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Energy Cannons
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Star Cruiser




Ketches are massive starships used by the Fallen for interstellar travel. The Fallen arrived on these ships in the wake of the Collapse, disembarking to pillage the remnants of human civilization.[2]

The Awoken of the Reef also employ Ketches captured from the Reef Wars, as a number of Ketches in Reef livery participate in the battle against Oryx's Hive fleet over Saturn.[3]

In Destiny 2, Ketches can be seen again, as the House of Dusk use them to fight against the Red Legion.[4]

Overview and Layout[edit]

The overall design of the Ketch falls in line with the organic nature of most of the architecture seen within Fallen culture.

However given the current status of the Fallen as a species, they are often dirty and held together with the scraps of metal their crews come across. Despite their condition, they still serve as warships for the Fallen and their power and resilience is held in high regard.

A Ketch seen in the Cosmodrome

The affiliation of a Ketch can be distinguished by the colour of the line painted around its main engine. However Ketches deployed during Public Events typically have a generic blue painted line.

Also of note is the Ketch's status as a space ship, as the Eliksni were able to govern multiple star systems with them. The interior of a Ketch often has a Pilot Servitor that aids the ships navigation.

Known Ketches[edit]


  • A "ketch" is a sailing craft with two masts, specifically a "main-mast" and a smaller "mizzen-mast".
  • Pilot Servitors are usually responsible for piloting Fallen Ketches.
  • The Vestian Outpost social space is made from the hull of a captured Ketch.
  • Ketches are potentially named after a Fallen House's Prime Servitor. An example would be Simiks-Fel, referring to Simiks Prime. The reference for Splicership Menkis-Syn is unconfirmed.
  • Ketches that are attached to a major Fallen House have the "-Fel" suffix, while possibly other Ketches belonging to Freelance fallen has the "-Syn" suffix. It's possible these are meant to differentiate whether a ship owes its allegiance to a Kell, or is commanded by a freelance Baron.
  • It is likely that the Wolfship Orbiks-Fel once belonged to Virixas, Kell of Wolves, until it met it's demise to the Queen's Harbinger attack. This victory is celebrated in the item description of Chain of Orbiks-Fel.
  • The Drifter is a abandoned Reef Ketch belonging to the House of Winter. It is possible that this Ketch was used to free Aksor, Archon Priest.
  • The House of Dusk have been seen to pilot 5 Ketches on various locations.
  • A idle Ketch can be spotted near the Tangled Shore, however it is unknown whether it belongs to the Spider's Crime Syndicate.
  • In the Beyond Light stasis trailer, a Ketch can be seen belonging to the House of Salvation. Another Ketch or even the same one can be seen hovering over the icy surface of Europa.
  • The House of Exile along with many other Fallen Houses deploy Ketches to initiate Public Events on many worlds around Sol, the objective of these events can range from deploying an Ether Servitor, Glimmer Extractor or even Weapons Caches protected by a Spider Tank.
  • In the crucible map Memento, a unknown Ketch can be seen hovering above the European Dead Zone.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b YouTube - Destiny House of Wolves: The Shadow Thief - Full Strike Gameplay (0:05)
  2. ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Fallen
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Coming War
  4. ^ YouTube - Destiny 2 - Official Launch Trailer
  5. ^ Bungie (2015-14-5), Destiny, Activision Blizzard, Item Description: Chain of Orbiks-Fel