The Grineer speak and write in English, however they use their own unique set of barcode letters with dot-matrix-styled 'cuts' made along its edges (left for letters, right for numbers), to various depths. A dot present under each letter's bottom-right corner helps to determine correct orientation and makes it easy to tell if text has been flipped or rotated.
In many cases, the developers did not intend for this language to be translated and read by players. Therefore, many cases of text longer than a few words (such as the readouts on monitors) tend to be random letters strung together and occasionally flipped or rotated. Since the dot-marks are supposed to be on the bottom-right, it is easy to tell when this has been done.
Grineer text originally started out as simple bar code, and the ultimate goal was to create a written language that could be read easily whether compacted into a small space or plastered on an entire wall. Unlike the Corpus or Tenno alphabet that needs room to flourish, Grineer text can be fit into just about any location without a problem.
- , "GRINEER".
- The words , "FLAK 1.8" appears on both sides of the Drakgoon
- The words , "NOT TOUC" are written on both sides of the Gorgon.
- The words ,"BIG HURT FP4337" is written on the side of the Gorgon's Barrel near the end.
- The word , "GASER" is written all over the Regulators.
- The word , "VIPER" appears on the side of the Viper. In earlier builds, the word was originally , "SERBERUS", presumably an earlier name for the gun.
- The word , "CUTFACE" is written on the saw of the Miter.
- The words on the Twin Gremlins' magazines are , "BULLETS FOR YOUR FACE".
- The words on the Ogris appear to be , "BIG HURT F#43#", with the '#' spaces totally obscured by the strappings.
- The word , "ARMOR" also appears on the top of all Alloy Plates.
- The word , "UBER" appears on the Commander's helmet.
- The word , "OBEY" is written on the Acrid near the barrel.
- A large amount of Grineer writing is present all over both the Grineer Galleon and Grineer Asteroid tilesets. Translating some of the text painted on the walls yields the following words and phrases:
- - "FLOOR"
- - "DEATH TO REST"
- - "DISOBEDIENCE LEADS TO DEATH"
- - "OBEY ALL SIGNS"
- - "WANT TO KNOW MORE?"
- - "BE GOOD OR BE GONE"
- - "KEEP CLEAR"
- In the next two phrases, the 'K' appears to be a typo, since a distinct letter for 'C' also exists.
- - "SUPREMAKY IS DUTY"
- - "IF OUR ENEMIES DESERVED PEAKE, THEY WOULD HAVE DEFEATED US"
- The following appears on the doorways of the Grineer Galleon tileset:
- - "VICTORY IS PROOF OF DESTINY"
- - "OUR STRENGTH IS OUR JUSTIFICATION"
- - "GRINEER DEFENSE ASSET GROUP AUGUST"
- The following provides more proof that the Grineer alphabet may lack a 'Q', replacing it with a 'KW':
- , "ATTACK. CONKWUER. RULE."
- And the largest coherent text sample in the game so far:
- - "SYSTEMS ACCESS
- - AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY
- - THIS AREA CONTAINS HIGHLY SENSITIVE MATERIALS. ONLY GRINEER WITH PROPER ACCESS CREDENTIALS MAY ENTER THIS AREA. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TERMINATED."
A video released on July 3, 2013 for the Informant Event featured more Grineer text, including numbers for the language. A flash before the timer countdown contained the message:
"COMMANDERS, GLORIOUS NEWS, OUR NEW SURVEILLANCE DRONES ARE BEING DEPLOYED AS WE SPEAK. CENTRAL CONTROL WILL NOW BE ABLE TO MONITOR THE LOCATION OF EVERY TENNO OPERATIVE IN THE SYSTEM. ANY ATTEMPTS TO TAMPER WITH THE DRONES WILL BE THWARTED BY THEIR SOPHISITCATED DEFENSE SYSTEMS."
"OUR GRIP IS TIGHTENING. SOON OUR DOMINANCE WILL BE UNCHALLENGED. YOUR MAJESTIES, THE TWIN KWUEENS"
The timer displayed in the background begins at 48:00:00, and begins counting down, ending at 47:59:51 when the view changes. As a result, we can determine all the symbols for numbers.
It can be seen that the numbers have indentations on the right sides of the blocks, unlike the letters which have indentations on the left sides. The indentations on the numbers progressively rise as the numbers increase. Even numbers have shallower indentations, while odd numbers have deeper ones.
Much like the Corpus Language, Grineer is based on a substitution of letters and letter clusters, generated by feeding English text through a simple program. The substitutions used have evolved over time, leading to inconsistency in the spoken Grineer language which is exacerbated by the accents of various Grineer units. A list of substitutions common to most Grineer/Quotes has been determined based off of known dialog. Due to the relatively small number of references and the variability of Grineer accents, this list may not be comprehensive.
|I||U, HU||Hu'm ("I'm")|
|L||D|| Dof ("lock")|
Applied only if L is not preceeded by a consonant
|P||G|| Gregort ("report")|
Applied only if P is not flanked by any consonants
|R-, -R-||GR||Regre ("here")|
Applied only if R is not flanked by any consonants
|TH||KL|| Klem ("them")|
This substitution is responsible for the Clem meme.
These substitutions are the most heavily used, but have not always been employed, and may change again in the future. Notable dialog that does not follow these rules includes the initial cutscene of Vor's Prize, which among other irregularities features a substitution seen nowhere else: O --> K. The Kavor word "sikkhat" is a recent example of a word of unknown derivation that may indicate a rules shift. Known examples of translated text can be found on the Grineer, Kuva Guardian, and the Regulator quotes page. A small number of words are irregular or have special substitution rules: most notably "and", ("na"), "my" ("tu"), and "you" ("gar"). Expletives except for "ramn" ("damn") appear to not follow substitution rules, or are de novo words ("ghutre" "rapatok", "gretesk"). Numbers used in the Radio Scanner audio are also partially irregular and possibly unique to those clips.
- 1/One = Uk
- 2/Two = Tok
- 3/Three = Chee
- 4/Four = Forr
- 5/Five = Fhuve
- 6/Six = Shux
- 7/Seven = Sevenk
- 8/Eight = Ehught
- 9/Nine = Nhune
- The audio language for the Grineer was added in Update 10.
- It would seem some of the speeches are a similar blend with the languages on Earth before it was converted to Grineer such as English, German and French. This is reasonable as the idea that the Grineer used to be humans before their repeated industrial cloning made them as they are.
- The Grineer Alphabet abstains the letter use of "Q" and "X". They are substituted using "KW" and "KS" respectively.
- The Grineer language is made by running English words and sentences through a script before being voiced. Some of them, on the other hand, seemed to be garbled.
- There is evidence to suggest that certain Grineer may have differing accents from other members of their faction. For example, in "The Call" trailer, the unnamed Grineer leader of the excavation puts no emphasis on the "H" in "moh'ne" when saying "Huh'ris moh'ne!" ("He's mine!"). Vor, however, is heard doing so later in the trailer.
- On the small white machine/device, a text is found on the left side, vertically written: "KO, SYSTEM WIDE"
- Sometimes, the words "is duty", can be found with the Grineer symbol in front of it, clearly saying: "GRINEER IS DUTY".
- Generally, the larger writings have a meaning, as where smaller texts usually don't.
- The Grineer Explosive Barrels carry the following message: "DEATH IS REAL", a crude indicator of the barrel's volatile contents.
- The phrase "WANT TO KNOW MORE?" Is a reference to the movie Starship Troopers. In it, a series of short propaganda videos promoting the Federation's war on the Arachnids are played, all ending in the phrase "Would you like to know more?"