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  • World of Warcraft
  • 99,854 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.3
  • 22,195,356 Total Downloads
  • Updated 01/17/2016
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,835 Favorites
  • Project Site
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: r13713-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.

r13713 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 15:19:11 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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Tagging as r13713-release
r13712 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 14:53:01 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Core/BossPrototype.lua
   M /trunk/Core/Constants.lua
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

Remove Gladiator checks in Legion
r13711 | elvador | 2016-01-17 14:38:35 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Core/BossPrototype.lua

Another legion hack (glyphs are gone)
r13710 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 14:27:51 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

Options: Fix bosses button on Legion.
r13709 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 14:14:55 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

Options: fix typo
r13708 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 14:10:33 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

Options: Use a custom name temporarily for the nightmare raid.
r13707 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 13:59:40 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

Options: Another legion loading workaround
r13706 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 13:43:20 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Core/Constants.lua
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

Legion seems to be returning integer ids for textures instead of string texture paths, add support for it.
r13705 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 12:27:17 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Core/Core.lua

Core: Another Legion workaround
r13704 | nebula169 | 2016-01-17 03:29:37 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Nightmare/BigWigs_Nightmare.toc

Nightmare: Bump TOC
r13703 | nebula169 | 2016-01-17 03:28:34 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
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   M /trunk/Loader.lua
   M /trunk/Nightmare/Dragons.lua
   M /trunk/Nightmare/Nythendra.lua
   M /trunk/Nightmare/Ursoc.lua
   M /trunk/Nightmare/Xavius.lua

Nightmare: NewLocale -> GetLocale
r13702 | funkydude | 2016-01-16 23:45:14 +0000 (Sat, 16 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

Loader: Minor Legion loading workaround
r13701 | elvador | 2016-01-16 22:13:14 +0000 (Sat, 16 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Nightmare/Ursoc.lua

Ursoc: Initial alpha module
r13700 | nebula169 | 2016-01-16 20:04:15 +0000 (Sat, 16 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/.pkgmeta
   M /trunk/Loader.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare
   A /trunk/Nightmare/BigWigs_Nightmare.toc
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Dragons.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/deDE.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/esES.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/frFR.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/itIT.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/koKR.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/ptBR.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/ruRU.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/zhCN.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Locales/zhTW.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Nythendra.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Ursoc.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/Xavius.lua
   A /trunk/Nightmare/locales.xml
   A /trunk/Nightmare/modules.xml
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua
   M /trunk/modules.xml

Add Legion Nightmare Raid modules
r13699 | elvador | 2016-01-16 19:45:49 +0000 (Sat, 16 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Plugins/Flash.lua
   M /trunk/Plugins/Messages.lua

Change animations to use SetFromAlpha and SetToAlpha instead of SetChange
r13698 | Wetxius | 2015-12-24 12:07:36 +0000 (Thu, 24 Dec 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/BigWigs_HellfireCitadel.toc

ruRU update.
r13697 | funkydude | 2015-12-11 13:00:05 +0000 (Fri, 11 Dec 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc
   M /trunk/Core/Core.lua
   M /trunk/Loader.lua
   M /trunk/Plugins/Statistics.lua

Statistics: Fix kill messages for times < 1 sec.


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  • #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 

  • #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.

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