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Version 1.00 - (30 Nov 2005) - Finished. Version 1 done. Version 1.20 - (30 Nov 2005) - Added a bunch of recommended things from GameFAQs users and gave them credit. Version 1.30 - (01 Dec 2005) - Added Alterac Valley Graveyards, Feign Death, Crit, Proc, and TB (2). Version 1.50 - (02 Dec 2005) - Added PvP, PvE, adjusted Attack Power, fixed Fairie Fire, and a lot of other things I've forgotten things that I've forgotten now. Version 1.51 - (02 Mar 2006) - Added a few terms. Version 1.52 - (28 May 2006) - Few terms added. Version 1.53 - (09 Jul 2006) - Few terms added. Version 1.54 - (28 Dec 2006) - Few terms added. Version 1.55 - (07 Jan 2006) - Few terms added. Version 2.00 - (03 Apr 2007) - Added tons of new Burning Crusade terms. Version 2.10 - (09 Apr 2007) - Added more Burning Crusade terms. Version 2.20 - (22 Apr 2007) - Added more Burning Crusade terms and made changes to some terms that were necessary. Version 2.21 - (29 Apr 2007) - Added a few more Burning Crusade terms. Version 2.22 - (02 May 2007) - Few terms added. Version 2.23 - (16 Mar 2008) - Few terms added. Version 2.25 - (13 Apr 2008) - Few terms added. Version 2.30 - (14 Aug 2008) - Few terms added and adjusted Version History layout. Version 3.00 - (26 Mar 2009) - Added tons of Lich King expansion terms. Version 3.05 - (30 Mar 2009) - Few terms added, some typos fixed. Version 3.06 - (01 Apr 2009) - Typos fixed. Version 4.00 - (25 May 2011) - Added tons of Cataclysm expansion terms. Version 4.05 - (27 May 2011) - Few terms added, contact information changed. Version 4.10 - (27 May 2011) - Went through entire guide and removed/changed outdated information. Also future-proofed some information. Version 4.15 - (30 May 2011) - Few terms added, some typos fixed. Version 4.20 - (29 Aug 2011) - Few terms added, typos fixed, info corrected. =============================================================================== +------------------------------------------------+ | Section III. - Copyright Info. and Legal Info. | +------------------------------------------------+ Alright. Here's how it works. This guide will first be publicized on GameFAQs. It is Copyright 2005 to me, Joshua J. Eaton. You, the reader, may only use it for reading and your own personal use. You may NOT take it and place it on your website, nor may you give it out to anyone in a physical form. At present, this guide is only allowed to be posted on this website: www.gameFAQs.com . DO NOT take or use this guide for anything without my personal consent. If you see this guide on any other website other than GameFAQs, please contact me about it. Furthermore, my consent to post my guide on another website other than the said one will NOT be given, so please do not E-mail me to ask. =============================================================================== +--------------------------------------------------+ | Section IV. - Purpose/What This Guide Will Cover | +--------------------------------------------------+ This guide for the PC game World of Warcraft will basically go over some of the most commonly seen terms related to this game. Many people just starting may not know some of the terms that experienced players just throw around constant- ly. This guide will serve to show you and explain to you exactly what those terms, phrases, or abbreviations mean. Feel free to contact me at the E-mail address above to add more. You will be given credit. =============================================================================== +-------------------------------+ | Section V. - The Terminology | +-------------------------------+ This section of the guide will merely list some of the most commonly seen and heard terms, abbreviations, phrases, etc, that you will see in the game. A few of them can be found in the back of your game's manual, but the vast majority of them cannot, thus the purpose of this guide. I've conveniently put all the terms in alphabetical order as well, so it should be fairly easy for you to find whichever one you may be looking for. So... let's begin! Term What It Means/Stands For -------- ---------------------------- 1337 A way of typing on the internet that involves using num- bers and symbols to display the vast majority of letters. This one says "leet", which is short for "elite", meaning good, pro, etc. Many players consider "1337-speak" to be childish and annoying, but it can be humorous in some uses. A52 Area 52. (Town) AB Arathi Basin. This is one of the game's Battlegrounds. AC Auchenai Crypts. (Instance) Add This means that another enemy has aggro'd to your group's current fight. "Add" is normally said by a member in your group who noticed this. AE Arcane Explosion. This is a Mage spell that's simply an instant-cast AoE (see below), usually used to finish off opponents with low health, as it has no cooldown. AFK Away From Keyboard. This means the person is not at their computer. Aggro The game has it's own built-in "hate" system. Aggro can be short for "aggressiveness" in a sense. For example, if you get too close to an enemy, you can make it aggro to you and it will attack you. Furthermore, if one player is attacking an enemy and you out-damage them or heal them significantly, the enemy will aggro to you. Agi Short for "Agility". Agility A stat in the game that affects your critical hit percen- tage, your dodge percentage, and in a rogue's case (also a Druid while in Cat-Form), attack power. Agility also adds Ranged Attack Power. AH Auction House. AI Arcane Intellect, a spell cast by a mage that buffs your intellect. Aldor This is a group of ancient Draenei priests that alligned with the Naaru and are rivals of the Scryers (see below). AN Azjol-Nerub. (Instance) AoE/AOE Area of Effect. There are some spells in the game that can be cast on whole areas to do damage to everything in that area. This is useful if there are many weak enemies and you don't want to kill them one by one. AP Attack