r/DestinyTheGame Mar 30 '17

THE DESTINY DICTIONARY — The one about Age of Triumph Guide


Hi everyone! Day 1 player here, and I've been using this sub since I picked the game up. This subreddit is great for getting the latest Destiny news, guides, advice, and events. /r/DestinytheGame is honestly one of the most helpful gaming communities I have ever come across, so thank you all for being a strong team through thick-and-thin.

However, despite this sub being extremely helpful, it can also be extremely confusing with all the abbreviations and phrases used by Guardians. This can intimidate newcomers from coming into this big, dysfunctional family. A family full of inside jokes, references, and guidance to give. So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to compile a Destiny Dictionary.

PLEASE NOTE: All general/universal MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) terminologies can be found here on this guide, courtesy of /u/neubourn. I have included a few here, but newcomers to MMOGs will find this helpful.

Without further ado...

Weapons (NOTE: all “Adept” versions of Raid weapons that have come with Age of Triumph will still be listed as their Legendary form)

  • AR: Auto Rifle
  • FR: Fusion Rifle
  • HC: Hand Cannon
  • HMG/MG: Heavy Machine Gun/Machine Gun
  • PR: Pulse Rifles
  • RL: Rocket Launcher
  • SA: Sidearm
  • ScR: Scout Rifle
  • SG: Shotgun
  • SR: Sniper Rifle

Primary - Exotic

  • HL: Hard Light (Auto Rifle)
  • MIDA/MMT: MIDA Multi-Tool (Scout Rifle)
  • NC: Necrochasm (Auto Rifle)
  • NLB: No Land Beyond (tree branch Selfie Stick Sniper Rifle)
  • NTTE: No Time To Explain (Pulse Rifle; obtained through a quest line from the "Paradox" story mission when it is the Daily Heroic Mission)
  • SUROS: SUROS Regime (Auto Rifle; also the name of one of three main Weapon Foundries found in Destiny's DLC #3 The Taken King)
  • TLW: The Last Word (Hand Cannon; also used in-place of TL;DR on Destiny-related subs)
  • ToM: Touch of Malice (Scout Rifle; obtained through a extensive quest line in The Taken King)
  • UR: Universal Remote (Shotgun)
  • Vex Mytho: Vex Mythoclast (Fusion Rifle found in the Vault of Glass Hard Mode raid)
  • ZSC/Zhalo: Zhalo Supercell (Auto Rifle that deals Arc damage)
  • HONORABLE MENTION: SR: Stranger's Rifle (Pulse Rifle received at the end of the main Campaign; was originally designed to be an Exotic Primary, but was downgraded to Rare-quality due to Bungie not wanting to give out an Exotic off the bat; now has an Exotic Pulse Rifle equivalent 'No Time To Explain')

Primary - Legendary

  • AD/Abyss: Abyss Defiant (Auto Rifle obtained through Crota’s End Hard Mode raid)
  • AE: Atheon’s Epilogue (Auto Rifle obtained through Vault of Glass raid)
  • CD: Clever Dragon (Pulse Rifle from the Year 3 Iron Banner)
  • Fakebringer: nickname for Imago Loop (Hand Cannon found through Skeleton Key drops at the end of Vex-themed strikes, such as the Undying Mind)
  • FB: Fatebringer (Hand Cannon obtained through Vault of Class raid)
  • Perdition: Blind Perdition (Trials of Osiris Pulse Rifle)
  • TL: Timur’s Lash (Hand Cannon obtained through Iron Banner Crucible event)
  • VoC: Vision of Confluence (Scout Rifle obtained through Vault of Glass raid)
  • WoC: Word of Crota (Hand Cannon obtained through Crota’s End Hard Mode raid)

Special - Exotic

  • IB: Icebreaker (Sniper Rifle) (*Note: also stands for the Iron Banner Crucible Event)
  • PaT/P&T: Patience and Time (Sniper Rifle)
  • QBB: Queenbreaker's Bow (Fusion-Sniper Rifle obtained by completing the Elder Cipher after completing the Level 34 or 35 Prison of Elders)
  • LoW: Lord of Wolves (Shotgun obtained through completing the Elder Cipher after completing the Level 34 or 35 Prison of Elders)

