Oryx, the Taken King

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Oryx, the Taken King
Taken King
Biographical information

Other name(s):

Destroyer of Light
Taker of Will
Osmium King
King of Shapes
Lord of Shapes
Geometer of Shapes
Carver of Tablets
The Last True Shape
Crota’s Father (Eris Morn)
The Final Axiom
King of Bone
First Navigator
First Navigator of Phase Spaces
Great Navigator
Primogenitor of Possibilities
The Demon King
Harrowed God
Lord of Chaos and Ruin
King of Subjugation
King of Depths
He Who Mastered Shapes
VIP #2015
The Spear That Pierced a Million Worlds (Xivu Arath)






Female (formerly)

Eye color:

Green (physical form), Magenta (Ascendant form)

Political and military information


Blood of Oryx



Notable info:

Hive God of Navigation
One of three founding members of the Hive race alongside Savathûn and Xivu Arath
King of the Osmium Court
Master of the Taken after the Witness gifted him its ability to Take
Father of Crota, Nokris, Ir Anûk and Ir Halak
Created the Hive's tribute system
Killed Akka, the Worm of Secrets
Instigated the Taken War in revenge for Crota's death, only to meet his end by Guardians

Biographical information




Blood of Oryx





Combat information




KineticS.png Willbreaker


ArcS.png Darkness Blast
Darkness Dimension
Grasp of the King
High Durability
Initial Immunity
Rapid Flight
Summon Taken
Blight Bomb

Oryx, the Taken King
Biographical information




Blood of Oryx





Combat information


King's Fall


Blighted Light
Fist of Darkness
High Durability
Darkness Dimension
Wrath of the King
ArcS.png Spite of the King
Blight Bomb
Summon Taken
Summon Light-Eater Ogre
Summon Vessel of Oryx
Summon Light-Eater Knight (Heroic)


"Where is my son? Where is Crota, your lord, your princely god, your godly prince? Tell me no lies! I feel his absence like a hole in my stomach. Where once his tender tribute whetted burrowed mouths, now only hunger remains. Hear me, O waning stars, O tattered rags of Sky — I will stopper up this tearing gulf with vengeance."
— Oryx

Oryx, the Taken King, born Aurash and formerly known as Auryx (meaning "Long Thought"[1]), was the sovereign of the Osmium Throne, the God-King of the Hive, and the master of the Taken.

Reborn in the Darkness itself through a wicked pact with the Worm Gods, Oryx is the founder of the Hive race alongside his sisters and fellow deities, Savathûn, the Witch Queen and Xivu Arath, God of War. Of all the Hive gods, he alone held the power to bend other races to his will through the power to Take. Oryx is also the father of the dreaded Crota, a deadly Hive Prince who slew thousands of Guardians during the Great Disaster, Nokris, his estranged firstborn and herald of the Worm God Xol, as well as two Deathsingers and inventors of the Oversoul, twins Ir Anûk and Ir Halak.

Enraged at the death of Crota, Oryx traveled to the Sol System aboard his Dreadnaught seeking revenge but was defeated by the Guardian and escaped to his throne world. His second match with the Guardians resulted in his permanent death and ended the threat he posed to the Sol System, leaving behind a vacancy on his Osmium throne that would remain empty for years to come.



The three princesses of the Osmium Court.

"I am Aurash, first daughter of the dead king. I will chase my father's last screamed warning. I will know what changed the motion of our moons. If the end of the world is coming, I will understand why. On my center eye I swear it. I will understand."
— Aurash

Oryx, the Taken King traces his origins to a gas giant named Fundament, where the proto-Hive eked out a harsh existence on floating "continents" comprised of the shards of their shattered homeworld. Oryx was born as Aurash, a proto-Hive female and one of three surviving daughters of the Osmium King, ruler of the continent called the Osmium Court. Aurash's sisters were Xi Ro and Sathona, who together made up the final brood sired by the Osmium King.[2]