Power. AQ Ahn'Qiraj. (Instance). If this is followed by a "20" or a "40", it is referring to the two separate parts of AQ, the 20man side and the 40man side. Arc Short for "Arcatraz". (Instance) Arch Short for Archeology, a secondary profession introduced in Cataclysm, the third expansion. Archavon Short for Vault of Archavon. (Instance) Arm Short for "Armory". This is a commonly run part of the instance Scarlet Monestary. Armor A stat in the game that affects how much damage you take from melee attacks. The higher your armor, the less damage you take. Armor-class Some classes can wear multiple "classes" of armor. The ar- mor classes in order of weakest to strongest are: cloth, leather, mail, plate. Some classes, such as Warlocks, can only wear Cloth armor, whereas others, like Warriors, can wear any kind they want. Atk Short for "Attack". Attack Power A stat in the game that affects how hard you hit in melee or ranged combat. AV Alterac Valley. This is one of the game's Battlegrounds. Azjol Short for Azjol'Nerub. (Instance) Baron See "UD (2)" below. Baron Rivendare is the final boss of Stratholme and is found on the Undead side. Battleground Battlegrounds are certain mini-instances in the game in which the two factions fight each other and try to accomplish something, whether it be to capture the flag, kill the other team's General, or get the most Hills in a game of King of the Hill in order to gather points faster to win. BB Booty Bay. (Town) BC Burning Crusade. This is the name of the first expansion for World of Warcraft. BE Blood Elf, a race available to the Horde faction. Blood Elves were made available to play in the Burning Crusade expansion. BF Blood Furnace. (Instance (see below)) BFD Blackfathom Deeps. (Instance (see below)) BG Battleground. See above. BH Baradon Hold. (Instance (see below)) BiS Best in Slot. Many classes have certain pieces of gear that are the absolute best possible piece of gear for a gear-slot. For example, the best possible belt for your belt slot currently in the game would be your BiS-belt. BM Black Morass. (Instance (see below)) BoA Bind on Account. Some items in the game can be "Soulbound" to your ACCOUNT, meaning any character on your account can use them. The stats on these items typically change depending on the level of the character holding them. See "BoE" and "BoP" below for more types of Soulbinding. BoE Bind on Equip. Some items in the game can be Soulbound to your character, meaning no one else can use them or even hold them. Until actually used and/or equipped, BoE items are NOT Soulbound. See "BoA" above and "BoP" below for more types of Soulbinding items. BoK Blessing of Kings. This is a buff (see below) given by the Paladin class. BoM Blessing of Might. This is a buff (see below) given by the Paladin class. BoP Bind on Pickup. Some items in the game can be Soulbound to your character, meaning no one else can use them or even hold them. BoP items become Soulbound the second you pick them up off a dead enemy. See "BoE" and "BoA" above for more types of Soulbinding items. Bot Short for "Botanica". (Instance) BoT Bastion of Twilight. (Instance) BRB Be Right Back. One player says this to another player to let them know that they won't be around for the next few moments. BRD Blackrock Depths. (Instance (see below)) Bres/B-rez Battle Ressurection. Some classes can ressurect players even while in combat, or, in battle. This type of res is called a b-res. BS Short for "Black Smith". It's one of the flags in the Ara- thi Basin Battleground. It is also a Profession in-game that players can use to craft metal armors and weapons. BT Black Temple. (Instance) BT (2) Borean Tundra. (Zone) Buff A buff is a beneficial, long-lasting spell or potion your character has gotten/drank. Some buffs will raise your health, some raise your armor, etc. "Buff" can also mean "to make tougher/better". If someone says "buff Mages!" they mean to make the Mage class better somehow. BWD Blackwing Decent. (Instance) BWL Blackwing Lair. (Instance) Camp The act of staying in one place for awhile in order to either kill something, someone, or get something that has to spawn. Carebear This is a term most-often used by PvP-server players to insult PvE-server players. It basically means something along the lines of, "Oh, you're too chicken to play on PvP you chicken, you carebear, you noob!" Cata Short for "Cataclysm", the third WoW expansion. Cath Short for "Cathedral". This is a commonly run part of the instance Scarlet Monestary. CC Crowd Control. In higher level instances and places, not being able to control your enemies or the flow of battle can, and most-likely will, result in your group dying. There are many methods of Crowd Control such as a Mage turning the enemy into a sheep or a Hunter trapping an enemy. The goal is to make it so that your entire group focuses on one enemy at a time. CC (2) Corpse Camp. See above for "Camp". This is the act of do- ing just that, but over and over to the same person. This is also called "griefing". CD Cooldown. Some moves, when used, cannot be used again for a certain amount of time. That time is called the move or item's Cooldown. CE Cenarion Expedition. This is a town in Zangarmarsh and a group that you can gain reputation with. Cho Short for Cho'gall, a boss in Bastion of Twilight (raid). Clos Short for "Cloak of Shadows", a Rogue ability that clears all magical debuffs and gives the Rogue an immunity to spells for a few seconds. CoT Caverns of Time. (Zone) Crit Short for "critical hit". A critical hit is an attack that basically did a lot more damage that normal attacks of that same kind. Curse A curse is a de-buff that does something bad to you. Some curses can do damage-over-time, some can slow you down, or a number of other things. D Short for "defense". It's usually used in the Battleground areas. If someone says, "you, you, and you play D at the mine", it means to stay on defense there. Dal Dalaran. (City) Dala Dalaran. (City) Darn