Online:Abbreviations and Terms

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Players of MMOs use many different Abbreviations and Terms to refer to different activities, in-game items and places. Here is a list of terms you may come across while playing ESO:

AA
Aetherian Archive
AD
Aldmeri Dominion
Adds
Additional enemies in a dungeon which are scripted to arrive during a boss fight.
AFK
Away From Keyboard — Player is going away from their computer for a period of time, usually more than 5 minutes. Compare BRB. See also BK.
Note that after 15 minutes inactivity, a player is automatically logged out.
Aggro
Aggression — Determines which player an enemy will attack. Taunting an enemy will increase its aggro towards you.
Ales
Fort Aleswell
Alt
An alternative character on a player's account. Compare Main.
AoE
Area of Effect — Abilities that deal damage to an area rather than a specific target.
AP
Alliance Points
Arx
Arx Corinium
AvA, RvR
Alliance versus Alliance — Alliance War content in Cyrodiil. "Realm versus Realm" is a term adopted from other games with similar large-scale PvP content.
Bananas
See: Yellows
BBL
Be Back Later
BC
The Banished Cells or Blessed Crucible, depending on zone. See also BCells, Crucible.
BCells
The Banished Cells. See also BC.
BH(H)
Blackheart Haven
BK
Back — With no other context, refers to a player who has just returned from being AFK.
Bloodport
Intentionally running into enemies in order to die and quickly respawn at a shrine.
Blues, Blueberries, Smurfs
PvP terms for Daggerfall Covenant enemies.
Bots
Automated characters without a human player, usually used to farm mob drops or collect crafting materials. Against the game's terms of service.
BRB
Be Right Back — Player is going away from their computer for a short period of time, usually less than 5 minutes. Compare AFK.
BRK
Blue Road Keep
Buff
  1. A beneficial effect on an enemy or player character. Compare Debuff.
  2. Used when certain content has been made more powerful or more effective. Compare Nerf.
Build, Spec
Refers to a character's race, attributes, chosen skills, gear and abilities.
CBB
Castle Black Boot
CBM
Castle Bloodmayne
CC
Crowd Control — Abilities that apply Disabling Effects to their target(s). CCs consist of Stuns, Knockbacks, and Pulls.
Chal
Chalman Keep
Char
Your character.
Cherries
See: Reds
CoA
City of Ash
CoH
Crypt of Hearts
Cori
Corintthac the Abomination
CP
Champion Points
Crag
Craglorn. See also Grindlorn.
Crown
See: Lead
Crucible
Blessed Crucible. See also BC.
Cyro
Cyrodiil
DB
Dark Brotherhood
DC
Daggerfall Covenant. Compare d/c.
d/c, d/c'd
Disconnect(ed)
DD
Damage Dealer — A character whose primary role in a group is to deal damage. Compare DPS.
Debuff
A detrimental effect on an enemy or player character. Compare Buff (1).
D(ee)-Tick
Reward for keep defense. See Tick (2).
Def
Defend a keep or resource in PvP.
DFK
Direfrost Keep
Ding
Player has leveled up.
DK
Dragonknight
dmg
Damage
DoT
Damage over Time
DPS
Damage Per Second — Refers to a character who can make attacks quickly, or the rate at which they do so. Compare DD.
Drag(on), Dclaw
Fort Dragonclaw
Drake
Drakelowe Keep
DSA
Dragonstar Arena
DSC
Darkshade Caverns
Dung
(pronounced like the first syllable of "dungeon")
Dungeon — A grouping of content including Delves, Public Dungeons, Group Dungeons and Trials. With no other context, usually refers to Group Dungeons.
Edu
King-Chief Edu
EH
Elden Hollow
Elite
An enemy which is more powerful than a standard mob, but less powerful than a boss. Has one pip on the health bar.
Emp
Emperor
Emperor Farming
The practice of grinding Alliance Points in a group and allowing Ring Keeps to fall in order to crown each member as Emperor.
EP
Ebonheart Pact
ESO, TESO
(The) Elder Scrolls Online
ESOTU
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Execute
A generic name for certain skills that inflict a large amount of damage on targets low on health.
EXP
See: XP
Farming
Repeatedly killing certain enemies. See also Grinding.
Fare
Castle Faregyl
Farra
Farragut Keep
FC
Forward Camp
FG
  1. Fungal Grotto
  2. Fighters Guild
g, gp
Gold
G2G
Good To Go — A dungeon group whose players are ready to begin their run. Compare GTG.
Ganking
A player attacking another player by surprise in a PvP area, often when they are traveling between PvP objectives or completing PvE quests.
Glade
Fort Glademist
GM
A Gamemaster
Grats/z, GZ
Congratulations
Green Alliance, Greens
Dominion and Covenant working together in AvA. See Orange Alliance, Purple Alliance.
Grinding
Repeating the same content over and over, usually to level up. See also Farming.
Grindlorn
Going to Craglorn specifically for grinding, or referencing that grinding is the most common activity in overland Craglorn and its delves.
GTG
Got To Go — Player is logging off for at least a few hours. Compare G2G.
Guildies
Fellow members of a player guild.
Head Farming
Repeatedly running a Group Dungeon to obtain a Monster Helm with a certain trait.
Healer
A character whose primary role in a group is to heal the other group members.
Hel Ra, HRC
Hel Ra Citadel
HoT
Healing over Time
IC
Imperial City
ICP
Imperial City Prison
Insp, IP
Inspiration Points
Kings