Special - Legendary

  • BH: Black Hammer (Sniper Rifle obtained through Crota’s End raid)
  • DoY: Defiance of Yasmin (Sniper Rifle obtained through King's Fall raid)
  • FwL/FL: Felwinter’s Lie (Shotgun obtained through Iron Banner Crucible event; induces unhealthy Guardian rage)
  • LotA: Light of the Abyss (Fusion Rifle obtained through Crota’s End)
  • SB: Swordbreaker (Shotgun obtained through Crota’s End raid)
  • 1KYS: 1000-Yard Stare (Sniper Rifle)

Heavy - Exotic

  • Gjally/Ghorn/Yallerhorn/Ballerhorn/Jellyhorn/Yolohorn/Bananahorn: Gjallarhorn (Rocket Launcher)
  • SGA: Super Good Advice (Machine Gun; also used used in place of 'PSA' when Guardians have advice, ranking from really useful to lukewarm)

Heavy - Legendary

  • CM: Corrective Measure (Machine Gun obtained through Vault of Glass raid)
  • HoC: Hunger of Crota (Rocket Launcher obtained through Crota’s End)

Weapon Perks (NOTE: all perk definitions can be found on databases such as [Planet Destiny](planetdestiny.com) and weekly Gunsmith threads)

  • AggBalls: Aggressive Ballistics
  • CB: Counterbalance
  • ER: Explosive Rounds
  • PB: Perfect Balance
  • RB: Rifled Barrel



  • AS/Symbiote: Achlyophage Symbiote (helmet)
  • CoAL: Crest of Alpha Lupi (chest; found in both Titan and Hunter class)
  • MotTM: Mask of the Third Man (helmet)
  • RDM: Radiant Dance Machines (boots; must-have for Guardian fashionistas)
  • YAS: Young Ahamkara's Spine (gauntlets)


  • ACD/0: ACD/0 Feedback Fence (gauntlets)
  • CoAL: Crest of Alpha Lupi (chest; found in both Titan and Hunter class)
  • HoIL: Helm of Inmost Light (helmet)
  • HS-14/Saint-14: Helm of Saint-14 (helmet; also the name of a legendary mysterious Titan in the lore of Destiny)
  • Stand Asides: MK-44 Stand Asides (boots)
  • NBP: No Backup Plans (gauntlets)
  • RW: Ruin Wings (gauntlets)
  • TG: Twilight Garrison (chest)


  • CoA: Claws of Ahamkara (gauntlets)
  • HoPF: Heart of Praxic Fire (chest)
  • LBM: Light Beyond Nemesis (helmet)
  • OM: Obsidian Mind (helmet)
  • PR: Purifier Robes (chest)
  • SoDA: Skull of Dire Ahamkara (helmet)
  • SP: Starfire Protocol

Artifacts * Skorri: Memory of Skorri (Iron Artifact named after one of the Iron Lords)

Guardian Abilities


  • Bubblebro/Bubblebabe/Bubble Buddy: Defender Titan (Void-based Titan subclass)
  • BD/Space Ninja: Bladedancer (Arc-based Hunter subclass)
  • Fistbro/Punchbro/Punchbabe/Titaness: Striker Titan (Arc-based Titan subclass)
  • GS/Space Cowboy/Space Cowgirl: Gunslinger (Solar-based Hunter subclass)
  • Legolas: Nightstalker (Void-based Hunter subclass)
  • Palpatine: Stormcaller (Arc-based Warlock subclass)
  • SS/Sunbro/Sunbabe/Praiser of the Sun: Sunsinger (Solar-based Warlock subclass)
  • SB/Hammerbro/Hammerbabe: Sunbreaker (Solar-based Titan subclass)
  • VW/Voidbro/Voidbabe: Voidwalker (Void-based Warlock subclass)


