Terminology

Gameplay-related

As Dark Souls is an Action RPG with duel-type combat, you may find terminologies common in RPGs and fighting games used by the community.

Aggro - Possibly short for "Aggravate", it is the action of provoking an enemy or NPC into attempting to engage combat with the player. While this usually means walking within a certain distance of a monster's line of sight, it can also refer to pulling a monster from afar, or attacking certain non-hostile NPCs (which turns them hostile, and provokes them into fighting you).

AoE - Area of effect; refers to attacks that only affect those within a specifc target range or distance

BP - Stands for "Black Phantom". A borrowed phrase from Demon's Souls referring to the hostile phantom form of an NPC or the phantom form of invading players. The Dark Souls equivalent of the Demon's Souls' Black Phantom is "Dark Spirit".

BS - Stands for "Backstab"

Caster - Descriptor for a player who relies on spells for combat, typically has sacrificed HP and defense for high Intelligence and Attunement. Does well in ranged combat but can do well in close quarters given the proper spells.

Farming - Exploring a particular area to hopefully grab many rare items from enemies or collect souls. Many players will repetitively travel throughout certain areas of the game in hopes of gathering a rare item from a particular enemy such as Humanities.

Ganker - Players who brought allies to a PvP situation, hoping to win by number advantage. In Dark Souls, this terminology usually applies to host players who summon phantom(s) and deliberately waits for an invasion to happen so that the invader usually ends up in a 1v2 or 1v3 situation.

Giant MoM - Sometimes a derogatory term, it refers to players who use the combination of the Giant Set with the Mask of the Mother. This armor combination is considered to endow the most overall survivability in the game, while also giving a very desirable amount of poise. The immense mathematical incentive to wear this armor has been met with controversy, sometimes being blamed for inhibiting aesthetic creativity and diversity.

Griefer - Players who take pleasure in bringing grief to other player, even if the griefer does not gain significant gameplay reward or even at a disadvantage. In Dark Souls, it is usually a player that uses high level gear on a low level character (so that it matches the online level range) to invade people. They mostly invade people on Undead Burg and other starting areas to easily win fights against novice players.

Grinding - Doing repeated activity (such as killing enemies) to gain experience points in order to level up faster. In Dark Souls, this basically means "soul farming" as souls is used for levelling up.

Jumping - When being invaded/invading, you attack the invader/are attacked by the host immediately after spawning (i.e. "getting a jump on the invader/host").

NG+ - Stands for New Game Plus

Oki - Short for "Okizeme", which is the Japanese term for the tactical situation that is present against an enemy that is rising up off the ground, typically against someone who is recovering from being knocked down. Example of okizeme attacks (often themselves referred to as "okizemes" or "okis") in Dark Souls is swinging your heavy weapon (or casting a spell) while the opponent are getting up (and thus unable to do anything) and timed it so that the attack connects right after the opponent's invincibility wears off. Another example is the "chain backstab".

Praise the Sun! - A common message seen throughout to indicate approval or loyalty of an object, view, or covenant. It is just a mere phrase that is put to show happiness or just because the player felt like putting something down.

PTD/PTDE- Stands for "Prepare To Die Edition", and refers to content that is available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 through the purchase of Artorias of the Abyss (DLC), and content on the PC that was not featured on the original release of Dark Souls.

Pulling - A method used to draw out an enemy for tactical purposes, like separating an enemy from a group, or luring them into a more preferable terrain. This is commonly done with bows, but can be done with a variety of long-ranged attacks, including the use of spells and consumables.

PvE - Stands for Player vs Environment.

PvP - Stands for Player vs Player.

SL - Stands for "Soul Level"

Spam - A repeated action (usually an attack) done generally to dish out large amounts of damage in disregard to one's safety. (e.g. spamming Great Combustion)

SS - Stands for "Soul/Summon Sign"

Tank - Used to describe a player in heavy armor and shield. Tends to have high HP, Defense and Poise. Unsubtle, but definitely not inconsiderable in combat.

Whiff - Refers to an attack that fails to connect with the opponent. Whether it misses them completely, or actually hits a character, but because that character was in the middle of a dodge-roll at the time, the attack does no damage. Whiffing an attack usually makes your character open to counter attacks. In Dark Souls, some weapons have special whiff animations that makes the player slower to recover when missing an attack, making whiffing more dangerous (e.g. most axes, halberds, greataxes)

Equipment/Item Abbreviations

Straight up abbreviations, but talismans and catalysts usually ended with -tal and -cat respectively, instead of T and C.

ASS - Stands for the weapon Astora's Straight Sword.

Bcat - Stands for the catalyst Beatrice's Catalyst

BEO - Stands for the consumable Blue Eye Orb

BK - Stands for the weapon Bandit's Knife, although it can stand for the weapon Butcher Knife in specific contexts.

BKGA - Stands for the weapon Black Knight Greataxe

BKGS - Stands for the weapon Black Knight Greatsword

BKH - Stands for the weapon Black Knight Halberd

BKS - Stands for the weapon Black Knight Sword and sometimes the shield Black Knight Shield

BSS - Stands for the weapon Balder Side Sword, although it can stand for the weapon Barbed Straight Sword in specific contexts.

