Warhammer 40K 9th Edition Codex Release Dates

By Joe Robinson 16 Oct 2020 0

We’re just getting into the swing of things with Warhammer 40,000’s 9th Edition, and Games Workshop are constantly making new waves of announcements to build off what they started with the Indomitus box. With the Warhammer 40K core rules and the main rulebook now out in the wild, our attention turns to the codices and other rules supplements.

Whether they're main faction books for army-specific supplements, releasing the dedicated tomes for each of Warhammer 40K's iconic armies will be next on Games Workshop's priority list, and what 40K fans will want to see next. With so many to get through though, it will be interesting to see what the order of release will be.

At the time of writing, only Codex: Necrons and Codex: Space Marines have been released so far, with other books announced and coming soon. We'll update this story as more announcements come out. It's wort noting that all of the below books will come with a code on the inside back cover that will allow you to unlock a digital version of the codex from within the new 40K app that was released alongside the 9th edition.

Codex: Space Marine Release Date

codex space marines 40k 9th editionCodex: Space Marines contains lots of lore for the first-founding chapters, as well as their more prominent successors. It is 208 pages in length with 98 datasheets for new and existing units. That's... well, it seems like a lot of datasheets, especially if you take into account all of the supplements you're likely to get as well.

The new codex has also consolidated many of the most popular new rules that appeared in various Psychic Awakening books. It has dedicated sections for Wargear, a specific points-value list at the end, Army-specific rules and new Crusades content. 

It is available to order right now as the book was released on October 10th, 2020. There is also a special Collector's Edition available, if you fancy it.

Codex: Necrons Release Date

codex necrons 40k 9th editionThis is a smaller book than the Space Marines release, clocking in at only 120 pages. It will still be packed with new lore and will generally overhaul of how the Necron army works in battle, however. 

There are 51 data sheets, including rules for the Silent King himself, as we Army specific rules, Crusade content and other nuts and bolts as with all codices. The Necrons specifically will have access to new ‘Command Protocols’ will reward army building along the newly fleshed out 'dynastic' lines, and will add in a touch of unpredictability to the round-by-round flow of a battle. 

It is available to order right now, as the book was released on October 10th, 2020. There is also a special Collector's Edition available, if you fancy it.

Codex Supplement: Space Wolves Release Date

The Space Wolves codex supplement, which will provide additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content will be releasing sometime next month in November 2020.

Codex Supplement: Deathwatch Release Date

The Deathwatch codex supplement, which will provide additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content will be releasing sometime next month in November 2020.

Codex Supplement: Blood Angels Release Date

The Blood Angels codex supplement, which will provide additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content will be releasing in December 2020.

Codex Supplement: Death Guard Release Date

The Death Guard codex supplement, which will be the first dedicated Chaos Space Marines book to release since 9th Edition started rolling out, will also be releasing in December 2020.

Like the others, it's supposed to provide additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content for the Death Guard faction, but we can't help but wonder if it will do anything more. After all, this supplement will have to do most of the heavy lifting for Chaos players in lieu of a new dedicated faction book.

warhammer 40k 9th edition codex release dates

Warhammer 40K 9th Edition Codex Books

The following additional books & Supplements have also been announced or teased:

  • Xenos book (January 2021)
  • Codex Supplement: Dark Angels (possibly January 2021)
  • Imperial Armor Compendium

That last one is designed to bring many of Forge World’s unique kits up to speed with the new addition (although as has been reported elsewhere, support for a lot of the older kits, or units that never got models, is being dropped).

Of the two due to arrive in January next year, one of them at least will be a book for one of the Xenos races. We're not sure yet about the second one but in past teasers Games Workshop have specifically said that the Dark Angels supplement would arrive in "Q1 2021" along with the first Xenos book, so chances are high it will be them. As for which Xenos - it's anyone's guess.

We'll keep you updated as more information is released.

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