Below you'll find a list of terminology, abbreviations and similar, as commonly used by the Genshin Impact community, used to simplify and facilitate rapid communication when discussing gameplay.
Please contribute to the page by adding more terms and definitions alphabetically.
These terms are mostly used in the English language. Most of these terms, especially abbreviations, are not explicitly case-sensitive, but nevertheless are listed in the case most commonly found.
Use Ctrl+F (find) to search up particular terms
- 1.1, 1.2, etc. — Referring to the game's Version 1.1, 1.2,... update.
- 1-1, 1-2, 1-3,... 12-1 etc. (or 12-1-1, 12-1-2, etc.) — Refers to a specific part of the Spiral Abyss. Notation: Floor-Chamber or Floor-Chamber-Half.
- 1 Piece, 2 Piece, 4 Piece (or 1PC, 2PC, 4PC) — The number of Artifacts of the same Artifact Set on a Character.
- 50-50 (or 50/50) — The 50 percent chance of getting a Rate Up 5 Star Character in Wishes due to not having any Wishes spent or getting a Rate Up Character as the previous 5 Star Wish.
- 90 — To ascend and level a character to Lv. 90.
- [stat] / [stat] / [stat] — The list of stats you should be using on your (in order from left to right) Sands of Eon, Goblet of Eonothem, and Circlet of Logos. The Flower of Life and Plume of Death are not included, they will always be flat HP and flat ATK.
- A0, A1, A2, etc. — The Ascension Phase of a Character (i.e. "A5 Amber" refers to Amber with Ascension level 5).
- AARR, AAARR, AARAR, etc. — Refers to a specific attack sequence and animation cancel that can be used by a bow character. Each "A" represents one attack in the Auto Attack or Normal Attack animation string while each "R" represents pressing Aiming Mode ("R" is the default key binding for Aiming Mode on PC). AARR is an attack sequence involving 2 Normal Attacks followed by quickly entering and exiting Aiming Mode to cancel the attack animation before repeating.
- Abilities — Another term for "Talents".
- AEP/ARXP/AXP — Abbreviation of Adventure Experience.
- Affix (or Affixes, Minor Affix) — The official term for stats and substats on Artifacts and Weapons.
- AFK — Abbreviation of "Away from Keyboard".
- AoE — Abbreviation of "Area of Effect".
- AP — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Archaic Petra.
- Apologems — "Apology Primogems", issued as compensation when the developer MiHoYo makes bug fixes.
- AR — Abbreviation of Adventure Rank.
- ATK — Abbreviation of the "Attack" attribute.
- Aura — Either refers to Enemy Auras or to the first element applied in an Elemental Reaction. An Aura Character is a character that consistently applies their element to an enemy first.
- Auto Attack (or AA) — The Normal Attack of Characters.
- Banner — Another term for Wishes (e.g. the "Venti Banner" refers to the Ballad in Goblets Character Event Wish).
- Battery — A character whose purpose on the team is to generate Energy for other characters.
- Best in Slot (or BiS) — A Weapon or Artifact that performs the best for a character.
- Bleeding — Refers to a debuff characterized by a continuous loss of HP, such as Corrosion.
- Bot — When used after a skill or ability name, it means primarily using a character for said ability. For example, a "Shieldbot" refers to supports used mainly for their shields, and an "Ult Bot" refers to Burst Supports.
- BP — Abbreviation of "Battle Pass".
- BS — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Blizzard Strayer.
- BSC — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Bloodstained Chivalry.
- Buff — A positive effect (or the ability that produces it).
- Build — A specific combination of a Weapon and Artifacts equipped on a character. May also include talent priority.
- Burst — Shortened form of Elemental Burst.
- Burst Support — Refers to characters in the team whose main function is dealing damage through their Elemental Burst.
- C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 — The Constellations of a character, often to refer to how many constellations a character has.
- CA — Abbreviation of "Charged Attack".
