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Needler weapons are used by some sniper and assassin units of the Imperium and Xenos races.


Needlers fire a needle of crystallized toxin. The weapons also make use of a form of laser technology in order to propel the toxic sliver, and to penetrate any existing armour. Needlers are silent and the sliver itself is so fine that it is not felt even if it penetrates flesh. The crystallized toxin dissolves almost immediately after penetration. The toxin is extremely fast-acting, taking effect in a matter of a few seconds.[1a]

The laser used by the Needler is invisible and flashless, allowing the weapon to be used without giving away the firer's position. The beam which propels the sliver gives the Needler unerring accuracy, driving the toxin to its target.[1a] The secondary function of the beam is to pierce any existing armour and provide an opening for the sliver to penetrate.[Needs Citation]

Various types of toxins can be employed by the Needler, the most common three being neuro-toxins which are deadly, sedatives which put the victim in a temporary coma,[1a] and intoxicants which stupefies the victim, putting him in a completely passive state.[1c]

The Needler's main drawback is its poor armour penetration.[1a]


The three forms of Needler weapons are:

  • Needle sniper rifle, the rifle sized and more accurate form of Needler weapon. The needle sniper rifle was a first and second edition weapon used by Space Marine Scouts, Eldar Rangers and Ratling Snipers.[Needs Citation]
  • Needle pistol is highly favoured by assassins, because this small and elegant weapon could be easily concealed. That's why needle pistols often used for assassination, doping, kidnapping and other secretive work. Though it is flashless, silent and concealable, those individuals that shows this weapons are justly regarded with suspicion.[1b]
  • Needler digital weapon, the miniaturised form of the weapon.[1b]
  • Assault Needler, used by the Sisters of Silence[3]


A Needle Pistol
Needle Sniper Rifle[2]
A Needle Rifle

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