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Biographical information




Devil Splicers
House of Devils
House of Dusk
House of Exile
House of Kings
House of Winter
House of Wolves
Kell's Scourge
House of Salvation
House of Light


Cannon Fodder

Combat information


ArcS.png Shank Turret
ArcS.png Shock Rifle (very rare)


Midair Levitation
Rapid Flight
SolarS.png Absorption Shield (high difficulty)


"Death flies on tarnished wings."
Grimoire description

Shanks are small flying robotic drones used by the Fallen.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3].

Known Shanks[edit]

House of Devils Shanks[edit]

House of Dusk Shanks[edit]

Kell's Scourge Shanks[edit]

House of Salvation Shanks[edit]

House of Light Shanks[edit]

Nightmare Shanks[edit]

Wrathborn Shanks[edit]

Old Crew Shanks[edit]

Unknown affiliation[edit]


Upgraded Models
Notable Variants
Common Variants
Specific Variants


  • 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.


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