Lucent Brood

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Lucent Brood


Servants of Savathûn, the Witch Queen
Defend the High Coven
Utilize the Light


Savathûn, the Witch Queen
Immaru, First Ghost
Savathûn's Right Hand
Alak-Hul, the Lightblade
Korosek, Thronebringer
Bor'gong, Warden of the Spring
Golmag, Warden of the Spring


Savathûn's Throne World


"Tell me, oh honored guest... how did you do it? How did you find the strength to destroy something so like yourself? To look in a mirror, and kill what looked back?"
Savathûn, the Witch Queen to the Guardian

The Lucent Brood or the Lucent Hive is a Hive sect found within Savathûn's Throne World. They are distinguishable by their dark blue/alabaster white armor, grey skin, and feature spike-like armor.

Uniquely among the Hive, the Lucent Brood have been gifted with the powers of the Light and are capable of raising some of their members from the dead as Hive Lightbearers through the use of their own Ghosts. Even their living members could be imbued with Light by Lucent Moths, increasing their power.[1][2] They play a prominent role in The Witch Queen and Season of the Risen expansions.


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The organization of the Lucent Brood appears to be largely unchanged from the standards set down by Oryx in the Books of Sorrow, with a hierarchy of powerful Knights and Wizards leading groups of Acolytes and Thralls, and their patron god, in this case Savathûn, the Witch-Queen, holding absolute authority.[3] Even the worms and the tithe system remain in place, at least for the regular Hive. However, the presence of Lightbearers in the hierarchy has had unexpected effects on these. Light exerts a "negative pressure" on the tithe system, moving down the hierarchy of its own accord such that even living Thralls may be infused with traces of Light. Furthermore, the worms of such infused Hive appear to be sated indefinitely and make no further demands for bloodshed or violence, as one affected Thrall claimed. The presence of Light within non-Lightbearers was initially mistaken for theft, leading to several summary executions.[4] Whether or not Lightbearer Hive still have their worms has not been stated.

Despite the key role Ghosts play in the strength of the Lucent Brood, they generally receive little respect from their Lightbearers, in contrast as to how Guardians generally treat their Ghosts as friends and confidants. The Lightbearer Ubartu-ana treated his Ghost with contempt and suspicion, and named them Krill as an insulting comparison to the "small and useless" proto-Hive species. Krill's discovery of Lucent Moths was later credited to Ubartu-ana.[5] The Hive Ghost Specter felt that "Hive prefer talking to their own and don't respond to things—even things that bring them back from the dead," and assumed their partner, Nabenki, had fallen ill when they began behaving more respectfully towards them.[4]

This attitude is not without exceptions, as seen most notably with Savathûn and her Ghost Immaru, who considered each other friends and equals.[6] Furthermore, Immaru's status as First Ghost gives him command authority over the Lucent Hive, even after Savathûn's death, and he can frequently be heard giving orders to Hive soldiers during patrols in Savathûn's Throne World.[7]

Notable members[edit]


Hive Lightbearers[edit]

Hive Ghosts[edit]

Hive Champions[edit]

Former Members[edit]

Unique forces[edit]

Major variants

Minor variants


Hive Lightbearers

Lucent Brood

Lucent Forces


  • The Hive Brood's appearance seems to mimic members of the previous Broods of Sol rather than their ancestral counterparts.
  • In the trailers for Witch Queen, it has been observed that the Hive of this brood possess blue eyes instead of the usual green. This may be connected to the Brood using the light in contrast to the other Hive wielding the Darkness.
    • This has been proven false with the release of The Witch Queen, as many of their rank-in-file are shown with green eyes. The exceptions are Hive Lightbearers, whose eye color matches the element of their super.
  • The three main examples of Lightbearing Hive (Knight, Wizard, and Acolyte) are analogues of the three guardian classes (Titan, Warlock, and Hunter, respectively).

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Destiny 2 Witch Queen Preview": Destiny 2: The Witch Queen improves on Beyond Light to set up "the beginning of the end" ("Normal enemies like Knights and Acolytes have gotten a power boost, too, with moths of Light granting them overshields and other abilities that change up the usual flow of combat. " )
  2. ^ Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Preview – Riddles Wrapped In A Mystery ": Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Preview – Riddles Wrapped In A Mystery ("Meanwhile, more standard Hive enemies will get powered up by moths that infuse them with Light. “So, you might fight an Acolyte who is charged with Light, and when you defeat that Acolyte, then the moth comes flying out, and it seeks to infuse its power into another one of the nearby combatants, or it comes after you and tries to detonate,” Tsai explains." )
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XX: Hive
  4. ^ a b Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Specter
  5. ^ Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Krill
  6. ^ Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Immaru
  7. ^ Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen