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"What does it mean to be a Warlock? Power. Only Warlocks understand true power."
Ikora Rey

Focal world(s):

Solar System

Average height:


Average weight:



More emphasized usage of Light powers

Average lifespan:


Notable groups:

The Hidden
Praxic Order

Notable individuals:

Ikora Rey
The Speaker
Lord Felwinter
Lord Timur
Toland, the Shattered
Asher Mir
Aunor Mahal


Warlocks are "warrior-scholars,"[1] and a class of Guardian. Warlocks utilize powers granted by the Traveler for both attack and defense. Warlocks specialize in ranged melee attacks and casting elemental spells to take out enemies.


"Warlocks may be thinkers, but most I know can hold their own."
Lord Shaxx

Warlocks were the first to tap the power of the Traveler, wielding its light as they ventured beyond the safety of the Wall. They know each discovery offers new possibilities,[2] and they have devoted themselves to understanding the Traveler, its power, and how to better channel that power. A Warlock mind is an arsenal of deadly secrets, balanced between godhood and madness. On the battlefield, those secrets can shatter reality itself.[3] They search the frontier to find a means to defeat the Darkness once and for all.[4]

Warlocks are known for pushing the boundaries of knowledge, even into dangerous territory. At least two warlocks, Toland, the Shattered and Osiris, were exiled for studying the Hive and Vex too closely. There also exists an order of warlocks called the Thanatonauts, who take advantage of Guardians ability to resurrect themselves to receive visions every time they die.[5]

Class Description[edit]

"Warlocks have long studied the Traveler, mastering some of its arcane energies. Its true purpose remains a great mystery, but discovering truth has always driven you into the unknown. Now, our enemies are the only thing that stands between you and the lost wonders of our Golden Age."
— Class description


All Guardians have certain abilities, some of which are granted by the Traveler, others which may appear more mundane in nature. All Guardians have a double jump ability and a "grenade-type" ability whose effects vary by class.[6][7] All these abilities with the exception of the double jump can be upgraded over time and can be used in competitive PvP.[8][9]


  • Voidwalker"From the smallest atoms bloom the greatest explosions." A heavy-damage Void subclass with an emphasis on recovering health and ability energy.
    • SuperNova Bomb: Channel some of the Traveler’s mysterious forces and unleash them in an explosive, large area-of-effect attack. When used, the user jumps and releases a large Void Light blast from one of their hands.[7]
    • Grenades—Vortex Grenade, Scatter Grenade, Axion Bolt
    • Melee—Energy Drain: A powerful melee attack which drains energy from enemies and uses it to reduce the cooldown of your grenade.
    • Jump—Glide; Blink
  • Sunsinger"There are flames that even the Darkness cannot extinguish." A support-focused Solar subclass for buffing yourself and your fireteam. Unlocked at level 15[10].
    • SuperRadiance: Fill yourself with Solar Light, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of all your abilities. This Super ability will create an aura around the player, charging their grenade and melee attacks much faster, and can be upgrade to either share the effect to allies in your aura, reduce incoming damage, or create a phoenix-like effect where it can be used whilst dead, bringing you back to life while shortening the overall usage time.
    • Grenades—Solar Grenade, Firebolt Grenade, Fusion Grenade
    • Melee—Scorch: A powerful melee that ignites enemies, causing damage over time.
    • Jump—Glide
  • Stormcaller"Harmony within, hurricane without." A crowd-control subclass fueled by Arc Light. Available in The Taken King and Destiny 2.[11]
    • SuperStormtrance: Chain Arc Lightning from your hands.
    • Grenades—Pulse Grenade, Storm Grenade, Arcbolt Grenade
    • Melee—Thunderstrike: Deliver an electrocuting Arc melee strike at extended range.
    • Jump—Glide
  • Dawnblade"Spread your wings and set the sky ablaze." A Solar-powered aerial offensive subclass with an emphasis on mobility and damage-dealing. Available exclusively in Destiny 2.
    • SuperDaybreak: Charge a sword with Solar Light and fly into the air using wings of pure fire. The sword can be used to project blasts of flame at enemies.
    • Grenades—Solar Grenade, Firebolt Grenade, Fusion Grenade
    • Melee—Energy Palm: Deliver a scorching Solar strike to opponents.
    • Jump—Glide
  • Shadebinder"Reality is chaotic and unruly; bind it and bring order" A Stasis subclass that focuses on freezing and shattering opponents and turning the tide of battle in your favor- Available exclusively in Destiny 2; added in the Beyond Light expansion.
    • SuperWinter's Wrath: Summon a Stasis staff and cast out a barrage of shards that freeze enemies and cast out a wave that shatters them.
    • Grenades—Glacier Grenade, Duskfield Grenade, Coldsnap Grenade
    • Melee—Penumbral Blast: Raise your staff against your for and send a blast of stasis energy forward to freeze your opponent
    • Jump—Glide

