Brian Koponen

Programming and Tech Tips

Vanilla World of Warcraft Addon Guide

I have created a new page for World of Warcraft: Classic Addons.

Addons are one of the great features of World of Warcraft. Customizing the game to your play style is really a meta-game in and of itself. Effective use of addons provides so much useful information and makes the game much more enjoyable. They can often automate some of the grunt work, allowing you to focus on the bigger picture.

I have seen some people say that using addons violates the spirit of playing "vanilla." I can tell you this is absolutely false. I played WoW at launch and addon development was a huge part of the game. Originally, the addons could even control the player character movement. That's right; Blizzard essentially built botting into the game. I remember one that let you build a navigation mesh around the world, setting waypoints wherever you wanted. Then you could just type "goto inn" and your character would automatically run to the nearest inn. This was, of course, patched out in the first few months, but it was cool while it lasted.

I have compiled a list of some of the most useful addons for Vanilla World of Warcraft. I have organized these into groups that work well together.


Installation

Addons are placed in your WoW install directory under Interface/Addons. If an addon doesn't show up in game, it is most likely because the folder isn't named correctly. Open the folder of the addon that doesn't appear and there will be a .toc file. The folder name has to match the name of the .toc file exactly (not including ".toc").

In game, on the character select screen, click the Addons button. Increase Script Memory to 512 and check "Load out of date Addons." From this screen you can enable addons on a per-character basis. Many addons are only applicable to certain classes or you may only need the feature on a certain character, so you can disable them on the other characters.


Addons for Making Gold

You can make a lot of money by just being smart about what you sell. A lot of players are literally throwing away cash by not selling items on the auction house or not getting nearly as much as they could if they do. These addons will make sure you maximize your selling potential.


Combat Addons

These addons can improve your combat by giving you more information than the default UI provides.


UI Customization Addons

These addons all replace or alter elements of the user interface. Putting them all together lets you create a completely custom interface. Every element can be customized to your exact design.


Quality of Life Addons

These are general quality of life improvements, handling some of the annoyances or just making certain common actions faster.


Macro Addons

Macros are a big part of playing well in World of Warcraft. These addons will greatly improve your macros.


Conclusion

Addons are so important to enjoying and playing Vanilla World of Warcraft to its fullest. They certainly aren't required, but you should definitely try these out if you haven't already. They can smooth out some of the rough edges of the vanilla experience and were always intended to do exactly that. This list is just scratching the surface of what is available. There are addons that help every class achieve their maximum potential, tons of interface changes and so much more. Check out a site like Addons.us.to to get a sense of what is available.

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