The best WoW addons for Dragonflight 2023

All the top World of Warcraft addons Dragonflight include auction house management, quest tracking, interface UI, and more, available to download via CurseForge

The best WoW addons in 2022: Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, the Aspect of the red dragonflight, depicted in elf form with her distinctive ornamental horns in WoW Dragonflight

The best WoW addons can make everyday activities like questing and trading much easier. World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s critically acclaimed MMORPG, has a habit of hiding a lot of useful data it collects, and picking up a mod that offers a peek behind the curtain can be a literal gamechanger when going up against deadly bosses. Of course, the best WoW addons aren’t just aimed at avid raiders. Some are more focused on utility, freshening up the multiplayer game’s geriatric UI, while others help track material nodes for those all-important professions.

With so many options, it’s tough to know which WoW addons are worth your time. We’ve dug deep and tracked down the best of the bunch for general, all-purpose use in one of the best PC games of all time. Each addon will make your World of Warcraft experience far more pleasant, whether you’re a raider, tradesman, or simply keen to level up fast.  For installing and tracking these addons, we recommend the CurseForge app for PC or MacOS. This handy app helps you manage all your WoW add-ons and tracks whether updates to them are available.

Here is a list of the best World of Warcraft addons:

Best WoW addons 2022: A fully customised user interface courtesy of the ElvUI mod.

ELVUI

One of the most popular all-in-one add-on collections, ElvUI earned its unique status as one of the best WoW addons. It provides a sleek revamp of the entire default WoW user interface, combining many of the most popular improvements to spell bar placement, inventory view, portraits, and basic utility. It automatically configures your display based on your role, and provides easy options for changing configurations, moving windows, binding keys, and a host of other tweaks to display and function.

Text windows are helpfully divided between chat channels, loot, and other screen-scrolling information. At the bottom of those windows and your mini-map, tiny configurable status displays tell you everything from how many resources you have to what your durability is at to how many free bag spaces you have left. They can also give one-click access to your bags, your guild, or your friends list.

ElvUI is updated ridiculously often. Unlike most WoW add-ons, this package can’t be added to the Curse client; instead, you’ll need to update separately. There’s a paid client to do that automatically, but the ElvUI collection is available to install manually for free.

best world of warcraft addons all the things

ALL THE THINGS

Want to track those achievements, rare kills, items, treasures, pets, transmogs – or anything else you’re missing – and display them by the zone or area you’re in? The All the Things WoW addon has come to your rescue. It identifies everything you’re missing and presents them to you in one simple interface, allowing you to feed your inner Warcraft completionist obsessive.

The mod gives you a nice heads up for game content you might be missing, and also provides extra tooltip information about the things you’re collecting. A fanfare of chimes announces when you’ve collected or lost new appearances, pets, or items. All the Things is a must for Warcraft collectors, and a fun add-on for most players.

Separate databases keep All the Things from slowing down your gameplay, too.

Best WoW addons 2022: The Dead Boss Mods settings, reflecting the number of victories, wipes, and the best victory against a number of bosses.

Deadly Boss Mods

For five-man dungeons, Deadly Boss Mods is a great quality of life improvement, giving you warnings about important things – the boss is about to use a spell, you need to interrupt that mob’s cast to save your buddy – and generally acting as your gameplay guide.

For raids, DBM is essential, helping you to navigate tricky boss mechanics, giving you timers for when important events are coming in a fight, and generally giving you advance notice about all the things you need to do to keep your groupmates from yelling at you.

DBM is our choice because of the funny choices in its sound files; for example, a mechanic that makes you scatter from your teammates is typically accompanied by the Karazhan’s Big Bad Wolf yelling at you to “Run away, little girl, run away!” If you find that obnoxious, BigWigs Bossmods is another solid choice with less whimsy.

Best WoW addons 2022: A snapshot of the Weak Auras 2 mod in action, which depicts the cooldowns for various abilities.

Weak Auras 2

There are several WoW addons that allow you to set up simple ‘if this then that’ notifications for yourself. Is your major damage spell coming off cooldown? Is that crowd control spell about to expire? Mods like Weak Auras 2 allow you to set up a blinking icon, text notification, sounds, or other noticeable cues.

