Mods I Use
* – updated for WoW 3.3.0
* – not updated for 3.3.0, but still functions
* – currently broken in 3.3.0
*Altoholic – Informational mod that tells me what items are on which characters, as well as which characters know which recipes. Also acts as an interface to share this info with my guild.
*Autobar – Consolidates buttons into pop-up button menus, saving lots of room. For example, all of my professions are accessible through one designated button that expands on mouseover.
*Bad Moon Rolling – Custom loot rolling mod created by and for my guild, Bad Moon Rising. It makes loot distribution go much faster.
*Bartender – Allows me to fully customize all of the action bars on screen in almost any manner I can dream of. Helps to de-clutter my UI as well as consolidate abilities.
*ButtonFacade – This makes all my action bars pretty shapes. The small round circles are much nicer on the eyes than the borderless squares.
*Clsaver – Simple toggle on-and-off for combat log recording, which can then be uploaded to log parsers such as WWS for further perusal.
*DoTimer – Initially a Warlock mod, this addon helps me track my long cooldowns so I know when things are ready to be popped again.
*Immersion RP – Roleplaying mod that lets me set a character description, as well as view the descriptions of other players. Also includes a ‘Social’ tab that allows me to add custom titles to other players.
*ItemRack – Quick and easy-to-use interface for swapping gear. Good for off-spec and roleplaying gear alike.
*LunarSphere – Completely customizable sphere mod. I’ve organized almost all of my abilities into this mod with a combination of alternate-click buttons and pop-out menus. Sadly, I am completely lost without this add-on.
*Omen – The number-one, absolute must-have mod for instancing. Omen is a threat meter that not only shows you your threat relative to the other players’, but also alerts you when you’ve climbed too high (or low!) in threat.
*Pitbull 3.0 – Lets me change the appearance of unit frames on my UI, as well as adding the nifty 3d portraits. I really like those.
*PowerAuras – Is it obvious yet that I have a preference towards completely customizable mods? The flexibility of this mod is fantastic for reminding me to keep my Serpent Sting up, or even my Hunter’s Mark.
*Quartz – Customizable casting timers that include a Global Cooldown Timer. This was indispensable for shot weaving pre-WotLK, now helpful for timing Steady Shot and Volley spamming.
*Titan Panel – Adds the bar along the top of my screen with customizable information widgits. I mainly need it for the repair and money trackers.
*Recount – This mod is a dps staple, not just for single-fight numbers but for post-instance reviewing as well. Since WWS started slipping in its accuracy, Recount has kept me sane in double-checking my performance.
*Scrolling Combat Text – Replaces Blizzard’s standard SCT with a far more customizable version.
*SexyMap – Pretties up my minimap, also allowing me to drag it wherever I like. Happily hides away the five million buttons cluttering up its borders, too!
*Watcher – Combines a custom-made shot priority list with cooldown information to help me maximize my dps.
*WIM – Takes all your whispers and organizes them into a nifty tabbed window, just like an instant messaging program. Incredibly handy.
Add-ons, or UI modifications, are an active use of the open .lua coding that Blizzard has implemented into the World of Warcraft. All mods that you see online are ‘unofficial’ – that is, not created nor supported by Blizzard. As a result, they all qualify squarely as ‘use at your own risk’.
Blizzard also forbids the selling of mods to players, so if you ever find a website that is charging for their add-on, you’re being ripped off.
The fanbase for WoW is incredibly large, and several websites exist that host and distribute addons for players. The vast majority of these sites keep themselves afloat from advertisments, which can on rare occasions contain malicious scripts. I personally stick to using WoWAce and WoW Interface whenever possible, as well as installing NoScript on my Firefox browser.
Lastly, avoid auto-installers or auto-updaters for mods at all costs. Yes, they will save you time, but if a virus-infested file was uploaded to their server, your computer will be compromised as well. By downloading the files yourself, you have the ability to decide exactly what is installed on your computer.