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The subject of this article appears in the Universe of Metro 2033 book series. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

The raven (Russian: ворон, Polish: kruk) is an all-black species of passerine bird that appears in several books of the Universe of Metro 2033 series and in Metro Exodus.


The common raven has coexisted with humanity for thousands of years; in some areas they have been so numerous that humans regarded them as pests.

Ravens have an omnivorous diet, which contributes to their evolutionary success as a species. They can be immensely opportunistic and versatile when looking for sources of food - feeding on insects, carrion, berries, cereal grains, small animals, food waste, and fruit (in Metro Exodus, ravens can be seen feasting on human carcasses). The common raven is unusually intelligent for an avian species, which can be seen thanks to some very notable feats of problem-solving.

Over centuries of recorded human history, the raven has been a subject of art, literature, folklore, and mythology. In many cultures of the world, the common raven has been revered as a godlike creature or spiritual figure. In the Metro Series, ravens seem to have survived the nuclear conflict mostly untouched by the twisted and mutating effects of radiation, carrying on with their lives as usual - only presumably with much more carrion to choose from.


  • There is no consistent distinction between "crows" and "ravens", though the former are generally considered smaller than the latter. Both belong to the Corvus genus, which also includes species commonly known as jackdaws and rooks.