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Now this is going to sound stupid but can you charge from a drop pod?
Let me explain. I was reading through my space marine codex to generally clarify the rules in my head. When I reached the drop pod section I noticed something strange. The rules say that the unit counts as disembarking from the drop pod and does not mention the unit itself to have deep-striked (which would therefore mean they could charge). Now this woudn't matter as the drop pod counts as moving when it deepstrikes (I think) so you woudn't be able to charge after disembarkment anyway. However, when the drop pod lands it counts as open-topped, and you can charge out of a open-topped vehicle even after it has moved.
I checked the FAQ and there was no mention of this. Now to me it feels wrong but the rules seem to say it can. However I have probably missed something in the main rulebook which counteracts it.
If you can then drop pods are actually the best vehicle in the game and this seems overpowered. Please help.
The unit is still arriving via deepstrike, so without a special rule that says otherwise, they are unable to assault the turn they arrive.
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But tactical marines can't deep-strike, and the pod doesn't give a unit the deep-strike special rule. It is a transport that they travel in and then disembark. Nowhere does it say that the guys inside deep-strike. Only the pod has the deep-strike special rule. Thats the weird thing.
This has been argued over quite a lot in the past. I think it was the 4th edition Codex: Dark Angels that classified the drop pod as open-topped without also including a rule that units arriving via drop pods may not assault on the turn they land. This has quickly been corrected in a FAQ. The need to correct this for 5th edition Codex: Space Marines is not given, because the rules on drop pods already include this restriction. Read the drop pod assault special rule on page 69 in Codex: Space Marines. The last sentence says that units arriving in pods may not assault on the turn they land.
Oh yes, I must have missed it because it was under drop pod assualt and not just the special rules. Thanks Red Archer.
Shame though, it could've been so cool.
You can't assault by virtue of having disembarked from a moving transport, not by virtue of having Deep Struck.
Which is heavily ironic in Planetstrike, which has a special rule allowing units with Deep Strike to assault the turn they land. Drop pod units can't do this, as only the pod has the deep strike rule. The unit you want to assault with doesn't. Kind of makes the whole concept of a drop pod planetstrike entirely gimped.
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you can't assault from a non assault vehicle in the turn it's moved. so no. In my opinion.
(scurries off to check that drop pods count as having moved when they arrive)
edit: doesn't say they do count as having moved, but in p69 of the marine codex it does say, under drop pods that units deep strikes via drop pod may not assault the turn it arrives.
I'd let my opponent do it in planetstrike, but that's my own opinion and no-where stated as such. in fact, the FAQ for planetstrike says read and play as per codex, and it's even mentioned as a example, so the restriction's still there.
Last edited by stayscrunchyinmilk; February 19th, 2010 at 23:42.
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