What does NKZ stand for in gaming?

No kill zone

NKZ is a term you’ll often hear from gamers. It’s short for “no kill zone”. In these zones, players are safe from being killed by enemies, non-player characters (NPCs), or even each other.

People who play MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) frequently use NKZ. It’s an area on the game map where player vs. player (PvP) combat is not allowed. This is the most common usage of the term.

But NKZ isn’t limited to this context. For instance, a role-playing chat (RPC) group might call their chatroom an NKZ. That means players can’t describe themselves killing NPCs or other player characters (PCs) in the chat.

Example for using ‘NKZ’ in a conversation

Hey, have you played that new MMORPG yet?

Yeah, I have! It’s pretty fun. Did you check out the NKZ area?

No, what’s NKZ?

NKZ stands for “no kill zone.” It’s an area in the game where players can’t attack each other.