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"What the hell does that to people?"
Jace Stratton, after seeing a dead Locust with its hearts ripped out

Heart Leeches were native creatures that live in the Hollows. They are not part of the Locust Horde, and their existence was known to the human race during the Pendulum Wars. Heart Leeches kill by embedding themselves into their victim's chest and slowly tear open the rib-cage. The heart is then devoured inside the chest cavity as the leech then exits the deceased victim, which is why they are called heart leeches.[1]


Jace and Dom stumble into a nest of Heart Leeches.

Mission to Montevado[]

During the Mission to Montevado, Jace Stratton and Dominic Santiago walked into a Heart Leech nest. They killed several of them, and blew up an Imulsion tank that burned several more, but were in danger of being overrun. However, they were saved by Marcus Fenix and Michael Barrick, and all the Heart Leeches were killed.[1]

Liberation of Jilane[]

According to Jace, Alex Brand once put a dead Heart Leech on a sleeping squadmate who called her foxy.[2]

Behind the Scenes[]

  • In both appearance and behavior, the Heart Leeches share many similarities with the Swarm Leech. The Swarm Leech will burrow into a human's torso and explosively emerge back out, killing the human. It is possible but currently unknown if the Swarm Leech come from the Heart Leeches.


Hollow and Enemy Creatures
Locust Horde
Berserker (Matriarch) · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cyclops, Disciple, Flame Drone, Grappler, Gunner, Miner, Savage Drone, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Sniper, Spotter) · Grenadier (Flame Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Ravager) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus, Zealot) · Rager · Sire · Theron (Cleaver Theron, Palace Guard, Savage Theron, Theron Elite, Theron Sentinel)
Hollow Creatures
Bloodmount · Brumak · Corpser (Shibboleth) · Digger · Gas Barge · Heart Leech · Kraken · Kryll · Leviathan · Mangler · Nemacyst (Ink Grenade) · Nemacyte · Reaver (Assault Barque, Hydra) · Riftworm · Rockworm · Rock Shrew · Seeder · Serapede · Siegebeast · Tempest (Shrieker) · Ticker · Torture Barge · Wretch
Former · Lambent Berserker · Lambent Brumak · Lambent Bull · Lambent Dog · Lambent Drone (Lambent Drudge) · Lambent Grenadier · Lambent Gunker · Lambent Leviathan · Lambent Polyp · Lambent Stalk · Lambent Theron · Lambent Wretch
Canker · Carrier · DeeBees (Bastion, Reject, Stump) · Drone (Elite Drone, Grenadier, Elite Grenadier, Hunter, Elite Hunter, Imago, Sniper, Elite Sniper) · Flock (Leech) · Hive Beast · Juvie (Screamer, Popper) · Kraken · Locust (Drone · Matriarch · Sire) · Scion (Armored Scion, Heavy Scion, Scion Elite, Warden) · Snatcher (Pouncer) · Swarmak
DR-1 · Shepherd (Deadeye) · Tracker (Shock Tracker) · Watcher (Guardian, Sentinel)