This page lists abbreviations and terms commonly used in EVE Online, aimed at new players and those unfamiliar with the terminology. Most of the terms listed here are universal across all of EVE players, but some may be relatively specialized to EVE University and may mean something slightly different to other corporations. If any of the terminology is unclear be sure to ask in-game or on the forums for more clarification.
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7o"Salute" (as performed by the Brave Newbies)
ADCAssault Damage Control
AlignAccelerating towards an object in preparation for warp
AlignedThe act of moving towards a warpable object at a minimum speed of 75% ready to warp to said object at a moment's notice (see alignment for more information).
- The Alpha Clone state
- The amount of damage dealt in a single volley from firing all weapons simultaneously. Sometimes sufficient to destroy a target before it can repair the damage.
AncilAncillary Armor Repairer or Ancillary Shield Repairer (see Tanking)
AUAstronomical Unit, a unit of distance. 1 AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth: 149,597,871 km.
AwoxTo attack and destroy the ship of a pilot in the same player-run corporation without warning. (Derived from the name of the first widely known EVE pilot to do so)
BaitTo expose a seemingly easy target in order to lure an enemy into committing to an engagement (see Baiting)
Baltec425mm Railgun, dual 1600mm Armor Plate, MWD Megathron doctrine (Named after capsuleer baltec1, famous for his off-doctrine use of Megathrons, though not this particular fit)
BCSBallistic Control System (previously known as Ballistic Control Unit; see Missile damage)
BlapTo destroy a ship suddenly or quickly
BlobA large fleet (or in some cases, any fleet larger than the speaker's). Generally used as a pejorative term, suggesting that members of that fleet are relying on numbers to win. May also be referred to as a "zerg". May also be used as a verb, for the act of winning a fight through numbers.
Blue LootSleeper loot gotten from Sleeper wrecks and data sites. Can be sold to NPCs for ISK. Is called blue loot because of the blue icons.
BosonBosonic Field Generator, a large cone AoE superweapon usable by titans. Notable for its past ability to decimate subcapitals before a nerf in 2019
BounceTo warp to a nearby celestial, player, or bookmark and back at a closer range to avoid having to slow-boat to a target or destination.
- Player bounties. Which is a bounty placed on one player, from another player.
- NPC bounties. These are placed by CONCORD and can be gotten by killing the NPC ship.
- Blockade Runner, a class of fast industrial ships designed to carry moderate quantities of carry cargo through dangerous space.
- Battle Report, a list of ships and pilots involved and destroyed in a specific battle. Usually generated by outside websites such as ZKillboard.
BuffTo increase the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Nerf.
BufferA method of tanking relying on having a large amount of hit points.
BumpThe act of (intentionally) colliding with another ship in space, causing both to be pushed away.
BYOCBring Your Own Can, a mining fleet operation where you only receive boosts to mining, and you get to choose what you do with the ore. (see AMC)
CarebearA contextually derogatory or affectionate term for players or pursuits which are not PvP-centric.
CampTo hold location at a specific point waiting for targets, usually at a stargate or station.
Capchain"Capacitor chain", the practice of multiple Logistics Cruisers or battleships sending each other one or more Remote Capacitor Transmitters, to provide each other with infinite capacitor energy (by the transmitters restoring their target more capacitor than they cost to activate). See Logistics#Remote Capacitor Transfer
Cap StableWhen a ship recharges capacitor faster than its modules consume it, allowing all modules to remain active indefinitely.
CapsuleAn egg-shaped apparatus used by pilots to interface with a ship. Ejected and used as an escape pod in case of ship destruction. A slow and weak vessel.
CapsuleerIn-game term for player characters. Humans who pilot ships through the use of a capsule and have been rendered effectively immortal through cloning technology.
CCCCapacitor Control Circuit (see Rigs)
CLORPCloak+Warp. What ships who can warp cloaked should be doing always.
- As EVE is an extremely wide-open sandbox with little story or other enforced activities provided by the developers, players must often come up with their own objectives and activities ('Content') to fill their game time with.
- PVP fights
ConvoIn-game direct conversation, initiated by selecting "Start Conversation" from the right-click menu.
CSPAShort for "CONCORD Spam Prevention Act". A 'CSPA charge' is a small amount of ISK which can be levied on communications such as conversations and mail, acting as a deterrent to spam.
CTAShort for "Call to Arms". An announcement of an alliance- or coalition-wide combat operation.
Curse of BWFA widely held belief that any corporation or alliance which holds the BWF-ZZ system in the Geminate region will shortly failcascade.
CwizzingUsing the Point Defense System of a Citadel. (Derived from the real-life acronym 'CIWS')
Damage DealerA ship whose primary role in a fleet is to deal damage.
DeadspacePockets of space typically accessed via acceleration gate which cannot be entered via normal warp. Commonly used for missions and complexes.
DeathcloningSelf destructing your pod to travel to your home station.
DiscoA ship fitting which uses a large number of smartbombs, typically at least one of each damage type. Named for the graphical effects seen when they are fired.
