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A Deathspitter[1]

A Deathspitter is a Tyranid Bio-weapon. It is a highly complicated, multi-organism symbiotic weapon which launches corrosive maggot creatures through muscle spasms. Wherever the maggots strike, volatile fluids splatter across a wide area and sear any flesh and melt any armour it comes into contact with.[1][2]

The adaptive evolution of the Hive Fleet Hydra, slimer maggots of this Hive Fleet could burrow through the target's flesh and then starting the process of repeating fragmentation and regeneration. The victim literally burst out with the ever encreasing mass of wriggling grubs.[5]

Previous Editions

In 2nd Edition the Deathspitter was commonly carried by Tyranid Warriors and is formed from three different creatures. Inside the weapon is a warm, wet brood-chamber where the maggot creatures grow which form the ammunition. They have a tough outer shell and are filled with highly corrosive and volatile fluids. Next to the brood chamber is the arming orifice where resides a spider-jawed creature which strips the maggot's carapace off and drops it into the firing colon. The colon reacts to the corrosive flesh of the maggot by producing a powerful spasm to launch the creature out of the weapon. The maggot then impacts with something, splattering over a wide area and killing with a combination of velocity, poison and corrosive slime. The slime can eat through flesh and armour with ease.[3]

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Tyranid Biomorphs
Melee BoneswordClaws and TeethCrushing ClawsFeeder TendrilsFeeder TentacleLash WhipRending ClawsScything TalonsSharpened ClawsTail MaceTail ScytheTuskedWrecking Ball
Ranged Acid SprayBalethorn CannonBarbed StranglerBio-cannonBio-electric PulseBio-plasmaBio-Plasmic CannonBio-TorpedoCluster SpinesDeathspitterDevourerDrool CannonEnhanced SensesPyrovoreFlamespurtFlesh HooksFleshborer HiveFleshborerGrasping TongueHeavy Venom CannonImpaler CannonPyro-acid BatteryRupture CannonRipper TentaclesSeed SporeShockcannonSpike RifleSpine BanksSpinefistSpore CystsSpore Mine LauncherStinger SalvoStranglethorn CannonStranglewebTentaclidThorax SwarmVenom Cannon
Armour Armoured ShellBonded ExoskeletonChitinExtended CarapaceHardened CarapaceReinforced ChitinToughened Exoskeleton
Support Abhorrent PheremonesAccelerated DigestionAcid BloodAcid MawAdaptive ExoskeletonAdrenal GlandsAdrenaline SacAdrenal WebsBio-Metallic CystBlinding VenomChameleonic SkinContainment SpinesDermic SymbiosisDynamic CamouflageEnhanced ResistanceEnhanced SensesFrag SpinesHypermetabolic AccelerationImplant AttackMembranous MobilityMetamorphic RegrowthMorphic SinewsOptic MembranesRegenerateSporemist SpinesSymbiote RippersSynaptic AugmentationSynaptic EnhancementThornbackToxic MiasmaToxin SacsVenom SacsWings