Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Unit Profile - The Heavy Weapons Team

Learn more about the heavy weapons teams of the Imperial Guard, some of the most powerful infantry in the upcoming Dawn of War expansion.

The wildly over-the-top violence of the Warhammer 40,000 universe will once again come to life in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade, the upcoming second expansion to 2004's acclaimed Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. That's a lot of Warhammer, and the expansion will introduce new playable factions, as well as new units for existing factions. In our continuing examination of some of the new units, we take a look at the heavy weapons team. Dark Crusade is coming out in October.

Heavy Weapons Team

The heavy weapons team is the squad that the Imperial Guard call in whenever extra firepower is needed. Armed with heavy weapons that must be setup before firing, the team can stabilize a front line by providing defense against armored vehicles and other large targets. However, the heavy weapons are unavailable if the team is on the move, at which point they must rely on their standard-issue lasguns. Still, if you can get a heavy weapons team in place, it can spell the difference between defeat and victory.

In terms of weapons, the heavy weapons team can bring to bear a heavy bolter, a lascannon, and an autocannon, which should be enough to deal with a wide variety of targets. And once a team is dug in, it's protected from most incoming fire, which means a heavy weapons team is tough to dislodge.

Combat Abilities
The main combat ability of the heavy weapons team is the ability to entrench. When entrenched, the team has excellent defensive cover and can employ all the weapons at its disposal. It takes several seconds for a heavy weapons team to entrench, though, and the team is very vulnerable during this process.

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Discussion

43 comments
Soniczero1993
Soniczero1993

finally something better for troops, let's see how well the heavy wepons team stand agenst terminators....hmmm.....or any space marine as this is the first time they can both fight as sm were removed from WA.

beezo1991
beezo1991

yer fool u all smell haha btw yer the units r well gd apparently :D

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

The entrenching thing sounds pretty interesting but heavy wepons should really be an add-on to the regular squads.

caiyu13
caiyu13

I like to see that heavy weapon squad trying to take out my flying assault marines :), its gona be a great expansion.

alenfishman
alenfishman

well actually its relic that designed the game, but yea i really hope they do a good job. all the games seemed pritty ballenced, but thats only because i never really got like crazy hardcore into the game. in any case im getting this game opening day. keep it up relic.

moc5
moc5

Only the best RTS ever made could create so much anticipation. Congratulations THQ! They deliverd in Winter Assault, do you doubt they wont on Dark Crusade? When your the best you simply cant compromise. This expansion is going to rock make no mistake. This better not be the last expansion either.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I might just have to get the original and this one

halopower67
halopower67

man some ppl here that post are really dumb (sorry) like for example the guy who doesnt like winter assault but likes the normal game...that doesnt make sense, winter assault is an expansion pack that just adds more to the game and doesnt alter it negitavely. or the guy who said that he was expecting the basilisk tank...dude its already in winter assault. oh and on another subject...gafuudy why do you say that you played the demo and "they really helped"? the heavy weapons team isnt on the dark crusade demo, or were you reffering to another thing? anyways...this expasin is gonna be great because of all the new features and it seems that the graphics have improved a bit which makes me really happy. i love the warhammer 40000 universe so dawn of war is to my favourite game:)

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

this expansion will be the greatest. i'm usually against expansions for games because they keep to much of the same old stuff and neevr add new things that are worth another 40 bucks. this is one of those exceptions. The animations look amazing now and we get to use a daemon prince (jaw drops to the floor)

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

This will most likely make the Imperial Guard much more effective. Although I suspect that these heavy weapons teams will be easily taken out with a couple whirlwinds.

goodspeed1989
goodspeed1989

can't wait for it to come out its gon be insane!!!

GigaKaiser
GigaKaiser

"I don't like this DoW. WA and the first one was great!" And this is an expansion to DOA and WA. So I don't see why you wouldn't like this.

Edot0
Edot0

This exp. pack is gonna be awsome. cant wait...

MightyCowM
MightyCowM

Nothing like laying to waste a whole army with a handful of guys.

Binzen
Binzen

Wewt! Hell jeah! Those sandbags sound like they have some crazy armor! =^D

Commissar_Kaz
Commissar_Kaz

This new expansion is frekin awsom. I'm glad that they placed heavy weapons teams 4 guard cauz it might fill in the gap of their weakness to kill tanks in the early rounds of the game. Just luv the animation for auto cannon when the dude loads it and the big shell casings pop out. Definately gonna buy this game when it comes out.

Matti9845
Matti9845

w00t thats looks good, next to see will be harleqins, man i can't w8 until october

mooshoo543
mooshoo543

AWESOME!! FINALLY SOME MORE POWERFUL INFANTRY FOR IMPERIAL GUARD!!!! THERE THE BEST!!!!

muffhunter0123
muffhunter0123

nice to see more units from the tabletop game in this one

wargod53
wargod53

Sweet mother of god this will be good. I liked the animations for setting up the emplacements, and I loved the way that the second man actually does something - feeding the rounds ionto the heavy bloter. They ripped that Ork attack to shreds there!!! W00T!!!!!!!

Houck
Houck

I don't like this DoW. WA and the first one was great!

Kokosmakroon
Kokosmakroon

Dude the movement of the weqapon emplacement sucked I mean one guardtrooper just floated about on his knees.......

gafuudy
gafuudy

i just finished playing the demo they really do help

noon10
noon10

this is going to be sweet!

nzjafa
nzjafa

"On another note, I was kinda expecting something more shocking then the heavy weapons team. Like the Basilisk artillery tank or something. Damn, the Basilisk is like the only think that can out fire a Hammerhead tank range wise. It would've been an awsome addition the IG. " If you want to play around with some Basilisks, get Winter Assault, they're in that.

Ibrahim17
Ibrahim17

Glitchgeeman what are you talking about? Everything you're asking for is already in the game or in DC. Basilisk artillery tanks have been in the game since WA.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Where are the Tau!?!? It's like GS is purposely ignoring them! Bring in the Battlesuits! Bring in the Hammerheads! Bring in the Fire warriors! On another note, I was kinda expecting something more shocking then the heavy weapons team. Like the Basilisk artillery tank or something. Damn, the Basilisk is like the only think that can out fire a Hammerhead tank range wise. It would've been an awsome addition the IG.

AntoniustheGrey
AntoniustheGrey

Sweet, this game is going to be great. I just got done playing the demo, loved it. Seems like all these new features are going to be great, especially the strategic map and upgrades you can set on people. I really look forward to this game.

Forceman25
Forceman25

Mortars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There should be a mortar team. If you play Warhammer 40k you know the Imperial Guard have 5 diffrent types of Heavy Weapon teams. Mortars are a very important one and usefull. So there should be a mortar team.

iDShaDoW
iDShaDoW

Haha, the video of them in action is crazy! I'mma enjoy this game very much methinks. :P

farnes
farnes

i'm hoping that this expansion won't be as small as winter assault, and confirms the rumours that will be awesome....

NitroKat
NitroKat

Wont anyone think about the tyranids???? ehh i mean, children???

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

can't wait...this is gonna be the best expansion ever. getting the demo right now...

zarinth
zarinth

I just hope that this expansion isn't as short as the previous espansion;winter assault.

hirmetreus
hirmetreus

Very sweet unit. easily the most anticipated and wanted unit for any race in dark crusade. Looks like they are living up to expectations ;)

pieman2906
pieman2906

Finnally!!! now theres the defensive capabilities they needed :D and now they have a unit short of tanks that is effective vs vehicles

dahui58
dahui58

Wow, sounds nice. I'm sure this would add more defensive strategies to the game, as well as making the wide array of available units even more extensive.