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Nameplate in the Alpha-2 party UI.[1]

The icon in the corner next to Steven's nameplate: that little icon is actually his secondary archetype that he hasn't unlocked.[2]Margaret Krohn

Alpha-2 nameplates, targeting plates, and raid frame UI.[3]

There have been some updates to a little bit of the nameplates that Colby and the UI team have implemented, as well as some of the targeting plates as well.[3]Steven Sharif

Nameplates are displayed above the head.[4]

You can set nameplates to always appear. You can set it to only appear on targets. You can set it to only appear on targets that have taken damage. You can set it to only appear on targets that are aggroing you or your party members. You can set it for your allies, for yourself, for whatever: There's a lot of highly customizable options that are currently in the game.[18]Steven Sharif

Character naming

Characters will have a first-name and an optional surname (last name).[22]

  • There is a minimum length of three for a character name.[24]
  • Special characters, including apostrophes and hyphens, are currently not allowed in character names.[25]
Currently we don't allow special characters in character names (including apostrophes and/or hyphens). It's possible this changes in the future.[25]Ry Schueller

Character names will appear on the character sheet and optionally on the character website page.[4]

  • In-game a character's name is displayed above their head. This can be the first or last name.[4]

Threat assessment

You decide to gank the player, but find out that you have been ambushed![26]

Players will have a buff on their nameplate that indicates the gear set they are wearing. Other players will be able to see this buff by targeting that player at a distance.[6][7][8]

You can target a player. You're going to see what type of armor they have based on a buff they have available to them because obviously cosmetics can change appearance. You might have different silhouettes as a result of that.[27]Steven Sharif
  • The border will indicate the level and quality of the tier set.[6][7][28]
  • The developers believe that inspecting gear to obtain an exact equipment list or gear score may lead to "unwelcome behavior".[30]
When you see a player approaching you and they're wearing a transmog you don't know if that person is a high damage mitigation against physical damage or against magical damage and essentially the way we overcome that is through you being able to target a player at a distance and they will have a buff that's present on them that you will see, which indicates that essentially the piece set that they are wearing. It is important for players to be able to ascertain from a threat assessment standpoint what they're going up against if they're actively checking that, and that will be available.[8]Steven Sharif


During PvP, detailed information about your opponent's HP is obscured. This means you will not know the exact HP percentage an opponent has.[11]

Players that are not in the same party, raid, alliance, or guild will not be able to see other player's exact health bar values or percentages.[9][10][11][12][13][14] This information will instead be displayed in quarters. A player may be able to progress to see sixths or eighths.[10]

  • NPCs will always show exact health values.[9]
  • Previously it was stated that a player's name plate would deteriorate to give an indication of how much damage they have taken.[13][14][31]
If you are targeting another player specifically, another player not an NPC. If you're targeting another player and that player is not a member of your guild, alliance, raid, or party- those are the four affiliation factors. If they're not a part of those four groups you will not have specific information of their HP level. You will have quarters of information to their [HP] level and you may progress to get that a bit more granular, perhaps to sixths or eighths. You're not going to have exact information about what amount of hit points they have available to them. That level of obfuscation protects a bit of that engagement, that TTK interaction. So you might overshoot a target if you don't know exactly if they're down to their last 20% or 25%. That I think is a very healthy thing to have in PvP, but it is not a normal game design mechanic.[10]Steven Sharif

Target markers

The UI will potentially incorporate target marker symbols above player's heads that are visible by other party members.[33][34]

Name reservations

Name reservations were rewards for backing at the Pioneer level and higher and were previously available through the Voyager plus pre-order pack.[35][36][37]

  • Accounts will have name reservation tokens, that entitle its holder to reserve a name on a specific server realm when the reservation time comes.[38]

See also


  1. Video, March 31, 2023 (10:09).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Livestream, March 31, 2023 (56:44).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Video, May 31, 2023 (11:13).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Interview, May 11, 2018 (2:45).
  5. Livestream, May 22, 2017 (51:00).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Livestream, August 28, 2020 (2:07:26).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Livestream, July 25, 2020 (53:08).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, June 26, 2020 (1:28:10).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Livestream, May 31, 2024 (1:59:02).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Livestream, January 31, 2024 (59:45).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 [ - Hidden HP Values. - Hidden HP Values.]
  12. 12.0 12.1 Livestream, July 30, 2021 (1:10:34).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Livestream, July 25, 2020 (1:33:37).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Livestream, January 30, 2020 (1:40:48).
  15. Livestream, January 27, 2023 (1:08:45).
  16. Livestream, October 14, 2022 (48:45).
  17. Livestream, September 30, 2022 (1:23:28).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Livestream, March 29, 2024 (2:06:06).
  19. Livestream, December 2, 2022 (1:03:28).
  20. Livestream, January 29, 2021 (1:21:01).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Livestream, January 27, 2023 (1:09:36).
  22. Livestream, May 8, 2017 (48:39).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Livestream, October 14, 2022 (2:53).
  24. Livestream, October 31, 2017 (48:39).
  25. 25.0 25.1 roshen-character-naming.png
  26. Twitter - Better luck next time.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Podcast, September 29, 2021 (52:58).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Livestream, July 28, 2017 (1:34:55).
  29. Official Livestream - May 4th @ 3 PM PST - Q&A
  30. Livestream, July 28, 2017 (23:20).
  31. steven-health-nameplate.png
  32. Constitution Stat Description.png
  33. Livestream, July 3, 2024 (2:00:15).
  34. Livestream, May 27, 2022 (2:33).
  35. Newsletter - Pre-order packages are ending reminder.
  36. Pioneer
  37. Voyager plus pre-order pack
  38. February 8, 2019 - Questions and Answers.