Gargoyles are a species of winged Tyranid derived from Termagants. They are often the first wave of a Tyranid swarm in battle with the purpose of sowing terror and confusion to keep the enemy off-guard whilst larger Tyranid creatures arrive.
Gargoyles have many traits similar to the Termagant, including a smaller size with a compact but lithe body encased in a light exoskeleton, but also have less physical prowess than most Tyranid organisms. Compared to a Termagant their lower legs have atrophied to little more than stumps because of their wings. They generally carry Fleshborers and can even spit a skin-burning venom. Instinctively they go for their prey's eyes, blinding their foe in order to cause confusion. Through a quirk of their physical structure, they are capable of squeezing through gaps seemingly far too small for them, often getting into enemy buildings and defenses thought safe and secured.
|Ordo Xenos Departmento Analyticus Record[Needs Citation]
- 1: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition), pg. 42
- 2: Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos, pg. 36
- 3: Shield of Baal: Leviathan - The Aeros Skytide
- 4: Tyranid Collector's Guide, pg. 24