Codex: Catachans is an expansion book for the Games Workshop Table Top game Warhammer 40, This book was published for the first time in , and . The Catachan Jungle Fighters sometimes referred to as “Baby Ogryns” due to their thick slabs of muscle, .. 2: Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 1st Codex). Codex: Catachans is an expansion for the Games Workshop Table Top game Warhammer 40, It was released as a free PDF for download on the Games.

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Because of this, Catachans have a well-deserved reputation as the deadliest jungle-warfare experts in the galaxy. Extremely resourceful and uncompromising warriors, they are skilled up close with their specialised and brutal close combat blades or from ambush with their lasguns. In jungle terrain they are unsurpassed, with each Catachan being worth ten of any other regiment, and those skills learnt in the jungle are easily adapted to other war zones.

Due to generations of being bred on the galaxy’s most lethal planet, Catachans are known for being both taller and more powerful than any normal cpdex. Their ranks include some of the deadliest men in the Imperium, cafachan the legendary “One Man Army” Sly Marbo and the “Stonetooth Devil” Harkera man whose endurance and strength is such that he shrugs off even the most grievous of wounds. On Catachanevery day is a battle to survive, requiring skill and courage only dreamed of on other worlds.

Even Space Marines cahachan said to avoid this hellish place.

Catachan is home to the single deadliest creature in the galaxy, and some of its wildlife has even been released on other worlds to dissuade invasion.

Every animal species on the planet is carnivorous, and every plant species is poisonous, even the slightest scratch can prove fatal as necrotic bacteria swarm in to putrefy it. To survive, children often learn to shoot before they can walk, and must be deadly fighters in their own right by the time most humans have learned to spell. Those Catachans who reach adulthood are natural survivors, invariably some of the hardiest and deadliest souls in the Imperium.

Due to the fact they must constantly fight for supremacy on the most lethal of Death Worlds, the Catachans have become naturally superior to any normal Human, and trained catzchan beyond the capabilities of any Munitorum jungle warfare school.

In time, their skill at surviving on Catachan came to the notice of the Munitorum, which realised that the Catachans would make excellent Astra Militarum troops dedicated to coded in some of the galaxy’s most hostile planetary environments, and the first regiments of the Catachan Jungle Fighters were raised.

The Jungle Fighter’s elite warriors are Catachan’s only resource; since the planet offers no source of sustenance and only death, the planet’s inhabitants are dependent on food and supplies shipped from off-planet, in return for the Jungle Fighters’ service in the Imperial Guard.

Catachan Jungle Fighters

This arrangement has stood for thousands of years, and though the Catachans bleed more than most for the Imperium, they would have it no other way. Indeed, most Catachans claim that even the most suicidal of military engagements are as nothing to spending a day in the lethal jungles of their homeworld. This gung-ho enthusiasm is often mistaken for bravado by Guardsmen from other regiments. The fact remains however, that Catachan Jungle Fighters are the most uncomplaining, determined and valorous soldiers of the Imperial Guard, whether assigned to drudgerous garrison duties or a hopeless assault upon an impregnable fortress.

Back on their home world, Catachans maintain strong tribal traditions and structures, and this carries over to the regiments drawn from the death world. Whereas the tribe would elect a coddx, the regiment would vodex its own captains, sergeants and other ranking officers and entire regiments could be drawn from small geographical areas.

It is not uncommon for many squads to be made up of men related to each other.

Cousin fighting alongside cousin, brother alongside brother and quite often serve under an uncle or, in rare circumstances, a cattachan.

These close-knit structures have resulted codexx levels of trust and teamwork that are virtually unparalleled within the Imperial Guard. Catachan regiments generally lack Commissars. Even these tough and uncompromising officers are unable to assert their authority over the Catachan soldiers; in fact, they are resented by troops, and it is not uncommon for Commissars assigned to Catachan regiments to be “fragged” by their own troops, or for them to simply go missing.

