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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 techno-sorcery. 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]

Variants of Techno-sorcerer

The name of the related techno-sorcery conclave is in brackets.

  • Chronomancer (Harbinger of Eternity): 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]
  • Dimensionalist: Masters of alternate dimensions and dimensional gateways.[6]
  • Ethermancer (Harbinger of the Storm): Capable of manipulating the weather against their foes. Their Voltaic Staff shoots lightning and their Ether Crystal summons pressure waves and bolts of lightning to buffet their enemies. They are also capable of calling upon emerald Lightning Fields to protect their allies.[2a]
  • Geomancer (Harbingers of Transmogrification): Also known as 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]
  • Observationer: Astronomical interpretations are their purview and their skulls contain bristling manes of observational orbs and astrolabes.[10]
  • Technomancer: These masters possess the power to augment and swiftly repair Necron units and Canoptek constructs upon the battlefield.[7a]
  • Voidmancer: Masters of the void of space and black holes.[6]
Necron Cryptek

Cryptek Technologies

Notable Crypteks


See Also


Necron Forces
Command Phaeron (SzarekhImotekh the Stormlord) • Overlord (Anrakyr the TravelerTrazyn the InfiniteNemesor Zahndrekh) • Lord (Vargard ObyronLokhust LordFlayer KingSkorpekh Lord) • Royal Warden
Crypteks Chronomancer (Orikan the Diviner) • PlasmancerPsychomancerTechnomancer (Illuminor Szeras) • Apprentek
Infantry WarriorsImmortals (DespotekGuardian) • PariahsDeathmarksLychguardsTriarch PraetoriansFlayed OnesCryptothrall
Destroyer Cult Hexmark DestroyerLokhust DestroyerLokhust Heavy DestroyerOphydian DestroyerSkorpekh Destroyer
Grav-vehicles and Crewed Walkers Annihilation BargeCatacomb Command BargeDoomsday ArkGhost ArkTesseract ArkTomb BladeMonolith (Doomsday Monolith) • MegalithObeliskTesseract VaultDias of Dominion and Triarchal MenhirsTriarch Stalker
Canoptek Constructs AcanthriteDoomstalkerPlasmacyte (ReanimatorAccelerator) • ReanimatorScarabSeraptekSpyderTomb SentinelTomb StalkerWraith
Aircraft Doom ScytheNight ScytheNight Shroud
Structures PylonSentry PylonStarstele
Titan-Class Engines AbattoirÆonic Orb
C'tan C'tan ShardsAza'gorod, the NightbringerMag'ladroth, the Void DragonMephet'ran, the DeceiverNyadra'zatha, the Burning One (Dias of Dominion) • Tesseract Vault