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Wraith Engine
Cryx Wraith Battle Engine

The Wraith Engine stalks the battlefields of western Immoren shrouded in the impenetrable shadow of death and pain. Ephemeral and elusive, it can become incorporeal at will or hide its presence in a cloud of ectoplasmic smoke. Like a great, necromechanikal specter, the Wraith Engine appears suddenly among its victims, slashing them to ribbons with its scything talons and drawing their souls into the glowing, green furnace of its innards.

Basic Info[edit]

Wraith Engine
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DEF 12
ARM 18/20 (★)
HP 26
CMD 10
Cost 15
Base Size Huge
(★) 20 vs ranged & magic, thanks to Unhallowed
See also How to Read the statblock


  • Scything Blade (x2) - 2" reach, P+S 15 melee weapons. (Effectively P+S 17 with Dark Shroud)


  • Battle Engine - All Battle Engines share the same special rules. Most notably being huge, having two fields of fire, and being immune to knock down, stationary, etc.
  • Construct - This model is a construct and is not a living model.
  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.
  • Incorporeal - This model can walk through walls, terrain, models, and just about anything else. It can't be damaged except by things which have Damage Type: Magical. When it makes a melee or ranged attack it loses Incorporeal until its next activation.
  • Rapid Strike - This model can make one additional melee attack each Combat Action.
  • Dark Shroud - While in this model's melee range, enemy models suffer -2 ARM.
  • Inscrutable - Enemies can't take control of this model for any reason.
  • Soul Bondage - Once per round when a living enemy warrior model is destroyed within 2" of the the Wraith Engine, you can replace the destroyed model with a Machine Wraith solo. The destroyed model is RFP'd and does not provide a soul token.
  • Unhallowed - While in the Wraith Engine's CMD range, friendly Cryx undead models gain +2 ARM against ranged and magical attacks.

Recent Changes[edit]

2017.04 Battle Engine CID

  • Gained 6hp.
  • Lost Cleave, but gained the much more reliable Rapid Strike. Net result is it gets the same number of attacks vs infantry, but one extra attack vs heavier targets.
  • Unhallowed now buffs all undead, instead of just Incorporeal, but lost the immunity to blast.
  • Soul Bondage RFPs on destroyed, allowing Rapid Strike to activate.

Thoughts on Wraith Engine[edit]

Wraith Engine in a Nutshell[edit]

The Wraith Engine is a support piece that you take for Unhallowed and Dark Shroud, the occasional Soul Bondage, and the occasional melee attack. It spends most turns running into the best board position to apply Unhallowed and/or Dark Shroud where you need it.

It'd be nice to get into combat more often and with MAT 7 and three P+S 17 attacks it's not bad at combat. The problem is that it is so fragile it depends on Incorporeal and/or keeping its distance to survive, and attacking means you lose that. Also it lacks any capability to boost attack or damage rolls or to buy extra attacks.

Combos & Synergies[edit]

  • The normal caveat : stuff which makes the enemy easier to hit/damage makes this model perform better at combat.
  • The Wraith Engine works well alongside any Undead swarm.
    • Weaker troops (any of the Thralls) will still die to direct hits, but get better at surviving blast damage.
    • Stronger troops (like the Banes) start shrugging off direct hits, and laughing at blast damage.
    • Undead warcasters love extra ARM.
  • Necrotechs and Necrosurgeons can repair the Wraith Engine.
  • Darragh Wrathe can speed it up with Death Ride.
  • Terminus can give it Tough with Shadow of Death.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

  • It's squishy, even after gaining 6 hp in the 2017 Battle Engine errata.
    • To keep it alive, you'll want to keep it Incorporeal. Which means its combat abilities are almost irrelevant most of the time in most of your games.
    • Its buffs are passive - you don't need to choose them like the Protectorate BE's miracles, or even as a special action. Instead you just run to where you need it.
    • This makes it a bit of a boring model, for what should be one of the centrepieces of your army.
    • Being quite dependent on Incorporeal to survive, it has bad match-ups into opponents with lots of magical weapons.
  • Your warjacks and that handful of non-undead units will not benefit from Unhallowed.
  • It costs as much as a heavy warjack, but with none of the benefits:
    • It can't benefit from warjack-only spells (like Infernal Machine) or battlegroup-only spells (like Mobility).
    • You can't use battlegroup points to offset its cost
    • It doesn't get focus to buy/boost attacks.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • The Unhallowed bonus applies to itself.
  • Stay away from Magical Weapons.
  • You can trigger Soul Bondage even if the Wraith Engine runs, and it isn't too hard to get a model within 2" depending on how aggressive you are with the WE. Also it's hilarious to turn a repair solo into a Machine Wraith and then possess the jack that solo was supposed to repair.
  • To get the full use out of your points investment, you need to strike a fine balance between committing the WE to combat to make a difference, vs hanging back to keep its buffs.
    • If you're using it on the flank, you can occasionally go after infantry that your opponent overextended.
    • If you're using it to anchor your midline, you should only go into combat vs a heavy that has to die this turn. Because you'll be dead next turn, so you want to make a big dent.



