I believe that all senior inquisitors that I've read about - Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Jarldottyr, Heldane - were all powerful psykers. From the stories that I've read I think only Amberley Vail (from the Ciaphas Cain novels) didn't show outright psychic skills (which doesn't mean she didn't have them).

Are psychic abilities a job requirement for ascending into higher levels of Inquisition?


No they are not a requirement, but could certainly be a benefit.

In the Grey Knight series we met Gholic Ren-Sar Valinov, an Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus who falls to Chaos. And Nyxos, an Inquisitor Lord of the Ordo Malleus.

Neither exhibit any psyker powers at all throughout the GK series. We see both involved in quite a few extended battles as well.

At one stage Valinov says something to the effect of:

I don't need the powers of a psyker, I'm quite capable without them.

So going by these two examples, I would assume that you wouldn't need to be a psyker to rise up through the ranks of the Inquisition, but it could obviously help when rooting out those pesky heretics.

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