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MMORPG Lexicon

You are welcome to post suggested additions to the list via the comments. In general, I've tried to only include terms that are used across several MMOs. I feel that including game-specific terms would overwhelm and make this page unnecessarily unwieldy. The goal here is to provide a lexicon that would allow the parsing of most MMO talk across most MMOs. So terms like "mob" or "camping" make sense, but terms like "ferry" make less sense.
Posted on March 30, 2005 | Comments (158)


CC - Crowd Control. The group of spells and powers that us use to manage monsters (mob) by taking them out of combat. Mez is and example of a CC power.

Posted by: Lichbane on April 5, 2005 8:49 PM

"Uber Slang form of super"

Isn't uber actually a derivitive of a German word?

Posted by: anon on April 18, 2005 2:01 PM

yep. über = over

nevertheless, the word "uber" (with "u") can be found in german mmorpg slang, too. It must have found its way back to german language somehow... ;)

Posted by: a german on April 19, 2005 11:07 AM

"Medding - Resting in EQ was called Meditating. This is the commonly used abbreviation"

should be:
Medding - Resting in order to gain back mana in EQ was called Meditating. This is the commonly used abbreviation, also shortened to Med, as in, "Don't pull yet, I need to med."

Posted by: Energist on April 22, 2005 10:26 PM

You forgot the often word acompaning AFK which is Bio.
Bio= Restroom Break

Posted by: meQal on May 8, 2005 1:06 AM

Perhaps you should add the term "ganked" or "to gank." I have actually never heard it used in a present tense, just a past tense. To be ganked is a term referring to one player being overwhelmed and killed by a large group. Can be either by a group of other players doing player-kill or a group of NPC monsters. Used in a sentence, "I got ganked yesterday in Fel."

Posted by: El on May 8, 2005 1:49 PM

There is also a slang phrase, "to take a dirt nap," which refers to how your character's corpse lays on the ground, often face down, in some games after you die while your character's ghost runs to get a rez (resurrection).

Posted by: El on May 8, 2005 1:55 PM

'Mob' originally comes from the MUD era, where it was short for 'mobile', to differentiate monsters that would patrol a set of rooms as opposed to monsters which would stay in one place until killed.

Posted by: Eric on May 10, 2005 8:48 AM

Missing 'grind' or 'grinding'. It's when you have to repeatedly kill something to gain experience. Usually not a good thing.

Posted by: Nixx on May 11, 2005 2:30 PM

[Ken's comments were collated into this one]

Ammend the 733t speak with the following:

Earliest signs of LEET speak came from BBS systems and MUDs to encrypt text from the average user while leaving it in plain sight. Only the Elite members would know how to read it. The first sentence is provided in a form of leet speak below.

34r7!3$t $!g|\|$ 0f 733t $p34|<t fr0/\// t3}{ 4\/3r4g3 u$3r \/\/}{!73 734\/!|\|g !t !|\| p74!|\| $!g}{t/

[cancel amend, stupid web browser keeps chewing the code. Parts missing because of the greater then and less then symbols.]

Stealth Zerg: In various game a "zerg" or large collection of players all with some form of stealth ability.

Twisting: To rapidly change from one type of ability to another where the abilities overlap momentarily. In DAOC a bard sings a song that gives a buff. By rapidly changing the song several songs will overlap due to the duration of the songs continuing for a short period of time.

Kite: To lure a mob or player around much like a kite on a string while attacking it in some capacity. A player draws agro and the mobility of the monster is reduced. The monster tries to follow the target (thus becoming the kite on the string with the target hold the string.) In EQ a common kiting is DoT (Damage over time) with a snare (reduces the monsters speed) then running in a large circle until the monster is dead. Methods of kiting vary from game to game.

Nerf: To soften or reduce an ability, item, player, or action. Useually this is a term applied when a power or ability is reduced because it is perceived to be too powerful.

Japped: A term referring to the Japanese in WW2 which denotes a suprise attack or an attack from the rear. "Dude I got japped last night by a couple of mids." Usually not synonymous with Ganked. Used frequently by player to denote an action. "Japp him then we'll flank the others."

Posted by: Ken P. on May 12, 2005 9:09 AM

DPS: damage per second. Used when figuring weapon speed and damage.

DKP: dragon kill points. a system used for guilds to fairly distribute loot based on participation and contribution to the guild.

KS: Kill stealer. When another player attacks the same creature as another player and receives the reward for the kill other then the person who originated combat.

Posted by: GD on May 16, 2005 5:44 AM

Im surprised you dont have MUD up there. Most of us know they are Multi User Dungeons, but if this is a lexicon, I would think it would carry this important acronym. You have MMORPG, get MUD. :)

Posted by: Fornax on May 16, 2005 12:12 PM

Also, the word "Train" which means as a verb to kill things alone for experience, or as a noun which means that you're running and carrying a lot of Mobs.

Also, plx means please, I guess. I used to hear it all the time, and my friends still use it when they try to look like idiots. I don't know how it gets it's origin.

Posted by: 8472 on May 17, 2005 4:09 PM

Missing "UO" for "Ultima Online" :)

Posted by: Irissa on May 21, 2005 7:38 AM

The "Nerf" entry has a typo: "Usually" is spelled "Useually." ;)

Posted by: SiG on May 31, 2005 4:01 PM

MxO = Matrix Online ;)

Posted by: on June 2, 2005 5:29 PM

Don't forget the Aggro Train - having a bunch of mobs chasing you as you run for dear life.

Posted by: mut on June 21, 2005 2:30 PM

I cannot believe that 'add' is not put in.
An 'add' is a enemy that was not in a battle at the start, but somehow managed to get drawn into the conflict (often by a kiter).

Posted by: Airin on June 24, 2005 11:16 PM

Also, a 'leeroy' is a person who draws unwanted enemy mobs into another person or group. Comes from a WoW video in which Leeroy Jenkins draws over 200 mobiles into the group at the one time.

Posted by: Airin on June 24, 2005 11:18 PM

Can't forget leeroy

WC = Water closest or water closet (aka. bathroom break) WC is used a lot in Final Fantasy XI. (FFXI.)

Posted by: Eldarias on June 27, 2005 5:43 PM

leeroy? that's not even slang, just a faked video.

Posted by: Mike on July 13, 2005 12:15 PM

Thanks, that helped alot for n00bs like me.
How bout "GW" for Guild Wars (the game I play)

Also, that idiot who said usually is spelled "useually" needs to be shot. Lesson: Stay in school, mkaayy?

Posted by: Jon on July 19, 2005 12:09 PM

Wow. Spelling nazi. Good going.

Posted by: Furiant on July 20, 2005 7:19 AM

Proc: short for "process" is the term given to a "chance on hit" effect that accompanies various weapons in MMOs.

Posted by: Sho on August 2, 2005 3:14 AM

Leeerooy has quickly become slang (esp. in Team Speak (TS

Posted by: Garcia on August 3, 2005 10:17 PM

Shard is a corpse not a server

Posted by: Smog on August 4, 2005 6:11 AM

i can't beleve they had omg (oh my god) but not omfg (oh my f***ing god)

Posted by: protodude252 on August 9, 2005 11:27 AM

FTW: For the win

Posted by: drakinor on August 13, 2005 9:41 PM

Run = (Noun) A period of time in which the character continously gains abilities, often at a rate faster than through usual playing. Players usually experience "runs" during Power Leveling or Grinding their character to increase their ability through repetitive tasks such as practicing a skill or combat. Usage: "I'm on a run now in Magery, 8.2+ in 30-min." or "I'm on a run, only 20K exp. to Level Up." Source: Came from Ultima Online power level training using the 8x8 tile method of movement for increasing abilities by performing an action in one spot, then moving 8-tiles in a North or South direction, repeating the action to gain another point in that ability.)

