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What is Griefing?

Updated on May 24, 2013
"Training" is a tongue-in-cheek term for when a player gets a horde of monsters to follow them and then leads those monsters to unsuspecting players.
"Training" is a tongue-in-cheek term for when a player gets a horde of monsters to follow them and then leads those monsters to unsuspecting players. | Source

Cyber bullies (AKA trolls) come in all shapes and sizes. In the fantastical worlds of online gaming, this particular breed of bully is known as a Griefer. This is because the troll causes severe grief and loss, stripping the game of all the enjoyment for other players. Here are a few ways that griefers attack:


  • Team Killing: Players intentionally turn on team members during combat to steal their belongings;
  • Camping: Ambushing a player and kill them, then waiting at the spawn point for the player to resurrect in order to kill them again … and again … and again.
  • Training: Triggering monsters for the sole purpose of luring them to other players to kill them. This is also known as Mob Spawning when the troll triggers a large amount of monsters;
  • Kill Stealing: Swooping in at the last second to kill a creature that someone else is trying to kill (and thus stealing the rewards for themselves);
  • Blocking: Standing in entryways to prevent other players from entering or leaving certain areas of the game;
  • Chat Spamming: Flooding the in-game chat with large amounts of text or, for games that have audio chat, shouting into the mic or making annoying sounds to disrupt communication between players.


Beware: Griefers may use multiple accounts to carry out their attacks.

Some games have griefing specifically for their games. For example, two types of griefing that are specific to Minecraft are:


  • Destruction: Destroying work other players have created;
  • Creation: Creating offensive structures, such as swastikas or nude pixel art, and building cages around players who are away from their keyboards out of hard material;


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This is just a short list of common griefing activity. I'm sure we've all done some of these things by accident, but a true gaming troll does these things on purpose and for "fun". Now that you know what to look for:

Be Aware and Play Safe!


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    • I Am Rosa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosa Marchisella 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      heheheheh Loved the cartoon photo :D

    • I Am Rosa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosa Marchisella 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Troll :-P lol

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, now I see... No I don't . :))...

    • I Am Rosa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosa Marchisella 

      6 years ago from Canada

      No problem, John :-)

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Ah OK, thanks for clearing that up Rosa! ^^

    • I Am Rosa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosa Marchisella 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you! That cartoon is the only one right now. I'm glad you like it :-)

      Griefing is intentional. I've found that folks are quick to forgive when it's an accident ... and they always seem to know a "n00b" when one is being mobbed - LOL In my experience, other players will give a warning when you're breaking the social protocol of a game and expect you not to do it again. Word spreads fast when they find someone doing these things over and over.

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Very nice article, and I love that small "trollitical cartoon" you made! If you've got a site dedicated to these li'l webcomics, I simply must see more! I see in MMORPGs that people accidently pull mobs because the enemy level is higher, and they have a larger cone of vision. Is that griefing, even if it's accidental?

      Voted up, useful, funny and interesting ^^

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