Official Grineer Cipher. Note that "KW" is used in place of "Q" and "KS" is used in place of "X."

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.[1]

Translation ExamplesEdit

  • Grineer
    The simplest example is the text on the image to the right, which just says Grineer GGrineer RGrineer IGrineer NGrineer EGrineer EGrineer R, "GRINEER".
  • The words Grineer FGrineer LGrineer AGrineer K Grineer 1Grineer DotGrineer 8, "FLAK 1.8" appears on both sides of the GrineerFlakCannon Drakgoon
  • The words Grineer NGrineer OGrineer T Grineer TGrineer OGrineer UGrineer C, "NOT TOUC" are written on both sides of the Gorgon Gorgon.
  • The words Grineer BGrineer IGrineer G Grineer HGrineer UGrineer RGrineer T Grineer FGrineer PGrineer 4Grineer 3Grineer 3Grineer 7,"BIG HURT FP4337" is written on the side of the Gorgon Gorgon's Barrel near the end.
  • The word Grineer GGrineer AGrineer SGrineer EGrineer R, "GASER" is written all over the Regulators.
  • The word Grineer VGrineer IGrineer PGrineer EGrineer R, "VIPER" appears on the side of the Viper Viper. In earlier builds, the word was originally Grineer SGrineer EGrineer RGrineer BGrineer EGrineer RGrineer UGrineer S, "SERBERUS", presumably an earlier name for the gun.
  • The word Grineer CGrineer UGrineer TGrineer FGrineer AGrineer CGrineer E, "CUTFACE" is written on the saw of the Miter Miter.
  • The words on the Gremlin Twin Gremlins' magazines are Grineer BGrineer UGrineer LGrineer LGrineer EGrineer TGrineer S Grineer FGrineer OGrineer R Grineer YGrineer OGrineer UGrineer R Grineer FGrineer AGrineer CGrineer E, "BULLETS FOR YOUR FACE".
  • The words on the OgrisNew Ogris appear to be Grineer BGrineer IGrineer G Grineer HGrineer UGrineer RGrineer T Grineer FGrineer PoundGrineer 4Grineer 3Grineer Pound, "BIG HURT F#43#", with the '#' spaces totally obscured by the strappings.
  • The word Grineer AGrineer RGrineer MGrineer OGrineer R, "ARMOR" also appears on the top of all Alloy Plates.
  • The word Grineer UGrineer BGrineer EGrineer R, "UBER" appears on the Commander's helmet.
  • The word Grineer OGrineer BGrineer EGrineer Y, "OBEY" is written on the Acrid2 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:
    • Grineer FGrineer LGrineer OGrineer OGrineer R - "FLOOR"
    • Grineer DGrineer EGrineer AGrineer TGrineer H Grineer TGrineer O Grineer RGrineer EGrineer SGrineer T - "DEATH TO REST"
    • Grineer DGrineer IGrineer SGrineer OGrineer BGrineer EGrineer DGrineer IGrineer EGrineer NGrineer CGrineer E Grineer LGrineer EGrineer AGrineer DGrineer S Grineer TGrineer O Grineer DGrineer EGrineer AGrineer TGrineer H - "DISOBEDIENCE LEADS TO DEATH"
    • Grineer OGrineer BGrineer EGrineer Y Grineer AGrineer LGrineer L Grineer SGrineer IGrineer GGrineer NGrineer S - "OBEY ALL SIGNS"
    • Grineer WGrineer AGrineer NGrineer T Grineer TGrineer O Grineer KGrineer NGrineer OGrineer W Grineer MGrineer OGrineer RGrineer EGrineer Question - "WANT TO KNOW MORE?"
    • Grineer BGrineer E Grineer GGrineer OGrineer OGrineer D Grineer OGrineer R Grineer BGrineer E Grineer GGrineer OGrineer NGrineer E - "BE GOOD OR BE GONE"
    • Grineer KGrineer EGrineer EGrineer P Grineer CGrineer LGrineer EGrineer AGrineer R - "KEEP CLEAR"
  • In the next two phrases, the 'K' appears to be a typo, since a distinct letter for 'C' also exists.
    • Grineer SGrineer UGrineer PGrineer RGrineer EGrineer MGrineer AGrineer KGrineer Y Grineer IGrineer S Grineer DGrineer UGrineer TGrineer Y - "SUPREMAKY IS DUTY"
    • Grineer IGrineer F Grineer OGrineer UGrineer R Grineer EGrineer NGrineer EGrineer MGrineer IGrineer EGrineer S Grineer DGrineer EGrineer SGrineer EGrineer RGrineer VGrineer EGrineer D Grineer PGrineer EGrineer AGrineer KGrineer EGrineer Comma Grineer TGrineer HGrineer EGrineer Y Grineer WGrineer OGrineer UGrineer LGrineer D Grineer HGrineer AGrineer VGrineer E Grineer DGrineer EGrineer FGrineer EGrineer AGrineer TGrineer EGrineer D Grineer UGrineer S - "IF OUR ENEMIES DESERVED PEAKE, THEY WOULD HAVE DEFEATED US"
  • The following appears on the doorways of the Grineer Galleon tileset:
    • Grineer VGrineer IGrineer CGrineer TGrineer OGrineer RGrineer Y Grineer IGrineer S Grineer PGrineer RGrineer OGrineer OGrineer F Grineer OGrineer F Grineer DGrineer EGrineer SGrineer TGrineer IGrineer NGrineer Y - "VICTORY IS PROOF OF DESTINY"
