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Biographical Information






House of Devils
House of Judgment
House of Kings
House of Stone
House of Scar (possibly)
House of Winter
House of Wolves




Political Leader
Ketch Commander


Scourge of Winter
A Kell Rising
Queen's Ransom

Combat information


Shrapnel Launcher (common)
Scorch Cannon (rare)


High Durability
Rapid Movement
Ultra Smash
Summon Fallen

"Without their Kell, Houses usually turn against each other."

A Kell is the political leader of a Fallen house and the commander of that House's Ketch.


The Kells serve as part of the triumvirate leadership of a Fallen House and are like Archons in that they are large and powerful, and that their loss weakens their house. If a Kell dies, the House is vulnerable to infighting amongst the Houses Barons and nobility.[1]

Since Fallen do not take the loss of leaders lightly, the position of Kellship is highly important to a Fallen Houses stability and should the Kell fall, the Houses become subject to civil war between bitter rivals within the houses nobility. For example, during the Reef Wars the House of Wolves fell into a civil war after their previous Kell, Virixas was killed and three rival contenders emerged and fought each other to take his place. Only the most powerful contender or when all opposition is gone can someone assume control.

While it is possible that a House can still function without a Kell, as an Archon can assume command, their loss severely weakens a house and demoralizes its forces. For this reason, Kells are a prime target for enemy forces.


According to a prophecy by the House of Rain, the Great Machine would crown a mighty warrior as the Kell of Kells, and rule over all houses. None but Skolas has ever attempted to claim this title for themselves.[2]

Notable Kells[edit]

Known claimants to Kellship[edit]

Houses without Kells[edit]

Mentioned Only[edit]

  • A Kell who docked Taniks, the Scarred in the item description of Does Not Bow.
  • A Kell who died in the decription of the Gunslinger.
  • A Kell who died in the item description of Cloak of Five Full Moons.



List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Draksis, Winter Kell
  2. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Kell of Kells