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Targetdrone.gif This article is about the Space Marine recruits; for the Genestealer cultists, see Genestealer.

Neophytes are those humans who undergo the process of becoming a superhuman Space Marine. Before they undergo the transformation, they are called Aspirants.[1]


In most Codex Chapters, Neophytes are formed into Scout Squads, until they are promoted to full Space Marine status. Even though it is a long and painful process, requiring the most brutal training and the receiving of implanted organs, it is a process that is undergone willingly for the defense of the Imperium.[1]

Chapter Variants

Black Templars Neophytes are not organised into a separate Scout Company like other Chapters. Instead, they receive their training from an individual Initiate who teaches by example. Such Neophytes can be a part of any Black Templars Squad as necessary.[2]

Space Wolves Neophytes, after undergoing the first stage of their genetic transformation, are assigned to Blood Claw Packs, encouraged to vent their youthful enthusiasm on the enemy under the tutelage of more experienced Grey Hunters.[3]