Shanks are small, automated drones designed to harass in small numbers and overwhelm in large numbers. They appear physically as small quadrotors with a steel casing, and flying in a similar manner. It is implied that they lack artificial intelligence, as they can be led and tricked using simple techniques. They are not dangerous in small numbers due to their relatively weak weapons, but in large numbers, a swarm of Shanks can easily overcome even the best equipped Guardian.
- The Shank was introduced in the Destiny Behind Closed Doors Demo-E3 2013 where the player battled a handful of them.