Posted by: Anonymous on August 14, 2005 10:56 PM

Aggro Train Wreck = When a player drags an aggro train in to a common PC congregation area and all hell breaks loose.

Posted by: on August 25, 2005 9:15 AM

@Smogg >Shard is a corpse not a server
Shard is a server, like in WoW you have Bloodscalp / Deathwing. In UO you have Shard assigned to areas in the world, i.e. a server for Germany, a server for english speaking europe and one for the french. This means 3 servers for europe (actually a lot more) but every site is called a shard in Ultima Online.

Posted by: Harry on August 31, 2005 12:08 AM

lvl: Level

AH: Auction House. A place in WoW where a character can place items up for sale to other players.

BoP: Bind on Pick-up. An item that binds to your character when looted. Once and item is looted it becomes "Soulbound" and cannot be traded to another character or sold in an AH. [WoW]

BoE: Bind on Equip. An item that binds to your character when equipped to your character. If this item hasn't been equipped, then it may be traded or sold in an AH. Once and item is equipped it becomes "Soulbound" and cannot be traded to another character or sold in an AH. [WoW]

Ninja [noun or Verb]: a person, or the action of a person, who joins a group or raid to steal loot from the rest of the group. i.e. - looting a high lvl BoE or BoP item that your character can't use, but other's in your group or raid wanted and/or need that item. Also know as Ninja looting.

Posted by: Freak show on September 1, 2005 10:51 AM

Shard IS slang for server,it is the name of servers in the game Ultima Online I.E. what shard are you playing on? Damn n00b

Posted by: Killbane on September 5, 2005 3:52 AM

OOR = out of range Usually used to inform others that a PC or NPC is not within the designated range of a spell.

Also, MT refers to a Main Tank not just a misstell.

MA = Main Assist Often confused with MT. Though the two CAN be the same, they are not always.

Main = [noun] Refers to a person's main character

Alt = [noun] Short for alternate and refers to a character other than a player's main

Mule = [noun] An alternate character on the same server as one's main character used to stock trade goods and for holding extra and often times arbitrary items.

Train = [noun] A long "train" of NPCs.
[verb] Pulling a "train" of NPCs ex: 1.Some guy just trained me and I'm dead. 2. I pulled too many, training them North.

I also agree with adding:

Posted by: Fubuju on September 9, 2005 1:29 AM

ffs- for f*** sake

Posted by: Zmikavt on September 12, 2005 7:20 AM

I think "proc" comes from the programming term "Programmed Random OCcurence", not "process", but I might be wrong.

Posted by: Govt on September 12, 2005 10:06 AM

Shard = Term used in Ultima Online for server
MA, SA, TA and so on = Main Assist, Secondary Assist, Third Assist
Feign Pulling = Pulling a monster that is usually in a large group of monsters to separate it from the rest. Needs Feign Death skill (eq, wow)
Proc = Ability available on an item that gives either a benificial effect or a damage or snare effect
DD = Direct Damage
Toast or (Deep) Fried = Killed by fire or just plain dead
GoD Loot = Used by guilds , loot distributed based on GL and officers recommendation(sometimes based on attendance and upgrade need), requires honest GL and officers.
GL = Guild Leader, Group Leader
RL = Raid Leader
HP = Honor Points

Posted by: Tanador on September 13, 2005 12:33 AM

Ventrilo (short "Vent")

Exploiter (in wow anyhow, a person using an unintentional programming glich/bug to theire advantaget.

Roll (Rolling for an item / Roll a new character, comes from the original RPG with pen, paper and a dice)

Troll/Trolled (when some one is fooled or played a prank on ie "You have been trolled!")

Posted by: RavedoG on September 13, 2005 12:41 AM

Roll - verb
To "roll" on an item means to type "/random 100", where the server's random number generator puts out a number between 1 and 100, the most generally accepted "fair" way to distribute loot and settle disputes.

Posted by: Amere3tt0 on September 14, 2005 10:01 AM

Master Looter (M) : Group leader can appoint the looting system between different types of distributing loot. In ML, the group leader can personally distribute the items at the slaying of a boss while those interested in recieving that loot will usually roll on it, highest recieving said item.

Posted by: Amer3tt0 on September 14, 2005 10:09 AM

Ninja('d) - verb ; past-tense
Undesired consequence of having a rare high end item useful to you taken by someone who can't use it because they rolled a higher random number when they shouldn't have rolled in the first place. Offset by having a Master Looter.
ex. "That rogue ninja'd that caster necklace."

Posted by: Amer3tt0 on September 14, 2005 10:10 AM

Wipe -
To "wipe" means for the entire group whether party or raid to all die. However, party or raid can only continue if there is a class that can resurrect oneself, thereby avoiding the time consumed from running back from the the graveyard and regrouping at the beginning of the instance.

SS -
Warlock ability called Soul-Stone, self-resurrecting spell can be cast on anyone (usually a healer) to offset discomforts of "wiping", lasts 30 minutes.

Ankh -
Shaman reagent that is required to cast self-resurrecting spell on self, cooldown time of 30 minutes.

Blue(s) (item) -
WoW item of rare quality, usually either BoE,BoP

Purple(s) (item) -
WoW item of epic quality, almost always BoP

Nuke -
Refers to casters, to cast the highest damage spell or spell combo to effectively pull or finish of a npc. Mages usually are the most effective class in highest burst damage.

Proc - verb (abbreviation)
Abbreviation of "programmed random occurence", refers to usually the benefits of added damage or other buffing enhancement that occurs randomly when an item strikes or is used.
ex. "That sword procs a shield that protects the wielder for 50 dmg."

respec - verb (abbv.)
Or usually "to respec" as to mean one needs to apply a respecification. Applied to WoW class talents, where a talent tree that is accessed through talent points aquired every level after 10. At the level cap of 60, you have 51 talent points to spend within 3 talent tree of your specific class which uniquely enhances your skill/spell set with different spells or abilities.

root -
Usually referred to spells that can hold a target in the same place for a short duration, allowing caster to escape or put distance between them and the target.

macro -
Programming term applied to user-made macros, or scripts that can automatically send messages, cast spells, and a variety of other functions. Mainly used to automate things that are repeatedly done to expediate gameplay.

tell -
Or usually "to send tell", which is to private message someone using the "/t" or "/tell" commands.

sheep ; poly - verb
Refers to a mage spell, Polymorph, that can sheep humanoid targets effectively putting target out of combat for a duration of time. Particularly effective form of crowd control, but has met with criticism in PvP situations, as diminishing returns limit the amount of time other players can stay polymorphed.

dimishing returns -
WoW defines this as the benefits of a particular spell cast repeatedly on the same target will eventually lose and be completely ineffective usually after the third or fourth time. More applicable to PvP situation, as DRs are not applied in PvE against npcs.

crit - abbv.
"To crit" refers to landing a critical hit either with melee or spells. Effective damage is usually increased from a base of 150% to upwards of 250% with extra talents/skills/buffs.

bot ; botting -
Generally illegal and discouraged form of gameplay, where actions of a character can be automated to perform actions repeatedly in order to gain experience and level without actual user intervention. This practice is continually monitored by GMs and will cause suspension of service if one is suspected of botting.

