WTF LOLIs there anyone who uses no addons? I mean no addons at all.

Addons are great. The ones I’ve used pretty much fall into three categories: Essential; Useful and Pretty. I love them but they eat precious game resources and will slowly erode the performance of the game. I recently reduced my addon usage from over 125 to 87. However, running WoW through Wine in Linux Ubuntu I’ve had to scale my addons right back to the real essentials. So here they are, all 15 that I currently have installed and just have to have.

Bartender4 – replacement action bar. There are others, but this is the one I’ve got used to. It handles paging (where a new set of action buttons, for spells etc, is loaded when changing stances/specs) as well as the Blizzard bars and takes up far less screen real estate.

AmpereAmpere – a tekkub addon designed to ease addon management. You can load, enable and disable addons without logging out. Perfect for none essential addons you may only need occasionally. See Altoholic below.

Healbot – I can’t Priest heal without this addon. Healbot offers a grid that shows raid/part member’s health. the clever part is that you can then configure how the grid responds to clicks. Left, middle and right click are configurable and so are key modifiers: Alt; Ctrl and Shift.

Auctioneer – I cannot sell on the auction house without this addon. If nothing else it lets you compare market prices (compiled and averaged over time) and set the bid and buy out prices for you goods.

Deadly Boss Modsmuch improved event indicator, invaluable in raids and some instances. Better warnings of what is about to happen and what the boss is currently/next casting. Serious kit.

Decursive – perfect accompaniment for Healbot (or Grid) tiny boxes that change colour if a party member is cursed or diseased. Right click to de-curse, left click to cure diseases…or is that the other way around?

FishingAce – what do you mean you don’t fish! I love teh fishin’! This is the little brother of the excellent FishingBuddy. If you want to save resources or you just don’t need FishingBuddy’s all singing all dancing approach FishingAce is the replacement for you. Detects if you have a rod equipped, enhanced sound and enables the double right click cast. Double right click cast is the business, seriously. Try it you’ll love it.

Gatherer – remembers and marks on the map/minimap where you found those herb and mineral nodes. That’s it. Makes it easy to plan a farming route around a zone. Simple and invaluable.

Outfitter – some argue that this addon is redundant as it just does what the built in Equipment Manager does. This, however, is not correct. You can create several different armour/equipment sets and easily switch between them, right clicking the Outfitter minimap icon. Where Outfitter shines is in automation: it will, for example, switch to your PvP set as you port into a battleground or equip your Carrot On A Stick when you you mount up. Open up the cooking pane and your Chef’s Hat is auto-equiped. If you have a fishing set equip all your fishing gear and even bring out you fishing pet – well fancy that.

DoTimerDoTimer – Times DoTs on mobs, it’s that simple. It gives you clear information about when a DoT is about to expire so you can decide what you had better cast next. The genius is that it re-orders the timers so the first to expire appears at the bottom before, like the  DoT itself, it drops off.Quartz – improved cast timers. With a red section at the end to illustrates the effect of lag and helps you begin casting before your last spell is away. Essential for squeezing out maximum DPS in all situations. Has others function, but this is it’s core.

Recount – probably the best DPS metre (see Skada also). Will show everything (pretty much) from DPS and Damage Done or the healing and Over Healing during a instance or individual boss/mob encounter. Not for penis waving but for evaluating and improving your performance and rotations.

WIM – This addon becomes essential when more than one person starts whispering you or you are trying to chat in guild/party/raid and get a whisper. It opens up an Instant Messenger like window in the game a isolates the whisper. Great if you go for coffee, the new box on screen is the first thing you’ll see when you come back and the whisper doesn’t scroll out of sight.

I also use the following addons. I’m not sure I’d actually put them into the ‘essential’ category, but I find WoW too awkward without them.

FriendsWithBenefits – synchronises friends list between characters. I find this very useful with 8 alts.

Tourguide – quite simply an in game, event responsive, power-leveling guide. Beats addons like QuestHelper by recommending quests to take/leave and when to actually do them and it will not zig-zag you across a zone map or into other zones. It groups your grind sites and recommends things like: Kill Stuff and gives you a list of mobs to kill and items to collect for later as you travel around the zone.

Altoholic – this is the most controversial inclusion in essentials. Actually I have it installed and use Ampere to enable/disable it, so I only commit resources to it when I really need it. It’s a convenience app really and I mainly use it to search through my chars to find who actually has the item I need and know I have on one of them. Also list know recipes by all your chars so you can search those too. Cuts out allt he time you waste logging multiple alts to find single items and link profession to people. Invaluable? Perhaps not. A real time saver? Oh, no question.