GW Reveals New Eldar 40k Battle Focus Rules

new-eldar-rules-codex-preview-rumors-teaserThe new Eldar 40k Battle Focus rules might be a game-changer for Eldar as it gives them some serious maneuverability.

It looks like the Fire and Fade strat (for most units at least) will be a thing of the past as these rules basically give them free use of it every turn. On top of that, it will also give them more ability to shoot assault weapons without penalty after advancing.

Warhammer Community unveiled the new rules that could bring the faction over the top. Let’s check it out and compare it to the rumors we saw before.

9th edition Aeldari eldar codex

So what’s waiting for you in the pages of this massive new 200-page codex? Let’s start with new ways to build the mixed-faction Aeldari armies of your dreams. Their race may be in decline, but they’re full of vibrant factions who can be called on for aid.

As well as rules for Asuryani Aeldari (that’s craftworlds to me and you), this new codex also has rules for fielding Harlequins – we’ll have more info on adding these deadly clowns to your armies later in the week. We saw the first Corsairs miniature at LVO, and you can also include them in an army. You can even dedicate yourself to the Aeldari god of death and take a Ynnari army – all using the same codex!

Battle Focus Rumors

eldar rumor day 6This was the rumor we saw as a part of the big Advent rumor reveals. It looks like they got this one pretty close, so that might mean the rumors are a good place to look if you want to see what else is coming. As if they get some stuff right, other rumors must have some validity.

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Now, let’s check out the rules released by GW.

GW Reveals New Eldar 40k Battle Focus Rules

Battle Focus

This rule, which you’ll also find liberally sprinkled throughout the codex, is a bit of a game-changer. Aeldari are awash with Assault weapons, from shuriken catapults to fusion guns, and Battle Focus not only allows you to fire these light and deadly guns without penalty after dashing into range, it also adds Pistols to the mix – like the vicious shuriken pistols wielded by Storm Guardians.

What of those fleet-footed fighters equipped with weightier weaponry? Even heavily armed Aeldari are known for being nimble, and prefer to pack a punch instead of taking one. With Battle Focus, your glass cannons* can now unload a salvo of death, then dart away from retaliation.

Counting as Remaining Stationary with assault and pistol weapons is pretty cool when you advance. It will let you run into position and still fire with precision. However, the bigger rule is probably the second one. Being able to do a free move with (we assume) a large part of the army after shooting is really sweet.

Even though you can fail and roll a 1 (well you don’t fail but moving one inch probably won’t get you much) but if you roll on average you’ll be able to get your units back into cover pretty easily.

The only issue with this is the fact this might really slow the game down if every turn you are doing this on 80% of your units. Also, just remember, you can’t use this to get closer to a charge.

Other than that though, we think Eldar players will be happy so far with this tidal wave of news and rumors for all things Aeldari. Use the links below to check out our other coverage:

Are you excited about all the new Eldar 40k rules so far?

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