Reaver Jetbikes seem to be a little misunderstood. Partially because at first glance their stat lines just seem "OK". What Reavers bring to the table is a very serious advantage on the table top, and capitalizing on it, is not all that difficult.

Reavers have that scary 5+ save everyone is afraid about. In close combat they look like they will get slaughtered, and have a hard time doing much of anything. So I hear a lot of "they might get one shot off before they die horribly to bolter fire or close combat". Well, lets leave noobie land, and get over to how reavers are supposed to be used.

Reavers are able to turbo-boost, and they get an amazing 36" to do so. When turbo-boosting, Reavers draw a line from their starting point to their finishing point. A single non-vehicle unit under this line is hit with D3 S4 AP- hits per Reaver. An upgrade on every third Reaver allows you to get D6 S6 hits. The unit is allowed cover saves as normal. However, if you are simply flying over a unit between armor, or just hidden and not in area terrain, they wont be receiving a  cover save. So a unit of 9 Reavers would be delivering 3d6 S6 hits and 6d3 S4 hits. Averaging around 9 S6 hits and 12 S4. These hits are resolved immediately.

Don't forget that this is done during the movement phase. That means doing 25% casualties, combined with tank shocking raiders, can break units off the board rather quickly. If you do manage to break a unit during the movement phase, don't forget to shoot them and cause another 25% casualties so they will run again during the shooting phase without a chance for another moral check. Yea, that means they all just ran off the board.

Now that you've done your turbo-boosting, during your opponents next shooting phase, you get a 3+ cover save for turbo-boosting. I call that pretty durable. Yes, you might be vulnerable to assault, but don't forget that you get 36" to work with. If you came out of a Webway portal, you now just struck anywhere you wanted, and reached anywhere you want.

Reavers should be turbo-boosting most of the game. You do however have some great weapon upgrades, Heat Lances or Blasters. This makes your Reavers highly vversatile, able to break heavy armor and light infantry with amazing success.

11 Comments:

  1. The fly 12", Heat Lance/blaster, jump back 6" is always a great tactic.

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  2. Not sure about getting a unit to run twice in a turn. I seem to remember units already running don't take marble tests. I'll have to check my rulebook and get back to you.

    Apart from that, great article. I'm off to read your other articles.

    Rathstar

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  3. You can run many times during a turn. Technically you can
    1. tank shock them, they fail their test and break
    2. Hit them with reavers so they take 25% casualties (they will now break at the end of the your movement phase.
    3. shoot them during your shooting phase, to take 25% casualties and they will auto break even a third time.

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  4. THANK YOU!!!!, i am so sick of stupid people that is how i always used my reavers, and still everyone asks why i use them.

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  5. Hey man, great articals

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  6. nasty technique - i like it

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  7. Hey I love the article, nice job putting it together. I don't have my codex yet but it sounds like i will be wanting around 6 revers(sp?) :)

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  8. I have a small 1k DE army at the moment and I have 3 of these bikes. In the games I had the chance to use them the right way I love them but the GW I play at there is just too much armor to break first before they really get to do anything, and yes I can lance spam to take care of that problem but that means a round or two at least before they can use their best power.

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  9. I have a stupid question.... Sorry I am trying to learn. You mention tank shocking and reaver drive by... Can you make a unit fall back twice in the same movement phase (assuming 25% casulties)?

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  10. Yes you can. In fact you can make them run as many times as you can successfully tank shock them. Once a unit is broken, it automatically fails any moral checks.

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  11. I analysed the unit in one of my posts at http://army-builder.com/dark-eldar-reaver-jetbike-tactics/. I like the way you use them to break squads and the raider synergy is just golden!

    Mark

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