Devastator Squads are specialised Firstborn Space Marine squads tasked with long-range fire support, entrusted with the Chapter’s rarest heavy weaponry.[1a] In a typical Codex Chapter, two Devastator Squads are assigned to each of the four Battle Companies, while the entirety of the 9th Reserve Company is composed of Devastators.[1b]
Training and Deployment
Most Devastator Squads are composed of Space Marines who have recently been promoted from Scout Squads. Though veterans of dozens, even hundreds, of campaigns, service in a Devastator Squad will be their first experience in power armour as part of the main Space Marine army.[1a] Those newly-appointed to a Squad, armed only with basic gear, are given the primary duty of providing close support and calling out targets for their more experienced battle-brothers. These Space Marines are armed with the squad's four heavy weapons, an honour earned only after the Marine has proven himself steady and dependable in the heat of battle.[1a]
The Devastator Squad is made up of between four to nine Devastator Marines and a Space Marine Sergeant. The type and use of these heavy weapons can vary greatly, depending on the mission or nature of the Chapter itself.[1a]
- The Dark Angels' combat doctrines favour the usage of devastating amounts of firepower over furious close combat assaults.[Needs Citation]
- Within the Space Wolves Chapter, Devastator Squads are known as Long Fangs. Unlike their counterparts in the Codex Chapters, the Long Fangs are the most experienced of the Chapter's warriors, having completed lengthy tours of duty as Blood Claws and then Grey Hunters.
- Likewise, the Blood Angels chapter assigns only older and more experienced Marines to the Devastator Squads (mostly after they have worked out their aggression amid the ranks of the Assault Squads), since most Blood Angels have a marked preference for close quarters battle.
In addition to their power armour, Devastator Marines are armed with bolt pistols, boltguns, frag and krak grenades. The Sergeant also carries a Signum and may be equipped with melta bombs as well. The Sergeant can also replace his boltgun and/or pistol for a chainsword, combi weapon, plasma pistol, Grav-pistol, power weapon, and power fist. For transportation the Squad can be carried into battle in a Drop Pod, Rhino or Razorback[1c].
Four of the Devastators replace their boltguns for any combination of the following:
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition)
- 2: GW Website (Painting Devastators)
- 3: Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), pg. 28
- 4: Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 26
- 5: Games Workshop
- 6: Black Crusade: Angel's Blade, pg. 107
- 7: Spear of the Emperor (Novel) Chapter 5