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Colour Scheme Legion Info Symbol
Name: Legio Gryphonicus
Alternative name: War Griffons
Affiliation: Imperium
Founded: Age of Strife
Forge World: Gryphonne IV[4a]
Colours: Dappled grey with yellow
Strength: 176 (start of Horus Heresy)[9]
Battle Cry: War is Just
Arch Enemies: Tyranids

The Legio Gryphonicus (aka the War Griffons) are a Titan Legion with an illustrious history.[1] Born during the very founding of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Legio Gryphonicus has seen action in many battles against Traitor Titan Legions since the Horus Heresy.[2]


The War Griffons possess a martial culture which often hews closer to that of a Knight House compared to an average Titan Legion. The Legion's members strive for individual skill, with which they hope to bring glory to their bloodline. This can and has led to conflict between the Legion's Princeps; this, combined with the high value the War Griffons place on discipline, has led the Legion to develop a number of internal laws allowing for duels between its members.[7c]


The Legion was founded sometime during the Age of Strife and at the time was the primary tool of power of the pocket empire of Gryphonne IV. The planet itself had been colonized by Tech-priests from Mars. The legion became one of the largest and most well-equipped of the Great Crusade alongside the Legio Mortis, Legio Destructor, Legio Crucius and Legio Magna. It gained many battle-honours, most notably in the Rangdan Genocide and Ullanor Crusade.[7a] By the end of the Crusade, the Legio numbered some 176 Titans of various classes, with roughly half of these being Reavers. They also possessed an unusual number of Titan-Barques and transports operating under its own fealty and allegiance, which allowed it to operate largely independently when the need arose. This would serve them well in the coming Heresy.[9]

When the Horus Heresy broke out, the Legion remained true to the Emperor. However, before the rebellion Horus had foreseen this decision and scattered the Legion across the galaxy under the pretense of their presence being necessary for many smaller campaigns.[3b] Warzones included the Ruin of Maerdan, Battle of Molech, the First Battle of Paramar, and the Battle of Beta-Garmon. The Legion took grievous damage during the Beta-Garmon campaign, and could only provide scant forces to the Siege of Terra.[10] Throughout the war, the Legio Gryphonicus built a fierce hatred against the Legio Mortis.[7a]

A battle group of the War Griffons Titans fought alongside the Gryphonne IV Skitarii forces that took part in the Castra Campaign where, with the help of the first batch of newly produced Leman Russ Conquerors, they encircled and trapped the traitor besiegers of Hive Castra Septus, eliminating the traitors within the pocket.[4b]

The War Griffons have over the millennia been instrumental in halting the Black Crusades of Abaddon the Despoiler that spewed from the Eye of Terror.[2]

The Legion suffered a catastrophic defeat in 997.M41 when its Forge World of Gryphonne IV was overrun by Hive Fleet Leviathan. During the battle, the majority of the Legion was torn to pieces by swarms of Tyranid Hierophants and Tyrannofexes. However, a portion of the Legion survived the tragedy and was able to provide a total of eight Battle Titans to the Betalis Campaign against the Eldar.[2] Some of its surviving Titans also took part in the defense of Cadia during the Thirteenth Black Crusade. The Fortress World was destroyed in that conflict, but the final fate of the Legio's Titans is unknown.[6]


Legio Gryphonicus Warmaster Titan Aurem Castigator[9]

The Titans of the Legio Gryphonicus are primarily grey with yellow faceplates and gold decoration.[7c]


Known Titans

Imperator Class

Warmonger Class

Warmaster Class

Warlord Class

Reaver Class

Warhound Class

Other/Unknown Class

Known Personnel


See also