Guide to WoW Acronyms & TermsKiral's guide to the terminology and slang used by WoW players.
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I personally always had trouble understanding some of the terms used in WoW when I was a newbster (First Deadmines run I went on I said to the group leader, "Stop asking me to use Pull, I said I don't have that attack!" o_- Didn't end well) and I didn't know what the heck a PUG was till post-60, so here's a little guide that might help someone in my situation out. ^^
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LFG - Looking For Group
LFM - Looking For More (numbers can be added in between F and M to specify, eg. LF2M)
WTB ? Want To Buy
WTS ? Want To Sell
WTT ? Want To Trade
LFH ? Looking For Help
PST - Please Send Tell
DOT ? Damage Over Time (periodic damage)
DD ? Direct Damage
DPS ? Damage Per Second. A DPS class (eg., "LF DPS for Deadmines) would be one that does much damage in a short period of time (ex. Rogue, Warlock...)
MT - Main Tank
MA - Main Assist
OT - Offtank / Off Topic
OBO - Or Best Offer
MH - Main Healer
TY - Thank You
TYVM - Thank You Very Much
YW - You're Welcome
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Honest Opinion
FTW - For The While / For The Win / F*** The World (Generally For The Win)
BTW - By The Way
GTG - Good To Go / Got To Go (generally Good To Go)
G2G - Got To Go / Good To Go (generally Got To Go)
UI ? User Interface
TTYL ? Talk To You Later
AD - Argent Dawn
AoE - Area of Effect
AI - Arcane Intellect
DI - Divine Intervention; a Paladin spell in which the Paladin sacrifices himself to remove the targeted party member from harms way. Enemies will stop attacking the protected party member, who will be immune to all harmful attacks but cannot take any action for three minutes.
BoP - Bind on Pickup.
BoE - Bind on Equip.
FH - Full Health
FM - Full Mana
FP - Flight Path
JSYK - Just So You Know
JIC - Just In Case
OOM - Out of Mana
LOM - Low on Mana
GM - Game Master / Guild Master
MT - Mistell (typing a message in the wrong chat)
FvF - Faction vs. Faction
PvE - Player vs. Environment
PvP - Player vs. Player
BG - Battleground.
HP - Hit Points (your health)
AE - Area Effect
AFK - Away From Keyboard (or, A Free Kill, hehe ^_^)
NP - No Problem
WB - Welcome Back
FYI ? For Your Information
FWIW - For What It's Worth
BRB ? Be Right Back
OMW ? On My Way
BRT ? Be Right There
PUG ? Pick-Up Group; A group of players with no conection to each other (via Gulid, etc) that bands together fight through an Dungeon or Battleground.
PK ? Player Kill / Player Killer (aka PKer)
NPC - Non-player Character
PC - Player Character / Personal Computer
IRL - In Real Life
DC / DCd / DC'd / Disco'd / Disco'ed - Disconnected.
GD - Good duel.
RL - Real Life
RP - Role-Play(ing)
RPG - Roleplaying Game
MMO - Massively Multiplayer Online
MMOG - Massively Multiplayer Online Game
MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game
MUD - Multi-User Domain
GS - Goldshire
SS - Southshore / Soulstone
WF ? Westfall
IF ? Ironforge
AH ? Auction House
SW ? Stormwind
STV - Stranglethorn Vale
UD ? Undead.
