There are some addons that we all know, love, and use -- and have for numerous patches and expansions now. I'm talking about mainstays like Deadly Boss Mods or Recount. But with the new features in Warlords of Draenor (not to mention new addon development), it's worth taking stock of your current addon collection to see if there's something new that might make your gameplay a little easier.
This collection of addons is the WoW Insider team's favorites -- and must-haves -- for tackling Warlords of Draenor content. It doesn't list every addon we use, just our personal favorites and the mods we find particularly useful this expansion. Have your own necessary addons? Let us know about them in the comments!
A lot of complicated work goes into managing your garrison... but you can make it a bit easier on yourself with the right selection of addons. Our very favorite is Master Plan, which offers a range of helpful options to manage your follower missions. Though there are lots of addons that modify this experience, we find Master Plan bundles all the features you need in a single addon. This streamlines your missions UI, nixing the animations and multiple clicks when finishing missions, grouping missions you have the right counters for at the top (and grouping followers by the ones with the right counter-skills when you open a mission page), suggesting groups to succeed in a mission, and more.
If you're looking for streamlining in your work orders instead, you'll want to pick up BulkOrder. BulkOrder does one thing and does it well: it removes the endless clicking to create work orders at garrison buildings. Now, you just need to click on a work order NPC to start all available work orders -- and you can customize it if you don't want to automatically start work orders at a certain building. Spend less time clicking and more time doing stuff!
For keeping track of everything that happens in your garrison, Broker Garrison is what you need. This addon adds an information panel showing mission, shipment, and building information for all of your characters. That's right, this shows info for all of your alts which makes multi-garrison management a breeze. If you have an addon like Bazooka or TitanPanel, Broker Garrison will display in that bar, otherwise it will display data when you hover over its mini-map button.
If you're trying to find all of the ins and outs of this new content, you'll want to pick up HandyNotes_DraenorTreasures which works with HandyNotes to add mini-map notes and locations for treasures and rares across Draenor. As you collect treasure, it will vanish from your mini-map, making it easy to see what you do and don't have. These two addons are must-haves for anyone working on gearing up, collecting achievements, getting XP, or just getting gold: in short, most WoW players.
If you're more interested in rare spawns than rare treasure, you might prefer (or also want to have) _NPCScan and its companion _NPCScan.Overlay. _NPCScan offers a variety of alert options when a rare spawn is nearby while _NPCScan.Overlay shows the areas rares patrol on your map and mini-map. For rare-hunters, this is an essential addon duo.
Raid and dungeon addons
A lot of the standard raiding toolkit is the same as always: you'll probably want Deadly Boss Mods or BigWigs for notifications, oRA3 for raid management, and Grid for arranging your unit frames.
However, there are some lesser-known addons that that we've found just as essential in Warlords and now wouldn't enter a dungeon without. Here are our must-haves:
- GTFO: No one likes standing in the fire (and the inevitable death that follows). GTFO will give you an audible notification when you're standing in something, which can be a real necessity for players with low-power PCs who might not even see what they're standing in -- though some of us are just cursed with poor situational awareness. Fix it with this addon.
- SavedInstances: If you're running more than one character, SavedInstances can be a big help for keeping track of which raids each one has and hasn't completed for the week. This is very helpful if you're running multiple characters through old zones for a chance at mounts and pets by letting you know who's done what... without you having to run all the way to the instance portal.
- Multishot: Stop missing screenshots of boss kills and other memorable events! Multishot will automatically take a screenshot of boss kills, achievements, and other memorable moments for your WoW scrapbook.
- MoveAnything: No, it's not technically a raid addon, but MoveAnything can be an essential part of your raid toolkit. An addon that lets you move any element on the screen, MoveAnything lets you make sure the information you need is where you need it, which can really help up your reaction time in raids and dungeons.
Items and professions
Auction-house addons aren't new, but as the default auction UI has grown ever more cluttered, having an addon to simplify things has become more important. If the auction house is overwhelming you, try Auctioneer or Auctionator. While both of these addons have a bit of a learning curve, they can help simplify your auction-house experience in the long run.
If you're working on professions, you'll want to pick up Ackis Recipe List, which helps you find any recipes you don't yet have. Ackis will scan your recipe list and then offer a list of unlearned recipes and where to get them -- that's dead handy for profession completionists. Just be sure to grab the base addon as well as the module for your specific professions, all of which are updated and ready for Warlords.
Sure, Warlords of Draenor has helped to simplify our inventories with larger stacks and an expanded collection interface, but we still have a lot of stuff in our inventories. If you need help keeping tabs on your inventory -- especially if you're doing a lot of crafting and auctioning -- you'll want to grab ArkInventory, which sorts your inventory and bank into a single, organized, searchable panel. It just doesn't get any easier than that.
Have your own must-have addons in Warlords of Draenor? Let us know about them in the comments!
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