Tracer Shank

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Tracer Shank
Biographical information






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



Combat information


ArcS.png Wire Rifle turret


High Durability (Majors)
Rapid Flight
SolarS.png Absorption Shield (high difficulty, Destiny 2)


"Seems like the Fallen have an endless supply of these floating death-machines. No matter. Anything they spit out, we'll toss right back."
— WANTED: Tracer Shank[1]

Tracer Shanks are a variant model of Shanks belonging to the Fallen.[1]


In place of a standard Shank's weaponry, Tracer Shanks have a built-in Wire Rifle, allowing them to snipe hostiles from long range as effectively as any Vandal. Their rifle is also mounted on top of their chassis rather than the bottom, and they have a different sensory array. They were first introduced by the House of Wolves, but in time all Houses and syndacates adopted them in their ranks.

During the Wolf Rebellion a group of Tracer Shanks were located in The Breach of the Cosmodrome Wall. They were subsequently destroyed by Guardians on orders of the Queen's Wrath, Petra Venj.[2]


Tracer Shanks combine the threat of a Shank with that of a Vandal. They can fire from extreme distances, and from unexpected angles thanks to their ability to fly. This also allows them to easily bypass cover. That said, they are still weak like their regular models, and are still destroyed after very little damage. They are also deployed in fewer numbers than their fellows, and their movement speed is lower than that of a scuttling Vandal.

Known Tracer Shanks[edit]


Notable Variants
Common Variants
  • Sniper Shank - Heroic difficulty
  • Splicer Sniper Shank - Devil Splicers Heroic difficulty
  • Resilient Shank, Kell's Scourge - Elite Shank and Tracer Shank of the Kell's Scourge
  • Resilient Tracer Shank - Elite Tracer Shank
Specific Variants


  • Tracer Shanks bore the colors of the House of Wolves when they were first introduced. Around the time of The Taken King and Rise of Iron, they were recolored to match the colors of the Sniper Shanks seen in Fallen S.A.B.E.R..
    • The reason of this is unknown, but was presumably done so that the Tracer Shanks can be used by all Houses, as the House of Devils and the House of Winter were seen employing the Shanks into their arsenal.
  • For a while, Tracer Shanks employed by the House of Salvation fired projectiles similar to the Arc turrets that regular Shanks are armed with rather than Wire Rifle projectiles. This issue seems to have been rectified as of now with them firing normal Wire Rifle projectiles.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves, Grimoire: WANTED: Tracer Shank
  2. ^ Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves