A Venomthrope is a species of Tyranid dripping with poisons that floats across the battlefield via gas-filled bladders while emitting a lethal gas that will ultimately kill a world's indigenous life and ruin its soil and atmosphere beyond habitable levels until the world is only fit for consumption by the Hive Fleet. The Hive Mind uses this aspect of the Venomthrope by gathering them together in large numbers and unleashing them on a region to gradually poison it, making it harder for non-Tyranid life forms to continue the fight.
Venomthropes have scrawny bodies and many whip-like tentacles that are coated in poisons capable of causing death from a single touch. Its gas bladders are its primary form of attack, producing spore clouds of yellowish vapour containing phage organisms lethal to non-Tyranid life while providing cover to Tyranid creatures. Brief exposure causes nausea and spasms, while more than a minute results in infection that allows no escape for the victim from their organic tissue slowly breaking down.
Leaving the floating Venomthropes on their own is also a bad tactic decision, because Venomthropes' poison not only the indigenous life of the planet, but also its atmosphere and soil, leaving the poison-shrouded planet fit only for consumption by the Hive Fleet.
- 1: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition), pg. 45
- 2: Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos, pg. 51
- 3: Codex: Tyranids (6th Edition), Venomthropes
|Command||Hive Tyrant • Broodlord|
|Elites||Hive Guard • Lictor • Malanthrope • Pyrovore • Ravener • Venomthrope • Tyranid Warrior/Tyranid Prime • Tyrant Guard • Zoanthrope/Neurothrope|
|Basic||Genestealer/Ymgarl Genestealer • Hormagaunt • Spinegaunt • Termagant • Ripper|
|Heavy||Biovore • Carnifex • Exocrine • Haruspex • Hierodule • Maleceptor • Mawloc • Tervigon • Toxicrene • Trygon/Trygon Prime • Tyrannofex • Dimachaeron • Sporocyst|
|Airborne||Gargoyle • Harpy • Harridan • Hive Crone • Shrike • Sky-Slasher • Tyrannocyte|
|Bio-Titans||Dominatrix • Hierophant|
|Spores||Mieotic Spore • Mycetic Spore • Spore Mine • Mucolid Spore|
|Unique Tyranids||Swarmlord • Death Leaper • Doom of Malan'tai • Old One Eye • Parasite of Mortrex • Red Terror|