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  • World of Warcraft
  • 70,116 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 14,185,257 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
Changed paths:
   A /tags/r11776-release (from /trunk:11775)

Tagging as r11776-release
r11775 | funkydude | 2014-07-21 02:32:24 +0000 (Mon, 21 Jul 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

bump DBM faker
r11774 | funkydude | 2014-07-10 21:08:52 +0000 (Thu, 10 Jul 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/SiegeOfOrgrimmar/GarroshHellscream.lua

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
Changed paths:
   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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  • #1612

    Are you using Curse Client to update? If you are, exit wow, uninstall BW and tick the box asking to delete saved settings, then install it again.

  • #1610

    Alpha version is over 9000!!!!!!



    Grats to the team working on BW. And thanks for this useful addon

  • #1608

    I read the part about feedback, but sadly I couldn't find the correct mirc server and I hate registering on pages I don't intend to continue using;

    I changed to BW around firelands where you simply outcompeted DBM with the with the timers you provided, but I still find myself having to switch between BW and DBM several times a day because BW lacks the battleground timers DBM has - is that something you would consider addon? The same way DBM works, it only loads the module when actually entering a BG, so it shouldn't in theory result in any more memory usage. Just rather tiresome to have to relog several times a day to switch around simply because I enjoy doing BG's too as well as having the overview required to do it efficiently.

    The timers in question are: time till cap, time till x faction wins and the scoreboard updated in end results (how the match would end if both factions kept their remaining bases).




  • #1609

    Not a chance, we actually respect the name of the addon.

    Use a PvP addon like Capping or something.

  • #1607


    I have been using Deadly Boss Mods for a while but started using Big Wigs several month ago.  I must say that I thoroughly enjoy BW much better than DBM.  Just thought I would add something I saw on DBM but not on BW.  On Spine of Deathwing with DBM it actually shows the absorb amount left on players but I could not find it on BW.  I am a holy pally so it helps out alot.

    This topic may have been covered but was unable to find.

  • #1606


    Shouldn't there be a timer counting down for Black Blood of the Earth, on Morchok?  This is probably the single most important timer in the fight, and for some reason I am not seeing it.  I see you have the ability in the script and I  do have it turned on - maybe a bug?

  • #1604


    We need a timer/warning for Shatter Ice in heroic Hagara.  This is a pretty crucial mechanic to mastering phase 1 of the fight.  Ideally I think it should have a timer bar plus warning text.  The warning text should state that Hagara is casting Shatter Ice on xxx, and name the target.  Actually I feel the warning text would be more important than a timer, if the timer is not yet known. 

    In my experience it seems fairly consistent, though, so I think we can figure it out.

  • #1601

    hi there great addon. i was playing around with the settings the other day and noticed tick boxes 2 emphasize certan spell as a tank i found this a gr8 help 2 make certan spell stand out abit more. so i was wondering if it would b possible to have a option to select ur role 1 for tank 1 for healer (raid or tank)1for dps that will make the relative info thats needed for the class stand out more. with ppl having meny diff chrs these days it would b a handy or it could b just me being lazy not wanting 2 scroll thro every boss on every chr. great addon keep up the good work


  • #1603

    I'm a little confused by what you're asking, it sounds like you could just use different Big Wigs prodiles for your characters.

  • #1596

    Is there a way you could add some configuration for the Hideous Amalgamations stacks to show whenerver I want?


    I would like for them to show from the 1st one, not the sixth one...


    Thanks in advance! Great Mod!

  • #1597

    Starting at the 6th is pretty much an anti-spam measure as most guilds will stack the blood then bring them over it, this is especially true for the 2nd & 3rd plates where they gain 9 almost instantly. But to answer you, no there is no way to customize that.

  • #1593

    Morchok 25ppl heroic; russian mod version (8874-release).

    I found today, that ability indication for is not working. Instead is indicated (Kohcrom version).

    Last edited by s1lver22 on 12/15/2011 4:06:29 PM
  • #1590

    Is there anyway to move the bars and so on?

    can't seem to find it, can be that it is just me that is stupid at can't see it in the config.



  • #1591

    Open config, click big red configure button.

  • #1592


    Nice as I thought just me being blind :)

    Thanks a lot :)

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