Archive

Cleaning It Up: Comparing and Contrasting Popular WoW Bag Addons

Updated Sat, Jun 01, 2013 by Mem

Header


At some point while playing World of Warcraft you will be roused fr4om your killing and looting to the fact that your character simply cannot carry another thing. Your bags are full, your bank is full, and lets not even talk about what your Void Storage container looks like. It is a giant mess and someone needs to take on the task of cleaning it up, unfortunately you are the only volunteer.


Thankfully, cleaning up your bags doesn't have to to be such a chore, thanks to the dozens of mods out there designed to aid you in this very task. Which to choose though? This week we have taken on three of the most popular bag organization mods; Bagnon, ArkInventory, and Compactor, and dissected them to reveal their similarities and differences. All have their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully you will find the perfect match for you after reading about them below.



Bagnon


Pros

Bagnon is lightweight and easy to use from the initial install with no extra work really needed. It merges your bags into one giant bag that makes it substantially easier to find items. If you do manage to lose an item, you can use the search feature at the top of your bags. This search allows the player to searched using item name, quality, item level, and a host of other options.


Bagnon also takes over your Bank, Guild Bank, and Void Storage. Using Bagnon you can view the Void Storage and bank of any character from anywhere, by simply opening up your bags and right clicking on the tiny bag icon in the top left corner. You may also choose to search both bank and Void Storage from here as well. Bagnon offers basic customization options that are perfect for someone who is looking for a more no frills, just the basics mod.


Bagnon


Cons

While Bagnon gets the job done, it leaves a lot to be desired in the customization department. Not to mention that many more advanced features that other bag addons offer are only available in Bagnon if you download additional addons, not a desirable thing for those players who like to keep things light and simple. Bagnon's user interface is also far from the most eye pleasing addon I have ever seen.


ArkInventory


Pros

ArkInventory is a bit more heavy than similar bag mods, but with good reason. This mod has a little bit of everything packed into it. Inventory in one bag? Check. Search feature? Check. Cool options for customization? Check. ArkInventory looks great and makes bag organization a breeze. For example, this mod has a handy button that allows the player to re-stack items, clearing up potential bag spaces with just a click. Not to mention that you are never likely to lose anything again as you can assign categories to the virtual bars the mod sets up so that items you place in that category are displayed on the bars they are assigned to. Top top it off players may view every conceivable storage space they have including Guild Bank, Mail, Pet, Mount, Auctions, and more.


ArkInventory


Cons

While it is difficult to find cons with this particular mod, there are indeed a few. ArkInventory is bulky, meaning that there is a little bit of everything thrown into this mod. It is all useful, but it may be a turn off for players looking for something more simplistic. With options and customizations galore, this mod is not for those


Combuctor


Pros

Combuctor is a little bit of ArkInventory and a little bit of Bagnon all rolled into one. This mod is visually pleasing, with a few customizable options that allow the player to shape it to their personal preferences. Players can view their inventory and bank from anywhere in the world and Combuctor slims down both into one easy to view bag. From here players can view items based on quality and also search for individual items. The bank has various tabs so players can conveniently view select sets of items. Combuctor has a host of complimentary mods that allow this mod to take on even more functions.


Combuctor


Cons

Combuctor is much like Bagnon in that it is less visually appealing than ArkInventory. Also like Bagnon, additional mods are needed to gain all the functions available for the mod instead of it coming in one tidy package. The base mod also does not appear to have the ability to access Void Storage or any other storage unit in the game.


Conclusion

All of the mods mentioned above are excellent in their own right. There is really no right or wrong choice here. Which mod you choose should be based on what you want and which mod ends up appealing to you the most. So get out there, try them out for yourself and get your bags looking clean and organized! Also feel free to share with us which bag mod you prefer (even if it is not listed here) and why!

TBag-shefki doesn't get nearly enough respect. Fully customizable, allowing you 32 distinct grid locations to assign item categories to, then allowing you to assign individual items to said categories, it's fully automated once it's set up. Items appear in the same relative place (no matter where the "really" are) and you can re-sort to clean things up.

Don't know how I ever played without it.

News from around the 'Net