When the Osmium King was ten years old, a lifetime to the proto-Hive, he succumbed to senility madness, fearing an event called the Syzygy wherein Fundament's fifty-two moons would align and create a massive tidal wave that would destroy all of Fundament's civilizations. Taox, a sterile mother who served as the teacher to the King's daughters, feared the royal heirs were too weak to succeed the King and invited a rival kingdom, the Helium Drinkers of the Helium Court, to invade the Osmium Court, kill the royal family, and allow Taox to rule the Osmium Court as their regent. The Helium Drinkers invaded and slew the Osmium King, but Aurash and her sisters, two years old at the time, escaped on a ship and vowed to return one day for their revenge.[3]

After a year of traveling the sea, the sisters salvaged an ancient, high-tech ship they called "the needle" from the Shvubi Maelstrom. Xi Ro wanted to sell it at the Kaharn Atoll, a gathering place of Fundament's many species, in order to raise enough money to hire a mercenary army, but Aurash wanted to take command of the ship. Sathona sided with Aurash, goaded on by a worm that their father had kept; the worm had washed up on the Osmium Court's shores and was seemingly dead, but Sathona could hear it speak. The sisters spent the next two years reactivating the ship, until Aurash decided to use it to fulfill its intended purpose: she wanted to dive to Fundament's core in the hopes of learning a secret that would prevent the Syzygy.[4]

As they descended, the sisters encountered a vast creature called the Leviathan, a disciple of the Traveler. The Leviathan warned the sisters against proceeding further, telling them that they faced a choice between the Sky and the Deep, the Light and the Darkness, the way of life and the way of death. The sisters rejected the Leviathan, unable to accept that allowing their people to suffer was the better way, and instead decided to follow the worm Sathona had saved, which urged them to continue diving.[5]

Deep within the Fundament Ocean, the sisters encountered the Worm Gods, who drew their power from the Darkness itself: Yul, Eir, Xol, Ur, and Akka, the Virtuous Worms. The Worm Gods claimed that they had lived and grown in Fundament's depths for millions of years, trapped by the Leviathan and the Traveler. They had called many species to Fundament, hoping one would be tenacious enough to find them. They offered Xi Ro, Sathona, and Aurash immortality if they would allow themselves to be hosts for the Worms' larvae, with the caveat that if the sisters ceased to obey their natures (Xi Ro's desire to test her strength, Sathona's cunning, Aurash's inquisitiveness), their Worms would consume them. Furthermore, the stronger the sisters became, the greater their Worms' appetites would be.[6]

The sisters accepted the pact. Xi Ro took the knight morph and became Xivu Arath, the God of War; Sathona took the mother morph and became Savathûn, the Witch-Queen; and Aurash took the king morph, transforming into a male and becoming Auryx, the king of the Hive. Over the following years, the siblings returned to their people and spread the Worms among them, creating the first Hive and enabling them to first liberate the Osmium Court, then drive Taox and the other fearful species of Fundament to Kaharn Atoll, and finally to build spaceships and break free of Fundament entirely.[7]

Campaign of Destruction

"Sometimes I wonder if I'm a nihilist. I don't do much except break things. [...] The only way to make something good is to make something that can't be broken. And the only way to do that is to try to break everything. I'm glad I learned that the universe runs on death. It's more beautiful to know."
— Oryx, the Taken King

As Auryx and his sisters forced an ultimatum on the remaining proto-Hive to accept the worms or perish, Auryx turned his attention to Fundament's moons, and the Ammonites there who had allied with the Traveler and gave asylum to Taox. Initially he was willing to negotiate with the Ammonites, but his sister Savathûn, under pressure from the Worms, killed Auryx as punishment. Rather than dying, Auryx's soul instead passed to his Ascendant Realm, or throne world, where his soul resided until he returned to the mortal realm. Rebuked, Auryx purged what sympathy and goodwill he had left, becoming a merciless tyrant. He and his sisters warred with and killed one another on a regular basis after the defeat of the Ammonites, as part of their worship of the Sword-Logic and their attempt to become the sharpest blades in the universe, heading to their Ascendant realms when defeated. Their war of revenge against Taox had transformed into a campaign of genocide, when they slew the Ammonites and other interstellar civilizations to feed their worms. The lords of the Hive also established their Ascendant realms, with Auryx naming his the High War.[8]

Auryx Faces Akka.