For beginners, you might consider using TellMeWhen, which is perhaps the simplest, but still fully-featured version of these mods out there. For everyone else, the go-to is Weak Auras. Creating a new notification using a template is relatively easy, but the reason to use this over other mods is the huge array of pre-built notifications, trackers and simple quality-of-life doodads that have already been built by other people.

Want something that tells you in no uncertain terms what your “decrees” from Queen Azshara are in Eternal Palace? Something that tracks when the interrupt abilities of your party members are on cooldown in five man dungeons? Something that tells your party what Mythic Plus dungeon key you have so everyone can decide where you want to go? There are Weak Auras already made for all of those, plus collections for pretty much every class and specialization. Find a pile at wago.io after you’ve installed the mod.

Best WoW addons 2022: The Details! mod menu that breaks down the player's damage by their various spells and abilities.

If you’re a bit uncertain which class is currently reigning supreme in the MMORPG‘s meta, be sure to take a gander at our WoW Dragonflight tier list, so you can truly feel the benefits that Weak Auras provides.

Details!

There are plenty of damage and healing counters out there, but Details! is our favorite for its flexible displays, intuitive handling of things like pet damage, and lightweight installation. This mod allows you to track your damage or healing output (including absorbs like shields) based on the spells you cast and the abilities you use, how they hit your opponents, and how you compare against your group.

We especially like the ability to mouse over individual players to quickly glance what they’re casting and why they’re doing bigger numbers than you are. You can easily see segments like a single boss fight, or totals for an entire dungeon.

Best WoW addons 2022: The GTFO mod displaying an alert while standing in green goo that deals damage over time.

GTFO

This simple WoW addon does one thing: bark at you when you’re standing in something awful. A lifesaver for hectic boss fights, GTFO sounds a blaring alarm when you’re standing in fire and a warning tone when you’ve been hit by a single ability you could have avoided.

Simple, lightweight, and a shortcut to looking very smart in groups. This is largely an audio addon (though visual warnings are possible with integration with Weak Auras or Power Auras Classic.) But if you look at the screenshot above, where we’re standing in green gunk, you can picture the alarm merrily blaring away.

Best WoW addons 2022: The Auctioneer mod menu, displaying its simplified auction posting interface with te typical starting price and buyout price, along with options to undercut competitors.

Auctioneer

There’s a lot of money to be made via the WoW auction house – if you know what you’re doing. Auctioneer goes some way to streamlining the process. This addon for WoW effectively appraises items, providing you with an intelligent price to sell a product for, making it easy to undercut others in the auction house.

It doesn’t stop there, though. The Auctioneer suite also tracks your bidding, postings, and mail, making it a breeze to list plenty of items at once. There’s also extensive support for enchanting, with figures available for disenchanting as well as selling enchantments. Used correctly, it’s quite the moneymaker, while saving you the effort of completing market analysis yourself.

Auctioneer boasts a truly impressive toolset, but it can be overwhelming if you use the Auction House on a more casual basis. If you find that many of the options available through Auctioneer are surplus to requirements, Auctionator is a lightweight alternative that’s guaranteed to fit the bill.

That said, if you really want to feed your inner goblin, TradeSkill Master is the state of the art for tracking and placing auctions, undercutting, combining raw materials from the auction house into items that sell for more, and the like. It comes with its own desktop app for maximum gold-making analysis, and requires separate download. It’ll identify good deals currently posted for sale and tell you what things should be worth. Using TSM correctly is a skill unto itself, so we don’t recommend it for beginners.

Best WoW addons 2022: A screenshot of the Bagnon mod with its completely overhauled default inventory menu, with each item therein categorised into a specific colour.

Bagnon

Keeping an eye on your inventory is a complex business once you own a few large bags, or you have multiple characters. Bagnon is a lifesaver in this context. Instead of having to view items bag by bag, it collates all your items together in one simple-to-view inventory screen.

Each item has a different colour assigned to it, depending on item quality, and there’s an intelligent search engine, too. This means you can see at a glance what’s going on inside your bags and that makes it easier for you to tidy them up.

Going one step further, the WoW addon also shows what all your characters possess, from how much gold they own to if certain items are duplicated across multiple characters. If you’re trying to move possessions from your main to an alt, it’s the perfect way to keep on top of everything.

Best WoW addons 2022: The Rarity mod providing information on the rare Elementium Geode battle pet, its location, the method to obtain it, and the drop chance.

