Late last night, the Dude over on Warseer had some information regarding the Riptide and its Nova Reactor. There was a lot of talk about whether or not the Riptide gets a save, weapon loadouts, and if really the results of overloading the Nova Reactor are random or not. This bit is everything I could dig up on it, as well as input from one of our good sources that sends in info to help us check rumors sometimes.


Please remember that these are rumors, salt is always required.

via neko over at Warseer
I didn't get any impression of the Nova reactor giving random effects (other than the chance to kill yourself of course). As always though, I could be wrong.


via an Anonymous Source from the Faeit 212 inbox (pretty good source)
*Heavy Burst Cannon or Ion Cannon + Shield for Weapon choices (No Rail weapon)
*Nova reactor is a 3+, you pick the effect, it's not random.
*No saves against the wound.


Last Nights information encase you missed it...
http://natfka.blogspot.com/2013/03/tau-riptides-activation-of-nova-engine.html
via the Dude onWarseer

Just heard the following:
Activating the Riptide's Nova Engine is risky. It only works on a 3+. If it fails to activate (roll of 1-2) the Riptide suffers a wound.

The weapon buff result for the Nova Engine supposedly buffs the large blast of the Ion Accelerator to S9 AP1, so there's your anti tank gun

Also, apparently Broadsides with missiles get 4 shots each at S7 AP4.


Of course I'm not sure the mechanics of the Nova Engine, but it appears to me to be a simple random table with1-2 being take a wound and 3-4 being one of the four rumoured buffs. If this is the case, you wouldn't be able to rely on it happening.

Also, if the charged profile does have a drawback like Gets Hot, you are twice risking self harm to get that one mega shot off.



If it works the way I'm thinking the table would look like this:



1-2: take a wound (with or without saves, we don't know)

3: Support weapons may fire twice
4: Invulnerable save becomes 3++
5: Stats Boost (I'm going to guess this will be multiple stats rather than a choice)
6: +1 S & -1 AP to one weapon

20 Comments:

  1. Sounds a bit too Ork-ish to me, at least if the table is true. The tau are too technology efficient to have a suit that is that random.

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    1. yep, good thing this posting is telling us that its not random

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    2. So the Tau stole parts from Orks to build a huge battle suit that if they press the big red button - whhoops! Seriously?!? I hae high hopes for the Riptide but with this rumor I might have just changed my mind. I'm bathing in salt hoping this is bunk.

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  2. Do we have indication that these are the types of effects the Nova Reactor grants? I was hoping for something a little more dynamic, like an option to extend shielding to units within 6" or have a jetpack move of 3d6. Whats listed here is fine, but not what I was expecting.

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    1. (I mean movement and shielding extension in addition to weapon improvements)

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  3. Well, if you could choose among those 4 options....ok. I kinda hate the only works on a 3+ thing (less concerned about the wound than it just not working) but thos are some good abilities? What if the ION gun was naturally Str8, ap2? (not crazy, considering the rumoured blast) Or str9? I'd take a Str9 ap1 shot, vs the blast for taking out a tank.

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  4. '...Heavy Burst Cannon or Ion Cannon...'
    It is 'Ion Accelerator', Ion Cannon is an entirely different weapon.

    Wasn't there a rumor that all the 'Ion' weapons could be overcharged? I wonder if this weapon has the option (without activating the Nova reactor)

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    1. Yes I believe it was S7 AP2 with three shots or a S8 AP1 Blast if I remember that correctly. I would certainly hope the overcharged effect does not get hot though. If it does the Riptide's gonna garner a lot of jokes about it blowing itself up...

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    2. I was under the impression the regular ion blast was an overcharged mode. Then the large blast was the nova mode

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    3. I would hope not. If the Riptide's upgrade weapon is a S6 Ap3 gun I will be thoroughly disappointed. Not that that's a bad weapon, but I'd expect better from a gigantic ubersuit.

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  5. Getting two on launch. Hope they're worth taking in pairs...

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    1. I would be getting 2, but considering the possible new trade agreement I may only get 1 from my local store. The nearest GW is 2.5 hours away...

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  6. im hoping that the reactor wound can be saved, at least by its invulerable save...

    Im still getting one though xD and probably another one in the future

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  7. Natfka, do you have any rumors about the fact that the next WD will be the 400th, and will be as thick as a.... say... ahem... a Codex ?..

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  8. Hope the Riptide explodes lie a vehicle if the reactor inflicts the last wound.

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  9. New forgeworld bikes/weapon packs for heresy.

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  10. I really hope the results of a failed Nova activation isn't correct. It makes Gets Hot! look positively awesome. An unsaveable wound taken? That's dumb.

    I wonder if the effect still activates? I can't recall seeing anything stating whether it doesn't even work on a 1 or 2, which would makes the Nova ability the worst "power" in the game.

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  11. Why do people still deny the railcannon? It is very clearly in one of the Riptide pictures...

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    1. Well, i for one think it is not the rail cannon, It would be pictured on the page where the other weapons are as well..

      However did anyone notice that on one of the pictures, the 'Shield arm' has 2 Fusion blasters on it? :O

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