She was sacrificed for she had a cursed fate. Please... I need you to bring back her soul...

–Wander talking about Mono

Mono (モノ Mono) is the deceased young woman whom Wander brings to the altar in the Shrine of Worship at the beginning of Shadow of the Colossus.



Mono's concept art.

Mono is a beautiful woman with long, dark hair. She wears a long-sleeved, lilac dress, and no footwear. Both Wander and Mono were designed with long hair from the start of the design process. Her long, dark-brown hair worked as a contrast to Ico's Yorda, who has short, light-brown hair. At the very beginning of the game, she donned a light-brown cloak that covered her entire body.


After Wander arrives at the Shrine of Worship, he makes a deal with Dormin. It agrees to revive her if he can defeat the sixteen colossi that inhabit the Forbidden Lands.

With each colossus slain, Mono's voice becomes more audible and clear in the visions that Wander experiences before his return to the Shrine of Worship. At one point, she is seen getting up in a dream after Wander kills the eighth colossus.

After Dormin is vanquished (likely only temporarily) and the bridge collapses, Mono finally awakens. Agro, though suffering greatly from an injured leg, leads her to the baby in the now-empty pool at the back of the shrine. Appearing dazed, albeit strangely unfazed to find herself resurrected from the dead; seemingly unshakable, she picks up the strange baby without so much as a look of surprise. They then head up to the secret garden atop the massive structure.

Mono's cursed fate

Character Art Card - Mono
At the beginning of the game, Wander states that Mono was sacrificed because she had a "cursed fate", but does not elaborate on what exactly that fate was. This is one of the many questions that Shadow of the Colossus raises and leaves to the player to figure out. For the sake of this wiki, we will only look at three proposed fates, although there are many other possibilities. A combination of these three is also a possibility.

Speculated fates

To become the Queen

Some players believe that, due to her resurrection by Dormin, Mono came to gain immortality or some sort of dark power, eventually becoming the powerful Queen seen in the game Ico. This explanation makes sense because it plays into the tragic nature of Shadow of the Colossus' story, having Wander work so hard to revive her, only to have her turn malevolent. Some players have also noted similarities in Mono's and the Queen's appearances. It should also be noted that Dormin speaks with two simultaneous voices - male and female -, and when they are fully manifested, the female voice is inaudible. This implies that Mono was brought back to life with the "female" side of Dormin and would explain why she would become the Queen. Moreover, Dormin does passively mention at the beginning that it is impossible to return lost souls to bodies; instead, Mono may have inherited a new one.

To create the lineage of horned children

Others believe that Mono was said to bring the horned children into the world and so was sacrificed before she could get the chance to. These horned children, such as Ico, are referred to as being cursed or harboring bad luck. The irony in this is that the events that led Wander to try and resurrect Mono are the same events that lead to Wander's revival as a horned infant, starting the lineage of horned children. If Mono had not been sacrificed in the first place, Wander would not have been compelled to revive her, and there would not be any horned children. The act of trying to avoid the prophecy led to its fulfillment.

To participate in the resurrection of Dormin

Alternatively, it would be logical to assume that the cursed fate was that she was to help in resurrecting the game's forbidden and antagonistic deity. Therefore, we could go as far as saying that Lord Emon would have had her put to death to prevent this, explaining his prayer for her life and soul which we see when Wander returns from killing Malus. This would also fall in line with the aforementioned irony as her death to prevent Dormin's return would have simultaneously instigated it.

Connection to Wander

Mono's actual relation to the protagonist is never made clear, leaving it up to the player's imagination. The most accepted theory, however, is she is some form of romantic interest or partner to Wander. This is most heavily supported by one particular occasion: upon waking at the Shrine of Worship once, Wander approaches her, and a song with a notably romantic air, "Prayer", plays. During this part, he also goes to tenderly touch her face. Regardless, Mono's meaning to Wander remains a mystery.


The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A )
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo
SotC Template CoverLogov2 Walkthrough
Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits

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