- Cancel or Animation Cancel — Ending a skill's or attack sequence's animation early by starting a different animation in the middle of the previous animation. The most common cancels are Jump Cancels and Dash Cancels which are performed by Jumping or Dashing to skip any remaining animation frames after damage is already dealt.
- Capped — The state of the Original Resin counter being at the natural recharge limit.
- Carry — One or more party members who contribute significantly to the party. The most common types of carrying are through dealing the most damage or healing party members.
- CBT — Abbreviation of "Closed Beta Test", referring to the beta tests of the game in the past prior to its global release. Version 0.0.1, Version 0.7.1 and Version 0.9.9 are the three closed beta tests.
- CC — Abbreviation of either "Crowd Control" or the "CRIT Rate" or "Critical Chance" attribute, depending on the context.
- CD — Abbreviation of either "Cooldown" or the "CRIT DMG" or "Critical Damage" attribute, depending on the context.
- CDMG — Abbreviation of Crit DMG or "Critical Damage" attribute.
- Circlet — Shortened form for the Circlet of Logos Artifact piece.
- Cleanse — Removing the imbued elements or Ley Line Disorders by intentionally causing elemental reactions on the character.
- Comp — Abbreviation of "Team Composition" which refers to a particular combination of characters used in a team.
- CR or CRate — Abbreviation of "CRIT Rate" attribute.
- Crit Fishing — The practice of using extremely low CRIT Rate (in order to use higher damage stats such as CRIT DMG) and taking multiple attempts to achieve a run where all or most attacks crit.
- Crit Value (or CV) — A way of quantifying the amount of investment into total CRIT on a character or artifact.
- Crowning — Spending a Crown of Insight to level a character's combat talent(s) (Normal Attack, Elemental Skill, or Elemental Burst) to their final base rank (Lv. 10, not including levels from Constellations).
- Cup — Another term for the Goblet of Eonothem Artifact piece.
- CWoF/CW — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Crimson Witch of Flames.
- CY — Abbreviation of Chongyun.
- Dailies — The four Daily Commissions. Some players also include the daily Battle Pass missions when using this term.
- DB/DBane — Abbreviation of the Polearm weapon Dragon's Bane.
- DD — Abbreviation of "Damage Dealer".
- Debuff — A negative effect (or the ability that produces it).
- DEF — Abbreviation of "Defense" attribute.
- DM — Abbreviation of the Polearm weapon Deathmatch.
- Dolphin — Refers to players who spend moderate amounts money on the game.
- DoT — Abbreviation of "Damage over Time".
- Downtime — The period of a cooldown during which an Elemental Skill, Elemental Burst, or other effect becomes inactive; compare with uptime. The term may also be used to refer to a server maintenance period (typically between Version updates).
- DPS — Abbreviation of "Damage per Second". Typically used to refer to any character who serves as the party's main damage dealer, but also may be used to refer to the party's general damage output. In the community, is sometimes jokingly abbreviated as "Damage per Screenshot" in situations where one tries to display high damage numbers through Crit Fishing.
- Driver — A character that is used on-field to constantly trigger other characters' off-field abilities. Drivers often have fast animations, consistent Aura, or other on-field utility. For example, Sucrose is a popular driver for Beidou's Stormbreaker in a Sucrose, Beidou, Fischl, and Xingqiu Taser team.
- E — Refers to character Elemental Skills, after its default key binding on PC.
- EC — Abbreviation of the Electro-Charged Elemental Reaction.
- Elites — Abbreviation of "Elite Enemies" such as Eye of the Storm and Ruin Graders. Not to be confused with "Elite Bosses", a former in-game name for Normal Bosses such as Electro Hypostasis and Pyro Regisvine.
- EM — Abbreviation of "Elemental Mastery" attribute.
- Enabler — Typically used to refer to a character that can allow a different character to deal more damage, usually through the application of an Aura element. For example, the term "enabler" has been used to describe Tartaglia's role in applying Hydro very quickly, allowing Xiangling's Pyronado to Vaporize and deal more damage.
- EoP — Abbreviation of the Catalyst weapon Eye of Perception.