HPs ; HKs - abbv.
Referred to honor points and honor kills that apply to WoW's honor system, which awards players on PvP servers. PvP kills of players within the same range of level are awarded honor kills that contribute to points that are tallied once a week. A PvP rank is then assessed over time, which provides access to higher level items that can only be purchased when at that rank.

AV ; WSG ; BG - abbv.
Referring to Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, Battlegrounds respectively, all areas considered Battlegrounds which are exclusively set aside for PvP combat. AV is a large scale BG that sets 40 man opposing teams to capture and defend points in a large zone of conflict. WSG is a smaller scale and can be done by anyone lvl 10 and up which is a capture-the-flag style of PvP combat.

Sap -
Rogue ability, Sap, that allows player to stun a humanoid target, effectively putting them out of combat for a duration of time. With similar applications as polymorph, rogue must be stealthed and be behind the target.

MC - abbv. (two def. in context)
1. Priest talent, Mind control, allows player to temporarily control a humanoid target to attack others. It is broken when priest is attacked while in mind control mode.
2. Molten Core, end-game raid instance that requires 40 players to complete.

Posted by: Amer3tt0 on September 14, 2005 10:10 AM

Actually, Bio can also stand for biography depending on the context and the group.

You also missed
RPer and RP: Role-player and roleplaying respectively.

IC - stands for 'in character'.

po(name of person) such as poAnon standing for Player of Anon.

Carebear - A derogatory term refering to a person who prefers PvE over PvP or who hates PvP.

RL - another form of IRL standing for Real Life.

WTT - Want to Trade

Also Pwnz and Ownz are actually different forms of Pwn and Own. This can be seen in the fact that Pwned and Owned are also used.

Feign or FD - Refering to feign death in the original EQ.

FWIW - For what it's worth

RTFM or RTM - Read the F'n Manual or Read the Manual respectively.

IIRC - If I Recall Correctly

GD - Good Duel or God Damn depending on the context.

GF - Good Fight, sometimes said to opponents after a good fight/duel.

GG - Good Game, same as GF.

Gank - Last I checked it can also just be a form of getting owned. It doesn't necessarily have to do with superiority. For instance, in DAoC, Gank Groups used to run around 'ganking' groups of people. Same numbers, same levels, just better tactics and surprise.

"Server - Due to technical reasons, each server can only support a limited amount of players. Each MMORPG typically has several servers. Players cannot interact with players on other servers."

Actually, this is not true, most SOE games allow cross server tells where you can send people tells on other servers by typing the correct syntax.

AO - Anarchy On-line or on very rare occurances can be Alien's On-line.

Posted by: anon on September 14, 2005 5:36 PM

Is often heard when a player and/or group get a *lot* too many MOBs on them and decides to flee, yelling "train" on top of their lungs to warn others in the vincinity of the imminent danger.


Add :
Another MOB added itself into the fight.


Roamer :
Used for roaming MOBs, especially if one gets close you say "Watch out, roamer"


Nuke :
Same as DD


Runner :
A MOB that has decided to be very unheroic and is fleeing for all it's worth, might come back with friends ... *lots* of friends!


Gate :
Usually a term for a self only teleport back to ones Bind Point.


Herding / Swarm Kiting :
When a player / group of players are capable of either kiting and/or otherwise kill off an enormous amount of MOBs (more than 20, preferrable 50+ MOBs) at the same time. Done by such as Bards in EQ and Invuln/Spines scrappers in CoH.


Alpha-Strike :
It's the ability where a player / MOB is capable of killing it's opponent in *one* quick strike, thus giving it's for no chance of retaliation. Usually, the enemy is entirely unsuspecting of the upcoming attack until it's too late. Originally comes from some military maxim, possibly regarding nuclear war.


Front-Loaded Damage :

A character which has several abilities it can fire off rapidly early in the fight, thus settling the fight fast, but maybe at a cost such as long recharge of abilities, or very high mana-cost. Most Alpha-strikes requires tremendous front-loaded damage. Front-Loaded Damage can be very useful to take out a weak member of the opponents early in a fight.


Rear-Loaded Damage :
The opposite of Front-Loaded damage, usually using DOTs and Melee. Normally has a higher efficiency rate in the long run and works best with high hitpoint bosses and the likes.


Stun-Lock :
A player / group of players that manages to keep their foes stunned for the entire duration of the fight, giving the foe no chance of retaliation.


DT (aka. Death Touch) :
Usually an ability reserved for the utmost powerful of Monsters in an MMOG, such as Gods. Basically he touches you, and you are dead - No chance of survival.


Charmed :
When a foe cast a charm spell on you, it will gain complete control over you for a limited amount of time. Thus it might use *you* to kill off your friends.


Aggro-Range :
If a MOB is of the aggressive sort, it will usually have a radius around it where it will decide that you have intruded on it's personal space, and attack you. Some have bigger aggro area in front (from the visual) than from behind. Also, many player classes usually have some sort of Aggro(-range) nullifier / reducer, such as, but not limited to : Invisibility, Sneak, Blind, pacify, deafness, featherwalk .. etc. etc.


Short term for "location", which will usually be represented in the game as an X,Y,Z coordinate for the area you are in, or as a Dot on a map. It usually is used to tell where you, yourself are, but can also be used in order to find a specific place, like if a friend told you that "the Shady Swashbuckler is at LOC -1679, -145".


TP :
Tele-Port, an ability that can send yourself or others to another specified point, short or long ranged.


Town-Portal, an ability/spell that opens a magical dorway to the nearest town (and usually safe haven as well) for people to walk trough.

Posted by: Anker Steadfast on September 24, 2005 7:48 PM

WoW specific --

AB = Arathi Basin, WoW battleground

Posted by: drakinor on September 24, 2005 8:02 PM

About "Mob": there may have been a convergence of sources for this term. Back in the late 70s to early 80s "MOB" (Moveable Object Block) was the programming acronym used for anything that moved around in a video game (this was before hardware sprites were available). e.g.- the enemies in an Apple II version of Space Invaders had "MOBs" moving down the screen. MOB became synonymous with video game enemies.

Posted by: Dellaster on September 25, 2005 11:50 AM

No Reply = No Thanks and No Reply = F*** Off, respectively. Used when trading items on the open market, the first is considered rude by some while the second is considered rude by most, if not all.

Bottom Feeder:
A player, usually of low level, who joins a party but makes no actual contribution to combats, preferring instead to hang back, just within range to earn experience for kills, and then run in and steal any loot that might have dropped.

A player who repeatedly dies in PvP, thus "feeding" the enemy team with experience.

Please Send Tell

Team Killer:
A player that kills people on his own team, whether for fun or out of malice. Swift retribution usually follows.

Frat Boy:
A derogatory term used for players whose sole purpose is to support others (i.e. they put points solely into buffs and/or auras), so named because they are only found in parties.

Posted by: NiteRabbit on September 26, 2005 8:09 AM

POP - often relates when a mob respawns
"Waiting for [Mob] to POP so we can kill it"

Similarly, if your party is camping as in FFXI, yelling POP will prevent a player from pulling a mob because another has respawned near the camp.

