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Necron Unit of the Week Series: Canoptek Scarab Swarms


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Welcome to the Necron Unit of the Week series for 10th edition! Each week will see a different unit from the Codex, Imperial Armour, and Legends datasheets featured for discussion. The goal here is to discover and chronicle tactics for the featured unit so that new players and veterans alike can use this database to inform their strategies with the wider knowledge of the forum. The game of Warhammer 40,000 is ever changing though, and as the rules evolve throughout the edition everyone should feel free to return to older threads with the release of new FAQs/errata, changes in points values, information gathered from games played, and of course the Codex being released. These threads are also great places for newcomers to the Necrons to post their questions about tactics related to the featured units.

Please note that the purpose of this series is not to lament what the current meta deems “ineffective”, or that another unit “does it better”. Those units will get their own threads.


This week’s unit is:

Canoptek Scarab Swarms


What are the best targets for Scarabs to take on?

Do you take 3 or 6 in a unit, how many units do you take?

How useful has Chittering Swarm been?

How awesome is Self-Destruction and what's your record for dealing wounds in a game?



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They mostly feel like medicine. You need them but they don't taste great.


Theyre the cheapest option for Engage on All Fronts or taking actions. They can't hold an objective without support that costs more than them. They are super fun when they make it into combat with Crisis Suits, though! My opponent probably didn't agree...


The self destruct feels fine right now, in my experience. Its not doing a ton of work but it's also free so that seems like a good tradeoff. I have finished off some damaged targets with it but that seems rare.


Overall they are lackluster, so I want to try other options (namely, Tomb Blades). I guess if they do the same job decently but also can hold an objective and maybe even shoot something, the scarabs might seem a lot less appealing.

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