Black Garden

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"A trillion timelines, and all at war. Like a thousand red flowers growing in a black garden."
Black Garden
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Sol Divisive

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Tharsis Junction (quest only)
Valley of the Kings

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The Black Garden is a location isolated from space and time. It houses the Black Heart, an entity that is intrinsically linked to the Darkness, and is tended and guarded by the Vex.[1]



Long before any living being set foot in the Garden, tales of its existence were told throughout the system. In particular, the Warlock Pujari had a vision of the Garden when he drowned in the waters of the Shores of Time.[2]

Pujari's vision mentions that the Black Garden's existence is related to the Traveler's coming to Mars. However, he is careful to point out that "This is not the beginning but it is the reason." The Traveler did not create the Garden, Pujari claims, but its actions may have allowed the Garden to come into existence, because "In these things there is always symmetry." Pujari adds, "The Garden grows in both directions. It grows into tomorrow and yesterday. The red flowers bloom forever. There are gardeners now. They came into the garden in vessels of bronze and they move through the groves in rivers of thought."[2] The "gardeners" in question are most likely the Vex; Pujari's vision suggests that the Vex did not always inhabit the Black Garden, but entered it some time after its creation.

Recent events

After learning of the Black Garden's existence from the Exo Stranger, the Guardian travels to the Reef to inquire the Garden's location. Queen Mara Sov and Prince Uldren reveal that a Vex portal on Mars leads to the Garden, but requires the Eye of a Vex Gate Lord to access. After obtaining the Eye, the Guardian activates the Vex spire controlling the portal and then enters the portal itself.[3] Deep in the Garden, the Guardian discovers the Black Heart, a malevolent entity guarded by the Sol Progeny that is feeding off of the Traveler's Light, keeping it dormant.[4] Once the Heart is destroyed, Light returns to the Traveler and it begins to heal. The Garden's dimension ceases to drift and becomes part of Mars, making it accessible to the rest of the Guardians.[1]

Later, a powerful Vex Axis Mind called The Undying Mind arrives in the Garden and attempts to revive the Black Heart with assistance from the Sol Primeval. The Mind also attempts to separate the Garden from our timeline, but it is destroyed before it can do either.

During the Taken War, Oryx, the Taken King sent an expeditionary force of Taken into the garden to investigate and possibly restore the Black Heart. An Echo of Oryx and its Taken coven invaded the Garden through secret tunnels under Freehold. The Sol Divisive was overwhelmed by the Taken as the Garden became a war zone. Only through Guardian intervention were the Taken expelled.


Initially, the only known way to access the Black Garden was through a Vex portal that required Gate Lord authority in the Valley of the Kings on Mars; the Garden existed on a separate plane, and the Vex had locked it out of time to protect it. After the Black Heart was destroyed, however, the Garden was anchored to the surface of Mars, becoming a part of contemporary time and space. During the Taken War, an Echo of Oryx and a coven of Taken broke into the Garden by burrowing to it from Tharsis Junction, creating a new entrance.


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  • Originally, Bungie planned the entrance of the Black Garden to be a hole in the wall of the subway tunnels below Freehold, but this was scrapped for being unimpressive. The entrance became a large Vex portal in the Valley of the Kings instead.[5] The original entrance made a return in The Taken King, however, and is seen during the Story mission Tenebrous Tunnels.
  • Prior to Destiny's release, there was speculation that the Black Garden was located on Earth or elsewhere. Bungie clarified the Garden was found on Mars.[6]


List of appearances


  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  2. ^ a b Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Legend: The Black Garden
  3. ^ Destinydb: The Garden's Spire
  4. ^ Destinydb: The Black Garden
  5. ^ YouTube - Ride Along - Mars]
  6. ^ 'Twitter: Nope, Mars. ;)