New Eldar Incoming! What we know so far

Craftworld Eldar are about to get their own codex. The heavyweights of 7th edition have been fly weight so far in 8th, struggling with high points costs, overpriced elites, underwhelming troops and a huge range of named characters that have been very difficult to justify including in lists.

It has been an 80:20 codex -you can win with it if you take units from the viable 20% (hemlocks, farseers, Yvraine, waveserpents, D-scythes and a handful of others) and ignore the 80% that are a lot less competitive (dire avengers, wraithknights, falcons, a dozen named characters, rangers, scorpions, wraithguard, warp spiders, swooping hawks, warlock conclaves, warlock skyrunners, vaul’s awful support batteries, etc).

With that being the situation it is hardly a surprise that Eldar players are excited to see a new book on the horizon!

At the same time, any Eldar release is sure to stir up concern among the players of lesser races. The space elves have an unusually patchy history when it comes to balance, being overpowered almost to the level of invulnerability in a couple of past editions. What most gamers want is balance.

Will Gamesworkshop get it right this time?

What we know so far:

Craftword Eldar will be the next book released.

Preoder date: 21st October

This indicates a release date of Saturday 28th October

Included in this book:

  • Ulthwé
  • Iyanden
  • Biel-Tan
  • Altaioc
  • Saim-Hann

The Ynnari are not included, but will get their rules and datasheets included in the Triumvirate of Ynnead boxset; this will contain everything players need for using Ynarri lists, so it indicates there will not be a separate Ynarri book. (Many players have already bought the Triumvirate of Ynnead box, so it’s safe to assume there will be a downloadable version of these rules. Edit: Also note that apparently the GW FB account has said the rules will be the same as in the current index. )

Each Craftworld will be getting Stratagems and Warlord traits. The one we can see in this preview, Psytronome of Iyanden which doubles the attacks of Wraiths within 6″ at the cost of causing D3 mortal wounds to the units affected, is certainly powerful but almost the definition of a two-edged sword, especially considering the relative cost of Wraith Constructs to many of the units they will be fighting.

From Warhammer Community:

It’s official – the next codex for Warhammer 40,000 (and the first xenos codex of the new edition!) is Codex: Craftworlds!

Older hobbyists among you may remember Craftworld Eldar, which contained rules for Ulthwé, Iyanden, Biel-Tan, Altaioc and Saim-Hann. Codex: Craftworlds is the spiritual successor to that book as well as a step forward for the army in line with the other codexes we’ve released so far, featuring five new Craftworld Attributes designed to represent the unique ways these Aeldari go to war. The abilities are powerful, thematic, and flexible, and open up new tactical possibilities for army-building.

These Craftworld Attributes are paired with a range of Stratagems, Warlord Traits, no less than two vastly expanded psychic disciplines and powerful Remnants of Glory. Just check out the Psytronome of Iyanden:

Wow! Talking of Ghost Warriors, the new Start Collecting: Craftworld box has quite a few, featuring both a Wraithlord and some Wraithguard, as well as a War Walker and Farseer. This kit makes for a great start to your Craftworlds army, or as an addition to an existing force.

There are also some new dice on the way that are perfect for Craftworlds fans. There’s a grand total of 6 sets(!) for you to choose from, each representing a different Aspect Shrine.

(Matt: Please don’t buy the black Ulthwe dark reaper set for anything beyond wound tracking. I suspect the novelty will wear off after the first dozen rolls :D)

If you’re looking for a leader for your Craftworlds army, you’ll be happy to hear that Eldrad Ulthran – first seen in plastic in the Death Masque set – will be available to pre-order separately next week.

Next week also sees the Triumvirate of Ynnead repackaged for the new edition. As well as three awesome character models, this set contains full datasheets for everything inside, as well rules for fielding Ynnari detachments in your army, meaning you won’t need anything else to use them with your Craftworlds codex!

This Aeldari release won’t just see the return of some classic rules, but some classic models, too! For one week only, starting Saturday next week, the latest wave of Made to Order models will give you your chance to get your hands on some rare and out of production Craftworlds miniatures. There are Farseers, Exarchs, and, most excitingly, the much-coveted Bonesinger and the classic Rogue Trader Farseer (who looks pretty great for 28 years old!).  While you’re waiting for this Craftworlds celebration to land on store shelves, it’s a great time to catch up on some topical reading, and we can’t recommend Gav Thorpe’s Eldar Path Trilogy and the classic Bill King novel, ‘Farseer’, enough.

The Warhammer community website will be previewing the book all week, and 3++ will be taking a look at the rules as they are released.

Love them or loathe them, admire them or fear them, the Eldar are coming.


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16 responses to New Eldar Incoming! What we know so far

Can they at least fix dire avengers points cost! It is unbelieveable that they didn't get some kinda fix in the Faq since it was the biggest crazy point going. Sternguard money for a pointy ear with a catapult lol.

Thinking about that Psytronome of Iyanden Remnant of Glory (aka relic), I don't love the idea of taking D3 MW on expensive units but it could actually be quite impressive on a stomping Wraithknight.
For 24 attacks at S8 AP -2 D3 it is probably worth sucking up the damage – especially if it means you get to kill the opponent before he gets to strike.

In case anyone's wondering, Wraithblades would go from 3 attacks to 5 rather than 6 however, as their attack stat of 2 is doubled to 4, but the Remnant doesn't affect things like their Ghostsword rule (Each time the bearer fights, it can make 1 additional attack with this weapon.)

Honestly, the bigger issue with it (for me) is the 'once per game' bit. Like, the damage done/taken trade off is likely to be in your favour if you've charged into something that'd need the extra damage I'd think, especially considering it's a Relic (i.e. the only cost is opportunity cost), though I'm not exactly totally familiar with how they stack up cost/wound/damage wise 😛 . But…it's only once per game, which to me makes it too situational/not enough impact. Add on that you've still got the Soulburst comparison (which would of course still have to be weighed up against whatever other stuff's in the wings)?

I agree. Once per game means you might never be in a situation where you want to use it. Or you might be rushed to get try and get value from it, and use it at a sub-optimal time when you didn't really need to.

"(Many players have already bought the Triumvirate of Ynnead box, so it’s safe to assume there will be a downloadable version of these rules)"
They've said on FB that it's the same rules as current i.e. Index, which doesn't rule out a Codex.

"(Matt: Please don’t buy the black Ulthwe set for anything beyond rule tracking. I suspect the novelty will wear off after the first dozen rolls :D)"
Honestly, all bar the first/fourth look pretty horrible to use as actual dice, especially the black/white (tiny number inside a rune? Umm)…

They are just reboxing ynnari for the sake of updated data sheets, so the charters rules in box will be 8th instead instead of 7th. This doesn’t imply there won’t be an ynnari codex at all.