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A Tick is a standard MMORPG term used to describe an event occuring at a specific time based on something that generally has a longer time period than one tick. As an example, a damage-over-time (DoT) debuff that harms players periodically applies its damage at intervals. These intervals are called ticks. Star Trek Online contains abilities that provide a tick-based effect, such as the DoT applied to players from the Plasma Grenade ability.