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Nerf is a term used in context of video games when a weapon or a character gets their power reduced.


The first use of nerf can be found on Ultima Online fanbase, when the developers reduced swords' attack on melee combat. The term comes from the popular toy brand Nerf, a series of foam-based weaponry, as a relation of Nerf's capability of damage,[1] as the new swords were compared to "nerf bats".[2]


Notable Derivatives

OP nerf pls

"OP Pls Nerf" is a catchphrase used to mock the people who complain about "over powered" weapons or characters.

Better Nerf Irelia

Better Nerf Irelia is a catchphrase from the popular MOBA game League of Legends, after the champion Irelia received various patches that decreased her damage. The catchphrase has inspired the snowclone Better Nerf X and is normally used as a two part phrase, the first one describing an event and the second including the punchline, as solution of this event.


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External References

[1] Wikipedia – Nerf

[2] Urban Dictionary – Nerfed

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