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The highly...creative WoW fanbase has given many a nickname to its favorite (or least favorite) aspects of the game.

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  • Vanilla: The term used to refer to the classic (no expansions) version of the game.
  • Wrath of the Retadin: nickname to the patch 3.0 because of the absurd buff given to retribution paladin, resulting in them dominating every other class in PvP and PvE before they got nerfed.
  • Beta for Azeroth: A derogatory term given to the Battle for Azeroth expansion because of its perceived unfinished state at release.
  • Drood, Droodad, dr00d, DURID - Any Druid.
    • Feral-combat druids get called "bears", "bares" or "baers" (if they're usually in their ursine warrior-mimic form in a fight) or "kitties" and "cats" (for those who favor the feline "rogue" form). Bear druids are known as "Winky tanks" on some servers. Restoration druids are "trees." As for balance druids...
    • There's also Polish nickname "Misiek" for bear form which could be translated as "Teddy".
    • OOMkin, Boomkin, Doomkin - The druid's moonkin form, which could do a lot of burst damage but burned up mana doing so. Less often, Lazer Chicken or Nuklear Rooster. OOMkin has fallen into disuse since Wrath as they do not have mana issues in normal play. Also Boom-Boom, Boomer, Critbird, Space Owl, Turkey. Pretty much any combination of "Laser", "Crit", or "Space" and "Bird", "Chicken", or "Turkey".
      • And with the addition of Wild Mushroom in Cataclysm, some are already being called Shroomkin.
      • Panzerkin - A druid who tanks as a Moonkin rather than as a Bear, the more obvious form. Largely abandoned as changes to the game have made Panzerkins far less effective.
  • Huntard - A hunter who never learned how to properly pull, control his pet, or use traps — all essential hunter skills. The common joke is that the majority of Hunters are Huntards - and this joke is made by Hunter players.
    • Easymode = Beast mastery hunter. Given new impetus in Legion when it was revealed the hidden skin for their artifact can be bought from a vendor right after acquiring it. (Most hidden skins require a great deal of work and/or luck to acquire.)
    • Also "Auto-Shot Feed Pet" for the low-effort playstyle that most Huntards use - basically all they do is auto-attack and remember to feed their pet every now and then. A variant is "Feed Shot Auto Pet" for those who fail to grasp the class's base mechanics.
    • Hunter Loot - pretty much anything remotely of value, thanks to the Huntard tendency to constantly Need on Need/Greed rolls. To be fair, early in the game's life, the low number of melee weapons with stats appropriate for hunters led some to declare that any melee weapon with Agility on it should be left for Hunters, as nothing else was of any use to them. This devolved into the tendency for commenters on fansite databases to declare any reasonably desirable or powerful item as "hunter gear", even if hunters are incapable of equipping the item, or if it isn't even gear to begin with.
  • Fistweaver/Fistweaving: The healing specialization of the Monk class is called "Mistweaver". There are two ways to heal allies as a Mistweaver: simply casting healing spells like a conventional White Mage/ medic, or smacking the enemy with your fists and feet and letting the passive "Eminence" effect (half of all damage you do automatically heals an ally within 20 yards) do the healing for you. This second style is humorously called "fistweaving".
  • The obvious "Shammy" for shaman; "Healy" for their Restoration (Healing) spec, "Zappy" for their Elemental (caster) spec and "Bashy" for their Enchancement (melee) spec.
    • The more prosaic abbreviations "Resto", "Ele" and "Enh" are also in use, each coupled with "Shammy".
    • Shamikaze - A shaman that maximizes burst damage at the cost of survivability.
  • Pally - Any Paladin. Belfadin refers specifically to Blood Elf Paladins. Also "Gayladin" for Male Blood Elves and "Beefadin" for Tauren paladins. Paladins have been given many nicknames; some pointless, other less so; involving '-adin'. This probably started from Diablo.
    • Tankadin/Protadin - Paladins that focus on the Protection talent tree. Healadin for healing pallies, and Retadin (or the pejorative Retardin) for damage-per-second paladins (a spec that at least until Cataclysm had a bad reputation for requiring little skill to play). An older variation of Healadin was Clothadin, thanks to the fact that holy paladins usually performed better in cloth items (rather than plate) in raids in vanilla WoW. And "shockadins", an extinct form of half holy (down to holy shock) and ret, which basically made them powerful ranged casters as well as melee. May still be used for players doing damage in Holy spec.
  • Rouge - A common misspelling of "rogue;" may be used ironically. It should be noted that rouges are overpowdered.
  • Shamadruidin - Hybrid classes in general.
    • Quantumdruid/quantumshammy/quantumpally - used in reference to hybrid players who will respec at the drop of anything resembling a hat, for they are in a state of constant flux.
  • Death Knoob, Deathtard, Dork Knight, Dunce Knight, Fail Knight — Similar to "huntard", a poorly-played death knight.
    • To get more specific: a Griptard is a death knight who is willfully unfamiliar with the proper use of the Death Grip ability, while an Emo Knight is an obnoxiously wangsty death knight roleplayer.

