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While not as saturated as its elder stablemate, World of Warships has certainly been developing its own.

  • In the Russian fandom the game has already acquired two main nicknames: "Шлюпки"note  ("Shlupki", or "Lifeboats")note , which it actually shares with Kantai Collection, and "Корюшка" ("Koryuska" or "Smelt"), due to it being developed by a Saint-Petersburg studio, as the city is famous for its seasonal gluts of smelt in Neva river.
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  • Some specific ships also have their own nickname, and a LOT of them (particularly among the Japanese ships) derive theirs from Kantai Collection. for example:
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    US Navy 
  • Clemson: Clubsonnote 
  • St. Louis: Louie, Louisville Sluggernote , The Pirate
  • Phoenix: Zipponote , Squeenix
  • Omaha: Omahaha or Obama
  • Nicholas: Little Nicky
  • Cleveland: Cheatland, Cleaver note , Cleve
  • Pensacola: PepsiCola note , Painsacolanote , P-colanote , Penancecola note .
  • Atlanta: Arsonist, Burninatornote , Tsu note , ATL
  • Indianapolis: Sharkbaitnote , Indy.
  • New Orleans: NO, Nawlins.
  • Baltimore: Baltimoist, Baltiless, Baltimoar
  • Des Moines: Des Memesnote 
  • Arkansas Beta: The Ark, Arky Beta
  • Texas: The Mighty T, the Old Statesman, the Last Dreadnought (All three real nicknames)note .
  • New Mexico: "The Queen" (and yet another real nickname), Nexnote , Mex
  • Helena: Machine Gun Ship (Another real nickname)note 
  • Colorado: Lolorado, Craporado note 
  • Alabama: The Lucky A (its real nickname), Bama, Black Betty note 
  • Massachusetts: Mass Hole
  • Lexington: Lady Lex (also its real nickname), Saracchi note 
  • North Carolina: Showboat (another real nickname), Nor Car
  • Saipan: Skypan, The Little Carrier That Could note 
  • Iowa: The Big Stick (yet another real nickname), Burger-boatnote , Museumnote , Manifest Breastinynote 
  • Missouri: Mighty Mo, Big Mo (again, her real nicknames), "Freemium"note , Mo Moneynote , Trump Wagon note , Misery note 
  • Sims: The hero of Dunkirknote 
  • Montana: Monty, Hannah
  • Midway: Skillwaynote 
  • Alaska: 'Laska, Lolaska.
  • Worcester: Roosternote  Wooster note 
  • Charleston: St. Blueisnote 
  • Farragut: Fartybutt, Ferret, Ferret Gut.
  • Admiral Hipper: Admiral Hipster, Admirable Hipster, Pringlesnote 
  • Prinz Eugen: Pringles, Puddingnote , Prinz Chiyo, Paypal Hippernote  Fat Hippernote , Eugene
  • Ernst Gaede: Little Cruisernote 
  • Admiral Graf Spee: Pocket battleship note , Scharnhorst Jr.note 
  • Roon: Loonnote 
  • Hindenburg: Battleship Hindenburgnote 
  • König Albert: Fat Albert, lil Konig, Imperator Nikolai II note 
  • Kaiser: Von Kaiser
  • Scharnhorst: Super heavy cruiser, armored cruisernote , Shiny Horse, Scharny
  • Gneisenau: Nice Now, Gneiss
  • Tirpitz: Torpitznote , Löwenote , Derpitznote 
  • Bismarck: Poor Man's Tirpitz, Biscuits, Bisko, Bissy, Bissotwo
  • Friedrich der Große: (Fat) Freddy/Freddie, Old Fritz note ,
  • Großer Kurfürst: Curry Wurst/Kurrywurstnote , Dank Gunsnote , Mobile Island note 
  • Graf Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin, Gaffe Zeppelinnote , Nein Secondsnote 
  • Iwaki Alpha (gift to the original alpha testers): Death Picklenote 
  • Minekaze: Nerf-baitnote 
  • Kamikaze/Kamikaze R/Fujin: Green, Blue and Rednote 
  • Mutsuki: Mutsuckynote 
  • Fubuki: Bucky, Buki, Fubuki-channote 
  • Akizuki: Duckynote  The Good One note 
  • Kitakaze: Fast Akizukinote , Super Ducky.