    • Grineer OGrineer UGrineer R Grineer SGrineer TGrineer RGrineer EGrineer NGrineer GGrineer TGrineer H Grineer IGrineer S Grineer OGrineer UGrineer R Grineer JGrineer UGrineer SGrineer TGrineer IGrineer FGrineer IGrineer CGrineer AGrineer TGrineer IGrineer OGrineer N - "OUR STRENGTH IS OUR JUSTIFICATION"
    • Grineer GGrineer RGrineer IGrineer NGrineer EGrineer EGrineer R Grineer DGrineer EGrineer FGrineer EGrineer NGrineer SGrineer E Grineer AGrineer SGrineer SGrineer EGrineer T Grineer GGrineer RGrineer OGrineer UGrineer P Grineer AGrineer UGrineer GGrineer UGrineer SGrineer T - "GRINEER DEFENSE ASSET GROUP AUGUST"
  • The following provides more proof that the Grineer alphabet may lack a 'Q', replacing it with a 'KW':
    • Grineer AGrineer TGrineer TGrineer AGrineer CGrineer KGrineer Dot Grineer CGrineer OGrineer NGrineer KGrineer WGrineer UGrineer EGrineer RGrineer Dot Grineer RGrineer UGrineer LGrineer EGrineer Dot, "ATTACK. CONKWUER. RULE."
  • And the largest coherent text sample in the game so far:
    • Grineer SGrineer YGrineer SGrineer TGrineer EGrineer MGrineer S Grineer AGrineer CGrineer CGrineer EGrineer SGrineer S - "SYSTEMS ACCESS
    • Grineer AGrineer UGrineer TGrineer HGrineer OGrineer RGrineer IGrineer ZGrineer EGrineer D Grineer PGrineer EGrineer RGrineer SGrineer OGrineer NGrineer NGrineer EGrineer L Grineer OGrineer NGrineer LGrineer Y - AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY
    • Grineer TGrineer HGrineer IGrineer S Grineer AGrineer RGrineer EGrineer A Grineer CGrineer OGrineer NGrineer TGrineer AGrineer IGrineer NGrineer S Grineer HGrineer IGrineer GGrineer HGrineer LGrineer Y Grineer SGrineer EGrineer NGrineer SGrineer IGrineer TGrineer IGrineer VGrineer E Grineer MGrineer AGrineer TGrineer EGrineer RGrineer IGrineer AGrineer LGrineer SGrineer Dot Grineer OGrineer NGrineer LGrineer Y Grineer GGrineer RGrineer IGrineer NGrineer EGrineer EGrineer R Grineer WGrineer IGrineer TGrineer H Grineer PGrineer RGrineer OGrineer PGrineer EGrineer R Grineer AGrineer CGrineer CGrineer EGrineer SGrineer S Grineer CGrineer RGrineer EGrineer DGrineer EGrineer NGrineer TGrineer IGrineer AGrineer L Grineer MGrineer AGrineer Y Grineer EGrineer NGrineer TGrineer EGrineer R Grineer TGrineer HGrineer IGrineer S Grineer AGrineer RGrineer EGrineer AGrineer Dot Grineer AGrineer LGrineer L Grineer OGrineer TGrineer HGrineer EGrineer RGrineer S Grineer WGrineer IGrineer LGrineer L Grineer BGrineer E Grineer TGrineer EGrineer RGrineer MGrineer IGrineer NGrineer AGrineer TGrineer EGrineer DGrineer DotTHIS AREA CONTAINS HIGHLY SENSITIVE MATERIALS. ONLY GRINEER WITH PROPER ACCESS CREDENTIALS MAY ENTER THIS AREA. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TERMINATED."



Grineer Numbers




Quick flash of a message at 0:0:27

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:



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.[2] 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.

English Grineer Example/Notes
B K Sukjekkt ("subject")
BA RA Raf ("back")
BO BRO Brogrer ("bored")
C K Onke ("once")
CK F Kref ("check")
CL- GR- Grear ("clear")
D R Spotter ("spotted")
H R Rey ("hey")
I U, HU Hu'm ("I'm")
L D Dof ("lock")
Applied only if L is not preceeded by a consonant
LL S Khus ("kill")
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
ST TR Retrroy ("destroy")
TH KL Klem ("them")
This substitution is responsible for the Clem meme.
W R Rusr ("wish")
WH- GR- Grat ("what")

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.[1]
  • The Grineer language is made by running English words and sentences through a script before being voiced.[4] 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?"

External links Edit

  • TennoTyper, an English to Warframe text translator developed by Clarvel.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grineer and Corpus Cipher revealed [1]
  2. Tennocon 2018: Sounds of the System 29:41 [2]
  4. Stated by the Sound team on Livestream 11
  5. Warframe Forums: Tennotyper - An English To Warframe Text Translator
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