposite. The issue is that your army requires a well formulated plan, and can not afford even the slightest failure in offensive output, much like the Deathwatch. In 40k where the dice gods rule all (and the crushing weight of superiority through overwhelming numbers), well formulated plans can quickly fall apart. Fuck you Tzeentch.


Some of your units have a huge problem: They are potentially powerful, but only with the help of certain psychic powers and/or stratagems, but Because of the Rule of One and this army's general lack of CP, these units, though strong, can't effectively be fielded in large numbers (no more than 2). Examples include Dreadnoughts and Purgation squads, which desperately need either Gate of Infinity, Astral Aim, or Psybolts to get anything done. Taking IG as an ally is a very efficient way to make good use of extra command points.

Unless you're using GK as an ally to another force, these are your most efficient units; spam them to kingdom come.

  • Grand Master Nemesis Dreadknight
  • Razorbacks and/or strike squads
  • Draigo
  • Voldus
  • Apothecary
  • Interceptors
  • Paladins
  • Purgation Squad (in pure GK)

If you're insistent on running pure GK (and with the new Masters of the Warp rules you should be), you can fit about 2 battalions of Strike Squads, and 1-2 vanguard/supreme commands of supporting units like Dreadknights, Paladins, etc.

For your HQ's, include at least 1 Brother-Captain, and at least one HQ that give rerolls. Be sure to make your warlord a non-unique character so you can take First to the Fray as your warlord trait. In addition, don't fall for the trap of running too many Dreadknights. While it looks tempting, understand that you can only consistently protect 1-2 ,as Heed and Sanctuary can't be used more that once a turn. Consider using Draigo instead of a 2nd or 3rd Dreadknight, he's just as good in CC, and comes stock with 3++.

With the new rule released in ritual of the damned and the point drop from CA there are some slight tweaks to list building to consider. first characters to spam the new list of spells, before you wouldn't have minded having you strike squads to cast gate for you, but now he has a 2 damage smite that he can't use. On top of that with the a new relic that allows reroll to psychic and a +1, take a librarian and never worry about awkward miscasts again.

Second, spam your strike squads. After their point drop they are now just 5 points over a regular space marine you and you get a storm bolter, a forces weapon, you can deep strike and you get a smite?!?! They have a fuck ton of value, the only issue is they are not very efficient, all that value you get from having force weapons is wasted if the never get into CC. So spam them, but be careful with regular marines you don't lose out on much using scouts to cap an objective, you do the same with GK, you get the same result, for twice the points. At they very least make sure they can get the sweet sweet 2 damage smite off at every opportunity.

Third don't be afraid of putting all your eggs in 1 or 2 baskets,GK just got a lot of tools to protect high value units with armored resilience, the tide of shadows, and various stratagems not to mention you still have sanctuary and all your old strats as well. Things like landraiders and 10 man blobs of terminators are no longer as stupid as the might seem for other factions.

The best thing about grey knights, all your units have a lot or value, so even if you bet it all on a 10 man paladin squad, and they failed, your strike squads can still put in work. Hell, even your apothecary has the stat line a low end smash captain. And if your opponent spends all their time trying to kill your paladins, they probably won't have much left for the rest of your army.


An IMPERIUM force can include a single INQUISITOR in one of their detachments without breaking "pure army" rules, like our Tides, and they can also hitch a ride in your vehicles. They have access to a unique psyker discipline, that includes Terrify, which turns off overwatch. They're kinda squishy to be used as a warlord, especially when stuck in with a front-line melee unit, however, they have a nifty 1CP (!) stratagem that allows them to take both a warlord trait and (as long as they are not characters) a relic. The Blackshroud might be a good choice, as its -1 to wound makes this character pretty much immune to sniper mortal wounds.

Selecting the Ordo Hereticus makes the No Escape Warlord Trait available, a 6" heroic intervention and enemy units can't fall back on a 4+. Alternatively, the Ordo Xenos' Warlord Trait Esoteric Lore generates a CP on a 5+ whenever your opponent uses a stratagem.

Best of all, they're super-cheap, starting at a mere 55pts (20% cheaper than a Techmarine). Unfortunately, there are only two deepstrike options: Hector Rex and the expensive Ordo Malleus terminator.

The top options:

  • Basic Inquisitor - CP farming - Mental Interrogation psychic power, Esoteric Lore warlord trait and Seize For Interrogation stratagem; switch the bolt pistol for a Boltgun and take the Blackshroud Relic. If you want some support swap Mental Interrogation for Terrify. Cheap too: 55 points and 1CP.
  • Hector Rex - Deny the witch - Psychic Mastery warlord trait: knows 3, casts 3 and denies 4 (with +1 within 12"). Powers should be: Mental Interrogation to generate CP, Terrify to bypass overwatch, and Dominate/Castigation. Tanky (2+/3++), can deep strike, and he is BRUTAL vs daemons. A bargain at 100 points and 1CP, and as cherry on top he is thematically appropriate for Grey Knights.