UC ? Undercity
TB ? Thunder Bluff
WSG - Warsong Gulch
AB - Arathi Basin
AV - Alterac Valley
EPL - Eastern Plaguelands
WPL - Western Plaguelands
RR - Redridge
RH ? Razor Hill
BRS - Blackrock Spire (an instance)
UBRS - Upper Blackrock Spire (an instance, part of BRS)
LBRS - Lower Blackrock Spire (an instance, part of BRS)
SM - Scarlet Monastery (an instance)
DM - Dire Maul / Deadmines (instances)
BFD - Blackfathom Deeps (instance)
AQ - Ahn'Qiraj (two different instances: either AQ20, a twenty-man raid dungeon, or AQ40, a 40-man raid dungeon)
BRD - Blackrock Depths (instance)
RFD ? Razorfen Downs (instance)
ZG ? Zul?Gurub (instance)
MC - Molten Core (instance) / Mind Control
ZF ? Zul?Farrak (instance)
WC ? Wailing Caverns (instance)
SFK ? Shadowfang Keep (instance)
ST ? Sunken Temple (aka Temple of Atal?Hakkar, instance)
SC ? Shadowcraft (the first Rogue Dungeon Set) / Sleeper Cartel (Us! =D)
SW:P - Shadow Word: Pain (Priest attack)
QFT ? Quoted For Truth
FA - First Aid.
LoH - Lay on Hands (Paladin spell).
LW - Leatherworking.
BS - Blacksmith / Bull***t
LOL - Laugh Out Loud (of course)
LOLZ ? plural version of LOL
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
LMAO ? Laugh(ing) My A** Off
LMFAO ? Laugh(ing) My F***ing A** Off
WTF ? What The F***
OMG ? Oh My God
OMFG ? Oh My F***ing God
STHU - Shut The Hell Up
STFU ? Shut The F*** Up
FPS - First-Person Shooter
CS - CounterSpell (Mage spell) / Counter-Strike (an online FPS)
EQ ? EverQuest (a MMORPG)
SWG ? Star Wars Galaxies (a MMORPG)
CoV ? City of Villains (a MMORPG)
CoH ? City of Heroes (a MMORPG)
GW ? Guild Wars (a MMORPG)
ES ? Elder Scrolls (a series of offline RPGs)
WoW ? World of Warcraft
Frequently Used Terms
Ninja ? A player who takes a piece of loot that s/he was not entitled to.
Ninja Looting - Peforming the act above.
Aggro ? A hostile mob (marked red) attacking you / a mob?s aggression level towards you (increases with damage dealt to it, threat-inducing abilites, or heals cast on its current target)
Alt ? An alternate Character.
Toon / Avatar / Char ? Your character.
Creep ? A monster.
Log ? Logging Off of the game.
Relog - Logging out and back into the game, usually to fix a technical issue
Drop ? An item that can be looted off of slain mobs.
Int ? Intelligence
Inc ? Incoming.
Kiting ? A style of combat in which a player continues to deal damage to an enemy while staying out of its combat range.
Stunlock ? Keeping an opposing mob or enemy player in a constant stun while they are attacked.
Mob ? An (usually enemy) NPC, condensed form of Mobile.
Newbie ? A player new to the game.
Lowbie ? A low level character.
LoS - Line of Sight.
Pere - Perenolde.
Zomg - An exaggerated and/or sarcastic variant of "OMG" (Oh My God).
Noob / n00b ? An insult.
Nub - Noob. See above.
Nublet ? Noob. See above.
Nubsauce ? Noob. See above.
Nubsausage ? Noob. See above.
d00d - Dude.
Respawn ? Reappear. (ex. ?The mob respawned.?)
Rez / Res ? Resurrect.
Nelf ? Night Elf
Fort ? Fortification, implying Power Word: Fortitude (Priest Buff).
Power Word - See above.
Plz / Pls ? Please.
Kk ? Okay.
Blizz - Blizzard.
Gob - Goblin.
Scholo - Scholomance (instance)
Strat / Strath - Stratholme (instance)
Scarlet Strat - A side of Stratholme occupied mostly by the Scarlet Crusade.
Strat(h) SM / SM2 / Live Strat(h) - Scarlet Stratholme. See above.
UD Strat(h) - A side of Stratholme occupied by the Undead.
Geddon - Baron Geddon, a boss in Molten Core. (Not to be confused with Mr. Rivendare below.)
(The) Baron - Baron Rivendare; the final boss in the Undead side of Stratholme.
