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Dreadnought close combat weapons are arm-like devices attached to the side of a dreadnought's body that specialize in destroying enemies at close quarters.[5]

Space Marine Dreadnoughts

Space Marine Dreadnoughts are equipped with a variety of close combat weapons.[5]

Power Fist


A dreadnought power fist may come in a variety of forms but all accomplish the same task. The most common form of the power fist is the four-fingered Mk V version. Another type is the increasingly rare Mk IV power fist which, although roughly shaped like the Mk V, has bladed fingers which easily distinguishes the Mk IV from the its successor.[Needs Citation]

A final and incredibly treasured form of the power fist is the hand attachment found on a few Venerable Dreadnoughts. The hand attachment is the most easily recognizable variant as it resembles a human hand. This fist is unique in the fact that it gives the dreadnought occupant an opposable thumb, allowing much more control in the grasping or holding of objects.[Needs Citation]

Contemptor Pattern Dreadnoughts are customarily armed with a Jotun Pattern Dreadnought Power Fist, which has articulated fingers and includes a ranged weapon (Twin-Linked Boltgun, Storm Bolter, Heavy Flamer, Plasma Blaster, Plasma Gun, Graviton Gun, Meltagun) recessed in the palm.[7]

Redemptor Fist


This weapon is a variation of the standard Dreadnought Power Fist, and is used by Primaris Space Marine Contemptor Dreadnoughts[8]

Invictor Fist


This servo-fist weapon is used by Invictor Tactical Warsuits.[8]

Assault Drill


The assault drill is one of the most formidable close combat weapons that a dreadnought can wield; however, this attachment is unique in the fact that it is a siege weapon and is only operable on Assault and Siege Dreadnoughts. The assault drill consists of three drill cogs that easily grind through rock, steel, and ceramite. This drill is used exclusively for use against heavily armoured targets such as pillboxes, bunkers, and even tanks. The assault drill is also unique in the fact that is sports an internal heavy flamer that allows the dreadnought to send a jet of flame into any object pierced by its drill. This comes in handy when dealing with buildings or APC's packed with unarmoured infantry.[Needs Citation]

Seismic Hammer


The Seismic Hammer is a much more common siege weapon than the Assault Drill, due to the simple fact that is a much less complex weapon. Where an Assault Drill is designed to penetrate its targets, the Seismic Hammer batters them into pieces. It is also equipped with an under-slung multi-melta. This siege weapon is only compatible with the Ironclad Dreadnought chassis.[Needs Citation]



The Chainfist close combat weapon is another attachment unique to the Ironclad Dreadnought. This arm consists of a massive chainsaw shaped to fit a dreadnought power fist. This is a devastating weapon capable of tearing apart infantry and light armour.[Needs Citation]

Grey Knights Nemesis Force Weapon


Though rare and elusive, the Grey Knights do field a few dreadnoughts. These dreadnoughts are honoured members of their units and are armed with the best weapons available. One such weapon is a massive Nemesis Force Weapon that consists of a gargantuan blade dancing with psi-matrix energies. This weapon is particularly devastating to daemons.[Needs Citation]

Leviathan Siege Drill


A type of heavy Assault drill with a built-in Meltagun. Used by the Leviathan Dreadnought for sieges.[6]

Leviathan Siege Claw


A type of heavy siege melee weapon used by the Leviathan Dreadnought. Includes a built in Meltagun.[6]

Blood Talon


Fenrisian Great Axe

Great Wolf Claw

Galatus Warblade

A type of heavy Dreadnought weapon used by Custodes Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnoughts


A type of heavy Dreadnought weapon used by Custodes Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnoughts

Chaos Space Marines


The close combat weapons equipped on Chaos Dreadnoughts are closely similar to their Space Marine counterparts, but are often more frightening in appearance and destructive in effect.[Needs Citation]

Chaos Power Fist

A Chaos power fist is almost identical to its loyalist counterpart, though they do not follow a consistent pattern, often claw- or talon-shaped in their design.[Needs Citation]

Chaos Chainfist


Chaos Chainfists are a valued dreadnought weapon, not only because of their effectiveness, but because their brutal blood-grinding method of destruction is popular with dreadnoughts dedicated to Khorne. It is not uncommon to see a World Eaters or other Khornate dreadnought equipped with dual Chainfists.[Needs Citation]

Siege Claw

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Used on Daemon Engines such as the Decimator.[9]

Power Scourge

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Used on Helbrutes.[10]

Helbrute Hammer


Used on Helbrutes.[10]


Ork Deff Dreads and Killa Kans are often equipped with one or more close combat weapons. In keeping with the Orkish approach to life, these weapons are usually simple, brutal and noisy. Common types include:[Needs Citation]

Power Shears


Power Shears are used by Ork Deff Dreads and Killa Kans. They are similar to Power Klaws but larger.[1][2]

Buzz Saw


A huge, circular sawblade.[1][3]



A large, motorised drill-bit.[3]



An oversized set of mechanical claws.[3]


Eldar Wraithlords are often equipped with close combat weapons, wielded either individually or in pairs.[Needs Citation]



Wraithblades are sentient blades, often taking the form of elegant curved swords.[4]



Wraithspears are massive rune-etched spears wielded by Wraithseers.[5]


Wraithlord Powerfist[13]

Some Wraithlords are equipped with power fists which function in the same manner as their Imperial equivalents.[Needs Citation]