  • Akatsuki: Elephantnote , Nanodesu/Nanodeathnote 
  • Shiratsuyu: PoiNote , Ichiban-chanNote 
  • Shimakaze: Zekamashi, Slutmakazenote , Skillkazenote , Trash note 
  • Harugumo: Ultra destroyer, Mega Ducky.
  • Kitakami note : KTKM, Kitkat, Kitti-Kat
  • Chikuma: Skooma, Cheap Skooma
  • Tenryu: Eleven-ryu
  • Yubari: Melon
  • Ishizuchi: Zucchini, Itchy Zucchini
  • Furutaka: Furry Taco, Furious Taconote 
  • ARP Takao: Pauper's Atagonote , Tsundere Heavy cruisernote , Derp Atago, Löwe of the Sea note 
  • Atago: Pan-paka-pan!note 
  • Mogami: Mogamin
  • Zao: Railgunnote 
  • Mikasa: Mike, Mickey, Housenote 
  • Fuso: Fusou Da, Fukou Da, Fus Ro Dah, Pagoda, Christmas treenote 
  • Nagato: Nagamon, Mutslugnote 
  • Mutsu: Mutslug, Mutsnail, Snailnote 
  • Ashitaka: Ashy Taco, Ashi-Taconote , A Shit Taconote 
  • Izumo: The Jolly Green Giant, Cucumber
  • Musashi: Smugglernote , Torp Magnet note 
  • Yamato: Hotel note , Waifunote  LOLpennote , Uchuu Senkan Yamatonote , Yammy
  • Shokaku: Shukkake note 
  • Taiho: Tahoenote 
  • Hakuryu: Sky Hammernote  Flying Shimakaze note , T-rex torpsnote 
  • Asashio: Ashi
  • Japanese Destroyers have guns?note 
    Royal Navy 
  • Belfast: Bellend note , OPfast, Cheatfast, Payfastnote , Bellslownote , Belfap note 
  • Edinburgh: Fiji v2.0, Hardcore Fijinote 
  • Neptune: Nep Nep
  • Minotaur: Memetaurnote 
  • Bellerophon: Not the Dreadnoughtnote , Dread-not
  • Iron Duke: Iron Duck
  • Warspite: The Grand Old Lady (its real nickname)
  • Nelson: Nelsol (another real nickname) note  little Mo. note 
  • Hood: His Majesty's Submarine (yet another real nickname)note 
  • Duke of York: The Third One note , Dork, Puke of York, Duke of Yuck note , Duke of Pork
  • Monarch: Famous and Historical note 
  • Hermes: Herpesnote 
  • Conqueror: MegaZaonote , The Conk, Colonizernote , Zombienote , Cancerornote 
  • Print a New Ship! That'll buff out most of the holes, dents, and burns!note 
    Soviet Navy 
  • Derzki: Berzerki, Derpski, Dare or Derpnote 
  • Gremyashchy: Gremmy, Gremlin
  • Smelyi: Smellynote 
  • Okhotnik: Row Boatnote , Longboatnote , Vikingnote , Robotniknote , Mega-Derpskinote 
  • Tashkent: The Blue Cruisernote , Trashkent, Trash Can, Trash Can'tnote 
  • Khabarovsk: Khab, The Cruiser Without a Citadelnote , Physically Impossiblenote 
  • Kirov: Kirov Reporting!
