4th Edition Magic Items

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Warhammer 4th Edition introduced the notion of card based Magic Items, as compared to the tables used in 1st-3rd Edition rules. Initially they appeared in the Warhammer and Battle Magic boxed sets. Later army books introduced more, but only contained paper cut-outs, rather than cards. The Arcane Magic boxed set was brought out to remedy this, with card versions of all the Army Book items up to that date. It also contained a booklet detailing all possible Magic Items, Spells, Runes and Chaos Rewards at that point in time.

However the Chronicles of War boxed set was then released with yet more Magic Items, along with the Dark Elf and Wood Elf Army Books, making the Arcane Magic listing incomplete. Further Magic Items cards were released in White Dwarf magazine during the mid-late 90's 'Fat dwarf' era with punch-out card supplements.

The names used below are as printed on the hard copy cards. Sometimes in either the Army Books or in Arcane Magic, the Items might be named slightly differently; with hyphens, spaces or "The" added/removed. The Magic Item "Type" is generally as taken from the Arcane Magic booklet.

Warhammer boxed set

This was the initial boxed release, it contained the core Rulebook, Battle Bestiary, a barebones magic system and a basic selection of Magic Items.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions
The Axe of Grom 50 Magic Weapon Orcs & Goblins only
The Claw of Nagash 50 Magic Item/Spell
Doomfire Ring 100 Magic Item/Spell
The Sword of Swift Slaying 25 Magic Weapon
Dispel Magic Scroll 25 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Dark Mace of Death 50 Magic Weapon
The Golden Helm of Atrazar 50 Magic Armour
The Sword of Teclis 100 Magic Weapon
The Black Amulet 50 Device of Protection
Staff of Lightning 50 Wizard Item Orc & Goblin Shaman only *
Destroy Magic Scroll 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Horn of Urgok 75 Magic Item/Spell


* Restriction is buried in the flavour text, but restated in Arcane Magic.