During the war with the Ecumene, Auryx came to realize that the Worm had deceived him and his sisters: their Worms appetites were growing past their ability to feed with death. Meeting with his sisters in his ascendant realm, surrounded by their servants (some of which despised them for showing weakness) they despaired over their dilemma. When his sisters offered their power to help Auryx find a way to save them, Auryx killed them, then used that power to confront his patron god Akka. He killed Akka so that he may steal its ability to call upon the Deep and created the Tablets of Ruin, which gave him the power to Take. His transformation complete, Auryx was now Oryx, the Taken King. During the subsequent war with the Ecumene, Oryx revived Xivu Arath in an act of war, and revived Savathûn in an act of cunning. He then decreed the tithe system: each Hive would kill their enemies, take some to feed their own worm, and tithe the rest to their superior. Thralls would tithe to Acolytes, Acolytes would tithe to Knights or Wizards, the Knights and Wizards would tithe to the Ascendant Hive, those who commanded legions of warriors and earned the right to enter the Hive gods' Ascendant realms. All of this violence would eventually reach Oryx, Savathûn, and Xivu Arath, allowing their worms to feed on violence while continuing to invoke their inner natures.[9]

After destroying the Taishibethi, Oryx used his Tablets of Ruin to commune directly with the Voice in the Darkness: a paracausal entity known as the Witness. It explained to Oryx that the Sword Logic was not death for the sake of death, but to aid in the creation of the Final Shape: which was its ultimate endgame to bring order in an anarchic universe. However, while he spoke to the Witness, Savathûn and Xivu Arath conspired to maroon him in its realm, cut off his flow of tribute, and steal his Tablets. Wandering within the Deep, and fearing that he was becoming a nihilist, Oryx eventually decided to sire his own spawn. After fighting his way back into real space and defeating his sisters, the results of this were Crota, and the Deathsinger twins, Ir Anûk and Ir Halak.

Unknown to most, Oryx had another son, named Nokris, but unlike Crota, he was physically weak in comparison. While Nokris honed his mind, learned powerful magics and hoarded knowledge, Oryx disfavored him incredibly. Ultimately, Nokris sought to prove himself by speaking to the Worm Gods the same way Oryx himself did. While most of the Worm Gods rejected Nokris, the disfavored son managed to forge a pact with Xol. Nokris traded his heart for some of Xol's power and the secret of Necromancy. Oryx soon learned about his son's activities and was utterly furious. Nokris's actions were sacrilege as necromancy was a heretical violation of the Sword Logic. For his crimes, the King of the Hive exiled him and removed all references of his disowned son from the World's Grave, the Books of Sorrow and most of his own memories. Only a statue remained as the only reference to his forgotten son.

One day, the Deathsingers were refining their Deathsongs and came up with the idea of the Oversoul. Intrigued, Oryx commanded Crota to watch his sisters, so that he might learn something. However, while Oryx was off studying the Deep, Crota was deceived by Savathûn into using his Cleaver to cut a portal in the High War, allowing the Vex to enter. For one hundred years the children of Oryx waged war with the Vex, who quickly deduced the Sword-Logic and worship of the Deep as key to attaining power in the High War. However, while the Hive were able to overpower the Vex, they were unable to push them out, as they lost too much of their power when entering the Vex conflux. The situation become so severe that the Worm Eir Itself demanded that Oryx return and end the war. Quickly returning to the High War, Oryx used his powers to take the Vex and clear his throne world. Angered at his son's imperfection, Oryx threw Crota into the Vex gate network, decreeing that he "come home victorious or die forgotten". At first, Crota resented his father for his seeming abandonment, but after time came to understand his father and built temples to Oryx and the Deep, eventually becoming a vital link in Oryx's tithe of death and achieving godhood himself. However, Oryx recognized that the threat of the Vex invading his throne world could not happen again, so he moved the High War into a mighty Dreadnaught scrimshawed from the remains of Akka.[10]

During the Hive's campaign against the Harmony and the Vex, Quria, Blade Transform presented Oryx with a simulation of his former self, Aurash. Oryx looked upon the simulation with amusement, while Aurash looked upon Oryx in horror, demanding to know what he had done to her sisters and her people. In the end, Oryx Took Quria, and presented the Vex and its simulation to Savathûn. When she asked him what proof they had that what they were doing was right, Oryx simply replied that the Hive's existence was proof enough in their convictions to live eternal by the Sword-Logic. Following the war with the Harmony, Savathûn decided that her fleets would enter the black hole that the Harmony lived around, claiming that they would become stronger for it, while Xivu Arath took her fleets away from Oryx's as she felt he constrained her too much.[11]

The Taken War

Oryx demonstrating the power to Take

"What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!"
— Oryx, the Taken King

The exact nature of Oryx was once unknown to the Guardians, but the name Oryx appeared often enough in Hive rituals that it could not be ignored. Shrines dedicated to Oryx, used by the Hive to communicate with Oryx across the universe, were known to exist throughout the Sol System. Osiris studied the Hive extensively and foretold that the Spawn of Crota would one day pave the way for Oryx's coming by "snuffing out the worlds of Light".[12] Members of the Blood of Oryx Hive sect are thought to be the direct servants of Oryx himself, though it is speculated that he is the master of all other Hive sects as well.[13]

After learning of the death of his son, Crota, Oryx personally traveled to the Sol System aboard his Dreadnaught, accompanied by a Hive fleet and his Taken army. While staging his fleet in the rings of Saturn, Oryx and his fleet was attacked by the forces of the Reefborn Awoken, led by Queen Mara Sov and Prince Uldren Sov. An intense battle ensued as both forces seemed to be equally matched. Queen Mara and her Techeuns then summoned the Harbingers, weapons of mysterious power that plowed through Oryx's fleet but was unable to damage the Dreadnaught. Oryx activated his Oversoul in return and unleashed a massive wave of energy that not only destroyed the Awoken fleet but also his own, and created a massive hole within Saturn's rings. Now with his forces stalled above Saturn, Oryx was forced to stand down his invasion of the Inner System, and therefore unleashed his Taken to regain his lost advantage.

Concept art of when Oryx Battles with the Guardians.

At some point after the battle of Saturn, Oryx's essence Took the remaining Techeuns from the battle, and managed to seep into the Dreaming City that they inadvertently opened for him; causing a Taken corruption that warped the Awoken city in-between their reality and the Ascendant Plane. There it reached Riven, last of the known wish-granting Ahamkara that Mara Sov hid away. Oryx offered to Take Riven away; Riven, eager to try bargaining with a king, told Oryx to take whatever he wished, as long as he wished.[14]

Oryx's forces first attacked Cabal bases on Phobos and Mars. Cabal detachments were devastated within hours, with the Sand Eaters suffering a catastrophic 58% casualties, while the Blind Legion and the Dust Giants lost 35% and 39% of their numbers respectively. The Vanguard discovered Oryx's presence after sending a Guardian to Phobos to investigate a Cabal distress signal, by which time Taken covens began appearing on multiple worlds, ushering in the Taken War.

Oryx was nearly beaten when the Guardian breached his sanctum and attacked him, but this was only a temporary setback. Using his Taken powers he warped himself into the Ascendant Plane. Meanwhile, his Taken, lead by his Echoes, continued to harass the system. Once the blights had been removed, the Guardians turned their attention on Oryx and his Hive and Taken champions. By overthrowing the Court of Oryx and killing his minions, they were able to invade deeper into the Dreadnaught. After killing his closest allies like the Warpriest and Golgoroth, including his own daughters, Oryx returns to fight the Guardians once more, this time having transformed himself into his true ascendant form, a gigantic monster with the power to crush the guardians with his fists. Here he attempted to pull the Guardians into the Darkness and Take them, but they were able to use Oryx's own captured Light against him. By slaying his light-eater Ogres and then detonating the Light they left behind, the blight in Oryx's chest erupted in a violent burst that brought about the king's permanent defeat.


