Necron Review: Fast Attack/Transport: Night Scythe


The terror of the skies and the unit you did NOT want to go second against is the Night Scythe! Is this flying croissant of doom still a thing to be feared or is its recent price increase keeping it to the shelves? Want more tactics? Be sure to check out Frontline Gaming tactics page for more great info that will take your generalship to the next level.

The Night Scythe was the dominant transporting gunship of the Necron force in edition’s past. It terrorized the skies and the ground with its Tesla Destructors and the ability to plop infantry anywhere on the battlefield at a whim. With the release of the new Necron codex though, the price increase hurt the super efficient flyer for sure, but it still certainly has a place in your Necron Force.



The Night Scythe is a Fast Attack option that is also one of the main transports of the Necron army. It is a dedicated transport choice for Necron Warriors, Necron Immortals, Deathmarks, Lychguard, and Triarch Praetorians. Armed with its mighty Tesla Destructors it is a threat to most everything on the battlefield, but its true threat comes in the package inside. The Night Scythe can transport up to 15 models and put them just about anywhere it wants on the battlefield. In an objective game, this is key. It can also be taken in a Decurion Detachment, which is a big bonus as that is what most Necron players default to.


The main armament of the Night Scythe is its Twin Linked Tesla Destructors. These can pump out four strength seven shots with the chance to turn each six into two more hits. Since it is a flyer, it can choose each turn to use Skyfire or not making it very effective against flyers and ground targets alike.

Another great feature about the Night Scythe is that like every other vehicle in the Necron army has the Living Metal special rule. It can “shake off” Crew Shaken results and in the Decurion Detachment will also ignore Crew Stunned as well.

Last but not least is the Invasion Beam. This piece of gear is used to transport the Necron forces onto the battlefield up to 36 inches after movement. Unlike other flyers, the Night Scythe can disgorge its cargo even after moving its full 36 inch movement. The transportees can still even shoot or run if needed. Even better, if the Night Scythe is destroyed, since the embarked unit isn’t truly embarked, it does not suffer any ill effects and is instead put into ongoing reserves.



Overall the Night Scythe is pretty simple. Point and shoot or point and disgorge. If there is something you want to injure or kill, point it at them and shoot. With four strength seven shots that can ramp up to as many as 12 hits the Night Scythe can put the hurt on most any unit on the battlefield. It is great for taking out light vehicles and small squads out in the open. It has no AP value, so choose wisely whom you strike at. Just remember that if you are shooting snap shots, then you lose the exploding six feature.

One great feature is that if you take a Night Scythe in the Judicator Battalion then you get to benefit from the Target Designated rule, granting the Night Scythes the ability to re-roll to wound and armor penetrations against a target chosen in line of site from the Triarch Stalker from the same formation. An often overlooked aspect of that formation.

The other main tactic with the Night Scythe is to point and plop. Having the ability to move 36 inches and disgorge Objective Secured units onto an objective is super potent and can mean the difference between victory and defeat. A good Necron with Night Scythes will almost always want to go second as they can go for that bottom of turn five win or constantly put pressure on the Maelstrom missions by taking an objective and scoring a point. Since the embarked unit can re-embark under current ITC rules, if placed properly and the Night Scythe survives, the unit can jump back into the flyer and continue on its way to the next objective.

Once upon a time, the Night Scythe was under costed and super cheap. You could see 3-5 of them easy across the battlefield. Now with the Decurion detachments and other formations you certainly see less of them on the battle field. Having one or two in your list can certainly help and is a valuable tool that you shouldn’t overlook.


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8 Responses to “Necron Review: Fast Attack/Transport: Night Scythe”

  1. Reecius
    Reecius December 11, 2015 12:27 pm #

    Excellent point with the Judicator Battalion! I really enjoy using that formation and the ability to reroll the damage result on the Tesla Destructor is brutally good.

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      CaptainA December 11, 2015 4:47 pm #

      Its not to shabby.

  2. Requizen
    Requizen December 11, 2015 2:39 pm #

    I love Night Scythes. Mobility, good shooting, hard to take down without dedicated Anti Air (relatively rare). They’re extremely useful in many lists.

    The only downside I really dislike about them is that they can never Hover and score. In 5th, the spam lists were great because you could use their shooting and then drop their dudes onto last-turn objectives. For Maelstrom/Progressive…. that’s a bit less powerful overall, since you can’t use those 130-390 points to get VPs during the game, unlike Drop Pods or something.

    I don’t think they’re bad, but I rarely would see myself using more than 2 unless I was going for a themed list.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 11, 2015 3:21 pm #

      Yeah, 2 seems to be the upper limit for them, this edition.

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      CaptainA December 11, 2015 4:47 pm #

      Very solid points!

  3. Amir Hayek
    arabviking December 11, 2015 5:30 pm #

    The it will not die part only applies to heavy vehicles.

    The dropping of objective secured troops is a very nice tactic, too bad Decurion doesn´t give it.

    Very nice advice on the judicator batallion, didn´t think of that, too bad they cannot assault from reserve.

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      Vercingatorix December 11, 2015 6:30 pm #

      haha, didn’t think of that. the grots maintain control of the objective!

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      CaptainA December 12, 2015 9:17 am #

      Fixed, thanks for the catch!

      But I’d say being able to contest or hit an objective anywhere on the field is nothing to sneeze at, even if they are not obsec.

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