  • Krasny Krym: Krispy Kreme, Krappy Krym note , Pay to Losenote 
  • Bogatyr: Bogart, Bogator
  • Budyonny: Buddy
  • Chapayev: Chappy, Crapayev
  • Admiral Makarov: Paypal Nürnberg, commie Nürnberg note 
  • Mikhail Kutuzov: Mik, MK, Teaboonote 
  • Molotov: Cocktailnote , Molly
  • Shchors: Scorch note 
  • Dmitri Donskoi: Dima, DM, Dankskoi, Donkey, Medium Cruiser note 
  • Moskva: Soviet Lasernote , KV-2note , Battleship Moskvanote , Mockba note 
  • Imperator Nikolai I: Imperator Furiosa, Russian Bias note 
  • Oktyabryskaya Revolutsiya: Red October note , Gangut note 
  • Kronshtadt: "Cruiser"note 
  • Lenin: Comrade Nelsonnote 
  • Stalingrad: Staliniumgradnote  Comrade Stalin, Balancegrad/Balansgradnote 
  • Sinop: SinOP note 
    Polish Navy 
    French Navy 
  • Duguay-Trouin: Doug note 
  • De Grasse: Zebra note 
  • La Galissoniere: Gasoline
  • Henri IV: HIVnote , Hellfirenote , Baguette Launcher note 
  • Dunkerque: Dunker, Dunkek, the Baguette
  • Lyon: Iron Rainnote 
  • Richelieu: Super Dunkerquenote  Richy
  • Gascogne: Gas Can, Gastone,note  Shitty Bismarcknote 
  • Alsace: Big Al, All Sauce
  • République: Francenote  Republic note 
  • Jean Bart: Jean Fart
  • Bourgogne: Bon Jovinote 
  • Le Terrible: Graf Zeppelin 2.0 note 
    Regia Marina 
  • Giulio Cesare: Ave True To Kais-sar, Julius Cesarenote , Julio Kais-sarnote 
  • Roma: Beer Cannote 
  • Duca d'Aosta: Dukenote 
  • Duca degli Abruzzi: Bruzzi, floating devastating strikenote 
  • Pan Asia as whole is sometimes shortened to Pasia.
  • Huanghe: Huang Mehnote , Bootleg Perthnote , Piss note 
  • Lo Yang: Paypal Bensonnote 
  • Gadjah Mada: GODjah Madanote , Ganja Madanote 

  • Perth: Creepernote 
  • Haida: Leaf Boat, note  Cobra-Chickennote 


     Other nicknames 
  • Hell, some maps get in on the action.
    • Two Brothers: Rush Mid note 
    • Tears of the Desert: Tears of the Cruisers note 
    • Ring: RNG note 
  • US battleships are often identified by their namesake state's postal abbreviation (e.g. TX for Texas, AR for Arkansas). For obvious reasons, this is most common on the North American server.
  • Torpedoes themselves are earning the nickname "Torpedus", a portmanteau of torpedo and the "Diabeetus" meme. Quite possibly due to their debatable nature as Game Breakers and tendency for being spammed.
    • Another common (and offensive) nickname is the "retard filter", as it takes a lot more work to land over one or two torps per salvo on enemies that often change speed and heading to throw off torpedo aim. A less offensive version is "noob filter", as players who sail obliviously in straight lines and eat full spreads of torpedoes are usually noobs.
    • They are also often called fish, a nickname sailors gave them during the War(s). For this reason be very weary if someone proposes a tournament to catch the most fish.
    • "Human Torpedus", aka ramming.
    • Shimakaze's, and to a lesser extent Kagero's, torpedo spreads earned their own name: torpedo curtains. This is due to the massive quantity and range of torpedoes the ship can launch at once, forming a wall which players usually have to weave through if they wish to stay alive. And to make things worse, these torpedoes have a range of 20 kilometers, while the destroyers have a detection range of just 7.6 and 6.8 kilometers, respectively. As a result, the mere presence of a Shimakaze or Kagero on the enemy team is a cause for dread, because that torpedo curtain might already be in your path but outside of detection range.
      • Speaking of Shimakaze, she used to be called "Skillkaze" due the fact it has fifteen swivel torpedo launchers, creating an unavoidable wall of death, which is itself referred to as a "Wall of Skill". Something generally regarded as unskilled, not to mention dangerous, as in all Wargaming.Net's games, once ammunition has been fired, it's live and has zero distinction between friend and foe. However due to "adjustments" to the Japanese destroyer line and good old power creep many view the Shimakaze to be ironically terrible at her job as a torpedo-boat (surprisingly high torpedo detection range, superior destroyers for her job, etc) and thus lost that moniker.
