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Chaos Raptors in action

Raptors are the dedicated jump infantry of the Chaos Space Marines.

Overview

Raptors consider themselves as elite shock troops, although they are very egotistical and their use to strike at the weakest point in an enemy line has given them a predilection for preying on the weak, making them vicious hunters. Much like Terminator Armor, the Jump Packs used by Raptors are considered prized relics and badges of honor. Often the armour of a Raptor is modified with amplifiers and vox casters to emit terrifying sounds used to disorient their enemies, making them easier prey. They always wear their stylised jump packs which are identifiable by their arched intakes and thrusters.[1]

Raptors are sometimes armed with flamers or meltaguns to aid in different situations. Whatever they are armed with, Raptors descend upon positions and deal death and destruction wherever they land. Many other Chaos forces see them as egotistical and self-indulgent, which often stirs up rivalry. Raptors don't always interact with other members of the warband, giving them a greater air of arrogance. Champions of Chaos still see their merit in combat and some even stoke up rivalry to get rid of the weakest of their force, leaving a more hardened core.[1]

The Night Lords, due to their specialty on terror tactics and shock assaults, are known to employ large numbers of Raptors.[4]

Raptor Cults

Raptor warbands frequently operate in Cults, usually consisting of the original Raptors that fought for Horus but now have been twisted into something more monstrous by the Gods of Chaos. Much like Khorne Berzerkers and Plague Marines, these Raptor Cults worship one of the Gods of Chaos, but which exactly remains unclear. It is speculated that rather then Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, or Tzeentch, Raptor Cults may worship one of the minor Gods of Chaos. But whoever they worship, as time has passed Raptors have become even more corrupted, their mutated by a strange force of Chaos so that it no longer bears a resemblance to Imperial counterparts.[2]

Known Raptor Cults

Notable Raptors

Images

Raptor miniatures from Games Workshop
A 2nd Edition Raptor with assault weapon
4th Edition
6th Edition[3]

See Also

Sources

Uncited