Battle Magic boxed set

Battle Magic was released at almost the same time as the Warhammer box and introduced a more complete magic system, along with spell cards and a plethora of Magic Items.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions
Giant Blade 80 Magic Weapon
Deathsword 100 Magic Weapon
Shrieking Blade 35 Magic Weapon
Hail of Doom Arrow 25 Magic Weapon Wood Elves only
Gold Sigil Sword 20 Magic Weapon
Sword of Defiance 150 Magic Weapon
The Hammer of Sigmar 100 Magic Weapon Empire only
Gromril Blade 50 Magic Weapon Not Orcs & Goblins
War Banner 25 Magic Banner
Hell Banner 75 Magic Banner Undead only
Dread Banner 50 Magic Banner
Hydra Sword 75 Magic Weapon
Spelleater Shield 100 Magic Armour
Sword of Fortitude 50 Magic Weapon
Magic War Paint 5 Device of Protection Savage Orcs, Skaven, Forest Goblins & Wood Elves only
The Tomb Blade of Arkhan 50 Magic Weapon Necromancer, Vampire or Liche only
Blade of Sea Gold 30 Magic Weapon
Blessed Sword 75 Magic Weapon Not Orcs & Goblins
Berkserker Sword 10 Magic Weapon
Relic Sword 30 Magic Weapon
Battle Banner 100 Magic Banner
Dragon Slayer 125 Magic Weapon
Heart Seeker 50 Magic Weapon
Warrior Bane 35 Magic Weapon
Bronze Sigil Sword 10 Magic Weapon
The Orb of Thunder 50 Magic Item/Spell
Standard of Shielding 25 Magic Banner
The Blasted Standard 50 Magic Banner Chaos – Tzeentch only
Staff of Nurgle 100 Wizard Item Chaos Sorcerer – Nurgle
The Ruby Chalice 60 Magic Item – Misc
Destroyer 75 Magic Weapon Dark Elf only
Sword of Destruction 100 Magic Weapon
The Blade of Couronne 100 Magic Weapon Bretonnia only
Runefang 30 Magic Weapon Empire only
Blade of Leaping Copper 25 Magic Weapon
Banner of Arcane Warding 100 Magic Banner
Biting Blade 10 Magic Weapon
Hellfire Sword 125 Magic Weapon
Blade of Leaping Gold 75 Magic Weapon
The Rapturous Standard 50 Magic Banner Chaos – Slaanesh only
Slaanesh’s Sceptre of Domination 50 Magic Item – Misc Chaos – Slaanesh only
Banner of Might 50 Magic Banner
Rending Sword 25 Magic Weapon
Venom Sword 70 Magic Weapon
Daemon Slayer 125 Magic Weapon
Copper Sigil Sword 5 Magic Weapon
Bone Blade 35 Magic Weapon
Obsidian Blade 75 Magic Weapon
Skabskrath 50 Magic Weapon Undead only
Weeping Blade 50 Magic Weapon Skaven only
Sword of Might 20 Magic Weapon
Enchanted Shield 5 Magic Armour
Banner of Wrath 75 Magic Banner
Plague Banner 20 Magic Banner Chaos – Nurgle or Skaven only
Banner of Rage 50 Magic Banner Chaos – Khorne only
Dispel Magic Scroll * 25 Wizard Item Wizards only
Skaven Warpscroll 50 Wizard Item Skaven Wizards only
The Crimson Armour of Dargan 25 Magic Armour Chaos only
Armour of Fortune 15 Magic Armour
Crown of Sorcery 125 Magic Item – Misc
Banisher Sword 25 Magic Weapon
Banner of Courage 25 Magic Banner
Healing Potion 50 Magic Item – Misc
Destroy Magic Scroll 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Potion of Strength 10 Magic Item – Misc
Dispel Magic Scroll * 25 Wizard Item Wizards only
Dragon Blade 50 Magic Weapon
The Ring of Volans 25 Magic Item/Spell
Parrying Blade 20 Magic Weapon
Amulet of Fire 25 Magic Item – Misc
Talon of Death 100 Wizard Item Necromancer, Vampire or Liche only
The Heart of Woe 25 Magic Item – Misc
The Wand of Jet 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Blade of Leaping Bronze 50 Magic Weapon
Tormentor Sword 40 Magic Weapon
Blood Drinker 25 Magic Weapon Chaos or Dark Elf only
Dark Sword 15 Magic Weapon Chaos or Dark Elf only
Sword of Heroes 60 Magic Weapon
Shield of Ptolos 10 Magic Armour
Banner of Doom 50 Magic Banner Undead only
Blade of Ensorcelled Iron 20 Magic Weapon
Dispel Magic Scroll * 25 Wizard Item Wizards only
Armour of Protection 50 Magic Armour
Warpstone Charm 10 Magic Item – Misc Skaven or Chaos only
Ogre Blade 40 Magic Weapon
Blade of Darting Steel 75 Magic Weapon
Armour of Meteoric Iron 25 Magic Armour
Armour of Endurance 5 Magic Armour
Armour of Brilliance 75 Magic Armour Bretonnia only
Crown of Command 50 Magic Item – Misc
Sword of Unyielding 100 Magic Weapon
Spellshield 50 Magic Armour
Dragonhelm 10 Magic Armour
Chaos Armour 10 Magic Armour Chaos only
Golden Eye of Tzeentch 35 Wizard Item Chaos Sorcerers of Tzeentch only
Silver Sigil Sword 15 Magic Weapon
The Carstein Ring 50 Magic Item – Misc Vampire only
Sword of Resilience 50 Magic Weapon
Sword of Justice 50 Magic Weapon Empire only
Frost Blade 100 Magic Weapon
Talisman of Obsidian 100 Magic Item – Misc
The Silver Seal 75 Device of Protection Empire only
Blade of Slicing 20 Magic Weapon
Banner of Arcane Protection 50 Magic Banner
Soul Blade 25 Magic Weapon Chaos only
Chalice of Sorcery 35 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Book of Ashur 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Rod of Power 25 Wizard Item Wizards only
Dawnstone 25 Device of Protection
Staff of Damnation 50 Wizard Item Necromancer, Vampire or Liche only
Languisher Sword 10 Magic Weapon


* Three Dispel Magic Scroll cards came with Battle Magic.


