Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – How to Use Exterminatus

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is a fast-paced turn-based tactical RPG that allows players to take control of humanity’s greatest weapon, the Grey Knights, and purge an intergalactic cosmic plague in the 41st millennium.

However, at times, players may find themselves in situations when things don’t exactly go as planned. This is where the Exterminatus comes into play – as a last resort.

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – How to Use Exterminatus

Exterminatus is an action that is ordered by the highest authorities and is capable of destroying an entire planetary biosphere in an instant.

It is used when a planet is no longer considered worth saving. When a planet has become overpopulated, or threats of mutation, disease, or Chaos heresy spreading to the rest of the Imperium has become too high, the Exterminatus can be used as a last resort.

Since Exterminatus is unlocked in the game from the very beginning, players have the freedom to choose when to push the button. Here’s how you can use the Exterminatus in Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters.

How to Unlock Exterminatus

As mentioned earlier, Exterminatus is already unlocked in the game from the very beginning. However, firing them requires resources and commitment. It will take the lives of eight Servitors and a total of 18 days to get the system operational, but you’ll need more resources and time whenever you fire them.

When to Use Exterminatus

Exterminatus is typically only used when players are out of options, or when the price of holding or retaking the world for the Emperor becomes too high.

Using the Exterminatus allows players to avoid sending Knights to the planet and prevents the Morbus from spreading. The downside to using Exterminatus is the huge amount of resources required to launch it, and often times destroying an entire planet along with its entire biosphere might not be in your best interests.

It’s possible to finish the entirety of Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters without using Exterminatus even once. But players do have the option to use it when in dire need.

Should You Use Exterminatus

You can get through all of Chaos Gate. A comeback mechanic is used when the game ramps up. If you want to pretend you are the good guys, you don’t need to use this mechanic. Use the Exterminatus only as a last resort, as mentioned previously.


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Last Updated on May 24, 2022

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