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Thornback is a Tyranid sub-species of Carnifex[3] which is the renown master of shock-assault.[4] It can be armed with Deathspitters, Devourers, Spine Banks, Stranglethorn Cannon, Monstrous Scything Talons and Thresher Scythe.[3]

Previous Editions

In 4th Edition Thornback was a nickname given by Imperial Guard soldiers to Tyranids with large blade protrusions from their carapace. They were often seen charging into ranks of soldiers using pure body mass as their primary weapon and simply impaling any enemies they come across.[1][2]