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Addon Spotlight: How to update GupPet and more


Each week, WoW Insider's Mathew McCurley brings you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which focuses on the backbone of the WoW gameplay experience: the user interface. Everything from bags to bars, buttons to DPS meters and beyond -- your addons folder will never be the same.

We have a couple of fun topics to talk about today on Addon Spotlight, mostly notably what to do with GupPet, my personal favorite mount addon that hasn't been updated in some time. It makes me very sad, you might imagine, that this robust beauty of an addon is sitting unmanned and not updated, requiring my own hand to make things right.

In addition, we've got some questions about action bars and bags, both incredibly important topics. Let's get to it, shall we?
Hi Mathew,

Guppet hasn't been updated in some time and it doesn't recognize the Flameward Hippogryph. I was wondering if there is another add-on that does a similar function (i.e. randomizing mount selection). I have a ton of mounts across multiple characters and I like to just be surprised what pops out sometimes. Thanks a ton.

GupPet is in a sad state of affairs. The addon is one of my favorites, period, for its robust pet and mount configuration. Not only can you set priorities and preferences for all of your mounts when you want to randomly call them, but auto-companion pet summoning is included, as well as a built-in collector's interface for finding all of the pets and mounts you are missing. One-button random summoning, 3-D model mount and pet preview, mage, druid, and shaman class support, and more is right there in the package. There's a problem: It hasn't been updated since January.

The basic addon still works and does not cause conflicts, but the addon's pet and mount database is woefully outdated since there has been a lot of stuff added since the beginning of the year. If you're a GupPet user, you can easily add your own pets and mounts to the addon so that the database will be complete, and you can access those mounts to give them priority, allow them to be part of the random mount selection and more.

Illume created a wonderful guide last month on Grimmtooth's blog detailing the exact method of going about adding your own mounts to GupPet's database. I recommend reading it over to see exactly how this process is done (with pictures!), but here are the basic steps:

  • Go to your GupPet folder and find the Gup_MountData.lua. Open it up with your text editor.
  • Find a mount that acts like the mount you're adding. Example: Flameward Hippogryph is both a ground mount and flying mount, just like the Flying Machine.
  • Copy the similar mount information (don't forget to keep the two dashes). Go to Wowhead and find the ItemID of the new mount (the mount itself, not the item that teaches you the mount). The ItemID appears in the URL for the item. For the Flameward Hippogryph, it would be 97359.
  • Copy the ItemID over the similar mount's copied information, change the name of the mount, and save.
  • You did it!
Is it a bit complicated? Yes. Is it worth it? Double yes. GupPet is still one of the most full-featured and intricate pet and mount addons to date, and I will be very sad when it finally dies. Until then, we can forge ahead and fix it ourselves, the stalwart ladies and gentlemen that we are.

Here is a list of the newest mounts that you can add to your own Gup_MountData.lua instead of having to find it all yourself, up to today's article. Copy these into their respective sections in the file:

[97359]={[1]=true,[10]=true},--Flameward Hippogryph
[98727]={[1]=true,[10]=true},--Winged Guardian
[96503]={[1]=true,[10]=true},--Amani Dragonhawk
[98204]={[1]=true},--Amani Battle Bear
[96491]={[1]=true},--Armored Razzashi Raptor
[96499]={[1]=true},--Swift Zulian Panther
[98718]={[20]=true,[21]=true},--Poseidus (Subdued Seahorse)

I will update GupPet users when new mounts come out, most likely as patch 4.3 comes closer to release. Also, it's recommended to downgrade your GupPet to the last release (version 2.017), as it is less buggy than the newest 2.018 release.

The bars, they are a-changin'
Hi Mat,

I have been playing WoW for quite some time. I am a bit of an altoholic. I have 7, 85's, 2 70's and an 80. I do this because I get bored. All of them are duel spec. I use Dominos atm for a bar add-on.

My biggest pet peeve after resetting WoW or changing my bars around is the fact that I have to build the first spec with all my spells lumped into their own little groups such as PvP Cd`s/ DPS/ AOE/Mounts/food/pot's/professions. Then I take a screen shot. I switch to the secondary spec and put all the spells in the exact same way, (for familiarity purposes)then I make the necessary adjustments to fit put the spells in for my secondary spec.

It is very time consuming. I was wondering if knew of an add-on that would copy my spells from my primary spec action bar to my secondary spec action bar, without having to take the screen shot and manually replace them all into place.

Best Regard's
I would recommend an addon that I previewed a while back called Action Bar Saver. This addon allows you to save button and spell layouts and restore them with a simple command.

I was under the impression that WoW already changed your bars and layouts automatically when you swapped specs, much like how your bars change when you enter stealth or a vehicle. So for the initial setup, I would try something like Action Bar Saver. Hopefully, this gets you over that initial setup hurdle and gets you playing your alts faster.

AdiBags is my new go-to answer

I think this would be the kind of thing for addon spotlight, but I get the titles for the articles I read confused sometimes.

In one of your previous articles, you suggested ArkInventory as a bag addon, and since I was rebuilding my UI at the time, I decided to give it a shot. Now I can't live without it. But it's by far my largest addon and I fear it's slowing me down. I've tried using Bagnon and a couple others, but every addon I've tried is missing one very crucial thing. I find myself unable to live without the restack button. It's amazing. The ridiculous amount of herbs I eat through doing Inscription (and of course you cant mill them if they aren't in nice stacks of 5), the many stacks of items I have in my banks, and it even moves things to specialized bags that they can go into if they aren't already there. I could deal without the sorting and the frame art of Ark if I needed to, but I really missed the restack button when I
tried other addons. Is there another addon with this feature? I have been unable to find one.

If you want the ArkInventory experience without the potential bloatedness that ArkInventory can bring, check out AdiBags. It provides a little button on top of your bags with a "T" for Tidy Bags. Pressing this button will tidy up your bags, restacking items together and working exactly the way you want it to. AdiBags was also the subject of my recent Queue, where people were enthralled at my bag addon in the screenshot. Are you still not on the AdiBags bandwagon?

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