When I started playing, I was totally bewildered by the number of acronyms and terms the players seemed to use.
So I started figuring them out, and listing them here. (Constantly updated)
In alphabetical order for ease of reference.
AB – Arathi Basin (a battleground where teams try to capture bases to control resources, one of my favourites)
- includes GM (gold mine), F (farm), LM (lumber mill) and ST (stables) also GY (graveyard)
AFK – Acronym meaning “away from keyboard” – e.g. “He’s gone afk to answer the door”
AFAIK – Acronym meaing “as far as I know”
AGGRO – If a player has ‘aggro’ that means that the enemy is currently focussed on them. (in groups, tanks should have aggro)
AH – Auction House (place near which many players will hang out and conduct business between raids and battlegrounds etc.
AV – Alterac Valley (a battleground where large teams compete for reinforcements, take over towers and try to defeat two bosses)
BELF – Blood Elf
BMAH – Black Market Auction House (in Pandaria for high-end items typically costing more than 10K)
BRF – Blackrock Foundry (Tier 17 Raid – Warlords of Draenor)
Cata – Cataclysm, World of Warcraft expansion number 3
DK – Deathknight (class in World of Warcraft)
DoT – Damage over Time, spells that are cast on an enemy that create damage over time instead of in one big swoop.
DPS – Damage-per-second (also known as “damage” – a role that you assume during a dungeon, battleground, raid or group quest).
GANK – When a player of a higher level kills a lower level player from the opposite faction repeatedly
Hc – Heroic – can refer to dungeons or raids.
HM – Highmaul (First raid of Warlords of Draenor)
HoT – Heals over Time, spells that heal a player over a period of time.
IDK – Acronym meaning “I don’t know”
IKR! – Acronym meaning ” I know right!?” – used as an affirmative response to something like, “OMG this boss is such a pain”
IOC – Isle of Conquest (battleground)
IMHO – Acronym meaning “in my humble opinion”
IoT – Isle of Thunder (patch 5.3) – Island off the Coast of Townlong Steppes in Pandaria
LFM – Acronym meaning ‘looking for more’ – seen in general chat when players are trying to form groups (e.g. LFM 1 healer)
MoP – Mists of Pandaria – World of Warcraft expansion number 4
MSV – Mogushan Vaults (early Mists of Pandaria raid, popular for trying to obtain the extremely rare Elegon Mount)
NELF – Night Elf
NEWB – used to describe a player new to the game (not to be confused with NOOB)
NPC – Non-player-character (i.e. part of the game artificial intelligence, not a human player)
NOOB – player new to the game who behaves in a way that annoys other more seasoned players who already know the rules, player behaves poorly when shown the right way
OP – Overpowered. e.g. DK’s are OP right now.
Org – Orgrimmar – Horde capital city in Durotar, Kalimdor
Pull – the action of drawing the enemy nearer through engaging them in combat. (In organised groups this is the job of the Tank)
PVE – Player vs Environment (Dungeons, Raids, Questing, Scenarios) – awards Justice Points and Valor Points.
PVP – Player vs Player (Battlegrounds, Arenas) – awards Honor Points and Conquest Points.
RBG – Rated Battleground ( a battleground that earns you a rating with 2 preformed teams, and competing for conquest points)
RNG – Acronym meaning Random Number Generator – used (as an excuse) to explain all those random things that can happen while raiding usually resulting in a wipe/or death of a character mid-fight
RP – Role playing (when a person plays a character – and acts AS that character, not just as themselves playing that character)
SoO – Siege of Orgrimmar (Raid added in Patch 5.4)
SW – Stormwind (human alliance capital city e.g. I’m in SW at the AH)
TANK – Player designed to take heavy damage, who occupies the attention of the Boss while the rest of the group dps or heal.
TB – Tol Barad (a PVP battleground you can access from maximum level – and also an area with daily quests just next to it)
TBC – The Burning Crusade – World of Warcraft Expansion number 1
ToES – Terrace of Endless Spring – Mists of Pandaria Raid
ToTFW – Throne of the Four Winds – Cataclysm Raid
ToT – Throne of Thunder – Mists of Pandaria raid
TRANSMOG – The ability to make one piece of gear that looks like another (great for avoiding nasty looking gear) available for items ilvl 60 and up.
TRANSMOG RUN – group of players ‘run through’ a lower level instance in order to score gear that looks different and then use this for ‘TRANSMOG’
WoD – Warlords of Draenor – World of Warcraft expansion number 5 (release date 13 November 2014)
WoTLK – Wrath of the Lich King – World of Warcraft expansion number 2
WoW – haha, “World of Warcraft”
WG – Wintergrasp – Battleground in Northrend, be careful flying over here when there is a battle in progress or you will be dismounted.
WSG – Warsong Gulch (a battleground where you try and capture the flag from the opposing teams’ base and carry it back to your own)
- You will see references to FC (flag carrier) and EFC (enemy flag carrier) in this battleground.
WTB – Want to buy (insert item here – usually spammed in trade chat)
WTS – Want to sell (insert item here – again – usually seen in trade/general city chat)