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Common Terms[edit | edit source]

Seal Clubbing/Overtiering[edit | edit source]

A term sometimes seen in Robocraft's ingame chat, referring to the practice of attaining a higher tier, unlocking its items, and then bringing them into a lower tier, particularly Tier 1, usually in an effort to quickly increase one's player level (and thereby CPU) through an abnormally high number of kills and assists per match. The term, however, applies more to the effect this strategy has on the other players in the match. They are the seals, the overtiered player is the clubber.

This term likely originates from the relatively brutal way fur is, or has been obtained from infant seals: The defenseless baby seal (in this case the less experienced player) is knocked in the head with a club by a human with a club (the experienced player/clubber), effectively killing it.

Glass Cannon[edit | edit source]

A glass cannon is any robot or archetype that has good damage output (usually from Overtier weapon), but handles incoming damage poorly. Satellites, and formerly the helium chair, are classic examples of a glass cannon.

Nerf[edit | edit source]

To decrease the potential of a certain object in the game.

Buff[edit | edit source]

To increase the potential of a certain object in the game.

OP[edit | edit source]

Overpowered. This usually refers to a weapon in the game being too strong over any other weapon.

UP[edit | edit source]

Underpowered. This usually refers to a weapon in the game being too weak over any other weapon.

LoS[edit | edit source]

Stands for Line of Sight. Used to describe what players can see in their current environment. For example, Player1 is on a hill, while Player2 is at the bottom of the hill. In a way, it is possible for Player1 to see Player2, while Player2 cannot see Player1.

Render Distance / Fog[edit | edit source]

Render distance is the distance the fog is at, and the distance at which the game stops loading graphical elements, namely other bots. Bots beyond this distance cannot be seen and must be targeted indirectly.

It is worth noting that the clipping plane is flat and perpendicular to your LoS, which means that you can actually see further in your "peripheral vision", away from the aiming reticle.

After the release of the new game mode (0.9.1002), the fog also appears to be "one-way" as in a one-way mirror. High altitude flyers now find it more difficult to see ground craft. However, ground craft can see flyers more easily.

CC[edit | edit source]

This stands for Clock Cycles

OC[edit | edit source]

This stands for Overclock level

MIA[edit | edit source]

Missing in action

Statistical[edit | edit source]

DpS[edit | edit source]

Dps stands for "damage per second". This is useful to calculate the damage a weapon can to in a certain amount of time.

HpS[edit | edit source]

HpS stands for "health per second" used for regenerating health weapons. Only the Nano-disruptors use this term.

CoM[edit | edit source]

Center of Mass. It is the average position of all the mass in a system. In a rigid body, the center of mass is always in the same place.

CoL[edit | edit source]

Center of Lift. Similar to Center of Mass, this is the average position of lift capabilities in a system.

CoT[edit | edit source]

Center of Thrust. Similar to Center of Mass, this is the average position of thrust, and where it is applied to.

Splash Damage[edit | edit source]

Splash damage is used for weapons that do damage to an area.

  • Alpha damage: the area that the weapon does damage to first.
  • Beta damage: the secondary area that the damage is dealt to.

AoE[edit | edit source]

Splash damage: The combined area of the Alpha and Beta damage. AoE stands for "Area Of Effect"

Away From Keyboard[edit | edit source]

A player is AFK or Away from Keyboard when they are not paying attention to the game or unable to control or provide input to a connected game session. This may be intentional or unintentional by the player.

Intentional AFK[edit | edit source]

High durability bots mean that going AFK can be a valid waiting strategy while defending or capping a base (Classic), or waiting for your team to form up and move out. Intentional AFKing is against the Robocraft Fair play expectations and is a reportable offense which can result in being banned. Until then, shoot them.

Unintentional AFK[edit | edit source]

A player may be fairly interrupted in their gaming session and have to abandon a game without being able to log out. Shoot them while you can. Other possibilities is that the player may be typing a message, this also causes AFK like symptoms.

AFK Counter Strategies[edit | edit source]

Because most AFKers are intentionally AFKing, most intentional AFKers either use thrusters/helium tanks to reach high, hard to reach altitudes. However, some AFK crafts may be designed to climb walls. The most effective way to deal with AFK bots is either a plasma bomber (kills quickly) or an interceptor (can attack any type of target).

Important Note[edit | edit source]

Before proceeding to kill an AFK craft that looks like a helium chair or a design specifically meant to be able to reach convenient places for the player to go away from the keyboard without being of much use to the team (typically a pilot seat attached to helium tanks/thrusters shielded by electroplates), take an up-close screenshot of the bot so that you can see the name then you will be able to report them as RP mining techniques which are against the fair play expectations.

Speeders and Flyers[edit | edit source]

Speeders and, fast aircraft are very effective against AFK players, as their high mobility and speed mean they can find them and shoot them. Especially in the case of intentional AFK defenders who take the first minutes of a match to check Facebook or yell at the cat.

Anti-AFK Game Mechanics[edit | edit source]

After a certain amount of time, the game will automatically boot a player from a session if no movement key has been pressed in that time. Note well that firing a gun doesn't negate the autoboot, so even if all your movable parts have been shot off, be sure to hit a movement key every once in a while to make sure you stay in the session. You will also have to do this to wait out a match in the rare occasion of falling through the terrain, but the escape key and self-destructing is generally preferred in that case, since you can respawn and keep on playing.

One-Shot[edit | edit source]

A One-Shot(also known as insta-kill) is a term used by players referring to kills made with only one shot. The most common type of one shot is death by plasma launcher and Rail Cannons.

Causes[edit | edit source]

One-shotting has become a rare occurance since pilot seats were removed, allthough it still can happen if the one being oneshotted is either using a very small bot and being attacked with a high-damage weapon, or if your enemy somehow hacks in a way that allows their weaponry to deal abnormal amounts of damage.

If you are at full health with a normal bot that has no severe weaknesses and get oneshotted, try documenting the event as best you can and report it, as oneshotting should and can not occur with larger bots while both you and your enemy are playing according to the fair play rules.

Note: An exception to this may he high-level tesla bots, as they can eliminate you in what may appear to be a single shot/attack if used right without cheating.

Tap Firing[edit | edit source]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Tap Firing is a strategy for SMG users which is essentially semi-automatic mode for these automatic weapons. Done right, it will give the player 100% accuracy with every shot, converting an otherwise spray-and-pray weapon into a low powered, unscoped sniper rifle by sacrificing its high rate of fire for better accuracy, netting more damage at long distances. Due to the updates Nerfing the SMG this is less effective and rails are now preferred by most people for long distances.

Instructions[edit | edit source]

It's simple: tap the fire button, wait for the reticle to reset, and repeat. 2-3 shots per second is possible using this strategy and in some cases it can out-DPS a sniper rifle on a like-tiered bot.

Obsolete[edit | edit source]

S-type[edit | edit source]

Originally the game only had five versions of each weapon, denoted as levels. "Shield Type" variants were later added to fill the gaps between them. Shield types were identified by their yellow fins, a simple and easy marker that cut down on programming time and saved valuable data footprint by having a shared render. These were later retconned into ten distinct tiers but retained the yellow fins on the even-numbered tiers.