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ESO Acronym Dictionary

DottzGaming.com’s Acronym Dictionary is an alphabetical list of the common acronyms and phrases used by players in the Elder Scrolls Online.  If you ever see a player using in-game jargon and you’re not sure what it means, you can consult this guide to find out!

Author: DoctorSarge


  • 1H- One Handed weapon
  • 1T- One Tamriel (Really big ESO update that introduced a ton of stuff, including level scaling)
  • 2H- Two Handed weapon
  • -blade- Nightblade (class) Usually has Mag-/Stam- in front of it to denote the character’s main resource (eg- Magblade)
  • “n” before any dungeon/trial acronym- Denotes the normal version of the dungeon/trial
  • -cro – Necromancer (Class).Usually has Mag-/Stam- in front of it to denote the character’s main resource (eg- Magcro)
  • -plar- Templar (class). Usually has Mag-/Stam- in front of it to denote the character’s main resource (eg- Stamplar)
  • “v” before any dungeon/trial acronym- Denotes the veteran version of the dungeon/trial


  • AA- Aetherian Archive (trial)
  • AC – Arx Corinium (dungeon)
  • AD- Aldmeri Dominion
  • AS- Asylum Sanctorium (“mini” trial)
  • Adds- Hostile NPCs in boss fights
  • AFK- Away from Keyboard
  • Aggro-  Aggression. Determines which player an enemy will attack. Taunting an enemy will increase its aggro towards you.
  • Alt- An alternative character on a player’s account
  • AoE- Area of Effect
  • AotT – Armor of the Trainee (Set)
  • AP- Alliance Points
  • AvA- Alliance vs Alliance


  • BC – Banished Cells and/or Blessed Crucible (dungeons)
  • BF – Bloodroot Forge (dungeon)
  • BG- Battleground. A 4v4v4 team-based PvP game mode. 
  • BH – Blackheart Haven (dungeon)
  • BiS- Best in Slot
  • BoE- Bind on Equip
  • BoL- Breath of Life (a skill from the Templar Restoring Light skill line. Morphs from Rushed Ceremony)
  • BoP- Bind on Pickup
  • BRP – Black Rose Prison
  • BS – Bar Swap
  • BSW- Burning Spellweave
  • Buff – An effect that makes your character/group stronger
  • Build- Refers to a character’s race, attributes, chosen skills, gear and abilities


  • CC – Crowd Control
  • Chapter- The equivalent of an expansion in other MMOs. Named “Chapters” because the ESO team wanted to make it clear that content was available to all players at any level, not just max level players like traditional MMOs. The only Chapter right now is Morrowind.
  • Char- character
  • Claw – Claw of Yolnakhriin (set)
  • CoA- City of Ash (dungeon)
  • COD- Cash on Delivery
  • CoH- Crypt of Hearts (dungeon)
  • CoS- Cradle of Shadows (dungeon)
  • CP- Champion Points
  • CR – Cloudrest (trial)
  • Craglorn Trials- The trials located in Craglorn (Aetherian Archive, Hel Ra Citadel, Sanctum Ophidia)
  • CwC – Clockwork City
  • Cyro- Cyrodiil


  • DB- Dark Brotherhood
  • DC- Daggerfall Covenant or Disconnect
  • DD- Damage Dealer
  • Debuff – An effect that makes whatever it is applied to weaker
  • DfK – Direfrost Keep (dungeon)
  • DgB/DrgB – Dragon Bones
  • DK- Dragonknight (class)
  • DM- Direct Message
  • DoM – Depth of Malatar (dungeon)
  • DoT- Damage over Time
  • DPS- Damage Per Second. Can literally mean how much damage a character does per second or can denote a character that does damage as their role in dungeons/trials
  • Drops – Items that can be looted from enemy’s corpse
  • DSA- Dragonstar Arena (dungeon)
  • DsC – Darkshade Caverns (dungeon)
  • DW- Dual Wield


  • EH – Elden Hollow (dungeon)
  • EP- Ebonheart Pact
  • EU- European Megaserver


  • Farming- Grinding for materials and/or gear
  • FG- Fungal Grotto (dungeon)
  • FGD – False God’s Devotion (set)
  • FH – Falkreath Hold (dungeon)
  • FL – Fang Lair (dungeon)
  • FOTM – Flavor of the Month. Used to describe new OP builds that don’t last long.
  • FV – Frostvault (dungeon)


  • Gank- Dealing a lot of damage to a player by catching them by surprise. Usually done from sneak. Also could refer to when a high level player(s) surprise attack lower-level players.
  • GF- Good Fight. Usually said after duels.
  • GG- Good Game
  • GS- Guild Store
  • Gz- congratulations