Theme Forces[edit]

Other Cryx models[edit]



Warcasters Agathia - Aiakos2 - Goreshade1 - Goreshade2 - Goreshade3 - Asphyxious1 - Asphyxious2 - Asphyxious3 - Terminus - Venethrax - Scaverous - Mortenebra1 - Mortenebra2 - Skarre1 - Skarre2 - Skarre3 - Sturgis2 - Deneghra1 - Deneghra2 - Deneghra3 - Coven
Warcaster attachments The Withershadow Combine - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Skarlock Thrall - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Controllers Iron Lich Overseer (Marshal) - Aiakos1 (BGC)
Light warjacks Deathripper - Defiler - Helldiver - Nightwretch - Ripjaw - Scavenger - Shrike - Stalker
Heavy warjacks Corruptor - Desecrator - Harrower - Inflictor - Leviathan - Reaper - Seether - Slayer
Barathrum - Deathjack - Erebus - Kharybdis - Malice - Nightmare
Colossal Kraken - Sepulcher
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Living Undead
Units BO Boarding Party - BO Ironmongers - BO Smog Belchers - Bloodgorgers - Marauders - Cephalyx Drudges - Cephalyx Overlords - Satyxis Gunslingers - Satyxis Blood Witches - Satyxis Raiders - Scharde Dirge Seers - Scharde Pirates Bane Knights - Bane Riders - Bane Warriors - Bile Thralls - Carrion Thralls - Mechanithralls - Necrosurgeon - Revenant Cannon - Revenant Crew - Soulhunters
Characters: Blackbane's Ghost Raiders - The Withershadow Combine
Solos Misery Cage - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Satyxis Raider Captain - Warwitch Siren
Characters: Agrimony - Aiakos1 - Axiara - Darragh Wrathe - Gerlak - Severa Blacktide
Bloat Thrall - Iron Lich Overseer - Machine Wraith - Necrotech - Pistol Wraith - Scrap Thrall - Skarlock Thrall - Soul Trapper
Characters: Bane Lord Tartarus - Mobius - Captain Rengrave - Hellslinger
Battle Engines No living engines Wraith Engine
Theme Forces
Black Industries - Dark Host - The Ghost Fleet - Infernal Machines - Scourge of the Broken Coast - Slaughter Fleet Raiders
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Mercenary Battlegroups
Warcasters Captain Bartolo - Captain Damiano - Cognifex - Drake MacBain - Exulon - Fiona - Magnus1 - Magnus2

Requires a 2+ caster game.

Other Controllers Raluk Moorclaw (Marshal) - Rorsh & Brine (Lesser Warlock) - Wrongeye & Snapjaw (Lesser Warlock)
Warjacks, Warbeasts, & Monstrosities The mercenary battlegroup members you can include in a Cryx army depends entirely on what type of model is commanding them. There are too many permutations to list here, please refer to one of the model entries above for full details of what it can take.
Mercenary Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Press Gangers - Sea Dog Deck Gun - Sea Dog Pirates & CA & WA - Steelhead Halberdiers - Steelhead Heavy Cavalry - Steelhead Riflemen

Croe's Cutthroats - Nyss Hunters - Devil's Shadow Mutineers - Boomhowlers

Solos Ogrun Bokur - Swamp Gobber Raiders

Bloody Bradigan - Bosun Grogspar - Doc Killingsworth - [[Eilish Garrity - Hawk - Gorman - Gudran - Rockbottom - Dougal - Orin - Ragman - Raluk Moorclaw - Rorsh & Brine - Madelyn Corbeau (Attached)- Saxon - Seargeant Nicolas - Stannis - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

Battle Engines None

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Construct - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Undead - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Incorporeal      (Edit)

  • All spells do magical damage. Refer to the latest errata.
  • If a weapon or spell does multiple types of damage (such as Chain Lightning doing Electricity damage), then you'll still be hurt by the spell. "Incorporeal" is not the same as "has immunity to all damage types". (Infernal Ruling)
  • If an incorporeal model declares a charge, then they stay incorporeal until they actually make an attack. So, for example:
    • If they're Countercharged after finishing their own charge movement, they will be Incorporeal while resolving the Countercharge attack.
    • If they fail the charge, they will stay Incorporeal.
  • Incorporeal models can be affected by pretty much any special ability, regardless of whether or not it's associated with a spell/magical weapon.
    For instance they can be knocked down by a gun with Quake or be eaten by a melee weapon with Consume. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Charging through models (Edit)
    • You can't charge all the way through your charge target, with the intention to turn around and face them once you're on the other side.
      • Because you aren't able to satisfy the "must keep the charge target in melee range" clause at the point after you are through the model but before you turn to directly face. At that point the target is behind you, not in your front arc, and thus not in your melee range.
      • Your melee range only extends to your front arc. Refer to the latest errata.
    • You can still "skim" through the edge of their base, if you're careful and smart with your positioning.

Rules Clarification : Rapid Strike - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Dark Shroud      (Edit)

  • Dark Shroud only applies to your melee range, and this doesn't includes behind you. Refer to the latest errata.
  • The ARM debuff still applies during a free strike.

Rules Clarification : Inscrutable - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Soul Bondage      (Edit)

  • The destroyed model does produce a corpse token, because it reached the 'destroyed' step.

Rules Clarification : Unhallowed - None yet. (Edit)