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- "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. Houses paint their chassis in their colors to signify their ownership of them. They also seem to possess some level of sentience, and Eliksni can get attached to them as if they were members of their families. Shanks are easy to manufacture and expandable, and as such, many variants of the base model exist, like the Repeater Shanks, which act as fire support, Exploder Shanks, which act as a kamikaze unit, and Tracer Shanks, which act as snipers.
Shanks are one of the few enemies to not have a weak spot, which significantly increases the resilience of their high ranking variants. They are also often employed in large swarms, and their ability to float lets them easily flank foes, surpass cover, and appear from unexpected positions. In high difficulty activities, Shanks can be equipped with Solar Absorption Shields, which significantly increase their durability. Still, standard Shanks are only equipped with a weak, rapid-fire, Arc-based weapon, lack melee attacks, and are rather fragile, in that they can be destroyed in only a few shots..
House of Devils Shanks
House of Dusk Shanks
Kell's Scourge Shanks
House of Salvation Shanks
House of Light Shanks
Old Crew Shanks
- Upgraded Models
- Exploder Shank - Shank that detonates when in close proximity
- Heavy Shank - Large, heavily armored Shank equipped with dual machine guns
- Repeater Shank - Shank with a larger weapon and a higher rate of fire
- Tracer Shank - Shank armed with a Wire Rifle
- Splicer Shank - Devil Splicers Shank
- Notable Variants
- Nightmare Shank - Nightmare in the form of a Shank
- Shank, Kell's Scourge - Kell's Scourge Shank and Tracer Shank
- Common Variants
- Elder Shank - Heroic Difficulty
- Noble Shank - Epic Difficulty
- Reaver Shank - Major Shank (Destiny)
- Resilient Shank - Elite Shank
- Resilient Shank, Kell's Scourge - Kell's Scourge Elite Shank and Tracer Shank
- Resolute Shank - Major Shank (Destiny 2)
- Specific Variants
- Assault Shank
- Befouler Shank
- Brutal Shank, Kell's Scourge
- Empyrean Shank
- Fallen Rear Guard
- Lunar Scavenger
- Pit Shank - Shanks deployed by Fallen Walkers
- Scavenged Shank
- Sensor Shank
- Surveillance Shank
- 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.
- An infamous Shank known by the community as "Hank the Shank" is a glitched Shank appearing in the original Destiny. It stands in the ranks of Rahndel the Vandal and Greg the Dreg.
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.
A House of Salvation Shank.
Fallen Shanks being deployed from a Devil Walker.
A Dusk Shank on Nessus.
A Shank in the Prison of Elders outfitted with riot-suppression gear.
List of appearances