I think most new Age of Sigmar players will agree with this: Figuring out exactly what Warscroll Battalions are, where to find them and use them can be a huge pain. In this article, I have gathered everything you need to know about warscroll battalions.

Last updated: this article was updated with the release of Age of Sigmar 2.0. The latest update is the addition of the Battletome: Beasts of Chaos.

Notice about new edition:


Be aware that because of the upcoming new edition of Age of Sigmar, everything could be subject to change. I will update this article as soon as the new edition is out and I get a chance to digest it.

This is a picture of the Kunnin' Rukk Warscroll Battalion from the Bonesplitterz Battletome in Age of Sigmar

Example of a Warscroll Battalion: Kunnin' Rukk


Above we see a Warscroll Battalion found in the Bonesplitterz battletome. 1. With big fonts on the top we have the awesome title. Who would not like to be a Kunnin' Rukk Orruk?! This also indicates that this is a battalion within the Bonesplitterz faction. 2. On the left, we have the required units that can be organised in the battalion. You need:

  • One Savage big Boss (no more and no less).
  • A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 units from either Savage Orruks or Savage Orruk Arrowboys (combined any way you like).

3. On the right, you can read the ability or extra rule that will apply to the units in the battalion. In this case: The units in the warscroll are dead sneaky. In your hero phase, you can pick one of the units from the battalion that is within 10″ of the Big Boss in the Kunnin' Rukk battalion. That unit can do one of three things:

  1. Move as if it was the movement phase.
  2. Shoot as if it was the shooting phase.
  3. Pile in and attack as if it was the combat phase.

The unit can do this for free and it can still do that action again later. Double the shooting or double the melee attacks sounds incredible, right?

What are the benefits of Battalions?


  1. Potentially some very good abilities (that can give you some nasty synergetic combos).
  2. You have the option to set up all the units in the battalion in one go instead of setting up one unit at a time. This will make it so you more can more easily dictate who gets the first turn.
  3. Each warscroll battalion you include in your army will give you one extra Artefact (from your chosen allegiance or from one of the realm artefacts found in the Malign Sorcery book introduced in Aos 2.0) to use in your army.
  4. Each warscroll battalion will give you 1 extra command point at the start of the game, that you can use to activate a command ability (you can read more about command points in the core rules for AoS 2.0 page 3)

What is required to take a Warscrsoll Battalion?


  1. That you fill the warscroll battalion with the minimum required units.
  2. That you pay the point cost for the battalion as stated in GH17 (if you played matched play).

Other rules regarding Battalions:


  1. If you are running an army of mixed factions (allegiance Order, Death, Chaos or Destruction) you can have battalions from many different factions.
  2. You can include as many battalions as you can legally fit in your army. Each one will give you one extra Artefact for your army as well as one extra command at the start of the game (a single hero can only ever have one artefact).
  3. Only units in the battalion get the bonus ability from the battalion.
  4. Some battalions include other battalions. These still count as a Warscroll Battalion (so gives an extra Artefact and command ability).
  5. A unit or model can only be part of one battalion. But a unit can be part of a battalion that is part of a bigger battalion (battalionception?).
  6. Some battalions can give a spell or another ability that can be used on units outside the battalion.
  7. All units in a battalion are considered to have the keyword stated above the title of the battalion. This is only important for mixed faction battalions. This only counts when determining allegiance ability and not in the game.
  8. You need to take the exact warscrolls the battalion is mentioning. In some cases, other units will have a keyword that matches the name of a warscroll, but these are not interchangeable. An example: if you need to take an Auric Runefather you cannot change that with a warscroll that have that the Auric Runefather keyword, but does not have the name on the warscroll.
  9. In some of the newer battletomes, the name of a unit needed in a battalion will be listed in bold. In those cases, the listed name is a keyword and not a specific unit. An example would be the Hag Queen in the Cauldron Guard of the Daughter of Khaine Battletome (see picture below). What this means is that you need to take a unit that has the HAG QUEEN keyword in that battalion, and that could be either a Hag Queen or a Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (this rule is stated on page 15 of the core rules).
  10. Understrength units (units below their minimum size) cannot be used as part of a battalion.

Are battalions mandatory to be competitive?


The short answer is: no. The long answer is: some battalions are really good and are used a lot. A lot of the battalions went up in price with GHB17 and only a few were used competitively. A few have gone up in points and a few have gone down in points in the Generals Handbook 2018. It remains to be seen how many are good. That said most battalions will give you a nice flavourful buff and are an easy way to build an army. Also, they are a way to compound an advantage and make some pretty insane combos. There is no doubt that factions without powerful battalions are at a bit of a disadvantage. Also, going first is a major advantage and being able to make your army a one or two drop army is really good. My suggestion? Try out a battalion you have never seen used before. It will make you look like a cool hipster-player and who knows, you might break the meta! Oh and if you are starting a new army, that is never a bad idea to look at battalions that fit the models you would like anyway.

