Warhammer Army Project: Magic Items
in 9th ed, armybooks having fewer magic items than 8e but are replaced by more generic any book can use. Get used to the BRB ones. For magic outside of items see here
This information is mostly covered in BRB, but it may be still worth repeating.
- You can have only one magic item of each type per hero. Special characters are an exception to this rule.
- You can have only one copy of each item in your army.
- A character can only use Magic armor if they can take the Mundane version of the armor.
- A hero, who can become a wizard (such as Shadowdancer, Warlock Engineer, etc.) cannot purchase Arcane items until they gain at least 1 magic level.
- Magic weapons and magic shields, whether paired together or separately with mundane equipment DO GRANT A PARRY SAVE.
- Magic helm/shield does NOT replace mundane body armor, but it does stack on.
Shores up any deficiencies in the killing department. Characters can only have one, so identify what you want him to be better at.
- Dragon Blade: 60pts for hits to be multiplied by 2. This means that one hit into a unit can kill two people if they both end up wounding.
- Giant Blade: 45pts for +3 Strength. With a 15pt reduction from 8e, this can now be put on Heroes. Strong as always on a high attack high WS Elf Lord.
- Sword of Bloodshed: 45pts for +3 Attacks. A similar story for above but should be used on characters with a high base strength so they can murder even more chaff. Doombull's favorite.
- Obsidian Blade: 40pts for ignoring armor saves. 10 pts cheaper than 8e but still borderline useless. For 5 more points, you can get a giant blade and be better off most of the time. The only reason to take would be if you are against some Knight fetish player playing High Elves, Bretonnia, or Empire that fields an army exclusively made up of +1 or +2 barded t3 knights. Also great counter to characters abusing a high save and the Dawnstone.
- Ogre Blade: 30pts for +2 Strength. 10pts less than 8e. the reason you take this over a Giant Blade is to save 15pts for another Item or you already bought Giant Blade for someone else.
- Sword of Strife: 30pts for +2 Attacks. Similar story to Sword of Bloodshed. However, with additional handweapons allowed to be combined with magic weapons now, it seems a little overpriced.
- Bone Blade 30pts for multiple wounds d3... 1/3 of the time this does nothing. still good at taking out heroes and Monsters with fewer successful attacks.
- Fencer's Blade: 25pts for WS10 and is a paired weapon. 10pts cheaper than 8e. May be good for low-WS combat lords/heroes, though it prevents from using a shield. Really shines on mage characters, drastically improving their chance to survive in melee, or on HIgh Strength Low WS Characters.
- Sword of Anti-Heroes: 30pts for +1S & +1A for each enemy character in base contact with the wearer or his unit. Ideal for Chaos Lords and Blood Dragon Vampires as they need to be issuing challenges and should be pursuing characters anyway. The rules as written increase the user's strength and attacks, so pair with an additional hand weapon for a free extra strength attack.
- Sword of Swift Slaying: 25pts for ASF. Considering how rare ASF is now this is more useful. If you could take this on a great weapon this would be the cat's pajamas.
- Blade of Seagold: 25pts for Armor Piercing (3). Really should just fork over the 5 pts for an Ogre Blade.
- Relic Sword: 20pts to always wound on +3 (8e was 10pts to always wound on +5). It can be viable against a Dwarf Lord with the Master Rune of Adamant or Templeguard with a Throne of Vines buffed Flesh to Stone.
- Sword of Fortitude: 20pts for Immune to Psych for the bearer and unit.
- Parrying Blade: 20pts for +5 parry save. Combined with a mundane shield gives the wearer a +4 ward in most close combat situations.
- Sword of Striking: 20pts for +1 to hit. Not a bad choice against some asshat rocking glittering scales.
- Sword of Battle: 15pts for +1A. Cheap and a little extra kill power, wouldn't bother with it on anything bigger than a hero.
- Sword of Might: 15pts for +1S. Nice, I guess, if you want to give your hero some extra punch and magic attacks, general outdone by many other weapons but it is economical if you have plenty of attacks base or expect ethereals.
- Berserker Sword: 15pts (5pts cheaper than 8e.) The frenzy which cannot be lost. +1A is not that great and downsides of berserker rage are not really worth the ItP (if the char has good Ld, he doesn't care for ItP that much, if the char has bad Ld, he will suffer from frenzy badly). Skip.
