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The following is a list of acronyms, abbreviations and terms commonly used by players and community members regarding Awesomenauts-related content.

A

  • AA - Autoattack. The default attack every character starts the game with.
  • AES - An Extra Stick. An upgrade for Lonestar
  • AFK - Away from keyboard - Meaning the player is in-game, but not currently playing.
  • Anchor - Drop Anchor, an ability for Admiral Swiggins.
  • AoE - Area of effect. Refers to any ability or attack able to affect an area.
  • APL - Awesomenauts Pro League - The largest of Awesomenauts' unofficial tournaments. Click for more info.
  • Area Denial - Refers to abilities and upgrades which can discourage enemies from staying at or approaching a particular area of the map. Mines and Spit are examples of area denying abilities.
  • Assassin - A 'naut specialized in isolating and killing vulnerable targets.
  • AWC - Awesomenauts Worldwide Championship - One of Awesomenauts' unofficial tournaments. Click for more info.
  • Awesomenaut - Player or AI-controlled character possesing unique abilities and upgrades. The main aspect of the game.

B

  • Back - To go back to base, to return via the teleport function.
  • Backdooring - A tactic aimed against turrets or the Solar drill in which the attacker attempts to avoid the enemy team, usually while their teammates distract them.
  • Bait - To give the enemy a false impression of vulnerability in order to lure them into a trap.
  • Bandana - Red Bandana. An upgrade for Vinnie & Spike.
  • Base - Can refer to:
  1. The area of the map where the team starts. Contains the drill and the shop.
  2. To return, to go back to base (usually with the teleport function).
  1. An ability for Clunk.
  2. Gnaw's basic attack.
  1. An AI-controlled Awesomenaut.
  2. Bottom. A lane.
  1. Bubble, Timebubble, Warpbubble. Warp Time. One of Yuri's abilities.
  2. Bubble Gun. Vinnie & Spike's autoattack.
  • Buff - Can refer to:
  1. A balance change by the game's developers aimed at making a skill, upgrade or 'naut more powerful. Opposite of Nerf.
  2. A beneficial, temporary effect granted by you or your allies in form of abilities or upgrades. Opposite of Debuff.
  1. To deal a lot of damage in a very short timeframe.
  2. To burst someone down (see focus).

C

D

  • D - Short for defend. Means a request to fall back to the turret or drill.
  • Debuff - A harmful, temporary effect applied by enemy team members. Damage over time and crowd control effects are an example of debuffs.
  • DD - Direct damage. Abilities or upgrades which deal damage on contact, as opposed to damage over time.
  • Dive - To get within range of an enemy turret without droid backup in order to try and kill an enemy.
  • Divebombing - A tactic in with a Clunk player drops from a very high place and on top of enemy team members while charging Self-Destruct, giving opponents less time to react.
  • DLC - Downloadable content. Usually purchaseable content for the game. Paid DLC for Awesomenauts include skins and the official soundtrack.
  • Dome - T-800 Dome. An upgrade for Raelynn. AKA droidrift.
  • DoT - Damage over Time. A periodic damaging effect.
  • Drill - Solar Drill. Each match's final objective. Destroy it to win the game.
  • Drip, Dripspit - Aggressive Acid. An upgrade for Gnaw.
  • Droid - Team-alligned unit controlled by AI. Drops Solar upon death.
  • Drone - Suicide Drones. One of Voltar's abilities.
  • DPS - Damage per second. How much damage an attack can deal within a second.
  • Dynamite - Dynamite Throw. One of Lonestar abilities.
  • Dev - A developer of the game/Ronimo employee.
  • DC - Disconnect.

E

  1. Enhanced Muscle Fibers, an upgrade for Leon.
  2. Enhanced Muscle Fibers, an upgrade for Skølldir.
  • Escape - Refers to any ability or upgrade that allows a 'naut to more easily flee their attackers.

F

  • Facemite - A tactic for Lonestar players which involves using Dynamite Throw at melee range, which detonates immediatly.
  • Farm - To collect Solar either by picking it up around the map or by killing droids and creeps. To focus on Solar collection.
  • FB - Firstblood. The first kill of a match done by a player or bot (droids and turrets do not count).
  • Feed, feeding - To die multiple times (intentionally or not), giving your enemy more and more Solar. A person who does that is a Feeder.
  • FFF - Free Flight Fins, one of Clunk's upgrades.
  • Flowers - Perfumed White Flowers, one of Skolldir's upgrades.
  • Fly, flight - An ability that allows characters to remain in the air for as long as they want.
  • Focus - When a character or team decides to focus most/all of their abilities to bring down a specific target.
  • Frag - A kill, to kill an opposing team member.
  • Frog, Froggy - Froggy G
  • Footsies - When two or more characters are stuck at keeping a distance from one another, waiting for the other to come into bad positioning so a more favorable engagement can occur.

G

  • Gank - A surprise attack done against an isolated character with the intent to kill it. Can be done by multiple players at the same time. An ambush.
  • GG - Good Game.
  • GJ - Good Job.
  • GL - Good Luck.
  • Glass Cannon - A 'naut which is very frail but is able to deal large amounts of damage.
  • Glasses - Flashy Glasses. An upgrade for Raelynn.
  • Gnome, Gnomethrow - Homeless Gnome. An upgrade for Skølldir

H

  • Harass - A strategy that involves the use of tipically long range attacks to chip away an enemy's health at a safe distance. A 'naut who does this well is called a harasser.
  • Hard CC - Hard Crowd Control. A specific type of crowd control effect that prevents control of the 'naut (particularly movement), such as cocoon or stuns.
  • Heal - To use or to be affected by a healing effect.
  • Healbubble - Regeneration Pod or Pod Pack Deluxe. Upgrades for Yuri.
  • Healer - A 'naut whose specialty is to heal their teammates.
  • Health - Health points, Hit points, Lifebar. The life bars for Awesomenauts, creeps and structures. If it reaches zero, the unit dies.
  • Healthpack - Powerups that grant health upon being picked up.
  • HF - Can refer to: 
  1. Heavenly Fire. One of Coco's upgrades, or a build that involves the use of that upgrade. AKA Blazeball. 
  2. Have Fun.

I

  • Inc - Incoming. Means enemies are approaching.
  • Inv - Can refer to:
  1. Invite, invitation. To invite someone to play with oneself.
  2. Invisible, invisibility. Mechanic that prevents players from seeing a character and AI-controlled minions from attacking them.

J

  • JK - Just kidding. Mean what have just being said is not meant to be taken seriously.
  • Juke, Juking - To move in an erratic, unpredictable way in an attempt to confuse pursuing enemies and escape them.
  • Jungle - Part of the map that contains neutral creeps.

K

  • KS - Can refer to:
  1. Killsteal - To kill an opponent an ally would have killed, denying him the larger part of the bounty.
  2. Kill Secure - To kill an opponent your ally would have killed to ensure it won't escape.
  3. Killing Spree - To kill three enemy Awesomenauts without dying. Doing so one or two more times without dying is called "killing machine" and "legendary" respectively.

L

  • Lane - The pathways between the two bases used by droids and 'nauts where most of the combats occur.
  • Lane Control - To hold a certain portion of the lane, making it harder for opponents to maintain their presence there.
  • Last hit - To deal the killing blow to an enemy unit (droid, 'nauts or turrets). Doing so grants Solar to the killer directly instead of it being dropped on the ground. Only Awesomenauts can benefit from last hitting.
  • Level - Can refer to:
  1. In-game level. The level of the Awesomenaut in the current match. It goes up by 1 every 100 Solar collected.
  2. Account level. The level of the player. As the player progresses in the game, their account levels up, granting them access to new 'nauts, upgrades and maps (unranked modes only).

M

  1. The maps in which matches take place.
  2. The minimap.
  • Map Awareness - To be mindful of the minimap. To use it in order to know where allies and enemies are when possible, thus being aware of the current situation.
  • Match - A game session.
  • Melee - Refers to close range engagements or abilities.
  • Milk - Bovinian Skimmed Milk. An upgrade for Admiral Swiggins.
  • Mine - Mine Deploying. One of Yuri's abilities.
  • Minespam - To use the Mine Deploying ability in quick succession as Yuri, usually aided by Mine Constructor and/or Carpet Bombs.
  • MOBA - Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Game genre which consists of two teams of opposing players, each controlling its own unit, with the objective of taking down towers to reach and destroy the enemy base before their enemies can do the same. Games like Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and League of Legends (LoL) fall into this category. Awesomenauts is a 2D MOBA.
  • Monkey - Yuri.

N

  • N1 - Nice one.
  • Nado - Tornado Move. One of Froggy G's abilities.
  • Naut, 'naut - Awesomenaut. The game's playable characters.
  • Nautsbuilder - Awesomenauts' loadout generator and calculator, made by Leimi. Click here for more info.
  • Nerf - A balance change by the game's developers aimed at making an ability, upgrade or 'naut less powerful. Opposite of Buff.
  • Nest, Weed Nest - An area occupied by multiple weedlings.
  • Newbie - An inexperienced player.
  • Ninja Worms - Mutant Worms: Limited Ninja Edition. An upgrade for Froggy G.
  • Noob - An insulting way of referring to an inexperienced player.
  • NP - No problem.
  • Nuke - Can refer to:
  1. A high damaging, often single-target ability.
  2. Nuke. One of Derpl's abilities.

O

  • Offscreen - Refers to any in-game events that happen outside of the player's view.
  • Oily, Oilythrow - Oily Spray on Bronze. An upgrade for Skølldir.
  • One-shot, one-shotted - To kill or be killed by a single strike while near or at full health. The worm is an example of something that can one-shot.
  • OP, Overpowered - Situation in which a 'naut, ability or upgrade is considered to be more powerful than the game's standards and should be toned down by developers to be less effective.
  • Orb - The stealth orb. A feature exclusive to Aiguillon which makes players invisible.
  • Overextend, overextending - When the subject is way into an area that's unsafe for him, and safe for their enemies. To be in a risky situation where, if something goes wrong, it is harder to escape.

P

  • Pads - Deployment Pads. An upgrade for Derpl.
  • Pants - Hammer Pants. An upgrade for Froggy G.
  • Pills - Either Power Pills Light or Power Pills Turbo.
  • Pin, pinned - To be trapped between terrain or turret and a Lonestar bull.
  • Piñata, piñata'd - Situation where Drop Anchor latches on to a 'naut, causing them to hang mid-air, making them unable to move and vulnerable to all attacks.
  • Poke, poking - To use a long range ability or attack to hit a target from a safe distance. See harass.
  • Polymorph - The Last Pieridae Transformae. An upgrade for Genji.
  • Positioning - Refers to the location of a character at any point of the match. An example of good positioning would be to stay a safe distance from the enemy team, while being close enough to your own team, in order to be ready for engagement when an opportunity presents itself.
  • PPC - Power Pills Companion. A utility upgrade available to certain 'nauts.
  • PPL - Power Pills Light. A utility upgrade available to certain 'nauts.
  • PPT - Power Pills Turbo. A utility upgrade available to certain 'nauts.
  • Premade - Players who join a match as a group in order to play together.
  • Premium - A special type of skin for characters, which costs more than average ones, but comes with special features.
  • Pub - A group of players that don't know each other, but are playing together via matchmaking.
  • Pubstomp - Using certain strategies or 'nauts that tend to be effective against uncoordinated teams. A person who does that is called a "Pubstomper".
  • Punch - Bash. One of Skølldir's abilities.
  • Push - To quickly kill enemy droids and turrets or to excel at that. A 'naut that can do this well is called a pusher.
  • Proc - When an ability or effect takes effect at a particular time. Example: "Leon's Clover of Honour procs every 3 hits."

Q

  • QQ - An emoticon for crying eyes and is commonly used to call out somebody on unjust whining and upset.
  • Queue - Going into any form of the online matchmaking system.

R

  • RAB, Bear - Rip-Apart Bear. An Upgrade for Ayla.
  • Rae, RaeRae - Raelynn
  • Rage Bubble - Rage. One of Ayla's abilities. Also known as Rageball.
  • Ragequit - To abandon a match in progress due to anger and/or frustration. Also known as RQ.
  • Rambo - To "go Rambo", to disregard safety and act alone (and aggresively) usually without an escape plan. Suicidal behaviour.
  • Rangefist - Flaming Fists. An upgrade for Skølldir.
  • RBAY - Right Back At Ya!. One of Froggy G's upgrades.
  • Regen - Regeneration. Abilities and upgrades that regenerate the user's health over time.
  • Respawn - To return to the match after being killed (players) or to be replaced after dying (creeps, droids).
  • Rift - Timerift. One of Raelynn's abilities.
  • RNG - Random Number Generator - Refer to any aspect of the game that's determined by chance, such as which map will be played in a ranked match, for instance.
  • Rush - Strategy that involves buying an ability, upgrade or group of upgrades as soon as possible.
  • Re - Rematch. Usually said at the end of a match to request that players choose to rematch.

S

  • SD - Can refer to:
  1. Clunk's Self-Destruct
  2. Froggy G's Splash Dash
  3. Genji's Storm Drum
  4. Vinnie & Spike's Spike Dive

T

  • Tank - A 'naut that is centered around withstanding more damage than others, thus protecting the team. To tank, to take damage on one's behalf.
  • Taunt - To taunt using the taunt command.
  • Teamfight - Combat in which most or all both team's members are present.
  • Throw - May refer to:
  1. Game throw - Deliberately losing or giving up on a game.
  2. Mighty Throw - One of Skølldir's abilities.

U

  • UP, Underpowered - Situation in which a 'naut, ability or upgrade is less powerful than the game's standards and needs to be toned up by developers to be more effective.
  • Utility, Utility Row - Refers to the upgrades on the last row of the loadout screen. Most of these are available to multiple 'nauts.

V

W

X

  • XP - Experience. See level.

Y

Z

  • Zerg - Originally a StarCraft term, zerg now refers to overwhelming the opponents with superior numbers in a generally unorganized manner which involves little skill. Aggressive/suicidal team pushes and droid trains are examples of this.

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