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A Captain leads from the front. By his example shall his men know what it is to be of the Adeptus Astartes, and from his teachings shall they learn the trade of battle in the Emperor's name.

No ordinary man can a Captain be, for many are the paths to victory and he must be master of them all. His very being shall be an extension of the Emperor's work. With every strike of his sword, with every word of his speech, does he reaffirm the ideals of our honoured master. He will vanquish darkness and heresy with every thought, word, and deed. So shall his coming be a sign of deliverance to the dutiful, and a herald of dismay to all traitors. No living man shall stay his wrath.

A Space Marine Captain (also known as Brother-Captain) typically commands an entire Company of his battle brothers (a customary maximum of one hundred Marines).

Captains assigned to Vanguard Space Marine formations will typically adopt stealth tools such as Omni-Scramblers, lightweight Phobos Armour, and master-crafted Instigator Bolters.[13]

Role and Responsibilities

In addition to the leadership of his own Company and its resources, a Captain may have other Chapter responsibilities (and correspondingly, an additional title) - usually being responsible for an area of Chapter logistics.[1] Typically, the senior-most Captain commands the First Company and often serves as second-in-command to the Chapter Master and as their immediate successor.[9][10] In addition, some chapters, such as the Salamanders[7] and the Space Wolves[3a], the Chapter Master is at once the leader of the entire chapter and of his own company of marines. Additionally, the commander of a Space Marine Company's Battle Barge may be referred to as "Captain" aboard his vessel, regardless of his regular rank.[Needs Citation]

During the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy, the rank of First Captain existed. This Captain commanded the prestigious 1st Company of the Space Marine Legion and acted as their Primarch's adjutant.[12]

Chapter Variations

Shadow Captain redirects here; for the novella, see Shadow Captain (Novella)

Within many chapters, the Captain is sometimes referred to as "Brother-Captain" in recognition that all marines within the chapter are brethren. Several chapters refer to their Company Captains by different titles:

Chapter Title Variant
Dark Angels Master[2]
Space Wolves Wolf Lord[3b]
Red Scorpions Commander[4]
Black Templars Marshal or Castellan[5]
Iron Hands Iron Captain[11] or Clan-Commander[25]
Grey Knights Brother-Captain (represents a slightly different rank)[6]
Raven Guard Shadow Captain[1]
Excoriators Corpus-Captain[8]
White Scars Khan
Deathwatch Watch Captain[16]
Primaris Space Marines Primaris Captain

Notable Space Marine Captains



Space Marine Infantry
Chapter Command Chapter MasterMaster of SanctityChief LibrarianMaster of the ApothecarionMaster of the ForgeMaster (Master of the WatchMaster of the FleetMaster of the ArsenalMaster of the MarchesMaster of the RitesMaster of RelicsLord ExecutionerMaster of RecruitsMaster of the SignalMaster of Reconnaissance)Chapter Ancient (Primaris Ancient) • Chapter ChampionHonour Guard
Company Command Company Command SquadReclusiam Command SquadCaptain (Primaris Captain) • Lieutenant (Primaris LieutenantVanguard Lieutenant) • Company Ancient (Bladeguard Ancient) • Company Champion
Specialists Librarian (EpistolaryCodicierLexicanumPrimaris LibrarianVanguard Librarian) • Chaplain (ReclusiarchPrimaris ChaplainJudiciar)Apothecary (Primaris ApothecaryHelix Adept) • Techmarine (Primaris Techmarine)
Veteran Squads Sternguard Veteran SquadVanguard Veteran SquadTerminator Squad (Terminator Assault Squad) • Bladeguard VeteranVeteran Intercessor SquadCompany Veterans
Battleline Squads Tactical SquadIntercessor Squad (Heavy Intercessor Squad) • Infiltrator Squad
Close Support Squads Assault SquadAssault Intercessor SquadJump Pack Intercessor SquadInceptor SquadReiver SquadIncursor SquadAssault Centurion Squad
Fire Support Squads Devastator SquadHellblaster SquadAggressor SquadEliminator SquadSuppressor SquadEradicator SquadDesolation SquadInfernus SquadDevastator Centurion Squad
Scouts Scout Squad