Table of Contents
- How to use this guide
- Combat Addons
- Auction Housing, Gold Making and Tradeskills
- Class Specifics
- Buff and Proc management
- Map and MiniMap
Hello and welcome to my User Interface guide.
Remember this guide is made from MY opinion, and suggestions from all you out there is very welcome.
This guide will explain what you can do to edit your UI, by using various addons.
It will explain and show some of the ”mainstream” addons from various groups of addons.
Don’t expect this guide as being perfect as soon as its out, one of the main purposes is to add YOUR opinions and addon suggestions to the guide.
I will also add a little section with Death Knight specific addons.
List of websites, providing addon downloads:
I recommend Curse for standalone addons, and WoWInterface for packages!
Curse Client, is very, very neat when it comes to installing addons and keeping them up to date. I suggest you download it immediately!
Why do we want to change the UI?
The UI is how the whole window you play in looks and interact. Its crucial to feel comfortable with it if y ou are leveling, or if you are raiding end game content.
If you are raiding/leveling without any addons, you can be almost sure that you can improve your speed, DPS, tanking skills etc. with addons
NOTE: Installing addons can cause a high drop in FPS (Frames Per Second), and cause lag. That means that aint wise to install all the mods you come across, unless you have a nice computer.
How to use the info in this guide?
Text written in italic is the writers notes. Personal preferences, tips and tricks and so on.
Every Addon will displayed like this:
Random text about the addon. Eventual writers note. – Addon description, tips and tricks.
Combat addons are addons which helps you during combat. That be an action bar addon helping with easy to hit keys and keybinds, or maybe a nifty boss mod.
Bartender4 is a classic action bar which provides extra bars, the ability to move the bars, and the ability to change size and number of rows for the various bars.
Wondering how people can tell their DPS? Wondering how they can link your DPS in the chat box? Well. they probably got Recount.
Recount colelcts data about the damage you, your pet, your party/raid and your targets deals, and displays it in a nice frame. Not only that, but you can also get a overview of healing and debuffing.
Recount is the ideal addons for newcomers who simply wants a damage meter, but also offers a huge amount of customization for the more advanced user. That including graphs of heals, damage and DPS to name a few.
However. People looking to make a very minimalistic UI, may choose to look elsewhere for a DPS counter, as Recount consumes quite a bit of memory.
Deadly Boss Mods is your raiding version of Questhelper. It gives you a timer for the different boss abilities, a huge warning when it actually happens, and also have a range checker for fights requiring that sort of things.
DBM, as most people call it, is my preferred raiding addon.
Many people consider users of addons like this to be worse than those without cause “They didnt have DBM in vanilla”. You aint a worse player. Infact you’re just smarter!
In my last version i also included BigWigs Bossmods, which might be a requirement in some guilds. The two addons do exactly the same thing, and does it equally good. Its just a matter of preference.
Important note! Last time i checked, SpellFlash werent working for all classes. However i do believe you can download separate addons that will work for your class if it’s not included.
New to a class? New to your spec? New to your rotation? SpellFlash might be the addon for you!
SpellFlash lightens up the most effective spells to cast based on advanced calculations. Much like the newly implemented effect by Blizzard itself. The difference is:
This is not just on your special talent procs! This is for every spell in your rotation!
Again. Elitist may say you are a worse player by using this. Well. i admit it makes you sorta like a robot. Doing things like you’re programmed to do them. If you focus solely on SpellFlash, you probably wont improvise at all, which is kinda like killing the fun right?
I do recommend this to the player new to his class or spec.
ForteXorcist is the god of all timers! It keeps track of every buff/debuff on you and youre enemies, all in a very customizable fashion. Take a look at the picture linked above. Are you i doubt when to refresh abilities? If you are, im surprised.
While there are many variations of combat text addons, i personally find MikScrollingBattleText far superior. Simply because the addon offers clean and easy configuration, while it still looks beautiful, and look like a wonder.
Quartz is a casting bar addon with many extra features:
- Display buffs and debuffs on your target
- Global Cooldown bar, helping you max out your damage without spamming your buttons
- Latency bar, showing when to cast your next spell
- Swing timer, showing when your next auto attack strikes
Quartz is what I call a must have addon for every caster out there.
Auction Housing, Gold Making and Tradeskills
All credits for this addon goes to ‘Zerotorescue’. For picking up Quick Auctions, and meking it usable after the 4.0.1 fixes!
ZeroAuctions is a continuation of the former king of goldmaking “Quick Auctions 2/3”.
If you werent familiar with Quick Auctions, it was basically a one click post all your items or cancel all your items. ZeroAuctions does just that, except you now have to click a button/macro for every auction.
ZeroAuctions is insanely clever! You set up item groups for groups of items, and set a treshold, a fallback price, undercut price, stack size, max post count, and much more. With all this information taken into account, you can choose to post your items. All at the same time!
If you’re a goldmaker without this addon, you are simply wasting precious time.
You can also use the “summary” feature, to get a complete list over your craftable items, how many there are on the auction house of that item, what they cost, and what your profit would be for making and selling this item!
The only profession ZeroAuctions has a hard time handling, is enchanting. Simply because the summary feature doesnt work the same way with enchanting, and the fact that you have to set up item groups for every single enchanting scroll as the price differences are so massive, that they cant be included in the same group!