- Sword of Striking: 15pts for +1 to hit. Actually, very nice. Due to how WS works (WS10 and WS3 hit WS2 on the same roll), independent "to hit" modifiers are very nice.
- Biting Blade: 5pts for Armor Penetration. If you really want that 1ArP, just scoop 10pts more and get Sword of Might. Skip. Alternate Take: Could be useful in small games or on a budget character, especially if you find yourself going against high armor opponents like dwarfs.
- Shrieking Blade: 10pts for causing Fear. Given how fear works in the current edition it is actually playable and competitive on single heroes destined to hunt ethereals or vs moral manipulation armies. Those have fear themselves so with Blade you don't worry about Ld bubble even with low-Ld heroes.
- Tormentor Sword: 5pts for granting Stupidity to a character/monster wounded by this. Once again, would be neat as a special rule, useless as an item. As above, playable only on Ethereal hunter.
- Warrior Bane: 5pts. A monster of character who takes wounds from this weapon loses 1A per wound taken. Last item in the trio of "would be a nice special rule but is a shitty item" weapons. Its problem is that it requires being welded by an already strong character to be effective, and you would rather have them boosted so they can kill characters instead of Debuffing them. And the third one to the collection of cheap weapons for cheap chaff/ethereal hunter. Has a lot of potential as an anti-vampire/chaos lord weapon on a tanked out lord or champion (assuming they can land the wound).
WARNING It cannot be stressed enough, but you cannot take everything on this list on every character. If your character cannot wear heavy armour, any magical heavy armour will be out of your reach. Likewise, you cannot select any shields if your character cannot take them.
- Armour of Destiny: 50pts for Heavy Armour with a +4 Ward. For some characters can be cheaper than a Talisman of Preservation and upgrading to heavy armour. For most, it will be more expensive. Since heavy armour gives a +4 save now, it is marginally better than 8e. However, with the new rules, a lot of armybooks cannot take it.
- Armour of Fortune: 35pts for medium armour with a +5 ward. Can't even take this on Oldbloods....
- Trickster's Helm:35pts for 6+ and rerolling wounding hits. It can only be recommended on Lord with high toughness. Put this on a Chaos Lord with Mark of Nurgle and the Dawnstone and laugh as strength 4 attacks reroll 6's to wound and +2 armor save.
- Armour of Resilience:30pts for Heavy Armour and +1T. Then wading through enemy a bump from T3->T4 or T4->T5 is welcome protection but only if you already good ward.
- Armour of Silvered Steel: 25pts for a +2 save that cannot be improved. 20pts cheaper than 8th. It can be justified for someone w/o barding or shield. A lot of characters have Heavy Armour or fullplate armour included in their cost. This is only a point of two better for 25 pts... Hard to justify when an enchanted shield and talisman of endurance is equal in price, which would provide the same armour and a +6 ward/ +5 parry.
- Glittering Scales: 25pts for the same old cheese, now one of the only armors Lizardmen and Wood Elves can bring to the field.
- Shield of Ptolos: 20pts for a shield, which grants 1+ armor save against shooting. ̶D̶o̶g̶s̶h̶i̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶e̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶8̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶5̶p̶t̶ ̶d̶i̶s̶c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶n̶t̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶n̶g̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶s̶e̶n̶s̶u̶s̶.̶ Great on a lone mounted Warmachine hunter like a Goblin Boss or Glade Captain on a Hawk.
- Helm of Discord: 20pts for a helm which makes a single character in a unit in base contact with wearer's unit to check Ld each turn. If a character fails his Ld test, he cannot attack and is hit (not wounded) automatically that turn. Not reliable, not cheap, but can be funny in friendly games. 10pts cheaper than 8e makes the meme more worth it.
- Gambler's Armor: 20pts for medium armor with 6+ ward. Really cheap, grants a tiny bit of protection. Could be nice if you need 3rd char with 6++ save.
- Dragonhelm: 10 points for a helmet with a 6+ save and Immunity to fire. You have the Dragonbane Gem for half the price and the only drawback is a +1 to your save.
- Enchanted Shield: Double the bonus a shield gives to Armour saves for 10 points.
