This morning I decided to sit down and write up a post I had been meaning to for awhile. Lately I have been having a significant number of friends returning to World of Warcraft, and among the first questions is always… what Addons do I need? This is as always a personal preference question, but I thought I would take a moment to talk about some of the addons I use and why. I will be snagging screenshots from curse for the purpose of representing the addon given that it is always a pain in the butt to find circumstances that show them off properly.
One real quick note… I use the Curse client to update my addons and generally I find it the best possible option. I highly suggest you check it out.
This is probably the number one addon that I simply cannot function without. At face value it takes all of your bags and presents them in a single window pane, and does the same for pretty much any bag like structure like your bank. What sets this one apart from everything else that essentially does the same thing, is that you can configure virtual bags. This allows you to sort all of your trade goods, or filter your gear in a way so that the highest item level items appear at the bottom of the bag. I also use this as a way of finding what I have gotten that has dropped that is BoE because it appears in a different virtual bag. Configuration has gotten a bit more cumbersome since it first was released but it is well worth the time.
Can I Mog It?
We all know the real end game is looking cool on your characters, and with the release of the Legion pre-expansion patch we got a brand new overhauled Transmog system. I rejoiced at the thought of being able to finally reclaim all of that bank and void storage space that I simply used to keep cosmetic gear around for the purpose of transmogging. However I was a little gunshy about simply just selling it… and the default Blizzard interface made it a little cumbersome to see if you did in fact have an item appearance. This is when “Can I Mog It?” comes to the rescue showing you at a glance on the item tooltip if you have already collected the appearance or if you should send the item to an alt of a specific class or armor type. For me this little peace of mind was super important before I actually started liquidating all of those hard fought appearance items.
If you are anything like me… you are farming old world content to try and get new transmog options. Look I may or may not care more about this system than pretty much anything else in World of Warcraft. As a result you end up with a ton of the various tier tokens that you may or may not remember if you actually have the appearance for. This addon does two important things… firstly it shows you how many appearances you have yet to collect that are unlocked with the token. Secondly it shows you who you actually turn the token in to… which is often times even more important because I don’t always remember which tier turned in at which location because… there have been a lot of raids I have done in World of Warcraft.
Nomi is horrible. NomiCakes makes dealing with him significantly less horrible. What this addon does is simply tell you how many more recipes you can learn with a given consumable. That way you don’t waste resources on something you don’t actually care about. Granted at this point I have not learned everything that is available from any given food item… but at some point I hope to and NomiCakes is going to be there to remind me when that glorious day finally arrives.
This addon doesn’t really need a screenshot because… it isn’t really a screenshot sort of thing. If you raid… get GTFO simple as that. The addon does one thing and does it amazingly well.. and that is play a god awful klaxon noise that you want to stop at all costs… any time you are standing in something bad that deals environmental damage. It is super simple, requires zero configuration and will immediately improve your awareness of bad… because you really don’t want to ever hear that noise again. I especially love this as a tank because sometimes the boss is partially obscuring things that I shouldn’t be standing in… and this addon tells me that I need to move or make my healers hate me.
I love this addon and I am not entirely certain if I can explain why. Largely I go on murderous rampages rather often, and I have definitely been the sort of person that ends up with a world BOE epic in their bag…. and didn’t even realize it. I also sometimes go on farming trips, where I need a specific amount of this or that material… and don’t want to keep having to check my bags to see if I can stop yet. In both cases Loot Toasts helps me to keep an eye on what I just looted. Essentially it allows you to have an area of the screen where things pop up briefly for items you have looted. If it is something that stacks, it shows you both how many you just looted and how many you happen to have in your bags with you. The tooltip is colored based on the rarity of the item so it is pretty easy to see out of the corner of your eye that you might have just gotten something interesting.
World Quest Tracker
World Quests are amazing, and pretty much in my experience the best possible way to gear your alts without tons of effort. On the mobile app you are treated with this great view that summarizes what World Quests are available and what the rewards are… so if you are like me and mostly interested in the ones that drop gear, you can find them quickly. The only negative is that logging into the mobile client, logs you out of the game. What World Quest Tracker does is give you an in game interface to see the same sort of information, as well as adding in hooks for things like TomTom to give you waypoints to find where the quests start. You have all sorts of filtering options that allow you to show say only Order Resources quests, or only quests that will help you complete a certain Emissary quest. To make things even better… when you are on the flight map you can see all of the available World Quests so it makes picking the nearest flight path an ease. I could not seriously imagine existing in Legion without this addon… much in the same way as Master Plan seemed to be a requirement for functioning in Warlords.
One of the big challenges this expansion is the fact that Mythic Dungeons are essentially the new Heroic Dungeons, and that they come with a bizarre weekly lockout timer. I always struggle with remembering who is locked to which zones, and while I can simply hit /raidinfo to see this information… I found that I didn’t quite have the all in one interface that I really wanted. Saved Instances is a widget that is added to your map border that gives you a quick chart of who has a lockout to which content. I find this especially handy for farming old world content and raids, when I am trying for mounts or pets. It will also keep track of the reroll tokens and who has used them… and who has yet to redeem them for the week.
One of my favorite things about tanking in Final Fantasy XIV was the way that they chose to display threat. It not only gave me an awareness of all of the targets in play, but gave me a quick at a glance view of which ones I had aggro on. In the past I used a custom them for Tidy Plates to do this same sort of thing, but in coming back to World of Warcraft I happened across Enemy Grid. It gives you a quick list of all of the available targets and if grays out the ones that you do not currently have aggro on. Simple and easy and something I have gotten used to having in my arsenal of information.
The Boring Stuff
This is by now means a complete list of my addons, but more a list of the ones that I find particularly interesting. My base UI is cobbled together from a bunch of addons that I have used for as long as I can remember, and it creates an interface that I am comfortable and familiar with. I don’t generally go for the whole minimalist thing… and my UI is way more busy than most people would like… however it works for me and is what I am comfortable with. Here is a run down of some of the things that I didn’t talk about that I am simply too used to now to give up.