- EoSF/ESF — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Emblem of Severed Fate.
- ER — Abbreviation of "Energy Recharge" attribute.
- Experience Books (or EXP Books, XP Books) — Refers to the Character EXP Materials that can be used to increase a Character's level.
- FD — Abbreviation of the Sword weapon Festering Desire.
- Feather — Another term for the Plume of Death Artifact piece.
- Fireworks — Another name for the Childe Taser team composition. Can also refer to team compositions using Yoimiya and the Overloaded reaction.
- Flagship Event — The main event during a Version. See Flagship Event.
- Flower — Shortened form for the Flower of Life Artifact piece.
- Forward Vape or Forward Melt — The 2× multiplier version of the Vaporize reaction (applying Hydro on Pyro) or the Melt reaction (applying Pyro on Cryo) respectively, as opposed to Reverse Vape or Reverse Melt.
- Fragile/Frag — Shortened form of Fragile Resin.
- Free to Play (or F2P) — Refers to players who do not spend real money on the game.
- Freemogems — Primogems earned through natural progression such as Daily Commissions, Quests, Events, Achievements, and Promotional Codes.
- GAA — Acronym referring to the Golden Apple Archipelago region.
- Gacha — Refers to games that exchange in-game currency for random virtual items, with an option to purchase the in-game currency with real-world money. In Genshin Impact, Wishes are the gacha mechanic, spending Acquaint Fates, Intertwined Fates, or Primogems to obtain characters and weapons.
- Gear — Refers to Artifacts equipped on Characters, may include Weapons.
- Gems — Abbreviation for Primogems. Can also refer to Character Ascension Gems or Gemstones.
- Glad — Shortened form of the Artifact set Gladiator's Finale.
- Goblet — Shortened form for the Goblet of Eonothem Artifact piece.
- Guarantee — Certainty of obtaining the Rate Up Character in Wishes due to having lost the 50/50 before.
- Hard Pity — The phenomenon of having a guaranteed 5 Star on the 90th Wish on the Wanderlust Invocation and Character Event Wish, or on the 80th Wish on the Weapon Event Wish.
- Hat or Headpiece — Another term for the Circlet of Logos Artifact piece.
- Healer — Refers to a character whose talents can regenerate HP.
- Hitlag — Additional frozen frames added to a character's attack animation when melee attacks hit an enemy or object. The character is momentarily paused for a few frames depending on the type of enemy or object to give the player the impression of weight behind their attacks.
- HoD — Abbreviation of either the artifact set Heart of Depth or the Sword weapon Harbinger of Dawn.
- HoOD/Husk — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Husk of Opulent Dreams.
- Hourglass — Another term for the Sands of Eon Artifact piece.
- HP — Abbreviation of "Health Points", "Hit Points", or "Health".
- Hypercarry — A character that has a higher damage output than other characters because of innate scaling.
- Ice Bridge/Ice Bridging — Refers to using a Cryo Character's elemental application via Infused Normal Attacks, Elemental Skill, or Elemental Burst to freeze and traverse water by walking on ice. Kaeya's Elemental Skill, Frostgnaw is a popular ability to use for this purpose because of its low cooldown and ability to create relatively long lasting ice. Certain Anemo abilities such as the Traveler's Palm Vortex (held) can be used to spread existing ice.
- Internal Cooldown (or ICD) — A hidden cooldown of an elemental source before they can reapply elements or trigger an Elemental Reaction again.
- Invincibility Frame (also iFrame or I-Frame) — A brief moment of invulnerability caused by certain animations. In Genshin Impact, this typically refers to dodging enemy attacks by sprinting or using a character's Elemental Burst.
- Kazu — Abbreviation of Kaedehara Kazuha.
- Kit — Refers collectively to a character's Talents.
- KQ — Abbreviation of Keqing.
- LoS — Abbreviation of "Line of Sight".
- Low to Play (or L2P) — Refers to players who spend a little bit of money on the game, usually means only Blessing of the Welkin Moon, Battle Pass Gnostic Hymn, and sometimes on Wishes.