Concept art of Oryx, defeated.

"Dwell a moment on the weight of what you've done. Contemplate the story you just ended. Will you ever do anything that screams down the millennia? Will you ever hammer your will on the universe until it rings and rings and rings? Oryx was an awesome power. Show reverence."
Toland, the Shattered

Though his lifeless, calcified body was left adrift in orbit around Saturn, Oryx's Ravenous Heart however remained. Eris Morn used the heart to construct a weapon, the Touch of Malice. Ironically, in accordance to the Books of Sorrow, Oryx had intended this, as it would had been his final means of maintaining his Ascendant immortality through the continued use of his Ravenous Heart to feed, as well as mantling the one who vanquished him as his successor to the Osmium Throne. He only succeeded in one of his goals, however; the one who defeated him, the Guardian, would not take Oryx's throne and therefore defied the logic Oryx spent millennia perfecting.

Known as The First Navigator in life, Oryx's defeat would leave the Hive and the Taken leaderless within the Sol System, but unfortunately they were still enough of a threat that the Guardians continued to fight them. The Taken in particular, languished without their master's power and continued to decay unless someone took Oryx's place. Two individuals in particular would attempt to assume Oryx's throne, Alak-Hul, the Darkblade and Malok, Pride of Oryx. However, both were quickly killed by the same Guardians who defeated Oryx before either could take up the mantle of the Taken King. A third individual, Noru'usk, Servant of Oryx, attempted to flee the Prison of Elders but was slain by a Guardian fireteam before he could assume the throne.

Even by the time of the Red War, the Taken continued to haunt the System, primarily on Earth and Io, and it appears that Oryx's sister, Savathûn, has not only taken command of Hive broods on Titan but is also attempting to seize control of the Taken.

After the end of the Red War and the reawakening of the Traveler, in the frozen ice caps of Mars, the Worm God Xol awakened to destroy the Warmind core of Rasputin. Leading Xol's army was Oryx's lost and disowned son, Nokris. However, like Crota and Oryx, Nokris would fail against the Guardians and Xol followed shortly after. However, it turned out both Xol and Nokris would find a way to cheat death, the former by transforming into the Whisper of the Worm using the Anthem Anatheme in a similar vein to Oryx, and the latter thanks to Xol's power and his own knowledge of necromancy

At a later date, during the chaos that engulfed the Reef, Savathûn gained a new and powerful ally in the Ahamkara Oryx had Taken during the beginning of the Taken War, Riven. It is implied that his defeat was due in some way to his previous bargain with Riven.[15] Nonetheless, without a master, Riven was aimless until the Witch-Queen encouraged the wish-making creature to serve her, allowing her to be closer to gaining full control over the Taken. Though Riven would ultimately fall to the same Warrior of Light that defeated Oryx, her physical death would allow the Dreaming City to be Taken. Meanwhile, Oryx's youngest sister, Xivu Arath, the Hive God of War, has also begun a campaign of Hive and Taken to raid the Dreaming City of its secrets. This is likely the result of a possible collusion between the two Hive God sisters against the Guardians that vanquished their brother.

Oryx's name and form would continue to haunt the Guardians who defeated him. A rogue Light-bearer in particular, the Drifter, found him as the "scariest" Hive he could think of and used his form to create a Primeval Taken in the Tier III of his Reckoning game. This Taken Guardians face would be known as the Likeness of Oryx which is a shadowy projection of Oryx, the Taken King.

Much later on, the daughters of Crota, Oryx's granddaughters, led by Hashladûn, would seek to use the energies of the Lunar Pyramid to regain the Hive's advantage against the Guardians and avenge their fallen lineage. Taking command of the Hidden Swarm, constructing the massive red fortress of the Scarlet Keep and utilizing forbidden Hive magics, the daughters of Crota managed to control the Nightmares and protect themselves against the Pyramid's energies. Further, Hashladûn and her sisters conceived a plot to recreate the fallen Oryx; a necessary violation of the Sword Logic since the Taken King was never succeeded by his conquerors. However, Hashladûn would be destroyed by the Guardians that fell her father and grandfather, before her plot could reach fruition.