My favourite buy/sell addon for the auction house, when not counting ZeroAuctions.
The interface is simple, slick and useful! Another of my main reasons for choosing this addon is the insanely small memory usage!
Probably the most well knwon auction house addon out there! Norgannons addon have been out there for ages, and is till one of the leading addons out there.
Buffs is spells cast on you by yourself, or by other players.
Buff Management Addons is often displayed as a move able ”bar”. Some prefer dragging it to the top right corner, where the standard buffs where displayed, and some prefer having them above their unit frames
Power Auras Classic is an addon of an quite uncommon sort. When using it, you can configure different coloured pictures like swords, a skull or a shield, to show you whenever a proc/buff is active or needs to be refreshed. This can be very useful compared to be looking at your ”normal” buff frame.
Map and MiniMap
This is the category for addons which changes the way you use your maps. There is both World Map addons, Mini Map addons and last dungeon Map addons.
Cartographer is a world map addon which provides several features:
- Remove the Fog of War (The ”dusty” areas on your map)
- Access maps for every dungeon, battleground and raid directly from your world map page.
- Download different adds to Cartographer, this includes a map of all mining/herbing nodes in each zone!
- Waypoint arrow working with the WoW-Pro addon!
Atlas is a map addon, which provides maps for every dungean and raid in the game. Its highly recommend to install Atlasloot aswell, which provides the feature of viewing of all possible drops in the dungeon.
Atlasloot can also be installed alone if you don’t want Atlas.
I would personally go with just the AtlasLoot. The standard map is getting updates every so often, and if its not implemented already, there will very soon be an option to view maps and even tactics for dungeons, leaving the purpose of Atlas in the dust.
Sexymap is a minimap addon providing a lot features:
- Move your minimap wherever you want
- Change the zone text for each zone
- If you have some sort of gathering addon, you can view the nodes on the map
- Very easy to customize with different build in skins
Sexymap is every so often seen as the preferres Minimap addon in the various UI’s. The design is “sexy”, slick, and easy configurable.
Personally i find SexyMap ‘distracting’, although it is good looking. Im simply more of a minimalistic guy. I dont need no flashing bulbs around my minimap.
Unit Frame addons is addons which totally rearrange your unit frames. you can make it minimalistic, or make it colourful and add a 3D portrait.
Unit Frame addons are for me a must because i hate the default so much.
X-Perl Unit Frames is an addon with an insane amount of features. The frames are really nice but sometimes they can feel a little big, specially if you choose the ”3D portraits” which places a moving picture on your frames.
You can change size of buffs and frames with a few clicks, and it’s easy to navigate in the menu.
Like SexyMap i, unlike alot of my friends, find this sort of addon very, very distracting.
If you dont take your time to remove various things like targets pets targets target, it quickly takes up alot of valuable screen space! Be sure to toy around with the config menu if you choose this addon!
Pitbull has got almost all the same features as X-Perl, including the 3D portraits.
The version of Pitbull that’s out right now can be hard to configure, but if done correctly it can be really great!
Pitbull is the addon used for most minimalistic unitframe setups, which is also one of the easiest to set up.
Grid is a very minimalistic raid/party addon, which means its often used in combination with Pitbull or X-Perlto clear some of the screen.
The idea of Grid is to use all space 100%, meaning that the whole frame for each unit, is one big health/mana bar with the option to display small debuff icons on it.
If you like your party/raid frames big you can easily adjust the size from the Grid Config Menu.
Grid also support the feature of ”one-click-casts”.
You can assign your right mouse button to cast Wild Growth if you right click on ,whoever you wanna heals, frame.
As the title may have indicated, Healbot Continued NOT a bot. Its mainly a unitframe addon with the same feature as Grid, but many thinks Healbot is easier to use, but also opposite of course.
Otherwise its much like a normal Unit Frame Addon
Bag addons is addons which changes the look of your bank tabs/nags and your regular bags. Often a search feature is included too.
Bag addons can make it a ton easier to find items in your bags, and that is why you should install one.
Info and pictures coming soon!
Another addon with many users! Carbonite is in many ways much like Questhelper, but Carbonite also has its own map. The included map can easily be zoomed in and out to see more objectives, by using your scrolling wheel.
Like Questhelper, Carbonite Quest includes a party quest feature.
Miscellaneous (addons that didnt fit in anywhere else)
Titan Panel is an addon which creates one or two bars at the top/bottom, where different tools can be displayed. An example is the experience tool. It can display your exp per hour/level rate and much more.
Fu_Bar is an addon similar to Titan Panel which creates bars in the top and bottom of the screen.
I found it easier to get plugins for Fu_Bar over Titan Panel, and thats why i recommend this one.
Some people may like Titan Panel more, but this one is really worth a try.
KgPanels is an addon that can change the look of your UI completely.
With this addon you can create different panels, in which you can place different addons.
Some websites also provides skin downloads you can put in the background of your panels, or you can make your own. It is also possible to do it without a background texture.
It can be very, very hard to get KgPanels working if you havent tried it before.
I suggest you to check out This tutorial which gave me all the information I needed.