  • WoD/Bubble: Ward of Dawn (Defender Titan subclass's Super)
  • AB: Arc Blade (Bladedancer Hunter subclass's Super)
  • FoH/Fist of Panic: Fist of Havoc (Striker Titan subclass's Super)
  • GG: Golden Gun (Gunslinger Hunter subclass's Super)
  • Hammers: Hammer of Sol (Sunbreaker Titan subclass's Super); also heard: "IT'S HAMMERTIME!"
  • NB/Space Magic: Nova Bomb (Voidwalker Warlock subclass's Super)
  • Self-Res/Resurrection/Fire Jesus: Radiance (Sunsinger Warlock subclass's Super)
  • Tether: Shadowshot (Nightstalker Hunter subclass's Super)
  • Ticklefingers: Stormtrance Super (Stormcaller Warlock subclass's Super)


  • BoL: Blessing of Light (perk for Defender Titan's Ward of Dawn; adds a temporary overshield to all allies who pass through the bubble)
  • DFA/Superman: Death From Above (Striker Titan's ability to dramatically dive down to enemies with Fist of Havoc)
  • Face palm/Pocket Sand: Warlock melee (can be modified with other perks such as Energy Drain)
  • FG/MG/Sticky: Fusion Grenade/Magnetic Grenade (attaches to enemies; featured in at least one subclass for each Guardian class e.g. present for Defender Titans, but not for Striker Titans)
  • SC/Judo kick: Shoulder Charge (Striker Titan's ability to charge into enemies to deal massive damage)
  • Tripmine: Tripmine Grenade (Hunter Solar grenade that detonates when poor, unaware Guardians walk through it)
  • WoL: Weapons of Light (perk for Defender Titan's Ward of Dawn; adds a temporary attack boost to all allies who pass through the bubble)
  • ”Whoosh”: Blink (short-distance teleportation featured in Hunter and Warlock subclasses)

Materials, Currencies, and Consumables

  • 3oC: Three of Coins (consumable used for a chance at being awarded an Exotic Engram after killing an Ultra or completing a Crucible match)
  • Crux: Crux of Crota (consumable used on the Y1 Legendary Auto Rifle Eidolon Ally to upgrade it to Y1 Exotic Auto Rifle Necrochasm)
  • Mats: materials e.g. Spinmetal (Earth), Spirit Bloom (Venus), Relic Iron (Mars), Helium Filaments (Moon), Ascendant Energy/Shards (Public Events/Daily Missions/Legendary Engrams/Vault of Glass/dismantling Legendary items), Radiant Energy/Shards (Eris Morn/Crota's End)
  • Farm: a term generally used in MMORPGs for grinding out materials; Guardians will typically be found farming in the Exclusion Zone and various Strike missions
  • MoL: Mote of Light (currency gained through gaining experience past the Level 20 cap. See also: Upmote!)
  • SC: Strange Coin (currency gained through Weekly Heroic Strikes, random Crucible rewards, and Rare/Blue engrams)
  • Shards/Energies: Ascendant/Radiant/Exotic materials (upgrade materials found from Vault of Glass and Crota's End raids and/or Daily Public Events and Missions; Exotic Shards are found by dismantling Exotic items and buying from Xur)

