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Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook
5th Edition Rulebook Cover.jpg
Released July 2008
Pages 304
ISBN 978-1841548753
Preceded by Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook
Followed by Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook

Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook is the 5th core rulebook for the Warhammer 40,000 game. It was released in July 2008 as a hardback. A reduced paperback version, including only the rules without any background material, was released as part of the Warhammer 40,000 Assault on Black Reach boxed set.

General Structure

The hardback book has 304 pages and the cover is printed in colour with the majority of the book being in full colour, although the Reference and the Rules sections remain white and black. However, those are less than one third of the book.


  • Introduction (pgs. iv - xiii)
    • What you Need
    • Fighting a Battle
    • Overview of Play
  • The Rules (pgs. 1–96)
    • Dice
    • Models & Units
    • Characteristics
    • The Turn
    • The Movement Phase
    • The Shooting Phase
    • Weapons
    • The Assault Phase
    • Morale
    • Characters
    • Psykers
    • Unit Types
    • Vehicles
    • Universal Special Rules
    • Buildings & Ruins
    • Organising a Battle
  • Dark Millennium (pgs. 97–184)
    • The Imperium of Man
    • The Ages of Mankind
    • The Space Marines
    • The Imperial Guard
    • Chaos Space Marines
    • Chaos Daemons
    • The Eldar
    • The Orks
    • The Tyranids
    • The Tau
    • Dark Eldar
    • Necrons
  • The Warhammer 40,000 Hobby (pgs. 185–288)
    • Collecting, Painting and Playing Battles
    • Battlefields
    • Battles
    • Getting Involved
    • Finding Out More
    • Into the Far Future
  • Reference (pgs. 289–304)
    • Victory Points
    • Quick Reference Sheet


The major rule changes from the 4th edition rulebook include the addition of running, the refining of blast and template weapons and a greater degree of usability in building and other forms of cover. Vehicle ramming has also been included in this edition. Another major rule change is the introduction of "true" line of sight, meaning that in order for a unit to be targeted, at least one model in the unit must be seen by the shooting unit, regardless of cover.

In terms of background, the 5th edition goes into greater detail for each race. There is far greater detail in the backround of the imperium, including a detailed timeline of the last 250 years of the 41st millennium, featuring events seen in a number of Black Library publications, such as the Ultramarines defence of Tarsis Ultra.

Authors, Artists and Co-workers

During the production of this book, the following persons were involved considerably.

Game Design and Developement
Rick Priestley and Andy Chambers with Alessio Cavatore, Pete Haines, Anthony Reynolds, Jervis Johnson and Adam Troke
Gav Thorpe with Andy Chambers, Phil Kelly, Matthew Ward, Alan Merrett, Graham McNeill, Rick Priestley
Hobby Section
Matt Hutson, Dave Taylor, Paul Scott, John Shaffer, Andrew Taylor, Matt Toone and Dave Cross
John Blanche, Alex Boyd, Paul Dainton, Dave Gallagher, Nuala Kinrade, Karl Kopinski, Adrian Smith, Roberto Cirillo and Ian Miller
Cover Art
Alex Boyd, Dave Gallagher, Nuala Kinrade