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Grey Knights Glow UP (Codex review )

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Hello everyone !!

Grey Knights struggled since the passage to the 9th edition. The smite conundrum was bad and the layers and layers of rules you had to pile to just survive was staggering. Yes, Grey knights were in dire need of a new codex! Ok, they also need new models because the mini marines are now ridiculous especially with storm bolter and the one-handed nemesis weapons.

grey knights 9th codex review

Yea they need a bigger body :D Sadly apart from the already sold out Crowne, they are stuck with small bodies and baby carriers ^^

But let's forget about models one second and focus on what's could be the biggest Glow Up an army ever received. GK is supposed to be second best behind cutodes and now I can say YES they are :D

Let's review this new Grey Knight Codex

Army Wide Profile Change

grey knights 9th codex review

grey knights 9th codex review

Grey Knights Profile change :

  • All Grey Knigths gained 1 wound
  • Even Nemesis, and most Characters.
  • All grey knights have base 3 attacks, Justicar are 4 attacks
  • Yea i know it's crazy but 5 GK do 16 attacks. Speaking of melee attacks.
  • Nemesis Weapons :
  • Deal Flat 2 damage and gained +1S (all version
  • Most units options are free
  • but PsyCanon and Deamon Hammer
  • Sanctic Discipline
  • are psychic power that can be casted more than once per turn. But more on this later.

All these buff for a mere 2pts per model but if you take one psycannon and one Daemon Hammer it's 7pts cheaper so it's only 3 pts increase for a squad of 5. Neat isn't it? :D

grey knights 9th codex review

Both ranged changed, Psycannon is sexy but Psilancer is free. Incinerator is free also with 1d6 hit at 12" range S6 ap1 auto hit

These Profile change are off course super sexy but they are accompanied by some general rules changes that are mostly nerf :

  • GK still have +1 to unbind but lost +1 to cast

  • Aegis now grant a FNP +5 against mortal wounds

  • Tides can be used once per battle
  • So when you change out, you can't come back to it.
  • Tides are weaker but there are now 5

grey knights 9th codex review

Most are nerfed versions of the previous ones. Tide of shadows is still a fine early game. It's a bummer that Warp Shaping spell has been nerfed hard :

grey knights 9th codex review

Someone told me it's could be a typo but don't get's your hopes up.

Conclusion: army wide buff are weaker but GK are a lot stronger.

Brother Hood

A detachment has to choose one Brotherhood sub-faction. Each one grant one Stratagem, One general trait and one Psychic Power. The psychic power is a big deal because it's the one you can use multiple times a turn if Tide of Escalation is active.

grey knights 9th codex review

Yay More melee attacks :D

Blender noise intensify ^^

grey knights 9th codex review

Neat! Difficulty 6 mean you can maybe pass it twice or thrice with stratagem. and you get FNP 5+ if you have an Apothecary.

Note: Apo still have the stratagem to revive one model.

Psychic jumbo

The change to Psychic rules allow :

-To cast Real Smite multiple times with increased Charge Value.
-To cast Santic Discipline Power multiple times with increased Charge Value.
-Tide of Escalation allows casting Brotherhood Psychic Power multiple times with increased Charge Value.

Sanctis: You can't choose Sanctis powers but non-heroes units have one assigned. Most of the time hammer hand is the spell attached.

grey knights 9th codex review

Purifier gets the Flame one.
Purgation gets the nerfed astral aim but still ignore cover!
Paladin units can choose 2 from the list and it's the only way to get Purge Soul.

Heroes have to pick Domnus spells list :

grey knights 9th codex review

Only Ghostly bonds is not strong. others are crazy good :D

With stratagems support you can cast 3 or maybe 4 smite, Maybe 2 frying flame + buffing your GK that are now Custodes in melee but cost 22pts. Also can cast Dominus dis + the Brotherhood spell

Holy Cow!


Most of the good ones are still there: Counting as not moving, wounds on 4+, psy ammo. More casting, more dice to cast or dispell. 4++ on Terminators with a staff of shielding

Heroes and Characters

Draigo: +1 A and 3++, know 3 powers from Dominus, master crafted Storm Bolterfor better shooting. -10 pts also gain extra attach when charging (for a total of 7 attacks on charge ^^) Also daemon cant take inv save against him now.

Voldus is nearly as good as Draigo and has brotherhood keywords.

GM in Nemesis is -30 pts, all ranged weapons are betters, gained 1 wound, 1 attack, greatswords is awesome with dual-mode attack

Captain: have a lieutenant aura that works on pretty much every unit even nemesis...Yea Nemesis are Core unit :D


In a nutshell :

  • Nemesis have Core Keyword
  • (WTF)
  • Paladin are Ws 2+
  • and choose 2 sanctic powers
  • Purifier have a +1 to cast Flame Santic power

  • Dread have Armourd Resilience

Litanies :

Multiple very good choices here with a +1 to casting Pyshic power bubble. Another one allows ignoring any or all BS modifiers.

There are so many good options now it's hard to select a few ones :D

Wisdom of the Prognosticar

Pay from 15 to 30 pts and get a once per battle power such as :

Augury of aggression: Allow one unit to Overwatch on 4+.
Omen of incursion: Shoot against one unit that just deep-strike
Servant of the throne: 3++ during one full turn. Quite strong on a Nemesis Lord!

Conclusion :

Need to play before judging but now, you have real smite, multiple buff casting, GKs are blender with AP3, +1 wounds, everyone teleport ...

Nemesis has core keyword now (ok maybe that's getting errated like Mechanicus ^^)
The army is super strong now with a very small increase in points compared to the 8th codex.

Shame they didn't make new models ...but the rules are so good now that Converting a GK army is maybe a fun project.

Have a question? ask away :D