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The Kasrkin are elite troops of the Imperial Guard dedicated to the security of the Fortress World of Cadia, from which they hail. Because they are special forces troops drawn from the same world as the existing Cadian Shock Troops, their name comes from the title of the fortress cities of Cadia, which are called "Kasrs" in the native dialect of Low Gothic.[2]


The Cadian Shock Troops are already known throughout the Imperium as a highly-skilled and disciplined force, so the ranks of the Kasrkin are truly amongst the best of the best in the Imperial Guard. Many potential recruits for the Kasrkin are chosen at a young age when they are still serving as Whiteshields (new recruits) in the Cadian Planetary Defence Forces within the Cadian Youth Army. Those who are chosen must first prove themselves in the Shock Troops and become Hardened Veterans before they are guided to the Kasrkin. Their training is greater than even that of the elite Imperial Storm Troopers and they are utterly dedicated to the preservation of Cadia, whereas Imperial Storm Troopers are indoctrinated to provide for the defence of the entire Imperium of Man as a whole. Punishing regimes of additional training in the harshest warzones tempers each Kasrkin into a hardened fighter who is capable of facing the horrors of battle in the late 41st Millennium. To serve in the Kasrkin is a great honour, for they are amongst the finest troops in the Imperium. However, much is expected of such warriors — the Kasrkin are constantly placed in the fiercest fighting, sent into battle against deadly foes, and relied upon to act above and beyond the call of duty in the Emperor's name. The roll of valour for the Kasrkin is long and well-respected, for they are warriors of exceptional courage. Many times, the tide of battle has been turned by the precise firepower and iron discipline of the Kasrkin.[2][1][7]


Kasrkin are highly trained in the use of numerous heavy weapons, and are entrusted with special equipment of high quality and rare craftsmanship such as their hellguns and hotshot lasguns, which are much more powerful versions of the normal lasgun used by regular Guardsmen. They wear Carapace Armour and helmets sealed for hazardous environments. This armour also deflects and absorbs incoming projectiles far better than standard Imperial Guard Flak Armour. Kasrkin are also given minor biological modifications that increase their overall resilience while allowing them to move quickly despite their heavier gear. Kasrkin sergeants often wield rare and powerful equipment more commonly used by Imperial Guard officers such as power swords and hot-shot laspistols. The Kasrkin often carry special weapons suited to their assault role on the battlefield and exceptional marksmanship, including plasma guns, meltaguns, grenade launchers, and flamers. Much like the elite Grenadiers, the Kasrkin carry both frag grenades and krak grenades and are extensively trained in the use of these weapons. Some chroniclers amongst the Tactica Imperialis have recorded a number of difficult firefights in the Kasrkin's history that were resolved by the creative application of grenades.[4]

The Kasrkin also have an ethos of duty and honour that is impressive for members of the Imperial Guard, who are usually far more interested simply in staying alive. Whereas the standard Storm Trooper is looked down upon by many different regiments of Imperial Guardsmen for their elite status, the Kasrkin are looked upon with great favour among the standard regiments of Cadian Shock Troops. They are the ultimate warriors of the Imperial Guard who fought against the Forces of Chaos, and they led the charge in the defence of Cadia from the Chaotic forces of Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade. To be a Kasrkin is to hold a position of honour, and all Cadians recognise this truth and the role they play in defending their world.[4]

Since the fall of Cadia in the 13th Black Crusade, new Kasrkin are still recruited but are drawn from surviving Cadian Shock Trooper Regiments. An increasing number hail from worlds beyond Cadia, and these new recruits have much to prove to their Cadian-born comrades. These new recruits do not easily obtain the Caducades Sea Eagle Tattoo which mark their order.[13a]

Veteran Kasrkin

Even amongst the elite ranks of the Kasrkin, there are those who have fought in more battles than any other. These "Veteran Kasrkin" are often sought after by Generals and other high-ranking leaders of the Astra Militarum. Cadia's High Command will only approve such requests if an officer's cause is deemed worthy, and if so, they will be able to field squads of Veteran Kasrkin as their personal commandos and honour-guards.[7]

Kasrkin Kill Teams

Kasrkin are usually deployed as small squads as a precision instrument. Each member of the Squad is a seasoned warrior skilled and experienced enough to adapt to new and unexpected situations. They are bonded by faith, hard training, and harder missions over extended periods of time.[13a]

Kill Team Operatives

  • Kasrkin Sergeant: Leaders of Kasrkin Kill-Teams, these extremely skilled and experienced soldiers lead from the front.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Combat Medic: These soldiers have additional training and equipment to treat the injured and return them to the fight as soon as possible.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Demo-Trooper: Demolitions experts who wield Melta Mines, braving enemy fire to prepare their deadly munitions in order to breach enemy fortifications.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Gunner: Specialists who retrieve additional training to wield heavier weapons such as Flamers, Grenade Launchers, Hotshot Volley Guns, Meltaguns, and Plasma Guns.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Recon-Trooper: Equipped with Auspex systems to detect enemy troops and direct ambushes against them. They can also analyze local terrain and ambient sounds.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Sharpshooter: Patient snipers equipped with Hotshot Marksman Rifles. Thanks to their camo-cloaks, they can infiltrate enemy areas and remain hidden for protracted periods.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Vox-Trooper: Serve as their kill-teams link with higher command. They relay orders and intelligence between senior officers and their comrades.[13b]
  • Kasrkin Trooper: Rank and file Kasrkin equipped with Hotshot Lasguns.[13b]

Notable Kasrkin Kill-Teams

  • Kill Team Haseed — None of its members are born of Cadia, but they nonetheless have suffered grievous losses during the wars around Vigilus. Every member of the Kill Team has been slain and replaced, and its commanding officer, Haseed, is herself a native of Tallarn. Additional recruits are drawn from Vigilus, Sangua Terra, Cthonol, Dieper III, Tekarn, and Yamnin. They have taken part in the siege of Dharrovar, slaughtering Idolators to prevent Chaos Knights from being repaired and have gone on to battle heretic forces in the Nachmund Gauntlet on countless occasions.[7]
  • Kill Team Hektor — Fought on Kasr Holn and Kasr Partox in the 13th Black Crusade, and were one of the final Kasrkin units to be evacuated from their doomed world. Before this, they had fought against Orks on Armageddon, and after Cadia's fall their Ork-fighting skills have been put to use in the War of Beasts.[7]
  • Kill Team Nyska — Made up of many survivors of Cadia and have had long periods of training on the Death World of Prosan in the Cadian System. Their survival skills proved useful in battles against Nurgle forces, most infamously against Cultists on the Fortress World of Kelthorn. During the defense of Konor, they infiltrated corrupted factories to destroy traitor stockpiles.[7]
  • Kill Team Vance — Its members have much experience fighting T'au Empire forces and are adept xenos-killers. They have earned a strong reputation fighting aliens in the Chalnath Expanse, battling not only T'au but also Genestealer Cults.[7]

Notable Kasrkin