Darnassus. (City) DB Dragonblight. (Zone) DE Disenchant. The skill "Disenchant" comes with the Enchant- ing profession and basically, when you Disenchant an item, the item is completely destroyed and you are left with dust, an essence, or a shard, depending on the rarety of the item you Dienchanted, it's level, and whether or not it was armor or a weapon. Debuff This is just like a buff, but it is NOT beneficial. It's just the opposite. It can slow you, harm you, lower a stat or even kill you. Ding In the game EverQuest (I think), whenever you reached your next level, a small dinging sound was audible. Therefore, to show off, people would say, "ding!" and others would congratulate them on their accomplishment. This carried over to World of Warcraft, even though the sound made when you level-up sounds nothing like a ding. DK Dishonorable Kill. You used to receive these for killing non-PvP and non-player characters of the opposite faction. Dishonorable Kills no longer exist or have any impact on your PvP standing. DK (2) Death Knight. As of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, player accounts with a character level 55+ are able to create the new class, Death Knights. DKP DKP is rather complicated, but I'll try and simplify it. In high-level guilds and instances, epics tend to drop of- ten and logically thinking, it would be very unfair for a new guild-member to be able to roll on an item that anoth- er long-time guild member has been running an instance for months trying to get. So DKP (Dungeon/Dragon Kill Points) comes into effect. Basically, DKP is like guild money. If you have enough, you can "buy" the item that dropped. DKP is awarded for being present for certain major raid events like a boss being killed, being on-time for the raid, etc. DM Dire Maul or Deadmines. (Instances (see below)) DMG Short for "Damage". DND Do Not Disturb. This means the person is busy or is not at their computer. DOT/Dot Damage Over Time. Some spells, instead of doing tons of damage all at once, do much more damage over the period of a certain amount of time. These spells are commonly called "dots" and appear as Debuffs. DPS Damage Per Second. A few classes have very high DPS, mean- ing that basically, they deal great amounts of damage very quickly. Drop When you kill an enemy, 95% of the time, you will be able to right-click their corpse and take the stuff they have, whether it be a pair of boots or a weapon, or even a quest item, it's still what the enemy "dropped". DTK Drak'theron Keep. (Instance) Ele Short for Elemental. This can refer to elemental enemies in the game, or a type of Shaman. Enh Short for Enhancement. This referrences a type of Shaman talent tree or spec (see below). EoE Eye of Eternity. (Instance) EotS Eye of the Storm. This is one of the game's Battlegrounds. Exp Short for "Experience". Experience When an enemy that is within your level-range is killed, you get a certain amount of experience for killing that enemy. With enough experience, you will level-up. Typi- cally, harder enemies (while still in your level range) will yield more experience. Turning in completed quests also yield very large amounts of experience (when compared to the amount awarded from single enemy kills). Farm See "grind". One difference though. "Farming" is where you are after the items, perhaps even one in particular in or- der to sell it to make large amounts of money. FD Feign Death. This is a Hunter move where the Hunter fakes his own death to clear his aggro build-up from the enemy or to fool other players. Fear A debuff that causes your character to run off in a random direction away from your opponent for a certain amount of time. FF Fairie Fire. This is a move that the Druid class has. FF (2) Focus Fire. You will hear people tell the group to FF on some enemy in order to kill it the fastest. When everyone "focuses fire" on the enemy, it goes down. Fort Short for "Fortitude", a spell cast by Priests that buffs your Stamina. FP Flight Path. Around the World of Warcraft are many places you can reach by flying to them, assuming you have the Flight Path. In Cataclysm, WoW's 3rd expansion, players are able to fly their own mounts wherever they want, making Flight Paths obsolete to high-level players with flying mounts. FTL For The Loss. This is used to show one's aggrivation or hatefulness towards something. For example... "Rogues Am- bushing me while I have no mana FTL!" FTW For The Win. This is used to show one's appreciation for something in most cases. For example... "Stealth FTW!" FW Frostwolf. This is one of the graveyards in the Alterac Valley Battleground. G2G Got "to" Go. This means the player cannot play any longer. G2G (2) Good "to" Go. This means the player is ready to proceed. It is sometimes very easily confused with "G2G" above, as the two look identical, but have nearly opposite meanings. Gad/Gadget Short for Gadgetzan. (Town) Gank This term has many meanings, all of which are arguable, but they all have one thing it common: killing another player when he or she stands very little or absolutely no chance of winning. For example... attacking them when they are low on HP, attacking them while they are fighting an enemy, or even gathering several friends to kill one guy. GB Grim Batol. (Instance) GG Good Game. Can be used seriously or sarcastically to con- gratulate a player or group on an accomplishment. GH Grizzly Hills. (Zone) Gimp This term is similiar to "nerf" (see below) in that it re- fers to making something worse or taking away a good qual- ity. For example, you would "gimp" a mage by taking away their ability to freeze you to a spot. Taking away that ability would also be "nerfing" the mage, since it's bad. GL Gruul's Lair. (Instance) GL (2) Guild Leader. GM Game Master. GM (2) Guild Master. GodBubble This is the term used to refer to the Paladin's ability that shields him and makes him immune to absolutely any- thing for several seconds. Gnomer Gnomeregan. (Instance (see