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Daemon Princes have always been one of the more popular units in any kind of Chaos army. In the past, Codex Chaos Daemons Princes never could compete in a universe with the Lash Prince, but now with everything updated for 6th edition all princes are finally equal.

And what I mean by equal is soul crushing devastation.

The journey to equality starts by looking at a side by side comparison between 2008 and the 2013 Chaos Daemon codex.

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Daemon Prince Rules 2013

Daemon Prince Rules 2008

 

Compare &  Contrast

  • Stat Changes
  • More expensive 80 to 145
  • Psychic Powers & Rewards
  • Moved from Heavy to HQ
  • Must choose a Chaos God

--You can be Godlike--

Just like the Chaos Space Marine codex Daemon Princes got a major boost to their stat sheet. The most noticeable is going from I5 to I8, making Daemon Princes go first in most assaults. Then there is the matter of more Wounds and higher Weapon Skill making this unit more worthy of its description.

--Selling your Soul to the Highest Bidder--

Before, an effective Daemon Prince was a cheap investment, but now you can easily spend over 300 points for a tricked out Prince. The cost increase is justifiable and there is no lose to customization as a Daemon Prince can fit into whatever army list you design.

--Random as the Gods--

The biggest improvement to Daemon Princes is perhaps Psychic powers. Not only did it make sense to give them access, GW went further, by giving them Biomancy. No other unit makes better use out of Biomancy, and unlike Greater Daemons aren't subject two only two psychic discipline choices. Daemonic Gifts were replaced by Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined and with a little element of randomness you can vastly improve your Daemon Princes survivability and utility. No matter the God you choose Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined should always be part of the plan when designing your Daemon Prince.

--Things just got Heavy--

The best nuanced changed made to Daemon Princes was moving them from Heavy Support to HQ...sorta. Taking Greater Daemons you can make them Heavy Support again. In theory this means you can have four Princes flying around, but it will cost you.

--You must choose Wisely--

Prince of Khorne + 15 pts

Choosing a Khorne Prince means taking the cheapy route. This Prince is good if you want to invest only in Daemonic Rewards and care about assault. The survivability isn't the best, when you consider foregoing becoming a Psyker. The biggest sad face is you only gain Furious Charge as a Daemon of Khorne.

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Prince of Tzeentch + 25 pts

A Prince of Tzeentch is pretty common because of the number of Fateweaver armies. It is also the most expensive upgrade and for pretty good reason. Re-rolling 1s along with all the Hellforged Artifacts going around can be quite broken. Even with just Warp-Forged Armor it is an invaluable bonus to have. It also means your Princes will have the best chance of getting off psychic powers you will of course be spamming.

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Prince of Nurgle + 15 pts

This is the worst Daemon Prince. The reasons are many, but most importantly is being Slow and Purposeful. Not being able to run is bad enough, but not being able to Sweeping Advance is heart breaking. It leaves many units able to regroup with ease once out of your demonic grasp and the only consolation is having defensive grenades. Now you might think, but you get Shrouded? That is fine and dandy, but hiding isn't the only game a Daemon Prince should be playing.

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Prince of Slaanesh + 10 pts

Between cost and speed this is the best Prince to choose. You get Fleet, which is SO important for Daemon Princes. Nothing is worse than having your Daemon Prince miss a charge and be shot to death while on the ground. The only problem is having to take a Keeper of Secrets if you want lots Princes. One more thing take a look at Greater Magic Weapon, Lash of Despair and think of the aerial possibilities.

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In the past, Codex Chaos Daemons Princes never could compete in a universe with the Lash Prince, but now with everything updated for 6th edition all princes are finally equal.

Putting it all Together...

Daemon Princes are the current hotness for most lists and really shouldn't be changing in the foreseeable future. Since you will probability be using Daemon Prince one constant upgrade (until 7th edition) will always be true: Daemonic FlightA daemon Prince with Daemonic Flight Gift changes its unit type from Monstrous Creature to Flying Monstrous Creature.

Daemonic FlightA daemon Prince with Daemonic Flight Gift changes its unit type from Monstrous Creature to Flying Monstrous Creature is the single most important option you can take on your Daemon Prince. If it isn't obvious let me explain.

What you get with Daemonic FlightA daemon Prince with Daemonic Flight Gift changes its unit type from Monstrous Creature to Flying Monstrous Creature is speed and survivability. The speed is important because you can assaulting come turn two, but survivability is what matters the most. Lascannons don't kill Daemon Prince, small arms fire does. Nothing is worse than losing a Daemon Prince to something like lasguns; just because an Imperial Guard player can shoot 30 of them. Being only hit on 6s when flying can never be underestimated especially when you only have T5.

