What We Know About Psychic Awakening: Jain Zar and Drazhar

Yesterday we covered new ways to upgrade your Aeldari forces. But today we’ve got stats and abilities for both the new leaders coming with Blood of the Phoenix, Jain Zar and Drazhar. Let’s take a look…
Jain Zar
First up we have Jain Zar, Phoenix Lord of the Howling Banshees. This model has a ton of killer abilities to be used, but let’s start off with a refresher of the stat line:
Jain Zar’s statline sadly has not changed. But for a Craftworlds model she still is quite deadly with 8” movement and boosted strength and toughness. But Jain Zar also can Advance and charge, and adds 3” to charge rolls. Plus having a Banshee Mask, Overwatch isn’t a concern for her. Plus Jain Zar is armed with a pair of deadly weapons.
Having both deadly ranged and melee attacks, Jain Zar can really put on the pain. That just get multiplied by the next ability:
Even though we’ve seen Storm of Silence before, it still never stops being impressive. This gives Jain Zar deadly amounts of combat effectiveness against big targets and large swarms alike. But she also has the War Shout ability, giving a -1 to be hit and this next ability:
Cry of War Unending although previously used on Jain Zar, is still a great ability. If partnered with some Howling Banshees, Jain Zar will be demolishing through any units in her way.
Next up is the Master of Blades, Drazhar. This guy didn’t get much of a buff to his statline, but go ahead and check it out:
Most of this is the same, but getting an extra wound is pretty good. It definitely adds to his durability to be able to get into combat with his Demiklaives:
Drazhar’s demiklaives now hit at damage two, which is a great buff, plus also the variety of attack types. But much like Jain Zar, Drazhar also has an extra potent ability:
Murderous Assault really bumps up Drazhar. Being able to lay down twice as many attacks ought to make his as potent as Jain Zar against hordes. Plus Drazhar has the Lethal Precision ability, increasing damage by 2 on a 6 to wound. Plus he buffs all Incubi near him:
Master of Blades creates a synergy similar to Jain Zar with Incubi units. Making both these forces a great counter to each other.
In Conclusion
Both Jain Zar and Drazhar are truly terrifying combat forces for Craftworlds and Drukhari, respectfully. Both these characters work well with their aspects. It will be interesting how other Aspects change with Phoenix Rising at the game table.
As always, a big thanks to Games Workshop for the images provided for this article.
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