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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"Salute" (as performed by the Brave Newbies)
A module that must be manually activated by the player (see Module
Assault Damage Control
Alternate spelling of Alpha
Accelerating towards an object in preparation for warp
The 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.
Ancillary Armor Repairer or Ancillary Shield Repairer (see Tanking
Ancillary Shield Booster (see Tanking
Astronomical Unit, a unit of distance. 1 AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth: 149,597,871 km.
To 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)
To expose a seemingly easy target in order to lure an enemy into committing to an engagement (see Baiting
425mm 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)
Ballistic Control System (previously known as Ballistic Control Unit
; see Missile damage
To permanently delete a character (see Biomassing
To destroy a ship suddenly or quickly
A 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.
A character's familial ancestry. There are three different bloodlines to choose from during character creation
for each race.
gotten from Sleeper wrecks and data sites. Can be sold to NPCs for ISK. Is called blue loot because of the blue icons.
- Bad Manners (in text conversations)
- Medical boosters are drugs that increase a pilots' combat or skill-training attributes for a short time.
- A ship used to provide Command Bursts to their fleet
- Sensor boosters, modules used to increase a ship's scan resolution and/or targeting range
- Shield boosters, modules used to restore a ship's shield hit points
- Capacitor boosters, modules used to restore a ship's capacitor using cap booster charges
Bosonic Field Generator
, a large cone AoE superweapon usable by titans. Notable for its past ability to decimate subcapitals before a nerf in 2019
To 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.
A more emphatic term for Buffer
To increase the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Nerf
A method of tanking relying on having a large amount of hit points.
The act of (intentionally) colliding with another ship in space, causing both to be pushed away.
Bring 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
A contextually derogatory or affectionate term for players or pursuits which are not PvP
To hold location at a specific point waiting for targets, usually at a stargate
"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
When a ship recharges capacitor faster than its modules consume it, allowing all modules to remain active indefinitely.
An 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
In-game term for player characters. Humans who pilot ships through the use of a capsule
and have been rendered effectively immortal through cloning technology.
Capacitor Control Circuit (see Rigs
A group of CovOps cloak, smartbomb-fit Strategic Cruisers
used to kill fleets of small ships
Cloak+Warp. What ships who can warp cloaked should be doing always.
A group of alliances formed through mutual agreement. There are no in-game mechanics to represent such groups though members usually have blue standings among themselves.
Short for "fleet composition", and used when quickly describing the makeup of a fleet.
The destruction of a ship by CONCORD
- 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
In-game direct conversation, initiated by selecting "Start Conversation" from the right-click menu.
An ECM ship for prying a more valuable ship out of a sticky situation (see Crowbar
Short 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.
Short for "Call to Arms". An announcement of an alliance- or coalition-wide combat operation.
Curse of BWF
A widely held belief that any corporation or alliance which holds the BWF-ZZ system in the Geminate region will shortly failcascade
An orbital structure used to import and export goods to and from planets. (see Planetary Industry
Using the Point Defense System of a Citadel
. (Derived from the real-life acronym 'CIWS'
A ship whose primary role in a fleet is to deal damage.
Pockets of space typically accessed via acceleration gate which cannot be entered via normal warp. Commonly used for missions and complexes.
Self destructing your pod to travel to your home station.
A 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.
A monolithic fleet concept, usually consisting of one or two ship fittings. Allows the FC
to make decisions based on a known performance profile.
- Damage per second.
- Damage Dealer (when discussing fleet compositions)
The 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.
A 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.
, which lets you see ships in space over long range or in specific directions.
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane, the former name of the Multispectrum Energized Membrane (see Tanking
- 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.
- EVE Fitting Tool, a tool dealing with ship fitting that has been abandoned and replaced by PYFA
Extremely common mis-acronymization of EANM
Estimated time of arrival
Failure Cascade. The escalating collapse of a corporation or alliance in EVE, either through leadership problems or other issues.
Friendly Flash, used to alert friendly players that a wormhole activation (flash) is friendly
A defensive strategy of using Smartbombs
to destroy incoming missiles
An engagement status caused by one or more illegal or semi-illegal activities. (see Timers
Being 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
An 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
To ambush and destroy an enemy, without giving them the chance to fight back.
Gate Green/Gate Red
Terms used by fleet commanders to denote whether a jump gate is clear to jump through or not.
Short for "Global Criminal Countdown", an outdated name for the criminal timer
"Good fight". Usually said in local after a battle.
To make a certain setup or attribute ineffective. Extreme version of Nerf
A discrete section of space generated by the presence of objects in space. (see Grid manipulation
Giant Secure Container
A ship attribute that determines the number of missile launchers or turrets that can be fitted
High-Angle Weapons, capital ship weapons designed to engage subcapital targets (see Turrets
The act of specifically killing the opposing fleet commander(s) during a fight, usually to disrupt the fleet and/or end the fight
A tanky ship, such as a Heavy Interdiction Cruiser
, which holds tackle
on an enemy ship. This is in contrast to light tackle which are a fast ships with little tank.
A 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
A method of safely undocking from a station by immediately warping to a bookmark
directly off of the undock point. (see Bookmarks
A method of safely docking in a station by warping to a bookmark
within the station's docking radius.
A 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")
ISK per hour (also ISK/hr)
Inter Stellar Kredits, the in-game currency of EVE Online. (Also the currency code of the Icelandic króna.)
To 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.