Rarity

Finding a rare item drop is immensely satisfying, but often it can be quite frustrating, too. The Rarity addon for WoW acknowledges that you want to know what the odds are of getting a good drop, tracking how many times you’ve tried to obtain everything from mounts to toys and battle pets.

In each case, it tells you how likely you are to obtain the item, tracks how long you’ve been trying, and determines how lucky you’ve been so far. No longer do you have to question whether you’re actually making progress. You’ll have a proper idea of your chances through statistical analysis. Basically, it’ll keep you sane.

Due to a change in the way Warcraft handles looting, Rarity does poorly at tracking items that drop from mobs that come in groups or drop nothing at all. If they drop gold, you’ll get the correct count; if they don’t, that ‘attempt’ won’t register.) Still, it’s a useful tool.

Best WoW addons 2022: The settings menu for the MoveAnything mod, specifically concerning the portrait frame for the player and the many options available to reposition and rescale it.

MoveAnything

MoveAnything does what it says on the tin, offering a fully customisable user interface that you can manipulate to your liking. Every panel and screen element can not only be moved but also rescaled and hidden – there’s even an option to adjust their transparency, too. If you’re partial to kitting out your UI with addons galore, MoveAnything is indispensable for keeping your layout coherent, and getting rid of the clutter.

Best WoW addons 2022: The HandyNotes mod menu, which includes text fields for the title and description of the note in question.

HandyNotes

World of Warcraft’s map is fairly good at showing you where you need to go, but it’s not perfect. HandyNotes fills an important gap in the form of being able to add notes as you go along. A quick alt-right click on the world map lets you type in whatever you need to remember. More importantly, published collections of HandyNotes allow you to keep track of everything from the locations of treasure chests in Battle for Azeroth to the location (and whether you’ve killed them!) of rare creatures in Nazjatar or Mechagon.

As a result, HandyNotes is great for keeping track of locations such as secret entrances or even particularly scenic spots for light roleplaying. Prepackaged HandyNotes collections are their own WoW addons, but they all require HandyNotes to run. We highly recommend the Battle for Azeroth Treasures collection, and Nazjatar or Mechagon by TomCat’s Tours.

Best WoW addons 2022: The world map as illustrated with the Angry World Quests mod enabled, depicting the markers for various world quests on different worlds.

Angry World Quests

World of Warcraft: Legion brought with it World Quests – special temporary daily and weekly quests for maximum level characters. The problem was that World of Warcraft’s UI did a poor job of highlighting them and making them easy to track. Angry World Quests does the job for Blizzard, tracking quests in previous zones as well as those in Battle for Azeroth.

It lists quests directly on the world map, showing what the rewards will be and allowing easy filtering for quests that fulfil today’s emissary requirements and those that award gold, Azerite power, loot, or War Resources.

Sadly, Angry World Quests hasn’t been updated since 2018, but it appears to still work fine for now. If you’re looking for an alternative, we’d recommend World Quests List or World Quest Tracker, both of which offer similar functionality.

Best WoW addons 2022: The Bartender 4 mod settings, showing the number of bars it affects and the general settings, visibility, configuration, and alignment of each one.

Bartender 4

Bartender 4 is a very useful mod that allows you to customise your action bars. It gives you full control over ten action bars, allowing you customise their scale, position, fade-out settings, and more.

Best WoW addons 2022: The world map reflecting the RareScanner tooltip, which announces rare monsters, treasures, and events within the zone, including the elusive Time-Lost Proto-Drake.

RareScanner

Never miss a nearby rare enemy again – RareScanner triumphantly announces rare monsters, treasures, and events in your immediate vicinity. Whenever a ‘vignette’ appears on the minimap – a star that denotes a rare, an event, or a treasure – an alert will sound, and a button will appear in the middle of your screen with the rare’s name and the loot that it drops. If you want to go after it, click the button, and a skull will appear over the NPC so you can track it down. RareScanner also adds icons for everything rare you discover, and will show extra information about it on a tooltip.

That lot should keep you going for a while. Enjoy the copious amounts of convenience we have just bestowed upon you. If you’re looking for even more convenience, be sure to check out our collection of the best World of Warcraft console commands. We’ve also got the lowdown on the WoW Dragonflight talents system and WoW Dragonflight professions refresh, which may cause you to rethink some of your favourite addons going into the expansion.

Original contributions by Heather Newman and Jennifer Allen.