below)) Grief(ing) See "CC (2)" above for "Corpse Camping". Griefing someone is camping them with the sole intent to annoy them by killing them or the target(s) that they're after. Grind Grinding is when you sit in an area and kill whatever is in that area again and again and again to gain experience or get drops. It's rather boring and a slow process in the higher levels. GTG Got To Go. This means the player cannot play any longer. GTG (2) Good To Go. If a player says this, they are telling you that they are ready to start or continue. It's quite the opposite of the above GTG, which can cause some confusion. Guild A guild is a friendly group of players who are kind of all in one large group, but not really doing the same thing. Think of a guild as a party. At a party, you know some people and you don't know others, yet you're all in it together and relatively friendly toward one-another. GY Graveyard. Note that there is also a part of the instance Scarlet Monestary that is a graveyard and many people run it and refer to it as "SM GY". Halls Short for "Halls of Origination". (Instance) Hearth Every player in the game has a Hearthstone. If you use it, it will teleport you to your Home Inn. Doing so is called "hearthing". If you destroy your Hearthstone, you can obtain a new one by setting an inn to your home location by speaking to an innkeeper. H-xxxxxx The "H" in this term is short for "Heroic". Heroic "Heroic" is a dungeon/raid difficulty setting that can be set by the group leader. For example, if an instance (see below) is typically meant to be run at level 82-85, setting the instance to Heroic makes it l evel 85 only, or much harder. Some heroic instances and raids even have different boss mechanics. HF Hellfire. Hellfire Peninsula is the first zone of Outland, part of the Burning Crusade expansion. HF (2) Howling Fjord. (Zone) HFP Hellfire Peninsula, the first zone of Outland that you are in when you go through The Dark Portal. HH Honor Hold. This is the main Alliance base in Hellfire Peninsula. HK Honorable Kill. You receive one of these whenever you kill another player who is within your level range. Your HKs are tracked in the Statistics tab of your Achievements window. Hodir Short for Sons of Hodir. (Reputation Faction) HoL Halls of Lightning. (Instance) Honor For PvP-centric accomplishments, you receive Honor Points, which can be spent on PvP-centric gear and items. HoS Halls of Stone. (Instance) HP Hit Points. It's how much health you have. IB Iceblood. This is one of the graveyards in the Alterac Valley Battlegrounds. IC Icecrown. (Zone) ICC Icecrown Citadel. (Instance/Mini-zone) IF Ironforge. (City) IL (il) Item Level. See below. Ilvl (ilvl) Item Level. See below. Imp Short for "Improved". Many talents (see "Talent(s)" below) can be improved. For example... "Improved Wrath" some peo- ple would just call "Imp Wrath". Imp (2) "Imp" is the exact name of one of the four Warlock pets. Inc This stands for "Incoming", meaning an enemy or group of enemies are about to come or already are coming toward your group. Instance In previous games, this was called a dungeon. When you and your group step inside an instance, you are given your own copy of that instance with all the enemies and bosses in it just for you. This prevents your group from going to do a hard dungeon and finding it already beaten by another group. Int Short for "intellect". Intellect A stat in the game that affects a caster's mana and spell power. IoC Isle of Conquest. (Battleground) IRL In Real Life. Item Level This is the average item-level of your gear, both equipped and in your bags. Your item-level is shown in the General tab of your Character Pane. It is relative and used by players for a quick reference to the amount of epic/good gear you have. JC Jewelcrafter. (Profession) JP Justice Points. You earn these when you complete certain PvE-related accomplishments, such as killing bosses. Kara Karazhan. (Instance) Keep Short for Utgarde Keep. (Instance) Kings Short for Blessing of Kings, a Paladin buff. Kite A strategy where one player takes the aggro of the enemy and then gets far away from it while everyone else kills it. While the enemy is chasing the kiter, it doesn't att- ack the people slowly killing it unless one of them pulls the aggro. KoS Kill on Sight. This means that no matter what, you will kill whatever you have deemed KoS the second you see them. KT Kel'thuzad, the final boss of Naxxramas. KT (2) Kirin Tor. (Reputation Faction). Also, the Kirin Tor lead and protect Dalaran. KZ Short for Karazhan. (Instance) LBRS Lower-Blackrock Spire. (Instance) Leet See "1337" above. LFG Looking For Group. This is usually followed by the name of a quest requiring more than one person or an instance. LF#M Looking For # More. This means that a group is almost done forming for the instance/quest and they only need # more people. LFM Looking For More. Same as LF#M, but number needed is not specified. Lib Short for "Library". This is a commonly run part of the instance Scarlet Monestary. Note that there is also an area in Dire Maul (instance) that is a library. LK Lich King, can also be combined with WotLK (see below). LM Short for "Lumber Mill". It's one of the flags in the Ara- thi Basin Battleground. Lock Short for "Warlock". Lol/LOL Laughing Out Loud. This means that the person found some- thing that happened amusing or funny. Log When you sign on or off. For example, "I'm going to log, good night guys!" or "Let me log my Druid." Loot The act of taking drops is called "looting". "Loot" would be whatever the enemy dropped, be it money or an item. LoS Line of Sight. In order for an enemy to attack you or for you to attack it, you have to be able to see it. If any object is blocking your vision, then you do not have a direct line of sight to your enemy and therefore cannot attack it. Many people use the line of sight game mechanic in order to pull enemies, usually casters, closer to them. They will attack the enemy, then run behind