- "Death flies on tarnished wings."
- — Grimoire description
Shanks are small floating drones employed by the Fallen as scouts, fire support, or to serve as a distraction. They are propelled by a pair of vertical jet engines which allow them to both fly and hover in the air. Standard shanks are only equipped with a weak, rapid-fire, Arc-based weapon, and are rather fragile, in that they can be destroyed in only a few shots. Although, during Nightfall Strikes and certain Public Events, Shanks can have a Solar shield, making them more difficult to dispatch. Individually, they are little more than a nuisance, but they are often found in swarms, or as part of a larger group of Fallen, which makes them considerably more dangerous. They can also be spawned during battles with Fallen Walkers.
In addition to the standard Shanks, some Fallen Houses also employ different varieties which possess different characteristics. For example, the House of Wolves utilize Repeater Shanks, which act as fire support, Exploder Shanks, which act as a kamikaze unit, and Tracer Shanks, which act as snipers.
- Repeater Shank—also known as a Turret Shank, it has a larger weapon and a higher rate of fire.
- Exploder Shank—Shank that rushes Guardians and detonates when in close proximity.
- Tracer Shank—Shank armed with a Wire Rifle. Employed frequently by House of Wolves and House of Dusk.
- Heavy Shank—Large, heavily armored Shank equipped with dual machine guns. Mainly employed by House of Dusk.
- Pit Shank
- Elite Pit Shank
- Elder Pit Shank—Heroic Difficulty
- Noble Pit Shank
- Noble Shank—Epic Difficulty (Solar Shield)
- Splicer Shank
- Reaver Shank—Major
- Sensor Shank
- Sniper Shank
- Surveillance Shank
- Resilient Shank
- Scavenged Shank
- Barring Dregs and Servitors, Shanks are the only enemy type to not get a Taken version.
- Sekris, Baron of Shanks given his unique title might be the creator of Shanks.
- The word "Shank" is a term used for a homemade knife made out of scrap of metal or glass found anywhere and sharpened like a knife.
A House of Devils Shank.
A House of Kings Shank.
A House of Exile Shank.
A House of Winter Shank.
A House of Wolves Shank.
A House of Dusk Shank.
Fallen Shanks being deployed from a Devil Walker.
A Dusk Shank on Nessus.
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