Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as pop and spawn, respawn is a gaming term first used in the game Doom to describe a computer or human controlled character coming back to life after being killed. For human controlled characters, the respawn rate is often immediate; returning them to a designated spawning point or one of a few randomly generated spots.

For computer players and computer generated objects, a respawn can be delayed from a few minutes to several hours depending on the rarity of the character or object. In MMORPG games, such as World of Warcraft, the locations of these spawn points are often logged by the players or mods the players have installed.

Game terms