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The Best Warhammer 40k Space Marine Chapters

Updated January 6, 2021 30.5k votes 7k voters 226.6k views18 items

List RulesLoyalist Space Marine Chapters only, no Traitors!

Who of the emperor's children will survive the imperium's voting? Which chapter holds the majesty of the people, whose colours will adorn the throne room of the universe’s God king? Which chapter deserves to be thrown to the depths of space to further prove itself against the Xeno’s?
Here listed are the best Loyalist Space Marine Chapters of the Warhammer 40k universe (traitors not included, but they do have their own list). Vote on the best colours, the most interesting back story or just your childhood (or adult!) favorite. Add any Chapters you feel are missing from the best of list. All text and images from the awesome Warhammer 40k Wiki.

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Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K or simply 40K) is a tabletop miniatures wargame produced by Games Workshop, set in a dystopian science-fantasy universe. Warhammer 40,000 was created by Rick Priestley in 1987 as the futuristic companion to Warhammer Fantasy Battle, sharing many game mechanics
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    Salamanders

    The Salamanders are one of the Loyalist First Founding Chapters of Space Marines. Their homeworld is the volcanic Death World of Nocturne. The Salamanders as a Chapter are unusually concerned with civilian casualties compared to most other Space Marines and believe that one of their most important duties is to protect the lives of the Emperor of Mankind's innocent subjects whenever and wherever possible.

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    Dark Angels

    The Dark Angels are considered among the most powerful and secretive of the Loyalist Space Marine Chapters and were the first of the original 20 Space Marine Legions to be created during the First Founding. Though they claim complete allegiance and service to the Emperor of Mankind, their actions and secret goals at times seem at odds with that professed loyalty, as the Dark Angels strive above all other things to atone for an ancient crime.

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    Imperial Fists

    The Imperial Fists are one of the First Founding Chapters of the Space Marines. They stand out from other Space Marine Chapters since they possess no fixed homeworld, although they are most frequently based on Terra. Instead, the Imperial Fists rely on their 10,000-year-old mobile space fortress, Phalanx, to serve as their fortress-monastery. They maintain recruitment-chapels on various worlds spread throughout the Imperium. Part of the Imperial Fists' duties during the Great Crusade were to function as the Emperor's "personal praetorians", accompanying him everywhere.

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    Deathwatch

    The DeathWatch are a last resort  chapter that serve the ordo xeno an inquisition branch that  focus on aliens mostlly , they are a last resort they can access fire power stronger then  that of the imperial guards with their  own acolytes and thorne  agents ,they are mostlly formed of other chapters space marines even traitor  ones ;they execute missions where they mostly exterminate alien civilizations that threaten mankind .
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