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According to notes taken by Clovis Bray I, Vex gates appear to lack meaningful structure or instrumentality, instead being a seemingly arbitrary arrangement of metallic components. He speculated that the gates instead serve as a kind of "password" that is recognized by some technology far away in time and/or space, which will manifest a working portal only when the component pieces of the gate have been assembled in the correct shape.
They appear on Venus, in certain areas on Mars, in the Vault of Glass, and the Black Garden, teleporting reinforcements to battle Guardians and others. Skolas utilized several of these Gates during the House of Wolves' Story mission Queen's Ransom, where he attempted to pull his entire House through time and space.
In the Prison of Elders there is a single inactive gate similar to the one used to enter the Black Garden, which is where the boss of that round stands. Many Crucible maps, such as Vertigo and Crossroads, feature active Transfer Gates which teleport Guardians about the map.
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