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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)



Combat Information


Prison of Elders
Challenge of the Elders
Warden of Nothing


Solar Beam


Solar Flare
Solar Detonation
Solar Melee
Burning Effect
High Durability
Summon Cabal
Summon Vex
Summon Zhagal, Disgraced Colossus
Summon Edyx, Exothermic Mind


The Warden or the Warden Servitor 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 (likely from the Trickster's works). 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.


Personality and Traits[edit]




  • 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 the 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.
  • Aside from the Techeuns, The Warden is so far the only character in the franchise that has gone from an ally to an enemy.
  • In Season of the Worthy, there was an issue where, for the purposes of Strike bounties, the Warden was not counted as a Fallen boss in Warden of Nothing.
    • Instead, it seemed to count as a Vex boss.

List of appearances[edit]