      • Japanese destroyers in general are sometimes called "Submarines" because they're the stealthiest destroyers in the game and almost always have the ability to launch their torpedoes from outside detection range, leading to jokes that they're actually submerged.
    • The Tier VII premium American destroyer Sims has two torpedo options that are both notoriously bad, with the more popular choice (solely because they have enough range to be fired from stealth instead of getting suicidally close to a target; they have have no other redeeming value), the 9.2km range , being nicknamed "water mines". This is on account of their incredibly slow speed of 49 knots making them unlikely to hit anyone other than the most oblivious enemies. The joke is that they're actually just riding the waves in the direction they're launched rather than being propelled. Since then two other ships have gotten their own "water mines", the Tier IX premium American destroyer Black (13.7km, 43 knots) and the Tier VI premium Italian cruiser Duca d'Aosta (12km, 51 knots). Black's torpedoes are known as "nuclear water mines" because of their huge maximum damage of 21,600, which exceeds even most Japanese torpedoes despite being physically smaller (533mm diameter compared to 610mm).
  • One of the most common insulting nicknames is "baBBy", which usually refers to a stereotype of battleship players that always try to fight from the maximum range of their guns to the point of constantly being against the map boundaries (commonly known as "bluelining") and whine about torpedoes while doing "everything they could" about themnote .
    • The term baDDies also comes up now and again. It mostly refers to scrub destroyer players who complain about all the "nerfs" to destroyers (which are actually mostly buffs to other ships). Its especially used by battleship players against destroyer captains who accuse them of cheating or daring to fight back against a destroyer chasing them. Especially if they accuse the battleship player of "cheating" or "hacking" for because they used WASD to dodge torpedoes. See "WASD hack" below.
    • Battleship players who constantly hide behind islands and prioritize avoiding damage to themselves over causing damage to the enemy or supporting the rest of their team in any way (a form of passive play that unfortunately gets more common at higher tiers) are known as "Battlesheep".
    • Destroyer captains who focus on getting torpedo kills rather than spotting, capping, or eliminating enemy D Ds are often called torpedophiles.
    • Cruiser captains complaining about how hard it is for cruisers in the game in this day and age are occasionally called luisers.
    • While the term "Destroyer Mafia" has always been used to describe DD mains on the forums, After the 8.0 CV rework and subsequent backlash it started to be used as an insult. Destroyer Mafiosos are now defined as Scrub players who lobby on reddit in the forums to nerf anything that can be used to counter DDs.
  • Because smaller ships tend to use High Explosive on Battleships, they are often on fire, leading to them being called BBQs.
  • Destroyers are occasionally called pedophile magnets, underage boats, or loliboats, due to Kantai Collection typically portraying destroyers as primary/middle school girls. Torpedoes are also nicknamed pedo tubes, which can be accompanied by pedobear pictures.
  • Team Killers, or more specifically, the way the game ID's them, are nicknamed "Cancer Awareness" due to the game marking their name, and ship ID in bright pink colors, and the view from their teammates that such players are cancerous to their team and the game. Since the majority of teamkilling in World of Warships is a result of negligence rather than intentional griefing, be especially worried if the pink player is driving a ship armed with torpedoes. Torpedoes fired without regard for whether a friendly could cross their path cause the lion's share of team damage.
  • Scrub players in chat are almost always described as "Salty", especially on forum posts regarding said players. note 
  • Seal Clubbers for experienced players who inflate their win rates and farm achievements by playing at lower tier to beat up on the newbies. Especially when plugging a 15+ point captain into a Tier III or IV ship. Some of the 4- and old 5-point captain skills can be extremely powerful, and most players at low tiers will only have 1- and 2-point captain skills at most.
    • By extension new players are often called seals rather than noobs. This is especially common among players who use noob as an insult and want a word for actual new players rather than players who play like they are.
  • "WASD Hack" for actually trying to maneuver your ship. So named because those are the keys used to maneuver your ship in the game's default control setting. Used to generally counter the claim of other players accusing you of hacking when you dodge most of their shots/torpedoes. Also used to make fun of bad players who only sailed in straight lines. Especially battleship drivers, whose slow speed and usually awful turning circles and rudder shift give a much smaller margin of error for torpedo dodging (in many cases no margin of error)...and thus punish the player more for having already been sailing in a straight line prior to detecting the torps.