DoctrineA monolithic fleet concept, usually consisting of one or two ship fittings. Allows the FC to make decisions based on a known performance profile. (See: BLAP program)
Dread bombThe act of jumping a large number of insured dreadnoughts into a fight in order to quickly destroy a group of enemy capital ships. The dreadnoughts used in a dread bomb often do not survive; and so their job is to do as much damage as possible during their short lifespan.
DronebunnyA ship in a fleet with a fast lock time, which other ships in the fleet order their drones to Assist, so that all drones in the fleet can rapidly and cohesively switch targets regardless of what their owners are doing.
EANMEnergized Adaptive Nano Membrane, the former name of the Multispectrum Energized Membrane (see Tanking)
- EVE Fitting Tool, a tool dealing with ship fitting that has been abandoned and replaced by PYFA
- The text format used for exporting, copy-pasting, and sharing fits out of game, and importing fits into the game. Originally created by EVE Fitting Tool, later integrated with the in-game fitting window.
ENAMExtremely common mis-acronymization of EANM
ETAEstimated time of arrival
FailcascadeFailure Cascade. The escalating collapse of a corporation or alliance in EVE, either through leadership problems or other issues.
FlagAn engagement status caused by one or more illegal or semi-illegal activities. (see Timers)
FlashyBeing flagged as a legitimate target, or used as noun to describe a pilot that has been flagged, either by having a security status of -5.0 or below ("permaflashy"), from committing Suspect or Criminal actions, being a war target, or being flagged in a Limited Engagement. See also: Legality Timers.
FlytrapAn armed POS that has no force field to appear offline to unsuspecting prey
- A dockable structure owned by a player corporation that has chosen to allow docking to all players.
- Freeport Mode, a feature of outposts
GankTo ambush and destroy an enemy, without giving them the chance to fight back.
GF"Good fight". Usually said in local after a battle.
GimpTo make a certain setup or attribute ineffective. Extreme version of Nerf.
GSCGiant Secure Container
HardpointA ship attribute that determines the number of missile launchers or turrets that can be fitted
HAWHigh-Angle Weapons, capital ship weapons designed to engage subcapital targets (see Turrets)
HeadshottingThe act of specifically killing the opposing fleet commander(s) during a fight, usually to disrupt the fleet and/or end the fight
Hero TackleA ship or pilot who flies in alone to Tackle an enemy ship, hold them until their allies arrive, and usually die taking their target with them
InstadockA method of safely docking in a station by warping to a bookmark within the station's docking radius.
In PipeA message to allies that you have initiated warp, or are already traveling in warp
- Adaptive Invulnerability Field, the former name of the Multispectrum Shield Hardener (see Tanking).
- Any active Shield Hardeners, usually commented as a reminder to turn them on before going into combat. ("Invulns on")
IPHISK per hour (also ISK/hr)
ISKInter Stellar Kredits, the in-game currency of EVE Online. (Also the currency code of the Icelandic króna.)
JamyledTo be killed by Drifters, a reference to Jamyl I the Empress of the Amarr Empire. Pronounce it like yam if Amarrian, like jam if Gallentian.
JetcanA temporary container created when jettisoning something from a cargo hold
JJJ"Jump, Jump, Jump", a common movement order in fleets
JOC"Jump on contact", a common movement order in fleets
JumpThe act of moving between two solar systems
J-SpaceCan mean either "Wormhole space", in reference to the J present in all numbered wormhole system names, or "Jove-space", in reference of the area of space where Jovians live
Kinetic lockedAn aspect of certain Caldari ships (like the Drake), which only receive bonus damage for Kinetic Missiles (and not other damage types).
Kite/KitingKeeping your distance from shorter-ranged enemies, allowing you to damage them without letting them damage you.
Krab/KrabbingRunning PvE content for ISK. Generally used derisively.
LootThe contents of a destroyed ship, which are left behind in a container when the ship is destroyed.
LocustA group of pilots running missions or moon mining in one large fleet (see Locust Fleet)
Macro miningThe illegal use of 3rd party scripts to automate the mining process
Merc/MercenaryA player or corporation that takes contracts to kill, wardec and perform other hostile actions for ISK.
MetagamingTaking actions beyond the confines of the game universe to gain an advantage.
MultiboxingPlaying with two (or more) characters simultaneously
MultispecMultispectrum Shield Hardener, or Multispectrum Energized Membrane (see Tanking)
MWMegawatt, a unit of measurement used to describe a ship's powergrid output (see Fitting Guidelines)
NanogangA small fleet of ships reliant on speed, evasion, and hit-and-run tactics, rather than numbers or raw damage advantage
NerfTo reduce the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Buff. See also: Gimp.
NewbieA term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Usually used in a neutral manner. See also: Newbro, Noob
NewbroA term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Usually used in a positive, endearing manner. See also: Newbie, Noob
NoobA term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Occasionally used in a derogatory manner. See also: Newbie, Newbro
Ongrid BoosterA deprecated term for a ship using Warfare Links to enhance a fleet, while being with the fleet as opposed to at a safe spot in the system. See Command Bursts for the more modern system.
