Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker - Mercenary Seeker Character Solo

sylas_wyshnalyrr.pngAn Iosan scholar well versed in the arcane arts, Sylys Wyshnalyrr barters his talents to the armies of the Iron Kingdoms in exchange for access to their libraries and safe passage across their lands. Given Sylys’s attention, even the most puissant warcaster would find his own sorcerous ability strengthened, gaining an invaluable edge in battle.
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Basic Info


See also Interpreting the Statblock
Squishy Solo
Average Solo
With the same SPD as most Retribution infantry, he should have no problem keeping up with warcasters.


  • Staff of Seeking - Despite its special properties, you probably shouldn't be using this to actually hit anyone.

Special Abilities

  • Mercenary - He works for Cygnar, Khador and the Retribution.
  • Attached - This model is attached to a warcaster/warlock. Each warcaster/warlock can only have one model attached to it. He can be attached to non-mercenary warcasters.
  • Arcane Assistance - This model allows the warcaster/warlock they're attached to upkeep one spell for free each turn.
  • Arcane Secrets (★Action) - RNG 3. The affected 'caster gets an extra die on attack and damage rolls for the first spell cast this turn, discarding the lowest.
  • Spiritual Conduit - A few extra inches of range on non-channeled spells for his warcaster. Very useful for everyone, but especially armies that don't have easy access to arc nodes.
  • Retribution Partisan - When taken in a Retribution force, he counts as a Retribution model (not a mercenary model).

Thoughts on Sylys Wyshnalyrr

Sylys Wyshnalyrr in a nutshell

Sylys is a warcaster attachment that boosts the spellcasting of whichever caster he is attached to. Arcane Assistance is basically an extra focus - and Arcane Secrets gives an average of +1.5 to hit and damage on the first spell the caster casts that turn while lowering the likelihood of dice spiking against you. Spiritual Conduit is a nice range boost.

Combos & Synergies

Normally, 1 point of focus in the form of a free upkeep is not worth what Sylys costs, so it's best to take him with warcasters that benefit from all of his abilities with a few exceptions. Some faction-specific thoughts:

The Retribution
The free upkeep is a big buff with most Retribution 'casters coming in at FOC 6, as every extra focus is significant. Add in a couple of Arcanists to take some allocation stress away and this frees up a lot more of the 'casters' arcane power for boosts and spells.

  • Adeptis Rahn: A good damage roll for Chain Blast can obliterate a light infantry squad. In fact, Arcane Secrets is generally awesome with Rahn. Use it on his feat turn to really optimize your hitting potential. Sylys will also allow for a 14" Force Hammer if it's not channeled.
  • Lord Arcanist Ossyan: His four upkeep spells beg to include this model in his army, and Arcane Secrets can help you damage that 'jack you need to make stationary.
  • Dawnlord Vyros: Big V generally likes to spend his focus on ripping things apart or letting his 'jacks rip things apart. Inviolable Resolve can be upkept for free after turn one, and Arcane Secrets can boost all of the damage rolls on Eliminator or let him Stranglehold a key model more easily.

  • Bartolo Montador is one of the rare warcasters where taking Sylys just for his free upkeep is worth it because it allows Bart to give his Galleon that last focus point and still cast Batten Down the Hatches so the Galleon can get that extra attack or boost. That extra focus point can effectively become two or more extra focus thanks to Hot Shot. That extra boost to hit means an extra boosted damage roll against that hard target, and if you catch a secondary target in the blast, that's another free boost. If another Merc solo is ever released that gives Bart that extra focus point, Sylys will never be seen with him again.
  • Ashlynn d'Elyse: Sylys is pretty much built for a 'caster like Ashlynn, and he's almost always following her around. When she casts an offensive spell (while rare), it is going to be essential that you connect with as little focus spent as possible. He does make casting Distraction a lot more attractive, increasing its range and likelihood of hitting. She's also quite greedy with her focus and always has one or two upkeep spells going, which Sylys loves to help with.
  • Fiona the Black likes to cast lots of Soulfires and has many upkeeps, so she benefits from all of his abilities. Between Sylys, Cultists and Soulfire, she can have double-digit focus every turn. He's always in her list.

