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Necron Canoptek Scarabs

Canoptek Scarabs[5] are small constructs used by the Necrons, to break down organic and non-organic matter.[1a]


Essentially mindless feeding machines, these constructs mind Tomb Worlds and perform a variety of other tasks[1a]. In battle they fly ahead of the main army in swarms so thick that they've been known to blot out the sun. They appear out of nowhere, deadly, but making no sound except for the rustle of carapace over carapace. While Scarab swarms have no direct weapons, their claws are sufficiently sharp to slice through an enemy's armour. Because of their size they can find cover easily, but when in swarm they are vulnerable to massed ordnance. They may be armed with Disruption Fields for attacking heavily armoured targets.[1a]

Scarabs are capable of breaking down essentially any material into energy. They use this to reproduce at an astonishing rate, creating never-ending swarms that devour all in their path.[4]

Flensing Scarab

Flensing Scarabs are swarms of specifically designed Scarabs designed to swiftly and violently separate flesh from bone. Although no more than mere insects in size, in large groups they can nonetheless reduce organisms down to bone with terrifying speed.[2]

Mindshackle Scarab

Main article: Mindshackle Scarabs

A smaller variant of standard Scarabs, Mindshackle Scarabs are the Necrons' chief method of controlling alien races. At the bearer's command, they burrow into the victims brains and turn them into little more than a puppet for the scarab's master.[1b]

Bloodswarm Nanoscarab

These tiny Scarabs are used by Imotekh the Stormlord to draw Flayed Ones to a target.[7]


These nano-scarabs are used by Chronomancers as a minefield to temporally assault their enemy.[7a]

Reanimation Nanoscarabs

These nano-scarabs are used to heal Necron structures and units. They are commonly employed from Canoptek Reanimators.[7b]




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