Chaos boxed set

The Chaos boxed set introduced largely Chaos-specific Magic Items, along with the notion of Chaos Rewards which are treated in a similar way. There was also the Chaos Gift rules, which operated independently. Some of the very specific Chaos Rewards, which only applied to special characters, did not have a card release.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions Card location
Helm of Many Eyes 25 Magic Item – Misc Chaos Only Chaos box
Power Familiar 30 Wizard Item Wizards only Chaos box
Potion of Chaos 25 Magic Item – Misc Chaos Only Chaos box
Chaos Rune Blade 45 Magic Weapon Chaos Only Chaos box
Daemon Steed 50 Magic Item – Misc Chaos Only Chaos box
Sword of Change 50 Magic Weapon Chaos Only Chaos box
The Chalice of Chaos 35 Wizard Item Chaos Sorcerer or Beastman Shaman only Chaos box
Chaos Familiar 50 Wizard Item Chaos Sorcerer only Chaos box
Spell Familiar 50 Wizard Item Wizards only Chaos box
Skull of Katam 35 Wizard Item Chaos Sorcerer only Chaos box
Chaos Runeshield 50 Magic Armour Chaos Only Chaos box
Chaos Daemon Sword 60 Magic Weapon Chaos Only Chaos box
Warrior Familiar 25 Wizard Item Wizards only Chaos box
Scaly Skin 20 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Iron Hard Skin 40 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Scorpion Tail 35 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Nurgle’s Cloud of Flies 30 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Nurgle only Chaos box
Allure of Slaanesh 50 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Slaanesh only Chaos box
Gaze of Slaanesh 30 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Slaanesh only Chaos box
Nurgle’s Rot 35 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Nurgle only Chaos box
Nurgle’s Foul Odour 50 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Nurgle only Chaos box
Fortune of Tzeentch 35 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Tzeentch only Chaos box
Mace Tail 25 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Massive Horns 25 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Regeneration 50 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Breathe Fire 50 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Collar of Khorne 100 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion of Khorne only Chaos box
Praise of Khorne 25 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion of Khorne only Chaos box
Axe of Khorne 75 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion of Khorne only Chaos box
Battle Fury of Khorne 50 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion of Khorne only Chaos box
Destiny of Tzeentch 40 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer of Tzeentch only Chaos box
Many Arms 25 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
Hideous Appearance 35 Chaos Reward Chaos Champion or Sorcerer only Chaos box
The Breath of Life 25 Chaos Reward Aekold Helbrass only no card
The Destroyer 25 Chaos Reward Arbaal only no card
Hound of Khorne 250 Chaos Reward Arbaal only no card
Living Damnation 50 Chaos Reward Mordrek only no card


