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Terminology Guide by JdK

Version: 1.3 | Updated: 04/07/03

Warcraft III Terminology Guide
By JdK (emidrejdk@yahoo.com)
Version 1.3
Date: 7/4/03

(c)2003 JdK, all rights reserved.
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You may not edit this guide or take parts of it for your own FAQ without my 
written permission and proper credit.

1. This guide
2. Terminology
3. Version Information
4. Credits
5. Other

This guide was made out of boredom, mostly. But also to help new players learn 
(and to refresh the veterans) the common terminology used across forums and 
Battle.Net these days, and also some terminology from the Warcraft story. This 
guide will be updated when someone contributes new material and when The Frozen 
Throne, Warcraft III's expansion pack, comes out next summer.

You will not find strategies and/or unit information in this guide, as it is 
not what it was written for. If you need that information, take a look at the 
FAQs on www.gamefaqs.com or any other Warcraft III sites (www.blizzard.com, 

NOTE: This guide may contain Spoilers to the Warcraft III campaigns, so if you 
haven't beat it yet, you have been warned.

Alphabetized, and references to other terms found in this guide are in CAPS.

Ancient Protector, the Night Elves defense tower.

King Terena's son, shown as a Paladin during the Human Campaign. When the 
Scourge destroyed his homeland, he decided to take up the cursed blade, 
FROSTMOURNE, in order to kill the Dreadlord Mal'Ganis. He then turns into a 
Death Knight in the Undead campaign.

Arranged Team, a play type on BATTLE.NET, which allows friends to make a team 
against a random enemy team created the same way.

Archmage, a human hero.

Stands for Ancient of War or Ancient of Wind, both of which are unit producing 
buildings that the Night Elves use.

In the Warcraft III story, this is the land where most of the Humans came from, 
and where the first Orcish attack began. But, this is also a REALM on 
BATTLE.NET, which in other Blizzard games is called U.S East.

A site partnered with Blizzard, and allows playing of most of their games 
online. You can connect to BATTLE.NET by pressing Battle.net in the Warcraft 
III title screen. There you can make an account and play online.

The opposite of GG, this means Bad Game. Usually said by sore losers, or when 
you've had a newbie on your team.

Blademaster, an Orc hero.

BS: BladeStorm, also skill of the blademaster. (submitted by xx619xx)

Defense of the Ancients, custom game that seems to be gaining popularity these 
days. Consists of 2 teams of 6, Team 1 is The Sentinel (NE), Team 2 is The 
Scourge (UD). Each player picks a hero out of 12, most of which have custom 
abilities that the author made. Each base generates units once in a while, and 
sends them off in 3 different directions, and they meet in the middle and 
attack each other, with the help of the heroes controlled by the players. The 
game ends when the Tree of Eternity or Black Citadel is destroyed.

Each race has 2 casters, which can be upgraded 2 times. Each level they gain 
more HP, MP, Mana Regeneration, and a new spell. The casters are: Priests, 
SORCeresses, Witch Doctor, Shamen, NECROmancers, Banshees, Druids of the Claw, 
and Druids of the Talon.

CS: Critical Strike, skill of the Blademaster. (submitted by xx619xx)

DAG: Double Aura Ghouls, a popular strat for the Undead (submitted by 
Addon: This strat consists of getting a DK and a DL with their 
respective auras and using Ghouls with them. With the Ghoul's 
upgrades, they can get extremely fast and powerful, while leeching 
back life from the DL's Vampiric Aura.

Death Coil, a DK skill that heals friendly UD units or damages enemy units.

Demon Hunter, a Night Elf hero.

Death Knight, an Undead hero.

Dreadlord, an Undead hero.

Short for the NE Caster, Druid of the Claw.

Short for the NE Caster, Druid of the Talon.

Short for Divine Shield, a skill that makes the Paladin who uses it 
invulnerable for a length of time.

FF: Focus Fire (submitted by xx619xx)

Force of Nature, a KOTG skill.

FN: Frost Nova, a skill that the Lich uses to damage and slow groups of units.

A blade which the Lich King made and cursed, so that whoever wields it will 
listen to him. ARTHAS took this blade to try and save his people, at the 
expense of his friend Muradin Bronzebeard. It corrupted him and turned him into 
an Undead Death Knight.

Can be one of three things, all tied to one another. Usually stands for Far 
Seer, an Orc hero. It could also mean Far Sight, one of the Far Seer's skills, 
or Feral Spirit, another Far Seer skill.

Good Game, a phrase commonly said when a game is about to end. Alternately used 
to mock other people on forums during arguments. 

HL: Holy Light, a healing skill used by the Human Paladin.

HP: Hit Points, the amount of life a unit has left.

Short for Humans.

Short for Immolation, a skill that ignites flames around the Demon Hunter, 
damaging every enemy unit around him.

One of the most talented Sorceresses in the land, she is an Archmage in the 
game. After ARTHAS turned to the Scourge, she took command of whatever remained 
of the Human Alliance.

