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The Hive are one of the enemy races in Destiny which the Guardians must face off against.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Hive have been called "space zombies". Little is known about their origins and culture, though it has been confirmed that they reside on the Moon. They were shown to reside in The Hellmouth in the Moon Trailer. [1] Also, there is concept art of abandoned spaceships.

Additionally, it is implied during the Moon trailer that the Hive were at least partially responsible for the Collapse.

Their appearance is of a limber zombie-like being with ancient armor crusted onto their frame, meant to create a sense of "undead royalty". Some types such as the Knight are distinguished by having three eyes, while others are seen with different head structures or the use of garments. Still yet, some members of the Hive are pierced by thick stakes with a ring at one end. The aesthetic differences are so-far unexplained.

Claws, large swords, and so-far unidentified projectile weapons are the tools used by the Hive.[2]

Hive themes include mystery, darkness, evil, strength and militarism, all of which are shared by their architecture, as seen with The Hellmouth.[3]

Confirmed information[edit | edit source]

The Hive are an ancient, undead race that traverse the stars in ships that act like sarcophagi.

Hive Notables[edit | edit source]

Members[edit | edit source]

Thrall[edit | edit source]

Thralls are exactly what their name implies. They are the lowest class of Hive, the workhorses if you would, and have only their claws as weapons.

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Acolyte[edit | edit source]

The typical Hive soldier. They wield energy weapons that appear to fire glowing blades.

The smaller Knight.

Knight[edit | edit source]

The slightly more powerful soldier than the Acolyte. They wield energy weapons that appear to be Grenade launcher like.

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Knight[edit | edit source]

The elite soldiers of the Hive, Knights they wield a large, broad sword and A rocket launcher like energy weapon.

The larger Knight.

Wizard[edit | edit source]

Wizards possess the ability to cast magical attacks, and are higher on the Hive chain of command than Knights and thralls. Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 6.39.01 PM.png

Race Relationships[edit | edit source]


Cabal[edit | edit source]

Nothing currently is known about the relationship between the two races.

Fallen[edit | edit source]

Not much is known about the relationship between The Hive and The Fallen, but it is assumed they are hostile towards each other as they are shown to be fighting in the Devil's Lair gameplay video released on April 28th.

Vex[edit | edit source]

Nothing currently is known about the relationship between the two races.


Speculation[edit | edit source]

  • The Hive may be the Flood-like result of some kind of mind control by The Dark Army. (The Flood are a zombie-like enemy in Bungie's hit Halo series.)
  • Due to the different head structures of the three-eyed Hive types seen so far, there may be another Hive enemy unit different from either Thralls, Knights, or Wizards.
  • In the Bungie Podcast, Erk calls the deepest fathoms of The Hellmouth the "Summoning Pits"; Perhaps this means the Hive are undead bound to our plane of existence by a Necromantic entity, or this is where they summon members of their race from beyond the grave.