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Abbreviations are often used in chat and other places in Guild Wars 2. The following article aims to document the abbreviations seen most usually. Note that none of these abbreviations are case sensitive in practice, and their appearance in-game will vary accordingly.

The page does not aim to be all encompassing, but rather to cover:

  • Terms that are likely to be encountered (i.e. if you haven't seen it used commonly in chat, it's probably not well known enough and thus not likely encountered).
  • Terms that are relevant to gameplay (e.g. no need to explain meanings of widely known social abbreviations such as "lol")

Some other non-abbreviation terms can be found in the Glossary category.

When adding new abbreviations:

  • If the abbreviated and non-abbreviated terms are both common, list both.
  • If the term varies in capitalization, just list the most common abbreviation. (e.g. AB instead of Ab.)

You can reach this page from in-game at any time by typing /wiki Lingo into the chat box.

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Abbreviation Meaning Details
AB

Auric Basin
AC

Ascalonian Catacombs A dungeon in Plains of Ashford.
AC

Arrow cart A siege weapon used in World versus World.
AFK

Away from keyboard The player is not actively playing, but remains logged in.
AoE

Area of Effect A skill or gameplay mechanic that affects creatures in a specific radius.
AP

Achievement points Points awarded for completing achievements.
AP

Aetherpath A specific path of the dungeon Twilight Arbor.
Apple

Mentor icon The icon on the mini-map or above a player's head indicating they are acting as a Pact Mentor.
AR

Agony Resistance Resistance to the Agony found in Fractals.
Arah

The Ruined City of Arah A dungeon located in Cursed Shore. Also refers to the event chain allowing access.
BC

Black Citadel The charr capital city in Ascalon.
Bag

Bag of Loot A ground item, appearing at a player's feet, containing a defeated enemy's loot in World vs World.
Bal / Ball

Ballista A siege weapon in World vs World.
Ban

Ban Account access prevention as a sanction for a violation of the End-User License Agreement. The term may also include temporary access restriction (suspension).
BL

Borderlands Often prefixed with the specific world of the Borderlands, e.g. TCBL for Tarnished Coast Borderlands.
BRB

Be right back The player is briefly not present, be it physically or with their avatar.
Bubbles

Deep Sea Dragon Commonly used nickname of the Deep Sea Dragon, whose official name is currently not known.
Build

Non-aesthetic customization An arrangement of Equipment, Traits and Skills for a particular task.
Cata

Catapult A siege weapon used in World vs World.
Cap

Capture a point Fully capture a Capture point, either from neutral or enemy team color to friendly team color. Usually used in sPvP.
CC

Crowd control Skills which hinder the enemies from doing certain actions, usually trying to control their movements.
CD

Cooldown The time it takes for a skill to be ready to use again. Referred to as Recharge.
CF

Chest farming Exploring the Silverwastes with a group of people to collect as many Lost bandit chest as possible.
Champ

Champion A very difficult monster, intended for a group, indicated on its portrait by a gold outline with crossed swords.
Chrono

Chronomancer
Claw / Jormag

Claw of Jormag One of the many champions of Jormag in Frostgorge Sound that spawns a Dragon Chest upon its defeat.
This encounter is often confused with the actual Elder Dragon Jormag.
CM

Caudecus's Manor A dungeon in Queensdale.
CM

Challenge Mote An optional "hard mode" for some fractals, raids, and living world episodes.
CoE

Crucible of Eternity A dungeon in Mount Maelstrom.
CoF

Citadel of Flame A dungeon in Fireheart Rise.
Com / Comm / Commi

Commander See also Tag / Taco / Pin / Dorito.
Condi

Condition Damage over time or control effect.
CS

Cursed Shore Refers to a champion and event farm with a designated commander in Cursed Shore.
DD

Daredevil
Decap

Decapture a point Neutralize an enemy Capture point but leave it at neutral without being fully captured. Usually used in sPvP.
DH

Dragonhunter
DPS

Damage Per Second A value used to describe how much damage a player or other character is able to deal. Additionally, a group may look for DPS players, which means they are looking for players whose primary group role is dealing direct damage to the enemy.
DR

Diminishing returns Anti-farm code implemented to prevent bots and exploits from disrupting the economy and gaining an unfair advantage over legitimate players.
DR

Divinity's Reach The human capital city in Kryta.
Dragon

Claw of Jormag, Tequatl the Sunless, The Shatterer Often confused with Elder Dragons, these three lieutenants are often referred to as dragons, due to their shape.
DS

