Cabal Warship

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Cabal Warship
Production information



Technical specifications


Drop Pod Launchers
Anti-air Turrets





Attack Ship
Troop Carrier


Imperial Cabal
Red Legion
Shadow Legion


Cabal Warships are a type of Cabal spacecraft used for exploration and war.[1]


Centuries before the events of the Red War, Dominus Ghaul exchanged the solitary cruisers of Calus's space fleet for swarms of close-quarter frigates designed to be independent, small, and highly maneuverable and adaptable. This was in response to the Hive threat, whose usage of space-time rifts let them close distances instantly and forced the Cabal to fight them at extremely close ranges.[2] During the Cabal's occupation of Mars, scores of warships could be seen stationed about the Sol System, from the ruins of Freehold[1] to an abandoned warbase on Phobos,[3] including an abandoned fleet on Mercury.[4] In the aftermath of the Skyburners' offensive on the Dreadnaught, two warships can be viewed in a hologram on the bridge orbiting above and below Saturn's rings.[5]

During the Red War, a fleet of ships along with Carriers attacked the Last City. The Tower was destroyed by swarms of long ranged rockets.[6] During the course of the war, Shaxx's Redjacks were able to board and acquire some ships for the Crucible.[7] Cabal warships belonging to the Skyburners were also seen docked at Firebase Hades during the Guardian's mission to steal Thumos's Harvester. When Val Ca'uor attempted to seize control of the Leviathan from Emperor Calus, he brought a massive fleet of Red Legion warships to assault Calus's ship. These ships would also bombard the Celestial Observatory with Drop Pods and missiles during Ca'uor's battle with the Guardian Raid team sent to stop him. Most of the ships in this fleet were decimated by the Guardians using the Leviathan's formidable armaments.[8]

During the Clash of the Chosen, fleets of Imperial Cabal warships and command carriers were seen in the skies of the Cosmodrome, Nessus, and Europa when the Rites of Proving for aspiring members of Empress Caiatl's War Council were taking place. Shortly after Mars reappeared, Caiatl sent a fleet which included at least one Cabal warship to confront the Lure over the Cradle. This ship was first spotted by Ikora Rey and Eris Morn as it flew past their camp while carrying a gigantic cannon which it lowered onto a nearby Cabal bunker.


Cabal Warships were built to replace the solitary, elegant cruisers that Emperor Calus favored during his reign of the Cabal empire. Small frigate types by Cabal standards, are described by Calus as "ugly, hasty, and crude", individually expendable, and built for brute force and close-range combat.[2] Other models were illustrated by the Skyburner's command ship, Dantalion Exodus VI, being deployed as a warship-sized boarding pod against Oryx's Dreadnaught on the orders of Ghaul, and remaining largely intact.[9] This is after the Awoken offensive failed in the Battle of Saturn, where the Harbingers left not a mark upon the Hive vessel's armor.[10] They are also capable of deploying Mining Landers, Injection Rigs,[11] drills, long range-missiles (for other models) and boarding pods.[2] They have four main engines,[12] with a six-engine variant serving as Ghaul's flagship, the Immortal.[13]

The Immortal is not the only known six-engine variant, however, as the Almighty has three within its Skybox flying around above. They are serviced by carriers.[2] The Red Legion utilized other warship classes capable of long-range combat during the invasion of The Last City; there are larger battlecruiser variants of the mainline warship for orbital bombardment and carrier operations. These ships boasted greater armaments and could carry multiple Land Tanks, Goliath Tanks, Threshers, and Harvesters on-board. An example is the warship Retribution.[7][14] They may either be surviving examples of Calus's elegant "instruments of state", or converted and retrofitted per Umun'arath's specifications into the Red Legion's fleets.[citation needed]

Named Cabal warships[edit]

Warship classes[edit]


Imperial Cabal warships

Red Legion warships

Skyburner warships

Shadow Legion warships

Warship interiors

Concept art


  • Their models appear to vary from different factions or purposes.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Dust Palace
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bungie (2019/6/4), Destiny 2: Season of Opulence, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Confessions: Entry II
  3. ^ YouTube - Official Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves Preview (3:16)
  4. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Vertigo
  5. ^ YouTube - Destiny Outbound Signal Quest The Taken King Walkthrough (timestamp 22:04)
  6. ^ YouTube - Destiny 2 All Cutscenes
  7. ^ a b Bungie (2017/9/8), Destiny 2: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  8. ^ Bungie (2017/5/8), Destiny 2: Warmind, Activision Blizzard, Spire of Stars
  9. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Cabal 3
  10. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Coming War opening cinematic
  11. ^ Bungie (2017/9/8), Destiny 2: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  12. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  13. ^ Bungie (2017/9/8), Destiny 2: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Homecoming
  14. ^ a b Eurogamer - Destiny 2 PS4 exclusive content - PlayStation 4's Lake of Shadows strike, City Apex ship, Borealis weapon, exclusive armour and Retribution map detailed
  15. ^ Bungie (2021/8/24), Destiny 2: Season of the Lost, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Ripples: I - Ambush