I get a ton of questions about my UI. I’ve put a lot of work into it, so that question isn’t something I can just answer with a list of addons and call it a day, because most of what makes my UI useful is how I use those addons. Similarly, it seems that I can’t simply compile an addon pack on Curse because I can’t upload my settings with it, therefore making it useless. (Side note: if anyone knows of a good way to upload addons with the wtf folder, please let me know.)
I divided my addons up into five categories:
- Buffs and Debuffs
- Combat Addons
- Unit Frames, Action bars, and Cast bars
- Fluffy Addons
- WeakAuras: Most of the auras you see on my YouTube videos are WeakAuras.
- Power Auras Classic: I use Power Auras for situational boss buffs/debuffs, but those are pretty easy to make on your own (and most of my boss guides include them).
For a complete description and list of my brewmaster-specific import strings, please read the blog post I wrote about my Weak Auras.
Note: The rest of this page has not been updated for Mists of Pandaria, though the majority of the addons still function the same.
Buffs and Debuffs
- Rogue Power Bars: Standard personal buff/debuff monitor. Very easy to customize.
- SatrinaBuffFrames: Tracking raid buffs and long debuffs (like exhaustion, because I don’t like those 10 minute buffs cluttering up my debuff frame).
- Elkano’s Buffbars: Tracking short debuffs like what you see in encounters.
- BuffEnough: Little transparent square that changes colors depending on whether you have all your raid buffs.
- Vengeance Status: Bar that illustrates how much Vengeance you currently have.
I’ve set up Rogue Power Bars with three different groups. The first is located directly above my player unit frame and shows durations of personal buffs like Survival Instincts and Enrage. The second is located in the middle, above my target of target frame, and tracks only a limited set of buffs/debuffs that are related to my rotation and each other, such as Lacerate, Pulverize, Rip, and Savage Roar. The third group, located over my target unit frame, contains debuffs that I don’t need to constantly watch, like Mangle and Faerie Fire.
- Death Note: Tracks the combat log events prior to any raid member’s death.
- Deadly Boss Mods
- Ovale Spell Priority: Rotational aid I use for cat form single target.
- MikScrollingBattleText: Scrolling combat text mod.
- Omen Threat Meter
- Combo Points Redux: Simple combo point tracker.
- Raeli’s Spell Announcer: /says Cooldowns to the raid. I use mine to announce Survival Instincts, Frenzied Regeneration, and battle rez.
This is all pretty standard raider fare. If you decide to use Ovale, use Leafkiller’s 4.3 Ovale Script. It’s far superior to the default feral druid script. I personalize it further by removing any suggestions for Bear rotations (anything inside “if Stance(1)” brackets), because it suggests a dps rotation which is usually not best for a tank.
Death Note is my favorite addon for tanking. It displays the events leading up to your death, including cooldown usage and heals, so that you can figure out exactly how you died. It’s great for trying to find places for improvement and I highly recommend it for tanks and raid leaders.
Unit Frames, Action bars, and Cast bars
- Pitbull Unit Frames
- Tidy Plates: Floating health bar mod that illustrates useful things like threat levels, personal debuffs, and combo points.
- Dominos: Action bar addon. This one is my favorite because it’s super easy to create keybinds or move around bars.
- Grid: Raid frame mod.
- Quartz: Cast bar replacement.
Out of all of these, Tidy Plates is the most helpful for a tank.
- FishingAce: Fishing aid addon that lets you cast whenever you have a fishing pole equipped by simply right-clicking.
- Crap Away!: Automatically sells any gray inventory items whenever you interact with a vendor.
- _Cursor: Adds pretty trails of color to your cursor.
- Prat: Adds useful functionality to your chat box like timestamps and colors.
- WoW Instant Messenger: Separates whispers into their own special pop up window.
- TipTac: Adds useful information to your mouseover tooltips like spec, total health, etc.
- Chinchilla Minimap: Minimap that isn’t distracting overkill.
- AdiBags: Bag organizing addon. Separates different types of items into clean categories.
- Addon Control Panel: Addon manager that lets you turn on/off addons without logging out.
- Clique: Binds skills to click actions when you interact with grid or unit frames. I only use it for battle rez when clicking on Grid, but it does make my battle rezes very fast.
- Mapster: World map addon.
- Nice Damage: Changes the font of your damage.
- Outfitter: Manages your gear sets. Very useful for druids, who have many different gear sets.
- RatingBuster: Converts your combat ratings into actual percentages (like 100 critical strike rating => 1% crit).
DownloadsPlease note that these are just my config files – you will have to download the actual addons yourself.
- WeakAuras Configurations (right-click > Save as).
Save it under:
“World of Warcraft/WTF/Account/YOUR_ACCOUNT/SavedVariables/”
- Most other Addon Variables (right-click > Save as).
Unzip it and copy the “SavedVariables” folder to:
“World of Warcraft/WTF/Account/YOUR_ACCOUNT/YOUR_SERVER_NAME/YOUR_CHARACTER_NAME/”
You can also open the folder and copy select .lua files into your Saved Variables directory, if you don’t want to install the whole mess.