Mapping Glossary

From Arrow Block to Wrist Reset and everything in between. Learn mapping lingo here!

NOTE

This glossary is a living, breathing, growing work in progress. If there's a term you've come across not listed, let us know in #mapping-discussion!

A

Term             Definition
3-Wide WallA Wall that spans three Lanes, requiring the player to move out of the center of the Track to avoid. This term is interchangeably used with any wall requiring the player to move out of the center of the track. This is considered never okay to use.
360 ModeA map characteristic that allows the Track to rotate in 15 degree increments in a full circle. As of January 2021, these maps can only be made in ChroMapper and in the official Editor.
4-Wide WallA Wall that spans all four Lanes and three Rows of the standard Track, usually causing the player to fail the level unless the wall is thin. This is considered never okay to use.
90 ModeA map characteristic that allows the Track to rotate in 15 degree increments, up to 45 degrees in either direction from the center. As of January 2021, these maps can only be made in ChroMapper and in the official Editor.
ArcA curved line which connects to a Block.
Example ImagePicture of arc
Arrow Block/NoteA Block with an arrow on it indicating the direction in which it must be hit. Referred to as either Arrow Block or Arrow Note. See also: Dot Block/Note.
Example ImagePicture of arrow blocks
Arrow VortexA free third party tool that can analyze a song's BPM and calculate its Offset. The download and a guide on how to use the tool is available here.

B

Term             Definition
BackhandA swing where the majority of the work is done by the back of the hand. See this clip in Fru's Tutorial Videoopen in new window for more info. See also: Forehand.
BeastSaberA website that categorizes the songs uploaded to BeatSaver into different genres and attribute tags. Players can review songs and comment on them. A team of curators play through many songs each day and recommend the ones that stand out. Also known as BSaber. The link to BeastSaber can be found hereopen in new window.
Beats Per MinuteThe number of beats that occur in one minute, defining the Tempo of a song. Also known as BPM.
BeatSaverThe repository for all custom songs in Beat Saber. Songs uploaded here automatically feed to Beast Saber. The link can be found hereopen in new window.
BlockA cube with either an arrow or a dot on it. It is the primary element of gameplay. By default, blocks are either red or blue. Also known as Note.
Example ImagePicture of block
BombA Block that looks like a spiky circle that damages the player if their saber touches it. It is safe for a bomb to pass through the player’s body. Also known as Mine.
Example ImagePicture of bomb
Bomb ResetBombs placed to forcibly Reset the player’s arms.
Example ImagePicture of bomb reset
Bomb Spiral/HelixBombs placed in a spiral or helical Pattern, intended to force the player to move their arms in a large circle. Referred to as either Bomb Spiral or Bomb Helix.
Example ImagePicture of bomb spiral
BPMAbbreviation of Beats Per Minute.

C

Term             Definition
ChainA Block which consists of several Link segments.
Example ImagePicture of arc
ChromaA mod that makes custom Lighting and lighting Events available to mappers, most notably allowing for full RGB color mapping. Chroma lighting can be viewed by using either the core Chroma mod, or the smaller ChromaLite mod.
ChroMapperA map Editor created by Caeden117, is a feature-rich editor specialized in modded map creation. The editor is currently still in development and is in open beta. More info can be found here.
ColumnHorizontal divisions across the Track in which Blocks travel. The default track has four columns. Also known as Lane. See also: Layer, Row.
Controller Clash/SmashAny Pattern that directs the player's hands inward at each other on the same beat, often leading to the player smashing their hands together. Higher skilled players can sometimes avoid these, but they are still highly discouraged at all levels of mapping. Referred to as either Controller Clash or Controller Smash. Also known as Handclap.
Example ImagePicture of controller clash
Corner CrouchA Wall Pattern that combines a Dodge Wall and a Crouch Wall, leaving the player a small gap to squeeze into.
Example ImagePicture of corner crouch
Cover ImageThe square image associated with the song loaded into the song browser. Must be a minimum of 256x256 pixels, but not recommended to be more than 512x512 pixels.
CroissantA Stream Pattern that has the player swing in the shape of an X. The name is due to its shape and being very comfortable, or "tasty".
Example ImagePicture of croissant
CrossoverA Block placed on its opposite-handed side. For example, a blue block placed in Lanes one or two, or a red block placed in lanes three or four, primarily when the Pattern forces the player's arms to "cross over" to play.
Example ImagePicture of crossover
Crossover ScissorA Pattern where a red and blue Note are on opposite-handed sides and are hit simultaneously in opposite directions. Also known as Pickle. See also: Scissor.
Example ImagePicture of crossover scissor
Crouch WallA Wall blocking the upper portion of the playspace which forces the player to crouch to avoid.
Example ImagePicture of corner crouch
CucumberWhen a red and blue Note are on the same timing, and are hit simultaneously in opposite directions. Also known as Scissor. See also: Crossover Scissor.
Example ImagePicture of scissor
Cursor PrecisionThe musical duration of the spacing between Notes. Typically 1/1 (one note per beat), 1/2 (one note per half beat), or 1/4 (one note per quarter beat). Also known as Precision.

