They are the most numerous of Tyranid creatures, and in great swarms they can pull down and consume creatures many times their own size. However they are completely mindless and will perish if they lose a synaptic link with the Hive Mind.
During the final stages of a planetary invasion, they scour the entirety of a planet ingesting all biological material on the planet and leaving only an empty and desolate wasteland. Eventually, the Rippers will become bloated full of biomass, unfit for combat. At this point, they simply crawl into Reclamation Pools where they and the bio-mass they've fed upon are broken down and absorbed by the Hive Fleet. However, in some cases they might be evolved to perform higher functions depending on the genetic material they have absorbed.
In certain instances, hive ships have been driven away from a world, leaving Tyranid ground forces isolated. Rippers appear to respond to such circumstances by burrowing below ground and metamorphosing into higher life forms. This has led many among the Magos Biologis to believe that Rippers are an immature form of the prime Tyrancii genus. This would mean they are theoretically capable of gestating into any kind of Tyranid creature with the right impetus from the Hive Mind, from Hive Tyrants to Hormagaunts. The wonder that Tyranids routinely produce and sacrifice their young so prodigiously serves only to reinforce how inhuman they truly are.
Ordo Xenos Classification
|Ordo Xenos Departmento Analyticus Record|
|Designation||Ripper||Main Weaponry||Claws and fangs|
|Species Name||Minoris omniphagea, Tyranicus Omniphagea||Secondary Weaponry||None|
|Average Weight||0.1 tonnes||Tertiary Weaponry||None|
Sky-slashers are Rippers adapted with wings to allow flight.
Eel-like Rippers are a unnamed variant of rippers designed to devour every lifeform in the planet's seas.
- 1: Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition), pg. 55
- 2: Deathwatch: The Achilus Assault, pg. 49
- 3: Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos, pg. 43
- 4: Codex: Tyranids (3rd Edition), pg. 25
- 5: Codex: Tyranids (6th Edition) (E-Book) - Forces of the Hive Mind
- 6: Games Workshop (site accessed 2010.01.17)
- 7:  (last accessed 11 June 2015)
- 8: Tyranid Collector's Guide, pg. 19
|Tyranid Planetary Forces|
|Command||Hive Tyrant • Broodlord • Tervigon • Norn-Queen|
|Elite||Hive Guard • Tyrant Guard • Lictor (Lictor Alpha) • Venomthrope • Zoanthrope (Neurothrope) • Pyrovore • Maleceptor • Toxicrene • Malanthrope • Dimachaeron|
|Basic||Tyranid Warrior (Tyranid Prime • Shrike) • Ravener (Ravener Alpha) • Genestealer (Ymgarl Genestealer) • Gaunt (Termagant • Hormagaunt • Spinegaunt) • Ripper (Sky-Slasher)|
|Heavy||Carnifex • Biovore • Haruspex • Cerebore • Trygon (Trygon Prime) • Mawloc • Tyrannofex • Exocrine • Dactylis • Malefactor • Hierodule • Sporocyst|
|Bio-Titans||Dominatrix • Hierophant • Viciator • Nautiloid • Vermis|
|Flyers||Gargoyle • Harpy • Harridan • Hive Crone • Tyrannocyte|
|Spores||Mieotic Spore • Mycetic Spore • Spore Mine • Mucolid Spore|
|Unique Tyranids||Swarmlord • Death Leaper • Doom of Malan'tai • Old One Eye • Parasite of Mortrex • Red Terror|