Bane Witch Agathia

Basic Info

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SPD 6
MAT 7
DEF 15
ARM 15
FOCUS 7
HP 16
WJP +29
See also How to Read the statblock

Weapons

  • Death Kiss - 2" reach, P+S 12 melee weapon
    • Damage Type: Magical - This weapon can damage incorporeal models.

Abilities

  • Warcaster - This model comes with a bunch of special rules, most notably being really awesome at everything.
  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.
  • Dark Shroud - While in this model's melee range, enemy models suffer -2 ARM.
  • Soul Taker: Cull Soul - This model collects souls from living enemies who are destroyed within 2" of it. These souls turn into extra focus/fury during your next turn.

Spells

  • Ghost Walk - Cost 2, 6" range
Target model/unit gains Ghostly for one turn. (Ghostly - This model ignores terrain and free strikes.)
  • Hellfire - COST 3, RNG 10", POW 14
    Target cannot make a Tough roll and a model boxed by Hellfire is removed from play.
  • Hellwrought - COST 2, RNG 6", UPKEEP 
    Target warjack in the spellcaster's battlegroup gains +2 ARM and Retaliation. (Retaliation - if this model is damaged, at the start of the next turn it gets a free small move & melee attack.)
  • Parasite - COST 3, RNG 8", Offensive Upkeep
    Affected model/unit suffers -3 ARM and the spellcaster gains +1 ARM.
  • Vanish - Very cheap spell that lets the caster teleport 3". Can only be cast once per turn.

Feat: Shadowfall

Friendly Faction models/units currently in Agathia's control range are affected by Ghost Walk (as above). While in Agathia's control range, friendly Faction models gain Stealth. Additionally, when a warjack in Agathia's battlegroup ends its activation in her control range, you can immediately place that model anywhere completely within 3" of its location. Shadowfall lasts for one round.

 

Thoughts on Bane Witch Agathia

Bane Witch Agathia in a nutshell

Bane Witch Agathia is the Cryx Battlebox caster. Like all Battlebox casters, she is built to be relatively simple to use while still providing a meaningful introduction to the faction. As such she exemplifies many of the powers and weaknesses of Cryx.

Her tool box hits many of the hall marks of Cryx including a debuffs,soul mechanics, mobility improvements, above average focus, and a strong offensive spells. On the down side, her protective abilities will be short lived and she is not that hard to kill.

Leveraging her strengths primarily means using her spells rather than her personal combat ability. As good as Dark Shroud can be, it's best to keep her safe with distance and clever use of Vanish.

Maximising her feat & spells

Feat thoughts

Agathia's feat provides several different bonuses to your army including faction wide stealth, faction wide ghostly, and battlegroup teleport at the end of activation. Each one of these buffs can be powerful in turn and should be leveraged if possible.

Against a gunline with limited anti-stealth tech, it may be worth using this feat for this buff alone. You can rush your army into position to threaten objectives forcing enemy gunlines to move forward or lose on scenario.

Faction wide ghostly is a huge buff. In anticipation of using this feat, take advantage of the terrain. Cover from walls, blocking LOS obstruction, and patches of rough terrain to restrict enemy movement.

The last element of the feat is a short teleport, don't underestimate the utility of this. It can be used to dive into protective terrain like a forest's concealment or cover from a wall or trench. After charging an enemy, you can teleport out of the way so another one of your units can move in and continue the attack if the enemy survived. Without this, you might be hard pressed to to fit more than one heavy warjack around some targets.

Spell thoughts

  • Hellwrought spell is a spell with unexpected utility, not only does it make Deathjack an arm 21 snacking terror, the vengeance move it provides can allow drag jacks threat extension and shooting crab jacks the ability to aim. Helljacks also benefit from the vengeance and arm buff but even at arm 19 they are easy to kill or cripple in one round, limiting the value of the vengeance.

 

Typical Strategy & Army

Strategy

As a Cryx caster, Agathia is going to win through denying your opponent's strengths, superior mobility, and debuffs. Parasite will help you remove even heavily armored targets. Ghostwalk and her feat will let the most dangerous element of your army reach the enemies most valuable. Superior arcnode availability should allow Agathia the board presence to leverage these advantages.

Army

Agathia supports her army in a variety of ways allowing newer players to explore the faction in their own fashion. When seeking infantry, find the units that are most likely to use both Ghostwalk and Parasite.

  • Satyxis Raiders are the best infantry in the faction. As they already hit accurately, they make excellent use of Agathia's Parasite debuff as well as Ghostwalk. Satyxis Blood Witches aren't bad either, but will not benefit from the feat as much since they already have stealth.
  • Agathia has synergy with helljacks with the Drag ability. Ghostly allows dragging jacks to go through LOS blocking terrain to drag enemy heavies and the short teleport of her feat allows the jack to teleport away from the dragged target, either getting out of threat range in the case of a miss or allowing other jacks to follow up in the case of a successful drag.
  • The Withershadow Combine or Skarlock are good for putting Ghost Walk out.

Drawbacks, Downsides, & Bad Match-Ups

  • Agathia does not have any form of DEF debuffs so she has a hard time dealing with high def targets without Satyxis.
  • True Sight casters, like Issyria or Kara Sloan, are a hard counter to the defensive portion of Agathia's feat.

Tricks & Tips

  • Agathia is, as stated, a Bane. Thus, if Tartarus curses a target, she will get its attack roll bonus. While it is nice when in melee, keep in mind it also applies to attack rolls done when casting a spell on this unit. Being a bane also interacts with the Desecrator helljack's Accumulator ability.

Other

Trivia

  • Bane Witch Agathia is the battlebox caster for Cryx
  • Originally released in Prime Mk3 

Theme Force

Themes for any-and-all casters 

  • Black Industries 
  • Dark Host 
  • The Ghost Fleet 
  • Infernal Machines 
  • Scourge of the Broken Coast
  • Slaughter Fleet Raiders

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