D

Term             Definition
Danger DashA Wall that spans the two middle Lanes or more, requiring the player to move out of the center of the Track to avoid. This is considered never okay to use. See also: 3-Wide Wall.
Example ImagePicture of danger dash
.dat FileThe text file containing most content for a certain difficulty or song info in the new 2.0 song format. It contains JSON format with a different structure compared to the 1.0 song format, and a different file extension. This file format is used for both song info and for map content. See also: Difficulty File, Info File.
DDAbbreviation of Double Directional.
Difficulty FileThe .dat File containing most content for that difficulty. In the old, obsolete song format, this was a .json File.
Dodge WallA vertical Wall that forces the player to move out of the way to avoid taking damage. See also: Crouch Wall, Groove Wall.
Example ImagePicture of dodge wall
Dot Block/NoteA Block that can be hit from any direction. Often used as top Row blocks in lower difficulty maps or in Sliders. Referred to as either Dot Block or Dot Note.
Example ImagePicture of dot note
Dot SpamA Pattern that overuses Dot Blocks in a single or two adjacent Rows, typically due to mapper inexperience.
Example ImagePicture of dot spam
DoubleA Pattern of two different colored Notes on the same timing and hit simultaneously.
Example ImagePicture of doubles
Double DirectionalA Pattern where two sequential same-colored Blocks have the same or close orientation, typically considered for blocks within 45 degree angles of each other. The playability of this pattern depends on the amount of time given to players to Reset. This pattern is discouraged within 1.5 beats (or longer in higher BPM songs). Abbreviated as DD. Also known as Drumsticking, though this term is outdated.
Example ImagePicture of double directionals
Drifting BPMAn unintentionally shifting song BPM as a result of a live performance without a metronome. Also known as Variable BPM and Multiple BPM. See also: Fixed BPM.
DrumstickingA Pattern where two sequential same-colored Blocks have the same or close orientation. This term is outdated. Also known as Double Directional.

E

Term             Definition
EditorA generic name for any of the map editors available. See also: ChroMapper, Mediocre Map Assistant 2, Mediocre Mapper.
.egg FileA version of an .ogg File used by BeatSaver. Mappers do not need to worry about this.
EnvironmentThe in-game play area and associated Platform, Track, and Lighting. Also known as Platform.
Error CheckerA feature in Mediocre Map Assistant 2 that allows mappers to check for the presence of Double Directionals, Vision Blocks, and multiple Notes placed on the exact same timing.
EscapeThe process of maneuvering the player's arms to conclude a Pattern. Complex Crossovers or Obstacle patterns require carefully considered escape patterns to feel comfortable. See also: Setup.
EventAny non-interactable element occurrence processed by the game.

