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Unknown, possibly hundreds of tons




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]

"Ketch is Kin, Kin are All."
— Eliksni proverb.[5]

The overall design of the Ketch falls in line with the organic nature of most of the architecture seen within Fallen culture, featuring sweeping lines and bulbous curves. 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. Pilot Servitors hardwired into the ship's mainframe aid their navigation.

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 instead. The Awoken repainted their captured Wolven Ketches with purple lines, twelve to fifteen of which were present during the Battle of Saturn. On Europa, the House of Salvation Ketches bear a white hull with the House insignia emblazoned in blue on the underbelly.

Among the Eliksni is saying where "Ketch is Kin, Kin are All" and consider a Ketch to be a family home that fostered clans.[5] Indeed, the word for Ketch is synonymous with family.[6] A wrecked Kings Ketch once contained a ceremonial washing bowl, a child's musical instrument, and the cracked ceramic effigy of a Servitor.[5] Ketches are also given honorary titles by naming them after their Prime Servitors, such as Wintership Simiks-Fel and Wolfship Orbiks-Fel. To the Eliksni Ketches and other fallen spacecraft are far more than just means of traversing the stars, they are an family member that the Eliksni would defend to the bitter end.

Known Ketches[edit]

A Ketch near the Morning Star orbital station

Notable Ketch Commanders[edit]


Ketch Interior

Concept Art


  • 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 its 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.
  • In Season of the Lost it is revealed that the door to Mithrax's workshop was repurposed from a Ketch.

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. ^ a b c Bungie (2020/11/10), Destiny 2: Beyond Light, PlayStation 4 - Lore: Call of the Cryptolith II. RATIONS
  6. ^ Bungie (2021/5/11), Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer - Lore: Farewell
  7. ^ Bungie (2015-14-5), Destiny, Activision Blizzard, Item Description: Chain of Orbiks-Fel