Savathûn's Brood

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This article is about the original Hive servants of Savathûn that formerly operated on Titan and the Dreaming City. For The Light-wielding Hive that debuted in The Witch Queen, see Lucent Brood.
Savathûn's Brood


Serve Savathûn, the Witch-Queen


Dûl Incaru, the Eternal Return
Nokris, Supplicant to Savathûn
Savathûn's Song


Court of Savathûn
New Pacific Arcology
Tangled Shore
Dreaming City

At war with:

The Reef
House of Dusk

Allied with:

Taken (formerly/Dreaming City)
Grasp of Nokris (briefly)
Hidden Swarm (formerly)
Lucent Brood (became or defected)


Red War
Hunt for the Scorn
Arrival of the Black Fleet


Savathûn's Brood was the former personal Hive brood of Savathûn, the Witch-Queen, first encountered by the Vanguard within the New Pacific Arcology on Titan and in the Tangled Shore in Reef, but continue to exist within the Dreaming City. At some point following the Taken War and before the Red War, this brood arrived in the Solar System and infested Titan's long-abandoned Golden Age cities. This infestation came as an unwelcome surprise to the Lightless Guardians who evacuated the Last City in the aftermath of the Red Legion's invasion and fled to Titan with Commander Zavala to regroup.

They originally directly serve and worshipped Savathûn, however, after the events of the Season of Arrivals, Savathûn went into hiding without the members of her court knowing after her known betrayal of the Witness during the Arrival of the Black Fleet. This in-turn led to many of the Brood's members to be subjugated by Xivu Arath, God of War, however those in the Dreaming City continued to fight in her name. Those who remained loyal to the Witch Queen would join her Lucent Brood. The Hive of Savathûn's Brood appear to sport new weapons and morphologies, with its members appearing more muscular and organic, compared to the other sects.


Savathûn Sings

The Song of Savathûn calling out to its Master

"You all talk about this 'Savathûn' a lot. I don't think anyone's ever seen her, though. Are you all sure you've got your facts straight?"
Eva Levante[1]

During a mission to stabilize the New Pacific Arcology's foundation on Titan, the Guardians discover multiple Hive rituals with the purpose of sinking the Arcology. Sloane receives intel of a center point for these rituals deep beneath the Arcology and sends in fireteams to investigate, however all seemingly disappear. Worried, she recruits the Guardians to look for the lost teams and find out what the Hive are up to. Breaching through the Hive defenses, the Guardians make radio contact with a Guardian named Taeko-3, the last surviving member of the previous fireteams, and learn that the Hive are forcibly extracting Void Light from Guardians to create the crystals to power a large Shrieker, Savathun's Song. Taeko-3 sacrifices her life to create a crystal the Guardians can use to access the Shrieker. They were successful in destroying Savathun's Song, avenging the fallen Guardians and preventing the Witch Queen's attempts to get her eyes on Titan.

On Io, the Guardian are ambushed by the Taken which surprises Ikora of their return. Ikora is quick to hypothesize that the Taken are following the direction of new hidden entity. Evidence suggest that the new Hive broods found on Titan and Io swore allegiance to Savathûn, the Witch-Queen.

The Curse Loop

Dûl Incaru invading the Shattered Throne

"Is my cyclical death not the very engine which brings you here, again and again, in hope of answers? Thus I do own the portion of your mind which you devote to truth's pursuit."
— Dûl Incaru

As the Taken Curse blighted the Dreaming City, Savathûn entrusted her daughter, Dûl Incaru, the Eternal Return, to take advantage of the curse to plunder the city of its secrets and more importantly, further her mother's scheme of invading the Distributary to reach new bounds of godly strength. By using Eleusinia as a staging ground and aided with the Taken and Hive sent from her aunt Xivu Arath, Dûl Incaru waged an unending battle against the Awoken. Queen Mara Sov called upon her allies in the Guardians to fight back against the Taken curse. After two weeks of fighting the Taken and Hive, a rift to Eleusinia was opened beneath the Blind Well that gave the Guardians an opportunity to battle the Witch-Queen's daughter. Despite the protection of her Fatesmiths, Dûl Incaru was killed by the Guardians.

