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This article is a glossary of different terms used in Dragon Nest. Take note that this article only provides basic information about a particular term, and is not designed to give extensive details regarding that terminology.

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AEdit

AAON
Anu Arendel Ordeal Nest.
ABN
Archbishop Nest.
AFK
Acronym of "Away from keyboard". Used particularly on cases in which a player is going to be away for long periods of time.
Aggro
Slang term for "Aggravation" or "Aggression". Mechanism that aids mobs into deciding which players to attack, or if they should attack or not. Also referred as "Hate" or "Threat".
Alt
Alternate. A character/s that is not considered to be a player's main. Is often used to store items and gold or other purposes.
AoE
Acronym of "Area of Effect". Term used to describe skills that affects multiple targets within a specified area[1].
Apoc
Apocalypse Nest. Also used in items belonging to the Apocalypse Equipment Set and the Apocalypse Accessory Set. A common variation is "Apo".
AW
Abyss Walker, a specialization class of the Bringer.

BEdit

Barb
Nickname for Barbarians, one of two secondary specialization classes of the Mercenary.
Blues
Pertains to rare items, based on the color of the item name. Players who have mostly blues as equipment are often frowned upon by other players, especially blues that are not enhanced to at least +6. This is no longer applicable as rare equipment are now rarely used except during levelling stages.
BM
Nickname for Bowmasters, one of two primary specialization classes of the Archer.
Boost
Having other people assist you into achieving a task, particularly a higher-level character helping a low-level character reach a desired level. Those who help are called Boosters.
BO
Best Offer. Oftentimes the most advantageous offer to the seller for a desired selling item. Some players sell items by asking interested buyers to give their offers and choosing the "best" among them before engaging in a trade. Is often typed in chat as "LBO" for "leave best offer".
Boss
The most powerful and oftentimes the last mob to be defeated by a player to clear a dungeon. (See also: Boss and Miniboss)
BRB
"Be right back". Usually typed in chat by a player when going to be away for short periods of time.
BT
Beyond Time. A Force User skill that shortens the cooldowns of spells cast by the caster (except for Beyond Time itself) affected allies for a certain duration.
BWP
Blue Wind Plains. A popular dungeon for levelling purposes.

CEdit

C
Copper, as in the currency. 100 copper = 1 silver, and 10,000 copper = 1 gold. Rarely used in trading.
Cap
Refers to "level cap", the level at which a player will be unable to gain levels or experience. May also refer to the limit to a rating (such as Critical) wherein adding more to that particular rating will no longer grant any noticeable effect.
CC
Crowd Control. Mechanics that control the movement of mobs, like the usage of Ice spells (that slow down enemies), Time Stop (that freezes the movement of enemies in an area) or Light spells (some of which can electrocute enemies).
or
Also refers to Cherry Credits, the publisher of Dragon Nest in Southeast Asia. The in-game cash used to purchase Cash Items is also called CC.
or
Change Character. The players that want to change his current character in use to their other character.
or
Change Channel / Current Channel. The in-game channel which the player is currently at or wants to change to.
CN
Creator Nest.
CD
Cooldown. A period of wait time wherein a skill or item cannot be used again until that time runs out. Is often typed in chat, sometimes with a skill's name (e.g., "heal cd") to alert party members of an ongoing cooldown for the mentioned skill.
Clean
Refers to items, particularly equipment, that hasn't been used by any player; this means that the equipment hasn't been enhanced and hasn't been given potentials and suffixes, or in more recent updates, has no Dragon Jades equipped and has intact reseal count.
Colo
Colosseum. The realm that contains the lobby for PvP maps.
Comp
Abbreviation of "Compensation", referring to the game mode of the same name. Adjustments made on a character's stats so that damage dealt and defense would be less dependent on a character's equipment, forcing players to rely solely on their own skills. The mode is known as Balance in other servers. "Compe" is a common variation.
Crit
Critical damage.
CT
Cocktail. An Alchemist skill that increases healing potency of items and skills used and gives increased stats to allies for the skill's duration.

