Posted by Dan O'Halloran @danohalloran
Writer. Father. Gamer. Geek. Not necessarily in that order. @danoh
Dan O'Halloran

Blizzard has really knocked it out of the park with World of Warcraft: Legion. Great storyline, new Demon Hunter class, epic weapons for everyone, and tons of content to keep us all busy. But they still have the same-old basic UI in place.

Fortunately, the WoW gaming community has developed a number of very useful addons. Some make the game UI look a little smoother and others help you get through boss battles easier. Let's look at the most popular ones for the new expansion for new and returning players.

Note: If you see any you like, just download them from the link, then copy them into your World of Warcraft > Interface > Addons folder.

Deadly Boss Mods

Summary: Get on-screen alerts on boss abilities before they happen.

Hands down the most popular addon for World of Warcraft, DBM is your best friend in any dungeon or raid encounter. When you engage a boss mob, it displays on screen countdown timers showing when that creature's next special ability will execute.

This is invaluable information for you to judge when to use your special damage reduction abilities with long cooldowns. It's also good to know when you need to move away from incoming area of effect damage coming from the boss. Don't get caught on a guild run without this addon running and remember to keep it updated regularly.

Note that this download is only for Legion. There are separate DBM modules for older expansions.

Download: Deadly Boss Mods


Summary: Receive audible warning when taking damage from area of effect spell

Most boss encounters in WoW consists of just two things: mitigating damage and not standing in the fire. But all too often we're watching the boss or our UI and not looking at our surroundings until our health has dropped so low that we realize we've been standing in an area of effect damage spell far too long. Cue the shame bell!

GTFO is an addon that lets you know when you are being damaged by an area of effect spell or ability (aka standing in the fire) by emitting a very loud and persistent alarm. You'd think World War III was imminent with the ringing in your ears when this addon triggers. You can't miss it. But at least you won't shame yourself by dying to something you could simply walked out of.

Download: GTFO


Summary: Consolidate all your bag windows into one

The inventory micromanagement game is already taxing enough in WoW, but given you have 5 different personal bags, all of which open in their own windows, its harder than it needs to be.

Bagnon presents the contents of all 5 of your personal inventory bags in one window. It will do the same for your bank and guild inventory as well, making it very easy to find that thing you're looking for that you tucked away three expansions ago. It's a great addon for all players, but especially so if you're a packrat like me.

Download: Bagnon

World Quest Tracker

Summary: Displays all the World Quests into an easy to scan format

The new World Quests that unlock at max level provide a great way to gain better gear, more order resources, additional power for your class artifact weapon and more for you character in Legion. But it's also a big hassle to click into every zone map and hover over every icon to see what's available to do every day.

World Quest Tracker lines up all the WQs available that day on to one map making it easy for you find the ones that you want. There's also filter features available if you don't want to be shown certain kinds of WQs and to see what quests your alts may be working on. The fitering options help hunt down those pesky Kirin Tor an Wardens quests and will help you prioritize quest rewards. Once you try it, you won't believe you lived without it.

Download: World Quest Tracker


Summary: Track your damage output (or healing)

Tanks and healers know if they did a good job in an encounter if everyone is alive when it's over. But for damage dealers the only way to gauge performance is through damage meters.

Recount is the most popular of the damage meter addons due to its simplicity. It tracks all the damage output from each member of the party through each dungeon and each fight. You can also see a breakdown of the damage done by each of your abilities including your pets if you have any. This is a great way to dig into the gritty of your damage over time and there are even some graphical representations if you find those helpful.

Download: Recount


Summary: Customize and configure your action bars

WoW's UI is full of action bars, pet bars, stance bars, bag windows and more. All of these are pretty great as-is, but you can't move them or customize them very much. With Bartender, you can.

Bartender4 allows you to move and scale as well as control the alpha and fade out settings of all 10 action bars and the stance, pet, bag, XP, and reputation bar. It's very handy if you are not using another addon that takes over the entire UI for you like the popular, but more complicated ElvUI. With a UI mod you can reclaim a lot of your screen space, which is always handy for being able to see more threats earlier.

Download: Bartender4


Summary: Navigate the Auction House easily, auto-find the best prices for buying/selling items

WoW's auction house UI is frankly abysmal. It presents very little information and is difficult to navigate especially if you are trying to sell. It forces you to page through hundreds of entries mentally calculating fluctuating bid vs buyout prices across different stacks of the same item while you try to figure out the cheapest way to price your goods. Good luck with that.

Or you can just use Auctionator. It scans the market place for you then presents the cheapest price you should sell your stack of goods based on how much you want to undercut the competition. It's not as fancy as the popular TradeSkillMaster, but it requires far less customizing to get the job done.

Plus, it will add extra information to the tool tip of any sellable item in your bag showing you the current auction value so you can decide if you want to vendor it or put it up for sale. Just make sure to take the time to scan the Auction House every once in awhile to keep the prices current. If you really want to 'play' the Auction House for a huge profit, you'll have to strike out on your own - but Auctionator is an easy way to confidently earn extra gold here and there at your own leisure.

Download: Auctionator

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