The Hive are an impossibly ancient race[1] that battled humanity at the end of their Golden Age.[2] They most prominently reside on the Moon, where they have burrowed deep within its lifeless core, carving out a kingdom for themselves. They have been silent and buried among many dark and terrible secrets, staying there for centuries while growing stronger. They serve as a reminder of the tremendous power that brought forth the Collapse.[3]

Biography and MorphologyEdit

The Hive are an ancient, undead species that traverse the stars in ships that act like sarcophagi, which have kept them alive by some magical means for millennia.[4] The Hive delve deep into a planetoid, unheeding of the damage they do in the process, crafting linked caverns and gothic-inspired columns. Their underground spaces are like a dungeon that has only recently been pulled up from too long underwater.[1] They have existed for billions of years in service to the Worm Gods who gave them their abilities directly from the Formless One. In return for their service, the Worm Gods helped them escape the incoming Syzygy that was going to destroy their homeworld of Fundament. They follow a religion called The Sword Logic, which is an extreme form of Darwinism where only the strongest survive.[citation needed]

The Hive are intended to evoke a feeling of "undead royalty,"[5] and are a vaguely humanoid species with "dry, flaking skin encrusted with ancient armor."[5] At least some Hive appear to have supernatural abilities, including the ability to hover or float and manipulate energy and electricity.[6][7]


Hive are present on the Moon and have constructed a massive underground fortress humans call the Hellmouth.[8][9] They can also be found in places in Old Russia, Earth, such as at the Skywatch, where they occasionally fight with the Fallen who also reside there.





Hive may be categorized into several classes.


Main article: Thrall

Thralls are a basic class of Hive. They are white in color and preferring melee attacks using their long fingers tipped with sharp claws and rush up close.[10][11] They wear no armor other than ancient plates that appear to be encrusted into their bodies. They have no visible eyes and, in some places, their skin has rotted away to expose their bones.[11]


Main article: Acolyte

Acolytes are Hive foot soldiers and do the bulk of the combat.[12][13][14][15] Formerly known as "Troopers," Acolytes appear to wear helmets with optical qualities and seem to lack the long fingers and sharp claws of their Thrall brethren, enabling them to wield Arc or Void-based weapons.[12][15]



Main article: Knight

Knights are large, armored Hive that wield enormous Cleavers or Hive Boomers that launch meteor-like attacks.[10][16] They can be deadly in large numbers or when accompanied by a Wizard. With the Epic modifier active, Knights posses an Arc shield.


Main article: Wizard

Wizards are regal, flying enemies that use ranged attacks.[10][17][18] This class has elaborate ancient armor, wears a long, crumbling cloak, and appears to float in midair, using dark magic attacks against Guardians. Wizards possess a Solar shield of average strength, depending on the level. If their shield integrity goes too low, they may "hide" or flee until they can recharge.


Main article: Ogre

Ogres are massive Hive that use powerful melee attacks and rapid burst energy blasts to obliterate their enemies.[10][19]


Main article: Shrieker

Shriekers are a Hive class that closely resemble a Fallen Servitor with large armor plates protruding from it. The center is more of a Void "eye." It fires large barrages of homing Void missiles. The name "Hive Shrieker" appeared briefly in a Destiny commercial.[20]


A subvariant of the Acolyte that serves as a dedicated Hive sniper. Their appearance is similar to a normal Acolyte, but are noticeably affected by the frozen surroundings of Mars. Adherents typically have large spikes of ice protruding from their back. They are mainly found in the Warmind DLC.

Hive SectsEdit

Currently, six sects within the Hive army exist. These include:

Blood of OryxEdit

Main article: Blood of Oryx

The Blood of Oryx is a sect located on the Earth and Moon, and are believed to be the direct servants of Oryx himself. Their signature color is purple.

Spawn of CrotaEdit

Main article: Spawn of Crota

The Spawn of Crota is a sect located on the Moon, and are the heralds of a dark future, led by a long-forgotten king. Crota and his legions seek to confiscate and control the Moon. Their signature color is yellow.

The Hidden SwarmEdit

Main article: The Hidden Swarm

The Hidden Swarm is a sect located on the Moon, and are designated as the Hive's outermost line of defense. Their main defense points are the various temples and shrines scattered across the vast Hive fortress. Their signature color is red.

The Scarlet BroodEdit

Main article: The Scarlet Brood

The Scarlet Brood is a sect revealed in the official strategy guide.[21]

Venom of OryxEdit

Main article: Venom of Oryx

The Venom of Oryx is a sect revealed in the official strategy guide.[21]

The Silent BroodEdit

The Silent Brood appear in The Founts on the Dreadnaught, and also in The Sunless Cell strike. Their signature color is light blue. They are the wardens of the dungeons. They guard those who rose in rebellion against the Taken King, most notably Alak-Hul, The Darkblade of the Hive, the adopted son of Oryx.

Battle Tactics and TechnologyEdit

In battle, the Hive make use of ancient metallic armor, optical enhancements, and arc, plasma, or void based weapons.[6] Some Hive also use large, glowing, arc-based Cleavers in battle.[16]


  • The Hive are inspired by the classic undead from fantasy fiction[1] and were designed to "capture a feeling of undead royalty."[22] Hive architecture generally is designed to have an "accentuated sense of scale, menace, and a hefty touch of the exotic without being too alien."[8]



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