DEdit

DA
Divine Avatar.
or
The Nightmare Class Dark Avenger.
DC
Disconnected. A scenario wherein a Player's client is suddenly disconnected from the game server.
DDL
Daidalos Nest.
DDN
Desert Dragon Nest.
Def
Defense. May be used in chat to order allies to perform defensive maneuvers or is used alongside an element (Ice Def, for example) or either Phys or Mag to pertain to elemental defense and physical and magical defense respectively.
DF
Dragon Fellowship.
DN
Alternative acronym for Daidalos Nest.
DNP
Dragon Nest Points. An alternate currency to CC and gold that allows players to purchase Cash Items or trade on Trading House.
DOK
Dark Overlord Keep.
DOTC
Dark Overlord Training Camp.
Drops
Term used to denote items dropped from monsters.
DTMI
Dark Tower Magic Institute.
Dust
Comet Dusts. Produced when disassembling weapons and armor, and is exchanged for rare Enhancement Codes. Is removed from the game since Patch Version 76
DZ
Distorted Zone, may refer to Merca's Heart - Distorted Zone (Level 90) or Rhadames - Distorted Zone (Level 93).

EEdit

ECJ
Elemental Conversion Dragon Jades. Dragon Jades which change the base element of the wearer's attacks and skills to the desired attribute.
EL
Elemental Lords.
Epics
Pertains to items, especially equipment, of the epic rarity. See also "blues" and "greens".

FEdit

FU
Nickname for a Force User, one of two secondary specialization classes of the Sorceress.
Faceroll
Derogatory term that implies that a class is so overpowered that all its user needs to do to defeat an enemy is "roll their faces on the keyboard".
Farming
Activity in which Players grind to obtain large amounts of in-game currency or items.
In some cases, the purpose of Farming is to sell the goods acquired for real life currency. Despite this kind of Farming being mostly considered an activity shunned down by the game community, a bannable offense by most game developers and distributors and even regulated or punished by law of some countries, it's still a very common practice due to being highly lucrative among Players with a high acquisitive power. People who reside in developing countries like China have held full-time employment as Farmers.
Farming is also a secondary skill that involves cultivating crops that can be prepared to produce consumable items.
FD
Final Damage.
FoE
Fortress of Erosion.

GEdit

G
Gold, as in the currency. 1 gold is equal to 100 silver or 10,000 copper.
GA
May either refer to the Force User skill Gravity Ascension.
or
the Great Ancestor set.
GDN
Green Dragon Nest.
Giga/GN
Gigantes Nest. GN can also refer to Guardian Nest.
Glad
Nickname for Gladiators, one of two secondary specialization classes of the Sword Master.
GM
Game Master/Moderator. Part of the staff of a game, tasked with implementing in-game rules and regulations and the implementations of selected in-game events.
or
Refers to the Gear Master, one of two secondary specialisation classes of the Engineer.
or
Refers to a Guild Master.
or
Refers to Golden Meadow, a popular dungeon for levelling purposes.r
Greens
Pertains to items of the magic rarity. Magic equipment are known for having additional stats at the cost of having lesser maximum durability. Magic gears are no longer available in recent patches.
Grind
Engaging in repetitive tasks with the purpose to upgrade or advance the level of a character[2]. Those who engage in this action are said to be grinding.
Guild
A guild is a group of up to 200 players who are represented by a name and an emblem. Guilds allow players to organsze parties much easily and provides an environment for players to interact with others. Since the introduction of the Guild War feature, guilds may also participate in battles against each other.

HEdit

HBF
Hero's Battlefield.
HC
Hardcore, as in the difficulty used in Raid Nests.
Hack / Hax
Enhancement done by exposing and altering the code of a software.
Hacking is an illegal activity shunned down among the game community, and most game developers and distributors consider it a bannable offense.
HL
Highlander. A Warrior skill (later reassigned as a Mercenary skill) that grants allies a buff that causes all affected allies to avoid being dealt fatal damage (i.e. hit points will not go below 1) during the skill's duration.
Howler
A Mercenary that specializes in Howl Skills, particularly Havoc Howl or Battle Howl, one of which is maxed.
HR
Holy Relic, or Healing Relic which is one of the Priest healing skills.
HT
Refers to the Honourable Tribe set, which is the epic Level 60 Nest Set from the Typhoon Kim Nest. No longer craftable or used.

