But the fun doesn't end there. The next step is obtaining all those new addons. I've compiled a large set of the essential addons and linked to at least one direct download source after the break. Each download source is either trusted beyond doubt – or tested and confirmed to be virus free.
Finally, you'll want to combine the addons into a nice looking UI. Check out our special edition of Reader UI of the Week for a look at five complete 3.0.2 compatible UIs.
We're posting this list now, and will continue to update it throughout the day. Begin your addon downloads as quickly as possible to avoid hangups later in the day when download servers become overloaded.
- ag UnitFrames
- AtlasLoot Enhanced
- Auctioneer Suite
- Bartender 4
- Bongos (see Dominos)
- Deadly Boss Mods
- Decursive 2.2.0
- Fishing Ace
- MiniMap Button Bag
- Prat 3.0
- Scrolling Combat Text
- Titan Panel
- WoW Instant Messenger
- X-Perl Unit Frames
- These addons should still be considered beta. While the transition from 2.4.3 -> 3.0.2 will be much smoother than the Burning Crusade transition that occurred two years ago, there will still be problems here and there. Be ready to trouble shoot and go without your favorite addon for a bit.
- Your addons are stored in your World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons folder. Be sure to remove all your old addons before you start updating.
- Some old 2.4.3 addons may still work. However your milage may vary.
- After you have updated your addons, select "Load out of date addons" in the addon selection window, which is accessible while you're at the character selection screen. This may help solve a few things.
- WoWInterface has two great resources up: a very large addon list of their own, and a Patch 3.0 Survival Guide.
Updated 4:11 a.m. EDT: Added Omen.
Updated 5:10 a.m. EDT: Added Bagnon, FuBar, FuBar_DominosFu, IceHUD, PitBull, Talented. Removed Omen until a suitable download link becomes available.
Updated 8:10 a.m. EDT: Added AtlasLoot Enhanced, HitsMode, KLHThreatMeter, PallyPower.
Updated 2:15 p.m. EDT: Changed many links to reference addon page so people can get the latest version. Added large 3.0.2 addon list from WoW Interface. Added Fishing Ace, ItemRack, MiniMapButtonBag, Omen, QuestHelper, TotemTimers. Removed Clique.
Updated 2:44 p.m. EDT: Added some more things from WoW Interface in the general reminders.