Terminology

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There are Dauntless terms that are used in and around the game, with the goal of simple, clear and rapid communication. This is a list of these terms and their definitions.

Please contribute to the page by adding more terms and definitions alphabetically.

A[edit | edit source]

AA 
Aetheric Attunement
AcSav 
Acidic and Savagery
Adds 
Short for Additional Enemies spawned by the behemoth, often posing little threat to the Slayers
AF 
Aetheric Frenzy
AFG 
Away From Game, refers to players who are not current playing the game, can be functionally identical to AFK, or mean a player taking an extended break from playing, e.g. They've been AFG since the last major patch
AFK 
Away From Keyboard, refers to players who are not in control of their Slayer
AFK Timer
The amount of time before a Slayer is removed due to inactivity, a Slayer will be transported back to Ramsgate after 3 minutes during hunts or return to the main menu if idle in Ramsgate for 30 minutes
Aggro 
Short for "aggression," refers to the targeting priority by the behemoth
AO 
Avenging Overdrive
AoE 
Area of Effect
AS 
Contextually:
Attack Speed
Aether Strikers
AV 
Aether Vent

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Besca 
Blaze Escalation
BIS 
Best In Slot, the best choice for a given slot in a loadout
Blazakiri 
Flameborn Rezakiri
Bond 
The non-legendary weapon bound to legendary one that provides a Unique Effect and Perk, see Bond
Boop 
An interrupt, or the act of interrupting a behemoth
Boop, Boops, Booped, Boopable
Buff 
A positive effect applied to the Slayer; or a change through a patch to make a game mechanic stronger for Slayers
Bug 
Contextually:
Kharabak, less commonly Rezakiri
An instance of game behaviour deviating from the intended design
Build 
The collections of items, skills, etc. that a player equips to their character

C[edit | edit source]

Carry 
A player who is overgeared, strong, or highly skilled that assists weaker or non-skilled players through hunts
Casc 
Cascade
CBs 
Chain Blades
Cheese 
Originating from "cheesy;" often refers to tactics or strategies that are cheap, unfair, or overly easy to overcome an otherwise difficult task, typically by bypassing intended mechanics
Clap 
Refers to the Aether Striker's Titan's Crash ability, often when empowered
Conditional Extension 
The mechanism by which dodging an early component of an attack can protect from a later one
CZ 
Combat Zone, the area slayers fight behemoths with an Aether Event in its centre

D[edit | edit source]

Debuff 
A negative status effect applied on the Slayer
Disc 
Discipline
DoT 
Damage over Time
DPS 
Damage Per Second

E[edit | edit source]

EF 
Evasive Fury
End Game 
The gameplay status for Slayers who completed the main questline, unlocked most (if not, all) unlockables, and farmed an abundance of resources
Energy 
Sometimes used referring to the Stamina resource
Esca 
Escalation
Exp 
Experience

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Farming 
To repeat hunts for Reagents and/or Currencies, see also Grinding
Fresca 
Frost Escalation
Flameshot 
Flameborn Quillshot
Flawless
A level of play in which the Slayer is expected to dodge all attacks and not receive any damage, commonly, but not strictly, associated with Predator

G[edit | edit source]

GH 
Good Hunt
GL 
Good Luck
GLHF 
Good Luck, Have Fun
Griefer 
A player who deliberately irritates or harasses other players
Grinding 
To repeat hunts and/or tasks in a repetitive and time-consuming manner for Reagents and/or Currencies, often in order to advance

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Half Health 
Referring to builds using perks like Rage and Wild Frenzy that rely on being below 50% health, often paired with Discipline, often as Half Health Builds, or the Half Health Meta
Hesca 
As of yet unreleased Heroic Escalations
HG 
Hunting Grounds
HP 
Contextually:
Health Points or Hit Points; the amount of damage a Slayer can receive before being Downed
Hunt Pass

I[edit | edit source]

IB 
Iceborne
iFrames 
Invincibility/Invulnerability Frames, a period during a dodge when you cannot take damage
Instakill 
"Instant Kill:" when a full-health or nearly full-health behemoth is slain within such sort of time, they are unable to react
Interrupt Trading 
Refers to interrupts where the Slayer also gets hit by the behemoth

K[edit | edit source]

Keystone 
The final boss of an Escalation
Kit 
A weapon's set of attack moves and abilities
KoK 
Knockout King

L[edit | edit source]