Posted by: Redmushroom on September 28, 2005 8:20 PM


Relates when one mob attracts another and joins the fight. When Multiple 'mobs' link, and the player begins running (because they know they are dead), that results in a 'train'.

Posted by: Redmushroom on September 28, 2005 8:25 PM

Whilst Shard can be refered to as a server, it also, as has been stated correctly known to be used as indication that a player has died in a location and need to retrieve his corpse. Such as in AC (Asherons Call), you leave behind a spirit shard. Hence "I'm going to collect my shard".

Posted by: Thoovin on October 3, 2005 12:43 AM

OOC can also stand for "out of combat"

Posted by: Ryan on October 18, 2005 10:18 AM

AC = Asheron's Call

People still play that ya know. ;)

Posted by: Cathy on October 21, 2005 7:29 AM

Oh, and also, ISO = In Search Of, another way to say WTB

FS = For Sale

WTTF = Want to trade for

Anyway, I think that's it for now lol

Posted by: Cathy on October 21, 2005 7:31 AM

A paladin's Divine Shield ability, giving complete immunity for a short period of time. (World of Warcraft)

Hearthstone. An item that can be invoked every 30 minutes to return the player to her Bind point. Also used as a verb: "I'll HS to Gadgetzan." (WoW)

Main Assist. A designated player in a raid that others are expected to assist in dealing damage, or focus fire on. This is an effective tactic to bring down multiple lesser targets quickly while the MT concentrates on keeping a more powerful target separate from the group, to be killed last.

Main Tank. The hapless individual (usually a warrior) soaking the damage from the most powerful mobs while the healers try to keep her alive. Probably the single most important member of a raid.

Posted by: Joanna on October 25, 2005 12:27 AM

How about "lowbie" for low level alts?

Posted by: T on October 28, 2005 9:16 AM

This is a great site, but parts of it can't be seen while using Firefox.

Posted by: Felix on November 2, 2005 2:37 PM

SS - Screenshot

RL - Raid leader

GL - Group leader (sometimes guild leader)

Exp - Experience, or also can mean Expedition (EQ)

EL - Expedition leader

Mangina - Someone who plays a female character in game, but is male IRL (Syn: Shenis)

AA - Alternate Abilities (EQ) Once a character has levelled up to the maximum level, they can put experience points toward "AA points" which are used to purchase different abilities. Also a verb, "I have to AA, been slacking lately"

INC - Means a puller has a mob incoming to the group.

Root - A spell that causes a target to be stuck to the ground in one spot. Some mobs are 'rooted' and by design never move (ie, can't be "pulled")

Strat - Strategy. As in, a plan of attack to kill a certain mob (as opposed to zerging).

Rot - When loot on a mob is not looted by anyone, it 'rots'.

Posted by: Rawr on November 3, 2005 12:37 AM

DND = Do Not Disturb (stop bothering me)

OMG = Oh My Good

WTS = Want to sell

WTB = Want to buy

Posted by: jenotc on November 27, 2005 10:43 PM

Bot- you for got to list the alt for it, when someone uses a second account as a booster for the main. In daoc people roll buffer classes to bot their tanks/casters who do not have thoes abilitys

Posted by: Xan on December 1, 2005 3:13 PM

some specific lineageII abbreviations
pots = potions
tom = tomorrow
gtg = got to go
cata = catacomb
Shots are normally refered to the grade of usage: so asps, absps, bss,ass, dss etc
ss = soul shot
sps = spirit shots
bsps = blessed spirit shot
lin2 = lineage II
pm = personal message
spoils = using magic to get items from mob (monster turns blue)

EE = elven elder (healing class)
Sps = spellsinger (nuker)
PW = plainswalker (dagger)
TK = temple knight (tank)
ES = elemental summoner (pet user)
SwS = swordsinger (buffs by using sword magic)
SR = solver ranger (archer)

Dark elven (DE)
SE = shillien elder (healer)
SH = spellhowler (nuker)
SK = shillien knight (tank)
PS = phantom summoner (pet user)
PR = phantom ranger (archer)
BD = blade dancer (bufs by using sword magic)
AW = abyss walker (dagger)

WS = warsmith (crafter)
BH = bounty hunter (spoiler)

OL = overlord (alliance/clan buffer)
WC = warcryer (party buffer)
tyrant = DD
DS = destroyer (tank class)

Sorc = sorcerer (nuker)
Bish = bishop (healer)
Pala = paladin (tank)
prop = prophet (buffer)
TH = treasure hunter (dagger)
HE = hawk eye (archer)
DA = dark avenger (tank)
WL = warlord (polearm user)
dont know the abrevation of human summoner..but he is known as warlock
gladi = gladiator (DD using dual swords)

Posted by: Christiane on December 17, 2005 3:42 AM

LFM - Looking for More

Posted by: Acta on December 29, 2005 12:03 AM


Comment made by hapless individuals who do not realise that the group healer is under attack and therefore is unable to comply.

Usually results in a group with no healer.

Wipes usually follow. ;)

Posted by: Germoline on January 5, 2006 7:15 AM

LOS - line of sight. A requirement of most ranged abilities is that the view of the target not be obstructed by any fixed obstacle, such as a wall.

LOS pull - Used to draw mobs with ranged abilities in for a close-range fight. If a player aggros a mob with a ranged ability and then moves behind a fixed obstacle, the mob is forced to pursue the player by moving until line-of-sight is restored.

Alternatives to LOS-pulling include interrupting the mob's ranged abilit(ies) and simply engaging in ranged combat.

Posted by: Radaman on January 5, 2006 11:51 AM

Where is the entry for Lineage II? Shame, it's got more subscribers worldwide (mostly in Asia) than a lot of MMO's.

Posted by: Cal on January 7, 2006 7:28 AM


a character or class that is crappy, usually as a result of a nerf.

most of the time this is just a way to rag on other players.

Posted by: J-bags on January 8, 2006 4:49 AM


Pick-up Groups, groups assembled on the spot for various tasks ... usually PvP.

Posted by: J-bags on January 8, 2006 4:54 AM

GLF - "Group Looking For..."; usually followed by details of a character class and/or level that the group is looking for. Ex. "GLF monk/warrior"

LFnM - "Looking For n More", a variation of LFM that specifies n more slots to fill in a party. Ex. "LF2M nukers"

Posted by: Brownspank on January 11, 2006 6:18 AM

Two terms which I don't see are Energy and OOE. Some games, Guild Wars being an example call a caster's mana points, energy. So the terms replace mana and OOM in games that use it.

Posted by: meQal on January 16, 2006 3:29 AM

Run -
For a high level or more experienced character or a character specifically made for running takes lower level characters to places so that they may purchase other armor or cap skills etc. (Guild Wars)

Posted by: zeldamaster on January 16, 2006 6:22 PM

soz: not sure what it means actually lol, but i know it is something.. Think it is "so sorry"

Posted by: Zwogon on January 18, 2006 2:25 PM

I come across this term from time to time on the WoW forums, all though i'm not quite certain on it's mening i would guess its a shortening of imbalanced, as that seems to coincide woth it's use

Posted by: Worten on January 20, 2006 6:39 AM

One that always threw me....

wtf is "TKing"?

Posted by: Cael on January 24, 2006 7:20 AM

"wtf" is short for "what the f***"

Posted by: Worten on January 24, 2006 1:41 PM

"One that always threw me....

wtf is "TKing"?"

