New Harlequin Weapons & Eldar Strands of Fate Rules

new-eldar-rules-codex-preview-rumors-teaserGW revealed new Harlequin Weapons and Eldar Strands of Fate rules which are miracle dice of sorts- check it out!

We saw rumors for a long time about this new mechanic and it looks like they were right. On top of that, they also revealed weapon profiles for Harlequins as well as some stratagems. So plenty more for Eldar players to feast their eyes on before the release of the codex.

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!

Eldar Rumors

Day 9 of the Eldar X-Mas Leak CalendarThis was the rumor we saw as a part of the big Christmas Leaks. It looks like they got this one pretty close (they even got the name right), 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. 

Eldar Strands of Fate Rules

Strands of Fate

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Your manipulations of fate begin at the start of each battle round, so you can access the Farseers’ meddling** throughout every turn. Choose wisely when picking which dice to retain, but don’t hesitate to use them – the future is always changing, and any leftover dice won’t carry over to the next battle round.

This is a pretty strong mechanic as you’ll be getting a lot of free 6’s (hopefully) every round. Just remember, it’s not the number you actually roll, it always counts as a six but can only be used on the corresponding number above. This can be really clutch for everything and when you need to make a roll, just throw one of these out.

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However, you can only manipulate one of each type per round, so use them wisely and don’t throw them away! Now, let’s check out the new Harlequins weapons.

New Harlequin Weapons

Harlequin weapons

Each variant gives the model that carries it a different keyword, which can be triggered with Stratagems to really unlock the devastating impact of these unconventional weapons.

If you ask us, this actually makes things more complicated than just keeping three profiles as now you’ll have to remember to use the Stratagems instead of them just being built-in effects.

Speaking of which, let’s look at the stratagems you can use now for these:

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The Harlequin’s kiss contains a monofilament wire that unravels inside its victim, turning their insides into soup (not that the Aeldari would know anything about something as prosaic as soup). This horrific outcome is represented by the Kiss of Death Stratagem.

This gives you chances for Mortal Wounds and with how many attacks you are bound to have, you should be getting a decent number of MWs for sure.

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No less terrifying is the Harlequin’s caress – a wrist-mounted phase-field generator that allows its bearer to reach inside an enemy’s armour. With the Oblivion’s Caress Stratagem, it even allows you to bypass invulnerable saves.

This is pretty strong against certain armies as you will be punching through all Invulnerable saves. That probably makes sense why this is 2 CP instead of 1.

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Finally, there’s the Harlequin’s embrace, which surrounds an enemy with a monofilament wire that contracts, slicing them into pieces – perfect for feeding to Yvraine’s Gyrinx. Send your whole Troupe in for a group hug with A Deadly Embrace.

This isn’t anything too crazy, but you should be able to get off a few extra mortals with it. Just to note, you can use this and either of the other two in a turn if you wanted.

Haywire Cannon

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It’s not just the Harlequins’ close-combat weapons that have been refreshed in the Aeldari codex. We’ve already seen what the shuriken cannon can do, but the haywire cannon on the Voidweaver is now so devastating that these fast-moving skimmers will tear through enemy tank squadrons.

This is pretty similar to before and is just great at destroying tanks with the possibility for tons of mortals.

Overall, 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:

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