Dead Orbit

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"The Traveler is not our only salvation. Another future lies out among the light of other stars."
Grimoire description
Dead Orbit
Dead Orbit Grimoire.jpg

Dead Orbit is one of the factions of the Guardians of the City. Dead Orbit grudgingly maintains a presence in the Tower to equip their champions in the Crucible.[1] "Superb" technicians and specialists work for the group.[2] The leaders of Dead Orbit are called Arachs.[3]


Members of Dead Orbit intend to escape an already dying Earth before the Darkness's return, as they've given up on the Traveler and put little faith in the City's ability to hold out against a major attack. While they recognize that such a move could be very costly in terms of lives, they see no other alternative for survival, and instead put their faith in finding enough Golden Age technology in vaults and abandoned shipyards to allow them to escape and find a new homeworld. They are even willing to cross New Monarchy's legal authority to achieve this end, but they also recognize they will need to bring Guardians to their cause in order to fight against any future threats.[1]

While it is unknown how much of a fleet Dead Orbit has developed but what they have, they reluctantly allow the Consensus and Vanguard make use of it for defensive purposes.

Known Members[edit]


Players earn reputation with Dead Orbit by completing reputation missions (Patrol missions, Bounties, Strikes, etc) while wearing Dead Orbit class items or the Dead Orbit badge. The following items are available:

  • Rank 0: Nothing.
  • Rank 1: Legendary Dead Orbit Class Items, Dead Orbit Leg armor, Dead Orbit Gauntlets.
  • Rank 2: Legendary Dead Orbit Chest armor, Legendary Dead Orbit Helmet. Armor and Class Items provide bonuses to discipline and strength.
  • Rank 3: Legendary Dead Orbit weapons.
  • Rank 25: Dead Orbit Exotic Class Item.


"If only darkness lies beyond the heliopause, we have already lost"
—Class Armor description.
"It will not be easy. New battles await us among the stars, but we would rather fight on our terms than stay crouched in this coffin as the Darkness closes in. We possess the hope the Traveler gave us with its dying breath. We will not allow this hope to wither on a dead Earth. We will seed it amongst the stars."
—Allegiance recruitment speech
"Travel the wilderness and master it. This is our salvation."
—helmet description[4]
"The enemy stands between us and salvation. Open the way."
—helmet description
"We must make our own safety without the City."
—gauntlet description
"Humanity has been caged. We will break the bars."
—chest armor description
"It will be cold and harrowing and we will not all survive. But it must be done."
—leg armor description
"The stars are calling."
—cloak description
"Find the way."
—cloak description
"Our fate is not sealed. With the proper will, and enough force, it can be rewritten."
—bond description
"...'til even the stars heed our calling."
—bond description
"The stars are calling."
—mark description
"Our will is such that we find strength in the gaze of Death itself."
—mark description


  • The name and logo of Dead Orbit may refer to the Traveler hovering above Earth.
  • It has quickly become a meme on to say: "Dead Orbit is the best orbit."
  • In 2013, the faction was called Dead Orbit Foundries.[5]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard.
  2. ^ Dualshockers - Destiny’s Screenshots of All Faction/Class Weapons and Armor Show That Bungie Hasn’t Lost its Touch
  3. ^ Bungie (2015-3-3), Destiny: Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Dead Orbit
  4. ^ Youtube: Destiny - Vanguard Armor, Faction Armor, & Crucible Armor
  5. ^ Eurogamer Destiny Bungie Unveils Its Shared World Shooter