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Cover of the Dark Heresy Rulebook

The Dark Heresy Rulebook was published in 2008 and contains the core rules for the Dark Heresy Warhammer 40,000 Role-Playing Game system. It also contains new and expanded background material, particularly focusing on the Calixis Sector.


  • Chapter I - Character Creation
  • Chapter II - Career Paths
  • Chapter III - Skills
  • Chapter IV - Talents
  • Chapter V - Armoury
  • Chapter VI — Psychic Powers
  • Chapter VII - Playing the Game
  • Chapter VIII - The Game Master
  • Chapter IX - Life in the Imperium
  • Chpater X - The Inquisition
  • Chapter XI - The Calixis Sector
  • Chapter XII — Aliens, Heretics and Antagonists
  • Chapter XIII - Illumination

Authors, Artists and Coworkers

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



  • John Blanche
  • Alex Boyd
  • Wayne England
  • David Gallagher
  • Des Hanley
  • Neil Hodgeson
  • Nuala Kinrade
  • Karl Kopinski
  • Stefan Kopinski
  • Adrian Smith
  • Paul Smith
  • Kev Walker
  • John Wigley

Other Details

Publication Details

  • ISBN 9781844164356

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