Definition of Proc

How this gaming term is used

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Proc means "programmed random occurrence." It's a computer gaming term that rhymes with "dock." Proc is used as both a noun and a verb to describe whenever a random gaming item activates or a random gaming event occurs.

Particularly common in massively multiplayer online games, procs are random events where special armor or weapons provide the user with temporary extra powers, or whenever the opposing character suddenly becomes more powerful in some way.

Proc & Proccing Examples

Here are some examples of gaming procs:

  • A special spell cast suddenly becomes available to the player.
  • A sudden armor bonus activates and lasts for 10 seconds.
  • The player temporarily receives more health points, allowing them to fight a monster for a longer period of time.
  • The opposing character suddenly gains extra strength to crush the players in front of it.

Here are some ways you might see the word proc used:

"Whenever my trinket procs, I get extra dodge for 20 seconds."
"My rifle speed-up never procs enough for my tastes."
"My ring usually procs once every two minutes."
"Don't let his lightning charge proc, or else we are all dead."​