A Tyrannofex is a monstrous battle-fortress species of Tyranid. Its bulk, armour and weaponry makes it a match to, or even goes beyond, its foe's most powerful battle tanks constructed of more conventional technology.1
A Tyrannofex has a massive cannon fused with its torso, the largest and most destructive Tyranid weapon carried by anything smaller than a Bio-Titan. The nature of the main cannon varies between Tyrannofexes. There are three known variations:1
- Acid Spray - Capable of storing and spraying caustic digestive fluid to easily break down organic matter and even body-armour.
- Fleshborer Hive - A seething colony of vicious Fleshborer beetles that hatch thousands of fast maturing eggs which must be regularly expelled to prevent the Tyrannofex from bursting apart from within.
- Rupture Cannon - Launches two cannonballs in quick succession. The first is a bloated tick that bursts upon impact, showering the target in oil. The second is a hard, virtually impenetrable seedpod. The fluid from the first hit dissolves the shell of the second in a fraction of a second, causing a massive implosion of the target powerful enough to force armoured vehicles inside out.
Along with its main cannon, a Tyrannofex also stocks anti-infantry weapons embedded in its carapace and breeding chambers in its thorax.1
However, a Tyrannofex is a bulky and ponderous target in close combat if its foes brave its formidable short-range weaponry. In response the Hive Mind has adapted Tyrannofexes with the ability to emit a stress pheromone to attract other Tyranid creatures for assistance at close quarters.1
- 1: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition), p.53
|Command||Hive Tyrant • Broodlord|
|Elites||Hive Guard • Lictor • Malanthrope • Pyrovore • Ravener • Venomthrope • Tyranid Warrior/Tyranid Prime • Tyrant Guard • Zoanthrope|
|Basic||Genestealer/Ymgarl Genestealer • Hormagaunt • Spinegaunt • Termagant • Ripper|
|Heavy||Biovore • Carnifex • Hierodule • Mawloc • Tervigon • Trygon/Trygon Prime • Tyrannofex|
|Airborne||Gargoyle • Harpy • Harridan • Shrike|
|Bio-Titans||Dominatrix • Hierophant|
|Spores||Mieotic Spore • Mycetic Spore • Spore Mine|
|Unique Tyranids||Swarmlord • Death Leaper • Doom of Malan'tai • Old One Eye • Parasite of Mortrex • Red Terror|