A Blade of Crota is a gold-tinted Hive Knight major who appears in Old Russia and Ocean of Storms. These, unlike most Knights, have an Arc shield. When a Blade is about to spawn, the message "The minions of Crota have started a ritual" will appear for all players in the area. A circle of three Acolytes will appear at one of the area's Blade spawn locations. After a short time or if the circle is disturbed by a Guardian, the message "The Blades of Crota have invaded this world" will appear, and a Blade will spawn in the circle. The invasion party will then attack any Guardians or Fallen in the area.
The Blades of Crota were introduced in Update 1.1 just before the release of The Dark Below. The world event was removed in Update 1.2.0, but Guardians can still find Blades of Crota in the story mission Fist of Crota.
- The Steppes
- The basement area in which Hallowed Knight and Acolytes spawn.
- A cave in which Dregs and Vandals normally spawn, near the patrol start point.
- Forgotten Shore
- The Divide
- In a room near the center of the area, next to a patrol mission beacon.
- In a room behind a large broken tube, near the connection to Rocketyard.
- Archer's Line
- In the small building partially buried in rubble, near the connection to Archer's Line.
- In the side area containing an abandoned colony base.
- Anchor of Light
- In a cave behind the tall buildings near the passage to the Temple of Crota.
- In the lowest level of the communication tower in the side area.