In The Witch Queen the Hive Ghost Fynch led the Guardian to a temple Savathûn had built in her throne world and dedicated to her brother. Guarded by Oryx's foster son Alak-Hul now resurrected in the Light as the Lightblade, it houses an enormous statue of Oryx defeating Akka. More importantly to the mission, though, it also turned out to be the resting spot of one of the Tablets of Ruin. As the Guardian made their investigation into how the Witch Queen and her Lucent Brood managed to claim the Light, the tablet they acquired from the temple showed them her plan to steal the Traveler but more so they learned that Oryx's sister had refused to take her brother's place as master of the Taken and on going back on the decision they had made millennia ago.

In contrast, Xivu Arath remained steadfast on the path Oryx and their family once walked together on, remaining furious at his death but more so on the fact that the Guardians did not take his place, calling it blasphemy. The Hive God of War would actually consult with her fallen brother during her time in continuing the goal of reaching the Final Shape, regaling her exploits in conquering Torobatl and her fury in Savathûn's conversion to the Light. In the end, Xivu Arath vowed to honor Oryx as the Navigator that he was to her by ensuring the Final Shape happens.

Tomb in the Deep

When Titan returned to the solar system after being absorbed by the Witness's powers, Oryx's body was found on the seabed. After stopping an attempt by the Lucent Brood to revive the Taken King, a team of the Hidden descended into the abyss to recover body samples for analysis. Following this were found concentrations of Taken energy in the cellular structure and a Darkness still active but without direction and willpower, still capable of inducing hallucinations to those that came near it. This allowed the body to absorb knowledge and memories but not to react. Furthermore, the biological mass of the corpse demonstrated a slow but active mitosis, which led the body to grow and change even without a mind. Despite the Hidden's advice to dispose of the body, Ikora decided to extract the corpse and hide it in a secure Vanguard site as she did with Savathun. [16]


Other potential members of Oryx's family include the three Taken Wizards Mysik, Daughter of Oryx, Zyrak, Daughter of Oryx, and Thyshik, Matron of Oryx and Urrox, Flame Prince, who is described as the Scion of Oryx. None of these are mentioned in the Books of Sorrow, however, and "Daughter of Oryx", "Matron of Oryx", and "Scion of Oryx" may only be honorary titles.

Introduced in Forsaken, Xavan, Daughter of Xivu Arath, Tir Balok, Daughter of Xivu Arath, and An Ragaar, Son of Xivu Arath are also potential members of the Oryx family; apart from their names, there is no other lore or gameplay reference, so their inclusion is for the sake of completion.


"Oryx is the wielder and the servant of a terrible truth. He has predicated Himself on it, He has pursued across thousands of cairn worlds His quest to embody it, and you have seen the force of that truth expended to create these Taken. He is not a simple thing to kill."
Toland, the Shattered

Outside of the Dreadnaught, Oryx appears as a shadow known as an Echo of Oryx. This form attacks primarily by using Darkness Blasts, which are rapid-fire balls of Arc energy, and summoning groups of Taken

Oryx himself appears in Regicide. He fires Darkness Blasts, attacks with his sword, summons Taken, and can cause fire damage over a specific area. Another ability is Grasp of the King, where Oryx drains the player's Super meter; if the player does not shoot at and interrupt Oryx, Grasp of the King will end in another ability called King's Decree, which causes instant death. After Oryx's health is reduced significantly, he will transport the player into a Darkness dimension, a small area surrounded by an impenetrable wall of mist. Oryx will periodically emerge from the mist and swing his sword at the player, which is the only time when he is vulnerable to damage.

