Updated: 05/03/2022 by Computer Hope

Alternatively called pop or spawn, respawn is a gaming term first used in the game Doom. It describes a situation where a computer or human-controlled character in a video game comes back to life after dying or 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.


Depending on the game and the characters level you may also lose items or suffer a death penalty when respawning.

In multiplayer games where items are collected and creatures are killed, respawn refers to when the item or creature returns. The video game developer can adjust the respawn time (respawn rate) of in-game items and creatures to affect the gameplay experience. In MMORPG games (e.g., World of Warcraft), respawn rates of gatherable items bought and sold by players can be adjusted by the developers to control the in-game economy.

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