Offgrid BoosterA deprecated term for a ship using Warfare Links to enhance a fleet, while hiding at a safe spot somewhere in the system. Offgrid Boosters are no longer possible; see Command Bursts for the more modern system.
- Out of Corporation
- Out of character
Pew PewCommon term for combat, based on the noises made by the weapons.
PicketA ship placed outside of tactical locations such as gates and stations to watch for enemy activity
- A tactical bookmark placed near a stargate or other point of interest, close enough to be on grid, but far enough that it can be fleet warped to during a fight
- Use of an out-of-game message service (e.g. Slack, Discord) to notify others
PipeA sequence of systems with only one way in and out on either end, which must be traversed to move between two areas of space. Can be vulnerable to Pipe Bombing.
PiracyThe act of engaging in PvP for profit
PLPandemic Legion, a well-known nullsec alliance
PLEX TankingSarcastic term for transporting PLEX through space, usually with a ship not usually used for hauling. Note that because the PLEX Vault can be accessed from anywhere, no pilot should ever need to do this.
POS TrashUnpiloted ships sitting within the force field of a POS
PubbieA derogatory term used by some players to refer to others outside their own group
PuntTo warp the fleet in front of yourself
PvEPlayer versus Environment
QRFShort for "Quick Response Fleet", a short-term fleet to respond to imminent threats
RatHostile NPC. Short for "pirate", although also used because said NPCs tend to be very weak but very numerous (like real life rats).
RattingThe act of hunting hostile NPCs, usually done to earn ISK.
RedA pilot, corporation, or alliance with terrible standings. (See also Blue)
Red BoxThe state of being both targeted and subjected to hostile action by a player or NPC
Red LootTriglavian Survey Databases, looted from the Abyss or Triglavian NPC ships. Can be sold to certain NPC stations for ISK, or can be traded in at DED LP Stores. Nicknamed "Red Loot" because, similar to Blue Loot, it's a loot item, whose icon is red.
ReinforcedA temporary (about 1-4 days) invulnerable state entered by some structures after taking a certain amount of damage, allowing the owners time to form a response fleet.
- Wormhole rolling, the act of collapsing a wormhole by passing a large amount of mass through it
- Abyssal roll, an abyssal module or the act of creating one
SafetyShip setting that helps prevent accidental acts of aggression that would cause the pilot to otherwise gain the Criminal or Suspect flags. (see Timers)
SCISystem Cost Index, a rough indication to how much your job will cost, relatively, to install. (see Industry)
SixIn any lists, the sixth item is commonly omitted in reference to a Monty Python sketch ("Australian University of Woolloomooloo")
SKIN Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings, items which apply cosmetic changes (e.g. different colours) to ships.
Slow-boat(also "slowboat") Moving in space at sub-warp velocities
Smack talkTalking trash, taunting, or annoying people in local chat. University members are expected to steer clear. Jokingly referenced in the error message when under a Session Timer from entering or moving within a Fleet.
SOPStandard Operating Procedures
SpaiAnother common way of spelling spy. Spais typically are those who have infiltrated another corporation. Can be thought of as 'Sneaky Player Acquiring Intel (SPAI)'
Spider TankingA doctrine that relies on most ships having remote repair capabilities, rather than a dedicated logistics wing
SSOSingle Sign-On, a centralized log-in tool CCP provides for both in game, out of game and third party applications.
StargateLarge structure in space which most ships must use to travel between solar systems.
StaticA Wormhole type, present in every wormhole system but specific to the system, which will always immediately re-generate every time it closes
TackA hyphen ('-') (used for clarity when speaking)
TackleA ship specialized in tackling another, with the intention of keeping the opponent in place.
TFTeraflops, a unit used to measure a ship's CPU (see Fitting)
TFFThanks For Fleet - gratitude to FC
Top StationThe first station in the list when you right click in space and select 'Stations'.
TSTeamSpeak, a third-party VOIP software utility
UTCUniversal Time, the server time for EVE
(Named after Wildly Inappropriate., an alliance that merged into a corporation of the same name to join the larger Goonswarm Federation)
- A smaller alliance coalescing into one corporation to join a larger alliance
- For beleaguered or departing groups to lose members to a larger or stronger ally
wwwA message typed in fleet chat, indicating a pilot ships in the fleet should warp to
X upA method of indicating availability for a given task. If an "x up" for an activity or volunteer role is recommended, pilots interested should simply post "x" in the chat channel indicated, optionally followed by additional info as requested.
Yellow BoxBeing targeted by someone, or to target someone, without also being the subject of hostile action.
Yulai ConventionThe Yulai Convention is an RP term for a number of game mechanics and systems within EVE.
YC An initialism of the Yulai Convention, traditionally written before the current in-Universe year (2021 is YC 123)