October 2020 FAQ Update Review – Aeldari

In advance of the upcoming release of Codex: Space Marines and as promised, Games Workshop dropped a massive FAQ update on us today (remember when we said fifteen books needed FAQs? Turns out it was more). There’s a lot to digest, so we’re poring over every word of the updates and noting what’s changed and our thoughts on what it means for the faction. In this article we’re looking at all the different space elves in the one article because quite frankly you guys got rinsed.

My job is to simply point out that in a spot of good news for the Craftworlds, Drukhari and Harlequins is that they also got the updated Power Swords. Oh and the Craftworld Flamer and Dragon’s Breath Flamer also got picked up in the ctrl+f sweep and updated too.

The Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Awakening book & the White Dwarf: Harlequins Psychic Awakening pamphlet remain unchanged.

What I feel was missed was the Melta equivalent weapons like the Fusion Gun, Fusion Pistol, Fire Pike and maybe the Heat Lance too. There’s also the Inferno lance on the Skathach Wraithknight in case you saw that white elephant on the table. And if we’re wish listing, I’d probably like to see weapons like the D-scythe get a little boost with maybe a minimum 3 damage at half range. It might have been nice to see maybe one the Ynnari swords changed to a flat 2 damage perhaps.

With all that said, I shall now leave you in the expert hands of someone who actually knows what they’re talking about, James “One_Wing” Grover.


Wings: Yeahhhh this is a whole nothing-burger, and puts me in a difficult position because of, uh, past promises I’ve made. There are one or two things from the various changes that need a quick followup, and I’m hoping against hope that Fire Dragons maybe have someone notice their incredibly obvious melta weapons.

Like, it’s fine. Howling Banshees are maybe nearly OK specifically if you run them as Hunters of Ancient Relics, and Wyches quite like behing able to have a Hekatrix taking swings with a sword, but in a cruel irony the advent of finally being able to do these things at strength four coincides with a lot of relevant marines becoming toughness five. Joy. Most other users are cursed by having either far too few attacks for it to ever matter (Swooping Hawk Exarchs) or having vastly better weapon options (pretty much everything else). Harlequins as a whole fall into the latter category.

That’s it. Nothing more to see here. Move along, and if you like winning keep slamming on the Harlequin button.