Warhammer 40k chaos gods

Chaos Gods are entities of the Warp. The spiritual realm of the Warhammer 40k setting acts as a dark reflection of one’s psyche. These entities are eternal foes to humanity and other sapient races alike.

Their domains are unique and felt across the galaxy. Affecting any who would even slightly reach towards the potential domains of the Chaos Gods.

The Birth of Chaos: Understanding the Warp and the Chaos Gods

The Warp itself is believed to exist as a byproduct of sentience. Especially that of intelligent species. This realm is a reflection of the material world, created almost exclusively out of chaotic psychic forces.

The Warp is impacted by the material world. Though a single person can’t leave much of an impact on it, entire populations can. Hence the current chaotic state of this realm reflects the intense conflict and misery of the material one.

The Warp can manifest beliefs and feelings into whole entities. The strongest of these entities are the four Chaos Gods.

Chaos, an elemental force in the universe, comprises the unrestrained emotions of all living things. Its origins are veiled in enigmatic myth and conjecture, but it is believed to have been generated from the psychic energy of sentient beings like humans, dwarves, and elves.

A prevailing legend states that the Old Ones, god-like entities that roamed the universe, propagated life throughout it, and unintentionally gave rise to Chaos as the raw psychic energy of their creations coalesced into an intense force of emotion and energy.

As the energy of sentient beings fused into Chaos, it acquired a sentient identity, giving rise to four significant Chaos deities, named Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch, and Slaanesh.

These gods did not arise from any purposeful act, but rather were born out of the collective psychic energy of living creatures. With growing influence and followers, they became increasingly powerful, eventually becoming the leaders of their respective sects of Chaos devotees.

Chaos is an elemental force that encompasses the unrestrained emotions of all living things, believed to have originated from the psychic energy of sentient beings. The Old Ones, god-like entities that seeded life throughout the universe, unintentionally gave rise to Chaos.

The Four Major Chaos Gods: Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch, and Slaanesh

Within the Chaos Pantheon, the four Gods forever scheme and fight. Eternal enemies of each other, the Chaos Gods will rarely unite. When they do, it’s often to weaken one of the four who grows too strong.

The Four Major Chaos Gods – Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch, and Slaanesh – are powerful deities that emerged from the collective psychic energy of living beings, giving birth to Chaos. 

These gods are associated with specific emotions/characteristics and have a significant following among Chaos worshippers, playing a vital role in the Warhammer universe’s lore and mythology.

The four Chaos Gods are often associated with specific emotions or characteristics: 

Khorne: The Blood God and God of War

Khorne is the oldest of the four and the strongest among them. Feeding on the hate, anger, and violence of the universe gives him an incredible source of power in the setting. However, Khorne is not complacent. Forever asking that his followers further the slaughter among the stars.

The Domain of Khorne: Bloodshed and Martial Honor

Bloodshed and Martial Honor are two domains of Khorne that are most notable. Though Blood God enjoys a good scuffle, he requires that a battle be hard won. Hence why martial honor and warrior spirit fall under his domains.

The Lore of Khorne: His Origins, History, and Beliefs

Khorne draws origins from an ancient conflict referred to as War in Heaven. Though he is sometimes noted to have been born during Mongol invasions on Earth.

The beliefs of Khorne are really straightforward. This Chaos God partially embodies the idea of survival of the fittest so all those who show themselves in a struggle are worth his attention.

Khorne’s Powers: His Boons, Curses, and Daemonic Afflictions

Khorne blesses his champions with infinite rage. Sometimes, the favored acolyte will get daemonic weapons as tools of slaughter instead.

Curses of Khorne are rare as you are more likely to be slaughtered by his followers if you ever invoke his ire. The notable one is a Murder-Curse, an affliction that sends people into a murder frenzy.

The Daemons of Khorne

Khorne has plenty of daemons to do his bidding. Among these, the lesser ones include:

Bloodletters: The most common daemons of Khorne. Bloodthirsty, ferocious, and incredibly strong.

Flesh Hounds: Dog-like daemons the size of a horse. Great trackers with collars that make them immune to psychic attacks.

Juggernauts: Daemonic mounts made out of metal. Juggernauts are terrifying creatures that Khorne often gifts to his champions to ride into battle.

Khorne’s Mortal Champions: The World Eaters Legion

Once known as War Hounds, the World Eaters are a traitor legion of Space Marines. These warriors have defected to the side of Chaos in their worship of Khorne, which stemmed from their inherently violent ways.

