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Clanrats are the main front-line units of skaven swarms that form the bulk of the forces of Verminus clans. Only the worker dregs and slaves outnumber them in the Under-Empire. Individually they are poor warriors that are ill-disciplined, cowardly and prone to infighting, however when they gather in large numbers they become dangerously fast and vicious.[1a][3]

They are led by Clawleaders and supported by Bell-Ringers and Standard Bearers.[2a][2b][3]


In battle they charge as chittering hordes, overwhelming enemies with their endless numbers, shrieking, stabbing, tearing, biting, trampling their own fallen beneath their bloody claws and squirting a potent gust of fear-musk. Hundreds of Clanrats will inevitably die in such violent assault, but in a war of attrition it is an acceptable sacrifice, as many Clawlords believe. However, most importantly, this means more rivals slain and more trophies per skaven left. [1][2a][2b][3]

Black hunger

Skaven metabolism is so hyperactive that after particularly frantic battle-exertion the Clanrats may experience ravenous mania known as the black hunger. In this near-mindless state, they must either consume enough flesh or else dissolve as their insides gnaw themselves. At the end of the fighting the casualties of both skaven and their foes will become meat for the Clanrats. [1a][4a]

It is known that Verminlord Warbringers can trigger the black hunger in their underlings.[4b]


Their weapons and armour are typically rusty and poorly maintained, like Rusty Spears, Rusty Blades and rickety, slipshod Clanshields, and are often scavenged from the fallen foes or even their own comrades.[1][2a][2b][3]




Units Brood Horror - Clanrat - Clawlord - Stormvermin - Verminlord Warbringer
Characters Hakfang - Hakkrit - Kretch Warpfang - Krrk - Rikfang - Rikkit - Ripsnikk - Skritch Spiteclaw - Kratterklaw - Skewerax
Clans Fang - Ferrik - Gnarlkyn - Grimus - Irongnawer - Klaw - Koniptik - Mekkrit - Morskrit - Rictus - Scour - Skarrik - Sootfang - Stabbik - Vekn - Vrash
Artwork - Miniatures