Smite Spam FTW![edit]

As of CA2019, strike squads are pretty cheap. You can now fit 17 (!) into a triple battalion list, along with a Brother-Captain and Techmarine in each. With the upcoming Tide of Escalation, each squad is throwing out 2 mortal wounds for a total of potentially 46 MW per turn! There's also the potential for this list to pump out 360 bolter shots per turn. 18 CP isn't too bad either, providing lots or re-rolls when Perils start to take their toll, or to double the range of the Brother-Captain's bubble. Since you can Teleport Strike 11 of those squads, your opponents will have to be careful to deny their backfield to you, or face 20+ MWs.

Or just drown the enemy in big thicc dakka[edit]

With the help they get from PA and CA2019, their dakka is a force to be rekkon with. Either with 40 S6 AP-1 D2 shot, using Psybolt Ammunition and ToC, to 16 S8 AP-1 2D shot with just ToC on every squad of Paladin with psycannon, to 6 S5 AP0 D3+1D shot with the Psilencers (which is only 1 pts more on a Strike Squad member compare to normal Halberd + Bolter loadout) on ToC, they can provide you with very excellent dakka that can shred almost anything you set your sight on.

But the fun aint stop here, Bring down the Beast give you reroll wound against a target that is vehicle (Knights, Tanks etc) or Monster (surprisingly include Riptide given their look, Primarch(s), etc) after you shoot at it with one of your unit. Suddenly people get a reminder why ability to reroll all wound rolls is a bad idea.

But those flyers are -3 to hit, how do my BS3+ dude hit them? Well, you slam the Chaplain Intonement on them, which allow them to ignore all BS and hit roll modifier, and show the chump who is his (or her) daddy.

But those arti hidden in ruins? Thank goodness Astral Aim allow you to do the same thing they do. Ignore Line of Sight as well as cover and blast the enemy into smithereen with your buffed up ammunition.

And as if you are not annoying enough, Edict Imperator let you cosplay as those pointy ear with the shoot then move thing. What is harder to kill than 10 buffed up Paladins? 10 buffed up Paladins that is out of line of sight that is.

As Allies[edit]

Slam-Baby With CA2019 around the door there might be some fun to have, that is not ridiculously overpriced.

  • 1 Ally vanilla Space Marines as a battalion with a librarian, he gets: Veil of Time and Might of Heroes. Both powers target <Adeptus Astartes>; guess what you are?
  • 2 Take a Nemesis babycarrier, if you want less points, in a patrol detachment with a Strike squat
  • 3 Use: Veil of Time + Might of Heroes on you Babycarrier, then hammerhand and sanctuary and toss it over the board. Give it the nemesis Lord War Lord trait, since you can re-roll charges now. With a hammer you will always do at least 4 damage per unsaved wound up to 7 - With 6 attacks you can put a dent in something.

It is still quite expensive, and you want to send a strike squad with falchions behind him for backup (falchions do provide more from +1 to wound I guess). Also maybe take Interceptors, who can deepstrike too. In that case i would still take first to the fray on your Babycarrier, veil of time could still target a unit that is not within 6" of your warlord.

Unfortunately, as of the new Codex, Vanilla buffing powers now specify CHAPTER instead of ADEPTUS ASTARTES, so you can no longer spread buffs across to other Chapters.

HOWEVER, the Deathwatch still get ADEPTUS ASTARTES powers instead of <CHAPTER> (at least until GW FAQs it), meaning if you bring Deathwatch instead of Vanillamarines, this still works. May not be the cheapest alternative, but this does mean this strat still works.


So, you want to start a force of Space Paladins or paint the one gathering dust at your shelves? Even though they are inferior to pretty much every other force in the game right now? Mad bastard, I like that. The core principles of painting Grey Knights are quite handily described by our Lord and Savior in two tutorials:

This one where he paints the iconic steel armor (you can use a simpler scheme shown in Citadel app, but speaking from experience, this one is better);

and the other with Nemesis Force Weapons. Those require a little practice if you're new to mixing paints and stuff, so best to practice on spare weapons you'll surely have after assembling a box of Knights.

You'll also need to paint a lot of gold, parchments/purity seals and personal heraldry (usually black, red and white) for this army, and Citadel App has your back on those ones. The only thing to beware is the white color: while GW's metallic and blue paints are quite decent (and surely among the best they do), their white ones are notoriously shitty, so better find an analogue, especially if you're working with Purifiers.

For the gold details Vallejo's Liquid Gold paint looks really nice. The only downside is that is diluted with alcohol, so, not your typically water based acrylics. Is not super hard to use, but try to step up your painting game before if you are a noob.

All in all, Grey Knights are relatively easy to paint to look great even with basic skills, especially if you have the means to undercoat them with steel (via aerography or GW's Leadbelcher primer/simulacrum). Not promising you "best paint" award on every event you'd venture on or anything, but surely not a bunch of minis to be ashamed of.