  • Torpedo dodging itself has earned the nickname "Torpedobeats" thanks to videos made by SEA server player Yuro, showing how torpedoes can be dodged even by battleships. All of the aforementioned with an eponymous Eurobeat song playing in the background, further driving home the fact that the player has Initial D-tier ship drifting skills (this guy drifted a Großer Kurfürst of all things to dodge multiple spreads of torpedoes).
  • "Fun and Engaging Game Mechanics" for the much-reviled detonation mechanic.
  • "Bong cruisers" for the British cruisers, in part because British people on the internet are known as "britbongs" and the UK by extension has the nickname "Bongistan", and also because they all smoke (i.e. they have smokescreens), formerly almost the exclusive domain of destroyers.note 
    • The tactic of multiple ships camping in an area by laying down new smoke screen on top of the old as the old dissipate is called "hotboxing". It's a lot of shipping in the same post code.
  • Light cruisers with limited armament and thin armor are known as "destroyers with citadels" because their armor actually makes them less survivable than destroyers. It's not enough to stop much, and unlike a DD they can take citadel penetrations. Examples include the Tier IV Japanese premium Yubari, the Tier V British Emerald and the ultra-rare Tier IV Japanese tester reward Iwaki Alpha. Note that each of those ships plays differently from the others, with Iwaki Alpha being the only one that shares all the major strengths of destroyers.
    • The belt armor of such cruisers is sometimes called "AP fuse arming plate", since it's too weak to actually stop AP shells from penetrating, but is thick enough to arm the shells and cause them to detonate inside the ship (causing 33% of the shell's maximum damage, or 100% in the case of citadel hits) instead of overpentrating (which causes only 10% damage). They're oft regarded as floating citadels.
  • The act of an aircraft carrier attempting to destroy the enemy aircraft carrier is known alternatively as carrier-sniping or Alpha Strikingnote 
    • There is also the Wumbo Combo. This tactic involves following up a torpedo bombing with a delayed He dive bombing attack if the victim incurs flooding. This essentially forces the victim to burn their damage control to fix the flooding and leaves them open to being set on fire by the dive bombers that they can't extinguish.
  • The "Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament" captain skill (which reduces the dispersion of secondary batteries, quite dramatically for Tier VII and higher ships, but makes secondaries completely inactive against all targets except the one you manually designate) is known as "Manly Secondaries". Because getting right up in the enemy's face to brawl with secondaries is the "manly" way to play.
  • The "Expert Marksman" captain skill (which contrary to what the name implies does not do anything to improve accuracy but instead makes the turrets rotate faster) is nicknamed "WD-40" since spraying down the turret rings with the stuff is the only explanation for how the skill could possibly work.
  • The Engine Boost consumable was always nicknamed "speed boost", but thanks to a mispronunciation by YouTube community contributor Flamu it became "Spood Beest". Also "Engine Boosto" from the Japanese announcer.
  • The Ocean Soul camo is also known as Shimapan camo for obvious reason.
  • High tier US Navy cruisers and battleships carry the famed "superheavy" Armor Piercing shells for their main battery. In game, this means that they have much better penetration angles than everyone else and also do very high amounts of damage, to the point where "fat American Piercing shells" have become a meme.
  • AP bombs are often simply called "nerfs" since they are perceived as being the counter the battleships (German Battleships in particular) that the game has long needed.
  • HMAS Perth has lent her name to her weird unique smoke screen (has very long activation time mixed with very short lasting puffs of smoke in effect giving her the ability to have a slow moving smoke screen). Every time that consumable is discussed in reference to other ships or theoretical ship design (the Pan-Asia premium cruiser Huanghe being the first non-Perth ship to actually receive it), its always referred to as the "Perth smoke screen."
  • Articles on the official North American World of Warships website frequently have puns in their URLs, leading to the webmaster being nicknamed "URL Guy". Then he changed his username to match the nickname.
  • Wargaming's roster of premium ships that are too powerful to sell again is frequently referred to as the naughty list.
