This is a breakdown on how to use Blast weapons in Warhammer 40k 9th Edition.
Blast weapons are better thought of as “special rules” attached to regular weapons.
For example, I could have a pistol as a blast weapon. I could have a rapid fire weapon as a blast weapon.
It’s usually a weapon that has a variable number of shots, an example would be a weapon that fires D6 shots.
Roll a 6 sided die and whatever number it lands on is the number of shots it makes.
But just because a weapon has a variable number of shots, does not make it a blast weapon.
A blast weapon will literally say “blast weapon” at the end of the description.
Blast weapons have very specific rules:
Rule #1 – you cannot fire them if a model is within engagement range.
For example: Vehicles are allowed to shoot into engagement range, but they cannot fire blast weapons into engagement range.
The reason for the rule is simple, firing explosives at point blank range isn’t a good idea.
(Even if it’s done in the Warhammer 40,000 lore.)
Quality blasts in Warhammer:
Rule #2 – If you’re firing a blast weapon at a unit that has 6 to 10 models in it, you will always make at least 3 shots. So if I roll a D6, and it lands on a 2 for “number of shots made” – it’s still 3 shots.
Why? Because it’s a big blast and there’s a lot of people in that unit.
But it gets even more interesting if the unit is 11+ models because it automatically makes all 6 shots – no need to roll.
Which means it does well against those big horde armies like Tyranids and Orks.
So if I’ve got a 2D6 blast weapon and I’m shooting a unit of 12 Orks, that is going to be 12 shots guaranteed.
As you can see, in 9th Edition, blast weapons are amazing!
Feel free to take lots of them, but definitely DO NOT get in close combat.
That covers the basics of how to use blast weapons in Warhammer 40k 9th Edition. How to use Pistols Weapons in Warhammer 40k 9th Edition is the first in this beginner’s series.
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