World of Warcraft is undoubtedly the king of the MMO world right now, and if you are like 11 million others you are currently playing daily. What could possibly enhance your enjoyment of the massive fantasy world of Azeroth more? The answer to that question is really easy, the proper addons.
First let me explain what an addon is for those who may not know. An addon is an enhancement for the World of Warcraft user interface that makes in game tasks easier. They may help you manage your bags, casting bars, or even your equipment. There is an addon for just about anything that you can think of and using them will make your life so much easier.
Everyone in World of Warcraft has their own favorites but there are a few addons that almost everyone uses and in this article I will tell you what they are.
1.) Threat Meters
As you fight a creature in World of Warcraft you build up threat. Threat is a measure of just how much the creature currently hates you. You want to know where you appear on the creature's threat list to either avoid gaining agro in the case of casters or gain agro for tanks.
Threat meters are not that important to the solo World of Warcraft player but if you group with others it becomes very important, especially if you are in a raid. Nearly all raid guilds require that you have a specific threat meter addon.
There are a number of threat meter addons but the most popular by far is Omen. It as well as most of the other addons that we are going to discuss can be found at wow.curse.com.
2.) Management Addons
In World of Warcraft you will have many things that need to be managed. As I said before there are addons for almost anything that you can think of but there is one addon package that will help you manage you casting bars, mail, buffs and much more. That addon is called CTMods.
There are two additional World of Warcraft addons that deserve to be in this section as well. They are Fubar and Titan. If you start adding a number of addons to your interface you are going to find your screen filling up with buttons for them. Fubar and Titan help by allowing you to add bars to the bottom or top of your screen to house these buttons and keep your screen neat and organized.
Last but not least in this section is a handy addon called Ark Inventory. It allows you to manage not only your bags and bank but allows you to view the guild bank and the bank of all of you other characters from anywhere in World of Warcraft.
3.) Specialized Addons
In this section of our World of Warcraft addons we come to those that serve a specialize purpose. Most are class specific.
Hunters will fall in love with Zhunter. It gives you an independent bar for your traps, tracking, aspects, and pet buttons thus opening up your regular bars quite a bit.
World of Warcraft healers (Holy Priests, Restoration Druids, Holy Paladins, and Restoration Shaman) will find Heal Bot to be invaluable. This addon places a frame on your screen with the names of everyone in the raid or group. You set up your mouse buttons to cast the spells that you need and then just click on the name. Gone are the days of frantically trying to target a player to get cast a healing spell on them before they die.
Warlocks might find Necrosis very handy for managing shards, stones, reagents and other warlock specific functions. Nearly every World of Warcraft warlock that I know uses this addon.
This list of World of Warcraft addons is far from being all inclusive, there are thousands of addons and everyone has different taste when it comes to them, My goal with this article is to give you a place to start when building your addon collection and make your life easier.
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