BTR - Stands for the ring Blue Tearstone Ring

CGSR - Stands for the ring Covetous Gold Serpent Ring

CMW - Stands for the miracle Crystal Magic Weapon

CPR - Stands for the consumable Charcoal Pine Resin

CSSR - Stands for the ring Covetous Silver Serpent Ring

CREO - Stands for the consumable Cracked Red Eye Orb

CSS - Stands for the miracle Crystal Soul Spear

Ctal - Stands for the talisman Canvas Talisman

DBF - Stands for the weapon Dragon Bone Fist

Dcat - Stands for the catalyst Demon's Catalyst

DGA - Stands for the weapon Demon's Greataxe

DGH - Stands for the weapon Demon's Great Hammer

DGM - Stands for the weapon Demon Great Machete

DKGA - Stands for the weapon Dragon King Greataxe

DMB - Stands for the miracle Darkmoon Blade, although it can stand for the weapon Darkmoon Bow in specific contexts.

DMT - Stands for the talisman Darkmoon Talisman

DSGB - Stands for the weapon Dragonslayer Greatbow

DSS - Stands for the weapon Dragonslayer Spear

DWG/DWGR - Stands for the ring Dark Wood Grain Ring, also known as the "Flip Ring"

EF - Stands for the miracle Emit Force

GC - Stands for the pyromancy Great Combustion, although it can stand for the weapon Great Club in specific contexts.

GCFB - Stands for the pyromancy Great Chaos Fireball

GCS - Stands for the shield Grass Crest Shield

GFB - Stands for the pyromancy Great Fireball

GHE - Stands for the miracle Great Heal Excerpt

GHSA - Stands for the sorcery Great Heavy Soul Arrow

GLS - Stands for the miracle Great Lightning Spear

GMB - Stands for the miracle Great Magic Barrier

GMW - Stands for the sorcery Great Magic Weapon

GPR - Stands for the consumable Gold Pine Resin

GSA - Stands for the sorcery Great Soul Arrow

HCSM - Stands for the sorcery Homing Crystal Soulmass

HSA - Stands for the sorcery Heavy Soul Arrow

HSM - Stands for the sorcery Homing Soulmass

HSW - Stands for the leggings Hollow Soldier Waistcloth

HW - Stands for the sorcery Hidden Weapon

Icat - Stands for the catalyst Izalith Catalyst

Ital - Stands for the talisman Ivory Talisman

KJ - Stands for the miracle Karmic Justice

Mcat - Stands for the catalyst Manus Catalyst

MoM/MotM - Stands for the headpiece Mask of the Mother

MLBH - Stands for the weapon Moonlight Butterfly Horn

MLGS - Stands for the weapon: Moonlight Greatsword

MSGS - Stands for the weapon: Man Serpent Greatsword

NLR - Stands for the area New Londo Ruins

Ocat - Stands for the catalyst Oolacile Catalyst

OIC - Stands for the catalyst Oolacile Ivory Catalyst

PW - Stands for the pyromancy Power Within

REO - Stands for the consumable Red Eye Orb

RoEE/RotEE - Stands for the ring Ring of the Evil Eye

RoF - Stands for the ring Ring of Fog

RoS - Stands for the ring Ring of Sacrifice

RoSF/RotSF - Stands for the ring Ring of the Sun's Firstborn

RoSP - Stands for the ring Ring of Steel Protection

RoFaP - Stands for the ring Ring of Favor and Protection

RotSP - Stands for the ring Ring of the Sun Princess

RPR - Stands for the consumable Rotten Pine Resin

RRoS - Stands for the ring Rare Ring of Sacrifice

RTR - Stands for the ring Red Tearstone Ring

Scat - Stands for the catalyst Sorcerer's Catalyst

SKS - Stands for the weapon Silver Knight Spear, although it can stand for the shield Silver Knight Shield in specific contexts.

SKSS - Stands for the weapon Silver Knight Straight Sword

SLB - Stands for the miracle Sunlight Blade

SLS - Stands for the miracle Sunlight Spear

SoA - Stands for the headpiece Symbol of Avarice

SSS - Stands for the weapon Sunlight Straight Sword

Stal - Stands for the talisman Sunlight Talisman

TBC - Stands for the catalyst Tin Banishment Catalyst

TCC - Stands for the catalyst: Tin Crystallization Catalyst

TDC - Stands for the catalyst Tin Darkmoon Catalyst

ToG - Stands for the area Tomb of the Giants

Ttal - Stands for the talisman Thorolund Talisman

TWoP - Stands for the miracle Tranquil Walk of Peace

VoD - Stands for the area Valley of Drakes

VR - Stands for the weapon Velka's Rapier

VT - Stands for the talisman Velka's Talisman

WDB - Stands for the sorcery White Dragon Breath

WoG/WotG - Stands for the miracle Wrath of the Gods

WP - Stands for the weapon Washing Pole

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