45-minute Baron - An objective in the Tier 0.5 questline asking the player to slay Baron Rivendare (see above) in 45 minutes or less to save the life of a woman from the Argent Dawn.
Blizzard - Mage AoE Attack / The company that created World of Warcraft.
Teld - Teldrassil.
Darn - Darnassus.
Flagged - Being flagged for PvP.
Alch - Alchemy.
Eng / Engi - Engineering.
Herb - Herbalism (in proper context)
Ubah ? Uber.
Ubahness - Uberness.
Hax ? Hacks.
Haxx0rz ? Hacks / Hacker (usually used in a joking or sarcastic way)
Suxx0rz ? Sucks.
Ony - Onyxia
1337 / L33t / Leet - Elite.
1337 Speak - Leet speak, t@1k1ng r3p1@c1ng 13tt3r5 w1t4 numb3r5 @nd 5ymb015, l1k3 t415.
Ph33r - Fear (see above).
Thnx/thanx/thx/tnx/tx ? Thanks.
Roffle - Variation of ROFL (Rolling on Floor Laughing) as it would be pronounced.
Pull ? To draw a mob away from other mobs.
Add - An extra mob that is drawn into a battle.
Giver ? A term used by a group to let the puller know they are ready.
Grinding - Killing the same selection of mobs repeatedly to gain experience.
Farming (1) - Killing the same mobs over and over again until a desired item drops.
Farming (2) - Killing mobs over and over again to acquire many items (or many of the same items) to later sell at the Auction House. In some cases, gold acquired will be sold over third-party websites (note that this is against Blizzard's Terms of Service)
Farmer - A player engaging in the act above. Also known as Chinese Farmers, as many of those who do such are Chinese.
Rag - Ragnaros, a boss in Molten Core.
Sleepers - Members of the coolest guild ever.
O RLY? - Oh Really?
Ya RLY - Yeah really!
NO WAI - No Way
YA WAI - Yeah Way
SRSLY - Seriously.
Chuck Norris - An internet phenomena, consisting of hyberboles exaggerating Chuck's power and putting him at a superhuman level.
Pally - Paladin
Lock - Warlock
Shammy ? Shaman
War / Warr ? Warrior.
Rouge ? Frequent misspelling of Rogue. (*sigh*)
Lawl - A variation of LOL (Laugh Out Loud) as it would be pronounced.
Pat - Patrol.
Resto Druid - A Druid with talents in the Restoration tree.
Shadow Priest - A Priest with talents in the Shadow tree.
Healer - A class that can heal other players. (Typically a Priest or Restoration-specced Druid)
Healadin - A Paladin specced to be more effective in Healing.
Tank - A class that is built to be able to withstand lots of damage, and is used to take aggro in instance runs. (A Warrior is generally the first choice for a Tank.)
Caster ? A casting class (mage, warlock, etc.)
Rare Mob ? A mob that drops better-than-average loot, but appears less frequently. Identified by a silver dragon around its portrait.
Hybrid ? A class that carries the traits of other classes (ie. Shaman, Druid?)
Exp/XP ? Experience Points.
Pew pew / Pewpew - an onomatopoeia; representing the sound when a gun or lazer is fired. (Often combined with other phrases to form words such as "Zomgwtfroflbbqtomatopewpewpew")
Teh - A misspelling of 'the', sometimes intentional.
Leik - A (usually intentional) misspelling of 'like'.
Range ? A distance from which an ability works / To attack something from a distance
Pwned ? Owned.
Zerg - To swarm an enemy with overwhelming numbers.
Spec ? A talent specialization.
Respec ? Respecialize; to redo a toon?s talent tree.
Mod ? AddOns that make up UIs. Mods are downloadable through some third-party sites such as Curse-Gaming and can provide some helpful improvements to the normal WoW interface. See Vint's guide here for more information on Mods.
Tier (1, 2, & 3) ? A set of higher-level armour, unique to each class, attained through instances. The higher the Tier number, the more powerful the armour set is. You can experiment with these sets here.
Wipe ? An entire group dying.