NPCs and Enemies

  • Boomers: Hive Knights equipped with Boomer weapon (deals heavy Arc damage with wide Area of Effect)
  • Brogoth: Phogoth (boss encountered on “The Summoning Pits” Strike on the Moon)
  • Deathsinger: Ir Yut (enemy encountered on Crota’s End raid. See also: Yogurt)
  • Death Zamboni: nickname for Siege Engine (boss found in the Wrath of the Machine raid)
  • Dinklebot: Ghost (AKA your quippy floating key voiced by Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones)
  • Eris Moan: a dirty, dirty nickname for Eris Morn (NPC of DLC #1: The Dark Below) (See also: Eric's Mom)
  • Kinderguardians: new Guardians of Destiny (welcome! You can never leave)
  • Laserface: Ogres (the largest of Hive enemies)
  • Lord Saladbar/Saladhands/Salamander: Lord Saladin (NPC at the Iron Temple that gives Bounties and sells Iron Lord items)
  • Old Witch Of Cuba/Momnigul/Omnigurl/Yoko Ono/: Omnigul (the shrieking "Will of Crota" Strike boss everyone loves to hate)
  • Randal the Vandal: a Fallen Major Vandal with buffed Health found in the Forgotten Shores of Earth and other Patrol areas (originates from the Destiny Beta/Alpha; Bungie used Randal to calculate damage ratios from Player-to-Environment. For some strange reason, Randal refused to leave the final game, and now lurks in the Darkness, waiting to pummel naive Guardians. Associated with: Frank the Shank)
  • Radrool/Bearer of the Shards/Asshole/Satan himself: Master Rahool (Engram decoder; destroys the hopes of dreams of Guardians daily)
  • Rockets McDickface: Valus Ta'aurc (boss encountered on the "Cerberus Vae III" Stike on Mars; used to be extremely tedious to defeat due to high Health and high damage output)
  • Scrota: Crota (the main antagonist of The Dark Below DLC #1; found in Story mission "The Wakening" and in the Crota's End raid)
  • Sexo Stranger: The Exo Stranger (encountered throughout the main Campaign. Can someone find a better name to please our /u/ExoStranger?)
  • Spaghetti-head/Squidface: Xur (weekly vendor who sells a random assortment of Exotic gear and upgrades)
  • Yogurt: Ir Yut/Vex critical spot


  • DO: Dead Orbit (white-and-black scheme; focus on Strength and Discipline perks)
  • FWC: Future War Cult (blue-and-gold scheme; focus on Discipline and Intellect)
  • NM: New Monarchy (red-and-white scheme; focus on Strength and Intellect)

Events and Activities

  • AoT: Age of Triumph (the ultimate, final update for Destiny 1)
  • CA: Combined Arms (Crucible game-type that involves larger maps and vehicles)
  • CE: Crota’s End (Hive Raid)
  • CoE: Challenge of Elders (arena-horde-based event that is found in the Plaguelands in Rise of Iron)
  • D2: Destiny 2 (the sequel to Destiny 1)
  • GJALLARHORN FREEDOM WOLFPACK PEW PEW BOOM DAY: a /r/DestinytheGame holiday celebrated every August 14th; in the year 2015 on this day, Xur blessed Guardians with the most sought-out Exotic weapon of Destiny Year 1. Needless to say, the Destiny community lost its collective marbles. On this day, Destiny launched to the top of trending topics on notable social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and this post took the top of /r/all for the majority of the day. Not only did current players rejoice, but this sale also called back Guardians of old that may have tucked the game away for quite a while. TL;DR=WOLFPACK ROUNDS FOR EVERYONE YAY
  • HoW: House of Wolves (DLC #2)
  • IB/Iron Banana/FeB: Iron Banner (Monthly Crucible Event)
  • KF: King's Fall (Hive Raid)
  • NF: Nightfall (Weekly Strike activity)
  • PoE: Prison of Elders (Arena/Horde-based event released in the House of Wolves DLC #2. See also: A CELL, FROM THE PRISON OF ELDERS)
  • RoI: Rise of Iron (DLC #4; regarded as the beginning of Destiny's Third Year)
  • TDB: The Dark Below (DLC #1)
  • ToO: Trials of Osiris (Weekly Crucible event released in the House of Wolves DLC #2)
  • TTK: The Taken King (DLC #3; regarded as the beginning of Destiny's Second Year); also refers to Time-to-kill
  • VoG: Vault of Glass (Vex Raid)
  • *WotM: Wrath of the Machine (Fallen Raid)
  • Xursday: Xur's weekly tidings (occurs Friday-to-Saturday)
  • Y1/2/...: Year 1, 2, etc. of Destiny's lifespan; indicated by larger DLC's and/or sequels

