A# = Alexander raids, with the number indicating the "floor". Alexander: Gordias represents A1-A4, Alexander: Midas represents A5-A8, and Alexander: The Creator represents A9-A12. Also commonly used with N or S to indicate normal or Savage mode (e.g. A9S refers to Alexander - The Eyes of the Creator (Savage)).
ACN = Arcanist
Adds = Additional Enemies that spawn during boss fight
AFK = Away From Keyboard
Aggro = Drawing the attention of enemies
AK = Amdapor Keep; An entry-level level 50 dungeon that drops iLvl 60 gear.
ALC = Alchemist
Anima = The Anima Weapons series of weapons, introduced in Heavensward.
Animus = The second upgrade step in the Zodiac series of weapons. Animus weapons are ILvl 100.
AoE = Area of Effect: Abilities that do damage or inflict debuffs to multiple enemies
ARC = Archer
ARM = Armorer
ARR = A Realm Reborn
AST = Astrologian
Atma = The first upgrade step in the Zodiac series of weapons. Atma weapons are nominally iLvl 100, but with stats between 90 and 100. Also refers to a set of items that are required to perform the upgrade.
B# = Bahamut raids, with the number indicating the "floor" of the raid. The Binding Coil of Bahamut represents B1-B5, The Second Coil of Bahamut represents B6-B9, and The Final Coil of Bahamut represents B10-B13. Also known as T#, referring to "Turn #".
BCoB = The Binding Coil of Bahamut; the game's first 8-man raid instance. The raid is split into 13 parts called "Turns", with turns 10 to 13 being the hardest instances in ARR and also known as The Final Coil of Bahamut.
Bio = Bio break. In organized group content such as raids, when the leader calls a break to allow group members a few minutes to take care of real life biological needs, such as getting snacks, going to the bathroom, etc.
BiS = Best in Slot; The single best item for a specific class / job to use in a specific gear slot.
BLM = Black Mage
BLU = Blue Mage
Bonus = Shorthand for "first-time clear" since adventurers new to a duty grant the party a bonus for first-time completion. Often used to indicate "No bonus" - i.e. only players who have already cleared the duty are allowed.
BRB = Be Right Back
BRD = Bard
BSM = Blacksmith
BTN = Botanist
CD = Cooldown of abilities
CLL = Castrum Lacus Litore
CM = Castrum Meridianum; The penultimate dungeon of the 2.0 storyline quests.
CNJ = Conjurer
Coil = The Binding Coil of Bahamut; The game's first 8-man raid instance. The raid is split into 13 parts called "Turns", with turns 6 to 9 known as the Second Coil of Bahamut and 10 to 13 as the Final Coil of Bahamut.
Crit = Critical Hit (formerly Critical Hit Rate)
CRP = Carpenter
CT = Crystal Tower
CUL = Culinarian
CCW = Counter Clockwise
CW = Clockwise
DAL = The Dalriada
DEF = Defense
DEX = Dexterity
DL = Darklight; An iLvl 70 gear set obtained from some level 50 dungeons. Was the original set of uncapped tome gear.
DNC = Dancer
DoH = Disciples of Hand; Classes that utilize crafting materials to create various items and gear (ALC, ARM, BSM, CLN, CRP, GSM, LTW, WVR).
DoM = Disciples of Magic; Battle classes that output primarily magic damage (ACN, CNJ, THM).
DoT = Damage over Time; An ability that deals consistent damage over a given amount of time to a target.
DoW = Disciples of War; Battle classes that output primarily physical damage (ARC, GLA, LNC, MRD, PGL).
DRG = Dragoon
DRK = Dark Knight
DSR = Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate), an ultimate-difficulty 8-player raid
E# = Eden raids, with the number indicating the "floor". Eden's Gate represents E1-E4, Eden's Verse represents E5-E8, and Eden's Promise represents E9-E12. Also commonly used with N or S to indicate normal or Savage mode (e.g. E9S refers to Eden's Promise: Umbra (Savage)).
EN = English: English speaking players
EM/EX = Extreme Mode. A third difficulty level for trials, above NM (Normal Mode) and HM (Hard Mode).
ESO = Elder Scrolls Online, a competing MMORPG
EW = Endwalker
FATE = Full Active Time Event
FC = Free Company; The FFXIV iteration of a guild. A large collection of players that can communicate together. A Free Company can use company-wide bonuses such as EXP gain and reduced teleportation rates.
