Updated Sat, Nov 24, 2012 by Mem
If you are anything like me (and millions of other players), addons have become important part of your World of Warcraft game play. No matter if you have just a few or more than you can count, addons make life just a little bit easier for all of us. With the addition of the Monk in the Mists of Pandaria expansion a whole new realm of potential addons lies before us. While Monk addons are not abundant as of yet, they soon will be.
I decided to explore this new addon niche and take a look around the web at the Monk addons currently available for World of Warcraft. Below you will find my top five selections that I feel are a step above the rest and as such deserve to be shared with you, the Ten Ton Hammer community. Enjoy!
Monk Timers is a cooldown and buff monitoring addon that is (if you had not guessed) specifically designed for the Monk class. Sure you could probably get the same results by combining several other addons, but why do all that work? Monk Timers gives you exactly what you need, in a sleek, easy to use, and best of all; lightweight package. Check out Monk Timers in action in the picture below:
Mistweaver is exclusively for those Monks out there that focus their powers into healing. The Mistweaver addon does what addons like Grid, Clique, and Healbot do, except that this addon comes out of the package geared for your Monk. That means that this addon works with almost no setup required. While the overall design of the addon may seem a bit clunky at first, once you get used to it, you will find that this addon is really a life saver when it comes to Monk healing in World of Warcraft.
WWHelper is designed for use by the Windwalker Monk. This addon is used to monitor auras and cooldowns for this spec. Not enough for you? The authors of WWHelper have also programed this mod to give you helpful advice on which ability should be used in order to avoid wasting both Chi and power. You can't ask for much more than that in an addon. Once again, while this could be achieved by using a combination of other addons, I personally prefer something that is designed for the class right out of the box. Like the look of WWHelper but play a Brewmaster Monk? Be sure to check out BMHelper an addon designed by the same author.
Do you love your Monk but hate the standard Blizzard Chi bar? Apparently someone else felt the same way and did something about it. ChiEnergyBar allows you to customize the way both your energy bar and Chi points look. Both bars can be moved and customized totally separate from each other with a variety of addons and textures sure to please just about everybody. Even if you aren't into drastically changing the look of these bars you can also choose to simply re-size them, hide your energy bar when you are out of combat, or even hide your empty energy points. Check out the image below to see just a sample of what ChiEnergyBar can do.
We have something for the Windwalkers and Mistweavers so it is only fair that the last addon to round out my top 5 is one aimed specifically at the Brewmaster Monk. Brewmaster Tao is a lightweight addon that doesn't seem to do much at all, but the small things it does do are pretty darn important. This World of Warcraft addon tracks both total Stagger damage waiting to be taken and the internal cooldown for Power Strikes. Brewmaster Monks must be always aware of these things to be successful in their game play. With more tacking features and options planned in the future, Brewmaster Tao is a must have for any series Brewmaster Monk.
Have you tried any of the addons listed above?
What are some of your favorite addon specifically designed for the Monk class? Do you have any ideas for addons that you want to see created for the Monk in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria? Be sure to share them with us in the comment section below!