Kingscrest Keep
Kite
The act of attacking an enemy repeatedly (usually ranged but not always) while leading it (usually) in a pattern in order for others to safely kill it or focus on other things.
KoS
Kill on Sight
L2P
Learn to Play — Said to someone, often in derogation, who appears to not be able to play their build effectively.
Lead, Crown
Status as leader of a group, e.g. "pass lead".
LFG, LFS, LFP
Looking For Group/Squad/Party
LFM
Looking For More/Member
Lvl
Level
MA
Maelstrom Arena
Mad
Mad Urkazbur
Main
A player's main character. Compare Alt.
MG
Mages Guild
Mino
Minotaur World Boss Limenauruus
MMO(RPG)
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
Mobs
Mobile Object Block — Refers to all computer-controlled characters, but usually used to mean standard overland enemies. See also NPC.
Monster Head
Monster Helm
MQ
Main Quest
Natch Potes
A popular nickname for Patch Notes; began when a UESP guild member made a typo on the official forum.
NB
  1. Nightblade
  2. Nature's Bounty
Nerf
Used when certain content has been downgraded or made less effective. Compare Buff (2).
Newb(ie)
A Newb or Newbie is a new player to a game that may not know all of the mechanics and often has a lot of questions. Compare Noob.
Noob
A Noob (or sometimes seen as N00b) is a derogatory term meaning someone that does not know all of the game mechanics, is usually new to the game, and yet proclaims to know everything. This term is sometimes mistakenly used by people that mean to say Newb (or Newbie).
NPC
Non-Player Character — All of the computer-controlled characters in the game, but usually used to mean non-hostile characters. See also Mob.
Nyz
Nyzchaleft
OMW
On My Way
Orange Alliance, Oranges
Dominion and Pact working together in AvA. See Green Alliance, Purple Alliance.
Overland
Content which is not contained within a dungeon or other interior location.
Pips
Embellishments added to an enemy health bar that are indicative of difficulty, up to a maximum of three. Also called Stars.
PM, /w
Private Message, Whisper — Usually seen as "PM me" or "/w me", player is looking for a reply to their comment via /tell (/t) or /whisper (/w). See also PST.
Poa
Poacher's Encampment
Port
Teleport, to a player or Wayshrine.
Pots
Potions. See also Tri-Pots.
Proc
Procedural Random Occurrence — Activation of an effect based on random chance.
PST
Please Send Tell — Player is looking for a reply to their comment via /tell (/t) or /whisper (/w). "pst" also sounds like someone whispering. See also PM.
PTS
Public Test Server
PUG
Pick-Up Group — A random group of players, formed on the fly, often in which nobody knows anyone else.
Pull
Attack a single enemy and lure it away from a group of enemies, or towards a group of players.
Purple Alliance, Purples
Covenant and Pact working together in AvA. See Green Alliance, Orange Alliance.
PvE
Player versus Environment — Players fighting against computer-controlled enemies.
PvP
Player versus Player — Players in combat with each other.
Raid
  1. A Trial.
  2. A large-scale attack on a certain AvA objective.
Reds, Cherries, Tomatoes
PvP terms for Ebonheart Pact enemies.
Respec
Visiting a Shrine to change the skills or attributes in your build.
Res, Rez
Resurrect, using a Soul Gem.
Roe
Castle Roebeck
RP
RolePlay(ing)
RvR
See: AvA
Sej
Sejanus Outpost
Smurfs
See: Blues
SO, Sanctum
Sanctum Ophidia
Sorc
Sorcerer
SP
Skill Points
Spec
See: Build
Spindle
Spindleclutch
Stars
See: Pips
SW, Selene
Selene's Web
Syn
Synergy
Tank
A character whose primary role in a group is to take the majority of enemy damage, and keep the enemy's attention off other group members.
Temp
Templar
Tempest, TI
Tempest Island
TES
The Elder Scrolls
TESO
See: ESO
TG
Thieves Guild
Tick
  1. The frequency at which a DoT or HoT ability applies damage or healing.
  2. The AP reward for a successful keep capture or defense.
Tomatoes
See: Reds
Toon
A player's in-game character.
Train
A large group of coordinated players in PvP. Compare Zerg.
Trash
See: Vendor Trash, Trash Mobs
Trash Mobs
Enemies in a dungeon that may or may not be associated with a boss but don't give out big loot and are usually killed as a time waster.
Tri-Pots
Potions which restores health, magicka and stamina simultaneously.
TV Stones
Tel Var Stones
UA, US
Under Attack/Siege
UD
Unfinished Dolmen
Ulti, Ult
Ultimate
Vamp
Vampire
Vend
Visit a vendor to sell some Vendor Trash.
Vendor Trash
Items which are only valuable as something to sell to a merchant, e.g. loot items.
Vet, VR
Veteran (Rank)
Volen, VF
Volenfell
VoM, Vaults
Vaults of Madness
VP
Veteran Points
/w
Whisper, see PM.
Wasp Test
Outdated. A method of fighting a group of Champion Points110 Giant Wasps in Craglorn solo to test the viability of a build.
WB
World Boss — An overland boss. In ESO, usually refers to a Group Boss location.
WGT
White-Gold Tower
WS
Wayrest Sewers
WTB
Want To Buy
WTS
Want To Sell
WTT
Want To Trade
WW
Werewolf
XP, EXP
Experience Points
Yellows, Bananas
PvP terms for Aldmeri Dominion enemies.
Zeni
See: ZOS
Zerg
A huge group of players rushing at a target, usually without any tactics. Compare Train.
ZOS, Zeni
ZeniMax Online Studios

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