Planet Consumption Device
- "This vessel will challenge you in ways you never dreamed. Let's enjoy ourselves."
- — Emperor Calus
The Leviathan is a massive Cabal space vessel that serves as the personal pleasure craft of the exiled Emperor Calus and his Loyalists. It is the site of the Leviathan and Crown of Sorrow Raids, as well as the Leviathan, Eater of Worlds and Leviathan, Spire of Stars Raid Lairs. The former takes place exclusively within the palace atop the ship, whereas the latter take place deep within its interior and around the tower situated on the top of the ship, respectively.
The Leviathan is a gigantic spaceship, at least the size of if not larger than the Hive's Dreadnaught and The Almighty of the Red Legion, which is used by the Loyalists to eat planets and process them into a thick, purple "royal wine". When a desired object is targeted, Cabal soldiers are sent to gather data on its geology to find out how to grind it up. The resulting rubble would be refined and mixed with "royal nectar" to produce the royal wine for Calus's consumption. A large palace where Emperor Calus and his servants reside stands on the head of the ship, and two small, artificial suns hover in place above the highest tower.
Emperor Calus claims that The Leviathan represents a mythical beast from "the dreams of worms" , whether he is referring to the Leviathan from Fundament or not is unknown. However, Drifter also makes a reference to The Leviathan in the Warden of Nothing strike, saying "The Cabal seat of power is over Nessus. In a giant fish". Given that Leviathan was a massive intelligent creature that resided deep within the ocean of Fundament, Emperor Calus' claim might be true, but it still remains unknown. Calus had many planets under his control while he was in exile for building ships and gathering fuel for the leviathan.
The Leviathan is formidably armed, carrying laser weapons and fusion missiles powerful enough to destroy Cabal warships in a single direct hit. These weapons use an unusual, immersive targeting system that may involve psionics.
On the night of the coup that deposed him, Emperor Calus was arrested and quietly ushered aboard The Leviathan, where Dominus Ghaul and his co-conspirators intended him to remain in exile in perpetuity. The Leviathan's navigation system was locked onto a course that would take it far from the Cabal Empire's domain. After many centuries, the system failed and the ship progressed no further; it had come upon a great expanse of nothingness, and could not plot a course through a place that did not exist. It was here that Calus claimed to have encountered something that overawed him, potentially the Darkness itself, and resolved to become its herald. With the navigation system unlocked, Calus charted a course back to Cabal territory, collecting Shadows from various alien races along the way to enact his revenge against his usurpers.
Post Red War
Some time after The Leviathan began consuming Nessus, it sucked up a powerful Vex mind: Argos, Planetary Core, which projected a shield to protect itself, while simultaneously clogging The Leviathan. The Vex mind was only removed through the intervention of a Guardian fireteam. After the death of Xol, Will of the Thousands, the Red Legion, led by Val Ca'uor, attempted to take control of The Leviathan and kill Emperor Calus, only to be stopped by a fireteam of Guardians.
The Reef armada regularly performs fleet maneuvers near the Leviathan to intimidate Calus that any action he takes can be met with equivalent force. Though target locks are established, no fire is exchanged on either side.
A Shadow Gone Mad
Wanting a Shadow to command the Hive, Calus, breeds Gahlran to wear a Hive artifact known as the Crown of Sorrow. However, Gahlran is driven mad by the Crown’s power, as it was a trap laid by Savathûn, the Witch-Queen. Under the control of the Savathûn, Gahlran summons a massive Hive infestation, killing many Loyalists, and taking control of the depths of the Leviathan's Menagerie. Wanting his former Shadow put down, Calus calls upon the Guardian and their allies once more, offering more riches and rewards upon their success.
After a grueling struggle against the mad Shadow and the Hive’s magic, the Guardians succeeded in killing Gahlran and retrieving the crown. With the artifact back in Calus' possession, he orders his Psions to continue studying the runes found underneath it, as to find a way to prevent anyone else who would wear it from falling to its madness, but to also leave its ability to control the Hive intact.
Calus later honors the Guardians with a Tribute Hall established aboard his ship, and offers them to become his Shadows of Earth.
Unlike previous raid locations, areas within The Leviathan are not given unique names as they load in. However, as with locations within a Crucible map, certain rooms and areas have a unique name that is displayed beneath the player radar.
- Royal Pools
- Pleasure Gardens
- The Gauntlet
- Inner Chamber
- Reactor Room
- Statue Gardens
- Power Conduit
- Celestial Observatory
- The Menagerie
- Menagerie Depths
- Royal Theater
- Kingdom of Sorrow
- The name of this ship is a reference to a creature in The Bible called the Leviathan, which is a creature of enormous size.
- One idea for the Leviathan's origin, according to artist Dorje Bellbrook, was that the ship was inspired by creatures native to Calus' homeworld resembling large "land whales" that would travel along the ground and swallow anything caught in their path. It is unknown whether this is canon information or not, though similar-looking creatures feature prominently in Calus's heraldry and architecture.
- The Leviathan is the first Raid location featuring multiple, separate Raid activities.
The Leviathan's maw as seen from the surface of Nessus.
List of appearances
- Destiny 2's Leviathan Raid: everything we know about its ultimate challenge
- Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Details Leak
- Does Destiny 2's mysterious On the Comms quest have something to do with the Leviathan Raid?
- Destiny 2 - Nessus Adventure: Invitation From The Emperor
- Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, I Am Alive Bungie (2017/5/12),
- ArtStation: Destiny 2: Cabal City-Eating Landwhale ("I thought it would be cool if Emperor Calus was inspired to make the Leviathan from a creature native to his home planet, a huge land whale that would slide across the plains and devour anything in its path.")