Exploder Shank

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Exploder Shank
Exploder Shank.jpg
Biographical information






House of Wolves
House of Devils
House of Dusk
House of Salvation


Kamikaze Unit

Combat information


Explosive Payload


Rapid Flight
Midair Levitation
Solar Detonation


Exploder Shanks are unique type of Fallen Shank, belonging to the House of Wolves, House of Devils, and the House of Dusk.


Exploder Shanks will explode when they approach a Guardian or if shot at, similar to a Cursed Thrall or a Vex Fanatic. Although these Shanks were originally from the House of Wolves, they have been seen protecting the modified Shank S.A.B.E.R.-2 in Old Russia, and modified Splicer versions protecting Aksis, Archon Prime, suggesting they are common among the Fallen Houses or have adopted the tactic.

By the time of the Red War, the newly emerged House of Dusk continue to use Exploder Shanks as kamikaze troops in their battles.


Overcharge Shank[edit]

Overcharge Shanks appear during the Exodus Crash strike. They are first encountered when the strike team must defend a platform until their Ghost can hack it. If an Overcharge Shank reaches the platform, then the ground be become electrified and deal damage to the Guardians until they are destroyed. The Overcharge Shanks reappear at the end of the strike and electrify parts of the battleground within the EX-077 Command area when the Guardians challenge Thaviks, the Depraved.

Resilient Exploder Shank[edit]

These are Elite ranks variants of the Exploder Shank which have more health and deal more damage when they explode.


  • Originally the Exploder Shanks usually bear the colors of the House of Wolves when they were first introduced. Around the time of The Taken King and Rise of Iron, the Exploder Shanks were recolored blue and white much like the ones that were seen in Fallen S.A.B.E.R.
    • The reason of this is unknown, but was presumably done so that the Repeater Shanks can be used by all Houses, as the House of Devils were seen employing the Shanks into their arsenal.


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