Angron, the primarch of the World Eaters, was found as a gladiator on planet Nuceria. During Horus Heresy, Angron was turned into a daemon prince. Giving him incredible physical prowess and filling him with even more rage.

World Eaters are extremely strong, especially in melee combat. They are unstoppable, reckless, and bloodthirsty. Recently, they’ve been split into many small warbands.

Other Khorne Forces: Bloodthirsters, Skulltakers, and Other Khornate Cultists

Every Chaos God has a greater daemon. For Khorne, these are Bloodthirsters. They are reflections of the Blood God’s wrath, anger, violence, and fury. The Bloodthirsters reign supreme in physical prowess even among daemons.

Skulltakers are among the bloodiest Khornate warbands. Led by Zhufor, the Butcher of Vraks, they appear in many important battles. Wreaking havoc and gathering more skulls for their Dark God.

  • Khornate Cultists:
  • Blood Cults
  • Cadian 666th
  • Eightfold Blessing
  • Hearthood

Khorne’s Influence in Other Factions: Chaos Space Marines, Chaos Daemons, and Other Armies

Chaos Space Marines:

  • Blades of Rage
  • Blades of the Despoiler
  • Blood Disciples
  • Bloodblessed


  • Uraka’s Head-Hunters
  • Scarblades
  • Rage Legion

Traitor Knight:

  • House Annihilation

Traitor Titans:

  • Legio Audax
  • Legio Vulpa

Khorne in Gameplay: His Strengths and Weaknesses, Different Game Modes, Strategies and Tactics for Playing

Khorne daemons and their allies can make an extremely strong melee army. Not only are they good at close range, but they are also decently durable. However, they have no psykers due to Khorne’s hatred of sorcery, leaving them soft to the psychic phase.

Khorne doesn’t excel in any of the game modes but is an okay pick in narrative and open play, struggling in matched play somewhat. With the way the 9th edition made melee more desirable, all armies that fight at close range got a boost. Though only a couple of Khorne’s units are properly meta viable.

Nurgle: The Plague Lord and God of Decay

The most unsightly of the Gods, Nurgle is filled with all sorts of bile. Diseases swarm around the Chaos God, constantly being sent out throughout the known cosmos to spread his power along with the daemons he commands.

The Domain of Nurgle: Decay, Disease, and Resilience

Nurgle is best known for his putrid ways. A god of all diseases, despair, and death can’t be expected to be anything but absolutely disgusting. Nurgle is the source of all known diseases and the one people pray to rid them of maladies when the pain gets unbearable.

The Lore of Nurgle: His Origins, History, and Beliefs

Nurgle’s origins are tied to the War of Heaven too. The conflict was so great and deaths so many that it fully manifested this Chaos God. However, he is sometimes assumed to have been born around the era of plagues on Earth.

Nurgle’s Powers: His Boons, Curses, and Daemonic Afflictions

Boons of Nurgle often manifest as horrible diseases. Gifting these to his followers is seen as a way for them to spread the “joy” of Nurgle. Diseases will destroy their flesh and organs but those following Nurgle won’t even feel the horrible pain that is about to be transported onto others.

Curses and afflictions of Nurgle are much the same. Often manifesting as various levels of disease upon their victims.

The Daemons of Nurgle

Plaguebearers: daemons of Nurgle created from people who’ve called out to the Plague Father while suffering from Nurgle’s Rot.

Nurglings: tiny reflections of Nurgle often form swarms

Rot flies: massive flies that are used as mounts

Nurgle’s Mortal Champions: The Death Guard Legion

The Death Guard was once Dusk Raiders. Space Marine chapter led by primarch Mortarion. Though they turned traitor during the Horus Heresy, it wasn’t until they were trapped in the warp and suffered through many of Nurgle’s diseases that their allegiance to Chaos was complete.

Now, most of the chapter exists as Plague Marines, bloated and diseased Space Marines. They are incredibly tough and can spread disease with a touch. However, no drive from the old legion is left.

The role of Death Guard has become to spread Nurgle’s word. Assaulting worlds with pettiness in mind. Thinking that spreading horrible diseases will hide the shame of their downfall.

Other Nurgle Forces: Great Unclean Ones, Beasts of Nurgle, and Other Nurgle Cultists

The Great Unclean Ones are greater daemons of Nurgle. These daemons are huge and bloated. Reflections of Nurgle himself, leading all other daemons while spreading diseases.

Beasts of Nurgle are even friendlier than usual creatures of Nurgle. The slug-like daemons are covered in many sources of toxins. They look for friends on the battlefield and “accidentally” hug them to death.

Nurgle Cults are plentiful, with a constant focus on the stagnation and spread of diseases:

  • Children of the Merciful Lord
  • Cult of Amber
  • Cult Tenebrous (Genestealer Cult)
  • Death Priests of Mire

Nurgle’s Influence in Other Factions: Chaos Space Marines, Chaos Daemons, and Other Armies


  • Apostles of Contagion
  • Bilious Ones
  • Bringers of Putrid Salvation
  • Brotherhood of Reaping
  • Carrion Hounds


  • Plague Guard
  • Septicus Legion

Traitor Knights:

  • House Drear
  • House Slughorn
  • Rusthounds

Traitor Titans:

  • Legio Onerus
  • Legio Pestis
  • Legio Morbus
  • Festering Death

Nurgle in Gameplay: His Strengths and Weaknesses, Different Game Modes, Strategies and Tactics for Playing

Tough beyond belief, Nurgle armies walk forward. Soaking up all shots of the enemy armies and retaliating. This resilience is admirable, only bolstered by Death Guard aiding their ranks with decent range damage.

However, Nurgle is rather slow so outmaneuvering is rather easy. The faster armies especially can flank and attack with no problems, thinning the numbers of Nurgle units before attacking.

In different game modes, Nurgle has mixed results. Competitive play isn’t too good for the putrid armies, often having far too many options to deal with Nurgle. Open and narrative play can be much better, especially with certain missions favoring the Plague Father’s children.

Tzeentch: The Changer of Ways and God of Magic

Third in line is the God of Magic, Tzeentch. This Chaos God is known for constant scheming and endless plans. He seeks those who can further the agenda of Tzeentch even if their role in the plan isn’t apparent.

The Domain of Tzeentch: Change, Ambition, and Sorcery

Tzeentch is all about change. Whether that change is personal or societal, he is more than happy to suck up the resulting energy of change occurring.

Further yet, he deals with ambition. For there can’t be changed without ambition pushing the person. The last among his domains we’ll note is magic, which Tzeentch is all but keen to bolster for his followers.

The Lore of Tzeentch: His Origins, History, and Beliefs

Origins once again track back to the War in Heaven. The other supposed inception was during the Renaissance, the era of great schemes on Earth. Either way, the domains were in place no matter which origin rings more true.

Tzeentch’s Powers: His Boons, Curses, and Daemonic Afflictions

Tzeentch gives his followers magic or bolsters their magical capabilities. Depending on the situation, they may get artifacts too.

Curses are mixed in form. Though the sheer act of failed spellcasting is sometimes referred to as the Curse of Tzeentch.

Daemonic afflictions of Tzeentch are often physical mutations. Ever-shifting and debilitating to the person.

The Daemons of Tzeentch

Pink horrors: daemons of Tzeentch that are made out of twisting appendages on a pink torso. They cast daemonic fires and cackle. When killed Pink Horrors split into two Blue Horrors.

Blue Horrors: more spiteful and sad. Using daggers to stab those who have split them.

Other daemons of Tzeentch include Screamers, flying manta ray creatures, and Disc of Tzeentch, Screamers bound into mounts through the occult.

Tzeentch’s Mortal Champions: The Thousand Sons Legion

Thousand Sons are a legion of potent psykers. Most of their numbers turned into empty armors whose consciousness is reduced to following orders like robots.

This legion fell to Chaos after their homeworld was tragically burned by Space Wolves. Fearing more attacks from Imperium, their primarch Magnus the Red allied with Tzeentch. Though this isn’t fully confirmed as a reason, it’s the closest justification we have.

Aside from potent psychic abilities, the Thousand Sons also have an admirable want for knowledge. Their exiled member, Ahriman, forever seeks forbidden knowledge in order to mend his brothers and improve his knowledge.

Other Tzeentch Forces: Lords of Change, Flamers of Tzeentch, and Other Tzeentch Cultists

Lords of Change are greater daemons of Tzeentch. With great understanding of magic and fate, these masters of Tzeentch’s ways can easily manipulate reality.

