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FactionSpace Marines

Tactical Marines are the backbone of a Space Marine Chapter, versatile and excelling at a wide variety of battlefield roles. Armed with the Bolter or other rifle-sized weapon, the Tactical class can hunt down the enemy, take and hold territory, or hold ground with equal skill. Their counterpart is the Tactical Chaos Space Marine.


Tactical Marines are the mainstay of Space Marine forces, elite warriors functioning as versatile front line troops that bear the brunt of operations. They can wield a wide variety of weapons with great effect. The Tactical class strikes a balance between ranged combat and close combat; in order to achieve that, novice Marines of Codex-compliant Chapters initially join the 10th Company (Scout), then the 9th Company (Devastator), then the 8th Company (Assault), and only then may opt to become Tactical Marines of the 7th Company, having mastered the tactics of the two other classes.

Tactical Marines enjoy being the most agile of the three classes. In multiplayer their ground roll allows the marine to cover 8 meters quickly as well as travel through any players and NPCs. While walking the travel at 6.18 m/s, which can be increased to 150% when running, which is the fastest of all classes. By comparison walking while aiming a weapon only moves at 40% speed. Also of note, there is a glitch that allows the Tactical Marine to shoot through some cover, just by standing near it, although this does not work with the Melta Gun, Vengeance Launcher & Plasma Gun's charged shot.

Weapons Edit

KnifeCombat KnifeNo Space Marine leaves home without it.
Bolt pistolBolt PistolThe Astartes Mk III Bolt Pistol is a compact, slower-firing version of the Bolter. A backup weapon, it still provides ample stopping power.
BolterBolterThe .998 Godwyn pattern Bolter is the most characteristic Space Marine weapon. It fires self-propelled explosive rounds.
Plasma gunPlasma GunThe MK XII Ragefire-type Plasma Gun fires charged energy pulses able to damage heavily armored targets. It is deadly, but prone to overheating.
Stalker bolterStalker BolterThe Stalker Bolter favors precision over brute force. Depending on modifications, it can serve as a battle rifle or a sniper weapon.
Melta gunMelta GunThe Vulkan Assault Pattern Melta Gun fires a scorching plume of heat at close range. It is powerful but has low ammunition and slow rate of fire.
StormbolterStorm BolterA double-barreled Bolter with the highest rate of fire of any weapon.
Vengeance cannonVengeance LauncherThe experimental Graia-pattern Vengeance Launcher is not authorized for use off world. It is effective against a range of targets.

Special Equipment Edit

Frag grenadeFrag GrenadesTimed anti-infantry grenades.
Krak grenadeBlind GrenadesFlash grenades designed to blind or disorient the enemy.
Stimpack mpCombat StimulantsTemporary damage resistance and increased close-combat damage..

Class Perks Edit

BandolierFavor of the ArmoryIncreases the number of special equipment carried (Frag Grenades, Blind Grenades, Combat Stims).
Larramans blessingLarraman's BlessingSignificantly improved Health regeneration rate.
MechanicMaster-Crafted WargearIncreased equipment effectiveness (Frag Grenades, Blind Grenades, or Combat Stims).
Tactical insertionRapid DeploymentReduced time before returning to battle.
Combat knife trainingSerrated Combat BladeIncreased close-combat damage.
Enemy infoTactical ReadoutArmor and Health indicators are displayed above opposing players.
Teleport beaconTeleport HomerAllies re-entering combat may do so at your position (so long as you remain alive).
Secondary weaponWeapon VersatilityAn additional weapon can be equipped.

Weapon PerksEdit

Melta more shotsAdditional Melta FuelThe Melta Gun has an increased fuel capacity.
Bolter improved riflingBolter TargeterIncreased accuracy with the Bolter.
Stalker mag optimizationBurst FireThe Stalker Bolter or Daemon Eye Bolter fires 2-round bursts instead of a single shot.
Plasma gun cell capacityEnlarged Plasma ChamberThe Plasma Gun carries more energy.
Melta blast shape lengtheningImproved Melta ChargeThe Melta Gun's chamber is recharged more quickly.
Plasma gun heat dissipationImproved Plasma ChargeReduces the time it takes to fire a charged shot.
Custom weightingImproved Twin-LinkImproved handling when firing a Storm Bolter or Twin Bolter from the hip.
Kraken penetrator roundsKraken BoltsBolter deals more damage to enemy Armor and can punch through targets.
Storm bolter mag optimizationRapid-Fire ReloadIncreased reload speed for the Storm Bolter or Twin Bolter.
Stalker larger magStalker Ammo ReservesThe Stalker Bolter and Daemon Eye Bolter have increased ammunition stores.
Gren launcher more grenadesVengeance ProjectilesThe Graia-pattern Vengeance Launcher can have more active fusion charges at one time.
Gren launcher improved moduleVengeance PayloadThe Graia-pattern Vengeance Launcher carries additional fusion charges.



Seemingly the only weapon choices, and one perk choice is Plasma Gun along with Weapon Versatility with your secondary being Melta Gun or Vengeance Launcher. With both you should barrel roll constantly, herd enemies together and melt/explode entire hordes on one go, its power is also useful against Nobz and higher. I've seen some builds use Larraman's Blessing, the other is a type of ammo perk (such as Additional Melta Fuel) since ammo is the biggest concern in Exterminatus.

Another strategy that utilizes Larraman's Blessing and the Melta gun combined with the Improved Melta Charge perk is useful for eliminating hordes using the same barrel-roll tactic and also shoulder charges when they are viable (i.e. you are recharging, out of ammo, or the enemy is weakened). The mobility of the Tactical marine is incredibely useful in protecting Devastators and corraling hordes of enemies for strikes with the Melta Gun while allies pick off the stragglers and take pot shots.

Multiplayer Weapons for Tactical Marines
Combat Knife Bolt Pistol Bolter Relic Bolter Stalker Bolter Storm Bolter Plasma Gun Vengeance Launcher Melta Gun
Bolt Pistol (Chaos) Bolter (Chaos) Daemon Eye Bolter Twin Bolter Plasma Gun (Chaos)


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