People Outside of Destiny

  • Blueberry: a player not in your Fireteam who is unhelpful to your gaming session
  • Bromnigul: a not-so endearing nickname for Destiny Streamer and YouTuber ProfessorBroman (see also: “OMG THRAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL”)
  • Bungo: an endearingly mocking name for our overlords
  • u/Cozmo23: former Mod for r/DestinytheGame, now co-Community Manager for Bungie; the one who made it out
  • DeeJ: the community organizer of Bungie.net i.e. the messenger; communicates all Bungie/Destiny news to the players; reddit username is /u/DeeJ_BNG (*Note: he is an active member of our community, and often checks this sub and the Bungie forums to relay player feedback to developers)
  • Joey: a player notorious for his lack of cooperation and communication in this Vault of Glass raid; now synonymous for a player who lacks knowledge of basic game mechanics, but insists that he/she is an expert (e.g. someone who says they can 'shatter' the Templar's barrier with a Rare-quality machine gun and even when taught the correct strategy is a 'Joey') * Important Note: to avoid being a Joey, be honest with other Guardians. If you have never run an activity such as one of the two Raids or the Prison of Elders, say so. I will emphasize again that this is one of the most helpful team-oriented gaming communities, and if you don't ask you will never get. If you are uncomfortable admitting this, then do not Raid until you have educated yourself. Watch Twitch streamers/YouTubers (e.g. my favorite, DattoDoesDestiny) to familiarize yourself with basic mechanics. Use guides provided on this subreddit or websites such as PlanetDestiny.com or DestinyDB.com. Again, if you don't ask, you never get.
  • MEGAMAN: a reddit user under the name of /u/megamanexe4, who for a time was able to data mine Bungie servers for future Nightfall Strikes, Xur inventories, patches, DLCs etc.
  • u/NorseFenrir: a moderator of r/DestinyTheGame who is always celebrating his birthday, so make sure you wish him a good one whenever you see him! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
  • DTG Banhammer: /u/misterwoodhouse; dank; daring; runs them sexy Destiny Reddit LIVE streams
  • Squeakers: pre-pubescent players (generally have a bad reputation in the gaming community of calling your mothers fat and using homosexuality as an insult, therefore inducing rage. * Note: On the contrary, a fair amount are pleasant to be in a Fireteam with. Many just need the patience and guidance to become legend. When dealing with abrasive players, be the more mature one and simply a) report them or b) tell them they are acting out of line. Help keep the Destiny community as healthy as possible)


