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Red Scorpions Terminator[9]

Terminators per se is a term normally used to refer to Space Marine Veterans wearing powerful Tactical Dreadnought Armour, more commonly referred to as Terminator Armour. In most Codex Chapters, they are members of the elite 1st Company of a Space Marine Chapter. Others can wear Terminator Armour as well, even in a Codex-compliant chapter, such as Librarians (who do not belong to a company), and other exceptions exist as well, such as in the Inquisition, but these are not typically referred to as "Terminators".


The Crux Terminatus

Within a typical Space Marine Chapter, only the members of the 1st Company have full access to the rare and extremely resilient Terminator Armour. Each suit is treated as an important relic and seen as a physical representation of the Chapter's fighting spirit.[1]

The main, widespread model of this armour, the most common in the Space Marine Chapters, is called the Indomitus pattern.[17]

The most revered part of each suit of armour is the Crux Terminatus, a cross-shaped badge placed on the left shoulder plate. According to legend, the Crux Terminatus worn by Terminator captains contains a shard of the armour the Emperor wore at the height of the Horus Heresy. To a Terminator, the loss of his Crux is unthinkable.[5a]

All suits have built-in teleportation devices which allow them to deploy anywhere via deep strike, although more often they are deployed using Land Raiders. Squads consist of a Terminator sergeant and between 4 and 9 Terminators.[5a]

Terminator Squad

Ultramarines Terminator Squad

Terminator Squads fight with the standard armament of a storm bolter for ranged combat and a power fist or chainfist for close combat. The storm bolter can be swapped for an assault cannon or heavy flamer, or supplemented with a shoulder-mounted cyclone missile launcher.[5a]

Terminator Assault Squad

Ultramarines Assault Terminator Squad

Terminator Assault Squads are oriented toward close combat. To maximise their effectiveness, they swap their standard armament for a pair of Lightning Claws, or a thunder hammer and storm shield.[5f] They often battle in close quarters, such as spaceship boarding actions or in the lower levels of a hive.[3]

Terminator Command Squad

Terminator Command Squad[15]

Essentially a Space Marine Command Squad equipped with Terminator Armour, a Terminator Command Squad squad consists of one terminator sergeant and three to nine terminators. The terminator sergeant is armed with a power weapon and storm bolter and the rest are armed with power fists and storm bolters. Some swap their storm bolters for assault cannons or heavy flamers or keep them and add cyclone missile launchers, and some swap their power fists for chainfists, especially when boarding actions are carried out. A Terminator Command Squad may include a Company Ancient and/or Company Champion, similarly clad in Terminator Armour. Naturally, their captain may accompany them, similarly clad.[2]

Non-Company Loyalist Space Marine Terminators

Apothecaries may be granted access to Terminator Armour, usually to accompany a Terminator Command Squad; similarly, Librarians and Chaplains may wear the suit into battle.

Loyalist Variations

The Dark Angels' 1st company is known as the Deathwing and is composed entirely of Terminator Squads. Unlike a traditional Codex Chapter, which distinguishes between Tactical and Assault roles, each Deathwing Terminator Squad is armed with a custom combination of heavy, close combat, or ranged weaponry, depending on the squad's role on the battlefield. Membership in the Deathwing also confers access to some of the chapter's most closely guarded secrets. There are no Veteran Squads in the Deathwing.[6] Deathwing Terminator Squads may arm their heavy weapon carriers with plasma cannons, and they may be accompanied by a Watcher in the Dark.


The Salamanders chapter uses an altered version of the Codex Astartes, with 12 squads in each company rather than the standard 10, including up to 120 Veterans or Terminators which are known as the Firedrakes.[4]

Space Wolves

The Wolf Guard of the Space Wolves are the retinue of a Wolf Lord, the equivalent of a Codex Chapter's Command Squad or Honour Guard. Wolf Guard have access to terminator armour, but unlike other chapters, they only wear it when the tactical situation so demands; the Space Wolves do not support permanent Terminator Squads.[7]

Each Wolf Guard can also take command of a main Battle-Brother squad. Wolf Guard, in this case, may also retain their Terminator armour.[5b]

Grey Knights

Unlike any other Space Marine force, the Grey Knights chapter is unique in that nearly its entire chapter can be outfitted in Terminator armour when required. Terminators of the Grey Knights use Storm Bolters and their preference of a Nemesis Force Weapon. Some may replace their storm bolter to be equipped with Incinerators, Psycannons, or Psilencers instead. Furthermore, they also make use of psychic powers as is characteristic of their chapter.[8]

Adeptus Custodes

Allarus and Aquilon Custodians of the Adeptus Custodes wear Terminator Armour into battle.

Chaos Terminators

Main article: Chaos Terminators

Terminators in service of the Traitor Legions turned renegade thousands of years ago and have had a long time to hone their skills, making them some of the most deadly troops in the galaxy.[21]




See also


Space Marine Infantry
Chapter Command Chapter MasterMaster of SanctityChief LibrarianMaster of the ApothecarionMaster of the ForgeMaster (Master of the WatchMaster of the FleetMaster of the ArsenalMaster of the MarchesMaster of the RitesMaster of RelicsLord ExecutionerMaster of RecruitsMaster of the SignalMaster of Reconnaissance)Chapter Ancient (Primaris Ancient) • Chapter ChampionHonour Guard
Company Command Company Command SquadReclusiam Command SquadCaptain (Primaris Captain) • Lieutenant (Primaris LieutenantVanguard Lieutenant) • Company Ancient (Bladeguard Ancient) • Company Champion
Specialists Librarian (EpistolaryCodicierLexicanumPrimaris LibrarianVanguard Librarian) • Chaplain (ReclusiarchPrimaris ChaplainJudiciar)Apothecary (Primaris ApothecaryHelix Adept) • Techmarine (Primaris Techmarine)
Veteran Squads Sternguard Veteran SquadVanguard Veteran SquadTerminator Squad (Terminator Assault Squad) • Bladeguard VeteranVeteran Intercessor SquadCompany Veterans
Battleline Squads Tactical SquadIntercessor Squad (Heavy Intercessor Squad) • Infiltrator Squad
Close Support Squads Assault SquadAssault Intercessor SquadJump Pack Intercessor SquadInceptor SquadReiver SquadIncursor SquadAssault Centurion Squad
Fire Support Squads Devastator SquadHellblaster SquadAggressor SquadEliminator SquadSuppressor SquadEradicator SquadDesolation SquadInfernus SquadDevastator Centurion Squad
Scouts Scout Squad