- Charmed Shield: 5 points for a shield that can negate only one hit on a 2+.
- Talisman of Preservation: 45 points for a 4++ ward save. You'll definitely want this on a character without armour.
- Obsidian Lodestone: 30 points to Resist Magic on 4+
- Talisman of Endurance: 30 points grants a 5++ save.
- Obsidian Amulet: 10 points off the Lodestone to Resist on a 5+.
- Dawnstone: 25 points lets you re-roll Armour saves. While it seems useful, the number of armour penetrating items that exist will make it so that your nice heavy armour+shield save will drop down to a 5+ with a good hit.
- Talisman of Protection: Half the price of the Endurance amulet and get a 6++ Ward.
- Opal Amulet: For 15 points, you get a one-time 2++ Ward.
- Obsidian Trinket: 10 points nets you a 6+ Resist Magic.
- Seed of Rebirth: You get a 6+ Regen for 10 points. With the rule changes this can stack with a ward save making this a potentially viable option stacked with a magic armour that provides a ward.
- Dragonbane Gem: 5 points for immunity to fire.
- Lucky Trinket: For 5 points you get to re-roll one save or any kind.
WARNING As you can probably guess, these are only available to your BSBs and whatever elite units that can grab magic standards. Don't forget that for the latter, your allowance will be very slim.
- Battle Banner: A hefty 70 points, but it adds +d6 to battle resolutions.
- Banner of Might: 55 points lets the unit add +1 to hit on the first turn of combat. Stack with high-powered weapons for some real alpha-striking.
- Wailing Banner: 50 points to give a unit Terror. Not quite as devastating as it used to be, but it might help break mobs.
- Standard of Shielding: 40 units nets a unit a 6++ ward save against missiles.
- Rampager's Standard: 35 points to re-roll charge distances. A must for cavalry (20prs cheaper than 8e!).
- Razor Standard: 30 points adds Armour Piercing 1 to all attacks.
- Dread Banner: Half the price of the Wailing Banner for only Fear.
- Ranger's Standard: 25 points nets you Strider. As in you don't worry about ANY terrain. For half the price of 8e's this will make those Bretonnian Longbows behind their stakes worried.
- Standard of Arcane Warding: 20 points nets a unit Resist Magic 5+
- War Banner: 20 points for +1 Combat Resolution. Decent for units with a 25pt limit. But for 10 more points you could get the Razor Standard, which in alot of cases could result in 1 or more wounds, which would be better in every way.
- Banner of Valour: 20 points to never worry about panic ever again. Could be viable on a unit of warmachine hunters to counter the inevitable missiles heading their way.
- Banner of Swiftness: 20 points to add Swiftstride, which is kinda redundant on cavalry. Take on a unit of Bestigors so they're more likely to get that all valuable Devastating Charge bonus.
- Banner of Courage: 15 points lets a unit re-roll break tests. Good on a unit operating away from the BSB.
- Standard of Discipline: 15 points adds +1 to the unit's Ld, but it bans it from ever benefiting from the general's Inspiring Presence. Put the general in the unit and this has next to no downsides.
- Lichbone Pennant: Half the cost of the Arcane Warding standard for Magic Resist 1.
- Banner of Eternal Flame: 10 points for flaming attacks.
- Gleaming Pennant: 5 points lets the unit re-roll one Ld check.
- Banner of Duty: Re-roll rally checks for 5 points.
- Scarecrow Banner: For 5 points you can inspire Fear in flying units. How silly.
WARNING These are items only available to Wizards. Most are one use only.
- Book of Ashur: For 60 points you get to add +1 to all casting and dispel rolls. Considering that level level 3s and 4s only get a +2 to cast this is more valuable. Also, it's 10pts cheaper than 8e. THIS IS NOT ONE USE ONLY.
- Feedback Scroll: For 35 points, instead of dispelling, you instead get to roll a number of die equal to the number of die the caster used and instantly wound the caster on a 5+.
- Scroll of Leeching: This 35 point scroll doesn't let you dispel anything, but if a spell is cast, you add however many die your enemy used to cast the spell in question into your dispel pool. This might be enough to help you disrupt the endpiece of a magic combo.
