Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions – Is It Worth It?

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Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions – Is It Worth It?

The Adeptus Custodes will be the next in line to receive their 10th Edition Codex, but is the Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions a good purchase?

The 10th Edition of Warhammer 40k is ramping up fast, with more and more factions getting their Codices. With it come a plethora of new rules and some new miniatures, as well as a new army box that’s a great way to start or expand your favorite faction.

While the next faction to get their new toys will be the T’au Empire (who had their Codex leaked), afterwards it’s time for the Orks and the Adeptus Custodes to read a book. The latter will receive a new Shield Captain with a Pyrithite Spear that has a melta attached to it, as well as some cavalry to ride alongside him. But is the new Auric Champions box worth it?

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions – Is It Worth It?

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions Contents

First, let’s look at the contents of the Auric Champions Box:

  • 1 Shield-Captain with Pyrithite Spear
  • 6 Vertus Praetors
  • 6 Allarus Custodians
  • 5 Custodian Wardens

While Custodes bikes have not been good ever since the start of the edition, with the recent points buffs they got in the January dataslate, a number of players have started to experiment with them. They are still not very good, but on the brink of greatness, and they might just get pushed over the edge in the Codex. Alongside them are some real heavy hitter though, with Allarus Terminators finding their way into most Custodes lists either as MSU’s or one big brick, and Wardens usually making up the core of the Emperor’s Golden Champions.

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions Points Costs

As per the March 6th Munitorum Field Manual, the points cost of the new Custodes box are as follows:

  • 140 points for a Shield-Captain
  • 225 points for 3 Vertus Praetors, so 450 for the 6 in the box
  • 250 points for 5 Custodian Wardens,
  • And 390 points for 6 Allarus Terminators

This puts the Auric Champions at a hefty 1230 points, which is more than half of a proper army. This box with a Combat Patrol or Boarding Patrol kit puts you in an incredible spot if you want to start playing Adeptus Custodes, and provides great options if you’re looking to expand.

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions Price

The Auric Champions will cost somewhere around $200 depending on your localization if we go off of the recent kits that were available for purchase, such as the Deathwing Assault box that came with the Dark Angels Codex. The contents of the new Custodes Army Set as per the official Warhammer webstore are:

  • $60 for a Shield-Captain (of all varieties, so the Melta Captain should cost the same, as they all come in other Custodes Kits)
  • $60 for 3 Vertus Praetors, so $120 for the 6 in the box
  • $60 for 5 Custodian Wardens
  • $60 for 3 Allarus Custodians, so $120 for 6

The financial cost of the box is also really nice: even if we don’t count the Shield-Captain as it’s not sold separately, the value of Auric Champions is around $300, which is a $100 discount that varies on where you live. That’s not a bad deal for one of the strongest armies in the game currently.

The Auric Champions box is one of the best ones in points and money value of the recent Warhammer 40k releases. The only issue with it is the abundance of Jetbikes, but they could become great again with a specific detachment or some buffs. As the Codex for the Adeptus Custodes nears its release, that is more likely to happen – we can’t wait for the box to enter pre-order!

Warhammer 40k Adeptus Custodes Auric Champions – Is It Worth It?
Bence Loksa
Bence "Atreus" Loksa is a freelance journalist and League of Legends shoutcaster, covering all things esports and gaming, also yelling loudly at big plays happening on the Summoner's Rift. While his main focus is Riot Games' hit MOBA, he also dabbles in Call of Duty, VALORANT, and as of recent, the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 - where he looks to make some grudges with his Leagues of Votann army.