  • HA- Heavy Armor / Heavy Attack
  • HM- Hardmode
  • HP- Health
  • HoF- Halls of Fabrication (trial)
  • HoT- Heal over Time
  • HotR- Horns of The Reach
  • HRC- Hel-Ra Citadel (trial)


  • IA – Infallible Aether (trial set)
  • ICP- Imperial City Prison (dungeon)
  • ICR/IR – Icereach (dungeon) (IR can also mean “Immortal Redeemer”, a title.
  • ICS- Imperial City Sewers
  • IC- Imperial City (PvP & PvE area)


  • Juli- Julianos (set)


  • KA – Kyne’s Aegis (trial)


  • LA- Light Armor / Light Attack
  • LF- Looking for
  • LFDG- Looking for Dolmen Group. Seen commonly in Alik’r Desert.
  • LFG- Looking for Group/Looking For Guild
  • Lokk – Tooth of Lokkestiiz
  • LoM – Lair of Maarselok


  • MA- Maelstrom Arena / Medium Armor / Mechanical Acuity / Master Architect
  • Mag- Magicka
  • Magden/Stamden- Magicka Warden/ Stamina Warden (class)
  • MD – Moondancer (trial set)
  • Meta – Most Efficient Tactic Available. This is what is regarded as the “standard” for reaching the best performance.
    • Non-Meta: Something that doesn’t follow the commonly believed “standard” for best performance.  This does not mean bad, it just means outside the realm of what is believed to be the most optimal.
  • MF – Moongrave Fane
  • MHK – Moon Hunter Keep (dungeon)
  • MK – Martial Knowledge
  • Mob – Hostile NPC’s
  • MoL- Maw of Lorkhaj (trial)
  • MoS – March of Sacrifices (dungeon)
  • MR – Magicka Recovery


  • NA- North American Megaserver
  • NB- Nightblade (class)
  • Necro- Necropotence (set)
  • NMA – New Moon Acolyte (crafted set)
  • NPC – non-player character


  • OP- Overpowered


  • PoTL – Power of the Light
  • Pots- Potions
  • Proc- Programmed Random Occurrence
  • PUG- Pick Up Group
  • PvE- Player vs Environment
  • PvP- Player vs Player


  • QQ- Although it is now popularly used as a crying emote, it actually stems from Warcraft. On battlenet, you could press ALT+Q+Q to immediately exit the match and program. So the term “QQ” was used to tell people to quit.


  • RNG- Random Number Generator. Refers to the games algorithms to determine random things such as loot drops.
  • RO – Roaring Opportunist (trial set from Kyne’s Aegis)
  • RoM- Ruins of Mazzatun (dungeon)


  • S&B/SnB- “Sword and Board”, meaning sword and shield
  • SnS – Sword and Shield
  • SC – Spindleclutch (dungeon)
  • SO- Sanctum Ophidia (trial)
  • Sorc- Sorcerer (class)
  • SotH- Shadows of the Hist
  • SP/ScP – Scalecaller Peak (dungeon)
  • SPC – Spell Power Cure
  • SR – Stamina Recovery
  • SS – Sunspire
  • Stam- Stamina
  • SW – Selene’s Web (dungeon)
  • Sword and Board- Sword and shield


  • Tank – a character built to withstand repeated and excessive physical blows, so as to divert, distract, or absorb,and also to buff the group.
  • TBS – Twice Born Star
  • Temp- Templar (class)
  • Temp(s)- Tempers (gear upgrade materials)
  • TFS – Twice-Fanged Serpent (set)
  • TG- Thieves Guild
  • TI – Tempest Island (dungeon)
  • Tick – The frequency of which damage or healing from DoTs or HoTs will occur.
  • Toon- character
  • Tyfg- “Thank you for group”


  • UG – Unhallowed Grave (dungeon)
  • Ulti – Ultimate Ability


  • Vamp- Vampire
  • Vet- Veteran
  • VF – Volenfell (dungeon)
  • VO- Vicious Ophidian (set)
  • VoM- Vaults of Madness (dungeon)


  • WB- World Boss
  • WGT- White-Gold Tower (dungeon)
  • WH – Wolfhunter
  • WS – Wayrest Sewers (dungeon)
  • WTB- Want to Buy
  • WTS- Want to Sell
  • WTT- Want to Trade
  • WW- Werewolf


  • XP- Experience



  • Zerg – Movement of a large mass of Players
  • ZOS – ZeniMax Online Studios, the developer of the game