Death Shroud Refers to the necromancers profession mechanic.
DS

Dragon's Stand Refers to the explorable zone in the Maguuma Jungle and its respective meta event.
DT

Dry Top
EA

Empower Allies A Warrior Master trait in the Tactics line.
EB / EBg

Eternal Battlegrounds The central map in World vs World. Location of Stonemist Castle.
Ecto

Glob of Ectoplasm A max-level crafting material, only acquired by salvaging rare or better level 68+ items.
Ele

Elementalist
Engi

Engineer
EotM

Edge of the Mists A sort of overflow map for World vs World. Events grant rewards and achievements but do not count toward the Mist War score.
Epi

Epidemic A Corruption Utility skill for the Necromancer
FotM / Fractals

Fractals of the Mists A dungeon in Lion's Arch.
FPS

Frames Per Second Denotes the number of frames per second that the client is currently able to render. Can be observed in the options menu.
Gar / Garri

Garrison The large central keep in a World vs World borderland.
Gear

Equipment Gear refers to any equipment a player is utilizing on their character.
GM

Guild Mission Guild activity which members can participate together. Rewards the participants with Guild Commendation.
Golem / Alpha / Omega

Siege Golem A mobile siege weapon in World vs World.
Gor / Gors

Gorseval the Multifarious The second boss in the Spirit Vale raid wing.
GPH

Gold per hour The amount of gold earned by some farming method if all loot is converted to gold.
GotL

Grace of the Land A Druid Grandmaster trait.
GW / GW1

Guild Wars The original Guild Wars installment. Sometimes inaccurately used to refer to Guild Wars 2, if the 1 is omitted.
HoT

Heart of Thorns Refering to the first Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns.
HotM

Heart of the Mists The main hub for structured PvP.
HotW

Honor of the Waves A dungeon in Frostgorge Sound.
ICD

Internal Cooldown Used mainly for trait and skill systems, and indicate that a particular trait/skill enters an internal cooldown before producing its effect. For example, the skill Meteor Shower has an ICD of 0.5sec, it means each meteor will only produce damage once every 0.5sec, if the meteor hits a target and the cooldown is up the damage will simply be negated.
Inc

Incoming Used in World vs World to indicate that the enemy is approaching.
Ini / Init

Initiative The skill cost mechanic for thieves.
JP

Jumping puzzle An in-zone mini-dungeon with a chest reward at the end.
LA

Lion's Arch One of Tyria's cities, which connects all other major cities together.
LF

Life force Resource pool for Necromancers.
LFG / LF#M

Looking For Group / Looking For # More Used to search for party members (usually for dungeons).
LFR

Looking For Raid Poster is looking to join a raid.
LI

Legendary Insight Item acquired from bosses in raids, used in the creation of legendary armor.
Meta

Meta event Refers to dynamic events that take place in a certain map.
Meta

Metagame The most appropriate builds of the moment. Simply put, it refers to the most effective group composition and specializations of the classes making up that group.
MF

Magic Find Attribute that increases chance of higher-quality loot from defeated foes.
MF / Forge / Mystic Toilet

Mystic Forge An interactive object in certain places around Tyria and the Mists used to acquire and gamble with various recipes.
MP

Mastery point
Necro

Necromancer
Node

Resource node A gathering location to mine, harvest, or chop to acquire ore, cooking materials, or wood.
Obby / Obsi / Obi

Obsidian Shards A rare crafting material which is needed for Ascended equipment and Legendary weapons.
OOC

Out of Combat Mainly used so party members can heal or teleport/revive at a waypoint.
PBAoE

Point Blank Area of Effect Refers to area of effect attacks that are centered around the player, sometimes referred to as player-based area of effect.
PHIW

Play How I Want A tag for groups where players are not required to run (popular) meta classes. (see meta)
PoI

Point of interest The points of interest (little squares) that are required for map completion. Alternatively, a former show about the game.
Pot

Potion
PPT

Points Per Tick Points awarded towards war score every 5 minutes for locations controlled in World vs World.
Pre

Pre-event Events that are part of an event chain and lead to a particular, sought after event. Pre is rarely used for precursor weapons.
PS

Phalanx Strength A build-defining Warrior Grandmaster trait in the Tactics line.
PU

Prismatic Understanding A build-defining Mesmer Grandmaster trait in the Chaos line.
PUG

Pick Up Group A group of randomly matched players.
PvD / PvDoor

Player versus Door Players attacking gates with their weapon skills in World versus World to break them faster.
PvE

Player versus Environment The gameplay mode which solely focuses on pitting players against AI-controlled enemies.
PvP

Player versus Player The gameplay mode which solely focuses on pitting players against other players.
PvX

