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Encyclopedia > Buff (MMORPG terminology)

Buff is a term generically used in many MMORPGs to describe an effect (usually cast as a spell) which beneficially enhances the target Player. There are many types of buffs, for example: An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Magic: The Gathering. ... Look up player in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • Increase the physical attributes of the target (stats). These would allow the target to wear heavier armor by increasing strength, or make the target more dextrous or intelligent.
  • Increase the movement rate of the target. Often this is extremely useful in very large game worlds, allowing the target to spend less time traveling. Examples of this buff are EverQuest's Spirit of the Wolf (SoW) or to a lesser extent Aspect of the Pack in World of Warcraft.
  • Change how the target interacts with the world. This may include levitation to make the target float above the terrain and avoid pits, vision enhancements like ultravision, or water breathing for traveling or fighting underwater.
  • Give the target additional hit points (HP), magic points (MP), or increase the regeneration of either HPs or MPs. An examples of this kind of buff are EverQuest's Avatar (increases hit points and armor class), Koadic's Endless Intellect (increases base mana and mana regeneration), and Regrowth (increases hit point regeneration), and World of Warcraft's Power Word: Fortitude and Arcane Intellect.
  • Increase or decrease the target's physical size in the game. This kind of buff may allow more PCs to fit in a small area, or make a main tank easier to see and target because of an increased size.
  • Augment the elemental resistance of the target. These would be used when traveling in hazardous regions like lava fields (fire resist), or when combatting MOBs who primarily attack with cold.
  • Increase the attack speed of the target ('haste'). This allows for greater damage done to the MOB the target is fighting in the same amount of time.

Buffs in many cases don't generate as much hate as debuffs, direct damage spells, or heals. EverQuest (EQ) is a 3D fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was released on March 16, 1999. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Magic points (MP) are units of magical power that are used in many role-playing, computer role-playing and similar games as an expendable resource that is needed to pay for magic spells. ... In games like the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, Armor Class (abbreviated AC) is a number assigned to every character or creature, which indicates how difficult it is to hit that creature with an attack. ... For other uses, see Tank (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Hate, Aggro, or Threat are terms for the MMORPG internal measure of how much a non-player character (NPC) wants to target a player character (PC). ...


SoW (Spirit of the Wolf above) has become somewhat of a generic term used in other MMORPGs populated by former EverQuest players, because of its popularity in game. Various peripheral merchandise such as mouse pads or T-shirts bearing reference to these spells are available.


Other MMORPGs utilize buffs as well, including Tales of Pirates, Flyff, Kingdom of Loathing, Asheron's Call, City of Heroes, Anarchy Online, Lineage 2, Ragnarok Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Guild Wars, Star Wars: Galaxies, Silkroad Online and ROSE Online. An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Tales of Pirates is a free, 3D Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game developed by the Chinese company MOLI. Tales of Pirates is published by IGG (Internet Gaming Gate), who have also published two other games, Voyage Century Online and Myth War Online. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Seal Clubber redirects here. ... Asherons Call (AC) is a fantasy MMORPG for Microsoft Windows-based PCs, released on November 2, 1999. ... City of Heroes (CoH) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing computer game based on the superhero comic book genre, developed by Cryptic Studios and published by NCsoft. ... Anarchy Online (AO) [1] is a science fiction MMORPG released in June 2001 by Funcom set on the world of Rubi-Ka and its extra-dimensional twin, the Shadowlands. ... Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle is a fantasy massively multiplayer computer role-playing game (MMORPG) and sequel to Lineage. ... Ragnarok Online (Korean: 라그나로크 온라인), often referred to as RO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by GRAVITY Co. ... Dark Age of Camelot is a 3D medieval fantasy MMORPG that revolves around the war between three realms at the end of King Arthurs rule: Arthurian-inspired Albion, Norse mythology inspired Midgard and Celtic Hibernia. ... Guild Wars is an episodic series of multiplayer online role-playing games, for the Microsoft Windows operating system, created by ArenaNet, a Seattle game development studio and a subsidiary of the South Korean game publisher NCsoft. ... Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (SWG) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG for the PC, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts Entertainment. ... Silkroad Online (also known as SRO Korean: 실크로드 온라인) is a free massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by the South Korean company Joymax, and was released from open beta testing on 21 February 2006. ... ROSE Online, or Rush On Seven Episodes Online (Korean:로즈 온라인)is an MMORPG developed by Korean company Triggersoft and published by Gravity Corp. ...