IEdit

I-Frame / iframe
Invincibility/Invulnerability Frame. Period of time measured in animation frames during which a character becomes immune to attacks.
Inqui
Nickname of Inquisitors, the damage-oriented secondary specialisation class of the Priest.

JEdit

Jade
Dragon Jades. Items that are used on equipment to increase desired stats or to add a desired effect that activates on certain conditions.
Jelly
Item Protection Magic Jelly. A Cash Shop item used to protect equipment from being destroyed upon failure to enhance.

KEdit

Kang'd/Kanged[3]
A parody of TV show Punk'd, using the last name of of the Cherry Credits founder and previous CEO Addison Kang.
A combination of the words "Kang", from Addison Kang, and "trolled".
Key
Key of Dimensional Box. Often used as payment for boosting, and can be used to enter Chaos Openings or improving the rewards of the Dimensional Chests in Abyss mode dungeons.
kg
Kilo gold, i.e. thousand of gold. 1 kg = 1,000 gold.
Kick
To remove a player from a party, a guild or a PvP match room, usually without the player's consent.
Kickadin
A paladin whose equipment and skills focus on DPS instead of tanking. Rarely used.
KoF
Kill or Fall, a Colosseum game mode.

LEdit

Lagma Wave
A derrogatory term used for the Alchemist's skill Magma Wave, which is known for causing lag to players with below-recommended system requirements and/or connection problems.
Leaver
A player who leaves in the middle of a dungeon or nest run or in the middle of a PvP match. Although disconnection might be a reason for leaving, it is frowned upon unless one is in a guild.
LF
Looking for. Used in chat especially when in search for a party or guild or when a guild or party is looking for new members. Most common variations include "LFP" (looking for party), "LFM" (looking for members) and "LFG" (looking for guild). Can also be used by itself.
or
Can be used to refer to the Light Fury, the specialization class of the Bringer.
Limit
Referred to as a player who has reached the maximum limit (or number of runs) for that particular nest or dungeon.
LM
Lotus Marsh.
Loader
A derogatory term used for players who have very long loading times due to below-optimal system requirements and/or problems with connecting with the server.
or
A player who frequently purchases game credits (aka "load") and uses it to buy Cash Items.
Loli
A usually affectionate term used to refer to Academics, derived from the term used to call young girls in Japanese anime/manga culture.
Looter
A player who picks up every single item on sight. It often frowned upon because it tends to slow down a speed run.
Lowbie
A low-level character, or a character which has a lower-than-average level in a party.

MEdit

Magni
Magnifying Glass. A Cash Item that allows players to see what is inside a reward chest (upon clearing a dungeon) when used. Currently highly profitable because of the Magnifyque Chest Event.
Main
A character that a player spends the most time and resources on. See also "Alt".
Manti
Abbreviation of Manticore Nest.
Mat/s
Materials. Items that are required in the production of other items. Commonly used in Nest Equipment and suffix crafting (e.g. "suffix mats").
Merc
Nickname for Mercenary, the axe and hammer specialist class of the Warrior.
Miniboss
Monsters which are considerably stronger than that of normal monsters in a dungeon, but are weaker than that dungeon's boss. They mostly appear on dungeons of Abyss diifculty.
Mino
Minotaur Nest.
ML
Moonlord. One of two secondary specialization classes of the Sword Master.
Mob
A group of NPCs that are aggressive towards the player. Is often used to describe all aggressive NPCs in general.
MN
Mist Nest.
Mod
Patches made by the general public that add new content to an existing game, from cosmetic and audio changes to a whole new game mode. In Dragon Nest, their use is limited to cosmetic changes for characters, outfits, weapons, skills, pets and map areas as well as audio for voices, sound effects and background music.
In Dragon Nest SEA mods are currently illegal, and may be a bannable offense.
MR
Miracle Relic. One of two ultimate skills of a Priest; summons a Relic that reduces damage inflicted on allies near the Relic. May also pertain to Magic Resist.
Mule
Character whose main function is being a holding space of items for another character.

