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Well, with the new codex around the corner, we're all excited about tyranids, and I just got to thinking. They've absorbed some dna here, and some there, i.e. orks/biovores, eldar/zoanthrope etc... And I just thought, what would be the outcome when the Hive Mind absorbs some Tau dna. Any thoughts? I doubt we'll get any rules or minis for them in the new codex, but it could be fun conversion project, and rules can be made up, but what would the mini be like, what would be it's advantages? What qualities can the Hive extract from the Tau?
Thats a good question... You couldn't get good accuracy because they don't have it, definitely not good combat skill, not good toughness or strength...
I don't think there is anything the Tau could offer. Their main advantage is technology, but nids don't use any. Their brain is communist, for the greater good, nids are one step further already with a Hive Mind...
they would become crap in cc.
have they absorbed space marine dna yet? or is that the tyrant guard?
Yes they arehave they absorbed space marine dna yet? or is that the tyrant guard?
What about Ethereal DNA? Don't Tau get something were they get to re-roll Ld or get a better Ld score if they take an ethereal? There was talk of dropping the Instinctive behavior chart, they could write it fluff wise the the latent ability of the Ethereals was absorbed and utilized to make gaunts more stable in combat.
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If the Tyranids took something from the Tau DNA... I'd believe it would be either Ethereal or Air caste DNA.
Ethereals could be utilized to further create creatures less dependant on the Hive Mind, or to spawn creatures which would in general be less instinctive without the need to have them within actual Synapse. Pretty much what GojiraToho said. =)
Air caste DNA could be utilized to further evolve the spaceborne Tyranids, depending on which genetic trait it is that gives the Air caste their exceptional 3-D awareness.
Kroot DNA could be utilized to enhance the mutability of Tyranid creatures... Then again Tyranid natural capability to mutate probably already surpasses that of the Kroot.
Don't know enough of the other Tau allied races to know what they could offer.
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what do you think would happen it they harvested some necrons deathbringer DNA
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Also, the Nightbringer is a singular entity - a god - there's only one of them, so to absorb the Nightbringer's DNA (which is a god housed in living metal - so may not even have any DNA), the Tyranids would have to kill the one and only reaper.