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Primaris Intercessor

An Intercessor Squad is the mainstay Primaris Space Marine unit, theoretically analogous to Tactical Squads, but typically without the mixed weaponry common amongst their firstborn brothers.


Intercessor Squads form a core of reliable and adaptable warriors that can lay down fire while advancing or holding terrain. Capable of leveling overlapping salvos of firepower, Intercessor Squads often form the flexible fighting core of newly founded Primaris Chapters. Many other established Chapters have taken to fielding them alongside their Tactical Squads. Recently reinforced Chapters such as the Crimson Fists and Scythes of the Emperor have found these new warriors fit for a multitude of tasks. More Codex-divergent Chapters have found their own roles for Intercessor Squads, from the stern dropsite defenders of the Raven Guard to the breach-suppressors of the Imperial Fists.[2]


Intercessor Squad

Each member of an Intercessor Squad carries some variant of a bolt rifle, the standard version of which has a longer range and greater armour penetration than a bolter. Additionally, each Intercessor also bears a bolt pistol and frag and krak grenades. This load-out allows Intercessor Squads to dominate any firefight, laying down punishing fire to eliminate all but the most resilient of foes. However, Intercessor Squads are not purely ranged specialists. They are capable of punching clean through walls, enduring the heat of raging infernos, and ripping apart xenos horrors with their gauntleted hands.[2]

It should be noted that there is no clear reason why these squads exist - bolt rifles have no known advantages over the plasma incinerators of Hellblaster Squads.

Veteran Intercessors

Intercessor Veteran Sergeant

Veteran intercessors are sometimes represented in a Chapter's 1st Company. Some veteran intercessors are those battle-brothers who have wrought glories throughout their career, while others are firstborn who have since crossed the Rubicon Primaris.[7b] Sternguard Veterans in modern chapters are functionally also veteran intercessors, as they are both veterans and armed with bolt rifles.


Assault Intercessors

Assault Intercessor Squad[4]

Intercessors aimed towards close combat are known as Assault Intercessors.[3] These are among the most common type of Close Support Squad within a modern Chapter.[7a] They are equipped with Chainswords and Heavy Bolt Pistols, while the commanding Sergeant is equipped with a Power Sword, Power Fist, or Thunder Hammer and a Plasma Pistol or Hand Flamer. With or without their jump packs, they are the primaris equivalent of assault squads.

Jump Pack Assault Intercessors

Jump Pack Intercessors[9]

Jump Pack Assault Intercessors are chosen from the most aggressive members of their Chapter, and pair their close combat skills with the raw mass of a fully armoured Space Marine flying headfirst into enemies.[9]

Fortis Kill Team

The Deathwatch will often field Fortis Kill-Teams based around Intercessors which may also include Assault Intercessors.

Heavy Intercessors

Heavy Intercessor Squad[6]

Those Intercessors who wear Gravis Pattern Power Armour are known as Heavy Intercessors. These are used to secure ground, blunt enemy counter-attacks, and are immovable in the defense.[7a] They are equipped with Executor Bolt Rifles, Executor Heavy Bolters, Heavy Bolt Rifles, Heavy Bolters, Hellstorm Bolt Rifles, or Hellstorm Heavy Bolters.[6]

Indomitor Kill Team

The Deathwatch will often field Indomitor Kill-Teams based around Heavy Intercessors.

Intercession Squads

Intercession Squads are Kill Team Units composed of different operatives selected within Intercessor marines.[8]

Notable Intercessors


Primaris Space Marine Forces
Command CaptainLieutenantChapter AncientBladeguard AncientCompany AncientChapter ChampionCompany Champion
Specialists Librarian (Vanguard Librarian) • Apothecary (Helix Adept) • Chaplain (Judicar) • Techmarine
Veterans Bladeguard VeteransCompany VeteransVeteran IntercessorsVeteran Assault Intercessors
Battleline Intercessor Squad (Heavy Intercessor) • Infiltrator Squad
Close Support Assault Intercessor SquadJump Pack Intercessor SquadInceptor SquadReiver SquadIncursor Squad
Fire Support Hellblaster SquadEradicator SquadAggressor SquadEliminator SquadSuppressor SquadDesolation SquadInfernus SquadFirestrike Servo-turretHammerfall Bunker
Walkers & Vehicles Redemptor Dreadnought (BrutalisBallistus) • Outrider BikeInvaderInvictorImpulsorGladiatorRepulsorRepulsor ExecutionerStorm SpeederAstraeus
Aircraft OverlordDrop Pod

Space Marine Infantry
Chapter Command Chapter MasterMaster of SanctityChief LibrarianMaster of the ApothecarionMaster of the ForgeMaster (Master of the WatchMaster of the FleetMaster of the ArsenalMaster of the MarchesMaster of the RitesMaster of RelicsLord ExecutionerMaster of RecruitsMaster of the SignalMaster of Reconnaissance)Chapter Ancient (Primaris Ancient) • Chapter ChampionHonour Guard
Company Command Company Command SquadReclusiam Command SquadCaptain (Primaris Captain) • Lieutenant (Primaris LieutenantVanguard Lieutenant) • Company Ancient (Bladeguard Ancient) • Company Champion
Specialists Librarian (EpistolaryCodicierLexicanumPrimaris LibrarianVanguard Librarian) • Chaplain (ReclusiarchPrimaris ChaplainJudiciar)Apothecary (Primaris ApothecaryHelix Adept) • Techmarine (Primaris Techmarine)
Veteran Squads Sternguard Veteran SquadVanguard Veteran SquadTerminator Squad (Terminator Assault Squad) • Bladeguard VeteranVeteran Intercessor SquadCompany Veterans
Battleline Squads Tactical SquadIntercessor Squad (Heavy Intercessor Squad) • Infiltrator Squad
Close Support Squads Assault SquadAssault Intercessor SquadJump Pack Intercessor SquadInceptor SquadReiver SquadIncursor SquadAssault Centurion Squad
Fire Support Squads Devastator SquadHellblaster SquadAggressor SquadEliminator SquadSuppressor SquadEradicator SquadDesolation SquadInfernus SquadDevastator Centurion Squad
Scouts Scout Squad