- LP — Abbreviation of the Catalyst weapon Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds.
- Lucksack — Refers to players who get lucky, and particularly without putting in much effort (such as obtaining the character they want in only a few Wishes, or obtaining an extremely good Artifact in only a few Domain runs).
- LW — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Lavawalker.
- Main (plural Mains) — (noun) A character that a player chooses to primarily use; (noun) A player who chooses to primarily use a particular character; (verb) The action of choosing to primarily use a character.
- Main DPS or MDPS — A generic term that tends to refer to the character that does the majority of a team's damage.
- Mats — Abbreviation of "Materials".
- MC — Abbreviation of "Main Character", the Traveler.
- Metagame (or Meta) — The strategic aspect of a game that transcends the boundaries of conventional gameplay. In Genshin Impact, the meta involves decisions intended to make combat gameplay more efficient, such as selecting characters preferred for their higher damage outputs, or using certain team compositions of characters with good synergy.
- MHY — Abbreviation of miHoYo, the developers of Genshin Impact.
- Mob — Shortened form of "Mobile object". Usually refers to enemies.
- Mono(-element) — A team where all 4 characters in the team has the same element. An Anemo character with a talent that shares Elemental DMG Bonuses or a 4-Piece Viridescent Venerer may take the fourth slot.
- Morgana — A team composition comprised of Mona, Ganyu, Diona, and Venti.
- Motion Value (or MV) — The percentage of a character's stats dealt using an attack (usually found in the attribute scaling section on character talent pages). Motion Value per second (or MV/s) is often used to help calculate character DPS.
- Moveset — Refers collectively to a character's Combat Talents.
- Multi (plural Multis/Multies, also "Multipull", "10 Pull", "10×", etc.) — Colloquial term for doing 10 Wishes at once, by spending 10 Intertwined Fates, 10 Acquaint Fates or 1,600 Primogems, as opposed to "Singles" which are a single Wish at a time.
- N1, N2, etc. — The number of Normal Attacks done in a sequence or attack string.
- N1C, N3C, N1CD, N1CJP, etc. — Refers to a specific attack sequence or animation cancel that can be used by a non-bow character. "N#" specifies the number of Normal Attacks, "C" represents a Charged Attack, and "D" represents a Dash. "JP" represents a Jump followed by a Plunging Attack and is usually reserved for Xiao.
- NA — Abbreviation of "Normal Attack".
- National Team (or National) — A team composition comprised primarily of Xiangling, Xingqiu, and Bennett. Variations of this team use Chongyun, Sucrose, Kazuha, Kaeya, or Raiden Shogun in the fourth slot.
- Nerf — A character, weapon or item having its effectiveness at a task reduced due to a change from the developers.
- NO — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Noblesse Oblige.
- NPC — Abbreviation of "Non-player character" or "Non-playable character".
- Nuke — Refers to dealing a large amount of damage in a short time.
- Off-field Character — Refers to characters that are in the party but not on the field.
- Off-field DPS — Refers to characters that deal damage while off-field.
- Off-piece — An artifact that does not match the Artifact Set in use, but is still equipped due to it having better affixes than the previous counterpart, namely because the minimum requirement for the preferred artifact set bonus has already been fulfilled.
- OL — Abbreviation of the Overloaded Elemental Reaction.
- Overcap — The state of the Original Resin counter exceeding the natural recharge limit.
- Pay to Play (or P2P) — Refers to players who spend a lot of money on the game, usually means getting multiple Constellations for Characters and Refinements for Weapons through Wishes, buying the Bundles in the Gift Shop, and spending Primogems on Original Resin Replenishes.
- Pay to Win (or P2W) — The idea of a game being playable only by spending money. Typically used derogatorily to comment on a game's monetization system(s).
- PC — Abbreviation of "Player character" or Playable Character.
- PG — Shortened form of Primogems.
- Pity — The counter for Wishes that guarantees a 4-Star or 5-Star after a given amount. See soft pity and hard pity.
- PJWS — Abbreviation of the Polearm weapon Primordial Jade Winged-Spear.
- Player versus Environment or PvE (also Player versus Mobs/Monsters or PvM) — Gameplay that involves the player(s) competing against computer-controlled opponents (AI); characteristic of single player games, or multiplayer games wherein players cannot directly attack each other (such as Genshin Impact). This is contrasted with "Player versus Player" (or PvP), in which human players compete against each other, often in a combat-oriented setting.
- Plume — Shortened form for the Plume of Death Artifact piece.
- PMA — Abbreviation of the Normal Boss Perpetual Mechanical Array.
- Primos — Shortened form of Primogems.
- Proc — To activate or trigger an effect such as a buff or debuff.
- Prototypes — Refers to the Northlander Billets used in forging weapons, since before Version 1.3, they were called Northlander Prototypes.
- Pulls — Wishing on a Wish or the number of Wishes saved up in Primogems, Acquaint Fates, or Intertwined Fates.
- Q — Refers to Elemental Bursts, after its default key binding on PC.
- Quickswap — Refers to a team composition or playstyle in which each character only stay on-field for a brief period of time, usually just to cast Elemental Skills and Elemental Bursts or to enable the ATK boost from the weapon Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers before switching to the next character.
- R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 (or Refines) — The Refinement rank of a Weapon.
- RB — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Retracing Bolide.
- Reduce CD — Short form of "Cooldown Reduction" attribute.
- Rep — Shortened form of Reputation.
- Reroll — Creating new accounts in hopes of getting the desired 5-star Character through Wishes.
- Rerun — When a Character Wish or Event returns after its first run.
- RES — Abbreviation of "Resistance" attribute.
- Resin Refresh (also Refill) — Replenishing Original Resin using Primogems.
- Resistance Shred (or RES Shred) — Decreasing the Physical Resistance and/or Elemental Resistance of enemies. See Decreasing Enemy Resistance.
- Reverse Vape or Reverse Melt — The 1.5× multiplier version of the Vaporize reaction (applying Pyro on Hydro) or the Melt reaction (applying Cryo on Pyro) respectively, as opposed to Forward Vape or Forward Melt.
- RMT — "Real Money Transaction", i.e. the act of exchanging real life currency for in-game ones (e.g. US$ for Genesis Crystals).
- RNG — Abbreviation of "Random Number Generator". In the community, RNG is synonymous with "luck". Good RNG equates to good luck and vice versa.
- Rolls — Wishing on a Wish or the number of Wishes saved up in Primogems, Acquaint Fates, or Intertwined Fates. Also refers to obtaining Artifacts from clearing Domains, defeating Bosses, etc. or fully enhancing an Artifact in hope of getting good substats.
- Rosa — Abbreviation for Rosaria.
- Rotation — A specific usage order of multiple characters' abilities (Normal Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts) in a team. Once all the relevant abilities have been used and are off of cooldown again, a rotation may repeat.
- Sands — Shortened form for the Sands of Eon Artifact piece.
- Scara — Shortened form of Scaramouche.
- Selfish Carry — Refers to DPS characters that need to stay on the field for the full duration of a skill to deal the most damage. Swapping out usually prematurely ends the skill.
- Server reset — A specific server time which marks the beginning of a new day, refreshing most of the timed content such as daily login bonuses, daily commissions and events.
- Set — Shortened form for Artifact Set.
- Shieldbot — Refers to shielder characters built by focusing heavily on their Shield Strength in exchange for their overall damage or other support abilities. e.g. full HP Zhongli and full DEF Noelle are a few of such builds.
- Shotgun — Using Bow characters' Charged Attacks at close range to enemies.
- Singles — Using a single Acquaint Fate, Intertwined Fate, or 160 Primogems on a Wish.
- Skill — The Elemental Skill of Characters.
- Snapshot — Long lasting/deployable abilities are based on the character's stats at the time of casting. This allows some buffs that are active at the time of casting to effectively last for the entire duration of the ability even if the buff itself runs out. See Damage Snapshotting.
- SoBP — Abbreviation of the Claymore weapon Song of Broken Pines.
- Soft Pity — The phenomenon of having an increased drop rate before reaching the guaranteed "hard" pity for a 5-star, starting at around 75 Wishes on the Wanderlust Invocation and Character Event Wish, or around 65 Wishes on the Weapon Event Wish.
- SoT7 or SoTS — Acronym referring to Statues of The Seven.
- SR/Shime/Shimi — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Shimenawa's Reminiscence.
- Stance — The current character's attack position. Stance will affect how Normal, Charged, and Plunge attacks are performed. Most characters only have one stance, but some, like Tartaglia, have different stances that change their attack pattern.
- Sunfire — Combining both Jean's Dandelion Breeze and Bennett's Fantastic Voyage to constantly cause Swirl on the on-field character.
- Sub DPS — A generic term that tends to refer to characters in the team that deal a significant amount of damage but aren't the main DPS.
- Substat (or Subs) — The secondary stat(s) for Weapons and Artifacts.
- Summons — Wishing on a Wish or the number of Wishes saved up in Primogems, Acquaint Fates, or Intertwined Fates.
- Talent Books — The Talent Level-Up Materials that resemble books, mainly obtained from challenging Domains of Mastery.
- Taser — A team composition that focuses on using the Electro-Charged reaction. One popular Taser team composition includes Sucrose, Fischl, Beidou, and Xingqiu. Childe Taser (sometimes called Childe Fireworks) involves Childe, Fischl, and Beidou.
- TF/TFury — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Thundering Fury.
- Time-gated — Refers to content or features that only become available after set time intervals. Examples include daily quests such as Tatara Tales, and parts of Events that become unlocked after a certain number of hours or days. The term is also used to refer to things that replenish over time, such as Original Resin.
- Timepiece — Another term for the Sands of Eon Artifact piece.
- ToM/ToTM — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Tenacity of the Millelith.
- Trigger — The second element applied in an Elemental Reaction.
- Triple Crowning — Spending three Crowns of Insight to level each of a character's combat talents (Normal Attack, Elemental Skill, and Elemental Burst) to their final base rank (Lv. 10, not including levels from Constellations).
- TS — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Thundersoother.
- TTDS/TToDS — Abbreviation of the Catalyst weapon Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers.
- Ultimate (or Ult) — The Elemental Burst of Characters.
- Unit — Refers to a playable character.
- Uptime — The period of a cooldown during which an Elemental Skill, Elemental Burst, or other effect remains active. "100% uptime" refers to the maximal, prolonged use of a Skill or Burst due to reduced cooldown (decreasing downtime) or an innate cooldown being equal to or shorter than the effect duration. Compare with downtime.
- Utility Support — Tends to refer to the characters that can support the team with crowd control, buff, shield, damage reduction, or healing abilities.
- V1.1, V1.2, etc. — Referring to the game's Version 1.1, 1.2, ... update.
- Vape — Abbreviation of the reaction Vaporize between the Hydro and Pyro elements. May also refer to team compositions that primarily utilize this reaction to deal damage.
- VA — Abbreviation of Voice Actor.
- VV — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Viridescent Venerer or the Polearm Vortex Vanquisher.
- Web Event — Events that do not involve normal gameplay or do not take place within the game, and is usually accessed through a web browser.
- Weeklies — The Weekly Bosses, Bounties, or Requests, whose rewards can only be claimed once a week.
- Welkin — Shortened form of Blessing of the Welkin Moon.
- WGS — Abbreviation of the Claymore weapon Wolf's Gravestone.
- Whale — Players who spend large amounts of money on the game.
- WL — Abbreviation of World Level. WL0, WL1,... WL8 are used to denote a the World Level of a player's world.
- WT — Abbreviation of the Artifact set Wanderer's Troupe.
- Yoi — Abbreviation of Yoimiya.
- ZL — Abbreviation of Zhongli.