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"Alone, you are great warriors, exemplars of your Chapter. Together, you are a Kill-team, and you are unstoppable."
— Watch Captain Brand of the Storm Wardens Chapter
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A Deathwatch Kill-team stands at-the-ready to face the xenos foes of Mankind

A Kill-team is the standard operating unit composed of an elite squad of experienced xenos-fighters consisting of no fewer than 5 Space Marines that have been seconded to the Deathwatch, the Chamber Militant of the Ordo Xenos of the Inquisition.


The Kill-team is the primary formation of the Deathwatch, serving as the core group that engages the bulk of their hated xenos foes, and to bring about the achievement of the Deathwatch's objectives. Most Battle-Brothers are veterans of a hundred alien wars before being inducted into the Deathwatch, but selection is not made upon length of service alone. In theory, even a Scout that shows exceptional skill at arms against the xenos may be selected to serve, although such an event is extremely rare. In the main, it is those Battle-Brothers who have faced a broad range of alien threats and not only survived, but prevailed, learning and passing on new methods of defeating such foes. A Deathwatch Kill-team consist of no less than 5 Battle-Brothers, but they are no larger than a reinforced squad in size, tasked with carrying out a specific objective, such as the destruction of a particularly dangerous target or strategically important objective.

If a mission requires an unusually large number of Deathwatch Astartes to participate, the Inquisition may assemble several Kill-teams, though such instances are rare because of the elite status and potent combat ability of even a single Deathwatch Kill-team. The term Kill-team can also refer to larger, more ad hoc assemblies of Space Marines drawn from the companies of the standard Space Marine Chapters. These types of Kill-teams often consist of 3-5 squads within a standard Astartes company, or about 30-50 Space Marines. These Kill-teams are lightly armed and are intended to make use of speed and relative stealth to destroy selected, highly important strategic targets. These targets are primarily the enemy's most important command-and-control units, such as an enemy commander and his bodyguard. Additionally, standard Space Marine Chapters also make use of Kill-teams to mop up any remaining enemy troops after the primary combat has ended in an Astartes victory.


Optional Deathwatch Tactical Marine WargearEdit


  • Deathwatch Core Rulebook (RPG)

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