Flamers of Tzeentch are simple daemons that spout out flames. From each of their many mouths come fires that can have a ton of different harmful effects.

Tzeentchian Cultists

Lord of Change loves his cults. A few among them are:

  • Children of the Blessed Light
  • Cult of the Severed Tongue
  • Cult of the Ebon Flame
  • Cult of the Lost Spiral

Tzeentch’s Influence in Other Factions: Chaos Space Marines, Chaos Daemons, and Other Armies

Space Marines:

  • Blades Of Magnus
  • Brotherhood of Dust
  • Brothers of Retaliation
  • Crimson Sons
  • Crystal Harbingers


  • Blades Of Magnus
  • Brotherhood of Dust
  • Brothers of Retaliation
  • Crimson Sons
  • Crystal Harbingers

Traitor Knights:

  • House Arcanus
  • House Chromatic
  • House Manticos

Traitor Titans:

  • Legio Incurvos
  • Legio Inardescus
  • Burning Stars

Tzeentch in Gameplay: His Strengths and Weaknesses, Different Game Modes, Strategies and Tactics for Playing

Tzeentch can use strong ranged abilities with spells. Bolstering themselves or harming foes. Additionally, general shooting with their abilities is strong to deal damage.

The weakness of Tzeentch comes from their melee. If the enemy army comes into melee, your armies will crumble easily.

Tzeentch units dominate any matched play, or at least do extremely well. The only issue is defensive missions of open play.

Strategies are to stay away and shoot. Do some kiting and screening to maximize efficiency. Flamers can do well enough as short-term interruptions to enemies that try to approach you.

Slaanesh: The Dark Prince and God of Excess

The youngest of the lot, we have Slaanesh. Despite manifesting the latest, this Chaos God is no less troublesome. Covering many of the deadly sins and adding pleasure to the list of domains.

The Domain of Slaanesh: Pleasure, Excess, and Decadence

Any who overindulge in the pleasures of the world are bound to inch closer toward Slaanesh. The Dark Prince thrives on pleasure, excess, and decadence. All of the followers of this God are hedonists as a result.

The Lore of Slaanesh: Her Origins, History, and Beliefs

Slaanesh was born when the ancient Eldar empire fell into deep depravity. Their harrowing actions of overindulgence overwhelmed the Warp. Birthing the Chaos God Slaanesh and killing most of the Eldar.

Slaanesh’s birth killed most of the Eldar Gods and it also created a tear between reality and the Warp, called the Eye of Terror. The Eldar still fret that Slaanesh will find them and consume their souls.

Beliefs of Slaanesh and the followers of this God are very selfish. Exceptionally hedonistic, they will give everything for sources of new pleasures.

Slaanesh’s Powers: Her Boons, Curses, and Daemonic Afflictions

Boons of Slaanesh are those of pleasure, charm, and unique sensations. Though sometimes a control over a daemon doesn’t go amiss.

Curses and afflictions of Slaanesh are usually direct and cruel. Such as Slaanesh making a daemon dance endlessly or corrupting an orchestra member into writing symphony that drives people into a pleasure frenzy.

The Daemons of Slaanesh

Daemonettes: terrifying yet beautiful daemons with pincers for hands

Seekers of Slaanesh: Daemonettes riding Steeds of Slaanesh. They are vicious and can hunt down any foe    

Hate-Angel: Daemonettes with wings

Slaanesh’s Mortal Champions: The Emperor’s Children Legion

With the Emperor’s Children, we have another tragic traitor legion. They fell to Chaos due to their pride and nobility.

Now they exist as Noise Marines mostly, obsessed with loud sounds. These marines spread the harrowing melody of Slaanesh across the worlds.

Other Slaanesh Forces: Keeper of Secrets, Fiends of Slaanesh, and Other Slaanesh Cultists

Keepers of Secrets are greater daemons of Slaanesh. They are beautiful yet terrifying creatures with a natural charm and psychic abilities. Being a representation of Slaanesh and the mood of the Pleasure God.

Slaanesh’s Influence in Other Factions: Chaos Space Marines, Chaos Daemons, and Other Armies

Space Marines:

  • Flickering Blades
  • Thirsting Brethren
  • Ripping Nails
  • Sensorians
  • The Consortium
  • Phoenix Conclave
  • Cohors Nasicae


  • The Golden Host
  • The Decadent Horde

Traitor Knight:

  • House Glaw

Traitor Titans:

  • Riotous Host

Slaanesh in Gameplay: Her Strengths and Weaknesses, Different Game Modes, Strategies and Tactics for Playing

Slaanesh armies are super fast. Their fragile nature being a counter to the oppressive amount of speed.