F

Term             Definition
Face BombBombs placed in the center two positions of the Track. Very easily hit by the hilt of the saber even when the player has their arms outstretched. These bombs will be at the player’s face level if their height is set correctly, and are highly discouraged due to potentially causing Vision Blocks.
Example ImagePicture of face bomb
Face NoteBlocks placed in the center two positions of the Track. These blocks will be at the player’s face level if their height is set correctly, and are highly discouraged due to potentially causing Vision Blocks.
Example ImagePicture of face note
Face PuncherBlock placement that consists of one or two diagonal up blocks crossed over into the extreme opposite Lane. Many players will overswing trying to reach the blocks and end up punching their HMD. Also known as Vibe Check.
Example ImagePicture of face puncher
Face WallA Wall occupying one of the two center Lanes. Also known as Dodge Walls.
Example ImagePicture of face wall
Fake WallA Wall with a negative width value, making it harmless to the player.
Fast WallA Wall with a negative duration value greater than the map's Half Jump Duration that appears to move past the player at a faster speed than normal walls, but at a slower speed than a Hyper Wall.
First Person Flying ControllerA launch option available to SteamVR and Oculus users to launch Beat Saber with limited keyboard and mouse control over the game in a first person view. Very helpful for getting an accurate preview of Lighting or Walls, or accessing the official Editor. Abbreviated as FPFC.
Fixed BPMA song with a consistent BPM from start to finish with no variation. Also known as Single BPM. See also: Variable BPM.
FlickA Pattern of two or more Notes of the same color, typically at 1/4 Precision.
Example ImagePicture of flick
FlowerA combination of two or more Notes that are different directions at the same time, creating a flower like shape.
Example ImagePicture of a flower
FlowThe concept of placing Blocks and Patterns so that the next swing a player makes feels natural and allows the body to move in proper ways.
ForehandA swing where the majority of the work is done by the palm side of the hand. See this clip in Fru's Tutorial Videoopen in new window for more info. See also: Backhand.
FPFCAbbreviation of First Person Flying Controller.

G

Term             Definition
GallopA rapid Pattern of two single Notes followed by a Double. Significantly difficult to play, and discouraged at high Tempos and high Precision. This pattern can also add unintended emphasis.
Example ImagePicture of gallop
Groove WallA Wall that is paired with a Note that creates a motion involving both arms and body. See also: Crouch Wall, Dodge Wall.
Example ImagePicture of groove wall

H

Term             Definition
Half Jump DurationThe distance down the Track where the Blocks and Obstacles spawn. Measured in beats, therefore varies in "spatial" distance by BPM. Abbreviated as HJD. See also: Jump Distance, NJS, Spawn Offset, Spawn Point.
Hammer HitA Pattern composed of an Arrow Block pointing at a Bomb, forcing the player to swing their saber at the arrow block but stopping short to avoid the bomb, making it impossible to get full points. This pattern is highly discouraged.
Example ImagePicture of hammer hit
HandclapAny Pattern that directs the player's hands inward at each other on the same beat, often leading to the player smashing their hands together. Higher skilled players can sometimes avoid these, but they are still highly discouraged at all levels of mapping. Also known as Controller Clash/Smash.
Example ImagePicture of handclap
HitboxThe region where the saber collides with an object. Note hitboxes are larger than they visually appear, Bomb hitboxes are smaller than they visually appear, and Wall hitboxes are exactly the size that they visually appear.
Hitbox AbuseNotes placed in the pre- or post-swing path of an opposite color note.
Example ImagePicture of hitbox abuse
HJDAbbreviation of Half Jump Duration.
HookA Pattern of two sequential up/down Blocks of the same color with usually one Lane in between. The player's arm makes a hook motion to play this pattern.
Example ImagePicture of hook
Hot StartWhen the first Notes of a map appear within two seconds of the beginning of the song.
Hyper WallA Wall with a negative duration value lower than the map's Half Jump Duration that appears to move past the player at an even faster speed than Fast Walls.