TK = Team Killer. One who deliberately attacks members of his or her own group or team.

Posted by: joemc72 on January 30, 2006 12:59 PM

"Lock" - Warlock

Posted by: Norbert on February 24, 2006 9:09 AM

TS = TeamSpeak. Common VOIP application similar to Ventrillo.

BTW TS and Vent are both free so why everyone doesn't use them is beyond me (mics are like $10).

Posted by: COFInfinity on March 9, 2006 8:40 AM

Gank -- also can me used when referring to someone other than the main tank draws aggro away from the tank, e.g. an overnuking wizard that ganks aggro.

Posted by: EQgoddess on March 9, 2006 2:04 PM


Posted by: DelThako on March 10, 2006 6:36 AM

K.O.S. - kill on sight
BS - backstab

Posted by: Damien on March 12, 2006 9:39 PM


Not just accidental pulls. As my friends and other players use it, it also means planned additional spawns not present or visible at the battle start, as in "be careful, the boss will have adds."

An example of this is Noxxion in wow, a water elemental who spins off into multiple independent droplets and reforms as a boss several times during the fight.

For those of us who have it, it can also jokingly mean attention deficit disorder, as in not paying attention at important moments.

add ftl :(

FTL - for the lose
An action or event that causes the player to die, the quest to fail or the party to wipe.

hearth - another version of bind, refering to wow's hearthstones "ima hearth to sw"

ganking - as a verb an intentional plan to kill someone unfairly, through higher level, stealth advantage or numbers

"i just ganked a ud rogue :P"

ding - the action of achieving a new level, usually announced to a friend, guild or zone by chat

Player 1: "ding"
Player 2: "grats"

dragging - same as aggro train, sometimes with an intentional aspect, as in dragging a mob onto another player or party
hk - honor kill , killing another player in a manner which yields pvp honor

Posted by: wow druid on March 13, 2006 5:34 AM

Whore/Ho (Loot Ho) - Someone who tends to roll for and win a disproportionate amount of loot. Not necessarily a Ninja

OOC - out of character (sometimes this is a channel as well)

RP - Role Play or role play story

Alpha Class - One class that is overly powerful and dominates gameplay

FoTM - Flavour of the Month - the current most favoured (or newly favoured) class/race/template/spec. There are usually popular because they are viewed as inherently superior due to an ability, or deemed superior in some gameplay aspects (see Alpha class)

Trash/vendor trash - items which have been won in quests or dropped from encounters which are usually poor quality or of no use to a player and thus subsequently sold to non-player character vendors.

Raws - material that is used in crafting and tradeskilling activity. It is usually gathered, grown or bought from vendors.

Loadkill(-ers, -ings). (LKs) When a player is killed while loading into a Zone or Area and unable to react, as their computers are stil recieving server data. Also refers to players or actions that perhaps intentionally kill player characters using this method directly by outright attack or indirectly via zone line trains.

Game Troll - someone who may or may not play an MMO but continues to regularly make inflammatory commenst regarding it to gain notoriety. Also used as reference to in game behaviour which is garnered to grab attention, usually by abusive amounts of inappropriate comments.

Posted by: Bikos on March 14, 2006 1:26 PM

Reroll - Meaning to start a new character and change your class or race, in a game where you choose either race, class, or both at the start of the game.

Job - Alternative used instead of Class in some games.

Posted by: Kaziel on March 24, 2006 11:51 AM

Did we get
OOM-Out of mana ussually heard from clerics in heavy battles when a lot of healing has been needed from a bad pull or a mob that AOE's a lot. Also from Chanters (enchanters) who ussually have spell lines for crowd control like AOE Mezz etc.

LOM- ussually heard from clerics or any healer class to let you know that his mana pool is getting low and may only have a few heals left.

Posted by: Ken on March 24, 2006 12:49 PM


An organized series of raids on certain locations, usually hosted by a guild.
"The Circle of Friends [CoF] is hosting a crawl in Ilsh."

Posted by: Sweet William on March 24, 2006 6:52 PM

AFAIK is used frequently also, "As far as I know".

Posted by: Fierro on April 14, 2006 11:20 AM

OOC - out of combat .. healers trying to stay OOC so they can resurrect casulties while fighting a boss

Posted by: on April 27, 2006 11:51 PM

Ding = To level up.
Mini Ding = Halfway to level up

Posted by: no on May 12, 2006 2:25 PM

Imba should definitely be in here...

imba (abbreviation of imbalanced), used usually to describe an item/ability etc. that provides an unfair advance if you have it because it is not properly balanced; often also used as a synonym for "really good"

Posted by: Mancala on May 15, 2006 10:21 AM

OOC Does not stand for "Out Of Character," rather it means "Out Of Combat."

OCC Is the shorthand you're thinking of, which stands for "Out of Character Comment"

Posted by: Jonathan on May 15, 2006 2:21 PM

OOC = Out of Character, always has -- most games have an 'ooc' channel even.

And why would you need shorthand for 'out of combat' pretty freaking obvious, combat is a binary, either somethings hitting you or it isnt.

Posted by: Hate on May 15, 2006 10:24 PM

KOS = kill on sight

Posted by: glinn on June 6, 2006 10:53 AM

Back on the shards, WoW specific:
"farming for shards" - Warlocks use soulshards to create various items and some spells.

"to shard" - when no one in a group wants a BoP item, if an enchanter is present, they can loot the item and turn it into an enchanting material, for blue items, it results in a shard, which can then be traded to another player.

HS = Healthstone

Cooldown = certain items, spells, and ablilities require a certain amount of time to pass before they can be used again, known as cooldown.

Posted by: Rhodri on June 12, 2006 11:00 PM

Forgot this one:

Woot!/w00t! = Hooray, Yay, etc

Posted by: Rhodri on June 12, 2006 11:02 PM

SP- Skill points...

Posted by: alejandro on July 6, 2006 7:23 PM

But you do forgot to put woot and spam

Posted by: Lowde on July 7, 2006 9:00 PM

Mod (Mods/Modding)

Add-ons by 3rd party programmers designed to augment the game. If it can be 'hooked into', then there is probably a way to design a 'mod' for it, ie: a mod to keep a (separate) database tracking how often you crit, when you crit, against what creatures, etc. to be called up for analysis later perhaps.

Posted by: Tusker on August 4, 2006 9:02 PM

IMO = in my opinion

Posted by: Ramona on August 30, 2006 3:49 PM

RO: Ragnarok Online, an MMORPG~
Pretaining to RO: BL/JL = Base level and Job level.

Posted by: Loki on September 2, 2006 11:36 AM

Someone needs to add gank, and/or ganked. Not me because I just don't want to.

Posted by: Roshawan on September 18, 2006 9:17 AM

How about

Spam? - continuously posting unwanted messages in general chat/trade channels. Normally resulting in being put on the ignore list of many players.

this has got to be one of the most commonly used terms across MMO's

TS- Team Speak, a program that allow players to communicate by actaully talking, rather than using in game chat.

TP- TownPortal. A term left over from Diablo 2, where a player could create a portal back to the areas main town, often used as a method of escaping battles. This has started cropping up in WoW recently, probebly as its another Blizzard game. also used for TelePort, which of course does nearly the same thing.

Posted by: on September 26, 2006 7:06 AM

oh yeah! There's...