Debuff

In MMORPG terms, a debuff (also nerf) is an effect that may negatively impact a player character (PC) or a non-player character (NPC) in some way other than directly dealing damage. Some examples of debuffs are: This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An NPC from the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. ...

  • Reduce the movement speed of the target (snare). Snares are often used in kiting, or to stop a target from fleeing combat.
  • Decrease the resistance of the target to fire, cold, or magic. This kind of debuff makes a MOB more vulnerable to special attacks such as spells.
  • Reduce the physical attributes (stats) of the target. An example of this are spells that weaken the target, reducing their damage or causing them to unquip armor (that is now too heavy for them) resulting in an increase in successful attacks for the debuffer.
  • Make the target unlucky. This kind of debuff will change how the game "rolls" for the target, making them less successful in saving throws or critical damage rolls.
  • Blind the target. When used on a PC, this usually will either negatively affect their chance to hit or blank their screen. When used on an NPC this just negatively effects their chance to hit, though some games implement a panic response in the MOB and make it flee from the combat.
  • Reduce the attack speed of the target (slow). This debuff is used to help the tank mitigate damage coming from the Monster (MOB). Slow is primarily used against melee opponents, as a spellcaster's attacks would not be slowed.
  • Silence the target. This debuff causes loss of spellcasting abilities for the target. Can be devastating against a target with weak melee but strong casting abilities.

There are other effects that are technically debuffs, but are primarily used in crowd control. These are roots (stop target movement, may in some games cause target to attack nearest PC instead of its intended target), stuns (interrupts spells, removes combat queues), mezzes / sleeps (cause target to cease all activity for a fixed length of time, or until damaged), and fears / intimidations (causes target to randomly run around for a brief period of time, effectively disabling all actions). This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other meanings of the term, see melée (disambiguation). ... Overview Crowd Control, also called CC, is the ability of one character in a game to influence the actions of another character. ...


Debuffs have a downside, in that in many games a debuff causes a lot of hate in NPC targets. If used too early in an encounter, a debuff might cause the tank to lose the focus of the MOB. The MOB will likely attack the debuffer. Hate, Aggro, or Threat are terms for the MMORPG internal measure of how much a non-player character (NPC) wants to target a player character (PC). ...


Curing buffs

This matter varies as widely as the effects themselves and the games in which they appear. Some status effects go away on their own after a certain amount of time has elapsed. Most games contain items capable of healing status effects. Often these items heal a specific status effect (such as Antidotes, which in many games cure Poison), though many games also include one or more universal status effect removing items (such as Full Heal from the Pokémon series, or Remedy in the Final Fantasy series). Many games also include magic spells that can eliminate status effects (such as the Esuna spell from the Final Fantasy series). Most of the time status effects are removed at the end of a battle, however in some games they continue to persist until either they are cured or until the character rests (such as at an inn, temple, or in a tent). This article is about the Final Fantasy franchise. ...


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Buff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (351 words)
To buff is a synonym of to polish; e.g.
The original "buffs" were the fans of the intensely competitive, combative and patriotic New York City volunteer fire departments, whose uniform facings and waxed canvas pants were buff-colored.
Buff (MMORPG terminology) is a generic term for beneficial effects (spells) in games such as EverQuest, World of Warcraft, and other MMORPGs.
Buff (MMORPG terminology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (775 words)
Buff is a term generically used in many MMORPGs to describe an effect (usually cast as a spell) which beneficially enhances the target PC or NPC.
Buffs in many cases don't generate as much hate as debuffs, direct damage spells, or heals.
In MMORPG terms, a debuff is an effect that may negatively impact a player character (PC) or a non-player character (NPC) in some way other than reducing their hit points.
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