I

Term             Definition
Info FileThe primary map file that includes information and metadata for all difficulties of a map. In 2.0 song format, this file is a .dat File. In 1.0 song format, this is a .json File. See also: Difficulty File.
InlineA Pattern that remains in one Column and Row for two or more Blocks in sequence. This typically refers to two alternating colors, but not always.
Example ImagePicture of inline
Inner RingA small ring around the Track found in some in-game Environments.
InvertBlocks pointing inwards from the outside requiring a larger pre-swing to hit.
Example ImagePicture of invert

JK

Term             Definition
.json FileThe text file containing most content for a certain difficulty or song info in the old 1.0 song format. It contains JSON format with a different structure to .dat Files, and a different file extension. This file format is used for both song info and for map content. See also: Difficulty File, Info File.
JSON WallA style of mapping requiring the mod Mapping Extensions, in which the mapper can be extremely creative with non-standard Wall types and sizes. Not recommended for novice mappers.
JumpA Pattern that moves across multiple Columns horizontally or Rows vertically in rapid succession. See also: Jump Stream.
Example ImagePicture of jump
Jump DistanceThe distance down the Track where the Blocks and Obstacles spawn. Measured in meters. Abbreviated as JD. Also known as Spawn Distance. See also: HJD, NJS, Spawn Offset, Spawn Point.
Jump StreamA Pattern that includes Jumps within a Stream.
Example ImagePicture of jump stream
JDAbbreviation of Jump Distance.

L

Term             Definition
LaneHorizontal divisions across the Track in which Blocks travel. The default track has four lanes. Also known as Column. See also: Layer, Row.
Lawless ModeA map characteristic where mappers can do crazy stuff that they would normally get downvoted into oblivion for in a standard map. This mode is not part of the base game and requires the SongCore mod.
LayerVertical divisions above the Track in which Blocks travel. The default track has three layers, commonly referred to as bottom, middle, and top. Also known as Row. See also: Column, Lane.
LeanTilting a player's body to the left or the right, allowing for atypical angles to correctly follow Parity and Flow properly. See this clip in Bullet's Intermediate Parity videoopen in new window for an example of leans.
Lefty StreamA straight Stream where each pair of successive Notes going in the same direction starts with the left hand. See also: Righty Stream.
Example ImagePicture of lefty stream
LightingA collective term for all of the lighting events and options available to mappers. A map is not considered complete without some form of lighting. See also: Event.
Lighting TrackThe area in most map editors where Lighting events are placed. See also: Track.
Lightshow ModeA map characteristic where there are no Blocks, only Lighting. This mode is not part of the base game and requires the SongCore mod.
LinkThe individual segments which make up a Chain. In the example image, the chain contains 5 links.
Example ImagePicture of loloppe notes
Loloppe NotesTwo same-direction Blocks placed side-by-side such that hitting both blocks requires abusing the block Hitbox. Named after the mapper who made them famous.
Example ImagePicture of loloppe notes

M

Term             Definition
Map BlindnessA condition that may occur when a mapper has spent so much time on a map. You know the patterns, you know your intentions, and you've self-tested it so many times. Eventually, muscle memory and your subconscious kick in, and you can play the map with your eyes closed, regardless of flaws. See also: Playtest.
Mapping ExtensionsA mod developed by Kyle1413 that allows mappers to access a number of unique utilities for advanced mapping. See also: JSON Walls, Precision Placement, Precision Rotation.
Mediocre Map Assistant 2A new fork of Mediocre Mapper by Assistant. This was the primary map Editor used by the mapping community until ChroMapper entered Open Beta.
Mediocre MapperAn outdated Editor, developed by squeaksies as a fork of the original EditSaber editor by Ikiewa. No longer in public development or supported by its author, it has been forked to created Mediocre Map Assistant 2.
MineA Block that looks like a spiky circle that damages the player if their saber touches it. It is safe for a mine to pass through the player’s body. Also known as Bomb.
MismapA mistake, incorrect, or faulty choice in a map.
ModdingModding is a term borrowed from osu!. It is the process of reviewing and providing feedback for a map via editor and in-game analysis for rankability and/or general improvements. This term is unrelated to game mods that alter the UI or gameplay of Beat Saber. A guide on how to get started with modding can be found hereopen in new window. See also: Playtest.
Multiple BPMA song with one or more BPM changes as intended by the song’s composer. Also known as Variable BPM and Drifting BPM. See also: Fixed BPM.