FCoB = Final Coil of Bahamut
FFXIV = Final Fantasy XIV
FPS = Frames per second (or First Person Shooter)
FR = French: French speaking players
FSH = Fisher
GC = Grand Company; The 3 main military forces of Eorzea (The Immortal Flames, The Maelstrom, and The Order of the Twin Adder). You may join one of these forces and climb the ranks of the company after defeating Ifrit in the main story arc (lvl 20).
GCD = Global Cooldown - cooldown shared by multiple abilities, spells, or weaponskills.
GG = Good Game.
GH = Guildhest
GL = Guildleve
GM = Game Master, a moderator who enforces penalties against rules-breaking players.
GNB = Gunbreaker
GLA = Gladiator
GSM = Goldsmith
GW2 = Guild Wars 2, a competing MMORPG
HoH = Heaven on High
HoT = Heal over Time; An ability that consistently heals a target over a given amount of time.
HP = HP
HQ = High Quality; A higher quality version of a craftable item or gear that will give higher stats than it's Normal Quality (NQ) counterpart. It is required that a crafter attain enough quality points in the crafting process to produce a High Quality item.
iLvl = Item Level; A property of a piece of gear that denotes the approximate effectiveness of the item. This is not the level required to equip the item. Higher item level gear is released in nearly every patch.
INC = Incoming: warning for incoming enemies
INT = Intelligence
IRL = In Real Life
JP = Japanese: Japanese speaking players.
KFF = Kill For Friend. Often advertised in party finder. Basically experienced players helping single individual with beating encounter.
KF1 = Kill For One. Similar to KFF
Kite = To attack a monster while running away often done by ranged attackers to deal damage while avoiding taking damage though it makes it difficult for the tank to pull the monster off.
LB = Limit Break; A powerful party ability in Final Fantasy that must be charged up prior to use and has varying effects depending on the class it is used by.
LF = Looking for; A common term used when searching for things or people. Variations include LFG, LFM and LFP being Looking For Group, Looking For More, and Looking For Party.
LNC = Lancer
LoS = Line of Sight
LoV = Lord of Verminion
LoVM = Lord of Verminion
LS = Link Shell; A permanent chat channel in which a collection of players can communicate together. Often formed to find players of similar interests with which you can play with together.
LTW = Leatherworker
MB = Market Board
MCH = Machinist
MIN = Miner
MMORPG = Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
MND = Mind
MNK = Monk
Mob = Monster
MP = MP
MRD = Marauder
MSQ = Main Scenario Quests
MT = 1) Miss Tell, sending a whisper/tell to the wrong person. A previously sent message was sent to the wrong recipient or chat room. 2) Main Tank, the tank responsible for handling the main/hardest hitting enemy in a fight.
Myth = Obsolete. Allagan Tomestones of Mythology; A currency used to purchase end-game gear and crafting materials. This currency is no longer obtainable.
Nexus = The fourth upgrade step in the Zodiac series of weapons. Nexus weapons are iLvl 115.
NIN = Ninja
Novus = the third upgrade step in the Zodiac series of weapons. Novus weapons are iLvl 110.
NPC = Non-Player Character
NQ = Normal Quality
O# = Omega raids, with the number indicating the "floor". Deltascape represents O1-O4. Also commonly used with N or S to indicate normal or Savage mode (e.g. O4S refers to Deltascape V4.0 (Savage)). Also denoted as V#.
oGCD = "Off Global Cooldown" - An ability which has its own cooldown timer and can generally be used in-between global cooldown (GCD) abilities, spells or weapon skills.
OHKO = One Hit Knock Out
OMW = On My Way
OOM = Out Of Mana/MP; Used to announce to allies that you are very low or completely out of MP.
OT = Off-tank, referring to the second tank in 8-player content whose main responsibility does not include being the enemy's primary aggro target from the start.
PC = Player Character
PF = Party Finder
PGL = Pugilist
PIE = Piety; A healer-only stat that increases MP regeneration rate. Only 'enough' is desirable, too much hurts damage output.
Pike = To stand and do nothing while in a dungeon.
Philo = Obsolete. Allagan Tomestones of Philosophy; A currency once used to purchase end-game gear and crafting materials. This currency is no longer obtainable.
