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Crypteks are Necron technological specialists whose purpose is to study the highly advanced and ancient technology of their race.


Their main fields of study include dimensional dissonance, singularity manipulation, atomic transmutation, elemental transmogrification and countless other reason-defying technologies. They are masters of the scientific and technological and in many ways a Cryptek's powers mirror those employed by the psykers of other races such as the Imperium and Eldar. However they differ in that instead of using a mutant mind to channel Warp energies, the Cryptek employs arcane science to harness the universe's fundamental forces.[1]

Crypteks operate in pan-galactic conclaves, many of which specialize in a particular field of technology. Though they have no official rank in the political structure of a dynasty, they wield incredible influence and often serve in the courts of Necron Overlords and Necron Lords as close confidants.[2b] The powers of Crypteks are highly sought after by Necron Overlords, who will meet whatever demands are made by the Crypteks in exchange for their services.[1] Crypteks wear Essence-Tomes, which are tiles forged from whatever substance that Cryptek is studying. As the Cryptek advances in his studies and mastery of his field, he adds additional tiles to the chain. Chronomancers have tiles made from time itself, while Voidmancers essence-tomes are constructed from black holes and dimensionalists from the wounds created between dimensions.[6]

Ultimately, the only thing that holds the ambition of a Cryptek in check is another of its kind. Should a retained Cryptek rise too far above his station, a Necron Overlord will attempt to replace him by luring a more tractable Cryptek away from his rival. Even this has complications, for while no Cryptek will knowingly replace another of the same conclave, a rival from another conclave will happily do so. Once his services are acquired, a Cryptek’s duties stretch far beyond the tomb world. It is common for an Overlord to grant a Cryptek the first pickings of precious resources in exchange for his services on campaign. Such a bargain serves both sides well; a tomb world’s resources are limited, and the Cryptek’s trade requires that he have a ready supply of raw materials.[3]

Crypteks sometimes have bodyguards known as Cryptothralls.[4]

Disciplines of Techno-sorcery

  • Harbinger of Despair: Also known as psychomancers, they are masters of influencing the organic mind and psychological warfare. With their Abyssal Staves they can spread madness among enemy ranks. They are also capable of causing dread in their enemies and of dematerialising and rematerialising their comrades.[2a]
  • Harbinger of Destruction: Also known as Plasmancers, they are masters of raw energy and can shoot devastating blasts of furious energy and pulses of light that illuminate the entire battlefield from their Eldritch Lances in battle. Their gaze of flickering witch-fire falters the onset of even the bravest attacker.[2a]
  • Harbinger of Eternity: Also known as chronomancers, they are masters of time and knowledge of the future flows through their every act. They can rarely be trusted as they always have an idea of how any event will unfold. They wield Aeonstaves with sapphire heads, capable of trapping a enemy in a bubble of slow-time, a Chronometron capable of changing time, and the ability to crystallize time around themselves in a a way that blocks their enemies' blows.[2a] A subsect of Chronomancy is known as Astromancy, whose disciples, also known as Astraturges or Stellasayers, are able to use the stars to divine the future.[6a][9]
  • Harbinger of Transmogrification: Also known as Geomancers,[2a] alchemists[2a] or metallurgists.[6] Practicing an art once known as alchemy, they specialize in the transmutation of matter from one form to another and to animate the inanimate. They use the Harp of Dissonance that can change Adamantium to brittle glass with a single booming bass note, the Seismic Crucible to induce seismic activity in rock, metal and air, and the Tremorstave causes quakes that knock enemies away.[2a]
  • Harbinger of The Storm: Also known as ethermancers, they are capable of manipulating the weather against their foes. The Voltaic Staff which shoots lightning, and the Ether Crystal summons pressures wave and bolts of lightning to buffet their enemies. They are also capable of calling upon emerald Lightning Fields to protect their allies.[2a]
  • Technomancers - These masters possess the power to augment and swiftly repair Necron units and Canoptek constructs upon the battlefield.[7a]
  • Voidmancers - Masters of the void of space and blackholes.[6]
  • Dimensionalists - Masters of alternate dimensions and dimensional gateways.[6]
  • Datamancer[6a]
Necron Cryptek

Cryptek Technologies

Notable Crypteks


See Also


Necron Forces
Command Necron OverlordNecron LordLokhust LordFlayer KingSkorpekh LordRoyal Warden
Crypteks TechnomancerPlasmancerChronomancerPsychomancer
Infantry WarriorsImmortalsPariahsDeathmarksLychguardsTriarch PraetoriansFlayed OnesCryptothrall
Destroyer Cult Lokhust DestroyersSkorpekh DestroyerLokhust Heavy DestroyerHexmark DestroyerOphydian Destroyer
Vehicles Triarch StalkersTomb BladesCatacomb Command BargeAnnihilation BargesTesseract ArkGhost Ark
Canoptek Constructs ScarabsPlasmacyteSpydersWraithsAcanthritesTomb StalkersTomb SentinelsCanoptek DoomstalkerCanoptek Reanimator
Aircraft Night ScythesDoom ScythesNight Shrouds
Heavy/Structures Doomsday ArksSerapteksObeliskPylonSentry PylonStarsteleTriarchal Menhir
Monoliths MonolithDoomsday MonolithMegalith
Titan-Class Engines AbattoirÆonic Orb
C'tan C'tan ShardsTesseract VaultMephet'ranAza'gorodMag'ladroth
Special Characters SzarekhImotekh the StormlordNemesor ZahndrekhVargard ObyronIlluminor SzerasOrikan the DivinerAnrakyr the TravelerTrazyn the Infinite