Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Unit Profile - The Harlequin

Find out more about the harlequin, one of the powerful new units in the upcoming expansion to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

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Real-time strategy games don't get much more intense and gory than 2004's superb Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. By bringing the vibrant and imaginative Warhammer 40,000 universe to life, Dawn of War let you see what happens when you unleash the armies of orks, space marines, chaos space marines, and more into battle armed with giant guns, bigger blades, and even more cringe-inducing weaponry. With Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade, developer Relic and publisher THQ look to up the ante with a new story, faction, and units. We wrap up our look at some of the interesting new units in the expansion by examining the new Eldar unit, the harlequin. Dark Crusade will ship in October.

The Harlequin

Harlequins are some of the most mysterious units in the Eldar arsenal, as these enigmatic warriors are dedicated to crushing the forces of chaos wherever they may be. Harlequins compile all their knowledge about chaos, including its source, in their shadowy Black Library. By accumulating everything that is known about chaos, they hope to figure out how to destroy it once and for all.

Graceful and athletic, harlequins are superb fighters capable of attacking their enemies on many different levels. Thanks to their mobility, harlequins are capable of quick strikes, as well as messing with their enemies' minds with psychological attacks. The good news for opponents of the Eldar is that harlequin units are extremely rare, so you'll never see more than three of them on a battlefield at a time.

Combat Abilities

Harlequins are some of the deadliest melee specialists on a battlefield, as they can attack their opponents with incredible acrobatic grace. To remain unencumbered, harlequins are lightly armored, though they do have personal holo-fields that make them hard to hit. In addition to melee attacks, harlequins have special abilities that they can employ against powerful opponents or groups of lesser opponents. These include the harlequin's kiss, in which a harlequin drives a tube into her opponent that liquefies innards instantly. (To make things worse, said unit then explodes, with the boiling blood splash damaging surrounding units.) Then the harlequin has a dance of death, which lets her jump around and knock down enemy after enemy.

Discussion

42 comments
Fraser-Marrison
Fraser-Marrison

I am seriously annoyed this is DVD, my CPU is utterly useless with them. Cd's, fine but DVD...

beezo1991
beezo1991

haha ninja squirrel on crack hahahahaaha

kuwaitspot
kuwaitspot

i think its a good story at the same time the gameplay was good too, the graphics its just looking fantastic and is getting batter .the games with 2GD graphics is amazing . i will be of someone whos waiting this game . (( KEEP GOING PC GAMES ))

Scottman2005
Scottman2005

Kinda boring unit. Its just another unit to micro manage and will prob make me use other units (of similiar value) less.

Great_Red_Ninja
Great_Red_Ninja

err....exsqueeze me? i bakeing powder? harlies help the dark eldar too you know, in fact they help anyone apart form chaos (naturaly), necrons (an enemy older than chaos), and nids (cause they dont take allies) the dark eldar are eldar too, and the harlies recrute from their ranks. solitares are dark eldar harliquines, and dark eldar arent chaos eldar anyways. they are eldar who choose to feed She Who Thirsts by providing souls for Her. Seeing as no soul tastes as good to Her as an eldar soul, they have to provide alot of souls so She will have mercy on them. thats why they dont wear waystones. dark eldar are just avoiding Her in another way, and have sank into what made their race fall anyways. because eldar live for about 1000 years, they have alot of time to experience things, things like love, anger, pain, lust. its because of this that craftworld eldar only tackle one aspect, or path, of life at a time so they cannot be consumed by life and the millions of emotions that would drive them mad. dark eldar revel in these feelings, and seek to experience everything...which drives them to their acts of carnage, torture, slaughter and depravity, just as they did at the fall of their race. this is what created Her, and this is why it can seem that dark eldar are chaotic in nature. in fact, it is She that is eldar in nature. the dark eldar simply carry on from a time before Her, and in this way are not chaos. if anything, chaos is the madness of the eldar. and yes, more powers :D harli psykers had some cool powers

jackmoley
jackmoley

i reckon that they should have more sparkly special powers wooooooo

jsambeckwith
jsambeckwith

All I'm saying is, they will only affiliate in times of great need. So this does count, as Necrons and Chaos are there. So the Harlequins would help. And I highly doubt they'd help the Dark Eldar seeing as they are veering onto Chaos.

Great_Red_Ninja
Great_Red_Ninja

Harliquines are comming back in the 4th edition eldar codex, and yes, they kick a$$...major a$$....really, i cant stress that enough. If your opponent got a chance to strike back, harliquines didnt last long, but that never happened. why 'cause they kick A$$ and in case your wondering, they seem to fly cause of their flip belts. their flip belts mean they can spring through any terain like a ninja squirrel on crack. and your allowed three? oh poor, poor Tau...*evil laughter*

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Never much of a fan of them in the game (I hate clowns too) but in the old Rogue Trader rules, they kicked major a$$. Are there any rules for them in current edition? Everybody painted them real silly. Unfortunately they don't look any better here.

Soniczero1993
Soniczero1993

really i can't say how good it will be as it won't let me watch any gameplay movies y is that?

pieman2906
pieman2906

You mean Dreadnaughts... have you even played this game???

incognitopineap
incognitopineap

I was disappointed with the demo,i hated the way you couldn't change the difficulty setting,it didn't really show you what playing tau would be like.

