Dawn of War III Reveals Howling Banshees

Posted on 15 Oct 2016 by
Stephen Haselden

Howling Banshees are a staple of most Eldar deployments. Lacking in ranged capabilities they rely on speed and movement to close fast with their enemies, locking them into hand to hand combat. Although physically weaker than Orcs and Space Marines, only a fool underestimates these warrior’s deadliness in close combat.

Like all Eldar, the Banshees wield extraordinary speed and precision. However, these Aspect Warriors rely on those uncanny abilities far more than their brethren. Armed with just a power sword and shuriken pistol, Banshees can outmanoeuvre and strike down ostensibly far greater foes. The Banshee’s only other weapon is their mask; this alien artefact is used to amplify the warriors psychic scream, which if focused on a creature will cause terror, confusion and even paralysis allowing the Banshees to swiftly strike down their enemies without retaliation. Banshees only employ light armour, making them extremely vulnerable to ranged fire, but allowing the greatest speed possible. Tactically, you should deploy Banshees very carefully, and only engage when you want to.

For even more details on the Howling Banshees abilities in Dawn of War III, you can read their spotlight article.

Official Press Release

Dawn of War III Unit Spotlight: Howling Banshees

As we gear up toward the release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, SEGA and Relic Entertainment will be unveiling some of the new and returning units that fans will be able to command. Keep up to date with all the latest announcements at DawnOfWar.com.

Fast, precise, and devastating, the Howling Banshees are a highly trained caste of female Aspect Warriors. Lightly equipped so as to remain agile in the heart of close combat, they fight with a ferocity that most Eldar believe was reaped from the war god Kaela Mensha Khaine himself.

Armed with Shuriken Pistols and Power Swords, the Howling Banshee’s deadliest instrument is instead worn. The Banshee Mask is equipped with a powerful sonic amplifier that emits the Howling Banshee’s signature shrieks all around her. The effect is a shriek so powerful that enemies are paralyzed in fear, frozen in the moment before their demise.

The Howling Banshee’s playstyle is very unique. While weak in smaller numbers, larger Banshee squads can be absolutely devastating. By combining their swift movement and crowd control abilities, Banshees can lock up enemy squads and keep them at a standstill while ranged units wreak havoc from afar. See them in all their glory on the unit spotlight page here.


Fleet of Foot
Increased speed and shield regeneration within the psychic radius of a Webway Gate.

Battle Scream
When charging into melee, Howling Banshees let out a psychosonic scream that slows enemies in an area.

Quick Strike (requires upgrade)
The Howling Banshees rush forward in a straight line, damaging and knocking back enemies in their path.

Be sure to check out our last unit reveal of the Wraithknight, as well as our blog post from Art Director Matt Kuzminski, Modernizing Macha, focusing on updating a fan-favorite character last seen in the original Dawn of War twelve years ago!

To learn more, and for future updates about Dawn of War III, be sure to head to DawnOfWar.com!

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