a wall or something, and the enemy will have to come to them behind the wall in order to see them and start attacking. Lowbie A low level character. It can sometimes be used as an in- sult. Lvl The incredibly lazy person's way of saying "level". MA Main Assist. In major raids, there is almost always a raid leader or someone who should always be assisted so that everyone attacks the same target and doesn't screw up the Crowd Control. Mag Short for "Magtheridon", a boss/instance in Hellfire Pen- insula. MagT Short for "Magisters' Terrace". (Instance) Magth Same as "Mag", above. Maly Malygos, the one and only boss in The Eye of Eternity. Lore-wise, Malygos is probably the strongest boss in the game as of Patch 3.1, as it takes an entire dragonflight rescuing your raid to survive him and kill him. Mana Mana is just your Magic Points. You need certain amounts of it to cast certain spells. Mara Short for "Maraudon". (Instance) Mark Short for "Mark of the Wild", a druid-given buff. Mark (2) Enemies in the game can be marked with certain symbols above their head to differentiate them from each other easily. If someone says to mark enemies, they mean to place symbols on them, usually to determine which ones to crowd-control (see "CC" above) or kill first. Mats Short for "Materials". Many things in the game, especially ones dealing with professions and crafting, require mater- ials to create. Mech Short for "Mechanar". (Instance) MC Molten Core. (Instance) MC (2) Mind Control, a Priest's skill that allows the Priest to take control of the other player for a short period of time. MGT Magisters' Terrace. (Instance) MH Mainhand. This refers to weapons that players can place in their right hand either by choice or by item restrictions. Might Short for Blessing of Might. This is a buff given by the Paladin class. Mob Mob means "enemy". MotW Mark of the Wild, a buff cast by the Druid class. MP Mana Points. Also see "Mana". MS Mortal Strike. This is a Warrior's move and the term MS is usually used to reference several abilities in the game that provide a healing debuff to the target. MT Mistell. This means that the previous message in the chat from that person was not intended for that specific chat. MT (2) Main Tank. In higher level guilds and instances, there is normally more than 1 tank (see "Tank" below) present. The Main Tank is the one tank who will be doing the tanking. The others usually just recover his mistakes or do damage. MT (3) Mana Tombs. (Instance) Naxx Short for Naxxramas. (Instance) Nef Short for "Nefarion", the last boss of the Blackwing Lair and Blackwing Decent raid instances. At level 60, he was one of the hardest bosses in the game before Naxxramas came out. Nerf This term means to make something or someone worse by removing or changing an aspect about it/them. For example, if you were to remove the Stealth ability from Rogues, you would be "nerfing" the class as a whole. If Blizzard were to make an instance easier by giving bosses in it less health, they have "nerfed" the instance. Newb A person who is merely new to the game or an aspect in the game. NE Night Elf, one of the 8 races in the game. Ninja A ninja is a person who takes the loot without permission or when he/she cannot use it and someone else would have. The ninja does this merely to sell the item for a few gold or for revenge even. But beware, ninja'ing an item from a player on your server could give you a bad name when they tell the rest of the world. n00b An arrogant, ignorant, obnoxious newb (see above). noob See above. NOOB See above. NPC Non-Player Character. This is anything in the game "alive" that is not an actual player. NS Netherstorm. (Zone) Nub See "n00b" above. O Short for "Offense". It's usually used in the Battleground areas to ask who is on the Offense (the charging team) or how the Offense is doing. OH Offhand. Refers to some weapons/items that players can place in their left hand either by choice or item restrictions. OH (2) Old Hillsbrad. (Instance) OK Old Kingdom. (Instance) OMW On My Way. This is just used to tell another player that you are headed to wherever you guys are going to meet, be it an instance or at the bank to trade, whatever. Occ Short for Oculus. (Instance) I don't know where the extra "C" comes from, people are stupid. OK Old Kingdom. (Instance) OOC Out Of Combat. When fighting an enemy in the game, you are in combat. When this state ends, you are... out of combat. OOM Out Of Mana. This means the person has no more mana and thus cannot cast anymore spells. It's bad if your healer says this. Org Orgrimmar. (City) OS Off-Spec. See "spec" below. Players can have 2 specs. The one that is not your main spec is your off-spec. OS (2) Obsidian Sanctum. (Instance) OT Off-Tank. See "MT" above. The OT is the next "rank". He covers up what the MT doesn't do right OR the Off-Tank can Main Tank another enemy while the real Main Tank does the original. OTW On The Way. This is just used to tell another player that you are headed to wherever you guys are going to meet, be it an instance or at the bank to trade, whatever. Pat Short for "Patrol". In most instances, there is an enemy who walks around (or multiple) enemies. They patrol a cer- tain area. When someone says "pat", it means that one is coming. Paw The Druid class buff, "Mark of the Wild", has a buff-icon that resembles an animal's paw. If someone asks for "the paw buff" or says, "give me the paw", they want MotW. Pew-pew "Pew" is the sound a laser-gun makes in high-tech video games and is now referred to in WoW as doing damage. Poly Short for "polymorph", a spell cast by a Mage that turns the target into an animal for a short amount of time, but also regenerates the target's health at a very fast rate. Port Short for "portal", which is... well... an instant tele- portation to another area of the game. Pot Short for "potion". There are many potions in the game, all of which have different uses. Some boost stats, some instantly restore