Arcane Magic boxed set

Arcane Magic was released after 4th Edition had been out for two years and predominantly contained cards for Magic Items released in Army books up to that date. Previously these had only been available on paper and required cutting up or photocopying pages. There were also some new Magic Item cards aimed at damping down on 4th Edition's overuse of characters. The rulebook included a collection of the special rules that applied to Undead, Skaven & Waaagh magic, along with summary lists of all Magic Items, Spells, Chaos Rewards & Runes. Lastly, it contained some clarification on specific aspects of the Magic rules.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions
Warpstorm Scroll 50 Wizard Item Skaven Wizards only *
Mad Cap Mushroom 25 Magic Item – Misc Night Goblins only
Skavenbrew 50 Magic Item – Misc Skaven only
Power Scroll 30 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Black Hammer of Hashut 70 Magic Weapon Chaos Dwarfs only
Staff of Flaming Death 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Tomb King’s Crown 50 Magic Item – Misc Mummy Tomb Kings only
Staff of Power 40 Wizard Item Nagash only
The Ring of Corin 50 Magic Item/Spell
Dragon Armour of Aenarion 70 Magic Armour Tyrion only
Skull Staff 35 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Staff of Volans 75 Magic Item/Spell Empire Supreme Patriarch only **
Morgor the Mangler 125 Magic Weapon Orcs only
Cloak of Shadows 75 Magic Item – Misc Skaven Assassins only *
Gork’s War Banner 25 Magic Banner Orcs & Goblins only
The Bad Moon Banner 35 Magic Banner Night Goblins only
The Evil Sun Banner 10 Magic Banner Night Goblins only
Sword of Unholy Power 75 Wizard Item Wizards with Dark/Necro spells only ***
Skarsnik’s Prodder 75 Magic Item/Spell Night Goblins only
Chaos Tomb Blade 75 Magic Weapon Chaos or Undead only
The Talisman of Hoeth 85 Magic Item – Misc High Elves only
Staff of Osiris 50 Wizard Item Wizards & Settra only ****
Book of Nagash 100 Wizard Item Necromancers only
The Staff of Command 80 Magic Item – Misc Empire Grand Theogonist only **
The Gauntlet of Bazhrakk The Cruel 35 Magic Item – Misc Chaos Dwarfs only
Armour of Skaldour 75 Magic Armour Dwarf King only
Shadow Armour 50 Magic Armour High Elves only
Aldred’s Casket of Sorcery 50 Magic Item – Misc
Warpstone Amulet 25 Magic Item – Misc Skaven only
Fiery Ring of Thori 25 Magic Item – Misc Dwarfs only
Storm-Daemon 25 Wizard Item Skaven Warlock Engineers only *
The Heart of Avelorn 50 Magic Item – Misc Tyrion only
Bands of Power 40 Magic Item/Spell Skaven only
The Brass Orb 65 Magic Item/Spell Skaven only
Dragon Crown of Karaz 75 Magic Item – Misc Dwarf King only
Poison Wind Globes 25 Magic Item – Misc Skaven only
Talisman of Ravensdark 50 Magic Item – Misc
Liber Bubonicus 75 Magic Item – Misc Skaven Plague Monks only *
Great Book of Grudges 50 Magic Item – Misc Dwarf King only
Van Horstmann’s Speculum 35 Magic Item – Misc
The War Crown of Saphery 125 Wizard Item High Elf Wizard only
Warpstone Armour 50 Magic Armour Skaven only
Bane Shield 25 Magic Armour High Elves only
The Skull Wand of Kaloth 40 Wizard Item Wizards only
Golden Sceptre of Norgrim 50 Magic Item – Misc Dwarfs only
Mork’s War Banner 65 Magic Banner Orcs & Goblins only
Sacred Standard of the Horned Rat 75 Magic Banner Skaven only
Chaos Runesword of Grungni Ironheart ***** 65 Magic Weapon Chaos or Undead only
The Black Armour of Nagash 100 Magic Armour Nagash only
The Jade Griffon 75 Device of Protection Empire Grand Theogonist only **
Skalm 50 Magic Item – Misc Skaven only
Seer Stone 35 Wizard Item Skaven Wizards only *
The Rod of Corruption 100 Magic Item – Misc Skaven Plague Monks only *
Bugman’s Tankard 50 Magic Item – Misc Dwarfs only
Sunfang the Runesword of Tyrion 125 Magic Weapon Tyrion only
The Axe of Grimnir 125 Magic Weapon Dwarf King only
The Fangsword of Eltharion 50 Magic Weapon Eltharion only
The Sword of Bork 10 Magic Weapon Orcs & Savage Orcs only
The Chalice of Darkness 50 Magic Item – Misc Chaos Dwarfs only
The Talisman of Ulric 25 Device of Protection Empire Elector Count only **
Pipes of Doom 75 Magic Item/Spell
The Black Gem of Gnar 25 Magic Item – Misc
The Cursed Book 25 Magic Item – Misc Chaos or Undead only
Sky Arrow of Naloer 30 Magic Weapon
The Bow of Loren 50 Magic Weapon High Elves or Wood Elves only
Dragonblade Lance 40 Magic Weapon High Elves only
The Horn of Sigismund 35 Magic Item – Misc Empire Grand Theogonist only **
Spider Banner 35 Magic Banner Forest Goblins only
The Valorous Standard 35 Magic Banner
Gotrek’s Axe 125 Magic Weapon Dwarf Slayers only
Dragon Bow 40 Magic Weapon Empire Elector Count only **
Mortis – The Great Blade of Death 35 Magic Weapon Nagash only
Fellblade 135 Magic Weapon Skaven only
Fearfrost 100 Magic Weapon Tzarina of Kislev only
Scarecrow Banner 50 Magic Banner
Doomrider Banner 25 Magic Banner Undead only
Dwarf-Gouger 50 Magic Weapon Skaven only
Banner of Defiance 50 Magic Banner
The Star Lance 60 Magic Weapon
Flail of Skulls 30 Magic Weapon
Black Axe of Krell 125 Magic Weapon Chaos or Undead only
Cloak of Mists and Shadows 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Collar of Zorga 50 Magic Item – Misc Orcs & Goblins only
The Moon Staff of Lileath 20 Wizard Item Teclis only

* When originally listed in the Skaven Army Book these Items were simply Skaven only.