GJ- Good Job, an accolade spammed after a tricky fight has been one. Often by the members of a Raid that hit the durt during the battle ^^

Posted by: Mongoose on September 26, 2006 7:16 AM

Stone- heartstoning/teleporting to a city where you are bound, PST- please send tell, both are WOW-terms.

Posted by: Alyssa on October 6, 2006 10:11 AM

sorry if this has been mentioned:

STFU noob

Shut The Fuck Up.

(not directed at anyone)

Posted by: anonomous on October 7, 2006 7:30 AM

Dark Age of Camelot had a very organized scheme for crowd control spells. Mezzes, Stuns, and Roots were very different and distinct abilities. I havent seen this as much in other games, but some people have generalized it.

Stun: Exactly that, the target cannot move or take any action for the duration of the effect. This is the strongest of crowd control type and typically of short duration.

Mez: Target cannot move or take actions for the duration of the spell UNLESS the target of the mez takes damage or a debuff. Therefore players who break the mez by damaging the target are typically held in contempt.

Root: This effect slows the movement or stops the movement of the target but the target can still take actions ( i.e. Ranged attack, spells). The effect may or may not be broken upon the target taking damage, depending upon the particular ability or spell

Posted by: Grignard on October 12, 2006 2:42 PM

SS - Soulstone
CoE - Curse of Elements
CoA - Curse of Agony
CoEx - Curse of Exhaustion
CoS - Curse of Shadows
Summ - Summon
CoT - Curse of Tongues

Various types of DOT (Damage over Time)
Used by Warlocks in World of Warcraft.

Prot Spec - Refers to a Protections Warrior, where all his/her skill points are placed into Protection.
Fury Spec - similar to above
MS Spec - Mortal Strike warrior, similar to above..refering to a Arms spec Warrior.

MT - Main Tank, the main Warrior that will charge in first and try to keep the monster from attacking any of the other members. (Can also refer to mistell when you say something in the wrong chat channel)

PST - Please send tell, when you request that somebody send you a private message.

WTS - Want to sell
WTT - Want to trade
WTB - Want to buy

VC - Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft aka as Deadmines - Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
SM - Scarlette Monestry- Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
Sholo - Scholomance- Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
DM - Dire Maul- Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
Strat - Stratholme (has two sides UD - Undead and Live) - Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
MC - Molten Core- Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft
BWL - Black Wing Lair - Refers to a "instance" in World of Warcraft

and many many more

Posted by: Dark on October 19, 2006 5:10 AM

AF Abbreviation of the phrase auto-follow. Used by players when they put their characters on auto-follow while they go afk.

Posted by: Tim Ruzzo on November 3, 2006 5:18 PM

'DD' may also be used for Damage Dealer, without regard if it's melee or ranged type damage.
Ex: "We have a tank and a healer, now we need more DD"
Efficient parties/teams generally have a tank to take all the damages of the mob, a healer to keep the tank alive and damage dealers to kill the mob faster and chain the mobs.

Also "chain" is an equivalent of "farm". The difference may be that you chain mobs for the XP, and you farm the mobs for the loot.

Posted by: Max on November 4, 2006 9:51 AM

OOC = out of combat. Usually when a player is not flagged as "in combat", ie not near mobs that have aggro'd onto a group. You have to be out of combat in order to ressurect players and "OOC ressing" used to be a tactical way of ressurecting players that have died during long boss fights in WoW.

Posted by: Chad on November 11, 2006 12:27 PM

Might want to add 'repop', seems pretty common now. Short for "Repopulate", the process by which the server spawns mobs after they have been dead for a while. Synonymous with "respawn", and often shortened to "pop" (which someone else posted).

Posted by: Nick on December 2, 2006 4:30 PM

I'd just like to point out that this dictionary of terms alone is an interesting study in the language of MMO's, as well as studying how picky some can be on the usage of a term. (OOC has always meant Out Of Character in any game I've played, but I could see its use as Out Of Combat)

And to add a few terms of my own:

LA - Leadership Ability, another set of skills usable by the leader of a group to benefit the group as a whole, can be gained in EQ

HoTT - Health of Targets Target, a LA in EQ that provides a secondary target window, showing the target of your target, an optional UI function in WoW

Regen - short for regeneration, healing spells or abilities that function over time

HoT - Heal over Time, another form of Regen

UI - User Interface, not limited to MMO's, but often brought up in discussions about MMO's

Posted by: Ben on December 3, 2006 8:35 PM

Ding - exclamation used to let others know that you have gained a level.

PBAoE - stands for Player Based Area of Effect. Similar to other Area of Effect abilities but the effect is centered around the user.

TPK - Total Party Kill(ed), similar to Wipe.

Posted by: Rust on December 3, 2006 9:57 PM

AA - Alternate Advancement
RMT - ?
Boxing - ?
Hydra - ?

Posted by: Gnat on December 26, 2006 11:24 PM

RMT - ?
Boxing - ?

RMT = Real money trading. Buying ingame currency for real money.

Boxing = One person playing the same MMORPG on two seperate computers with seperate accounts simultaniously. Commonly with the intend to use a high level character on one account to boost* a lower character on the other account. (afaik its called duo-boxing, but im not 100% sure)

Boosting = Letting a high level player help you overcome an objective that is impossible for you to complete at your current level. This is usualy done by a guildie/friend, but there are cases where the high level player gets payed with ingame currency. (e.g; Can you boost me thru please?)

Posted by: aszeran on December 27, 2006 4:53 PM

Here's a few more:

One-shot: To kill an enemy with one attack, or to be killed with one attack. ie- "Man, I just got one-shotted by that boss"

Boss: a very tough enemy, often given a unique name and often at the end of a series of mob encounters. ie- "Every time I can solo my way to the boss, but I can never take him down.

Spam (other usage): to repeatedly fire off the same power, typically a waker but quickly available attack. ie- "first you debuff, then I'll spam moonfire"

Log: to log off, or disconnect from the game. ie- "thanks for the group all, but I gotta log"

Meatshield: see tank

Squishie: a class that cannot take much damage before dying

Posted by: Aerdii on January 10, 2007 5:00 PM

leeroy - abbreviation for "leeroy jenkins"

To run head on into a situation with disregard for welfare of self and/or other grouped party members with intention to wipe party/raid.

ie. "I'm gonna leeroy this boss if we don't do something soon."

To act irrationally and with complete recklessness in a situation that requires coordination from other party members in order to successfully overcome.

Posted by: ameretto on January 14, 2007 10:30 AM

just wanted to note that i've never seen bio used for a bathroom break; I do see it used when mentioning the character description (biography)
others that my friends and I use regularly that aren't on the list:
-energy (nrg = phonetic)
-regen (regeneration of health, abilities, energy, mana... over time)
-degen (DEgeneration of health, abilities, energy, mana... over time)
-drop (of loot)

also, you have things that mention tells, such as PST or MT/mistell, but don't actually have the word "/tell" defined as an in-game private message aka PM

seen in guild wars:
-ferry: when a low-level character wants a high-level escort to group with them and do all the work so that they can quickly get somewhere; this can refer to a location or a mission that the lower character couldn't beat yet. "Need ferry to consulate docks" is the most common in GW:Nightfall.

A few other notes:
the ending -or, 0R, 0rz and so on, added to a verb all indicating someone who does the indicated verb (hax0r, r0xx0rz, etc)

Also, the letter z added to the beginning of indications of surprise, such as zOMG, probably started when people kept hitting the z key on their way to the shift key... same as the exclamations turning into 1's... zOMG!!!!!111

Finally to the person who posted above, plx seems a typo for plz (x and z being next to one another) and plz being basically phonetic for please.

