Kroot HQ selections, two new suits, and more. Tau rumors are here. For an April release or later, the codex is rumored to be done. I think there are just a lot of us that dying to get more bits of information on a Tau codex release. It will be one of the biggest releases of the year once it hits.

Please remember that although these come from a good source, that these are still rumors. Like always salt is required.

via an Anonmyous Source from the Faeit 212 inbox 
None of the Forgeworld suits will be in the new Tau codex. 

There are two new suits, however and the crisis and broadsides are both being redone and are very distinct from one another. 

The hazard suits will remain as a Forgeworld supplement and are even referenced in the fluff in a few places. They're just non-standard issue and still considered in prototype for various reasons. 

The Kroot hq replaces the 1+ requirement on fire warriors with a Kroot unit. 

And the book is finished. Has been for a while. 

64 Comments:

  1. Sounds good to me!

    So excited for this book, Tau were my first army when i got into the hobby and I've recently taken it out of cold stasis to start fixing it up in preparation for this 'dex.

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    1. My first 40k army as well. I'm excited to have new suits new dex and a Flyer to defend myself!!! So tired of getting slapped around by flyers.

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    2. My first 40k army as well. I'm excited to have new suits new dex and a Flyer to defend myself!!! So tired of getting slapped around by flyers.

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    3. My first and only. And yes this is fantastic news, hope this will not be Aprils fool...

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    4. First and only? Much respect to you sir!

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    5. Same here. First and only. The tactical depth and realism of this army can't be matched, if you like modern combat history. Come on, seriously, would a futuristic army ever prepare for close combat? :)

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    6. Good point Sergio, and is not only this that i love Tau. Just look all this Imperium funboys and i want to ask them, lets say that you live at 40k universe would you seriously live inside the Imperium world with that missery and torture, to be an experiment for Mars Mechanicum or live to hive cities "paradise"? Sorry but is not me this one. Tau at 40k have the greatest society i know it is just a game but when i involve with something i get it seriously :)

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    7. The good sir has not visited the Ultramar segmentum, i see!

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    8. My first too and still enjoying it! I am xcited about the news

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    9. I also agree on that, CCCP. The fact that they are the only non-psychopathic society in 40K is a big reason to keep rooting for them!

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    10. My first as well. Brought them out of mothballs briefly when 6th hit to try them out with the new rules, and while vastly improved, still not ready for prime time, so to speak. Can't wait!

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    11. My first as well. Brought them out of mothballs briefly when 6th hit to try them out with the new rules, and while vastly improved, still not ready for prime time, so to speak. Can't wait!

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  2. Hooray! All we need now is a date :)

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  3. Woooooot! I ♥ you!!! :D

    I hope there will be the chance to build up a full "Mobile Suit Gundam" army too! ;)

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  4. Good news for Tau. Hope y'all get everything you've hoped for. I never see them on the tables.

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    1. What i meant to say was, i need this codex.

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    1. Well, unless they're Finecast. New Kroot hounds (plastic) would be nice too.

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  7. If the codex is due for an April release then it must have been finished months ago

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  8. "The Kroot hq replaces the 1+ requirement on fire warriors with a Kroot unit."

    This annoys me. I was hoping that as the only codex to impose these kinds of restrictions, the update would remove such annoyances. While it's nice that a Kroot HQ shifts the 1+ making it easier to do an all Kroot army to me it just seems like a very arbitrary restriction.

    Here's to hoping this little bit is wrong.

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    1. Yes but I REALLY, REALLY want an ALL Kroot mercenary allied contingent! the 1+ Fire warrior requirement kills that currently.

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    2. I always liked the the 1+ for Crisis hq and Firewarriors. It fit their background so well, and they are both exceptional units in their own right it didnt hurt the army.

      And yes, contrary to what (I perceive as) popular opinion,I believe that Firewarriors are exceptional.

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    3. I believe that several times recently, designers have stated that they are moving away from em placing restrictions of any kind on the armies. This makes me doubt these rumours; I am 100% certain that the 1+ will be removed entirely. Hopefully it was just a bit of confusion, as I also would love a full Kroot army.

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  9. I'm very excited for this book!
    I've been meaning to revamp my old Tau army for some time though if this is an April release I think my budget will only let me pick up the codex.