For their part, the Commissars do not take issue with the Catachans abilities as soldiers, they aren’t cowards or idlers, they are born killers, tough, ferocious and skilled – they just have no respect. The hardy Ogryns – who may well have evolved on Catachan themselves – commonly fight in Catachan regiments, indeed, due to their heavily developed physiques, normal human Catachans are sometimes referred to as “Baby Ogryns”. Catachan regiments do not field the typical Hardened Veterans as other regiments do, instead, due xodex the sheer lethality of their homeworld, even a standard Catachan Guardsman is considered to be a Veteran in their own right, these troopers are formed into Veteran Infantry Squads.


Catachan Devil Squads – The fearsome Catachan Jungle Fighter regiments include squads of warriors exceptional even by the exacting standards of their birth world. They are seasoned Jungle Fighters who are deadly in close combat, also making use of a versatile array of ranged weapons for every occasion.

In Catachan regiments these elite soldiers are called “Catachan Devils”in reference to their famous kill-knives and the voracious predators of their world whose fierceness they emulate in combat. The Devils senses are honed to a razor’s edge, allowing them to ctachan hidden threats in their midst, even enemies who are catavhan cloaking devices.

Their particular mission is catachqn to conduct long-range penetration raids deep behind enemy lines, responsible for bearing the brunt of the enemy’s response when battle is finally joined. In other instances Devils are used as expert scouts and specialists, when deployed in this manner they range ahead of the Catachans main cosex, engaging enemy ambushers, launching surprise attacks, setting traps and herding enemy forces xodex the most dangerous of terrain.

Ccatachan squads consist of one veteran Sergeant and between four and nine “Catachan Devil” Guardsmen, some squads may include a veteran officer. Even a regular Catachan is genetically superior on a level that normal humans simply cannot match, making the Devils reputation even more impressive.

Veteran Assault Teams – Second only to the Catachan Devils themselves, these groups are formed from the bravest and most “Gung Ho” of the regiment’s warriors. Assault Teams take the fight directly to the enemy, they bear the brunt of the bloody combat that often occurs in jungle fighting and so are heavily armed with Frag Grenades, Demolition Charges, Flamers, Meltas and Plasma Guns.

Veteran Snipers – The Catachans recruit their own snipers from amongst their finest marksmen, considered to be some of the best in the Imperial Guard. These snipers will take up a position for hours, even days before a battle just to find the perfect spot in the trees or amongst the roots and will conceal themselves fully before the enemy draws near.

Concentrated sniper fire can throw enemy units into complete confusion, as code snipers are almost impossible to spot in the dense jungle canopy of the environments where the Catachans usually serve. They often impregnate their bullets with toxins codrx give them a second chance at killing the enemy, if the bullet didn’t succeed then the poison probably will.

They are also excellent at disappearing in terrain catchan well as making use of the best cover in their operating environment.

Most companies have up to three Veteran Snipers that coddex autonomously. These elite snipers are superior even to the skilled Sharpshooters and Imperial Guard Snipers used by other regiments. Catachans are even known to field unique Rough Riderswho fight atop one of the mighty Giant Reptiles native to the planet.

Catachans are some of the deadliest warriors in the Imperium, capable of withstanding wounds that would incapacitate caatachan normal guardsman, despite wearing little to no armour. Close combat is a particular speciality for Catachans, as there are a great many individuals who, by dint of their great physical size, fearsome nature catachna lethal close combat skills, can deal terrible damage to opponents in melee.

For this purpose Catachans often use shotguns, poisoned blades and even their bare hands to kill enemies. The Jungle Fighters make extensive use of traps, mines and other unpleasant surprises. They utilise, Spring MinesShredder Mines and Plasma Chargeseach specialising in killing certain types of troops. Catachan’s armoured regiments are similarly renowned for the destruction they unleash.

With their hulking frames, Catachan crewmen are able to heft massive shells and magazines into place with ease, allowing their gunners to lay down a near-unending rain of shots.

Always Strikes First — Catachan Jungle Fighters

Bedecked with vines, camo netting or splatters of concealing mud, Catachan tanks might look out of place in the parade ground, but are invaluable on the battlefield. As many of their battles are often fought at incredibly close range, making demolition charges far more usable than heavier weapons. Often, a man can be sent forward to hurl a charge at any enemy position before a heavy weapon can be set up and fired, making such devices highly effective in the hands of the fearsome Catachans.