Posted by: della on February 6, 2007 11:51 AM

oh, and rdy for Ready / rtg =ready to go.

Posted by: della on February 6, 2007 11:54 AM

Doomkin - World of Warcraft druid in moonkin form. D.o.o.m. = Damn out of Mana / Kin is the suffix of moonkin of course. Plus the irony of It being a big bird that looks threatening, and the word doom.

Posted by: DtlWow on February 6, 2007 12:18 PM

@della - in regards to the "ferry" term, that's only use, in Guild Wars, in Nightfall. It wasn't used at all prior to Nightfall (I've played plenty of Prophecies and Factions prior to Nightfall) and relates only to characters who have completed a certain quest, which allows lower level characters to get max armor earlier in the game than they normally would.

Posted by: Shawn on February 12, 2007 1:34 PM


when fighting a mob/monster usually in MUDs, another mob walks in and attack you.

Posted by: Mike on February 16, 2007 1:06 PM

WOOT...we own other team

Posted by: Dan on February 18, 2007 2:55 AM

Camp = to camp something is to wait for spawn and kill (can refer to camping a player about to rez, or a mob that is going to spawn), usually connotes spending a ridiculous amount of time doing so

Posted by: Dyan on February 22, 2007 7:36 PM

Lots of these terms are very specific to each game. There are countless Abbreviations if you want to get into each game. For example, a DDRJ wep, in RO. It refers to a very specifically built item, but that's not important.

To agree with Shawn, Ferry spawned directly off the consulate docks.. mostly cause there's a ferry there. Previously it's just generally "running".

Also... In regards to Pwnz... pwnz and ownz have the same origin.

Pwnz - shortened from "power owned" which was from early on, where a player would very drastically defeat their opponent, espicially in a PvP circumstance.

Posted by: Lowet on March 1, 2007 3:59 PM

In general, I've tried to only include terms that are used across several MMOs. I feel that including game-specific terms would overwhelm and make this page unnecessarily unwieldy. The goal here is to provide a lexicon that would allow the parsing of most MMO talk across most MMOs. So terms like "mob" or "camping" make sense, but terms like "ferry" make less sense.

Posted by: Nick Yee on March 1, 2007 4:38 PM

CN = Chuck Norris

Anyone who has experienced Barrens' chat in WoW knows that Chuck Norris has been relegated to uber hero status - though he has nothing to do with the game.

Posted by: BinOrc on March 4, 2007 4:42 PM

KoS Kill on Sight

Posted by: Given on March 6, 2007 4:34 PM

what does tT mean?

Posted by: on March 7, 2007 7:37 AM

Pat = Patrol. Can turn into adds if not carefully avoided. "Hang back, there's a pat coming!"

Posted by: Luci on April 3, 2007 6:24 AM

i wish that people would actually read all the comments before posting theirs. i got tired of seeing the same comments on words that you "forgot/didnt know about/was game specific". damn people, pay effing attention. if you wanna make a comment, make sure its not already posted.

Posted by: nugget on April 30, 2007 8:12 AM

I did read through and didn't see "grats" (shortened form of congratulations) on the list or specifically mentioned in a post. Thanks.

Posted by: Raithen on May 7, 2007 9:10 AM





Posted by: DERWS on May 27, 2007 2:04 PM

pst - Please send tell (private, in-game message)
eq2 - Everquest 2

addendum to ninja- also used as a verb in eq2, referring to the act of swiping harvestables from under another player's nose (usually one occupied killing mobs to attain said harvestables).

Posted by: Valmourn on June 24, 2007 2:00 PM

I am happy to read all this succes: you deserve it completely. Proud to work with you in Boston, next june. Please, take all the good thoughts streaming from my heart to you...

Posted by: Mistifica on June 25, 2007 2:04 AM

You ought to add "rape" as a verb synonymous with pwn. It's a term I especially dislike as a woman in gaming, but it is used all the time.

Posted by: Charaxes on July 3, 2007 8:21 AM

Charaxes - It frustrates me to no end as well because that part of MMO slang lays bare the ways in which distorted views of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation are part and parcel of a socially-acceptable form of "masculine" power that also pervades many corporate offices in more subtle guises.

Posted by: Nick Yee on July 3, 2007 9:40 AM

in regards to:

'You forgot the often word acompaning AFK which is Bio.
Bio= Restroom Break'

This actually comes from Bio Break, which originally refers to a different and popular turn-based online game called 'Bio Spheres'.

When members of a party stopped playing one game to go on on a Bio break it meant they were actually pausing the game they were playing for about 15 - 20 minutes to update on another, often much slower turn-based game. This sort of break might include a run to the restroom, refilling a glass of water, or picking up a bowl of snacks on the way.

-Gamer of everything since 1996

Posted by: Sircha on July 6, 2007 6:18 AM

"Shard - Synonymous with server"

You might also want to include the meaning of "Shard" in World of Warcraft. A shard is an item you get from disenchanting, and "sharding" is when someone disenchants an item to get the shard. Sometimes this can be bad when someone wants to use said item.

I was also going to mention that uber was derived form German, but I see that someone had already mentioned that.

Posted by: Strange_1 on August 14, 2007 3:00 PM

Train - a group of mobs following a player around with the intent to attack them. Most people with trains behind them run to the zone entrance shouting "train to zone" because the potential for death is high.

BG - Battleground. In World of Warcraft, an instanced area with a set PvP objective for the game's two main groups to achieve while in combat with each other. Usually these events are centered around areas on the map that must be defended or attacked in order to score more points for a team.

Attunement - a series of tasks required to gain entry into an instanced dungeon or other content of interest. These tasks generally ensure that a character has the necessary skill and might to survive in an attuned dungeon, and can take weeks of gameplay to perform.

Keyed - Holding a key to an area, such as an instanced dungeon. See attunement.

Tier # - In World of Warcraft, specific equipment that can only be obtained through the conquering of powerful raid bosses. The higher the Tier number, the stronger the armor - and the more difficult the boss from which to obtain it. This gear is considered among the most powerful and coveted in the game.

Progression - In addition to its standard meaning, it means how far one has come along in terms of defeating end-game content. This has special meaning in World of Warcraft, since the raid dungeons are meant to be done in a specific order, so merely mentioning a dungeon name is enough to tell players just how far along your guild is. ("Our guild is making progression through Tempest Keep", for example)

GKick - To remove someone else from a guild. Similar to gquit, which is done by someone wishing to remove themselves from a guild.

Guildhopper - Someone who frequently changes guilds. This has a very negative connotation, since someone who is frequently being removed from different guilds is often considered a potential negative influence.

Barrens chat - In World of Warcraft, a particular zone known as the Barrens is a hotbed for bizarre and unruly discussion on the Horde General channel about such disparate subjects as Chuck Norris, cows, sex, and Mulkrik's wife. The zone is loathed by some players due to the senselessness of the conversation in the zone, and actively avoid it, although this is difficult given that it is sandwiched between two important Horde cities.

Family-style - Used to describe a guild that cares less about progression or PvP than about social networking. There are also family-style progression guilds, although these are few and far between because the amount of focus and effort required to be an effective progression or PvP guild often detracts from any sort of social networking elements.