  • Space Cow, Space Goat, Space Pony, Squidcow, Squidgoat, Squidhead, Big Blue, Blueberry, Smurf - Draenei. Named so because they have hooves, facial tendrils (well the males anyway, those of the females are behind the ears), blue skin, and arrived on Azeroth by means of an interdimensional vessel. (The list of nicknames is actually much longer than that, and not all of them are polite.)
    • Said facial tendrils are sometimes called "chintacles".
    • To add to the confusion, "space goat" is also used to mean "talbuk" (an Outland beast resembling an alien ibex) and "blueberry" can also mean "voidwalker."
  • Nelfs/Belfs - Night Elves/Blood Elves.
  • Crack Elf - Any blood elf, due to their magical addiction and occasionally jittery mannerisms. Also commonly used to describe the Wretched, a subspecies of High/Blood Elves that have completely succumbed to magical addiction. ("crackelf" is even the actual name for their in-game model.) The Nightborne have also gotten this treatment due to similar magical addiction problems.
    • Also, Blood Elves get called "fabulous" as often as possible, due to the males and females both being rather feminine.
  • Dorf - Dwarves
  • Cow, Moo-Cow, Bull - Tauren, for obvious reasons.
    • Holy Cow – Tauren paladins and priests, collectively. You automatically get a free pass at calling a player this if their name is something same or similar to Retbull, Holycow, or Serhoofim.
    • Unholy Cow - Unholy-spec Death Knight Tauren.
  • Cutefase - A female troll character with the youthful, deadpan (or, alternately, stoned-looking) face — which happens to be the only one that isn't generally considered ugly or at least evil-looking, and is therefore the most popular. Especially when paired with the smallest possible tusks, a topknot, or both.
    • Less commonly, a female orc character with the young-looking face option.
    • A "Smoothfase" is a male draenei devoid of facial hair and tendrils. A completely bald Smoothfase is a "Cueball." A "Tailfase" (that's the polite term) is a male draenei with the single tendril and accompanying Fu Manchu mustache (ditto).
  • Monessa: A female troll. From the trollish habit of addressing everyone as "mon," plus a feminine suffix.
  • Lapdogen: Female worgen, due to their alleged greater resemblance to Chihuahuas or some other toy breed than wolves.

    Players and Player Behavior 
  • Bruced: A term for what happens to a player who dies to Bruce, the first opponent of the Brawler's Guild, who has relatively little HP, and only one major attack, which simply requires running away from his mouth before he finishes his cast.
  • Slutmog: A Stripperiffic set of armor used for transmog purposes. Bloodscale plate and Black Mageweave are particularly popular
  • "Driving"- The name for a single player telling the melee what direction to turn Rhyolith so that he steps on the volcanoes and does not reach the edge (which causes him to wipe the raid). "Drunk driving" is a term used for especially poor driving, usually if he hits the edge.
  • Wrath Baby: Derisive term used by more experienced players on those who joined during Wrath of the Lich King, and who feel that such players are not prepared for difficult content.
  • 3d: Shorthand for referring to a group that is attempting to kill Sartharion in Obsidian Sanctum without killing the Twilight Drakes (which there are three of, and so, 3 drakes or 3d), which makes the fight much more difficult, but grants three achievements and the chance to win a Twilight Drake mount.
  • Level FUCK - Running into an enemy who is 10+ levels higher than you, in which their level is displayed as a skull. The common reaction to it is, "I'm being attacked by a level — (gets attacked, dies) — FUCK!"

