Taniks, the Scarred

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Taniks, the Scarred
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Biographical Information




House of Winter (temporary)
House of Scar (speculated)
House of Exile (inferred)
House of Wolves (temporary)
Taniks' Crew









Combat Information


The Shadow Thief
Nightmare Hunt (phantasm)


Scorch Cannon
Shock Cannon (Rise of iron only)
Null Cannon (Rise of iron only)


Ultra Smash
Summon Fallen
Temporary Immunity
High Durability
Summon Walker
Rapid Movement
Temporary Vanish

"He is a murderer...and very good at what he does."
Variks, the Loyal[1]

Taniks, the Scarred is an infamous Fallen mercenary working for the House of Wolves during the Wolf Rebellion, though he will hire himself out to any House. He is encountered in The Shadow Thief Strike.


At some point during his life, Taniks was inspired by the accomplishments of Sekris, Baron of Shanks.[2]

Taniks is known to graft technology onto himself from each of his exploit, including salvaged tech from the Fallen, Vex, and Humanity.[3] He also craves combat, as he views his enemies as trophies and as such hones his combat skills for fun,[4] and worships machinery to such a degree he has augmented himself extensively.

Vanguard Dare[edit]

During the early City Age, Taniks sought to claim the bounty on an infamous crew of Hunters, including Andal Brask, Shiro-4, and Cayde-6. During a mission where Andal led to raid one supply cache while Cayde, Shiro, Nian Ruo, and Lush hit another, the Fallen mercenary ambushed Nian and Lush; murdering the former and destroying the latter's Ghost before they escaped.[5] Despite their losses, Andal and the others decided to hunt down Taniks in retaliation, with Andal having failed to kill Taniks became the new Hunter Vanguard while Cayde-6 (having presumably killed the Fallen mercenary) would continue living the life of a free Hunter.[6]

However, Taniks survived his encounter with Cayde after his crew rebuilt him back from the dead. He then proceeded to murder Andal in cold blood, to which Cayde took up the mantle of Hunter Vanguard in memory of his fallen friend. [7] Cayde, acting on revenge, attempted to kill the mercenary a second time only for Taniks' crew to steal the latter's body before he could finish the job.

The Fallen mercenary, having cheated yet death again, was later hired out by the House of Winter to break Aksor, Archon Priest free from the Prison of Elders. [8]

Wolf Rebellion and Death[edit]

Hired by the House of Wolves, Taniks and his crew attempted to plunder the Hellmouth before a fireteam of Guardians, sent by Variks, arrived to kill him, pursuing the mercenary through his Ketch before meeting his end. [9][10]

A year after the Taken War the Devil Splicers uses SIVA to resurrect him and become Taniks Perfected.[11]

Taniks's infamy among the Guardians would carry on, as his form would taken as a Nightmare that the Guardians would face in the newly discovered crimson fortress on the moon. The Nightmare of Taniks, the Scarred, representing the Essence of Isolation, would be hunted down by Guardians sent by Eris, as she needed the essence to forge armor needed to resist the Nightmares and breach the Pyramid.


"I remember Taniks from the Reef Wars. Many Awoken dead. Clever, clever creature."
— Variks, the Loyal[4]

He and his Ketch, Kaliks-Syn, are found on the Moon. Unlike most Fallen commanders, he is armed with a Scorch Cannon, which he uses with devastating effect. With this weapon, he can effectively hold down an area at any range. In addition, he will smash the ground if a Guardians wanders too close to him. Like many Captains, he can teleport. Unlike most Captains, though, he can teleport long distances. He uses this to avoid being defeated in one confrontation, requiring players to wear down his health until he can be cornered.


  • Taniks is believed to have once been a member of an extinct Fallen house called the House of Scar. According to the flavor text of the Legendary Auto Rifle Does Not Bow, Taniks was punished with docking by his Kell; subsequently he built his first mechanical arms and took revenge.[12]
  • Taniks' cloak is orange and features an insignia not belonging to any known House. Whether it belongs to the House Taniks originates from, or is unique to Taniks himself, is unknown. It is also a random strike-exclusive Legendary drop for the hunter.
  • Taniks' is one of three Fallen Ultras found with Scorch Cannons, the others being Skolas and Vosik.
  • Taniks is one of the only Fallen enemies to kill a high authority of the Last City.
  • He leads his own group of loyal Fallen called Taniks' Crew.
  • Based on the context of Cayde-6's last messages, specifically for Taniks, it is plausible that Taniks, despite being killed twice by the events of Destiny (during the Wolf Rebellion, and the Age of Triumph), may once again be active.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Variks, The Loyal: Quotes
  2. ^ Bungie (2017/5/12), Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Mask of Sekris
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Taniks, the Scarred
  4. ^ a b Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Shadow Thief
  5. ^ Bungie (2018/9/4), Destiny 2: Forsaken, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: Raise
  6. ^ Bungie (2018/9/4), Destiny 2: Forsaken, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: Turn
  7. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Hunter Vanguard
  8. ^ Bungie, Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Taniks, the Scarred
  9. ^ Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, The Shadow Thief
  10. ^ Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, The Shadow Thief 2
  11. ^ Bungie (2016/20/9), Destiny: Rise of Iron Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Shadow Thief: Revisited
  12. ^ Ishtar Collective - Does Not Bow