L2P - Learn to play. Generally used against players who are not perceived to play their class adequately.

World First - The very first achievement of an in-game goal, such as the slaying of a raid boss. U.S. first is also used in World of Warcraft because the race to World Firsts in WoW is currently dominated by a single European guild.

OP - Overpowered. Used to describe things which the speaker believes to be deserving of a "nerf".

Trash - Items that are considered unworthy of keeping or selling to other players, and should generally be sold to vendors. Also refers to non-Elite creatures within instanced dungeons, which are seen as trash because they do not yield as many valuable items as elite and boss monsters do. ("These core hound packs are just trash, I don't see why we bother pulling them.")

Rep - Short for "reputation". Your status with certain NPC groups in the game, or the point prize awarded for completing quests for and defeating the enemies of a certain group. ("I only have Friendly rep with the Warsong Outriders.")

Posted by: Treima on August 28, 2007 6:40 PM

kk : A synonym for "ok", but more conclusive and indicative of no further signal from that person on that issue.

Posted by: Clint on February 21, 2008 9:20 AM

Runner : someone who'll attract the mobs and keep them away from a weaker player while running through a dangerous or crowded place, sometimes receiving some compensation for his service.

Posted by: on February 21, 2008 10:55 PM

Alpha strike originated from mech warrior, a SP (single player) game. It was a last ditch fire everything at once attack that usually left you either overheated or exploded, but would sometimes also take out whoever you fired it at.

WOOT originally meant 'waste of our time' (WOOT, another rat-tail) - and slowly over time evolved into the meaning its now given.

Ive always heard of OOC as 'out of context' - either someone talking in character in an out of character setting or a person talking out of character in an in character setting, both are reffered to as being OOC.

Posted by: on March 1, 2008 2:31 PM

Props.... used as a congratulatory statement. (origin???

Posted by: Manny on March 12, 2008 3:49 AM

Pretty sure I didn't see this, but:

MpK = Monster player Kill(er), used to describe someone who would "train" monsters to a group, and let themselves die, so the monsters "pulled" there would kill the group. Usually most MMO's have taken care of this problem, from what I've seen (FFXI, WoW).

Posted by: Ryno on April 15, 2008 9:43 AM

Indeed, if the first dimension were represented by a visible curvature only, it would be conceivable. Thus for every not plane continuum we can substitute a plane continuum of more dimensions

Posted by: Tanya on September 30, 2008 4:54 PM

GF. Good Fight

Posted by: nora on November 23, 2008 8:28 AM

Sin = short for Assassin, a common character class.

Posted by: Donelle on November 29, 2008 8:38 AM

Can't forget,

RNG: Random Number Generator

BiS: Refers to a Best in Slot Item (ie: Best helmet in game)

Pot: Referring to Potions (ie: Mana pots)

Casual: Though the meaning changes per person, it usually refers to those who either don't take the game as seriously or don't play nearly as much. (To some, 5 hours a week is casual, to others 20 hours a week is)

Posted by: Kaz on February 1, 2009 7:27 AM

RS-Runescape. Massive Online Game similar to WoW.

Posted by: jackal on February 25, 2009 8:18 PM

gank= stolen as in bob "ganked" my drop off the ground.

QFT= quoted for truth or quit freaking typing

fail= failed attempt to pk and/or "own"

epic= wow or win!

pro= better than the average players same levels

DC= disconnected

GL= Guild Leader

NPC= Non Person/Player Character

hax= item created by hacking

"pet"= player with unfair advantage in game (such as friends with game employees)

Posted by: lala on May 6, 2009 6:12 AM

oh i forgot:

Leach= person you are power leveling

Stalker= players that "lerk" in the same areas and excessively ask people for power levels

GH= Giant Hunting

Posted by: lala on May 6, 2009 6:17 AM

wat does NOM mean? i hear it frequently used in runes of magic.

Posted by: AL on January 31, 2010 3:31 PM

NOM or NOM NOM NOM NOM ... = the sound cookie monster makes when eating a cookie. It is slang for being "tasty" or good. Usually used to express greater than average gains in xp/gold/loot/ect..

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Posted by: BoyncropDruro on August 1, 2010 8:32 AM

Just a few I didn't see.

F2P = Free to play
P2P = Pay to play
GIRL = Guy In Real Life

Posted by: ScruffyWolf on September 16, 2010 1:55 PM

DC or D/C: To be disconnected from the game, either accidentally or intentionally. Often the result of a bad internet connection or technical issues with hardware/software. Someone might choose to force a disconnect if they think they are about to suffer something very unpleasant, like being confronted with an annoying player that won't go away, or a death with severe repercussions.

CC: I have also seen this used as a short form of "Change Channel". Applicable to games that have several channels per server. It is often desirable to change channels if you are hunting a particular (and popular) mob that is not inside a dungeon/instance. Used in phrases like "CC to 5, there's already a group of players here."

Mount: A pet or companion (either purchased or free) that can be ridden to improve travel speed between locations. Often comes with additional inventory space and the ability to reduce or make you immune to aggro.

Posted by: Oreshral on March 8, 2011 2:24 PM

From the way I've seen it used, and the way I've used it since;
"Juking" = To Juggle Activities/Macros//Perform Simultaneous/Fluid Actions.

In GA (Global Agenda) to Robotics Juke is to (while playing Robotics)
Juggle maintaining Stations/Turret, While Healing "The Core"
(Protect this Objective; [Raids/A Double Agent Mission's Boss])

In RuneScape, the act of Defeating The TzTok-Jad (Level-702)
requires the player to "Juke" Prayers while using buffs and healing,
and to Aggro Yt-HurKot (Jad's Four Healers that spawn at his Half-Hitpoints.)


Posted by: on March 23, 2011 12:43 PM

DPS-Damage Per Second, a measurement of how much damage is done over given time. Also synonymous with DD in some games.

Ragequit-the act of logging off or leaving group out of anger and/or frustration.

Shopper-Someone who got all/most of their things from an in-game store with real money.

F2pP2W-Free to Play Pay to Win-Complaint made against some F2P games that offer most or all of their content in the in game store, encouraging people to spend money to make their characters more powerful.

Uber-n00b- Someone with a high-lvl character who doesn't know how to play it, most likely due to power-levelling or buying a high-lvl char account.

Huntard-Derogatory term in multiple games for the Hunter-type class (almost always the easiest class to play which attracts many new players).

Pulling-The action of grabbing the attention of a mob and dragging it back to a group or safe spot. Some classes specifically have an ability for this.

Reset-A term used to denote when a mob or boss heals up and returns to its spawn point. This can happen by getting out of the mob's fighting range or as a result of a wipe.

"Less QQ More Pew Pew"
A saying often uttered to tell someone to shut up and fight.

Posted by: Firesong on July 2, 2011 6:50 AM

LD (link dead) is, in my experience, much more common to MUDs than MMORPGs. MMORPGs are likely to use the synonymous term "DC" or "D/C" - disconnect. A disconnect occurs when the link between the company's game server and the player's game client is interrupted for some reason. It can be used as a verb ("I D/Ced" or "I'm D/Cing") or as a noun ("D/Cing is not fun").

I would also recommend including the term "realm" and its definition. I know it is specific to World of Warcraft, but "shard" is also specific to a game. If you include latter, then it makes little sense to exclude the former.

Posted by: Aliok on October 15, 2011 2:40 PM
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