One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down a Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.
What is Mana what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: Mana = A measure of the player-character’s store of magical power. Common alternative names: Magic, Magick, Magicka, Manna, Mana, MP (Mana Points) etc.
What It Means: Along with HP (Health/Hit Points,) MP is the other core measure of a character’s vitality and capability in many games. Whilst HP measures the character’s remaining life force, MP is often used as a measure of their ability to attack and defend, with “moves” or “actions” costing points to perform. More powerful actions cost proportionally more MP. If the player uses up all their MP by casting spells, many games permit them to refill the meter/bar by getting their character to drink a Mana potion to replenish their MP bar. Mana is traditionally sky blue and Health blood red, as in the image below.
Why You Care: Mana is a precious resource and vital aspect of gameplay in many games. The RPG (role-playing game genre) is generally anchored by the three core bars of HP, XP, and MP, each rising and falling in response to the player’s skill, progress and actions.