N

Term             Definition
NJSAbbreviation of Note Jump Speed.
No Arrows ModeA map characteristic using only Dot Notes. Often used by new players or for alternate play styles like "maul mode."
Noodle ExtensionsA more advanced version of Mapping Extensions that is only available on PC.
NoteA cube with either an arrow or a dot on it. It is the primary element of gameplay. By default, blocks are either red or blue. Also known as Block.
Note Jump SpeedThe speed that objects approach the player in-game. Labeled in Info.dat as _noteJumpMovementSpeed. Abbreviated as NJS.
Notes Per SecondA measure of map density. The number of Notes that pass the player within one second. A very rough approximate measure of difficulty. Abbreviated as NPS.
NPSAbbreviation of Notes Per Second.

O

Term             Definition
ObstacleA generic term for all types of Walls and Bombs. See also: Fake Wall.
OffsetA value in milliseconds (ms) used in the map Editor to perfectly align the Track beat markers with the beat of the music. Song files set up correctly with the BPM aligned in an audio editor do not usually need an offset value.
.ogg FileThe OGG Vorbisopen in new window audio file format.
OHJAbbreviation of One Handed Jump.
One Handed JumpA sequence of Jumps using only one color. Abbreviated as OHJ.
OneSaber ModeA map characteristic using only one saber. The left-handed saber disappears completely when playing, unless the player has enabled the Left-Handed option in-game.
osu!Another popular rhythm game with a large library of custom maps. Converters exist to translate timings from osu! maps into Beat Saber maps.
OvermappingUsing multiple Notes with different time values to represent a single sound. This does not apply to the extra notes in Sliders.

P

Term             Definition
ParityThe mathematical term describing the "group" a Block belongs to. Within the context of Beat Saber, this refers to the Forehand and Backhand nature of a block.
PatternA generic name for a sequence of Blocks.
PaulA sequence of inline Blocks of the same direction placed at very high Precision. This forces the player to hit the sequence with a slow continuous swing. This Pattern is very difficult to score well on.
Example ImagePicture of paul
Piano StreamA sequence of alternating color and direction Blocks that progresses horizontally across Lanes on the Track.
Example ImagePicture of piano stream
PickleA Pattern where a red and blue Note are on opposite-handed sides and are hit simultaneously in opposite directions. Also known as Crossover Scissor. See also: Scissor.
Example ImagePicture of pickle
Performance PointsThe metric determining ranking on the ScoreSaber leaderboards. Abbreviated as PP.
PlatformThe in-game play area and associated Track and Lighting. Also known as Environment.
PlaytestThe act of playing a WIP map to check for errors and improvements. Highly recommended for creating a quality product. Also known as Testplay.
PPAbbreviation of Performance Points.
PrecisionThe musical duration of the spacing between Notes. Typically 1/1 (one note per beat), 1/2 (one note per half beat), or 1/4 (one note per quarter beat). Also known as Cursor Precision.
Precision PlacementA style of mapping that requires Mapping Extensions, which allows the mapper to place Blocks outside of the standard 4x3 grid. Not recommended for novice mappers.
Precision RotationA style of mapping that requires Mapping Extensions, which allows the mapper to freely rotate Blocks (compared to the standard 45 degree rotations). Not recommended for novice mappers.

