The Secret Nicknames Of The Shadow Of The Colossus

They're some of the most memorably opponents/victims in all of gaming, but the Colossi in Shadow of the Colossus don't actually have official names. All this time you've been calling them "sword guy" and "flying thing", but those aren't canon.

They do, however, have official nicknames.

Did you know, for example, that the first boss was called by Team Ico "The Minotaur"? That the game's fourth Colossus was labelled "Kirin", after the mythical Chinese beast it shared a resemblance? Or that the final opponent was called "Elvis", he was the god of rock?

You do now.

You can see more of these working names over at GlitterBerri, where the game's official Japanese guidebook is slowly being translated.

The Colossi's Nicknames [GlitterBerri]


    Yeah.. all of the colossus actually DO have names. /sigh

      This its what I thought...

    "The Colossi in Shadow of the Colossus don’t actually have official names."
    To use your examples, the first boss is Valus, the 4th is Phaedra and the last is Malus

    Could we maybe get a filter so that we only get the Australian content? It's result in having to troll through a lo less poorly researched, inane articles.

      Those names are fan-made and not canon. They do have official names however, which are the original Japanese 'nicknames' and were found in the artbook.

      See where it says 'subscribe to Australian stories' just there? That's an RSS feed for the AU content only.

      Also, all the AU content is tagged as such:

        Noooo! If we do that we won't be able to say the same tired shit for every.single.article!

        Are you sure? The names seem to be pretty much ubiquitous across an awful lot of web sites.

          Oop, replied to the wrong post. Meant to reply to Aaron.

            If you read the top of the article on, you can see where the names Pelagia, Malus, etc. originated from. They're a hoax.

    Wow, I must have traveled back to 2006 or something. Old old old old old news.

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