The land where the Prophet told THRALL, ARTHAS and JAINA to go to, so they can 
stand a chance against the Scourge. Also the home of the Night Elves. Finally, 
this is a BATTLE.NET REALM, Asia.

Keeper of the Grove, a Night Elf hero.

The land where the humans of AZEROTH fled after their land was destroyed by the 
Orcs, and where the Human Alliance started. This is also a BATTLE.NET REALM, 
U.S West.

An undead hero.

The "art" of making a lot of one or two unit types, which usually compliment 
each other, and using them as your main force. Some popular masses include DAG, 
Mass Dryads, Mass CASTERS, Mass Bears (DOTC), and there are many many more.

Mana Burn, a skill that is used by the Demon Hunter.

MI: Mirror Image of the Blademaster (submitted by xx619xx)

Mountain King, a Human hero.

Metamorphosis, a skill that turns the Demon Hunter into a powerful being with 
an upgraded ranged attack.

Stands for Mask of Death, a rare item that converts 50% of the hero's damage to 

Mass Teleport, the Archmages ULTIMATE skill.

MP: Mana Points or Magic Points.

Stands for Night Elves.

Shortened form of the word Necromancer, an undead unit.

The land where Mal'Ganis fled to after laying waste to several human cities, 
ARTHAS followed him there and killed him after retrieving FROSTMOURNE. Also a 

Paladin, a Human hero.

Priestess of the Moon, a Night Elf hero.

BATTLE.NET is divided into four parts around the world, each is a REALM. 
Basically, the four are: U.S West, U.S East, Asia, and Europe. In Warcraft III, 
they're called Lordaeron, Azeroth, Kalimdor and Northrend, respectively.

Remake. Usually said when a CUSTOM GAME is about to end (usually not well), and 
the players want the host to remake the game.

Random Team, a play type on BATTLE.NET, where you pick your race, and what 
number of players (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, or FFA), and the server matches you up 
with the teams you requested, and you fight it out.

SF/FALL: Starfall, ultimate of POTM (submitted by xx619xx)

Skeleton Warrior. When a NECROmancer casts Raise Dead on a corpse, 2 Skeleton 
Warriors pop out and serve the player for a set amount of time.

Shockwave, a TC skill which deals damage to units and buildings in a line.

Tauren Chieftan, an Orc hero. Can also mean Thunder Clap, a skill used by the 

The Frozen Throne, Warcraft III's expansion pack due to be released around the 
summer of 2003.

THRALL: The Orcish Warchief, displayed as a Far Seer in the campaign. He leads 
the Orc Horde over to KALIMDOR after he meets the prophet.

Tree of Life, the Night Elves main building. It can be upgraded to a Tree of 
Ages and later to a Tree of Eternity. However, whatever stage, it's most 
commonly called TOL. 

No, not the chemical used to put living organisms to sleep, but Tranquility, a 
KOTG skill which heals all units in the vicinity of the KOTG under it is 
interrupted or until it's duration runs out.

T(1, 2, 3)
Tier 1, 2, or 3. Tiers are the levels or your main building (Town Hall, Great 
Hall, Necropolis, or Tree of Life). Each building has 3 levels, which are: Town 
Hall -> Keep -> Castle, Great Hall -> Stronghold -> Fortress, Necropolis -> 
Halls of the Dead -> Black Citadel, and Tree of Life -> Tree of Ages -> Tree of 
Eternity. If a unit is said to be in T3, it means that you have to have the 
level 3 building in order to build it.

Short for Undead.

Stands for Water Elemental, which is summoned through the Archmage skill Summon 
Water Elemental.

Wand of Negation, an item that can be bought at a Goblin Merchant. It dispels 
any negative buffs on your units or positive buffs on enemy units in an area, 
and damages summoned units.

Short for the Blademaster Skill Wind Walk, which increases his movement speed 
and makes him invisible.

Version information:
1.3 (7/4/03) Fixed DOTA (thanks to Sashanan), added MI, CS, BS, SF, FF, DAG, 
HL, T(1, 2, 3)
1.2 (22/3/03) Whew, frantic updating. I think I finally found out how to do the 
3-dash thing in word, let's hope it works. Still looking for submissions!
1.1 (20/3/03): Fixed several mistakes and added a few more terms. Still trying 
to find out how to make a normal three-dash line in Word without it making it a 
full underscore line and therefore not showing up on GameFAQs.
1.0	(17/3/03): Started writing this FAQ.

NOTE: All submissions are uncut and are written like they were when the person 
sent me the email, barring Addons, which I added.
xx619xx: MI, CS, BS, SF, FF, DAG.
Sashanan: Reminding me to add "Defense of the Ancients" to DOTA.

Please send any terms that I forgot to emidrejdk@yahoo.com, and I'll include 
you in the Credits section if you only told me the thing that I forgot. If you 
include a brief explanation, I'll put (submitted by: ) right after it.

Thanks for reading my FAQ!


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