Enemy commanders wise enough to observe their past mistakes quickly learn to be wary of these and other tactics used by the wily Catachan Jungle Fighters, but even the best preparations can rarely withstand a sufficient volume of carefully placed high explosive.

Catachan regiments are also blessed with a great number of skilled Field Chiurgeons. Due to the hostile nature of their homeworld, many were already skilled in combat medicine before being recruited, and well able to perform their duties on the battlefield.

Catachans are known to wear red bandanas that symbolise a blood oath they take when joining a regiment, also marking them out as having the skill and toughness to survive on one of the worst death worlds in the Imperium. The standard Catachan Lasgun is the Mk. It is also used for settling disputes between Catachans. Another knife is the Night Reaperwhich is smaller and blackened, effective in night infiltration and assassinations.

They are sometimes poisoned to improve their kill strength, the poisons coming directly from Catachan. The Devil’s Clawnamed after the great predator on Catachan, is the longest weapon, up to four feet long.

It is closer to a sword than a knife and has achieved status among the Orks who call it ‘ Da Cutta’. The blade is hollow and half filled with mercury in order to improve swing strength and control, and the design of this weapon has been copied by Catachan regimental officers for use as a power weapon. As specialists in ambush tactics, the Jungle Fighters also make notable use of demolition charges and improvised explosives, as well as possessing their own sniper cadre.

Later the restructured regiment went on to earn a plethora of battle honours under the leadership of its daring commander. Welcome to Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum! Log in and join the community. From Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum. Retrieved from ” http: Lexicanum pages needing citation. Personal tools Log in Request account.

Community Forum Discord Server. Three men died from Eyerot last week and I’ve sweated enough to fill a lake. Emperor help me, I love this place, it’s just like home! The Catachan 2nd are made up of many specialized veteran squads, known as Catachan Devil Squads. They fought valiantly during the Dulma’lin Cleansingwhere Colonel Straken was seriously injured, and were subsequently redeployed to assist the Ulani defence batallion.

Nork Deddog is also known to have served under the esteemed Colonel Greiss within the 2nd regiment. The Catachan 4th, 5th, and 6th took part in the Macharian Cidex and all had varying success. The 4th was wiped out during the Invasion of Jucha while the 5th only met fierce resistance. The 6th Cobras [6] were notably deployed from the Battlecruiser Opus Dei.

Even though the Catachan Codec is very commonly referred to in squad designations and everyday Catachan culture, the Catachan catavhan is the only regiment known to have this moniker. Also, it’s been said that it is this regiment that inducted the boy that would become Guardsman Marbo. The Catachan 14th participated in the Macharian Crusade and were victorious in their missions. The Catachan 18th fought Tyranids in a seven year campaign on Koralkal VIIIduring which they covered themselves with the ichor of the Lictors to mask their scent.

They subsequently spent two years in decontamination before they were allowed to return to active duty. A notable member is Colonel Gator [1b]. Also in this campaign regiment used Tarantula sentry guns. The Catachan 19th is known to include a Mars pattern Leman Cofex Exterminatorthe third tank of the third squadron of the only company supporting the rest of the regiment. Equipped with a bulldozer blade to aid it in fighting in Armageddon Secundus.

The company symbol include the black spades in the white circle in the black rhombus. The Catachan 22nd fought on the fifth pacification of Joogunda Prime.

In this campaign had risen the Colonel Paseskiwho was Lieutenant at that time but after the death of the commanding officers of 22nd and th Orbital Assault Group took command of both units during the evacuation of Joogunda Prime’s capital. The Catachan 23rd were crucial during the conquest of Atria IVas their elite sapper units were able to breach the Palace of Hate within a week. The Catachan 24th are known for their extensive use of traps.

They destroyed Warlord Krakskull ‘s entire Ork horde by luring them into a booby-trapped ravine using baiter squads.