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The Warden
Biographical Information

Other Names:

The Mad Warden
The Warden's Servitor




Reef (formerly)
House of Judgment (formerly)


Co-Warden of the Prison of Elders (formerly)


Modified Servitor

Combat Information


Warden of Nothing


Solar Beam


Solar Flare
Solar Detonation
Solar Melee
Burning Effect
High Durability
Summon Cabal
Summon Vex


The Warden is a heavily modified Fallen Servitor that was used by Variks, the Loyal to monitor the Prison of Elders in Destiny. Its core machinery has been removed, leaving a hollow shell affixed with multiple devices and parts of unknown purpose. With its core gone, the Warden appears to lack the sentience of a standard Servitor, instead having been replaced with an AI copy of Variks. This AI runs the gauntlet that Guardians can participate, informing them of the prisoners they are about to battle and directing them to the proper chamber of the prison.

After the massive Scorn prison break and Variks's disappearance, the Warden began malfunctioning. With its programming stuck on the Challenge of the Elders, its erratic behavior drove what remained of the Prison into further chaos before it was destroyed by a Guardian fireteam, supported by the Drifter whom owed a favor to The Spider.


  • The Servitor core found in the Vestian Outpost may be the same one that was extracted from the Warden.
  • Although the Warden first appeared in the House of Wolves expansion, it did not have an official name until The Taken King's Festival of the Lost event, which included a mask bearing Warden's likeness.
  • Though dialogue between The Drifter and The Ghost seems to indicate that Variks and the Warden were in a symbiotic relationship, the precise nature of the link remains unknown.
  • The Warden is so far the only character in the franchise that has gone from an ally to an enemy.


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