PLD = Paladin
Poe = Allagan Tomestones of Poetics; A currency used to purchase item level 130/270/400 former end-game gear and crafting materials.
Pot = Potion OR any attribute-enhancing consumable used for quick burst damage (during high-end raids) OR Potency: the abstracted power of an attack, ability, or spell.
Prae = The Praetorium; The final dungeon of the 2.0 storyline quests featuring several boss battles and unskippable cutscenes.
PotD = Palace of the Dead
PST = Please Send Tell; Used when asking replying parties to send a message via tell. Also onomatopoeia for a whisper; whispering is another terminology for sending a private in-game message used commonly in games.
PT = Party
PUG = Pick Up Group; Used to refer to a group of players that are found via /shout chat or even duty finder. Generally any group that wasn't already previously associated with each other. Often confused as Pugilist (PGL).
Pull = To acquire the aggro of a specified monster to attract it to the party or on to the tank and off of a party member.
RDM = Red Mage
Relic/Relic Zenith = Relic Weapon; A powerful, iconic weapon that is attained through a considerably long quest chain that takes you through end-game dungeons and boss fights. A Relic weapon can be upgraded, first to a Relic Zenith and then to a Relic Atma, Animus, Novus and Nexus (see Zodiac Weapons), with new stages being added regularly.
RF = Raid Finder; Merged with Duty Finder, a system implemented to automatically create parties of players that are wishing to enter a specific duty or instance, but used exclusively for the most recent (and most difficult) content, such as Ex Trials and Savage raids.
RNG = Random Number Generator
ROG = Rogue
RPR = Reaper
Sac = Sacrifing party member/s in order to "resolve" mechanic.
SAM = Samurai
SCH = Scholar
SCoB = The Second Coil of Bahamut; also know as Binding Coil of Bahamut turns 6 to 9.
SE = Square Enix; The company that made Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn.
SGE = Sage
ShB = Shadowbringers
Soak = To deliberately stand in an enemy AoE, often required for certain boss attacks where failure to do so will cause massive group-wide damage.
Sol = See Sold.
Sold = Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery; A obsolete currency that was used to purchase item level 100 equipment and crafting materials.
SR = Speed Run; Appended to advertisements when arranging parties for instances, to indicate that you are looking to finish the dungeon as quickly as possible by taking shortcuts and skipping all possible enemies. Speed run groups often look for well-geared and experienced players to run through the dungeon even faster to maximize their gains by getting more dungeons completed.
Stack(s) (Noun) = The number of simultaneous applications of a given buff or debuff, indicated by a number on the icon.
Stack (Verb) = For multiple players to stand very close together, often required for boss fight mechanics.
StB = Stormblood, to be less ambiguous than SB
STR = Strength
SWTOR = Star Wars: The Old Republic, a competing MMORPG
T# = Bahamut raids, with the number indicating the "floor" of the raid. The Binding Coil of Bahamut represents T1-T5, The Second Coil of Bahamut represents T6-T9, and The Final Coil of Bahamut represents T10-T13.
TEA = The Epic of Alexander (Ultimate), an ultimate-difficulty 8-player raid
THM = Thaumaturge
Tomes = Allagan Tomestones
TT = Triple Triad
UCoB = The Unending Coil of Bahamut (Ultimate), an ultimate-difficulty 8-player raid
UwU = The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate), an ultimate-difficulty 8-player raid. Stands for alternative name of Weapon's Refrain - Ultima Weapon (Ultimate).
V# = Omega raids, with the number indicating the "floor". Deltascape represents V1-V4. Also commonly used with N or S to indicate normal or Savage mode (e.g. V4S refers to Deltascape V4.0 (Savage)). Also denoted as O#.
VA = Void Ark
VIT = Vitality
WAR = Warrior
WB = Welcome Back
WHM = White Mage
WoL = Warrior of Light, the player character
WoW = World of Warcraft, a competing MMORPG
WP = The Wanderer's Palace; Entry-level level 50 dungeon that drops iLvl 55 gear.
WR = The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate), an ultimate-difficulty 8-player raid. UwU (Ultima Weapon (Ultimate)) acronym is used more often
WS = Weaponskill
WT = Wondrous Tails
WTB = Wants to buy; Used when advertising that you are buying specific items or services from other players.
WTS = Wants to sell; Used when advertising that you are selling specific items or services from other players.
WVR = Weaver
Y = Yalm, an unit of distance in FFXIV