    Game Mechanics and Systems 
  • Looking For Retards: One derisive name for the Looking for Raid feature, given by those who don't like being grouped with incompetent and/or under-geared players.
  • PokéWoW - The Pet Battle minigame planned for inclusion in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.
  • Farmville - another Pandaria minigame, where one faction lets players grow vegetables on a farm.
  • Welfare Epics - Gear acquired for PvE use by farming Honour points in PvP. Used primarily as a source of derision; to speak of a player having 'Welfare Epics' in a World of Warcraft setting usually implies that that player is unskilled or otherwise didn't take any real risk to obtain the gear.
  • RP: A term that applies to cutscenes between lore characters that raid members have to sit through before beginning battle or getting at loot, such as the 40-second dialogue between Tirion Fordring and the Lich King at the start of the Lich King encounter.

    Non-Player Characters 
  • Dadgar: Khadgar on the Broken Shore uses almost nothing but Dad Jokes whenever players complete a world quest.
  • Green Jesus, Thrally Sue, Super Jesus, Orc Jesus - Derogatory names for Thrall since his sudden importance in Cataclysm.
  • Sylvie W - Derisive nickname for Sylvannas Windrunner due to her tendency to be depicted as a Woobie in fanfiction and RP. Hint: she is a Jerkass Woobie.
  • King Grunty, Grunty McGruntypants - King Varian Wrynn, named largely for his Jerkass characterization.
  • Manduin - King Anduin Wrynn after Varian's death and Anduin took a level in badass in Legion.
  • Crotchbumtits - Valeera Sanguinar from the comic, due to the artist's tendency to... focus on these body parts.
  • Toolhelm, Asshat, Asshelm, Dickhelm, Standral Faghelm - Fandral Staghelm, Archdruid of the Alliance and all-around jerkass.
  • Donni Anthania is the vendor of all of the companion pet cats for Alliance players. Her in-game title is "Crazy Cat Lady."
  • Lavaman - Highlord Bolvar Fordragon after getting seriously messed up from both flesh-melting-zombie-virus and subsequent incineration, followed by torture he withstood despite it being so hardcore that it snapped the son of the Warcraft-universe equivalent of Chuck Norris almost immediately, possibly because his skin now looks as though it's covered in molten lava. The name came from "lavaman" being the official name for that sprite in the games text files. In fact the first time people saw it all they knew was that name. (Though some did guess at it being him.)
  • Garrosh Hecksqueak, Durrosh Failscream, Garrosh Hecksqueal, Garrosh Heckwhimper, Derposh Hurrscream, Squeal: Garrosh Hellscream.
    • Garrosh Lightscream - In the alternate Draenor, Grom ends up having a son who betrays the Mag'har to join the Lightbound. His name is never given so fans made one.
  • Sadfang - Disparaging nickname for Varok Saurfang during the events of Battle for Azeroth due to the constant depictions of him being depressed.

    Environments and Locations 
  • Elevator Boss - The elevator in Blackwing Descent. If you're not quick enough, you miss the elevator and fall to your death.
  • Frogger: A hallway in Naxxramas just after the fight with Patchwerk that is patrolled by several rows of infinitely respawning slimes, which inflict heavy damage and nearly kill most players in one hit if they merely get close to them. They move across the width of the walkway, and players must avoid them like they do the cars in Frogger. This is somewhat notorious because people tend to die fairly often on this part.
    • Done again in Ulduar, just before Mimiron, with a racetrack of explosive mini-cars that surround Mimiron's "workshop".
    • And again in an Icecrowl Citadel hallway between the fourth boss and the Upper Spire, where players must time their movements to avoid what looks like fog, and so it is often called Fogger.
  • "Lag" variants
    • Lagforge, Lagginforge, Ironlag - a now-deprecated nickname that was once applied to the dwarven city of Ironforge — in the first year of the game, Ironforge housed one of two auction houses in the entire game world, which caused every player who required their services to visit the city. Additionally, the bank, mailbox, auction house, and main entrance were all within 150 feet of each other which concentrated the players even more.
    • Lagrimmar - Orgrimmar; see previous.
    • Lag-rath - Shattrath City; see Ironforge.
    • DaLAGran, Lag-aran - Dalaran; see Ironforge.
  • Thrall-Mart - the Orgrimmar auction house.
  • Cybermoon - derisive nickname for Silvermoon City, largely on RP servers
  • Pornshire - Goldshire; see "Cybermoon."
  • Ganklethorn Hell - used on PvP servers for Stranglethorn Vale since it is technically a high 20's ~ mid 30's zone with a high traffic of high level characters through it.
    • Also "Stranglepwn Vale" and any number of other variations.
  • Hillspwn, Ganksbrad, Hellsbrad, Hillsbrad Foothell, and any number of variations on those themes - Hillsbrad Foothills, for the same reason.
  • Molten Bore, Borewing Lair, Ahn'Boreaj, Haxxrammas - People who had grown tired of raiding these dungeons referred to them with names like these.
  • Soda machines/Coke machines: The large machines in Gnomeregan that dispense Essential Artifacts (needed for a quest), named because they resemble vending machines.
  • Trashran: A derogatory term used for the Ashran PvP zone introduced in warlords of draenor expansion, because of its widely disliked mechanics along the fact it was the only new PvP content released in said expansion.
  • Castlevania - The realm of Revendreth in the Shadowlands, based on its aesthetic being mostly lifted from Gothic Horror vampire fiction.

