What does AOE stand for in gaming?

Area of effect

AOE (area of effect) abilities affect all targets within a particular (usually circular) area. Typically, AOE abilities target a spot on the ground, and their effects radiate out from that spot. However, some AOE abilities target a character and radiate out from that character.

Most AOE abilities are either:

  • Damage over time (DOT) attacks
  • Debuffs
  • Buffs
  • Or some combination of the three

For example, a character's AOE ice spell may both damage and slow enemies until they leave its radius.


Spread out so they can't hit us all with the same AOE
LoL players discussing powerful AOE attacks
LoL players discussing powerful AOE attacks

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Updated November 19, 2021

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