Chozo (Language)

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Chozo letters from Metroid Prime

The Chozo language is a written mode of communication often found in the Chozo Ruins in Metroid Prime, including the elevators. It can also be found in Metroid: Zero Mission, notably in Chozodia. It may also be found on the Select Screen in Zero Mission. Chozo writing is also present on the sides of Samus Aran's Gunship in all appearances of the iconic version, such as in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Super Metroid, and Metroid: Other M. It is presumably Chozo language, as similar hieroglyphs are found in Chozodia. The language also appears prior to some in-game text in Other M, and on the Unknown Items Samus Screen data. However, the text in Echoes and Zero Mission differs from the kind found in Prime. One may be Zebesian, while the other may be Tallonian. This may mean that the Chozo have more than one language, or that their language evolved over time.

Chozo symbols

Runic Symbol concept art

The only known word in the Chozo language is Metroid, which means "ultimate warrior." There are destructible ornamental frames in Main Docking Access and Landing Access that are etched with "illegible Chozo markings".


  • Samus' Gunship in Super Metroid is the first to show a Chozo word or letter with the design of a backwards "C" with a tail hanging out diagonally.
  • It is interesting to note that although the Observatory is a Space Pirate facility, the names of the planets are written in Chozo.
  • Chozo text appears on several other Space Pirate devices, most notably the mechanical structure within the Monitor Station and the door control switch in the Phendrana Drifts.


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