Warlock Orders[edit]

Known Warlocks[edit]



Name Order/faction/Group Rank Status Character information
Ikora Rey Vanguard Warlock Vanguard Representative Alive
  • Prides herself on being extremely diligent in her constant pursuit of knowledge.
  • Leader of the spy network known as the Hidden.
Osiris Cult of Osiris Vanguard Commander (previously) Alive
  • Veteran of the Six Fronts and Battle of the Twilight Gap.
  • Former Vanguard Commander and former apprentice of the Speaker.
  • Osiris was exiled from the city for his misuse of resources and obsessions with the Vex.
  • Now Osiris is a vigilante against threats from the Vex, working alongside the Guardian.
Toland, the Shattered Thanatonauts - Alive
  • Obsessed with the Hive and exiled out of fear.
  • Member of the First Crota Fireteam.
  • Toland's obsessively detailed journal later aided Guardians in their quests to kill both Crota and Oryx.
  • Currently explores Hive nether-realms after the destruction of his physical body.
Asher Mir Gensym Scribes Member Alive
  • Friend to Eris Morn.
  • Forcibly modified by the Vex during an expedition on Io.
Taeko-3 Praxic Order Member Deceased
Praedyth Kabr's Fireteam Member Deceased, but alive in another timeline
  • Member of Kabr's fireteam.
  • Got lost in time during the earliest known raid on the Vault of Glass.
Tyra Karn Cryptarch Member Alive
Name Order/faction/Group Rank Status Character information
Albios - - Deceased
  • A Warlock whose life was covered in a text called The Five Lives of Albios.
Alemyr - - N/A
Aunor Mahal Praxic Order Active member Alive
Auren Velt - - -
Colovance Iron Wolves Member Deceased
Druis - - Alive
Enina - - Alive
Eremac Cult of Osiris Member -
Eriana-3 Praxic Order Member Deceased
Lord Felwinter Iron Lords Member Deceased
  • A former Warlord who defected to the Iron Lords.
Fenchurch Everis - - Alive
Gallida Tuyet Vanguard Guardian Deceased
  • Leading weapon's scholar.
  • Leader of fireteam Tuyet.
  • Creator of the Pocket Infinity.
Harper Thanatonauts Guardian Alive
Hungren-3 - - -
Leanna Cult of Osiris Member -
Lyssa, the Lighthearted Holborn's Host Guardian -
  • A member of the Holborn's Host known for her cheerful disposition.
Jana-14 Vanguard Guardian -
  • Researcher who studied and was corrupted by Thorn.
Jorin Nal - - -
  • A Warlock who kept a journal detailing their doubts and fears.
Kalumet Ziv Vanguard Guardian Deceased
  • Killed during the Fall of the Last City.
Kanmu Vanguard Guardian Deceased
  • Killed during the Fall of the Last City.
Marlenx-3 Vanguard Guardian -
Marin Oru - - Deceased
  • Member of the Saint-14's Fireteam.
  • Great friend of Saint-14.
Mendawasey Vanguard Guardian Alive
Nadya Vanguard Guardian Alive
  • Patrols the Dreaming City and fights against the Taken infestation.
Nethe Pav Vanguard Guardian Deceased
  • Killed during the Fall of the Last City.
Nirwen Iron Wolves Member Deceased
Pujari Thanatonauts - -
  • A Warlock who had visions of the Black Garden.
Rana Untu Vanguard Guardian - -
Rekkana Kentarch 3 Member N/A
Satomi Thanatonauts - -
Serrano Vanguard Guardian Deceased -
Shayura Vanguard Guardian Alive
Lady Skorri Iron Lords Member Deceased
  • Wrote songs of her compatriots' accomplishments and feats.
Sola Scath - - Alive -
The Stoic - - -
Lord Timur Iron Lords Member Deceased
  • Obsessed with the works of Clovis Bray, particularly SIVA.
Tinasha-3 Iron Wolves Member Deceased
Trihn Alive
Ulan-Tan Symmetry Founder Deceased
  • Controversial theorist on the Darkness.
  • Founder of the Symmetry Faction and its beliefs.
Wen Jie - - -
  • Is considered unorthodox by other Guardians.


  • The visual design for Warlocks was drawn from a range of sources, including wizards and World War I soldiers.[1]
  • The behavior of Destiny's Warlocks are similar to those of Warlocks from the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game.
  • During the E3 2013 Destiny reveal the spokesmen for Bungie's design team said that the Warlock's powers was based around The Matrix's protagonist Neo's abilities.
  • Additional Warlock abilities were hinted at, both in concept art (such as shields and flame generation), and in interviews (such as team rez and buff abilities).[12]


List of appearances[edit]