After Daemonic FlightA daemon Prince with Daemonic Flight Gift changes its unit type from Monstrous Creature to Flying Monstrous Creature the next almost must have is Warp-Forged ArmourThis Grants an armour save of 3+. This goes once again into protecting against small arms fire, having 3+ save greatly diminishes that lasgun actually causing a wound. You should start seeing the true cost of a Daemon Prince, 145 points + choosing a god + wings + armor = 215 pts at best. Unfortunately you cannot stop there, you still need to save room for Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined and psychic powers. Daemon Prince are truly the Thanksgiving feast of units, but unlike everything else in 40k spending more on a Daemon Prince is worth it. It doesn't mean you have to go all the way, because depending on list design and points value there is always some wiggle room. Generally, if you are going flying circus you will be spending around 300 points per Prince.

There are few ways to approach creating a Daemon Prince. The first thing you must determine is the role a Prince is going to play.

Is this Daemon Prince a PortalglyphThe portalglyph can be placed once per game at the any point in your Movement phases. Place within 12 inches of the bearer and scatter it 4d6 inches. Once placed at the end of your Movement phases roll a D6. On 4+ a new unit of D6 Daemons enters play from the Portalglyph. delivery system? Is this Daemon Prince Biomancy monster? Is this Daemon Prince an all comers flyer or is your Daemon Prince just about brute force?

If you plan on going the PortalglyphThe portalglyph can be placed once per game at the any point in your Movement phases. Place within 12 inches of the bearer and scatter it 4d6 inches. Once placed at the end of your Movement phases roll a D6. On 4+ a new unit of D6 Daemons enters play from the Portalglyph. route a case can be made for going flightless and no psychics. The idea being keep it cheap and guard the PortalglyphThe portalglyph can be placed once per game at the any point in your Movement phases. Place within 12 inches of the bearer and scatter it 4d6 inches. Once placed at the end of your Movement phases roll a D6. On 4+ a new unit of D6 Daemons enters play from the Portalglyph.. The other, probably more prudent course, is go all in with psychic powers, because the Daemon Prince can survive without the defensive bonuses possible with many Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined

Then you have perhaps the most common load out, Biomancy Daemon Prince. If you take Mastery Level 3 you have pretty good chance of getting Iron Arm and putting a sad face on your opponent. Even if you don't get Iron Arm there is still Warp Speed and Endurance to make your opponent groan. This kind of Prince takes the least brain work, costs a mint, and if you're strapped for points consider ditching the Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined.

What about taking a balanced approach? Balanced starts with Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined and at least Mastery Level 2. First see what you get with the reward results, and have that dictate the psychic paths you take. It requires the most skill to play because you really have to judge your opponents list and what tools you need to deal with it. At the same time, you also need mild faith in the dice gods to not screw you over.

The Daemon Prince of smash-kill is easily the cheapest and one best suited for Khorne or Slaanesh. If you take Khorne rack up those Daemonic RewardsA Character has the option to purchase a certain points' worth of Lesser, Greater, and Exalted Daemonic Rewards in any combination-- the nature of those rewards is randomly determined and go to town. If you go Slaanesh, take Mastery Level 1 and roll the die on Telekinesis and hope for Telekine Dome or Objuration Mechanicum to cause untold havoc on your opponent.

A Daemon Prince's true success requires taking more than one, because loners are easily singled out. You don't need four or five though, two or three with any Greater Deamon is enough. If balance is your game keep the total HQ + Daemon Prince cost around 800 points, that should leave you enough to fill out the rest of your army. There are other ways to play a Daemon Prince and its a testament to their flexibility. A Deamon Prince are amazing tools, and at worse a great distraction and fire magnet. There is nothing wrong using the justifiable fear your opponents will have when three winged monsters are fly straight towards them.

-- Daemon Prince Configurations--

Portaglyph Configuration: 220 point Daemon Prince with Daemon of Tzeentch, Exalted Reward, Warp-forged Armour

Biomancy Configuration: 325 point Daemon Prince with Daemon of Tzeentch, Greater Reward, Mastery Level 3, Daemonic Flight, Warp-forged Armour

Balanced Configuration: 305 point Daemon Prince with Daemon of Slaanesh, 2 Greater Rewards, Mastery Level 2, Daemonic Flight, Warp-forged Armour

Assault Configuration: 270 point Daemon Prince with Daemon of Khorne, 2 Greater Rewards, 1 Lesser Reward, Daemonic Flight, Warp-forged Armour

A Word about Allies

Deamon Princes make great allies. Mixing and matching the different options with Chaos Space Marine Daemon Princes and Chaos Daemon Princes is great fun and effective. For the non battle brothers, having a Daemon Prince providing an assault punch for otherwise shooty armies is another good bet.

Remember unlike other Battle Brothers Daemons ICs cannot join with Chaos Space Marine units under any circumstance.

Final Thoughts...

Overall, the Daemon Prince is one of the best units in the Daemon Codex. Between flight, psychic powers, and all the other options it is hard to go wrong. The only drawbacks is losing access to T6 and inevitable mint you will be spending to equip one. Unlike the newer lines of Monsterous Creatures, Daemon Princes are easier to hide and can easily wreck the competing Tau and Eldar monstrosities traipsing through the meta.

Warning

It's Like Tactics is rated theory hammer because these are general observations and assumptions based on only few tested games.