Cygnar has an excellent in-house warcaster attachment (the Squire) that competes with Sylas. So he'll never be an auto-include for Cygnar. There are some Cygnarians that would do well to consider him, however:
  • Caine1: Spiritual Conduit lets the good Lieutenant cast a 19" Arcane Bolt, and also makes Thunder Strike reach out further than his (unbuffed) pistols. Arcane Secrets makes both spells much more likely to hit. Great for doing what Caine1 likes best: setting up assassinations.

Khador has a good in-house warcaster attachment (the War Dog), however it benefits melee warcaster's whereas Sylys benefits spell warcasters. Thus Sylys is going to be an attractive option for Khadorians, depending on whose in charge.
Also, Khador 'jacks are pretty focus hungry, and effectively getting an extra focus per turn is great. And since Khador 'casters can't arc their spells anyway, Spiritual Conduit is going to see plenty of use.

Drawbacks and Downsides

  • Arcane Secrets triggers on the first spell - plan ahead
  • If Sylys falls outside 9" from his caster he's useless for the turn.
  • Sylys is pure support.

Tricks and tips

  • This is caster-specific.




Arcane Secrets boosts mean values and standard deviation of a rolls as follows:

With Arcane Secrets

How can I include this model/unit in my army?

Mercenary models are a bit more complicated than normal models. They can be taken in 3 ways: As a mercenary model hired by a normal faction, as a normal model in a mercenary contract, or as a normal model in a theme force.

  1. This modelcan be hired by one of the following factions:
  2. This model can be taken in one of the following mercenary contracts:
  3. As part of one of the theme forces below

Retribution Index
Garryth - - Issyria - - Kaelyssa - - Ossyan - - Rahn - - Ravyn - - Thyron - - Vyros 1 - - Vyros 2
Warjacks - Light
(Light Myrmidion)
Aspis - - Chimera - - Gorgon - - Griffon
Warjacks – Heavy
(Heavy Myrmidion)
Banshee - - Daemon - - Hydra - - Manticore - - Phoenix - - Sphinx
Discordia - - Hypnos - - Imperatus
Warjacks - Colossals
(Colossal Myrmidion)
Helios - - Hyperion

Dawnguard Destors - - Dawnguard Invictors - - Dawnguard Sentinels - - Battle Mages - - Houseguard Halberdiers - - Electromancers - - Heavy Rifle Team - - Houseguard Riflemen - - Mage Hunter Infiltrators - - Mage Hunter Strike Force - - Stormfall Archers
Special Weapon Attachment: Soulless Escort
Special Unit Attachment: Eiryss3
Arcanist - - Dawnguard Destor Thane - - Dawnguard Scyir - - Ghost Sniper - - Artificer - - Magister - - Houseguard Thane - - Mage Hunter Assassin - - Soulless Voidtracer
Eiryss1 - - Eiryss2 - - Skeryth Issyen - - Narn - - Nayl
Warcaster Attachment: Sylys Wyshnalyrr
Journeyman Warcaster: Elara
Battle Engines
Arcantrik Force Generator

Retribution Mercenary Index
Mercenary Warcasters
We shall kill each and every filthy arcanist and all their abominable mechanika.
Mercenary Warjacks
Different types of Mercenary warjacks can only be taken by specific Mercenary models ... which means there's too many permutations to list here (in any sort of meaningful way).

However, note that the following Retribution mercenary models can control warjacks/warbeasts (in addition to the Mercenary Warcasters listed above):
Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath

Mercenary Units
Nyss Hunters - - Lady Aiyana & Master Holt
Mercenary Solos
Lanyssa Ryssyll - - Madelyn Corbeau - - Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath
  • Note: To field a mercenary warcaster with Retribution (ha ha ha ha), you need to be playing a game which allows 2 (or more) warcasters.

Or see the Retribution Theme Forces

Rules Clarifications

  • Although Sylys is a mercenary model, he can be attached to non-mercenary warcasters. Unlike Targ.