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An Inceptor sergeant of the Ultramarines Chapter unleashes the wrath of the Emperor.

An Inceptor, who is usually part of a close support Inceptor Squad, is the standard Jump Pack-equipped heavy assault unit of the Primaris Space Marines who wear the Gravis variant of Mark X Power Armour and wield twin Assault Bolters into combat.

Amongst the swiftest-moving elements of an Adeptus Astartes strike force, Inceptors fill the role of spearhead troops. They hit the enemy in one sudden and overwhelming blow, leaving them reeling as follow-up waves of Space Marines drive home the attack.

Inceptors are similar in combat function to an Assault Squad of Firstborn Astartes or a Legion Assault Squad of ancient Legionaries.


An Inceptor Squad of Primaris Space Marines of the Ultramarines Chapter armed with Assault Bolters.

In the Codex Astartes, Roboute Guilliman has been very clear about the role and importance of Astartes close support squads. A well-coordinated and perfectly timed assault can break the back of any foe, cracking open their lines and sending the remnants of their army fleeing. To make such breakthrough attacks, the designated troops must be fast, aggressive and hard-hitting.

The swiftest of the Primaris Marine battle-brothers, Inceptors fill the role of spearhead troops. They hit the enemy in one sudden and overwhelming blow, leaving them reeling as follow-up waves of Space Marines drive home the attack.

Equipped with heavy Jump Packs and reinforced Mark X Gravis Power Armour, Inceptors can be dropped from the very edge of a planet's atmospheric envelope.

Leaping from the assault bays of low-orbiting attack craft, these daring warriors brave the fury of re-entry before locking their drop coordinates and jetting towards their objective like missiles.

If the enemy detects their approach at all, they will often do so under the misapprehension that the Inceptors are stray warheads, or cast-off debris from orbital combat.

Some squads intentionally make planetfall amidst such falling detritus, weaving through the blazing, tumbling storm of wreckage before breaking away as it flares to nothing, and plunging down into the enemy's midst. By the time the foe realises that they are under attack, the Inceptors are already upon them.

Through a combination of Assault Bolter fire and Plasma Exterminator blasts, these Ultramarines Inceptor Squads lay low their targets.

Despite the ground-shattering force with which they land, Inceptors touch down with absolute control, opening fire immediately with the bulky but rapid-firing Assault Bolters that form their primary armaments. Servo-equipped boot-plates allow Inceptor Squads to survive landing at intense speeds, and provide extra boost when they jump from the ground.

Often paired with squads attacking by Drop Pod, Inceptors are the perfect troops to blast out a beachhead and then provide fire support to keep it clear. The tornado of firepower generated by an Inceptor Squad is more than enough to sweep away horrified enemy infantry, slaughter crucial command assets or silence flak batteries before the main Space Marine attack descends.

Unit Composition


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Primaris Space Marine Forces
Command Primaris CaptainPrimaris LieutenantVanguard LieutenantPrimaris Ancient
Specialists Primaris Apothecary (Helix Adept) • Primaris LibrarianVanguard LibrarianPrimaris Chaplain
Battleline IntercessorVanguard Infiltrator
Close Support InceptorReiverIncursor
Fire Support HellblasterAggressorVanguard EliminatorVanguard Suppressor
Combat Walkers and Vehicles AstraeusRedemptor DreadnoughtRepulsorRepulsor ExecutionerImpulsorGladiatorRaider (Bike)Invader ATVInvictor Tactical WarsuitStormspeeder
Aircraft Overlord
Space Marine Forces
Chapter Command Chapter MasterMaster of the KeepMaster of SanctityChief LibrarianMaster of the ApothecarionMaster of the ForgeMaster of the WatchMaster of the FleetMaster of the ArsenalMaster of the MarchesMaster of the RitesMaster of RelicsChief VictuallerLord ExecutionerMaster of RecruitsMaster of ReconnaissanceMaster of the SignalChapter AncientPrimaris AncientChapter ChampionHonour Guard
Company Command Command SquadReclusiam Command SquadCaptainPrimaris CaptainLieutenantPrimaris LieutenantCompany AncientCompany Champion
Specialists Librarian (EpistolaryCodicierLexicaniumPrimaris LibrarianVanguard Librarian) • Chaplain (ReclusiarchPrimaris Chaplain) • Apothecary (Primaris ApothecaryHelix Adept) • Techmarine
Veteran Squads Veteran Marines (Sternguard VeteranVanguard Veteran) • Terminator SquadTerminator Assault Squad
Battleline Squads Tactical SquadIntercessor SquadInfiltrator Squad
Close Support Squads Assault SquadInceptor SquadReiver SquadIncursor SquadSuppressor SquadBike SquadCenturion Assault Squad
Fire Support Squads Aggressor SquadDevastator SquadHellblaster SquadEliminator SquadCenturion Devastator Squad
Neophyte Squads Scout SquadScout Bike Squad
Light Vehicles Assault BikeAttack BikeScout BikeLand Speeder (Land Speeder StormLand Speeder TempestLand Speeder TornadoLand Speeder TyphoonLand Speeder VengeanceLand Speeder ProteusDarkshroud)
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Armoured Personnel Carriers RhinoRazorbackDamocles Command RhinoRhino PrimarisRhino AdvancerImpulsor
Main Battle Tanks Predator Destructor (Predator AnnihilatorBaal Predator) • Land Raider (Land Raider PhobosLand Raider CrusaderLand Raider RedeemerLand Raider AchillesLand Raider PrometheusLand Raider Terminus UltraLand Raider AresLand Raider ExcelsiorLand Raider Wrath of MjalnarLand Raider Angel InfernusLand Raider Solemnus AggressorLand Raider Anvilarum) • Deimos Vindicator Laser DestroyerRepulsorRepulsor ExecutionerAstraeus
Artillery WhirlwindVindicatorStalkerHunterWhirlwind HyperiosLand Raider HeliosThunderfire Cannon
Aircraft StormtalonThunderhawkThunderhawk TransporterShadowhawkStormravenStorm EagleFire RaptorStormhawk InterceptorCaestus Assault RamDark TalonNephilim JetfighterStormfangStormwolfCorvus BlackstarOverlordDrop Pod
Rare or Retired Vehicles Contemptor Pattern DreadnoughtDeredeo Pattern DreadnoughtCerberus Heavy Tank DestroyerLeviathan DreadnoughtJavelin Attack SpeederJetbikeDeimos PredatorDeimos RhinoSabre Tank HunterLand Raider ProteusMark IIb Land Raider PhobosSicaran Battle TankSicaran VenatorSicaran Punisher Assault TankSicaran Arcus Strike TankSicaran Omega Tank DestroyerSpartan Assault TankTyphon Heavy Siege TankFellbladeFalchionMastodonDeimos Whirlwind ScorpiusXiphon Pattern InterceptorStormbirdKharybdis Assault Claw