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The Iron Blood, a Iron Warriors Gloriana Class Battleship

The Gloriana Class Battleship was an ancient and powerful Battleship design used by the Legiones Astartes during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.


Officially classified as a type of command Battle Barge, the vessels were around 20 kilometers in length, though their size and appearance varied greatly.[1] These massive ships were frequently used as flagships for Imperial fleets and even Primarchs. The Gloriana Class vessels are the largest known Imperial warships after the Phalanx and Furious Abyss-class vessels.[1] Some of the largest known Gloriana-class vessels were the Vengeful Spirit, Conqueror, Hrafnkel, and Iron Blood.[4]

As of M41, the design appears to have fallen out of use.[1][2][3]

Notable Gloriana Class Battleships

Vessel Fleet Status
Invincible Reason Dark Angels In active service as the flagship of the Dark Angels fleet.[9]
Pride of the Emperor Emperor's Children Crippled during the Battle of Thessala
Iron Blood Iron Warriors Unknown
Swordstorm White Scars Destroyed during the Battle of Catallus during the Horus Heresy
Hrafnkel Space Wolves Unknown
Eternal Crusader Imperial Fists In active service as flagship of the Black Templars
Nightfall Night Lords Unknown
Red Tear Blood Angels Unknown
Fist of Iron Iron Hands Unknown
Conqueror World Eaters In active service in Kossolax's fleet during the 13th Black Crusade
Macragge's Honour Ultramarines In active service as the flagship of Roboute Guilliman in M42
Endurance Death Guard In active service as the flagship of Mortarion[7]
Photep Thousand Sons Unknown
Vengeful Spirit Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus In active service as the flagship of Abaddon the Despoiler during the 13th Black Crusade
Magna Tyrannis Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus Renamed Harbinger of Doom. In active service with the Black Legion.
Fidelitas Lex Word Bearers Destroyed over Nuceria during the Horus Heresy
Chronicle of Ashes Word Bearers Captured by the Ultramarines and given to the Nemesis Chapter (as the Lex Talonis)[5]
Flamewrought Salamanders Unknown
Shadow of the Emperor Raven Guard Destroyed in the Drop Site Massacre
Alpha Alpha Legion Unknown
Beta Alpha Legion Unknown
Amphion Imperial Armada Destroyed during the Xana Incursion