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==In Last Stand==
In [[Last Stand]], these things are assholes: Giant, flaming assholes. They do enormous damage, have immense knockback, a huge area-of-effect, and are remarkably durable for a floating snake-brain thing thanks to a Warp Field that acts like an Iron Halo. They are the bane of every [[Last Stand - Lord General|Lord General]], since they can effectively one-shot the entire minion squad a General may have with him. They are, thankfully, easy prey for Sniper Rifle rounds and Shotgun solid slugs, and are a perfect target for a Chaos Sorcerer who is has the Improved Summoning wargear to clone.
In late October 2014 GeeDubs made a token attempt to help the Tyranids feel less useless and released two more monstrous creatures: the [[Venomthrope|Toxicrene]] and the Maleceptor. The latter of which is described as just being an extra large Zoanthrope (which is why it's in this article right now instead of its own) with extra armor and some legs [[Derp|because apparently bigger brains put out ''less'' levitation]]. The two MCs appear to share the same model pack, with the Maleceptor growing six exposed brains out of its back.
Anyway, while the Toxicrene was at least decent, the Maleceptor became incredibly unpopular within ''minutes'', clocking in at 205 points with only 4+/5++ and Mastery Level 2. Its big gimmick is a unique power called Psychic Overload, and can cast it on three different targets a turn. It brings back memories of old Doomy Malantai, what with target takes a Ld test on 3d6 or else take d3 wounds with AP2 Ignores Cover. Only problem: it's Warp Charge 2. Go ahead and do some test rolls to see how many warp charge dice you need to make three WC2 powers. Also it's a Focused Witchfire power, so most opponents will force you to roll to-hit; did I mention the Maleceptor is only BS3? White Dwarf plays it up as the Tyranids' "psychic sniper", and it's so hilariously inept at it that [[Pyrovore|you wonder how the Hive Mind is still a threat at this point]].
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