New Tau Codex Markerlight 9th Edition 40k Rules Spotted!

new-tau-markerlights-pathfindersThe new 40k Tau Codex has been spotted and the rules are flying like crazy- here’s what are supposedly the new Markerlight rules!

Someone got their hands on the codex book a little early it looks like, and has answered/transcribed a ton of rules across a thread and throughout multiple messages. More importantly, they posted a picture of their cat with the Codex book, so in theory, these are not new tau rules rumors but rules leaks instead…

New Tau 9th Edition Codex

Tau Codex

It’s about to get even better with Codex: T’au Empire on the way early next year. How early? We’ll get to that, but it’s close enough that we’ve been able to get some markerlights trained on the cover so you can see the beautiful art right now. Codex: T’au Empire will arrive in early 2022, and with the Genestealer Cults and Adeptus Custodes codexes also landing in the same period.

We’ll see how they do the release, but we expect those other two codex books (Custodes & GSC) will come out a little earlier, and then the Tau stuff with Darkstrider, etc. Still, with how strange the releases have been, we’ll have to see.

So we’re on deck to see the new Tau codex soon as we are “in the same period” as the other two mentioned above!

New Tau Codex Markerlight 40k Rules Spotted!

tau codex catSpotted on a wild thread over on Reddit, we have what may be a ton of new Tau 40k rules “rumors”.

Hi there. Picture should prove my credentials. I promised not to give out more pictures, so I won’t. On the same front, I promise not to lie or embellish anything and to keep my personal commentary to an absolute minimum on any information I pass along.


Fire Markerlights (Action): One or more Markerlight units from your army can start to perform this action at the start of your movement phase. Aircraft Markerlight units can perform this action. The action is completed at the start of your next shooting phase. If this action is successfully completed, for each model in that unit that is equipped with one or more markerlights, for each markerlight that model is equipped with, select one enemy unit within 36″ of that model that would be an eligible target for that model if its unit had been selected to shoot, and roll one D6: on a 3+, that enemy unit gains one Markerlight token.

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While a VEHICLE or DRONE unit is performing the Fire Markerlights action, that unit can move without that action failing. If it does, until the end of the turn, models in that unit without the VEHICLE or DRONE keyword that are equipped with any markerlights are treated as not being equipped with any markerlights for the purpose of the Fire Markerlights action.

Each time a Tau Empire unit (not Aux) is selected to shoot:

  • Each time a model in that unit makes a ranged attack against a unit with one or more Markerlight Tokens, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll.
  • After that unit has finished making attacks, for each enemy unit targeted by those attacks, remove one Markerlight token from that enemy unit.
  • Remove all Markerlight tokens at the end of your shooting phase.

Pathfinders can move then apply Markerlights

So far the new updates to infantry and battlesuits seem to be just what the doctor ordered for the Tau rules-wise in 9th edition!

Here’s all the latest on the upcoming Tau rules updates and points changes for Warhammer 40k.

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Are you excited about these new Tau codex Markerlight 40k rules? What rules changes would you like to see?

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