Adeptus Mechanicus

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The Adeptus Mechanicus is an organization that features in Warhammer 40,000.



The Adeptus Mechanicus were an organization and cult that formed in Mars in the period when mankind had begun to colonise space. During the era of the Age of Strife, the various colonies became separated from one another with the inhabitants of Mars gradually evolving to become worshippers of ancient technology. This led to the formation of a formalised religion that worshipped the Machine God with its adherents becoming the Cult Mechanicus.

This saw them being incorporated into the Imperium of Man where they made up one of the power blocs within the united human society.



Ranks within the Mechanicus included:

  • Myrmidon Secutors : ordained priests of the Cult Mechanicum that embodied the art of destruction at close quarters and used feared weapons technology to further their ends with them being drawn into battle.
  • Magos :
    • Magos Dominus :
    • Magos Prime :
    • Magos Reductor

Among their military forces included:

  • Skitarii Vanguard :
  • Skitarii Rangers :
  • Sicarian Ruststalkers :
  • Sicarian Infiltrators :
  • Corpuscarii Electro-Priest :
  • Fulgurite Electro-Priests :
  • Tech-Priest Enginseer :
  • Tech-Priest Dominus :
  • Kastelan Robot :
  • Kataphron Breachers :
  • Kataphron Destroyers :


The Mechanicus made use of a number of automated combat automata that included:

  • Scyllax Guardian-Automata :
  • Castellax Battle-Automata :
  • Thanatar Siege-Automata :
  • Domitar Battle-Automata :
  • Vultarax Stratos-Automata :

In terms of vehicles, the Mechanicus utilised:

  • Ironstrider Balistarius :
  • Onager Dunecrawler :
  • Skorpius Disintegrator :
  • Skorpius Dunerider :
  • Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill :
  • Imperial Knight Paladin :

The premier capital ship used by the Adeptus Mechanicus was the Ark Mechanicus that were often deployed as part of Explorator Fleets.


  • Draykavac :
  • Belisarius Cawl :
  • Anacharis Scoria :


  • The Adeptus Mechanicus were created by Games Workshop and featured in the Warhammer 40,000 setting.

In other media

Video games

  • In Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, the Adeptus Mechanicus appeared in the setting of the real-time space-based strategy video game.
  • In Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr, the Adeptus Mechanicus appeared in the setting of the action RPG video game. The were shown to be present within the Caligari Sector with a secret sect known as the Requisitioners serving the Caligari Conclave. The Inquisitor sought out a Mechanicus Genetor to help in repairing a badly wounded Space Marine whilst another he recruited to help uncover the mystery of Uther Tiberius's vessel namely the Martyr.
  • In Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, the Adeptus Mechanicus featured in the turn-based strategy video game. It was set after the formation of the Great Rift with Magos Dominus Faustinius who commanded the Ark Mechanicus vessel Caestus Mealican that was investigation a transmission from the world Silva Tenebris. Upon arriving, the expedition discovered the planet to be a Necron Tomb World with the expedition looking to stop it from awakening and threatening the Imperium.


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