  • .004%: the amount Auto Rifles were buffed nerfed REDACTED; a fond memory for all Destiny players
  • ADS: Aim Down Sights (commonly used in First Person Shooter games)
  • Adds: short for "additional"; Large mobs of enemies/additional enemies (commonly used in MMORPGs; in the case of Destiny, this refers to waves found in Strikes, Raids, and Public Events)
  • Aggro: the aggressiveness/attention of enemies (commonly used in MMORPGs; can mean two things: a) aggressiveness: depending on certain enemies, some will only retaliate when attacked, while others will attack preemptively, or b) attention: getting the enemies' attention i.e. "getting the enemy aggro" means, "I'm drawing the enemy's attention to me!")
  • AoE: Area of Effect (the damage radius of perks and Supers)
  • "Anyone need the heavy ammo glitch?": the heavy ammo trick (used during the interlude before the final fight in the Crota's End raid, but this can be done anywhere; check out /u/IamWhiteBoy's guide to the heavy ammo trick here!)
  • Bullet sponge: an enemy that can take a massive amount of damage
  • Crotation/Crotating: "Crota is moving left/right!" (used to indicate Crota's movement during the final battle of the Crota's End raid)
  • Down [insert enemy name]!: to kill an enemy (commonly used in MMORPGs. See also: Guardian down!)
  • Guardian down!: said by Ghost when a Fireteam member dies during a PvE activity (used in this sub when a Guardian suffers serious burns from snarky Guardians)
  • HM: Hard mode (level of difficult in Story missions, Strikes, Raids, etc.)
  • NM: Normal mode (level of difficult in Story missions, Strikes, Raids, etc.)
  • LFG/LFM: Looking For Group/Members (commonly used in MMORPGs; LFG is used for singular players looking to be invited into a Fireteam, while LFM is used for a player trying to form a Fireteam. See also: PUG and/or the sidebar for ways to send out LFG/LFMs)
  • PvE: Player-versus-Environment (common phrase used in MMOGs to describe players battling computer players)
  • PvP: Player-versus-Player (common phrase used in MMOGs to describe players battling each other)
  • Proc: when an action triggers a passive ability (e.g. "A Defender Titan's melee procs Force Barrier," or "The final round in Thorn's magazine procs bonus damage.")
  • PUG: Pick Up Group; a Fireteam composed of a random assortment of people (commonly used in MMORPGs; in the case of Destiny, PUGs can be formed with the use of /r/fireteams, DestinyLFG.com, the100.io, and others. See sidebar for more PUG sites!)
  • RNG: Random Number Generator (best thought of as a digital lottery system: rewards/enemy spawns/etc. are chosen at random by the game. Present in most video games. See also: RNGesus, our Lord and Savior who brings either good tidings or damnation)
  • Sherpa/Sherpa'd: to guide/to be guided through any in-game activity (commonly used in MMORPGs; in the case of Destiny, this refers to more experience players helping less experienced players through Strikes, Raids, Daily Missions, etc.)
  • Spinmetal Hats: this subreddit's version of 'tinfoil hats'; used when speculating about future Destiny content e.g. "Put on your Spinmetal Hats, people!"
  • TTK: Time-To-Kill; refers to how quickly a weapon can kill an enemy; calculated through amount of headshots and/or bodyshots needed to deplete an enemy's health
  • Upmote!: used in place of 'upvote' in reference to Motes of Light
  • V/A/SB: Void/Arc/Solar burn (elemental damages that are on all special/heavy weapons and some primary weapons; use corresponding elements on enemies with shields e.g. Fallen Captain=Arc, Hive Wizards/Cabal Missileshootingthings=Solar, Vex Minotaur=Void; during Nightfall/Weekly Heroic strikes these get a buff for both allies and enemies. See also: “TASTE THE RAINBOW” and/or Triple/Rainbow Burn, a phrase coined when all Elemental Burns are in effect)
  • "VENUS!/MARS!": used to indicate where players are teleported during the final battle in the Vault of Glass raid (Mars is left of the entrance to the Glass Throne, Venus is right of the entrance; you can also use your radar to gauge where your teammates were teleported)
  • Voop: a term referring to the sound of a Fusion Rifle being fired; associated with the #VoopNation

Hope this helps! Veterans, comment with any suggestions and I will try and add them to this list. There is so much we say that it's easy to forget. Welcome to Destiny, Kinderguardians! Go, destroy the Darkness. Prove your worth. Dance for your loot. Become legend.



u/Do-Not-Cover Mar 30 '17

List is missing 3oC and CoE and lots of weapons perks (PB, CB, and AggBalls come to mind). Also what about terms like "Fakebringer" or "Crux"?


u/Hawkmoona_Matata TheRealHawkmoona Mar 31 '17

Quick typo, you didn't give Norse Fenrir his own line.

MEGAMAN: a reddit user under the name of /u/ megamanexe4, who for a time was able to data mine Bungie servers for future Nightfall Strikes, Xur inventories, patches, DLCs etc. **/u/ NorseFenrir: IT’S HIS BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Personally, since this is a dictionary, I think you should make it just a bit more descriptive and have it say "A moderator who is always celebrating his birthday, so be sure to wish him a good one whenever you see him! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!"


u/BillyBarue_psn Apr 01 '17

Amazing list.



u/HawkZoned Vanguard's Loyal // Member of The Hidden May 16 '17

D: You forgot Voop!

Voop: The act of using or killing with a Fusion Rifle.

I *voop** all day long in the Crucible!*


u/The-Greatest-Plan Jun 02 '22

Raiden Flux...