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Beastmen (Homo sapiens variatus) are bestial abhumans combining the forms of animal and human.


Beastmen are known to have first appeared during the Age of Strife.[8] At some point in their ancestry they merged with animal strains. In general they have cloven hooves, digitigrade legs (legs that appear to be backwards jointed, like the hind legs of a goat) and faces that resemble animals. Their arms and hands are usually similar to a standard humans, allowing them to use human weapons and tools.[6]

They were formerly recruited for the Imperial Guard, where they were valued mainly for their bloodlust; they fought for the Emperor in order to atone for their sin of being born mutants. They were led by Beastmen called Packmasters.[7] However, Beastmen are no longer seen in Imperial service. They are now subject to severe Imperial persecution and have been placed on the Register of Proscribed Citizens (Class A-G worlds) by the Adeptus Arbites. As such, they are effectively precluded from settlement on, or transportation to or from, more than three hundred thousand worlds of the Imperium and are forbidden from being conscripted as an Imperial Tithe obligation.[4] These restrictions are a sure sign that Beastmen will soon lose their abhuman status completely and be reclassified as Xenos Horrificus and marked for eradication.[6]

Many Beastmen worship the Chaos Gods and frequent the armies of the Lost and the Damned.[2] Of these corrupted Beastmen warriors, those that worship Khorne are known as Bloodgors, those that worship Tzeentch are known as Tzaangors, those that worship Slaanesh are known as Slaangors[5], and those that worship Nurgle are known as Pestigors.[3a]

There is also an unusually large and aggressive strain of giant Beastman known as a Minotaur. It is comparable in strength to an Ogryn.[1a]

Notable Beastmen




The Lost and the Damned
Command Chaos ChampionRenegade DemagogueRenegade Command SquadRogue Psyker CovenApostate CardinalRenegade Enforcer CadreTraitor Commissar
Elites Renegade Marauder SquadChaos SpawnDisciple SquadOgryn BruteOgryn BerserkerPlague OgrynPontifex Guard
Troops Renegade Infantry PlatoonRenegade Infantry VeteransRenegade Support SquadCultistsMutant RabbleBeastmen Attack Squad (BloodgorsPestigorsTzaangorsSlaangors) • Plague Zombie HordeChaos HoundChaos Beast
Vehicles & Daemon Engines Leman Russ TankBlood SlaughtererBlight DroneBrass ScorpionPlague HulkChimeraHellhoundSentinelSalamander ScoutHydra
Heavy Vehicles MalcadorMachariusValdorBanebladeLord of Skulls
Artillery MinotaurBasiliskMedusaGriffonWyvernBombardEarthshaker BatteryMedusa Siege Gun BatteryRapier BatteryThudd GunHeavy Mortar
Aircraft Hell BladeHell TalonValkyrieArvus Lighter