  • Lord Random- Lord Rhyolith, a boss in the Firelands, due to the chance of success being largely determined by where the volcanoes spawn, as making him stomp on them reduces his armor, but leaving them up increases the damage the raid takes.
  • Commander Skipvale: Commander Springvale, an optional boss in Shadowfang Keep. Since he's more difficult than many of the other Heroic bosses, drops little in the way of good loot, and a major exploit to draw him away from his adds has been removed, many groups choose to walk past him.
  • Raggy, Rags - Ragnaros, the final boss of the pre-expansion ultimate raid dungeon, Molten Core
  • Memegiver - Prince Malchezaar, the final boss of the Burning Crusade raid dungeon Karazhan. Referred to as such on Boulderfist because he drops Gorehowl, a weapon commonly spammed on Boulderfist's trade chat for reasons not quite clear.
  • Lootship: Nickname for the Gunship Battle, by far the easiest boss encounter in Icecrown Citadel.
  • Lightbulb: Lord Victor Nefarius (the human form of Nefarian), the boss of Blackrock Spire, named after Vic Fontaine, the holographic entertainer from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, whose first line in the series is 'I know what you're thinking: sweet pipes for a light bulb.'
  • Chinwing, Deathchin: nickname given to the new Big Bad, Deathwing, for obvious reasons.
  • Captain Planet: The Elementium Monstrosity, a raid boss in Bastion of Twilight that is the fusion of the elemental Ascendant Lords Feludius, Ignacious, Terrastra and Arion, a combination of all the elements that made up Captain Planet (except heart).
  • Baron Pants - Baron Rivendare from Stratholme; named for his droping the Dungeon Set 1 Legs. His horse was nicknamed "Trousers" for similar reasons.
  • Ras Crossdresser - A boss called Ras Frostwhisper due to him appearing to wear a dress
    • Amnennar the Crossdresser - Another lich boss, for the same reason.
  • Majorhomo: Fandral Staghelm's boss incarnation in Firelands, where he is rechristened "Majordomo Staghelm."
  • Crazy Cat Lady — Auriaya, a boss in the Ulduar instance. She is accompanied by four guardian panthers, will summon another panther guardian if you kill the four original ones, and periodically summons a swarm of cats (actually more panthers, but they are much smaller than her guardians) to come attack the whole group. Two of her attacks are "Horrifying Screech" and "Sonic Screech." When she is killed, she screams like, well, like a crazy cat lady.
  • Login Dragon: Sindragosa, since she is the first thing the player see in Wrath of The Lich King login screen, especially when everyone had yet to learn her name.

    Enemies, Monsters, and Pets 
  • Warlock pets:
    • Felpuppy - Any Felhound, particularly the ones summoned by warlocks.
    • Blueberry - Warlock Voidwalker minion. Also, Volkswagen due to the shared abbreviation.
    • The Warlock Succubus pet is referred to as your "slut" or "whore" as much as "succubus", with "suck" being a popular in-between for obvious reasons. Also "fel-slut", "fel-hussy" and "Spanky", coming from the fact when idle every minute or so she'll shake her ass then smack it.
  • Welcomebear - The Diseased Black Bears that loiter just across the border between the level-50+ Western Plaguelands and (Forsaken starting area) Tirisfal Glades. Fond of killing newbies that take the wrong turn out of Tirisfal.
    • Also used in reference to the similarly undead-looking Angerclaw Bears just past the border between Ashenvale (levels 18 to 30) and Felwood (levels 47 to 55).
    • Also potentially, Welcomespiders for the Plaguelands or Welcomewolves for Felwood. You may also see Welcome-Elementals for the otherwise unobstructed border between Redridge Mountains (roughly 15-20) and Burning Steppes (about 50-53).
  • Thongbear - Furbolgs in general, as they are anthropomorphic bears. In thongs. Also called "furbies" and "fuzzbuts."