Oryx appears once more as the final boss in King's Fall, the raid included with The Taken King. In the Ascendant realm, he is in his true form, a gigantic monster who can crush Guardians with his fists. He will also cast a number of spells such as Doxology, which kills players without the Aura of Immortality acquired from the Vessel of Oryx, or drag players into a Darkness dimension (a Darkness Sphere that disables recovery) to confront a Shade of Oryx.

Hard Mode Changes

In addition to Light-Eater Ogres, Light-Eater Knights will spawn in an attempt to consume the blight bombs that the Ogres leave behind when killed. The best strategy is to damage the Ogres, kill the Knights, and then go back to killing the Ogres so that you have blight bombs to detonate when damaging Oryx.

Challenge Mode Changes

The challenge for the Oryx encounter is that all sixteen blight bombs must be detonated simultaneously to deal full damage to Oryx. Therefore, you have to kill the Ogres and then save the blight bombs for the fourth damage sequence.


  • "You took my son!"[17]
  • "Light! Give your will to me!"[18]
  • "Infection! Your Light dies here!"[19]
  • "No. Gather them. I will take them all..."[20]
  • "My will be done! Vengeance for Crota!"[21]
  • "And you... will bow... TO ME!"[22]
  • "You... are the last hope of the Light? I have taken entire worlds. You are not worthy to face me."[22]
  • "Come for me, warrior of Light. I will finish what Crota began."[22]
  • "At last. I will have vengeance!"[22]
  • "I will take your worlds as you took Crota"[22]
  • "Your Light will die"[22]
  • "Crota fell. I will not"[22]
  • "What you call Darkness is the end of your evolution!"[23]
  • "The Darkness is a gift! Let my will set you free!"[23]
  • "Your Traveler's Light cannot reach you here!"
  • "In World the stars never shone, The worm never bred in our flesh, We lived for a day. Our teeth were too short. We were hungry for things we could not eat."


Promotional, Cutscenes and Renders
King's Fall


  • The description of Oryx's coming is reminiscent of the Darkness's arrival in the Solar system.[24] This could imply some sort of connection, as Oryx was one of the Darkness' most powerful champions.
  • The name Oryx might be derived from the animal genus called by the same name which consists of four large antelope species. Three of them are native to arid parts of Africa, and the fourth to the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Oryx is the second major Hive character to speak English in-game. Crota being the first and Ecthar, Sword of Oryx being the third.
  • Oryx's voice actor, according to Bungie, prefers to be anonymous.[25]
  • Oryx's form in King's Fall was the largest enemy in Destiny until Riven was released in the Forsaken DLC in the Raid, Last Wish.
  • Oryx was apparently modeled after a moth. Possibly the final outcome of the Mothmen concept art.
  • In the Cryptoglyphs given in the physical Shadowkeep Collector's Edition, it is revealed that the Hidden Swarm believes that Oryx is still alive in a spiritual sense. Their basis for this belief is in the Books of Sorrow describing Oryx killing his sisters in their throne worlds and later bringing them back after gaining the power to Take.
  • Oryx is designated 'VIP #2015' in the Stolen Intelligence lore book, a reference to the year that The Taken King expansion was released in.
  • In the E3 Reveal Trailer for the Taken King, Oryx does not have the same clothing he does in the final game, instead having only a piece of cloth around his waist that goes down to his knees.[26] It is unknown whether this design was supposed to be Oryx's final design but was changed before release, or was only made for the trailer.
  • Oryx's death in King's Fall has him rapidly crystalize after an explosion of Darkness from his chest. So far this death animation and end result is unique to Oryx and is unknown why he crystalizes.

List of appearances


  1. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: X: Immortals
  2. ^ 'Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: Calcified Fragments: Insight
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: III: The Oath
  4. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: VI: Sisters
  5. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: VIII: Leviathan
  6. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: IX: The Bargain
  7. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XII: Out of the Deep
  8. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XXII: The High War
  9. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XXIX: Carved in Ruin
  10. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XLI: Dreadnaught
  11. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XLVI: The Gift Mast
  12. ^ Bungie (2015-2-26), Destiny: Grimoire: Spawn of Crota
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