• Daniel Falconer

The best and essential World of Warcraft addons you need to get the most out of Shadowlands

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If you’re looking to make the most of your experience with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, then we’ve got some fantastic suggestions as to which addons you should be downloading ahead of the expansion’s launch later tonight (11pm BST, November 23rd, 2020).

Of course, unless you feel like manually extracting each of the addons and applying them to the game yourself, you could do with new desktop app Overwolf, following the removal of the Twitch desktop app addon extension. Simply download the app and Overwolf will do the rest.

So, which of the countless WoW addons available should you be installing? Here are our top, essential picks…

Deadly Boss Mods

Undoubtedly the most popular addon across Azeroth is Deadly Boss Mods. If you're hoping to join up with friends or other players online in raids, dungeons and special events, then you'll be expected to have this installed.

Special events will appear on screen, such as flashes, warning messages and unmistakable sounds to draw your attention to anything that critically needs it, amplifying those big boss battle feels so you can have the best experience possible.

Even if you crash or disconnect during a boss fight, DBM will request the timer and combat status info from other DBM users in your group, to deliver perfect timers to your screen.


Let’s face it, the action bars in the default version of WoW are an ugly mess. They’ve needed updating for some time, but for some reason or another, Blizzard haven’t bothered to give them a facelift. That may be due to the majority of longterm players turning to the addon Bartender4 to help them clean up their screen.

Extremely flexible and customisable, the addon gives support for 10 action bars, as well as your stance bar, pet bar, bag bar, XP/reputation bar and micro menu. You can change the transparency, size and position of each of these bars, giving you the most personal user interface you could possibly have. What’s not to love?

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One thing many of us cannot stand in WoW is a messy bag setup. Someone felt this so strongly, that they created the Bagnon addon. This is a simple fix to having a number of different bags to open; Bagnon will instead combine all of them into one huge bag, allowing you access to all of your carried items with just one click, rather than searching through each of your bag tabs.

As if that wasn't enough, you're also able to view the items of all alternate characters on your account, even if those items happen to be in the bank. There's even a search engine feature if you're looking for something specifically. I wish I'd come across this one sooner. Get it installed!

Details! Damage Meter

If you're playing as a damage-dealing class in Shadowlands, and you want to be taken seriously in your dungeons and raids, then you're going to want a damage-per-second meter up on your screen that tells you just how well you're doing. Details! Damage Meter is the best one available.

Not only does it collect your information, but that of everyone in your party, so you can judge failed raids accordingly without having to go through the combat log.

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World Quest Tracker

Ever since the arrival of WoW expansion Legion back in 2016, World Quests have been available as an optional task for those looking for big rewards and XP boosts. They’re scattered across various zones, but without the World Quest Tracker addon, you’ll have to stumble across them to make them trigger.

Install this and that problem will disappear. You'll be able to check if there are any World Quests essential to aiding you in your journey and track each of them all at once, rather than going from one to the next and reopening your map over and over again. There’s even a stats screen included so you can track your cumulative rewards and completed quests.

With Shadowlands, World Quests will now be overhauled and presented as Covenant Callings. Whether or not this addon will be viable with the arrival of those remains to be seen; hopefully a patch will be put into place for a smooth transition!


Whenever you spot a star on your map, you're left wondering if it's something worth fighting for. RareScanner will help you come to that decision even sooner, displaying a button in the middle of your screen with the name of the rare available along with a rate drop. It’s a great way to cut down on wasting time; something everybody hates when a new expansion drops!

WeakAuras 2

Special graphics will appear on screen once you've installed WeakAuras 2, indicating buffs, debuffs and status effects that would otherwise just be shown with numbers and the like. It's incredibly helpful in massive raids, where your eyes are flicking all over the screen without it.

Either program your own custom elements, or import a template of another player. There are countless scripts out there available to use, so do some browsing and find one that's right for you.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches November 23rd, 2020 in the UK and November 24th, 2020 in the United States.