All forms of play are okay for Slaanesh. Slaanesh often relies on Keepers of Secrets to do a lot of work so narrative play can affect you adversely if you don’t get those for the scenario.

Chaos gods powers

Chaos God technically has power over all within their domain in the Warp. They can mutate, enhance, or curse people as they please, with some limitations of course.

Who is the strongest Chaos god 40K?

Determining which Chaos god is the strongest in Warhammer 40,000 is hard. That’s because each of the four Chaos gods – Khorne, Tzeentch, Nurgle, and Slaanesh – represents different things in the Warp and has different powers. 

That being said, there is one chaos god that considered as the strongest among many warhammer enthusiasts.

Khorne is often considered by many the strongest Chaos god in Warhammer 40,000 due to his association with violence and bloodshed. The endless warfare and conflict in the galaxy provide Khorne with a near-endless supply of power, which is consistent with the concept of perplexity, as the slaughter of billions of beings feeds his insatiable thirst for blood. 

The constant conflict fuels his powers and his violent ways.

Additionally, Khorne’s single-minded focus on martial prowess and physical strength means that he is able to attract a vast array of followers from different species and cultures. As long as you are strong and can prove your worth in battle, you can become a champion of Khorne. 

Khorne’s influence can be seen across the galaxy, as his followers wage war in his name and carve out empires in his honor.

Who is the weakest Chaos god?

Slaanesh, the God of Pleasure. Not only is Slaanesh the youngest, this God’s domains are also less represented than the other three’s.

Slaanesh is considered the weakest of the Chaos Gods because this deity’s domains are not as widespread or influential as the other three. Slaanesh is associated with pleasure and excess, which may be considered less powerful than the other gods’ domains of war, disease, and magic.

Furthermore, Slaanesh is the youngest of the four Chaos Gods, and thus has not had as much time to develop a following or build up their power base. This is not to say that Slaanesh is weak, as they still hold immense power and influence over those who are drawn to their pleasure-seeking ways.

It’s important to note that the concept of Chaos and its Gods is complex and multifaceted, and each deity represents a different aspect of the chaotic universe. Slaanesh’s power may be less overt than the other gods, but they still have a significant impact on the galaxy and those who are drawn to their ways.

Are there only 4 Chaos Gods?

There are not only four Chaos Gods. While the four primary Chaos Gods are the most well-known and influential, there are also lesser ones that exist within the setting.

The Lesser chaos gods may be specific to certain species or factions and can vary in power and influence.

So, while the four main Chaos Gods may be the most prominent, they are not the only ones that exist within the universe.

The Lesser Chaos Gods

The four big ones aren’t the only entities in the Warp. Nor are they the only Chaos Entities, those would include.

Malal, the Outcast God

Malal, also known as Malice, is a God of Anarchy. This deity and its followers fight the four Chaos Gods just as they do the Imperium. Their favored number is 11.

Other Lesser Chaos Gods

  • Ans’l Mo’rcck
  • Phraz-Etar
  • Unnamed God of Greater Good (the T’au philosophy of life)

The Importance of the Chaos Gods in Warhammer 40k

the Chaos Gods are a fundamental part of the Warhammer 40k universe, representing the chaotic nature of existence itself. Their power and influence are felt by all who inhabit this dark and brutal setting, making them a vital component of the ongoing struggle for survival and dominance.

Chaos Gods in the Warhammer 40k universe provide two different roles. As a dark reflection of humanity that is palpable and physical in this realm and as embodiments of natural forces given personality. They are interwoven into existence itself, making them fascinating enemies to face.

he Chaos Gods in Warhammer 40k play a crucial role in shaping the universe and the events that take place within it. On one hand, the Chaos Gods are a dark reflection of humanity, representing the worst aspects of human nature that have been amplified to a cosmic level. This makes them a tangible and physical threat that can be faced by the various factions that inhabit the Warhammer 40k universe.

At the same time, the Chaos Gods are embodiments of natural forces given personality. They are interwoven into the fabric of existence itself, influencing events on a grand scale. Their power is immense, and they are capable of reshaping reality itself. This makes them fascinating and terrifying enemies to face, as their influence can be felt in every corner of the galaxy.

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