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  • World of Warcraft
  • 85,738 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 14,213,494 Total Downloads
  • Updated 07/20/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,463 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: r11776-release
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About BigWigs Bossmods


Big Wigs is a boss encounter add-on. It consists of many individual encounter scripts, or boss modules; mini add-ons that are designed to trigger alert messages, timer bars, sounds, and so forth, for one specific raid encounter. These encounter scripts are activated when you target or mouse over a raid boss, or if any other Big Wigs user in your raid does. In most cases only one module will be running at any given time.

If you're looking for boss encounter scripts for 5-man dungeons, these are not in Big Wigs proper, but live in their own add-on: Little Wigs.

Help us out


Please remember that we are always interested in hearing directly from you. About anything you want to share or ask. You may file tickets from our project page about anything, and you may also contact us on IRC; see the bottom here for details.

The comments on are rarely, if ever, read or replied to by any of the Big Wigs authors.


Note that the Big Wigs project - like 99% of all add-ons hosted on - is open for free access to anyone who cares to join. The source code is open and free, and we welcome you to participate in the future development of Big Wigs.

Transcripts and combat logs

If you want to help us out with a new boss encounter that was recently introduced to the game, you can get our Transcriptor add-on that helps you record raw, relevant data for each encounter. Your help is appreciated, and also needed! Compressed output from Transcriptor may be uploaded alongside a ticket, or dumped on sites such as and linked from a ticket. Or you can even e-mail it to one of the authors.

But if you don't care for Transcriptor, a simple /combatlog will also help. Don't forget to tell us what raid size, difficulty, and encounter the log is for.



  • Messages: Can be moved, coloured, locked, outputted to all kinds of different text areas.
  • Bars: Can be moved, skinned to different textures (SharedMedia compatible), resized & also have an 'emphasis' feature to flash and move to a different anchor when they are about to expire.
  • Raid icons: Target painting (put an icon over a player that has been singled out by the boss).
  • Boss Block: Suppress Blizzard boss emotes.
  • Sound: Plays various sounds on different events (SharedMedia compatible).
  • LibDataBroker/Minimap: Button for easy access to the configuration menu, resetting running modules, and seeing what modules are active.


  • Proximity: For displaying players within a certain range on certain boss encounters.
  • Test: Test and preview your bars and warnings configuration, and move them around.
  • CustomBar: For 'pizza timers', create your own custom bars.
  • Flash: Flash the screen blue when something important happens that directly affects you, such as a debuff.
  • Clickable bars: Lets you define left/middle/right click actions for your timer bars.
  • Super Emphasise: Any encounter ability you want to be extra vigilant of, you can enable Super Emphasise to get a voiced countdown and more.

Ancient project history

Tekkub, the original BigWigs1 for Ace1 author - back in the MC days, was inspired to write BW1 after his very first raid. He was horrified by the massive amount of spam his raid leader was creating with his boss mod. Getting messages all over the place for things he didn't care about (Hunters can't dispel a curse or interrupt a heal - well, they couldn't back then). He also found that the "60 seconds until painful doom" timer messages were such a waste. Why not use a simple timer bar to show this?

Our goals

Big Wigs aims to be as efficient as possible (creating a lower memory per second footprint and using a lower amount of CPU than any other boss mod). When modules are written, every aspect of the encounter is inspected. Is add-on synchronisation required? Is target scanning required? What events are really needed? We also aim to have the latest encounter scripts released ASAP; not long after the first few attempts of a brand new boss, we usually have a working encounter script for it.


Thanks to all the wonderful people in #wowace on for help with transcripts, translations, libraries, etc. Visit the About screen in the Big Wigs interface options for a complete list of all authors who helped directly with source changes.

If you want to contact us on IRC, remember that all the main Big Wigs authors live in Europe, and the nature of IRC means you might not get a response for as long as 10 - yes, TEN - hours. Just stick around and eventually, I guarantee we will answer. If you have the patience of a goldfish, however, you might as well just stay away.

r11776 | funkydude | 2014-07-21 02:34:27 +0000 (Mon, 21 Jul 2014) | 1 line
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Tagging as r11776-release
r11775 | funkydude | 2014-07-21 02:32:24 +0000 (Mon, 21 Jul 2014) | 1 line
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bump DBM faker
r11774 | funkydude | 2014-07-10 21:08:52 +0000 (Thu, 10 Jul 2014) | 1 line
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GarroshHellscream: Power Icon Star is 10s on heroic, not 15 (normal mode).
r11773 | funkydude | 2014-07-10 19:27:04 +0000 (Thu, 10 Jul 2014) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc
   M /trunk/Loader.lua
   M /trunk/SiegeOfOrgrimmar/Immerseus.lua

Immerseus: Revert previous change to win on reform, false wins reported.


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  • #1625

    I'd like to help the translation in Italian, if it's not already there. Being WowAce part of Curse, is there any CurseForge link for translating the project? Or should I send you a patch?

    Also, does BW need the translated shouts too? If yes, anywhere to get them outside the game, so that it can be easily updated before ending the content? :)

  • #1626

    You can either translate the files and add them to a ticket on wowace or you can commit them to the SVN repository on wowace yourself.

  • #1624

    Just started using this add-on as a replacement for DBM, and so far i like it alot.

    The only thing i'm missing that i had with DBM is the anouncement of who certain boss spells are cast on, especially when it's me. like for example Impale on Madness. i would like to be able to see who the target of the impale is as part of the regular message and get an emphasized message/warning when it's on me.

    any future plans to add such a feature?

  • #1623

    my broadcasting doesnt work

  • #1622

    There seems to be an issue with grip timers on heroic spine. We usually kill all 4 corruptions and then do a barrel roll. The problem is that grip timer won't show up after that, though it seems to work again after grip has hit someone.

    I tested DBM as well and it didn't have the same problem. Could you please look into this and fix it if possible.


  • #1621

    Please update Little Wigs for the newer 5-mans.  I would hate to have to go back to DBM.

  • #1620

    What raid timers does this have as default? :s

  • #1619

    Any way of adding a raid tool like DBM has??

  • #1618

    A few of our users were experiencing issues with BW loading/enabling on spine, this was caused by a conflict with a bad library some addons use. We've tried to work around the issue in r9057.

  • #1617

    Anyone else experiencing issues with the audio countdown not working? Before patch 4.3.3 the voice would count down 5 4 3 2 1. Now it skips some numbers at random, 5 3 1, 5 3 etc.

  • #1616
    about turning on and off

    Hey there i just recently started using big wigs and am likeing it a lot better then DBM. only thing i need to ask is any time i log in or out. the addon is turned off. is there a way to have it turn on as soon as i log in?

  • #1615

    All timers on Morchok HC are completely wrong, nothing more to it. And when I made a ticket on wowace, it got removed after 3 days.

  • #1614

    When i go in test mode, normal bars, emphasized bars and messages all print out stuff, but I get nothing in "Emphasized messages".

    I checked in "Config/Output/Emphasized messages", "Big Wigs Emphasized" is selected, like it should. (I think)

    I will make sure if the same thing happens in a real raid and update as soon as I can, but I think it does.

    Last edited by Alphapix on 2/4/2012 9:30:06 AM
  • #1613

    How come only tanks can see the Impale Timer on madness!? its the ONLY timer I really want to see as a healer.. wth.

  • #1611

    I dont know if its a bug or what is it.


    But since i updated my Big Wigs, i cannot see the timer bars anymore, and i get a spike lag everytime it announces something?


    Have i installed the addon wrong?


    I used to have no problems what so ever 

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