I have the Tyranid codex and got the Shield of Baal: Leviathan supplement but what other books or datasheets would I need to get all of the rules for my army? I would like to get as many of these in physical form as possible.

Also is it worth picking up these books with so many rumors about 8th edition floating around? I stopped playing in 5th but 3rd to 4th to 5th didn't invalidate all the books until a new codex was released. Is this how 5th to 6th to 7th went as well?

  • Many of the formations and detachments are only available digitally. There's at least one formation you get by buying the Tyranid Start Collecting box.
    – aslum
    Apr 3, 2017 at 18:34

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Current main resources for Tyrannids are

  • Codex

The Codex is the only one that is needed to run a Tyranid army, but the Shield of Baal series and Rising Leviathan dataslates do provide some additional formations (noted with the [F] below).

Additional resources include:

  • Shield of Baal: Deathstorm (Children of Cryptus, Phodian Hive Warriors, The Beast of Phodia, Phodian Annihilation Swarm [F])

  • Shield of Baal: Leviathan (Hive Fleet Detachment, Mucolid Spore Cluster, Zoanthrope Brood, Maleceptor,Toxicrene, Tyrannocyte, Sporocyst, Hypertoxic Node [F], Neural Node [F], Skytyrant Swarm [F], Skyblight Swarm [F], Sporefield [F], Skytide [F])

  • Start Collecting! Tyranids (Hive Vanguard [F])

  • Dataslate Tyranid Vanguard - Rising Leviathan I (Lictor Forest Brood [F], Manufactorum Genestealers [F], Deathleaper's Assassin Brood [F], Broodlord's Hunting Pack [F], Gargoyle Bio-Bombs [F])

  • Dataslate Tyranid Invasion - Rising Leviathan II (Incubator Node [f], Synaptic Swarm [F], Skyblight Swarm [F], Living Artillery Node [F], Endless Swarm [F])

  • Dataslate Tyranid Onslaught - Rising Leviathan III (Bioblast Node [F], Wrecker Nide [F], Tyrant Node [F], Subterranean Swarm [F], Living Tide [F])

As for holding off to buy them, that's your call. Rumour has 8th Ed dropping around June/July apparently, that said though it will take time for them to update all the current codex's to the new edition, so by no means will they be immediately invalidated.

  • This is very detailed, I appreciate all the sourcing. I wish GAW had something that at least told me all the sources of these rules.
    – Max Young
    Apr 4, 2017 at 18:29
  • This (m.vk.com/sorcererbk) is a nice online resource to give you an idea of what's available before you dive in and buy them
    – user16341
    Apr 4, 2017 at 21:30

I would definitely wait at this point. At Adepticon (End of March, 2017), Games Workshop, in a closed-door session, announced that 8th edition would drastically siimplify some aspects of the rules. I imagine that will seriously affect the meta. If you have yet to really get into Tyranids, it's a good time to collect models and wait until summer.

  • I have an existing army from 5th edition and I am still collecting plastic nids now. Thank you for the heads up about the announcement.
    – Max Young
    Apr 4, 2017 at 18:28

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