Warhammer 40K 9th Edition Codex Release Dates

By Joe Robinson 30 Nov 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 provides additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content for the Space Wolves faction. It's 88 pages long, and will feature additional lore for the faction, as well as a bestiary and 'Sagas' rules, which is a unique form of Warlord traits.

It is available to order now, and was available for pre-order from Saturday, October 31st 2020.

Codex Supplement: Deathwatch Release Date

The Deathwatch codex supplement provides additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content for this sub-faction. It is 64 pages long, and will include additional lore for the faction, as well as the usual bespoke content; including rules for mixing Kill Teams with different specialisations. 

This has been available to order since Saturday, October 31st 2020.

Imperial Armour Compendium

This is a stand-alone book release from Forge World to bring in-line a number of their special/limited edition miniatures with 9th Edition. It will feature 233 updated datasheets for Forge World models released for Warhammer 40,000. It also includes a Regimental Doctrine for the Death Korps of Krieg and suggested Successor Tactics for five renowned Chapters.

As a side-note, Games Workshop have said that any model that does currently exist but that doesn't have an entry in this book, will later be receiving a Warhammer Legends update at some point. This book has been available to order since Friday, October 30th 2020.

Codex Supplement: Blood Angels Release Date

blood angels codex supplement release dateThe Blood Angels codex supplement will provide additional army-specific datasheets, rules, and bespoke Crusades content for this faction. It will also come with additional lore and background information on this popular chapter.

This book is now available for pre-order and will released on December 5th, 2020. You can also buy a special collector's edition as well if you want.

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 be releasing sometime in early 2021. It was originally slated for a December 2020 released but it was delayed for reasons unknown.

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.

Codex: Drukhari Release Datecodex drukhari

The first Xenos codex release has been revealed to be the Drukhari; or 'Dark Eldar' if you remember their non-copyrightable original name.

According to the preview article, the new codex can be summarised as offering "more attacks, higher damage, and lethal combat output across the board." 

This book will also come with plenty of lore, new & updated datasheets, as well as Crusades content.

At the time of writing, it's still expected to release sometime in January 2021. As with the Dark Angel book below, we should hear more about a pre-order date about a week or so before pre-purchases are due to go live.

Codex Supplement: Dark Angels Release Datecodex supplement dark angels

The Dark Angels supplement - the fourth such Space Marine Chapter supplement to have been announced so far - has recently been given a preview revealing some more details as to what it will entail.

As well as the expected lore, datasheets and bespoke crusades content, the supplement has been summarised as allowing you to "launch faster and more deadly Ravenwing assaults, initiate units (including Dreadnoughts!) into the Deathwing, and hunt the fallen with a range of new Stratagems and Relics".

At the time of writing, it's still expected to release sometime in January 2021.

Warhammer 40K 9th Edition Codex Books

At the time of writing, no further Codex or Codex supplements have been announced, however since you're here you might be interested in knowing that two further narrative books are coming:

  • War Zone Charadon Act 1: The Book of Rust - a campaign book that will also include new rules for the Death Guard, Adeptus Mechanicus, Imperial Knights, and Drukhari.
  • Plague Purge Mission Pack - similar to Beyond the Veil, this offers bespoke Crusades content in the form of background lore and new missions for the Charadon war zone.

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

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