RavXn
RavXn

In the demo you play as tau against space marine computer, probably easy difficulty and they don't build the weapons for their squads. The only vehicle they use are those walking anti-infantry units so YEAH tau seems overpowered when you play against such a retarded computer.

caiyu13
caiyu13

Awesome! The harlequin is going to spice things up for the eldars, they were close combat weaklings in the first two games, even their howling banshees couldn't stand up to assault marines, the only thing worthwhile for combat is their avatar and maybe their warwalker, with the harlequin they may prove more of a challenge for my termintors(and grey knights) Maybe they should introduve kill teams from ordo Xenos to deal with them =D

Binzen
Binzen

I am aroused an' not at all ashamed by it.

shaedar
shaedar

Harlequins are Eldar in exactly the same way that Grey Knights are Space Marines - they are a specially trained and equipped secret society devoted to fighting Chaos. It's true that they don't live, work and fight with the "normal" Eldar on a daily basis - they typically only appear to pass on their knowledge and to fight in times of great need.

Typocalypse
Typocalypse

Harlequins looks so ugly and they scared my lil bro LOL, but there pretty good in close combat.

darklight86
darklight86

Harlequins are most definitely Eldar, and they are mostly certainly affiliated with craftworlds - their black library holds all the information gathered so far about the gods of chaos so that one day they will be able to use it against chaos. i read that somewhere earlier on lol.

raltoren
raltoren

jsambeckwith "Harlequins are not Eldar. They are a separate army. Well, they are Eldar, but do not affiliate with the other factions. They have their own special rules and units. Still, looks good." Actually harlequins do affiliate with all kinds of eldar especially craftworld eldar. They even will join forces with dark eldar.

gameruler8721
gameruler8721

These new units all seem to be counter to each other or the new races. Look at the gray knights and the demon prince. Now this and the new ork unit. They are all ment to balance each other.

Bavoke
Bavoke

he looks dumb :? but who cares :? not me i onlywant to play whit TAU when i get it :D :P ;) Bavoke 8)

Demonbob
Demonbob

Eh whatever. I need to just get the regular game :p

_mohikanin_
_mohikanin_

WH:40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade will be great

arcranix
arcranix

fellmanpx "Well i cant agree(while still the we couldnt fully upgrade squad wiht leader and drones), but a full group of space marines with 5 heavy bolters fully upgraded and with skull probe atached(if its previous properties werent changed) can prove a chalenge 4 any range... " with a pathfinder squad doing the scouting and Firewarriors at full range( i would dare say it is further than heavy bolters), they wouldn't even have time to deploy. The squad would lose men so fas morale would break b4 the squad can get into position. Melee units, however, are going to mince through them like hot knife thru butter, especially jump-enabled units. That is, unless the Firewarriors are positioned ontop of a Tau Commander's trap... unfortunately we cant really say about a game that's yet to come out, so its looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

jsambeckwith
jsambeckwith

Harlequins are not Eldar. They are a separate army. Well, they are Eldar, but do not affiliate with the other factions. They have their own special rules and units. Still, looks good.

l3loodAngel
l3loodAngel

"twynsicle actually glitchgeeman if you play the demo, u'll notice the standard tau warrior is powerfull enough as he is, i had 1 six man unit defeat 2 ten man space marine squads" Well i cant agree(while still the we couldnt fully upgrade squad wiht leader and drones), but a full group of space marines with 5 heavy bolters fully upgraded and with skull probe atached(if its previous properties werent changed) can prove a chalenge 4 any range...

twynsicle
twynsicle

actually glitchgeeman if you play the demo, u'll notice the standard tau warrior is powerfull enough as he is, i had 1 six man unit defeat 2 ten man space marine squads

sitruk3012
sitruk3012

"hub0 they're trying to sell the game, so they'll purposely make the new units super-powerful to grab your interest so you will buy the game " No,its just the fact that they are trying to make it in keeping with the unit strengths of the tabletop game whilst adding new units which balance out with each other.

hub0
hub0

they're trying to sell the game, so they'll purposely make the new units super-powerful to grab your interest so you will buy the game

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

It just me, or are all the new units unfairly overpowerful? I really hope the Tau have something to beat these bastards. Battlsuits may not be enough.

Superion74
Superion74

Harlequins will address Eldar's pressing issue, which is a good cc unit that can stand up against other races. Both Harlequin's Kiss and Dance of Death appear to be awesome abilities, that can cut the enemies down to size. This video concludes the last of the DC previews, and they've done a great job convincing me to shell out my money for this expansion. I just wish I don't have to wait until next month to get my hands on it.

Destman
Destman

RaCoOn42: Dawn of War is not an RPG, it is an RTS with 7 of the Warhammer 40,000 races. Often times you will be watching the battle from overhead, but you can zoom all the way in to watch the brutal animations every unit has in the game. Ever see a Dreadnaut pick up an enemy, grind it into pieces, pound it's face against the ground, and then throw it 20 feet in the air? If not I suggest you look for some movies of it.

luca_III
luca_III

Looks good, though a little freaky

RaCoOn42
RaCoOn42

that was the coolest fighting animation ive ever seen in an rpg

TongLong
TongLong

It's like Cirque Du Soleil... OF DEATH! Cool addition, I can't wait to try this sucka out!

l3loodAngel
l3loodAngel

To fish yeah right... They will eat yuor knights 4 breakfast and ask 4 more and its better to be a space clown than belong to sick inquisition...

nerdmanfish
nerdmanfish

AH Space Clowns! my Grey Knights will smite these heretics

l3loodAngel
l3loodAngel

So what their armor will be hero or standart, if standart then theil just be as bad as librarians now...

N00bl3t15
N00bl3t15

All of the new units seem to be extremely strong.