Lag 
A slow response from the Slayer or Server due to high latency
Lag Spike 
A sudden, momentary period of intense lag
Leap 
Reckless Leap
LF 
"Looking For"
LFG 
"Looking For Group" - someone wants to join a group
LFM 
"Looking for Member" - someone offers free slots in their party
LL 
Low Life, referring to builds using perks like Rage and Wild Frenzy that rely on being below 50% health, often paired with Discipline
LS 
Lifesteal
Loadout 
The collections of items, skills, etc. that a player equips to their character

M[edit | edit source]

Main 
The weapon or build that a player specializes in, typically in the context of an "X main"
Malk 
Malkarion
Meta 
Refers to the community's most popular and most effective Slayer loadouts, recently a backronym for Most Effective Tactics Available, originally referring to the concepts of metagaming
Mobs 
Enemies in any video game, can refer to all enemies or simply non-boss, non-named enemies translating as non-behemoth enemies in Dauntless
Mog 
Transmog, a cosmetic skin for a piece of equipment
MS 
Movement Speed
MV 
Motion Value, the raw base damage of a move or motion

N[edit | edit source]

Nerf 
A change through a patch intended to weaken a game mechanic, often for balancing purposes
Noob
Short for "newbie" and sometimes spelled as "newb," is often a pejorative term to refer to players who are new to the game

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One-Trick Pony 
Refers to Slayers who can play only one weapon effectively
OP 
Overpower

P[edit | edit source]

Perk Economy 
Refers to a Slayer's loadout where they combine weapons, armour, and cells to gain up to +30 perk effects (+6 tiers for each perk)
PHX 
Phoenix Labs
PHXL 
Phoenix Labs
PLABS 
Phoenix Labs
Ping 
Also network latency between the player's client and the server
Pot 
Another term for "potions" or "tonics"
Pred 
Predator
Proc 
Short for programmed random occurrence, typically activated or triggered by the Slayer(s)

R[edit | edit source]

Rams 
Contextual:
Rams, typical use
Ramsgate, occasional contraction
RD 
Reaper's Dance
Rev 
Short for Revive
Reza 
Rezakiri
Rez 
Short for resurrection, meaning Revive, also Res, Ress and Rezz
RH 
Ragehunter
rDMG 
Real or raw damage, used to refer to bonuses that affect Core Damage as well as Part Damage, Wound Damage and Stagger Damage, effects in game that simple list "damage" will be considered an rDMG boost
Rift 
Riftstalker
RNG 
Random Number Generation, refers to the game mechanics to simulate randomness

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Sav 
Savagery
Sesca 
Shock Escalation
Skarnacious 
The synergistic combination of Skarn weapons and Tenacious
Spear 
War Pike
Spin2Win 
A strategy where the Slayer focuses on using the Sword's Special Ardent Cyclone, the Chain Blade's Spinning Blades combo, or the War Pike's Aether Harvest combo to do high amounts of damage
Sporemane 
Sporestruck Embermane
Sporrogg 
Sporestruck Charrogg
Staggerlock 
A mechanism by which staggers or stagger-like effects, e.g. part breaks are applied in succession to lock the behemoth in a downed state
Staggerlock, Staggerlocks, Staggerlocked, Staggerlockable
Stim 
A revive stim, replaces the Healing Flask when Downed
SW 
Savage Wellspring

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Tena 
Tenacious
Terramane 
Sporestruck Embermane
Tesca 
Terra Escalation
Torg 
Torgadoro
Town 
A term referring to Ramsgate
Trash Wave 
Refers to the horde of Hostile Fauna that spawns in between behemoth encounters during an Island Event
TS 
Twin Suns

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UE 
The Unique Effect of a Weapon or Prism
Uesca 
Umbral Escalation

V[edit | edit source]

Valo 
Valomyr
VO 
Valiant Overdrive

W[edit | edit source]

Weap 
Short for weapon
Weedwacking 
A community term meaning to disengage from a Nayzaga, or a Trial behemoth with the Static Shock Modifier, to break its lightning spires, often when they accumulated in high amounts.
WF 
Wild Frenzy
Wipe 
The hunt conditon where all Slayers are downed and unable to revive, resulting in a forced retreat to Ramsgate. On the Hunting Grounds, the Danger Meter rapidly spikes whenever a party wipes, often resulting in the behemoth fleeing.
wLvl 
Another term for Weapon Skill level, sometimes specified with a number

X[edit | edit source]

Xp 
Experience

Z[edit | edit source]

Zerk 
Berserker
Zone 
Combat Zone