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This article is about the Taken Corruption Source. For the Public Event, see Taken Blight (Public Event).
A large gathering of Blight at the Shrine of Oryx

"The Taken exude blight wherever they go. Just one of the agonies of their existence."
Eris Morn

Blight (also called Taken Blight) is a radiating substance of sterile neutrinos emitted by the Taken.


Blight resembles a black liquid or vapor, usually crackling with energy and exhibiting the same eerie luminescence as the Taken themselves. It can flow across the ground like a viscous fluid, seeping into the soil and presenting a contamination hazard when it comes into contact with water supplies. It can also be collected into floating spheres, themselves known as Blights, which can be used as shield generators, interdimensional communication terminals, or portals to the Ascendant Realm.


Blight is a clear indicator that Taken enemies are either nearby or about to be summoned. When this happens, the Blight will take its mist form. When the Taken appear, Blight may appear in its sphere form along with them, or the spheres will be around when a player enters the area. While its mist form is harmless, spheres of Blight generate a field within a short area around it. When players get inside that field, the debuff Shadow Touched is applied. This effect slows a player's movement speed, prevents sprinting and any double jump ability, and disables recovery. The only way to counter the debuff is to destroy the sphere with any weapon or ability equipped. Once that is done, all negated abilities return. At least one sphere appears in any activity where Taken are present, the exceptions being Patrol and the King's Fall raid.

In the boss fight of the strike Blighted Chalice, Malok, Pride of Oryx regularly summons Blight spheres along with waves of Taken close to each one. The spheres are spread out along the Shrine of Oryx. In addition to having Taken spawn close to each sphere, Malok's powers increase the Blight's range. Each sphere covers a large portion of space, allowing the Blight to cover the entire battlefield. Until a sphere is destroyed, the Shadow Touch effect will be active everywhere, making it difficult to move around. As mobility is needed to target Malok and avoid enemy attacks, destroying at least one of the blight spheres is a priority.

In Destiny 2, a new form of spherical Blight appears. This variant has its core protected by a dome, requiring attackers to enter it in order to deal damage, and will rapidly damage a Guardian's health while they are inside, though they lack the Shadow Touched effect. Some aesthetic Blights, such as the ones in the Ascendant Realm, will deal high damage or instantly kill a Guardian.

Blights must also be destroyed during the Taken Blight Public Event.


  • The Blight model in its larger stationary form is reused as the Warpriest's Oculus. Jumping underneath or gliding into it will kill the player.
  • Blights strongly resemble the objects known as "void bullets" featured in the sci-fi novel series The Expanse and its TV adaptation, being orbs of shadow with blindingly bright borders composed of interdimensional material or energy.

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