NEdit

Nerf
Term used to describe an item, a skill or a monster that underwent changes that made it less powerful or effective in combat.
Newbie
Slang term for beginners. Not to be confused with noob (see below).
NONR
No Offer, No Reply. Pertains to the seller of an item refusing to talk to anyone that doesn't submit any price offers for the item.
Noob
Slang term either for people who has been on a community for a long time but it's still very inexperienced about it, or people who are novices but has no will to properly learn the customs of the community and behave negatively. Wews commonly misuse it on Players who have non-Epic, low leveled gear.
NTT
Nameless Tyrant Tomb.

OEdit

OP
Overpowered. Those which are called "OP" are monsters which are difficult or impossible to kill, and skills, items and equipment that give an unfair advantage to the user. Often used as an objective term for something that a particular person is unable to triumph over.
In the forums, the term "OP" is refers to the original or opening poster, that is the user who opened a particular topic.

PEdit

Pally/Pala
A popular nickname for Paladins. Specialised in tanking and buffing allies.
Para
Paralyze. A negative status effect that renders the affected entity unable to move for a short period.
Party
A group of up to four players (or up to eight players in a Raid Party) who enters a dungeon in a single instance.
PKN
Professor K Nest.
PM
Private Message. A message that is directly sent by a player to another without being shown in public display.
Pole-dancing
A tactic used by Priests which involves summoning a Relic and running around it while the enemy suffers from that Relic's effects.
Pot
Potentials. Additional stats given by Potential Codes to armors and/or weapons. Can also mean "potion".
Pro
A player that excels on a certain task. W3ws commonly use it to refer to players with highly upgraded Epic gear as opposed to being actually skilled at gameplay.
Pub
Abbreviations of "Public". Often used to denote that a party is not made up of members of a single guild or friends. Often not recommended by experienced players due to possibility of encountering rude or uncooperative players.
PvE
Player versus Environment. A scenario that pits a player against the environment of the game itself, particularly entities summoned by the computer. Compare with PvP.
PvM
Player versus Monsters. An alternate term used for PvE.
PvP
Player versus Player. Type of combat that involves a player fighting against other players.
Pwn
Slang term derived from the verb "own", implying domination or humiliation of a rival who has just been soundly defeated[4].
The term dates back to 1994, when a Warcraft map designer mispelled "Own" as "Pwn" causing the game to announce "Player has been pwned" instead of "Player has been owned" on multi-player maps.
The popularity of the word rose mid-2000s, and today is considered an Old Meme.

QEdit

QQ
Originally used to refer to the "Alt+Q+Q" shortcut in Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3 and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne used to quickly exit the game. It is now more often used as a retort against people who often complain due to the coincidental similarity of the letters to a pair of crying eyes.[5]

REdit

Raid Party
A party composed of up to 8 members. Can only be organised when Dragon Nests like the Sea Dragon Nest, Green Dragon Nest and the Desert Dragon Nest.
RB
Re-Buff. Refers to the process of replenishing or resetting the duration of positive buffs, which often occurs before engaging mobs.
In Sea Dragon Nest, RB is the notorious Rotating Breath skill of Serpentra, which is known for wiping out entire parties.
RC
Royal Chest. A more extravagantly-decorated chest which holds much better items and gold than the usual chest.
Reset
Refers to the process of reverting one's learned skills to reallocate them. Performed by using Skill Initialization Scrolls.
or
The resetting of limits to entering nests, Wonderful Theme Park maps and Gate of Darkness maps. Happens every Saturday morning at 9:00 am GMT+8.
Resu
Resurrection. Often typed when a character is fallen from battle in a party, requesting any surviving party members to use ones Resurrection Scrolls. Alternatively, also used to ask the party member who died to resurrect.
RH
Short for "Returned Hero".
Roll
Refers to rolling for items during a dungeon run. Players of a particular class will have a greater chance of getting items that are useful only for that class, particularly skill plates. May be used to request party members to turn off auto-rolling or otherwise.
RR
Riverwort Village Ruins.
Run
A term to describe the action of entering and successfully beating a dungeon. Is preferred to be done using characters with high mobility.
Runner
In PVE: refers to a character whose fast mobility makes him/her required to complete a certain task as fast as possible for the party to advance through a dungeon, while other players in the party deal with other tasks, mainly stationary like fighting waves of mobs. Runners work alone most of the time and they are normally Warriors, but in some instances an Archer can cover the job.
In PVP: a derogatory term used for players who refuse to approach an enemy and employs hit-and-run tactics during a PvP match.
Rush
Pertains to the urgency of a player in doing something, for example in selling an item or recruiting party members. Is often typed in ALL CAPS for emphasis. Sometimes misused as item prices may not attract a quick-buyer.
RW
Refers to Red Waste, a popular dungeon for levelling and farming purposes.