Q

Term             Definition
QuadA horizontal Pattern of four horizontal Blocks of the same color across the Track. This pattern is very difficult to score well on the entire hit, and is highly discouraged. This pattern can be easily replaced with a Slider.
Example ImagePicture of a quad

R

Term             Definition
RankedA map that has been Modded and approved by the ScoreSaber ranking team as having a quality appropriate of contributing to the Performance Points leaderboard. Maps should be modded prior to submitting a rank request.
ReleaseThe act of publishing a finished map on BeatSaver. Once a map is released, it can be downloaded and played by anyone. Do not release unfinished or untested maps.
ResetThe action of bringing your arms back to their "ready" position, as if no Blocks have been hit recently. Mappers can also attempt to reset the player by using Bombs to force arm movement. See also: Bomb Reset.
RGBA style of Lighting that requires the Chroma mod and allows lighting events to be of any color and to use more than two colors.
Right TriangleA variation of a Triangle where there is a 90 degree hit in the sequence causing major comfort issues at lower Precisions.
Example ImagePicture of right triangle
Righty StreamA straight Stream where each pair of successive Notes going in the same direction starts with the right hand. See also: Lefty Stream.
Example ImagePicture of righty stream
RotationThe change in angle of the player's wrist going from one Block to the next, assuming the Pattern follows proper Parity. See this clip in Bullet's Intermediate Parity videoopen in new window for examples of larger rotations.
RowVertical divisions above the Track in which Blocks travel. The default track has three layers, commonly referred to as bottom, middle, and top. Also known as Layer. See also: Column, Lane.

S

Term             Definition
ScissorWhen a red and blue Note are on the same timing, and are hit simultaneously in opposite directions. Also known as Cucumber. See also: Crossover Scissor.
Example ImagePicture of scissor
ScoopA Pattern of Blocks where the player makes a "scooping" motion to play the pattern. Typically a left or right note followed by an up note in the bottom row. Give the player an ample amount of time to react when using scoops - a half to full beat is recommended.
Example ImagePicture of scoop
ScoreSaberThe organization responsible for managing the ranked Beat Saber leaderboards. The Beat Saber leaderboards website can be found hereopen in new window. See also: Performance Points.
SetupThe process of maneuvering the player's arms into position for a Pattern via appropriate placement of the preceding Blocks.
Shrado AngleA Pattern consisting of an outward-facing diagonal down Block in a far Lane followed by an up block of the same color in a closer lane, spanning 3 lanes or more. This pattern may cause the player to slash the up block diagonally rather than straight upwards, resulting in either low accuracy or a bad cut. The possibility of this issue occurring becomes more prominent at faster speeds. Named after the mapper who used this pattern in a popular ranked mapopen in new window.
Example ImagePicture of shrado angle
SingleA single Block hit with one saber. Typically makes up the majority of Patterns in a map. See also: Double.
Single BPMA song with a consistent BPM from start to finish with no variation. Also known as Fixed BPM. See also: Variable BPM.
SliderA series of same-colored Dot Blocks or Arrow Blocks spaced close enough together for the player to sweep a saber through in one motion. The Precision of the blocks depends on the BPM of the song, with higher BPM songs typically using lower precision (e.g. 1/16 precision at 250 BPM) and lower BPM songs typically using higher precision (e.g. 1/24 precision at 150 BPM).
Example ImagePicture of slider
SongCoreA mod developed by Kyle1413 for handling custom song additions in Beat Saber.
Spawn DistanceThe distance down the Track where the Blocks and Obstacles spawn. Measured in meters. Also known as Jump Distance. See also: HJD, NJS, Spawn Offset, Spawn Point.
Spawn Distance ModifierA variable denoted as _noteJumpStartBeatOffset in the map's Info File that modifies the Spawn Distance. Can be a floating value, typically between -1.0 and 1.0. Also known as Spawn Offset.
Spawn OffsetA variable denoted as _noteJumpStartBeatOffset in the map's Info File that modifies the Spawn Distance. Can be a floating value, typically between -1.0 and 1.0. Also known as Spawn Distance Modifier.
Spawn PointThe location on the Track where Blocks and Obstacles first appear, accompanied by a flash of light. See also: Spawn Distance.
SpiralA Slider whose path traces a rotation long enough to return to its original direction or further. See also: Bomb Spiral/Helix.
Example ImagePicture of spiral
StackTwo same-colored, same-direction Blocks placed in a line on the same beat. Results in the player swinging a larger, faster hit. See also: Tower.
Example ImagePicture of stack
StaggerA Slider placed with the spacing between Blocks too large for the player to hit in one motion. This is considered a Mismap. Occurs when sliders are placed slower than 1/8 Precision.
Example ImagePicture of stagger
StaircaseA Pattern where a Block's direction points towards the following block. This does not include blocks on the same beat. Can be a potential Hitbox issue where a block is placed in the post-swing of a previous block.
Example ImagePicture of staircase
StreamA steady, sustained Pattern of Notes, typically at 1/4 Precision.
Example ImagePicture of stream
Strobe1) noun. A rapidly flashing on/off light.
2) verb. To cause a light to flash on/off or flicker when Lighting a map.
Swings Per SecondA variation on Notes Per Second that is not inflated by use of Sliders. This metric can give a better representation of a map's difficulty.

