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Basic Information

In gaming, Tank is the role assigned to characters that, in combat, specialize in drawing attention away from the party onto themselves. In general, a Tank will grab the attention of an enemy, or a group of enemies, and will then try to prevent them from pursuing and inflicting damage to other members of the party, who may not able to absorb or mitigate damage on the scale that the Tank can. While Tanks can mitigate and absorb a degree of damage on their own, they typically rely on one or more Healers to replenish their health to enable theirs, and by extension, the group's survival during difficult encounters.

Some encounters call for more than one tank; in this case, one will be designated the Main Tank, while the other will be designated the Off-tank.