Black Heart

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The Black Heart
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The Black Garden


Summon Sol Progeny


"Nothing left but to face the Darkness at the heart of the Garden."
— Ghost[1]

The Black Heart was a mysterious entity associated with the Darkness, worshipped by the Sol Divisive Vex as a god within the Black Garden.


The Black Heart is of central importance to the Sol Divisive, who worship it as a deity, even remaking themselves in its image.[2] It appears to be a massive, floating mass of chaotic fluid with energy emanating from it.[3] When in danger, the Heart summons its vessels, the Sol Progeny, to defend itself.[2]

The nature, purpose and origin of the Black Heart remain shrouded in mystery. According to Rohan, a Cloud Strider of Neomuna who once infiltrated the Black Garden, the Heart was created by the Conceptual Mind of the Sol Divisive in an effort to replicate the Veil, a paracausal artifact buried beneath Neomuna. However, as the nature of the Veil itself remains largely unknown, this sheds relatively little light on the purpose of the Black Heart.

The Awoken of the Reef were aware that the Black Garden had a heart, although they weren't certain what it actually was. Uldren Sov speculated it was "a seed left behind to grow", or a baited "tripwire" existing solely to be destroyed, alerting its creator that the Traveler had reached some critical stage in its recovery.[4]



"archive data retrieved. Zero = infinite|witness == (a seed was planted here.) Recorded referent: "Black|Heart""
— Fragment of a Vex record recounting an event within the Black Garden

The origin and nature of the Black Heart has long been a mystery to the Vanguard and the scholars of the Tower, even seven years after its destruction. However, following the discovery of Neomuna by Osiris and the Guardians, it was revealed that the Cloud Strider Rohan had entered the Black Garden and determined that the Black Heart was in fact an attempt by the Sol Divisive to replicate the Veil, a paracausal entity hidden beneath Neomuna. The Sol Divisive were unsuccessful in their attempt, however. A Vex record originating from the Black Garden mentions the term "Black Heart" in association with The Witness, along with the phrase "a seed was planted here"; this may suggest a connection between the Witness and the origin of the Black Heart.[5]

The Black Heart may have arrived in the Black Garden sometime during the Collapse.[6]

City Age

"So... Think you can kill a god?"
"Don't think I have a choice.
— Ghost and the Guardian

The Black Heart was seemingly destroyed when the three Sol Progeny were defeated by The Guardian. Its destruction helped Light to return to the Traveler, allowing it to finally begin healing.[7]

In a conversation with Commander Zavala, Ikora Rey hypothesized that the Black Heart was a being so beyond comprehension that even the Vex saw no logical option other than worship it.[8] However, the abomination was too weak to summon all three Sol Progeny at once, and the fact that it needed to summon them in the first place meant that it was vulnerable. Nonetheless, she asserted it must have been a mere portion of a greater power, probably even a fragment.[2]

Some time after the Heart's destruction, The Undying Mind attempted to restore it by reverting the Garden back to the Darkness, but the Guardians were able to stop it before the Mind could complete its task.[9]

During the Taken War, Oryx and his Taken also attempted to reawaken the Black Heart, but was foiled when the Guardian intervened.[10]


List of appearances


  1. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, The Black Garden
  2. ^ a b c Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Sol Progeny
  3. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  4. ^ Bungie (2018/9/4), Destiny 2: Forsaken, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: After the Heart | Part II
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  6. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Mysteries
  7. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard
  8. ^, Grimoire: Sol Divisive
  9. ^ Bungie (2014/12/9), Destiny: The Dark Below, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard
  10. ^ Bungie (2014/12/9), Destiny: The Taken King, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard