Glossary of D&D Acronyms & Abbreviations

General Game Terms

Acronym Meaning
FLGS Friendly Local Gaming Store
DM Dungeon Master
GM Game Master
PC Player Character
NPC Non-Player Character
DMPC Dungeon Master’s Player Character
RP Role Play
IC In-Character
OOC Out-of-Character
PvP Player vs. Player
PvM Player vs. Monster
PvE Player vs. Environment
RAW Rules as Written (how the book says a mechanic works)
RAI Rules as Intended (how designers intended a mechanic to work)
WotC Wizards of the Coast (D&D publisher)
DDB D&D Beyond (digital toolset)
FG Fantasy Grounds (online digital tabletop)
Roll20 Roll 20 (online digital tabletop)
FR Forgotten Realms (main D&D setting)
GP Gold Pieces (currency)
SP Silver Pieces (currency)
CP Copper Pieces (currency)
PbP Play by Post
LFG Looking for Group (for players trying to find a game)


Acronym Meaning
5e 5th Edition
4e 4th Edition
3.5e 3.5 Edition
3e 3rd Edition
2e 2nd Edition
AD&D Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
PF Pathfinder
PF2 Pathfinder 2 (playtest)
SRD Systems Reference Document (includes the Basic Rules)
OGL Open Game License (publication guidelines)
OSR Old School Revival
UA Unearthed Arcana (playtest material)
HFH Mike Mearls’ Happy Fun Hour (pre-playtest material)


Acronym Meaning
AC Armor Class
AoE Area of Effect
OA or AoO Opportunity Attack or Attack of Opportunity
Atk Attack
BBEG Big Bad Evil Guy
DC Difficulty Class
DPR Damage/Round
HP Hit Points
PP Passive Perception
TPK Total Party Kill
XP Experience Points

Ability Scores

Acronym Meaning
STR Strength
DEX Dexterity
CON Constitution
INT Intelligence
WIS Wisdom
CHA Charisma
MAD Multiple Ability Score Dependent (character builds whose features rely on multiple ability scores)
SAD Single Ability Score Dependent (character builds whose features rely on one ability score)

Classes, Subclasses, and Features

Acronym Meaning
BM Beast Master (Ranger) or Battle Master (Fighter)
EK Eldritch Knight (Fighter)
AT Arcane Trickster (Rogue)
Gish Fighter/Mage (derived from a Gith class)


Acronym Feat
CBE Crossbow Expert
DW Dual Wielder
EA Elven Accuracy
GWM Great Weapon Master
PAM Polearm Master
SM Shield Master
SS Sharpshooter
WC War Caster


Acronym Spell
AoA Armor of Agathys
FoD Finger of Death


Core Rulebooks

Acronym Book
PH or PHB Player’s Handbook
DMG Dungeon Master’s Guide
MM Monster Manual
VGM or VGtM or Volo’s Volo’s Guide to Monsters
XGE or XGtE or Xan’s Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
MTF or MToF or Mordy’s Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

Setting Books

Acronym Book
WG or WGtE Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron
SCAG Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
GGtR Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica

Campaign Books

Acronym Book Levels Storyline
LMoP Lost Mines of Phandelver (Starter Set) 1-5 Lost Mines of Phandelver
HotDQ Hoard of the Dragon Queen 1-7 Tyranny of Dragons
RoT Rise of Tiamat 8-15 Tyranny of Dragons
PotA Princes of the Apocalypse 1-15 Elemental Evil
EEPC Elemental Evil Player’s Companion Elemental Evil
OOtA Out of the Abyss 1-15 Rage of Demons
CoS Curse of Strahd 1-10 Curse of Strahd
DH Death House 1-3 Curse of Strahd
SKT Storm King’s Thunder 1-11 Storm King’s Thunder
ToA Tomb of Annihilation 1-11 Tomb of Annihilation
WDH Waterdeep: Dragon Heist 1-5 Waterdeep
DotMM Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage 5-20 Waterdeep
TYP Tales from the Yawning Portal Varies Tales from the Yawning Portal
SC Sunless Citadel 1-3 Tales from the Yawning Portal
FoF Forge of Fury 3-5 Tales from the Yawning Portal
HSoT Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan 5-8 Tales from the Yawning Portal
WPM White Plume Mountain 8+ Tales from the Yawning Portal
DiT Dead in Thay 9+ Tales from the Yawning Portal
AtG Against the Giants 11+ Tales from the Yawning Portal
ToH Tomb of Horrors High Tales from the Yawning Portal