The Day of Ascension looms, and we’re sure that you followers of the Genestealer Cults out there are raring to join your brethren and rise up! As a reward for your loyalty, the Four-armed Emperor has decreed that we can treat you to a preview of one of the new units you’ll soon be able to get your two, three or even four hands on – the Biophagus!
This article was originally published on the Warhammer-community site.
What is a Biophagus?
A Biophagus is a specialist in gene-manipulation and bio-alchemy, responsible for industrialising the process of contaminating and indoctrinating new recruits into the cult. To that end, they are often found posing as medical staff and aides, where they can infect their victims with new genetic concoctions they have created in order to leave their victims more susceptible to the cult’s subtle influences.
The Science of War
When a Biophagus accompanies their cult’s forces to battle, they like to experiment with an assortment of biological cocktails on the Aberrants that act as both their bodyguards and test subjects. On the battlefield, this is represented by a powerful ability to enhanced the physical prowess and ferocity of nearby Aberrants:
They can even be accompanied by a ‘medical minion’ in the form of an Alchemicus Familiar. Once per battle, this handy assistant will enable their Biophagus master to roll two D3 for their Genomic Enhancement ability and choose which result to apply. This enables you to better customise your Aberrants to the enemy at hand (e.g. more Attacks with which to slaughter hordes of Infantry, or a useful boost to Strength for taking on larger, more resilient targets like Vehicles or Monsters).
A Biophagus is no front-line brawler, but when it comes to the crunch, they’re more than able to defend themselves. In fact, the debilitating toxins bound within their injector goad can prove lethal to any but the hardiest opponent:
If you’re a fan of Aberrants (giant, mutated, hammer-, pick- and road sign-wielding gribblies? Of course you are!), you’re going to want to get hold of a Biophagus to join your cult. Look out for more Genestealer Cults previews coming soon. Which of the new units showcased at the New Year Open Day 2019 are you most looking forward to adding to your cult? Let us know on the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page.
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