- Siveijr's Hex Scroll: This 35-point scroll doesn't dispel, but it does force an enemy wizard to roll under their Wizard Level or else be turned into a useless frog. While this doesn't outright kill them (though this frog is practically 1 in everything but wounds), it can seriously hamper them - just don't take too long as they have a chance every turn to break the curse.
- Destroy Magic Scroll: 35 points gives you 6 free dice to attempt to dispel (8e was instant dispel). It also gives you the chance to erase the spell you just dispelled from the opponent's list on a 4+.
- Power Scroll: 35 points to let all doubles count as Irresistible Force and/or miscasts.
- Channeling Staff: For 30 points you add +1 to channel rolls. Can only be recommended on a level 4, since they got four dice to roll.
- Rod of Power: You can save up to three channeling/dispel die during each magic phase. At the start of any magic phase, you roll a die and if it's more than the number of die in the rod, you add them to the pool - otherwise they go poof.
- Forbidden Rod: Adds +d6 dice to the channeling pool, but you lose d3 wounds.
- Earthing Rod: 25 points to re-roll one miscast.
- Dispel Scroll: Ol' reliable. For 25 points, you get a single item that lets you use 6d6 to dispel a spell.
- Trickster's Shard: For 20 points you get a single-use item that might force an enemy wizard to take an armor-ignoring wound after casting.
- Wand of Jet: 20 points adds +1d6 to a single casting roll, which can contribute to Irresistible Force or miscast.
- Power Stone: 20 points to add +2d6 to a casting roll.
- Luckstone: 20 points for a single do-over for a casting or dispel roll.
- Sceptre of Stability: 15 points to add +1d6 to a dispel roll.
- Scroll of Shielding: For 15 points, you can gain Resist Magic 4+ instead of dispelling.
- Loremaster's Tome: 15 points lets you add one more spell from the lores your wizard typically has.
- Wizard's Staff: 10 points adds an additional die to any casting roll.
- Fozzrik's Folding Fortress: It's a hefty 100 points to summon a watchtower of your own after deploying your army.
- Wizarding Hat: You can now make a model a level 2 wizard, but now they have Stupidity. For 75 points, unless your army faction is deaerate for magic diversity, you'd be better off with a legit wizard.
- Crown of Command: You now have Stubborn for 40 pts. 5pts more than 8e and with a steadfast units testing without inspiring presence this is a pretty hard nerf.
- Ruby Ring of Ruin: 35 points gives you a bound PL4 fireball.
- Thunder Orb: This is scary. It's a bound PL4 spell that makes it impossible for any flying units to actually fly and instead have to walk anywhere.
- Healing Potion: 30 points gives you a single-use recovery of d6 wounds. If you're on a Dragon without a Life Mage, you may want to find a way to include this in your list.
- Arabyan Carpet: 25 points lets your model fly, but now they can't join anyone. Cant be taken on Monstrous infantry anymore no more Tyrant flying around for the lolz.
- Terrifying Mask of EEE!: 25 points for Terror, but this will fuck over anyone who uses their Leadership to compensate for the lackluster morale of the troops.
- Potion of Strength: 10 points gives you +d3S for one turn. 20pts cheaper than 8e, really should be an auto include if your character has alot of attacks already.
- Potion of Toughness: 10 points gives you +d3T for one turn
- Potion of Speed: 10 points gives you +d3A for one turn. Same cost but increases A instead of I. Much better unless you're dead before you can attack.
- The Trickster's Shard: 15 points to force models in b2b with the holder to re-roll ward saves. Especially trollish against Daemons.
- Ironcurse Icon: This little 5 point trinket grants a 6++ Ward against war machines for the bearer and their unit.
Keep an eye out for saving points. If you're playing Bretonnia your Lords and Paladins have heavy armour by default. So a talisman of preservation will serve you identically to the Armour of Destiny for 5pts cheaper. On the same token with saves in general being a little higher, Armour of Silvered Steel is the slightest bit better than Mundane Heavy Armour (2+ vs 4+). Mundane Heavy Armour and an Enchanted Sield will often serve you better. Really think if an Ogreblade is worth it over a great weapon or a lance.
No need to pimp out all of your characters with the full magic allotment, if you need a BSB or an extra point in leadership dont be afraid to throw in a Captain/Chieftan/Paladin with only a great weapon and medium armour to provide a little heft to a unit of Clan Rats.
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