A Harpy is a large winged species of Tyranid comparable to a winged Trygon. They appear at the initial stages of Tyranid attacks working together with the similarly winged Gargoyles[1a] and other flying individuals of the Tyranid host.
A Harpy has a long and sinuous body with massive leathery wings and a broad, armoured head. To better harness thermal currents, its body is hollow, resulting in it being relatively fragile compared to Tyranid creatures of similar size. However, it has superior agility in their air than even technological fighter-craft can manage. The Harpy's undersides are covered in bloated cysts that can rain down Spore Mines onto luckless prey. It can also emit an ear-splitting shriek that might rupture eardrums and is excruciatingly painful or even fatal, and at the very least causes disorientation. It may also be given twin-linked Stranglethorn Cannons, Heavy Venom Cannons or Scything Talons, equipped according to the tactical needs of the Hive Fleet.[1b] Opportunistic by nature, Harpies avoid protracted assaults, preferring instead strafing runs and swooping dives, or engaging enemy skimmers ill-suited to fighting back.[1a] Harpies can survive the void of space, and are frequently used as Attack Craft for Tyranid Bio-Ships.
In the 3rd Edition, creatures called Tyranid Harpies were a winged Warrior variant that rained death down on unsuspecting infantry with their Devourers. These creatures' current incarnation is the Tyranid Shrike.
- 1: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition)
- 2: Codex: Tyranids (3rd Edition), pg. 39
- 3: Deathwatch: The Jericho Reach, pgs. 174-176
- 4: Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2
|Tyranid Planetary Forces|
|Command||Hive Tyrant • Broodlord • Tervigon • Norn-Queen|
|Elite||Hive Guard • Tyrant Guard • Lictor (Lictor Alpha) • Venomthrope • Zoanthrope (Neurothrope) • Pyrovore • Maleceptor • Toxicrene • Malanthrope • Dimachaeron|
|Basic||Tyranid Warrior (Tyranid Prime • Shrike) • Ravener (Ravener Alpha) • Genestealer (Ymgarl Genestealer) • Gaunt (Termagant • Hormagaunt • Spinegaunt) • Ripper (Sky-Slasher)|
|Heavy||Carnifex • Biovore • Haruspex • Cerebore • Trygon (Trygon Prime) • Mawloc • Tyrannofex • Exocrine • Dactylis • Malefactor • Hierodule • Sporocyst|
|Bio-Titans||Dominatrix • Hierophant • Viciator • Nautiloid • Vermis|
|Flyers||Gargoyle • Harpy • Harridan • Hive Crone • Tyrannocyte|
|Spores||Mieotic Spore • Mycetic Spore • Spore Mine • Mucolid Spore|
|Unique Tyranids||Swarmlord • Death Leaper • Doom of Malan'tai • Old One Eye • Parasite of Mortrex • Red Terror|
|Battleship-Class||Hive Ship (Bio-Tentacles • Bio-Acid • Acid Infestation)|
|Battlecruiser-Class||Devourer (Infestation • Corrosive Tentacles • Corrosive Clutch • Bio-Tentacles)|
|Cruiser-Class||Razorfiend (Corrosive Projectile • Corrosive Infestation • Bio-Projectile • Bio-Infestation • Bio-Corrosive • Bio-Acid • Bio-Acid Projectile) • Dark Prowler • Void Fiend|
|Light Cruiser-Class||Void Prowler (Corrosive Strangler • Corrosive Projectile • Corrosive Clutch • Bio-Strangler • Bio-Projectile • Bio-Clutch • Bio-Acid • Acid)|
|Frigate-Class||Kraken (Strangler • Corrosive • Clutch • Bio-Projectile • Deathburner • Doomripper • Hellblaster • Ramsmiter • Smeltfeaster)|
|Destroyer-Class||Vanguard Drone Ship (Strangler • Corrosive) • Escort Drone (Bio-Plasma • Caustic •Stalker Drone • War Drone)|
|Attack Craft-Class||Ether-Swimming Brood • Harpy • Hive Crone • Boarding Worm|
|Other||Narvhal • Rebirth Vessel • Tyrannocyte • Mucolid Spore|