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This page is about a Dawn of War: Soulstorm multiplayer and single-player units. For previous versions, see Dawn of War. For background information, see Tau Empire.

While the only major change to the Tau in Soulstorm from Dark Crusade is the addition of the Barracuda air fighter, this change is much more profound than might be initially apparent; unlike the new air fighters of many other factions which have been frowned upon by players as being very limited in usefulness, the Barracuda is a noteworthy exception especially for players who prefer the Kauyon build.

The Mont'Ka upgrade path still allows for the heavier combat units mainly aimed at stronger anti-vehicle and anti-building combat via the Hammerhead Gunship and XV8 Crisis Battlesuit (upgraded with a Rocket Launcher), but this does have a lower anti-infantry effectiveness and the above mentioned units might feel a bit "clumsy" to use, as they did in Dark Crusade. The Kauyon path from Dark Crusade was most definitely better at anti-infantry combat (among the best of any faction in the game) but their anti-vehicle combat was primarily limited to the Krootox and Skyray which were a bit clumsy to use as well.

The Barracuda has proven to be an excellent choice for anti-vehicle combat for a Kauyon Tau player. 5 can be built at full support. They can effortlessly get into position above your infantry to focus fire on key vehicle and building targets, therefore avoiding the major pathing issues that the Krootox and Skyray had getting through a sizeable Fire-Warrior army; they have VERY effective damage output against vehicles and buildings, and can easily in a pinch get over impassible terrain around defensive chokepoints to destroy key/vulnerable targets; and they can double as a quick defensive interceptor, rapidly repositioning against an enemy force attacking part of your base or listening posts which can be quite important for the Tau as they still don't have a standalone defense turret aside from listening posts.

On top of this, within the single player campaign of Soulstorm the Tau have it easier than most other races. Not only do they have their stronghold bonus of a cannon that softens the defenses of a territory before they attack, within a very small number of turns from the very start of the campaign they can get one of their legendary Elite Fire Warrior honorguard and then take over the Space Marine stronghold to get the Deep Strike ability, giving them absolutely excellent attacking strength on most territories. It won't take many more turns to get the remaining two Elite Fire Warrior honorguards, and having all three of these artillery-range anti-infantry death machines and the Deep Strike will make most known maps almost trivial.

Commanders[]

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Infantry[]

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DoWSSTauEmpireBuilderEarthCasteBuilder.png Earth Caste Builder Dow2 tier1.png Builder drone provided by the Tau Earth caste. Constructs all Tau buildings.
Ss tau stealth team icon.png XV15 Stealth Team Dow2 tier1.png Dow2 dec anti infantry ranged.png Stealth unit able to attack and capture points while infiltrated. Equipped with jetpack to move across and over the battlefield. Can be upgraded with anti-vehicle weapons.
Ss tau fire warrior icon.png Fire Warrior Team Dow2 tier1.png Dow2 dec anti infantry ranged.png General combat unit with a powerful ranged attack and incredibly long range but low sight radius and very weak melee attack.
[[File:|64px]] Kroot Carnivores Dow2 tier1.png Dow2 dec anti infantry melee.png Quick melee unit that is able to Cannibalize fallen enemies to gain health.
[[File:|64px]] Pathfinders Dow2 tier1.png Dow2 dec anti infantry ranged.png Dedicated scout infantry. Has a weak ranged attack, but can slow the enemies' advance.

Vehicles[]

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Ss tau devilfish troop carrier icon.png Devilfish Troop Carrier Dow2 tier2.png Dow2 dec anti infantry ranged.png Light skimmer vehicle that can deliver infantry across the battlefield unseen. Armed with an anti-infantry burst cannon.
[[File:|64px]] Drone Squad Dow2 tier2.png Dow2 dec anti infantry ranged.png Squad of short-ranged Gun Drones that can burrow unseen to ambush enemy units that move over them.

Soulstorm/Skyray Missile Gunship

Ss tau hammerhead icon.png Hammerhead Gunship Dow2 tier3.png Dow2 dec anti everything ranged.png Heavy gunship that cuts down both vehicles and infantry with ease. Higher damage but less health than other main battle tanks.

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Buildings[]

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Cadre Headquarters Portrait.jpg Cadre Headquarters Dow2 tier1.png Primary structure of the Tau Empire. Provides a control zone. Can produce Earth Caste Builders, XV15 Stealth Teams and Vespid Stingwing Strains. Provides some early game upgrades.
[[File:|64px]] Tau Barracks Dow2 tier1.png Infantry production building that can train Fire Warrior Teams, Kroot Carnivores, Pathfinders, XV88 Broadside Battlesuits, XV8 Crisis Battlesuits and the Tau Commander.
Ss tau vehicle beacon icon.png Vehicle Beacon Dow2 tier2.png Requisitions non-battlesuit vehicle units (Devilfish, Sky Ray, Drone Harbinger, Drone Squad, and Hammerhead Gunship). Also increases Vehicle Cap.
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