** Similarly, in the Empire Army Book these Items had no listed restrictions.

*** In the Undead Army Book this was Wizards only.

**** Originally in the Undead Army Book this was Wizards only, prohibiting Settra from using his own staff.

***** Originally in the Undead Army Book this Item was named "Chaos Runesword".


Dark Elf Army Book

This introduced new Magic Items for Dark Elves. Some later received card releases in White Dwarf, but the Witch King specific items did not.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions Card location
The Blood Banner 10 Magic Banner Cold One Knights only WD196
Amber Amulet 25 Magic Item – Misc WD196
Witch King’s Armour 60 Magic Armour Witch King only
Circlet of Iron 50 Wizard Item Witch King only
Executioner’s Axe 50 Magic Weapon WD196
Whip of Agony 25 Magic Weapon WD196


Chronicles of War boxed set

This was a compilation box containing a book of White Dwarf articles, some cardboard buildings and additional new Magic Items. Some of the cards were also released in White Dwarf as a preview.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions Other card location
Power Stone of Le Marquis 25 Magic Item – Misc Also in WD194
Battle Stone of Le Marquis 25 Magic Item – Misc Also in WD194
The Gem of Taranto 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Magic Mirror 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Amulet of Power 30 Magic Item – Misc
The Hungry Maw 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Hypnotic Eye Scroll 50 Wizard Item Wizards only
Mystic Maze 5 Wizard Item Wizards only
The Mystic Shield of Brag 10 Wizard Item Wizards only Also in WD194
Bufo's Hex Scroll 50 Wizard Item Wizards only Also in WD194
Chalice of Fate 10 Wizard Item Wizards only
Lifestone of Ashraaz 25 Magic Item – Misc Also in WD194
Bow of Tor Alessi 5 Magic Weapon
Potion of Battle 15 Magic Item – Misc
Firestorm Icon 40 unclear *
Boots of Flight 25 Magic Item – Misc
Sword of Hoeth 25 Magic Weapon High Elves only
Horn of Defiance 50 Magic Item – Misc


* This reads like a "Spell Standard", similar to The Blasted Standard, Plague Banner or Banner of Wrath - but the text side states "Magic Item" rather than "Magic Spell", and the back side states "Spell", rather than "Spell Standard".


Wood Elf Army Book

This came out very late in 4th Edition, only months before 5th and introduced new Magic Items for Wood Elves.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions Card location
Spear of Kurnous 50 Magic Weapon Orion only * WD201
Horn of the Wild Hunt 50 Magic Item/Spell Orion only * WD201
Cloak of Isha 50 Device of Protection Orion only * WD201
Wand of Wych Elm 50 Wizard Item Ariel only ** no card
Acorn of the Oak of Ages 25 Magic Item – Misc Ariel only ** no card
Dart of Doom 25 Magic Weapon Ariel only ** no card
Berry Wine 25 Magic Item – Misc Ariel only ** no card
The Rod of Divination 30 Wizard Item Naieth only ** no card
Talisman of Qwarr 15 Magic Armour Thalandor only ** no card
Spear of Daith 25 Magic Weapon Thalandor only ** no card
The Battle Standard of Athel Loren 50 Magic Banner Lothlann only ** no card
Drum of Orcskin 25 Magic Item – Misc Wychwethyl only ** no card
The Buckler of Bronze 10 Magic Armour *** no card
The Flail of Claws 25 Magic Weapon *** no card
The Binding Bolas 10 Magic Weapon *** no card


* These restrictions listed by the White Dwarf cards.

** These restrictions were listed in the 5E Magic box which came out 7 months later.

*** These items fall between the gaps. No cards were produced for them and 5E Magic doesn’t list them anywhere even though a miniature for Skaw came out in WD207. It's unclear what restrictions apply.


White Dwarf 200

One of the last White Dwarf magazines before 5th Edition introduced rules and Magic Items for the White Dwarf character.


Name Points Cost Type Restrictions Card location
Armour of Glimril Scales 35 Magic Armour White Dwarf only WD200
Rune Axe of Grimnir 75 Magic Weapon White Dwarf only WD200
Rune Crown of Zhufbar 25 Magic Item – Misc White Dwarf only WD200
Rune Cloak of Valaya 75 Magic Item – Misc White Dwarf only WD200