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  • World of Warcraft
  • 106,907 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 22,022,226 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/13/2015
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,809 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: r13696-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.

Looking for functionality that Big Wigs doesn't cover? Try these addons:

  • Little Wigs is a plugin for Big Wigs and covers all forms of 5 man and solo content.
  • Capping covers various battleground and world PvP timers.
  • oRA3 covers all sorts of raid management functionality including raid cooldowns and Battle Res counting.
  • Old content can be installed by doing a search for BigWigs on Curse and installing the appropriate expansion addon.

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.


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.



  • 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 #bigwigs 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, someone will answer.

r13696 | funkydude | 2015-11-13 14:39:07 +0000 (Fri, 13 Nov 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/r13696-release (from /trunk:13695)

Tagging as r13696-release
r13695 | funkydude | 2015-11-12 18:51:11 +0000 (Thu, 12 Nov 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

Loader: Add Cataclysm timewalking ids.


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  • #1841

    Is it possible to test the countdown ingame, so that I can test around?

  • #1839
    Quote from dhn »


    I've set it to 64

    That's odd, but it has nothing to do with that "addon" (it's not actually an addon). All that does is replace the Blizzard sounds with "empty" sounds, it doesn't load any code at all.

  • #1838


    I've set it to 64

  • #1834

    Hey I just got this a few days ago. I was wanting to use the function of things going in chat box but it keeps given me a reply saying somethign about invalid spell id /bar message. Is there another addon I need to go along with this ?

  • #1835
    Quote from Katsangel »

    Hey I just got this a few days ago. I was wanting to use the function of things going in chat box but it keeps given me a reply saying somethign about invalid spell id /bar message. Is there another addon I need to go along with this ?

    You will have to elaborate on this more, maybe show a screenshot.

  • #1833

    Is it feasible to add a dropdown option for Super Emphasize? I love the 5 second countdown, but I would prefer to simply choose a quick audio clip to remind me that the move is coming soon.  With the 5 second countdown I can only emphasize 1 or 2 abilities before I have a constant spam of counting.

    Even more ideal would be an option on each move that lets you select a sound to play at <X seconds> before the ability. This would work great with spirit shell for example, since you want a 15 second window to get it up on the raid.

    I posted a ticket about this on wowAce, but I figured It couldn't hurt to drop it here as well. Thanks!

  • #1831

    Is it possible to add a bar like in deadly boss mods what shows who in the raid got debuffs? example Iron Qons Arcing Lightning.

  • #1832

    I second this, I still run DBM alongside BigWigs for this feature alone, but I would love to drop it entirely.

  • #1829

    Hey there :)

    When you have bigwigs + Bartender, you CAN'T made a personnal bar with the /bar command :(

    Bartender take immediatly the command and return " /bt 500 break! is not a valid command" but I well tip "/bar 500 break!"

    That is possible for you to change the command line for personnal bar? :D

    Thx a lot ^^

    Last edited by Jenioss on 4/12/2013 7:13:07 AM
  • #1830
    Quote from Jenioss »

    Bartender take immediatly the command and return " /bt 500 break! is not a valid command" or, I well tip "/bar 500 break!"

    The command isn't /bar, look at the main config panel to see the list of commands.

  • #1828

    v4.2 (r10768+)

    • Added Ra-den module
    • Added automatic role updating feature
    • Added the ability to have emphasize countdown on by default
    • Added the sounds used by DBM to the sound dropdown list
    • Added option to change the color/alpha of the bar text shadow


    • Changed, emphasize countdown is enabled by default for some boss abilities
    • Changed, bosses are now sorted in the GUI by order of encounter, instead of alphabetically
    • Changed, made bar styles a bit more efficient
    • Changed, fixed errors with world bosses
    • Changed, various boss improvements
    Last edited by funkydude on 4/11/2013 7:46:55 PM
  • #1826

    Are the new previous-expansion modules working? I ran Ulduar yesterday with the WotLK modules and it wasn't working at all.

    At the start of each fight I'd get an error message saying something like "can't compare a number with nil" (sorry, I don't have an actual error log =( I can get one if you need one though) and throughout the fight none of the bars would show up. Some of the fights had working popup messages, but they were never configured visually (font, color, etc.), and most of the time there would be an error with the name of the spell it was representing.

    Some fights, like Thorim and Mimiron, also printed error messages in chat saying the "spell Id (15) is invalid", or some other 1-2 digit number.

    Is there some other plugin I'm missing that's needed to read these?

    Edit- Are the sources formatted differently? Algalon's vs Un'sok's bar formats at least appear different. Algalon is (id,name,time,id) it looks like, and Un'sok's is (id,time). I don't know if it's set to work like that =X but that sounds like a reason why it would be trying to find the spellId 15, since 15 would actually be a time, not an id.

    Last edited by yesitisi on 4/5/2013 4:00:11 PM
  • #1827
    Quote from yesitisi »


    WotlK content has not been updated for BW v4+ API yet, we only just finished updating Cataclysm content. It will get done eventually but it's low priority over improving BW itself.

  • #1822

    In the options in every module.  Sometimes the checkmarks are grayed out and some are not.  What does it mean when its greyed out? 

  • #1824
    Quote from Galvin »

    In the options in every module.  Sometimes the checkmarks are grayed out and some are not.  What does it mean when its greyed out? 

    The option is enabled but one or more default sub-options are disabled.

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