However, this seeming failure was all part of Savathûn's greater plans for the Dreaming City. After Dûl Incaru's death at the hands of the Guardians, the Dreaming City reverted to the state it had been in upon first being unsealed by the Guardian, progressing again through the same process of becoming corrupted by the Taken and culminating in another battle between Dûl Incaru and the Guardians. This apparent time-loop, spun by Quria, both furthers Savathûn's long-term goal of amassing tribute for herself through her subordinates committing violence within spaces with looped or dilated time, and also presents the Guardians with a dilemma: they can either repeatedly strike down Dûl Incaru and relive the same series of events, or they can refuse to do so and allow Dûl Incaru to complete her mission.

The Witch's Trap

"Gahlran is a quick learner. His [deceptions] serve him well. He serves [me] in return."
— The Witch, Insidious
Gahlran, the Sorrow Bearer

During the events of Season of Opulence, Calus had Gahlran, the Sorrow-Bearer wear an ancient Hive artifact known as the Crown of Sorrow in an attempt to command the Hive; only for it to trigger Savathûn's enchantments that were placed on the artifact that would drive Gahlran insane, unleashing the Hive within the Leviathan's Menagerie. Gahlran's terror was only short-lived as Calus had him put down by a raid team of Guardians with the aid of Savathûn's magic and the Crown retrieved to be cleansed of the witch's wards. However, Calus still held onto various prisomers belonging to Savathûn's Brood, most specifically Arunak, Beloved by Calus.

Taken Queen Interferes

Nokris in the Court of Savathûn

"Nokris? Oryx's foundling and exiled brother to Crota. He is now bound to Savathûn as a catalyst for her interference."
— Eris Morn

On Io, Eris Morn heeds the call of a Pyramid to learn what she can. Her attempts to hear the Darkness are disrupted by Savathûn, who jams the Pyramid's broadcasts and sends Hive and Taken to intervene. She is slowly overwhelmed but the Guardian, who was following her on Zavala's orders, is able to save Eris from the Witch-Queen's servants. Though injured, Eris manages to overcome the Witch Queen's power as she finds a tree of Silver Wings, with a seed of dark power at its base. After returning to the Last City, the Vanguard Commander pleads with her not to go any further but Eris leaves anyway, determined to figure out what Savathûn and the Darkness want. She returns to Io, only to find it swarmed with Savathûn's forces. Eris calls on the Guardians to take back the tree, and when they succeed, she uses the Seed of Silver Wings to receive and interpret the Pyramid's broadcasts.

During their trek into the Court of Savathûn, the Guardian learns that Oryx's disowned son, Nokris, has returned and is now in service to his aunt and her goals. It is soon discovered that the former Herald of Xol was abandoned by his god and, looking for a new purpose, used trickery to enter the Ascendant Realm, encountering the Witch Queen doing so. Both wishing to be free from the Darkness, Nokris agreed to a bargain with his scheming aunt. In exchange for teaching his aunt the secrets of Necromancy and interfering with the Pyramid's attempts to communicate with the Guardians, Nokris would take part in Savathûn's plans and learn the power to Take from the "Dreaming Mind".

After the Arrivals

Following the failure of Nokris to negate the Guardians communicating with the Black Fleet, Savathûn would quickly go into hiding as the Black Fleet would brand her as a traitor and had her sister, Xivu Arath, hunt her down in retaliation. Now with the Witch Queen nowhere in sight for her court to know, many members of the Brood would either be converted into Wrathborn or be remade in Xivu's image as the case with Kudazad, Bound to Xivu Arath. While those who remained loyal to the Witch Queen joined her Lucent Brood.

Notable members

Hive Pantheon

Savathûn's Champions

Savathûn's Envoys

Savathûn's Brood

Mentioned Only

Unique forces

Thrall variants
Cursed Thrall variants
Acolyte variants
Knight variants
Darkblade variants
Wizard variants
Ogre variants
Shrieker variants



  • Many of this Hive faction's units have "Revenant" as a rank title; this suggests that these individuals have returned from death, either by virtue of being Ascendant or through the heretical practice of necromancy (as employed by Nokris, Herald of Xol).
    • The latter theory is unlikely, since as of Season of Arrivals it is revealed that Savathûn sought to learn necromancy from Nokris.[2]
  • Savathun's brood appears drastically different than her Lucent Brood.
    • This would be due to the fact that the Lucent Brood were reborn through the Light rather than the Darkness.

List of appearances


  1. ^ Bungie (2019/06/04), Destiny 2: Activision Blizzard, Transcript: Dark Matters
  2. ^ Bungie (2020/6/10), Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals, Weblore: FALSE IDOLS