World of Warcraft Classic has arrived. Players who manage to get into the game, and aren't stuck in massive queues like this famous streamer, are currently racing through starting areas and reliving the vanilla days of the MMO. Although the goal is to play the original version of the game without any of the changes that came later, some players will still want to enable a few addons to help with quality of life.
QOL addons were a part of the vanilla World of Warcraft experience (right up there with Barrens chat and dancing on the Orgrimmar mailbox), so using select add-ons isn't really outside of the spirit of the game. Particular addons do conflict with the goals of Classic and Blizzard is cracking down on those ones. In general, the limited addon API should do a good job of filtering out additions that Blizzard wouldn't approve of. Let's be honest, we all need map coordinates though, right?
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of every addon players might need. This list contains our favorite general addons for questing, leveling, and general dungeon runs.
This one will help players save a ton of time when they google a quest location and all of the answers only offer coords instead of text descriptions of where to go. The addon simply adds coordinates to your map and minimap, making it easier to describe your location to friends or to find the location of a particular hard to track down NPC or quest item. It'll save you hours in the long run.
If you have been playing Battle for Azeroth or other recent years of WoW, you likely already know all about WeakAuras. The same principles are true for Auras Classic. The mod enhances the user interfaces and makes it much easier to keep track of auras, health, and power.
An intuitive and powerful configuration interface
Custom textures including all textures from Power Auras and Blizzard's spell alerts
Progress bars and textures that show the exact duration of auras
Displays based on auras, health, power (mana, rage, soul shards, holy power, etc.), cooldowns, combat events, runes, totems, items, and many other triggers
Preset and user-defined animations
Custom side-effects such as chat announcements or sounds
Grouping, which allows multiple displays to be positioned and configured at the same time
CPU optimizations such as conditional loading/unloading of displays, modularity, and prevention of full aura scanning
Powerful customization options, such as animation paths, on-show/on-hide code, and custom triggers, for Lua-savvy users
Deciding which quest reward to select or which item to drop from your game when it gets full and there's no vendor around can be a really tough call. Luckily, the Vendor Price addon makes these moments way less painful. As you would expect from its name, this addon allows players to see item values from their bags (similar to the retail WoW experience).
"Tries to replicate displaying the vendor price of items similar to retail WoW. Pressing left ctrl while bags are open will now flash the cheapest grey item in your bags so that you can easily find the cheapest item in your bags to delete if your bags are full and not close to a vendor."
This one can be controversial. If you want to stick with the original Vanilla WoW experience, this mod could be considered too much help. Questie makes questing a lot more intuitive and will save a lot of alt tabbing to google when the quest text doesn't quite explain where players need to go.
"Questie is a quest helper for Classic World of Warcraft. It adds icons to the map for the quests in your log, and shows what quests you can pick up. It's not a guide, but we plan to add integration for any classic guide addons to make sure they work well with questie.
Currently, most of the 1.12 features have been ported in, but a few things may be missing."
Obviously there are dozens of other addons to explore, but these are the day one modifications that we recommend for players who want to make the leveling process a little less painful. Further customization is definitely recommended for hardcore PvP players or Raid players.
Be sure to check back in the coming days for more World of Warcraft Classic strategy guides, news, and updates. Until then, For The Horde!
World of Warcraft Classic releases August 27, 2019 on PC. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available now on PC.