This is a list of official Renegade and Heretic Warbands created by Games Workshop. It does not include any fan-created warbands. This is not a complete list as not every warband in existence is known.

Please note: Fan-created warbands must be posted at the Warhammer 40k Fanon Wiki and not on this page.

The following is a list of all known Renegade and Heretic warbands -- the mortal followers of the Ruinous Powers:

Name Leader Dates Active Notes
Blood Pact Urlock Gaur Active 750s-770s.M41 A warrior cult dedicated to the service of the Chaos God Khorne, said to have been founded about 600.M41 and most famous as a military answer to the skill and organisation of the Astra Militarum during the famous Sabbat Worlds Crusade of 755.M41 and 778.M41.
Charnel Cult Unknown Many, e.g. 892.M38 A collective term for a longstanding blood cult, Charnel cultist warbands have been active on Anshur in 892.M38 and on Kerrack supporting the Harvest Clans in 926.M41
Ferrozoicans Heritor Asphodel 769.M41 The population of Hive Ferrozoica on Verghast was indoctrinated into worship of Chaos by one of the warlords of the Sabbat Worlds, the Heritor Asphodel. Accompanied by Asphodel's typical array of outrageous and sublime war machines, the Zoicans went to war on the neighbouring still-Imperial city-states, such as Vervunhive. The Heritor and the Zoican host were ultimately defeated at Vervunhive, and Ferrozoica itself destroyed.
Harvest Clans Unknown 926.M41 A rebellion on Kerrack situated in the planet's dense vine forests, connected to Charnel Cultists. The rebellion was crushed by an intervention of the Star Phantoms. However many Charnel Cultists escaped, they would reappear for example in 991.M41.
Infardi Pater Sin Active until 770.M41 The "Infardi" (pilgrims) was a Chaos warband active on Saint Sabbat's homeworld of Hagia during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. Their prime purpose was to defile her world and her relics, debasing local dialects and pilgrim customs.
The Kith Sholen Skara Active 760s.M41 A cult force dedicated to Khorne, active in and near the Sabbat Worlds. Although militarily defeated on Sapiencia, Skara's cult survived and resurged on Plethorapolis, The cult freed the magister from his Commissariat escort and commenced mass blood-letting on the hive world. This second cult phase was ultimately defeated by a Iron Snakes team sent to investigate Skara's location.
Rangda IX traitor mutant forge-clans Unknown 919.M41 Rangda IX, an armoury and forge world, saw its mutant forge-clans rise in rebellion in 919.M41. The rebellion was stopped by the Celebrants Chapter's counter-attack.
Sons of Sek Anakwanar Sek Active 760s-770s.M41 A warrior cult dedicated to Khorne, founded by the Sabbat Worlds Magister Anakwanar Sek as a way to supplant the ailing power of his overlord, Urlock Gaur, and his famed Blood Pact. The Sons were in part started on Gereon, trained in part by a captured Astra Militarum general, Noches Sturm, and a Blood Pact traitor, Mabbon Etogaur.
Shadik Republic Unknown Active 700s.M41 A group of nation states on Aexe Cardinal in the Sabbat Worlds, corrupted by Chaos. For 40 years the Shadik nations waged war on the Throne-loyal nations of the Aexe Alliance. In the early 770s.M41, Warmaster Macaroth deployed several Imperial Guard battalions to Aexe to support the war against the Shadik.
Shriven Unknown Iron Warriors Active 768.M41 A renegade army active on the contested forge world, Fortis Binary, during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. The renegade host was led by members of the Iron Warriors Traitor Legion. It was defeated in 768.M41 in part due to the actions of elements of the Tanith First-and-Only and the Vitrian Dragoons.
Vraksian Traitor Militia Xaphan Active 809-830.M41

The traitor militia of the Tyrant Xaphan, consisting of most of the 8,000,000 member population of the armoury world of Vraks. The core of the cult forces were the Disciples of Xaphan. Ultimately the force was destroyed in the seventeen-year long Siege of Vraks.


  • Imperial Armour Volume Five - The Siege of Vraks Volume One
  • Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks Volume Two
  • Imperial Armour Volume Seven - The Siege of Vraks Volume Three
  • Imperial Armour Volume Thirteen - War Machines of the Lost and Damned
  • First and Only (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Ghostmaker (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Necropolis (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Honour Guard (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Guns of Tanith (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Straight Silver (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Traitor General (novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Sabbat Crusade (Gaunt's Ghosts Anthology) edited by Dan Abnett, "The Blood Bound" (Short Story) by Rob Sanders

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