T

Term             Definition
TangleA Pattern that results in arm paths preventing the next motion from occurring without Resetting. This occurs commonly in incorrect implementations of Crossovers.
TechUnconventional Patterns that may be difficult to parse at a quick glance, but Flow properly and play well if read correctly. Abbreviation of technical.
TempoA musical term for the speed of music. The tempo can change throughout the duration of a song.
TestplayThe act of playing a WIP map to check for errors and improvements. Highly recommended for creating a quality product. Also known as Playtest.
Thin WallA Wall that is only a tiny fraction of a beat long that sometimes does not cause any damage to the player. Created in Mediocre Map Assistant 2 by clicking to add a wall then immediately clicking to "drop" it, without scrolling for any time duration. See also: Fake Wall.
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Timing NotesNotes temporarily placed on every sound that the mapper intends to use in their map, helping them better prepare for actual note placement.
TowerThree same-colored, same-direction Blocks placed in a line on the same beat. Results in the player swinging a larger, faster hit. See also: Stack.
Example ImagePicture of tower
TrackThe area in an Editor where Blocks are placed and the area in-game where blocks spawn and move towards the player. In most editors, there is a track for blocks and a separate track for Lighting. See also: Lighting Track.
TriangleThree or more Notes forming a "triangle" Pattern with position and orientation, causing a Wrist Reset due to excession rotation in one direction.
Example ImagePicture of triangle

UV

Term             Definition
Variable BPM1) A song with an intentionally shifting BPM as intended by its composer.
2) A song with irregular, unintentionally shifting BPM as a result of fluctuations. For example, a live performance without a metronome (example provided by ScoreSaber's Ranking Criteria).
Also known as Drifting BPM and Multiple BPM. See also: Fixed BPM.
VBAbbeviation of Vision Block.
Vibe CheckBlock placement that consists of one or two diagonal up blocks crossed over into the extreme opposite Lane. Many players will overswing trying to reach the blocks and end up punching their HMD. Also known as Face Puncher.
Example ImagePicture of vibe check
Vibro StreamAn extremely high speed Stream of a pace requiring small wrist motions to hit, typically at 1/8 Precision. Note that this does not apply to Dot Notes. Referred to as either Vibro or Vibro Stream.
Example ImagePicture of vibro
Vision BlockA sequence of Notes, typically using the middle Row, that block the player’s vision of the following notes. The most common form of vision blocks are Face Notes, but notes outside of the center two squares can also block line of sight to later notes. Abbreviated as VB.
Example ImagePicture of vision block

WXYZ

Term             Definition
WallA translucent barrier that damages the player if they put their head in it. It is safe for players to rest their sabers in walls. See also: Fake Walls, Obstacle.
Example ImagePicture of wall
WindowA 3-block or larger Tower containing a gap allowing for vision through the tower.
Example ImagePicture of window
Window SliderA 3-long Slider with the center Note removed to allow for better vision.
WIPAbbreviation of "Work-In-Progress", meaning not yet finished. WIP maps must be played in either party mode or practice mode until released to prevent stray ScoreSaber leaderboards from being created for each revision.
Wrist ResetThe action of Resetting only your wrist due to a sequence of Notes that require a large twist of the wrist.