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Watch Commander is a rank of officer used by the Deathwatch Chapter.[1]


When the Deathwatch was initially formed during the War of the Beast, it was set up as a singular Chapter. At this time, the Watch Commander was effectively the Chapter Master of the Deathwatch, with the first Watch Commander being Asger Warfist of the Space Wolves.[2a][2b]

Over time, the Deathwatch became a far more decentralised body, being deployed across the galaxy. Now based out of Watch Fortresses largely independent from each other, the title of Watch Commander stopped being a singular rank used to denote an overall leader of the Deathwatch. In the modern Imperium, the rank simply refers to the commanding officer of a particular Watch Fortress, generally a Watch Master or experienced Watch Captain.[1][3b] Notably, however, there is no hard rule that states that a Watch Commander need be an Astartes - on occasion Watch Fortresses have been overseen by a Lord Inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos instead.[3a]

See also


Deathwatch Forces
Command Watch MasterWatch Captain (Primaris Watch Captain) • Watch LieutenantLibrarian • (Primaris LibrarianEpistolary) • Chaplain (Primaris Chaplain) • Apothecary (Primaris Apothecary)Techmarine (Primaris TechmarineForge Master)CastellanCompany AncientCompany Champion
Elites Deathwatch Veterans (Terminator SquadVanguard VeteransVeteran Bike Squad) • ChampionKeeperBladeguard VeteranCompany Veterans
Kill-Marines TacticalAssaultDevastatorScoutIntercessorAssault IntercessorHeavy IntercessorInceptorReiverAggressorHellblasterEradicatorInfiltratorIncursorEliminatorSuppressorOutriderCenturionBlack Shield
Vehicles InvictorInvader ATVDreadnought (Venerable DreadnoughtRedemptor Dreadnought) • BikeRhinoRazorbackImpulsorPredatorRepulsor (Repulsor Executioner) • GladiatorLand Raider (CrusaderRedeemer) • Land SpeederStorm SpeederStalkerHunterWhirlwindVindicatorCorvus BlackstarDrop Pod
Special Characters Ortan CassiusArtemisJensus NatorianKill Team Cassius