  • The Repair Party consumable as is almost universally referred to as "heal", because it functions by restoring some of a ship's HP. The special version of Repair Party on (so far) the British cruisers Edinburgh, Neptune and Minotaur, British battleships Nelson, Lion and Conqueror and Pan-America cruiser Nueve de Julio has spawned a bunch of nicknames due to being so much stronger than the regular heal. The most basic are "super-heal" and "zombie heal".note  It also gets referred to as a 3D printer or a "print new ship" button, and as Flex Seal or Flex Tape.
  • "Pulling a Notser," named after a North American community contributor, is shorthand for "wasn't paying attention and ran their ship aground." Notser is well known for running into islands while sailing destroyers. A "tactical beaching," a strategy which has the player deliberately run aground as a way to slam on the brakes, mostly used to avoid torpedoes, is also sometimes called a tactical Notser.
  • Guns with very high muzzle velocity and flat shell trajectory are referred to as railguns, originating as a description for Zao's guns (see above) but expanded to include other ships with such gunnery traits. There is no exactly defined threshold for being considered a "railgun". While muzzle velocities of 900m/s and above will generally fit the bill, there's also the factor of how well the shells retain their velocity, which is based on hidden stats and thus the average player will have to actually play a ship to find out whether the guns are truly railguns.
  • "Potato Captain / Potato Team" is the general term for an incompetent player or team that contains several incompetent players who make bad decisions that can end up causing a heavy disadvantage or even throwing the match to the opposing fleet. Bad decisions can vary from dying too early to going someplace where they end up being ineffectual for a good part of the battle, reinforcing the perception that they're dumber than a potato and thus waiting to be farmed.
  • Stealth Tax. This is a term originating from versions prior to 0.6.3, where ships would get an increase to their base surface and air detection radii when firing their main guns that was based on the caliber of said gunsnote , instead of having said radius be bumped straight up to the ship's current maximum gun range at the time the shot was fired post 0.6.3. Specifically, this term refers to instances where ships get a detection bloom that's in excess of what a ship with the same caliber guns would normally get, as a method of eliminating or at least reducing the capability for the affected ship to perform "Open-Water stealth fire"note . Examples of this would be the ENTIRE Russian/Soviet and German destroyer lines, including any premium destroyers that existed prior to 0.6.3, as well as the premium Anshan on the Pan-Asian tree, with the Gremyaschy being the sole exception. Taking the Russians for examples, the post-fire surface detection bloom was set to 5.4 km for all the destroyers, regardless of gun caliber, as a result of a "Stealth Tax" of 1.5 km for the 130mm-armed ships, and 2.4 km for the 102mm-armed shipsnote . The figure of 5.4 km itself was greatly in excess of the normal bloom values of either caliber, which would normally be 3.9 and 3.06 km respectively. Soviet cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov was stealth-taxed in a similar manner because of its 19.1 km gun range. The Stealth Tax applied to the German destroyers actually signaled to the community that Wargaming was looking to stamp out open water stealth-fire for good, which it later did in 0.6.3. with the measure previously stated.
  • After the CV rework and the 8.01 hotfix massively ramping up AA, skilled carriers began to "Cold Drop" as a standard procedure. Here a CV dumps one or more rounds of ordinance so that planes likely to be killed before they attacked anyway would return to the carrier and the Cv had them for future use.
    • A variant of the Cold Drop emerged in 8.02 that's specifically used for strikes against certain AA-heavy ships, called the "Slingshot Drop". Here, a cold drop is performed just as the squad enters the maximum range of the target's AA guns, in order to take advantage of two different plane mechanics. First, the remaining aircraft in the squadron gets a brief boost of speed after a drop. Second, the squad is IMMUNE to any and all forms of AA fire for a short period of time that starts the moment ordinance is released, and ends a few seconds after the player gains control of the remaining aircraft, allowing the squad to quickly cover a good portion of the remaining distance to the target and effectively ignoring the most damaging aspects of AA fire (flak bursts).
  • The "Symbols of France" added in update 8.6 have been called French flakes because the previous system like that revolved around snowflakes.

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