SEdit

S
Silver, as in the currency. Often used in lowercase following a number ("25s" pertains to 25 silver). Rarely used in Dragon Nest SEA servers.
SA
Super Armor. An additional layer of defense of a player that when depleted stuns the player. May also refer to the additional layer of defense of mobs that reduce damage taken.
SB
Spirit Boost.
or
May also be referred as Soft Ban.
or
May refer to the Sting Breezer, the specialization class of the Piercer.
SDN
Sea Dragon Nest. Also used to refer to items belonging to the Sea Dragon Equipment Set and the Sea Dragon Accessory Set.
SEA
South East Asia.
SH
Saint Haven. One of the most populated towns in Lagendia as a zone for players from Levels 24 to 60. May also refer to the Paladin skill Sacred Hammering.
May also refer to the job Silver Hunter.
SM
Nickname for Sword Masters, the sword-oriented primary specialization class of the Warrior.
Softban
An agreed-upon set of skills that would not be allowed to be used in a PvP match to allow fairer conditions for both players. Although softbanned skills are not the rule, most PvP matches follow a certain lineup of skills to be softbanned according to general consensus.
Spark
Sun Sparks. Is exchanged for epic Enhancement Codes. Removed from the game since Patch Version 76. See also Dust.
SS
Nickname for Shooting Stars. One of two secondary specialization classes of the Engineer; its skills are focused on the Engineer's companion robot Alfredo.
or  
Refers to screenshots. 
Stomp nest
Often used for Volcano Nest and Volcano Ordeal Nest, or any nest past Desert Dragon Nest which are notorious for having several non-iframe-able stomp mechanics. Can be used in general for any nest that appears difficult only because of excessive usage of nest mechanics.

TEdit

TA
Tracking Arrows. A Bow Master skill that fires a volley of arrows that home in on nearby enemies.
TH
Trading House. The most reliable and the only legal means of trading items.
TKN
Typhoon Kim Nest.
Tuhao
A derogatory term used for players who spend ludicrous amounts of money on virtual items. Originated from Chinese, and can be translated as "nouveau-riche" in English.

UEdit

Ult/Ulti
Ultimate. Refers to the ultimate skill of a particular class.
UP
Underpowered. A term used to describe a class, skill, mob or equipment that is considered to be inconvenient for combat and thus, require tweaking to be more effective to use. It is often used as an objective term.

VEdit

Vanilla
Term used to refer to games that has never been modified by any user-generated mods.
VN
Volcano Nest.
VON
Volcano Ordeal Nest.

WEdit

Wew/w3w
A corruption of "wew"[6]. Derogatory term used to name players with a negative behavior. It is also used as a placeholder for just any expression. Originally derived from the onomatopoeia of a person sighing (which in this sense is sighing in disappointment).

XEdit

Xsend
Abbreviation of "wrong send". Typed in response to a message sent to the wrong person.

YEdit

YOLO
Abbreviation of "you only live once". It denotes a sense of stubbornness despite high risks. It is often used by players who attempt to enhance equipment above +10, or as a term (a "YOLO run") for a run organized as a crash course on nest mechanics.

ZEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_of_effect
  2. Article on "grinding" on Wikipedia.
  3. http://forum.cherrycredits.com/topic/214267-no-skill-initialization-scroll-in-the-reward-box-again/page__st__60#entry2201120
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn
  5. Definition of "QQ" on Urban Dictionary. Accessed November 3, 2012.
  6. http://wew.urbanup.com/4941769

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