Player versus anything A PvX player is a player who enjoys doing both PvE and PvP. Similarly, a PvX guild is a guild which does both PvE and PvP.
QQ / Rage

Crying / Lashing out Used for pointing out sore losers or players complaining about events, battles or teammates.
r / r?

ready Used in chat for ready checks, on occasions where the game does not provide a built-in ready tool.
Rev

Revenant
RLF

Raid looking for ... Poster is looking to fill specific spots in an already mostly complete raid group
RP

Role Playing Where players act out their character's attitude, actions and speech within the game setting.
SAB

Super Adventure Box An 8-bit platformer inspired mini-game.
Sab

Sabetha the Saboteur The third boss in the Spirit Vale raid wing.
SB / Behe

Shadow Behemoth Epic nightmare boss in Queensdale, that appears in timer window.
SB

Short bow A ranged weapon used by Rangers and Thieves.
SE

Sorrow's Embrace A dungeon in Dredgehaunt Cliffs.
SF / SotF

Stronghold of the Faithful The third and final wing of the Forsaken Thicket raid.
SM / SMC

Stonemist Castle The main fort in the Eternal Battlegrounds.
SP

Salvation Pass The second wing of the Forsaken Thicket raid.
sPvP

Structured PvP PvP mode which allows competition on an even footing. Available from HotM map.
Stab

Stability Boon that prevents players from being affected by hard crowd control effects.
Steve

Deep Sea Dragon Commonly used nickname of the Deep Sea Dragon, whose official name is currently not known . Only the first letter is known: S. See also: Bubbles.
SV

Spirit Vale The first wing of the Forsaken Thicket raid.
SW

Silverwastes Refers to activities in Silverwastes - typically either doing meta events, doing meta bosses, or a Lost Bandit Chest train. Often accompanied with XX%, indicating how far along the map is towards the meta boss events.
Sweep

Sweep In World vs World, checking a recently captured tower, keep or Stonemist for hidden enemy players.
TA

Twilight Arbor A dungeon in Caledon Forest.
Tag / Taco / Pin / Dorito

Commander icon The icon on the mini-map or above a player's head indicating they are a commander.
Tag

Tag Damaging or otherwise interacting with an objective to get loot or event credit.
Tarir

Tarir Referring to the meta event in Auric Basin which involves the defense of the Exalted city of Tarir.
Taxi

Taxi To create and advertise a party with LFG with the intent of bringing more players to an instance of a map. Or to join such a party, travel to that instance, and leave immediately. Used as a means to fill a map with players to increase or share the success of an event.
TD

Tangled Depths
Teq / Taco

Tequatl The world boss Tequatl the Sunless.
TP

Trading Post An in-game tool for buying and selling loot, accessed by default with O.
Train / KTrain

Train A great amount of players using the strength of numbers to achieve a task with little difficulty. May in particular apply to Karma Train (capturing camps/objectives/towers/keeps in WvW of EotM in a cycle to acquire a constant stream of karma, experience, and loot), Champion Train (circling a set amount of places where Champions spawn to kill them efficiently for loot, or swarming an event to make more of them spawn) or sometimes Fail Train (staying at a place farming an event or an event chain that restarts faster or is more lucrative when failed).
Treb

Trebuchet A siege weapon used in Player vs Player and World vs World.
TS

Teamspeak A third party tool mainly used for voice communication. Often used in WvW or during fights like Tequatl the Sunless or in raids.
TT

Triple Trouble Referring to the Three-Headed Wurm world boss.
VB

Verdant Brink Refers to the explorable area in the Maguuma Jungle and often its associated meta events.
VG

Vale Guardian The first boss in the Spirit Vale raid wing.
VW

Vinewrath Refers to the boss of the meta event that follows The Breach in the Silverwastes.
Vet

Veteran Refers to a veteran rank NPC, indicated by a bronze border on its portrait.
WB

Welcome Back Return greeting after being Away From Keyboard.
WB

World boss A special kind of event that gives a daily reward at the end of an event chain culminating in the battle against a powerful enemy. Some of them are on a precise schedule.
WP

Waypoint Allows fast-travelling across the map.
WvW

World versus World A form of Player versus Player that pits three worlds against each other in a weekly match.
Yak / Dolly

Dolyak An animal in Tyria. Most commonly used to refer to supply caravans in World vs World and The Silverwastes.
Zerg / Blob

Zerg Massive group of players.
Zerk / Zerker

Berserker's A widely-used stat combination improving purely direct damage attributes (power, precision and ferocity), or a character wearing such equipment.