The Handicap Acolyte is an optional ruleset used to balance player strength and protect game enjoyment. The ruleset was introduced using the independent Acolytes included in Onslaught Two's Homebrew Faction expansion. Onslaught Three added unique handicap sculpts for the first nine factions as stretch goals, which were also collected in the CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box. Currently, Bubastis and Daemon Sultan do not have unique Handicap Acolytes.

If a player is considered too strong compared to the rest of the group, then the Handicap Acolyte replaces one of their six standard Acolytes. If Killed or Eliminated, their Handicap Acolyte is permanently removed from the game, reducing them to a maximum of five Acolytes in play.

If a player is considered too weak compared to the rest of the group, then the Handicap Acolyte is added to their Pool, awarding them a maximum of seven Acolytes in play.

Components[edit | edit source]

Units[edit | edit source]

Cultists
Image Unit Quantity Cost Combat Spellbooks
Acolyte (Classic) - Independent.png 100x100px
Acolyte 6 1 0
Availability: Homebrew Faction {CW-U8} (x6), Unnameable Set {CW-U25} (x6), Acolyte Blister Pack {RPG-CG-A} (x2)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Great Cthulhu.png 100x100px
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Yellow Sign.png 100x100px
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Crawling Chaos.png Acolyte (Alternate) - Crawling Chaos (Painted).png
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Black Goat.png Acolyte (Alternate) - Black Goat (Painted).png
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Opener of the Way.png Acolyte (Alternate) - Opener of the Way (Painted).png
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Sleeper.png 100x100px
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Windwalker.png Acolyte (Alternate) - Windwalker (Painted).png
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - Tcho-Tcho.png 100x100px
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.
Acolyte (Handicap) - The Ancients.png Acolyte (Alternate) - The Ancients (Painted).png
Acolyte 1 1 0
Availability: CW Onslaught 3 Stretch Goal Box {CW-E20} (x1), Neutral Grey Acolytes {CW-E24} (x1)
From his ancient tome he intones the words of power. Beware, sane world. The realm of madness awakens at his command.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Sleeper's Cursed Slumber can be used to protect a Handicap Acolyte indefinitely. Conversely, the Handicap Acolyte can be the first sacrifice to Father Dagon's The Innsmouth Look, allowing an extra round with the more valuable recruitable Acolytes.

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