    Though I doubt I'd collect an all Kroot army the option to do so sounds great. I hope there are many more interesting Tau rumors leading up to April.

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  10. The owner of my local store told me yesterday that he was unable to get a copy of the current Tau codex to put on display. When he pushed he was told that he could not get one because there was none any more, he should wait until next month to order one that there should be plenty then.

    I play Tau myself and I am beginning to start to believe :-)

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  11. Its rare that I find my self frothing at the mouth, having to lash myself to the nearest mast to prevent me from spending on GW stuff, but Tau were my first true army (after kicking the newbie Ultramarines phase we all go through ;-) ) and I am eager to see Markerlights reworked for efficiency and usefulness, and to see if the XV2- suit class becomes a standard commander option.

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  12. I'm among the many tau players drooling for this updated release. I have a 6x4 playing area crammed full of skimmers and infantry that I'm dying to use. 3 more weeks and we will have the white dwarf to confirm (hopefully 2 weeks until leaked foreign copies show up).

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  13. Not sure how new it is, but Farsight disappered from the GW website, checked on multiple countries as well.

    Does it mean a new Farsight model?

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  14. Question from a non-Tau (Eldar) player. It sounds like a bunch of you guys shelved your armies. Was that old Dex that unplayable?

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    1. It was pretty bad. There is basically one competent list (not competitive- competent) and you had to really outskill your opponent.

      A lot of choices were just never, ever, remotely useful (Vespid...), and we have wargear that literally does nothing because of edition changes.

      On top of that, there is very little variety in the codex, for one to expand. For example, with Eldar, there's always another unit or loadout you can experiment with. Tau have two troop choices, two elites, and and our fast attack and heavy support suffer from some worthless choices and some good ones, so there isn't much room to expand a Tau army. So, a lot of Tau players started up a second army instead.

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    2. It was very unplayable in most respects. There were a lot of outdated gear and rules that didnt apply to fith edition at all and not 6th edition. Some units like fire warriors did get a boost in 6th edition with the new rules for rapid fire and overwatch and what not. They really need a new codex to be able to play a well rounded army

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    3. In 6th it is much better than it was in 5th.
      Currently they are playable again with updates to the Disruption pods, Stealth Suits, Jet Pack, Preferred Enemy, etc.. Not to mention Overwatch and Rapid fire. But still, way too few options. Way, way too few. :(

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    4. Like Alec said there's not much you can "experiment" with just some relatively small changes you can make. Although now you can at least ally in another army to make a Tau army stronger and have some fun designing a list.

      Right now I've been allying in Dark Eldar to add in a aggressive group of units.

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    5. Understood. Running the same damn list all of the time would be a megadrag. For Eldar, I think that 6th really brought it up to speed. I know a lot of Autarchs and Farseers out there that would love to crush my spirit stone for saying so but...I'd like for GW to hold off on a new Dex for us. The devil I know or the devil I don't...
      Give Tau, Sisters and Templars love first.

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    6. I took up Tau in fifth after wanting a time out from Blood Angels. Playing them really taught me about tactics and strategy and made me a much more competent player. Hence I'll always have love for them.

      The die hard Tau players out there will be an absolute bane to other armies when they get a new codex. They'll know the army inside out and have some new toys to use, I pity the upcoming tournament scene hurt.

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    7. I would say it's a matter what you do with them. I picked them up in 5th and they've been my main army since some time in late 2010/early 2011, and I have only lost one game in that time.
      Loads of draws of course, and plenty of wins.

      And that is playing against some 'less skilled players' and playing against people who *claim* they attend tournaments.

      /shrug

      Know what you want to achieve and plan for it...

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    8. Not so bad, but you needed to understand the codex to still get a competitive build out, much like Eldar in my opinion.

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    9. I don't really see why so many people are putting them down. 6th edition Tau are pretty damn powerful, almost to the point of being OP in some cases. Tau have no problem being competitive, you just need to be more careful in terms of using cover, movement and positioning.

      The big problem with Tau is simply that you don't have much in the way of options. The codex is somewhat limited on options as it is (only 2 HQ, 2 Troops, 2 Elite) but then half of the options available to you are simply not viable. Tau have some of the best units in the game (and definitely some of the best weapons in each class). The problem is they also have a lot of the worst units too.