Where can I find the Battalions of the different armies?


Below I have assembled a list of the WarScroll Battalions and what book they are located in. Notice that I have only included battalions that are legal in matched (so has a point cost in GH18 or in their own battletome). Note that I have not included the battalions without point cost. This will mainly mean the battalions you can find in the Start Collecting Boxes and other “non-published” battalions. If you want to play with them in matched play, have a chat with your opponent about it before the game. Remember that you can also buy the Warscroll Battalions directly in the AoS app instead of getting the book.

Chaos Battalions:

‘Battletome: Beasts of Chaos' Includes:

  • Marauding Brayherd
  • Hungering Warherd
  • Thunderscorn Stormherd
  • Desolating Beastherd
  • Brass Despoilers
  • Phantasmagoria of Fate
  • Pestilent Throng
  • Depraved Drove

‘Grand Alliance: Chaos' includes:

  • Wildstalker Brayherd

‘Battletome: Blades of Khorne' includes:

 

  • Blood Host of Khorne
  • Blood Hunt
  • Bloodbound Warband
  • Bloodbound Warhorde
  • Bloodforged
  • The Bloodlords
  • Bloodthunder Stampede
  • Brass Sampede
  • Charnel Host
  • Council of Blood
  • Daemon Legion of Khorne
  • Dark Feast
  • Gore Pilgrims
  • The Gorechosen
  • Gorethunder Cohort
  • The Goretide
  • Murderhost
  • The Reapers of Vengeance
  • Red Headsmen
  • The Skullfiend Tribe
  • Skullseeker Host
  • Skulltake
  • Slaugtherborn

‘Battletome: Skaven Pestilens' includes:

 

  • Congregation of Filth
  • Foulrain Congregation
  • Plaguesmog Congregation
  • Virulent Procession

‘Grand Alliance: Chaos' includes:

 

  • Clan Skryre

‘Battletome: Disciples of Tzeentch' includes:

 

  • Aether-eater Host
  • Alter-kin Coven
  • Arcanite Cabal
  • Arcanite Cabal
  • Changehost
  • Cult of Transient Form
  • Multitudinous Host
  • Omniscient Oracles
  • Overseer's Fate-twisters
  • Skyshoal Coven
  • The Eternal Conflagration
  • The Hosts Duplicitous
  • The Pyrofane Cult
  • Tzaangor Coven
  • Warpflame Host
  • Witchfyre Coven

‘Battletome: Everchosen' includes:

 

  • Archaon's Grand Host
  • Bloodmarked Warband
  • Fatesworn Warband
  • Overlords of Chaos
  • Plaguetouched Warband
  • Pleasurebound Warband

‘Battletome: Maggotkin of Nurgle ‘ includes:

 

  • The Munificent Wanderers
  • Thricefold Befoulment
  • Nurgle’s Menagerie
  • The Blessed Sons
  • Plague Cyst
  • Blight Cyst
  • Affliction Cyst

‘Grand Alliance: Chaos' includes:

  • Tallyband of Nurgle

‘Grand Alliance: Chaos' includes:

 

  • Godsworn Champions of Ruin
  • Godswrath Warband
  • Ruinbringer Warband

Death Battalions:

‘Grand Alliance: Death' includes:

 

  • Legion of Death

‘Battletome: Flest-Eater Courts' includes:

 

  • Abattoir
  • Attendants at Court
  • Deadwatch
  • Flesh-Eater Court
  • Ghoul Patrol
  • King's Ghouls
  • Royal Family
  • Royal Menagerie
  • Royal Mordants

‘Battletome: Nighthaunt' includes:

  • Nighthaunt Procession
  • Shroudguard
  • Deathriders
  • The Condemned
  • Chainguard
  • Execution Horde
  • Death Stalkers
  • Shrieker Host

Destruction Battalions:

‘Battletome: Beastclaw Raiders' includes:

  • Alfrostun
  • Braggoth's Beast Hammer
  • Eurlbad
  • Jorlbad
  • Olwyr Alfrostun
  • Skal
  • Svard Alfrostun
  • Torrbad

‘Battletome: Bonesplitterz' includes:

  • Bonegrinz Warclan
  • Brutal Rukk
  • Drakfoot Warclan
  • Icebone Warclan
  • Kopp Rukk
  • Kunnin' Rukk
  • Savage Warclan
  • Snaga Rukk
  • Teff Rukk

‘Battletome: Ironjawz' includes:

  • Ardfist
  • Brawl
  • Brutefist
  • Gorefist
  • Ironfist
  • Weirdfist

‘Generals Handbook 2018' includes:

  • Bloodtofs
  • Ironsunz

Order Battalions:

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • War Council

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Thrall Warhost

‘Battletome: Daughters of Khaine' includes:

 

  • Cauldron Guard
  • Temple Nest
  • Shadow Patrol
  • Shadowhammer Compact
  • Slaughter Troupe
  • War Coven of Morathi

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

  • Bloodwrack Sisterhood

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Pilgrimage of Wrath

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Grudgebound War Throng

‘Battletome: Fyreslayers' include:

 

  • Forge Brethren
  • Grand Fyr
  • Lords of the Lodge
  • Warrior Kindband

‘Generals Handbook 2018' includes:

  • Greyfyrd Lodge
  • Vostarg Lodge

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Freeguild Regiment

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Artillery Detachment

‘Idoneth Deepkin Battletome' includes:

 

  • Alliance of Wood and Sea
  • Akhelian Corps
  • Namarti Corps
  • Phalanx
  • Royal Council

‘Battletome: Kharadron Overlords' includes:

 

  • Aetherstrike Force
  • Grand Armada
  • Grundstok Escort Wing
  • Iron Sky Command
  • Iron Sky Squadron

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Dragonlord Host

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Ebondrake Warhost

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Spyrehearth Warhost

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Realm Reavers

‘Battletome: Seraphon' includes:

 

  • Eternal Starhost
  • Firelance Starhost
  • Shadowstrike Starhost
  • Starbeast Constellation
  • Sunclaw Starhost
  • Thunderquake Starhost

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

  • Bloodclaw Starhost
  • Heavenswatch Starhost

Generals Handbook 2018‘ includes:

  • Dracothion's Tail
  • Fangs of Sotek

‘Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (newest verion)' includes:

  • Sacrosanct Chamber (new battalion)
  • Grand Convocation (new battalion)
  • Hailstorm Battery (new battalion)
  • Cleansing Phalanx (new battalion)
  • Vanguard Auxiliary Chamber
  • Vanguard Angelos Conclave
  • Vanguard Justicar Conclave
  • Extremis Chamber
  • Lightning Echelon
  • Thunderwave Echelon
  • Drakesworn Temple
  • Warrior Chamber
  • Harbinger Chamber
  • Exemplar Chamber
  • Lords of the Storm
  • Thunderhead Brotherhood
  • Hammerstrike Force
  • Vanguard Wing
  • Devastation Brotherhood
  • Soulstrike Brotherhood (new battalion)

Notice that according to the faq the following applies:

“Q: Many older battletomes have a page of rules for warscrolls,
warscroll battalions and allegiance abilities. Are these rules
replaced by the new core rules for warscrolls, warscroll battalions
and allegiance abilities?
A: Yes.

I would take it to mean that all the old battalions are dropped, but I have listed the battalions of older Stormcast Battletomes for the sake of completion.

‘Battletome: Stormcast Eternals old version' includes:

  • Aetherstrike Force
  • Anvils of the Heldenhammer Warrior Chamber
  • Astral Templars Exemplar Chamber
  • Celestial Hunting Pack
  • Celestial Vindicators Warrior Chamber
  • Celestial Warbringers Harbinger Chamber
  • Devastation Brotherhood (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Exemplar Chamber (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Hallowed Knights Warrior Chamber
  • Hammers of Sigmar Warrior Chamber
  • Hammerstrike Force (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Harbinger Chamber (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Knights Excelsior Exemplar Chamber
  • Lords of the Storm (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Storm Heralds
  • Storm Vortex Garrison
  • Tempest Lords Harbinger Chamber
  • Thunderhead Brotherhood (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Vanguard Angelos Conclave (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Vanguard Auxiliary Chamber (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Vanguard Justicar Conclave (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Warrior Brotherhood
  • Warrior Chamber (also in 2018 version of battletome)

‘Battletome: Stormcast Extremis' includes:

  • Drakesworn Temple
  • Extremis Chamber (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Lightning Echelon (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Thunderstrike Brotherhood (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Thunderwave Echelon (also in 2018 version of battletome)
  • Vanguard Wing (also in 2018 version of battletome)

‘Battletome: Sylvaneth' includes:

 

  • Dreadwood Wargrove
  • Forest Folk
  • Free Spirits
  • Gnarlroot Wargrove
  • Harvestboon Wargrove
  • Hearthwood Wargrove
  • Household
  • Ironbark Wargrove
  • Lords of the Clan
  • Oakenbrow Wargrove
  • Outcasts
  • Sylvaneth Wargrove
  • The Guardians of Alarielle
  • Winterleaf Wargrove

Grand Alliance: Order‘ includes:

  • Forest Spirit Wargrove

‘Grand Alliance: Order' includes:

 

  • Waystone Pathfinders

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