  • Leggo: Legendary items, primarily ones introduced in Legion.
  • Knaifu and Baeblade: Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire, the Shadow Priest artifact weapon. Her dialogue is full of uncomfortable innuendo.
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Dramaseeker, Dramafury = a legendary one-handed sword that was called such by some guilds who were destroyed by fights over people who wanted that drop.
  • Sulfuras, the Hand of Drama - A Legendary two-handed mace that also had caused people to argue over wanting it.
  • Ashkandi, the Sword of Drama - An epic two-handed sword dropped by the final boss in Blackwing Lair. Again, caused people to fight over it. Also known as "ass candy."
  • Vendorstrike - A polearm called Thunderstrike and Shadowstrike that was dropped by a boss very late in Molten Core that was Overshadowed by Awesome and thus commonly disenchanted or vendored. Later also called Nexusstrike, after the Nexus Crystal that could be acquired from disenchanting one.

    Spells and Abilities 
  • Rawrbomb, Bearbomb - A technique where a (feral) Druid shifts from flying form, midflight, into Bear form and using Feral Charge to jump the target while avoiding fall damage. This does not necessarily need to be done from flight form. It is a common tactic in Arathi Basin. A failed attempt is known as Rawrsplat.
    • Also Drop-Bear (used as a verb). Perhaps not entirely by coincidence, 'drop-bears' are a form of practical joke in Australia, where clueless tourists will be warned to watch out for 'drop-bears' that fall out of trees onto your head. No such creatures exist, of course.
    • Warriors can take advantage of this as well simply by attacking from their flying mount, often called "Warrior Slow Fall".
  • Dave: The ox summoned by the monk talent ability "Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox." The pet is in fact named "Niuzao," and is supposed to be an effigy of the August Celestial of the same name, but that name is kind of hard to remember or pronounce (at least for English speakers), so "Dave" took over. The origin of the name isn't clear, but it may originate from the "PETA" episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! that featured a bull named Dave in the intro.
  • The high-level Priest spell "Leap Of Faith" is almost always called "Life Grip" due to being the exact opposite of the Death Knight's "Death Grip". (DG pulls an enemy towards you at high speeds, Lo F/LG pulls a friendly player towards you at high speeds.)
    • Of course the main reason for that name is that 99.9% of the time the ability is used to save someone from falling off the boss platform due to boss abilities causing knockback, or pulling them out of the way of one-shot kill area effect abilities.
  • Fat Owl: A derogatory name for the new druid flight form which resembles an overweight owl.
  • A resto shaman's Chain Heal gets called "banana beams", "Jesus Beams", or "healing lasers" due to their yellow, beam-like appearance.
  • Muffin Factory - At Blizzcon, during the announcement of the first expansion, one of the fans asked the panel, "Will mages be getting something for mass food distribution, like muffin factories?" This has led to this name being used.
  • Hell/lock/fel cookies/candies - Healthstones distributed by a warlock. Sometimes come in an evil-looking jar, and said to be made of souls that the warlock as drained. They have also been called boogers/crystalized boogers from their color. Also called gumballs and their summoning item as a gumball machine.
    • Summoning portals are often called "Lock TV", due to looking a little like a television set. Also known as the Doom Closet, as they rise up out of the ground and open like a wardrobe.
  • Wings and Ret bull for Avenging Wrath, a paladin signature for burst damage and healing. It shows as a pair of glowing wings, and has been the butt of no end of jokes.
  • Early in the game, the talent Reckoning became famous when a player showed it could be exploited to solo-kill raid bosses. This became known as the 'Reckoning Bomb', and was referenced by the game in a quest in Wrath.
  • Rocky - The Elemental summoned into being by a shaman's Earth Elemental Totem.
  • Funderstorm - the Eleshammy's Thunderstorm spell that is used for knocking people away from the caster, usually off a cliff where they would die from falling damage. Also known as Thunderfuck.

  • Chocobo: the Blood Elf hawkstrider mounts, after the Final Fantasy bird of that name.
  • That Retarded Horse, Sparklepony, Spony: the Celestial Steed, the first mount to go on sale at the Blizzard cash store.
  • Heffalump, Shoopuf: The draenei elekk mounts, after (respectively) the beasts from Winnie-the-Pooh and Final Fantasy X.

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