Zo'aurc, Explicator of Planets

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Zo'aurc, Explicator of Planets
Biographical information




Shadow Legion







Combat information


Root of Nightmares


SolarS.png Cabal Magma Launcher


Summon Cabal
High Durability
Limited Flight
KineticS.png Quake
SolarS.png Compression Blast
SolarS.png Burn
Resonance Shielding
Planetary Destruction
Disable Plate
SolarS.png Solar Flare Whirlwind


"Tear that useless sack of meat apart for me, won't you? He hasn't accomplished nearly as much as you in your short time here."

Zo'aurc, Explicator of Planets is an elite and powerful Shadow Legion Incendior operating within the Witness's personal Pyramid, Essence. He was a cloned Cabal soldier empowered by Darkness-powered Pyramid technology as a result of the alliance with the Witness and trusted to its collection of worlds, where he was tasked with categorizing and studying each for unknown purposes. He would be slain by the Guardian fireteam dispatched to hunt down Nezarec, Final God of Pain.[1]


Zo'aurc will not initially be hostile to guardians unless they engage him or approach him too closely. In his passive state, he can be seen using a computer, presumably studying the room's collection of planets.

When engaged, Zo'aurc acts like a normal Incendior. He tends to stay near the back of the arena, but will begin chasing and aggressively attacking guardians the lower his health gets. When the planets have been fully aligned, Zo'aurc will return to his stage before gaining a resonant or light shield and jumping down to confront the fireteam. When a sufficient amount of damage is dealt to Zo'aurc using the matching plate, he will stagger back and use his computer to disable the plate the guardians used and send a twister of flame into it, necessitating a move. He will also switch the affinity of his shields, requiring the fireteam to use the opposite element for the next portion of damage. When all three plates have been exhausted he will stop being vulnerable and return to the top of his stage again.

When Zo'aurc reaches the last tenth of his health, he will enter his final stand. Zo'aurc will reach into the air and pull the three middle planets towards him, empowering all three with resonant energy and summoning a much more massive twister which he stands in. When the guardians defeat him, he will be sucked into his tornado and ultimately explode when he reaches the top, before dramatically crashing back down into the ground, dead. The pathway behind him will open, and the Guardians will be free to continue towards their goal.


  • The term "explicate" means to analyze and develop (an idea or principle) in detail.
  • The Vanguard theorized three possibilities for Zo'aurc's purpose: identifying candidates for Discipleship, searching for the Veil, or gathering information that could contribute to the Final Shape. However, his personal logs indicated that he had the ulterior motive of cataloging worlds that the Black Fleet had seized from the Cabal empire.[2]
  • His name may be a reference to the Zohar, a Kabbalistic text which explains (i.e., explicates) the Spheres of Heaven (i.e., planets).


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Root of Nightmares

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