Carnivean - Legion Heavy Warbeast



Note: Due to IP rights, BattleCollege has to be deliberately vague with stat values.
Very High
Very High
Base size
Average Heavy
The Carnivean is one of the game's most expensive non-character heavy warbeasts, costing a point more than the Ravagore and a point less than Typhon. It sharess a basic statline with the models in its multi-part kit; the cheaper Scythean, and the slightly cheaper Ravagore (which has a point more RAT but one less MAT).

Weapons and Attacks

  • Dragon Breath: A large spray with moderate POW, this baby will kill infantry and hurt beasts... if it hits.
  • Bite: This baby has the highest P+S of any Legion heavy and is at the top end of heavy warbeast hitting, period. (OK, so the Angelius can pierce armour better, and Gargantuans are of course more powerful)
  • Talon (x2): Two attacks, two less P+S than bite
    • Open Fist – This grants access to more Power Attacks.

Special Abilities

  • Eyeless Sight – This model ignores forests, cloud effects, and Stealth when determining LOS. This model ignores Concealment and Stealth when making attacks.
  • Pathfinder - This model isn't hindered by rough terrain or obstacles.
  • Assault - This model may make a ranged attack as part of its charge.
  • Blood Creation - This warbeast cannot attack friendly Legion warlocks. Useful if you accidentally frenzy.
  • Soulless - This model does not produce a soul token when destroyed.

Animus - Spiny Growth

Spiny Growth - Target friendly faction model gains +2 ARM. Also, when a 'jack/'beast attacks it they take d3 points of damage (unless the target dies).

Thoughts on the Carnivean

The Carnivean in a Nutshell

Large, imposing (especially with its sculpt), very hard hitting in melee, with a powerful ranged spray, and a good animus, the Carnivean has it all. And is costed accordingly. With an assault charge the Carnivean can gain 4 initial attacks, then buy another 3 attacks if you don't boost. His animus can really toughen squishy warlocks up, make Thagrosh2 harder to assassinate, or increase the Carnivean's staying power in prolonged combat. He can take a hit or two and shrug it off, and he can get where you need him to with Pathfinder.

Combos & Synergies

  • Vayl1 gives him Incite meaning when in her command area he is essentially MAT 8, RAT 6 - and the Carnivean is good with her movement tricks.
  • Rhyas' Rapport means the Carnivean can hit pretty effectively, and her feat works well with melee models.
  • Both Absylonia, their spells, abilities and feats provide awesome synergies. Reach on a Bite? Or POW 20? Why not both?
  • Thagrosh1 likes bricks - and the Carnivean and Spiny Growth are two of the brickiest things in Legion.
  • Thagrosh2's Manifest Destiny helps it hit, especially with the spray.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Not as tough as it looks at first glance - even with Spiny Growth it only has the armour of a Khadoran heavy and a mere point more DEF. It's not a Trollblood Dire Troll or Skorne Titan.
  • It's a couple of points more than either the Angelius or the Scythean - meaning it has to work very hard to be given the melee heavy role
  • Low RAT means it needs to boost any attack from its spray you really want to hit anything short of the slowest heavy.
  • Its animus is only sightly better than the Shredder's Tenacity and costs twice as much to cast.

Tricks and Tactics

  • Look for angles for the assault-spray to hit not just the model you charged but things much deeper in the enemy lines.
  • It's not unknown for a Carnivean to bring down both a light and a heavy in melee in the same turn.


The Carnivean's name comes from an obscure work of French demonology, Sebastien Michaelis's "Admirable History".

Theme Forces this is a member of

Legion of Everblight - Minions
Barnabas - - Calaban - - Dr. Arkadius - - Helga - - Jaga-Jaga - - Lord Carver - - Maelok - - Midas - - Rask - - Sturm & Drang
Different types of Minion warbeasts can only be taken by specific Minion models ... which means there's too many permutations to list here (in any sort of meaningful way).

However, note that the following Circle minion models can control warjacks/warbeasts (in addition to the Minion Warlocks listed above):
Rorsh & Brine - - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

Bog Trog Ambushers - - Croak Raiders - - Farrow Bone Grinders - - Farrow Brigands - - Farrow Razorback Crew - - Farrow Slaughterhousers - - Gatorman Posse - - Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers - - Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew
Bog Trog Trawler - - Gatorman Witch Doctor - - Gobber Tinker - - Feralgeist - - Swamp Gobber Chef - - Thrullg
Gudrun the Wanderer - - Maximus - - Totem Hunter - - Rorsh & Brine - - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw
Battle Engines
Sacral Vault
  • Note: To field a minion warlock with Legion, you need to be playing a game which allows 2 (or more) warlocks.

See also: Legion Theme Forces