A temporary container created when jettisoning something from a cargo hold. See: Jettison container
"Jump, Jump, Jump", a common movement order in fleets
"Jump on contact", a common movement order in fleets
The act of moving between two solar systems
Can 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
A website, usually public, which gathers records of the ship kills and ship losses which happen in EVE. The most well-known killboard is zKillboard
An aspect of certain Caldari ships (like the Drake
), which only receive bonus damage for Kinetic Missiles
(and not other damage types).
A fleet without a clear unifying doctrine
Keeping your distance from shorter-ranged enemies, allowing you to damage them without letting them damage you.
Running PvE content for ISK. Generally used derisively.
The contents of a destroyed ship, which are left behind in a container when the ship is destroyed.
A group of pilots running missions or moon mining in one large fleet (see Locust Fleet
Large Shield Extender (see Tanking
The illegal use of 3rd party scripts to automate the mining process
Medium Armor Repairer (see Tanking
A player or corporation that takes contracts to kill, wardec and perform other hostile actions for ISK.
Mining Laser Upgrade (see Mining
Medium Shield Extender (see Tanking
Playing with two (or more) characters simultaneously
Multispectrum Shield Hardener, or Multispectrum Energized Membrane (see Tanking
Megawatt, a unit of measurement used to describe a ship's powergrid output (see Fitting Guidelines
A small fleet of ships reliant on speed, evasion, and hit-and-run tactics, rather than numbers or raw damage advantage
To reduce the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Buff
. See also: Gimp
A term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Usually used in a neutral manner. See also: Newbro
A term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Usually used in a positive, endearing manner. See also: Newbie
A term used to refer to a newer or less experienced players. Occasionally used in a derogatory manner. See also: Newbie
Either "Null Security Space" (see System security
) or a type of blaster ammo named "Null"
A tank effective against all 4 damage types (see Tanking
A 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.
A 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
A ship module
which does not need to be manually activated. (see Modules
Common term for combat
, based on the noises made by the weapons.
A 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
A 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
The act of engaging in PvP for profit
Pandemic Legion, a well-known nullsec alliance
Sarcastic 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.
The act of destroying a player's pod
- A Warp Disruptor or Warp Scrambler (see Warp disruption)
- The act of using targeted warp disruption on a ship (see Tackling)
Unpiloted ships sitting within the force field of a POS
A derogatory term used by some players to refer to others outside their own group
To warp the fleet in front of yourself
Player versus Environment
Short for "Quick Response Fleet", a short-term fleet to respond to imminent threats
. Short for "pirat
e", although also used because said NPCs tend to be very weak but very numerous (like real life rats).
The act of hunting hostile NPCs
, usually done to earn ISK.
A pilot, corporation, or alliance with terrible standings. (See also Blue)
The state of being both targeted and subjected to hostile action by a player or NPC
Triglavian 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.
A 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.
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher (see Missiles
Rapid Light Missile Launcher (see Missiles
- 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
Ship setting that helps prevent accidental acts of aggression that would cause the pilot to otherwise gain the Criminal or Suspect flags. (see Timers
System Cost Index, a rough indication to how much your job will cost, relatively, to install. (see Industry
The automatically scanned overlay that activates upon entering a new solar system or undocking. The Sensor Overlay shows the location of landmarks, bookmarks
, and Cosmic Signatures
in space. See also: Odyssey
Inspect a location without scanning
In any lists, the sixth item is commonly omitted in reference to a Monty Python sketch ("Australian University of Woolloomooloo")
Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings, items which apply cosmetic changes (e.g. different colours) to ships.
(also "slowboat") Moving in space at sub-warp velocities
Talking 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.
Skills learned by players through experience or study, as opposed to hard skills
Standard Operating Procedures
Another common way of spelling spy. Spais typically are those who have infiltrated another corporation. Can be thought of as 'Sneaky Player Acquiring Intel (SPAI)'
A doctrine that relies on most ships having remote repair capabilities, rather than a dedicated logistics
The act of manually approaching a target via a continuously diagonal vector. See Manual Piloting
Slightly derogatory name for Caldari and Amarr Factional Warfare
pilots. The term originated from mixing both faction names into "CalAmari". See also: Frogs
Small Shield Extender (see Tanking
, a centralized log-in tool CCP provides for both in game, out of game and third party applications.
Large structure in space which most ships must use to travel
between solar systems.
type, present in every wormhole system but specific to the system, which will always immediately re-generate every time it closes
Attacking a POS
to see if it contains Stront
. Usually done to annoy the owner.
A hyphen ('-') (used for clarity when speaking)
A ship specialized in tackling
another, with the intention of keeping the opponent in place.
Teraflops, a unit used to measure a ship's CPU (see Fitting
Thanks For Fleet - gratitude to FC
An ongoing rebalancing of ships and modules in EVE according to roles rather than performance. See Tech and Meta Levels
The first station in the list when you right click in space and select 'Stations'.
TeamSpeak, a third-party VOIP software utility
Universal Time, the server time for EVE
Not playing EVE Online
- 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
(Named after Wildly Inappropriate., an alliance that merged into a corporation of the same name to join the larger Goonswarm Federation)
A 1% chance shot fired by a Turret, which is guaranteed to hit and deals 300% damage. (See Turret mechanics
A message typed in fleet chat, indicating a pilot ships in the fleet should warp to
A 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.
Being targeted by someone, or to target someone, without also being the subject of hostile action.
The Yulai Convention is an RP
term for a number of game mechanics and systems within EVE.
An initialism of the Yulai Convention
, traditionally written before the current in-Universe year (2021 is YC 123)