Updated Thu, Sep 13, 2012 by Mem
While the World of Warcraft interface has come quite a ways since it's initial launch back in 2004, in the minds of players like me, it still needs some tweaking. At no time is this tweaking more important than at the launch of a brand spanking new expansion. With Mists of Pandaria almost upon us, it is time to really dig in and get your user interface into gear.
Thankfully, this is easily done by delving into the world of user created addons. Here players will find almost everything they have ever dreamed of when it comes to modifying their user interface and more. With such a huge selection of addons the problem often becomes deciding which are essential, especially with the launch of a new expansion looming over your head.
While we can't tell you exactly which addons you should use, we can offer some suggestions on the mater. Below you will find my personal list of must have addons for the release of Mists of Pandaria, all of which are designed to make my play experience easier and more enjoyable. Hopefully some of them will prove to provide the same things to your game.
A new expansion, like Mists of Pandaria, means lots of new additions to the game. Some of these new additions will undoubtedly come in the form of new and exciting instances and inside these instances players will find bosses aplenty to be defeated. Things could get a little hairy the first few times you and your group takes on these new instances, but you can easily improve your chances of success by downloading one simple addon: Deadly Boss Mods.
For those of you not familiar with it, Deadly Boss Mods provides the player with a set of timers and warnings for boss encounters inside World of Warcraft from simple 5 man encounters to high end raid content. Thanks to this mod players will find themselves in the know when it comes to boss abilities and easily be able to save themselves from certain doom, making this mod essential for Mists of Pandaria. Even after these boss fights become familiar and even easy, having the gentle reminder from Deadly Boss Mods to move out the fire, or avoid poison spray, is something that every player will find they welcome.
Want to add this mod to your collection? Download Deadly Boss Mods at World of Addons.
One of the most important things a player can know in any aspect of World of Warcraft is exactly where things are, including themselves. This holds especially true in regard to a new expansion where there will be new quests, new things to collect, and new lands to explore. Information about where things can be found will be limited at first and when it can be found will typically come in the form of number coordinates. For those without a mod, these coordinates may as well be in some long forgotten language.
The answer to this dilemma comes in the form of a simple addon called Coordinates. When installed Coordinates will show the player's coordinates on the minimap as well as on the bottom of the world map. Simple and usable upon install with no tweaking necessary, players will never again wonder where they are or where that elusive object they are seeking can be found.
Download Coordinates at World of Addons.
As Mists of Pandaria rolls in so will a slew of new factions and we will all find ourselves doing mundane and sometimes even ridiculous tasks to impress them and earn their favor. Keeping track of the various factions, your reputation with them, as well as the items associated with these factions can be a dizzying experience. This is especially true for those players who will also continue to work on old factions as well as the new. The answer to this confusion comes in the form of a mod called FactionFriend.
FactionFriend not only keeps track on the various factions you are currently working on, but also will let the player know exactly how much more they could earn by turning in the various items they may have in their possession. Need to know when you will earn a new standing with Therazane? FactionFriend will tell you. Have a stash of faction related objects that you are unsure of who to turn in to? FactionFriend will tell you. Installing FactionFriend for MIsts of Pandaria will ensure that you have one less thing to worry about in game.
Download FactionFriend at Gazmik Fizzwidget's Superior Gadget & Doodad Emporium.
Pet Battles are destined to be the hot new thing in Mists of Pandaria. Players who have never had an interest in pets before will find themselves running out to find the most unqiue of these to send into battle. These players could simply buy these pets off the Auction House in the brand new pets tab set up especially for this purpose, however, those thrifty players among us will choose to farm up these pets instead.
As we all know, farming can be a discouraging buisness, especially when you find that you are exceptionally unlucky. Somewhere around the 1000th kill we all find ourselves wondering how many mobs we have actually killed and what chance we should have had to get the pet to drop by now. A mod by the name of Bunny Hunter can easily answer both of those questions for you. Simply kill any mobs that drop any of the rare pets the mods supports and it will spit out a report letting you know how many mobs you've looted that could potentially drop the pet you seek, how long you've spent farming, and the chance that you should have gotten the pet to drop.
While some may wonder how this information will be useful, those of us who have spent countless hours farming know that just know the truth. These little tidbits of information are sometimes all that keep you from certain insanity while farming. Because of this, Bunny Hunter is a must have for those seeking out those rare pets in Mists of Pandaria.
Download Bunny Hunter from World of Addons.
While most of us will find ourselves on equal footing in Mists of Pandaria, it never hurts to know someone's history. That is why I for one will not go into the newest World of Warcraft expansion without downloading the newest version of Playerscore. Playerscore provides a host of helpful information including complete raiding history, equipment layout, primary stats, talent spec, and even allows players to rate other players using a thumbs up or thumbs down system. Playerscore also comes complete with a character auditing system that will let you know if players have missing or bad gems, enchantments or missing equipment. Using this information you can easily weed out those players you should avoid in Mists of Pandaria and those you will want along in your groups.
Download Playerscore at World of Addons.
What are some addons that you just have to have in Mists of Pandaria? Share them with us in the comment section below!