health, etc. Princess Run This is a type of Maraudon run that is relatively short because you get teleported past about 75% of the instance and are much closer to the final boss, the Princess. Proc When a weapon/item "procs", it means that by random chance it got used or went off. For example, the Fiery Weapon en- chant has a 25-30% chance to hit the enemy for Fire Damage. When that 25-30% chance kicks it, then your Fiery Enchant "proc'd". PST Please Send Tell. This means that the person wants you to talk to them in private via /tell or /whisper. PST can also be seen as the sound one makes when quietly getting another's attention. "Hey you... pst!" It implies a whis- per. PTR Public Test Realm. Before every major patch, Blizzard (the game creators) create a mock server and load the new patch to it. That server is open to the public to play on and test the patch for balancing issues and bugs, before it "goes live" on the real servers. Pull To Kite (see above) an enemy or small group of enemies to your group without getting too close to where you aggro too many. Pulling can also simply mean to initiate the fight. "Pull the boss" would mean to start the fight. PUG Pick Up Group. This is just a regular group of random peo- ple who wanted to do an instance or particular quest. High level and end-game, PUGs are frowned upon because typi- cally, it's a lot better to run instances and such with a good guild. PvE Player versus Environment. This stands for a type of ser- ver you can play on where in Contested Zones of the game (basically, any zone above level 20 or so), you will have to manually flag yourself for PvP by typing /pvp before you can fight another player of the opposing faction. How- ever, the other player must also flag themselves or be flagged. PvE also refers to a game-type mentality focused on raiding and progression. PvP Player versus Player. This stands for a type of server you can play on where in Contested Zones of the game (basic- ally, any zone above level 20 or so), any player can att- ack any other player of the opposing faction, regardless of level, situation, anything. PvP can also simply stand for "the action of fighting another player". For example, "he was flagged for PvP all the time on a PvE server!"). PvP also refers to a game-type mentality focused on player combat instead of raiding. QQ This resembles a pair of eyes that are crying. It is syn- onymous with crying, whining, complaining, etc. If someone says "QQ more" or "Stop your QQing", they mean to cry more and stop your whining respectively. R Short for "Ready", which is short for, "I'm ready to ___", likely initiate the upcoming fight. RAF Recruit A Friend. In August of 2008, Blizzard allowed players to recruit their friends into the game. The ori- ginal account and the recruit account would then be "linked" for 90 days. For the duration of the link, players below the level of 60 in a party with each other and physically nearby one another would receive 300% ex- perience from all sources to include quests, among other abilities such as free summons every hour and potentially, a free Zhevra (zebra) mount for the original account. Rag Short for "Ragnaros", the last boss of the level 60 raid instance "Molten Core", and the last boss of the level 85 raid instance "Firelands". Ramps Ramparts. (Instance) RAP Ranged Attack Power. See "Attack Power". RBG Rated Battleground. Regen Short for "Regenerate". Res Short for "ressurection", where instead of releasing your spirit and running back to your body, another player can raise your body on the spot via a spell only available to some classes. Release When you die, you have the option to release your spirit. When you do so, your spirit will be at the closest grave- yard to your body and you will have to run back. Rez See "res". RFC Ragefire Chasm. (Instance) RFD Razorfen Downs. (Instance) RFK Razorfen Kraul. (Instance) RH Razor Hill. (Town) RoB Ring of Blood. The actual Ring of Blood is a multi-quest chain in the Outland zone of Nagrand. It involves fighting single boss-like monsters inside of a ring one after the other until the final "champion" is fought. It is a very well-known quest since it awards a huge amount of Experi- ence, gold, and a good rare-quality item all at once. The expansions since Burning Crusade have each had a Ring of Blood-like area and questline that many players still refer to as RoB despite a different name. RTFM/Q This is short for "Read The F***ing Manual/Quest". Many players will say this to people who ask simple questions that the answers to which can be found in the game's man- ual or by reading the quest that their question pertains to. Sap Sap is a Rogue skill that can only be used on a few types of mobs when the rogue is stealthed. It disorients the target for a certain amount of time. This is a common form of Crowd Control. Sapph Short for "Sapphiron", the second-to-last boss in Naxxramas. A giant frozen skeleton of an undead dragon. Sarth Short for "Sartharion", the main boss inside Obsidium Sanctum (Instance). Sarth + #D The Sartharion encounter can be made more difficult by not killing the drakes that surround him. D = Drake. The more drakes left alive, the better gear Sarth will drop. Sarth + 2D for example, means you would kill one of the drakes and leave 2 alive to fight while you fight Sarth. Scarlet This refers to the Scarlet Monestary-looking side of the high-end instance, Stratholme. Normally, groups only ever do one of the two sides. Scarlet, or SM as you may also see it called, is one of the two. Scholo Short for "Scholomance". (Instance) Scryers This a group of Blood Elves who basically gave the middle finger to Kael'thas and joined the Naaru. They are the enemies of the Aldor (see above), but do not partake in open war or fights. SF Snowfall. This is one of the graveyards in the Alterac Valley Battleground. SFK Shadowfang Keep. (Instance) SH Sentinel Hill. (Town) SH (2) Stonehearth. This is one of the graveyards in the Alterac Valley Battleground. SH (3) Shattered Halls. (Instance) SH (4) Sethekk Halls. (Instance) Shatt Short for "Shattrath", the main city in Outland for both Alliance and Horde. Sheep To sheep an enemy means for a Mage to cast Polymorph on it in order to achieve some Crowd Control. SL Shadow Labyrinth. (Instance) SM Scarlet Monestary. (Instance) SMV Shadowmoon Valley. (Zone) SP Stormpike. This is one of the graveyards in the Alterac Valley Battleground. SP (2) Slave Pens. (Instance) SP (3) Storm Peaks. (Zone) Spec Every class has three "trees" they can put their Talent Points in to improve skills or gain new ones. Usually, players put the majority of their Talent Points into one "tree" and some in the other trees. Their "main tree" is called their "spec". For example, if a Druid puts most of his Talent Points into his Restoration tree, he is referred to as a "restoration" spec'd Druid, because it's what he is going to be best at. Spir Short for "Spirit". Spr Short for "Spirit". Spirit A stat in the game that affects how fast your HP and Mana regenerate. SS Screen-shot. You can take screenshots in-game by merely pressing the Prnt Scrn button on your keyboard, usually located to the right of F12. The screenshot is then saved to a folder inside your World of Warcraft program file in- side your computer, most-likely on your C: drive. SS (2) Soulstone. Warlocks have the ability to Soulstone a player which allows that player to ressurect after death should they choose to accept the prompt. SS (3) Southshore. (Town) SSC Serpentshrine Cavern. (Instance) SSO Shattered Sun Offensive. This is one of the game's fac- tions that you can gain reputation with. Their home "base" is the Isle of Quel'Danas. ST Sunken Temple. (Instance) ST (2) Short for "Stables". It's one of the flags in the Arathi Basin Battleground. Sta Short for "Stamina". Stam Short for "Stamina". Stamina A stat in the game that affects your health. For every 1 point of Stamina, you get 10 HP. Stocks Short for "Stockades" (Instance). This instance is located inside Stormwind City and is generally used by higher level players as a reference point for directing other players to key locations nearby, such as the Inscription and Enchanting vendors, the gear Reforger, and the Cooking daily quest, as of the Cataclysm expansion. Str Short for "Strength". Strat Short for "Stratholme". (Instance) Strength A stat in the game that affects how hard you hit by con- tributing to your Attack Power. See also "Attack Power". SV Steam Vaults. (Instance) SW Stormwind. (City) SWP Sunwell Plateau. (Instance) T# (e.g. "t11") Short for "Tier #", referring to a tier of loot that is class specific. Certain sets of gear in the game are meant to be worn by specific classes. For exmaple, the Bloodfang set is the Rogue class's Tier 2 of gear. You could call this t2, or tier2. Tier-loot is purchased with Valor Points (earned by raiding mostly) or obtained as drops from raid bosses. There are several tier sets per expansion. Original-WoW had t1-t3, for example. Talent(s) See "Spec" above. Tank The person who grabs and holds the aggro of the enemy in melee combat while other players do damage to the enemy while the enemy concentrates on the tank. Tanks are almost always Warriors and in some very rare cases, Druids. TB Thunder Bluff. (City) TB (2) Thorium Brotherhood. (Faction) TB (3) Tol Barad. (Battleground) Throne Short for "Throne of the Tides" or "Throne of the Four Winds". (Instances) TK Tempest Keep. (Zone/Instance) TM Tarren Mill. (Town) TP Thorium Point. (Town) TP (2) Twin Peaks. (Battleground) Train See "Kite" above. It's the same thing. You have "trained" the enemy to do what you want (follow you). Tribute This is a type of Dire Maul North run where no Guards are killed and Cho'Rush the Observer is left alive. The reward for accomplishing this is a large chest with several drops (see above, "Drop") in it. The Tribute is significantly worse if a guard or Cho'Rush is killed. Trinketing This means that someone used a Trinket in order to accom- plish something, whether it is becoming more powerful, or getting out of some form of Crowd Control. TUF The Unstoppable Force. It's a two-handed mace that you can purchase once reaching the Exalted reputation status with your respective faction from Alterac Valley. TwiHi Twilight Highlands. (Zone) Twink This is a term for a low-level character controlled by a person with knowledge of the game. They typically deck the character out in the best gear for that level despite any costs and such. Twinks are then taken into Battlegrounds to completely destroy other, normal players. TY/ty Thank You. This shouldn't require an explaination.... Tyduss Me, the best and most uber-sweet-awesomeness Rogue on the US Frostmane server. =) UB Under Bog. (Instance) UBRS Upper-Backrock Spire. (Instance) UC Undercity. (City) UD Undead. UD (2) While this also stands for Undead, it may mean the Undead side of the mid-level instance, Stratholme. There are two sides, "Scarlet" (see "Scarlet" above) and the "Undead" or "Baron" side. UK Utgarde Keep. (Instance) Uld Short for "Ulduar". (Instance) Ulda Short for "Uldaman". (Instance) V&T Valiona and Theralion, a 2-boss fight in Bastion of Twi- light, a raid instance. Vanilla When someone refers to "vanilla", they mean World of War- craft before any expansions. This is likely because it is the original, like vanilla flavoring, nothing added. Vault Short for "Vault of Archavon". (Instance) VC VanCleef. (Boss in Deadmines) Vent Short for "Ventrilo", a third-party external program that players often use to vocally communicate with others who have joined their vent server. Being able to communicate instantly via voice versus typing something out and hoping players pay attention to chat is a vital part of high-end raiding. VH Violet Hold. (Instance) VoA Vault of Archavon. (Instance) VP Valor Points. You earn these for completing certain PvE- related accomplishments, such as killing raid bosses. You can spend Valor Points on raid-equivalent epic gear. WC Wailing Caverns. (Instance) WF Westfall. (Zone) WG Wintergrasp. (Zone) WHS Wildhammer Stronghold. (Town) WoTF Will of The Forsaken, a racial ability of Undead players. WotLK Wrath of the Lich King. (Expansion) WoW World of Warcraft. WSG Warsong Gulch. This is one of the game's Battlegrounds. WTB Want To Buy. This is followed by the name of an item, wea- pon, etc, that the person who said it wants to purchase from another player. For example... "WTB Copper Bars!" WTF What The F***. This is a question, exactly like, "what the hell?!", but with the F-word instead. WTS Want To Sell. This is followed by the name of an item, weapon, etc, that the person who said it wants to sell to another player. It is also sometimes followed by a price at which the person wants to sell the item at. For exam- ple... "WTS Copper Bars, 15 silver!" WTT Want To Trade. This is the same as WTB and WTS, except a person wants to trade one item for another, or even in some cases, accounts. XD If you look at this sideways, it resembles a smiling face with squinted eyes, indicating that a player found some- thing amusing or funny. XP See "Experience" above. ZA Zul'Aman. (Instance) Zangar Short for "Zangarmarsh", one of the zones in Outland. ZD Zul'Drak. (Instance) Zerg This is a term drawn from the game, Starcraft, where a enemy was the "Zergling". The strategy they had or used or whatever was to get a ton of them and rush a single place all at the same time and take it with sheer size and num- bers. When a player in WoW says to zerg something, they mean for everyone to rush it and take it or kill it. ZF Zul'Farrak. (Instance) ZG Zul'Gurub. (Instance) =============================================================================== +-----------------------+ | Section VI. - Credits | +-----------------------+ I'd like to thank a few sources who inevitably helped me write this guide. They are as follows: 1. GameFAQs for posting (hopefully) this guide on their site. 2. The GameFAQs user, "Moonknlght" for reminding me about Flight Path and sev- eral popular spells such as Fort and MotW, as well as Gadgetzan and OMW. 3. The GameFAQs user, "Saph777" for reminding me about Sentinel Hill. 4. The GameFAQs user, "game freakozoid" for reminding me about UD/Baron, LBRS, UBRS, Nef, and Mats. 5. The GameFAQs user, "Takizawa_Kun" for reminding me about FTW and FTL. 6. The GameFAQs user, "NsM Comatosis" for reminding me about Farm, Lowbie, MS, Imp, Gank, Tribute, Princess, Ninja, DE, Lock, all the Alterac Valley Graveyard abbreviations, Pat, AR, IBS, and TUF. 7. The GameFAQs user, "SKIzlude" for reminding me about BoE and BoP. 8. The GameFAQs user, "Major Gamer" for reminding me about Screenshot and Soul- stone, as well as Feign Death and Main Assist. 9. The GameFAQs user, "Slash585" for reminding me about Sap and DKP. 10. The GameFAQs user, "DooD 01" for reminding me about Crit and Proc. 11. The GameFAQs user, "AbeOfZanarkand729", for reminding me about the Thorium Brotherhood. 12. The GameFAQs user, "Pieke Okata", for reminding me that hunters gain AP from Agility as well, and that Agility adds 2 Ranged Attack Power. 13. The GameFAQs user, "EliteMob", for reminding me about Baron runs. 14. The GameFAQs user, "SoloSaint", for reminding me that Fairie Fire prevents a target from Stealthing/Vanishing as well. 15. The GameFAQs user, "Seant017", for reminding me about EPL, WPL, and SS. 16. The GameFAQs user, "Phoenix Firebird", for telling me that Europe gets its maintenance and Honor calculated on Wednesdays, not Tuesdays. 17. The GameFAQs user, "LuniNutz99", for reminding me about Gift of the Wild and correcting a typo in FTL. 18. The GameFAQs user, "sabbath19pantera", for correctly my defintion of IBS. 19. The GameFAQs user, "Golden Mario", for reminding me about the Scarlet Mon- estary sections. 20. The GameFAQs user, "DarkshadowMike", for reminding me about GodBubble. 21. The GameFAQs user, "stealthyhunter", for reminding me about Gimp and Pot. 22. The GameFAQs user, "lancer777", for reminding me about 1337 and leet. 23. An E-mail from a "Logan", reminding me about "Imp (2)" and "RTFM/Q". 24. An E-mail from "Gamer_Am_I" for reminding me about "Carebear". 25. "Rageextreme" from Gorganash US server, for telling me about "zerg". 26. The GameFAQs user, "ArquillWephronic", for reminding me about "D" and "O". 27. The GameFAQs user, "mr_fat", for reminding me about "Trinketing". 28. The GameFAQs user, "albedoisadorkis", for reminding me about "LoS". 29. An E-mail from "Teddi P.S.", for fixing my "Obsidian Sanctum" misspelling. 30. The GameFAQs user, "Kokeii", for fixing my "Archavon" misspelling. 31. The GameFAQs user, "BrekenCored", for reminding me of the change to Mage's Arcane Explosion spell. 32. The GameFAQs user, "Krozard", for a "BC" change reminder. 33. The GameFAQs user, "ArtosRC", for reminding me about "Paw". 34. The GameFAQs user, "sinder311", for reminding me of the Paladin blessing to "hand" change. 35. The GameFAQs user, "Eye_of_Horus", for reminding me of "nerf", which I for some reason left out after mentioning it in "gimp". 36. The GameFAQs user, "Paranoia_Panda", for reminding me of "AQ". 37. The GameFAQs user, "Cheerful Chum", for reminding me that Blacksmith is also a profession, Kirin Tor, HoS, HoL, and OK. 38. The GameFAQs user, "Maota", for fixing my Azjol-Nerub typo and seeing that I had "Heroic" twice. 39. The GameFAQs user, "xSkitZx", for reminding me of "Mark", "Nub", "Stam", "Stocks", "Ulda", and "PTR". 40. The GameFAQs user, "ThorTheDinosaur", for reminding me of "Enh" and "Ele". 41. The GameFAQs user, "r0nan88", for reminding me of "Vent". 42. The GameFAQs user, "Neo Vejiita", for pointing out an alphabetical order error with "LK". 43. An email from "Laura H." for pointing out an error with "Attack Power" information since I last updated. ##. Blizzard, for it was their Game Manual for this game that reminded me of a few things I forgot. ##. 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