First, it was Thrall’s Horde, then the Dark Horde, Soulflayer, and the Scourge – your toon’s been battling encroaching evil seemingly since time immemorial.
Even though it was released in 2004, millions of people are still playing World of Warcraft today – in fact, it’s one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time. If you were one of the players since the very beginning, even with the major expansion packs the game can still start to feel stale.
Or maybe it’s the clunky UI you’re struggling with as you try to raid with efficiency, an inability to track all your achievements clearly, or quality of life improvements that the WoW developers just haven’t addressed. No matter your gripe, never fear – there are plenty of WoW addons to fill those gaps.
Read on to learn about some of the best add-ons this year that can refresh the game.
Like its name suggests, ElvUI completely revamps the entire default WoW user interface in a simple all-in-one package. However, it remains a lightweight addon in terms of system resource consumption and requires very little setup.
Nearly all features of the original Blizzard UI are skinned to provide a polished experience, including action bars, unit frames, raid frames, nameplates, chat frames, and most in-game menus.
ElvUI’s changes to the default WoW UI is all about convenience and aesthetics with the ability to fully customize your UI till it’s to your exact specifications. However, it’s perfect for people who are looking for an easy, one size fits all solution who just want to get back to playing the game as soon as possible.
Do you consider yourself a completionist? Then All the Things is the perfect addon for you – it allows you to track your completion for nearly everything in the game.
This includes tracking of Appearances, Illusions, Mounts, Pets, Toys, Music Rolls, and Titles. Users also have the ability to move and resize the Primary Collections Window, along with the use of filters to fully customize the addon.
Last but not least, there’s fanfare music when you learn anything new, along with extra tooltip information. This is a fun add-on that rewards players who are all about completing collections.
This addon is all about the quality of life improvements to make five-man dungeons a more efficient, fun experience. Its main focus is cleaning up the interface by filtering the information you don’t need to know so you can focus on the information you do need.
DBM is great for tricky boss mechanics. It adds colored raid warnings with icons and concise messages so you know what to do in any given situation. Moreover, bars now show the time remaining along with helpful colors and icons so you know exactly what ability is coming up next and how to handle it.
Want even more features to make your raiding and dungeon experience a less frustrating one, while still using very little of your CPU? GTFO does one very important thing well: warn you when you’re standing in a bad place.
Simple and lightweight, it adds an extra level of situational awareness that even the most seasoned of players can appreciate.
There are four distinct audible alerts depending on your situation.
High alert is the quintessential GTFO alert – in AOE dungeon or raid encounters, it lets you know that you want to move or face the consequences.
The low alert is more of a cautionary one, letting you use your own judgment on whether or not to move when it comes to PvP and low damage AOE. A friendly fire alert lets you know when AOE is radiating from a teammate’s body.
Fail alert lets you know when you didn’t move out of the way of AOE damage in time.
Maybe you’re less of a raider and more of a money maker. Since the market is in a constant state of flux, Auctioneer helps streamline the process of earning a profit through the auction house by effectively appraising items.
It offers an intelligent price to sell a product for, speeding up the process of buying and selling so you can get back to playing the game. Moreover, you can queue auctions so you’re able to list hundreds at a time.
Auctioneer also displays in-depth information for every game item, such as items for quests, recipes, enchanting, milling, prospecting, and more.
Do you see yourself more as an explorer and less of a fighter or merchant? HandyNotes allows you to add notes to WoW’s map as you play.
Through a quick alt-right click on the world map, you’ll open up the ability to type in whatever you need to keep a note of, such as secret entrances, scenic or unique spots for role-playing, treasure chest locations, or rare creature locations.
You can also check out this WoW addon cheat sheet for even more ideas!
By now you’ve probably spotted at least one or two wow addons that you know will improve your gaming experience. These addons are all about improving the aspects of WoW that you find irritating after hours of play, or even tweaks that you wouldn’t have thought of but make your gaming experience all the more enjoyable.
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