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General Structure

The Dark Heresy: Ascension rulebook was first published in 2010 by Fantasy Flight Games and it contains an expanded set of character development rules for the Warhammer 40,000 Dark Heresy Role-Playing Game System. The book also contains a small selection of new background material, although it is primarily concerned with the Inquisitorial duties and activities of an Ascension-level Inquisitorial Acolyte.


Dark Heresy: Ascension
Released 2010
Pages 255
ISBN ISBN 9781589947115
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I - Additional Rules
  • Chapter II - Inquisitor and Cadre
  • Chapter III - The Path to Ascension
  • Chapter IV - Ascended Skills and Traits
  • Chapter V - Ascended Psychic Powers
  • Chapter VI - Ascended Armoury
  • Chapter VII - Serving the Inquisition
  • Chapter VIII - Game Mastery
  • Chapter IX - Ascended Adversaries
  • Chapter X - The Red Wake


  • Lead Developer
Ross Watson
  • Writers
Alan Bligh, Andy Hoare, John French, and Sam Stewart
  • Additional Writer
Owen Barnes
  • Editing
Leigh Anne Gross
  • Dark Heresy Designed by
Owen Barnes, Kate Flack, and Mick Mason
  • Graphic Design and Layout
Kevin Childress and Mark Raynor
  • Cover Artist
Henning Ludvigsen
  • Interior Artists
Mark Beford, John Blanche, Alex Boyd, Matt Bradbury, Kevin Chin, Victoria Corbella, Paul Dainton, Sascha Diener, Simon Eckert, Wayne England, David Gallagher, David Griffith, Illich Henriquez, Imaginary Friends Studio, Nuala Kennedy, Igor Kieryluk, Anton Kokarev, Karl Kopinski, Clint Langley, Fares Maese, Aaron Panagos, Adrian Smith, Greg Smith, Theo Stylianides, Tiernan Trevallion, Andrea Uderzo, Kev Walker, John Wigley and Liu Yang
  • Art Direction
Zoë Robinson
  • Production Manager
Gabe Laulunen
  • Managing RPG Developer
Michael Hurley
  • Publisher
Christian T. Petersen

Games Workshop Team

  • Licensing Manager
Owen Rees
  • Licensing & Acquired Rights Manager
Erik Mogensen
  • Intellectual Property Manager
Alan Merrett
  • Head of Legal & Licensing
Andy Jones
  • Proofreaders
Jay Little, Thaad Powell, James Savage, and Paul Tucker
  • Special Thanks
A full list can be found on page 2.

Publication Details

  • ISBN 9781589947115

RPG Series
Dark Heresy Shattered Hope Edge of Darkness Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Purge the Unclean Inquisitor's Handbook Disciples of the Dark Gods Creatures Anathema Radical's Handbook Salvation Demands Sacrifice Ascension Heed the Higher Call Blood of Martyrs Heresy Begets Retribution Daemon Hunter Book of Judgement Lathe Worlds The Lathe Worlds, The Lost Dataslate
Haarlock's Legacy Trilogy (Tattered Fates Damned Cities Dead Stars)
Apostasy Gambit Trilogy (Black Sepulchre Church of the Damned Chaos Commandment)
Path to Victory Hive of the Dead Herald of Oblivion
Dark Heresy Second Edition Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Enemies Within Forgotten Gods Enemies Without Enemies Beyond
Rogue Trader Forsaken Bounty Dark Frontier Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Secrets of the Expanse Epoch Koronus Drydock Lure of the Expanse Into the Storm Traitor's Nexus Edge of the Abyss Battlefleet Koronus Hostile Acquisitions Koronus Bestiary Soul Reaver (The Dark Kin) Navis Primer Stars of Inequity Faith and Coin Shedding Light Twilight Crusade Tau Character Guide
Warpstorm Adventure Trilogy (Frozen Reaches Citadel of Skulls Fallen Suns)
Deathwatch Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Know No Fear Emperor Protects Rites of Battle Mark of the Xenos Final Sanction Oblivion's Edge Nemesis Incident Achilus Assault First Founding Jericho Reach Rising Tempest Honour the Chapter The Outer Reach Ark of Lost Souls The Emperor's Chosen Falling Star
Black Crusade Broken Chains Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Hand of Corruption Tome of Fate Tome of Blood Tome of Excess Tome of Decay Binding Contracts
Only War Eleventh Hour Core Rulebook Game Master's Kit Final Testament Hammer of the Emperor Enemies of the Imperium No Surrender Shield of Humanity Salvaging Solace
Wrath & Glory Blessings Unheralded Core Rulebook Dark Tides Forsaken System Player's Guide Rain of Mercy Redacted Records Wretches of the Writ The Graveyard Shift Core Rulebook (2nd Edition) Threat Assessment: Xenos The Null Hypothesis Departmento Munitorum Shotguns Church of Steel Brass Tax Gutshiva's Kommandos Gamemaster's Screen Affliction Ascendant The Lord of the Spire On the Wings of Valkyries Litanies of the Lost Rain of Mercy Forsaken System Player's Guide
Litanies of the Lost adventures (Grim Harvest Vow of Silence Dark Bidding Duty Beyond Death)
The Tora Armis Insurrection (Bloody Gates On the Wings of Valkyries The Lord of the Spire Affliction Ascendant Starter Set (2023) Redacted Records 2 Aeldari: Inheritance of Embers