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    10. A lot of the problem is that Tau aren't priced for 6th. Fire Warriors cost way too much for what they do, and many of the upgrades suffer from the same problem. Many of their units would be fine if they got a points decrease.

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  15. Sorry to be a nay-sayer, but I doubt this will be released next month. I vaguely remember that release schedule leaked last year, which started from June, I believe, it had a tail-end of a Tau release wave.

    Personally, I think they'll consolidate, and have a minor release next month, with Tau in May. But I'd love to be wrong. Two codexes in two months would be just amazing.



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    2. Reposting to avoid confusion, Tau will be released in April alongside a new Farsight model and new Kroot HQ.

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  16. "And the book is finished. Has been for a while."

    Here's hoping they have a good editor for this one. None of the DA Codex crap where a whole character was left out.... no one likes to spend $50.00 only to see a FAQ released a week later that was/is not just a FAQ but re-writes a lot of key elements of said codex.

    I just want GW to make sure that what goes to print, is as refined as possible. With the lead time they have, there's no excuse for things like the DA Codex FAQ, DftS etc...

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    1. You mean Seraphicus? The limited edition model packed into Dark Vengeance who is an Interrogator Chaplain but worse because all he does is grant preferred enemy Chaos Space Marines, rather rerolls on the charge, who you still need the Dark Vengeance data sheet to even play, that they probably only put in that FAQ because people asked about it? I'm hardly going to fault them for leaving him out, otherwise I have no clue what you mean...

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  17. So excited. Clearing my hobby schedule in anticipation.

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  18. Well, looks like I need to finish my Fire Warriors. Also the three crisis suits. I have a pile of Night Lords to finish first, but I love the Tau so looks like my Night Lords might be on hold :P.

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  19. I can't wait to get a new codex and maybe start winning some games. I am so sick of pouring everything I got into a game and still losing when my friend can win by leaps and bounds with casual lists.

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    1. Maybe your friend is simply a better player than you? Whatever the cause, if the Daemon codex is any indication,this new Tau codex will not be some Wardian uber dex but will be a ballanced book that still required creative and skilled use.

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    2. Tau are a lot better in 6th. Of course thats all relative, right? It'll depend on your skill level, your list, and those of your opponent. In general though, they're better and have a fighting chance in most matchups, although theres little room for error.

      I would not expect Tau to be the GKs of 6th by any means though, so be ready for a balanced codex :)

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  20. Great stuff natfka!
    I'm going to lose what's left of my sanity waiting for this dex :-P

    Have we heard any rumors on the second suit? I'm assuming one is the "uber" suit. If the second isn't the hazard then???

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    1. Maybe Shadowsun's 'experimental' suit is out of testing and has become standard issue?

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  21. Hopefully they will do as good a job with Tau as they did with Chaos Daemons. CD are an absolute blast to play, although the tourney players likely hate it due to the Warpstorm chart.

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  22. Are you guys ready for April and the lightened wallet the new Tau codex brings? 2 New Fliers, 2 new Suit options, a Uber-suit, New kroot HQ option, lots of new kits and better rules and options. Us Tau are about to finally get RETRIBUTION!!!! Sorry imperial players but I will be "lighting" you up here very soon.

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    1. I love seeing things like this pop up in the reply section- it just gets me that much more excited.

      Can you speak about what role the flyers serve? Air-to-air, air-to-ground, transport?

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    2. Shaso says June in one comment and April in another. Sounds a little *devil*fishy to me if he's claiming to be a source. If hes just paraphrasing the rumors posted here though, then hes just inconsistent.

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    3. I meant April with apoc in June or July sorry for the confusion was having a conversation in person at same time as post.

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  23. I'll wager that they're splitting the suites into 2 kits, and the new variants are one kit making a Crisis and something with a second kit making a broadside and something else.

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  24. So to be to the point, Tau will be in April and I have been hearing Apoc redux in late June or early July. As far as being a source I only pass along what I hear from my sources. I appologiose for the earlier statement about Tau in June it was a typo based on the fact I was posting and having a conversation at the same time.

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  25. yea, tau codex, even though i only started playing 40k as of October last year, its been hell haveing too wait for the codex (im sure it must have been 100x worse for other tau players though) im very excited though

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  26. So it remains to be seen if April means released in April (and therefore due to be in WD in a couple of weeks time), or April WD to be released in May... one Tau player here hoping for the former.

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