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  • World of Warcraft
  • 100,061 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.3
  • 22,196,852 Total Downloads
  • Updated 01/17/2016
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,835 Favorites
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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
Changed paths:
   A /tags/r13713-release (from /trunk:13712)

Tagging as r13713-release
r13712 | funkydude | 2016-01-17 14:53:01 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   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
Changed paths:
   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
Changed paths:
   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
Changed paths:
   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
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Core/Core.lua

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

Nightmare: Bump TOC
r13703 | nebula169 | 2016-01-17 03:28:34 +0000 (Sun, 17 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   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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  • #1560
    I think this is an inside joke, purely intentional :)
  • #1564
    I bet he's a range dps or healer.
  • #1553
    hi, when being in demon form with my warlock in the shannox fight and becomming a target for crystal trap, i dont get any further warnigs during the fight for those traps. When doing the fight again after a whipe, i have to reload the ui to make it work again. could it be that the demon language causes the problem and can i do anything against it (except to go whithout demon form). it´s a german client.
  • #1550
    About your refusing a /say msg for immo traps: There IS a need for informing others where a new immo trap spawns. We have two rogues with the task to disarm all immolation traps and they use DBM's say message to locate them. But no Big Wigs user generates such a message and so we could (for the first time ever) be forced by our raid lead to switch to DBM, what I actually don't want.
  • #1554
    This actually happened to me tonight during Shannox Hc tried to force me to use dbm which i didn't want and i got put out of the raid. Reasoning "Don't you want to help others with a /s message to make them aware of the traps?" I see those things, why can't others see them even though they aren't cast on me i see them. This prolly will cost me my raid spot. Guild:
  • #1551
    That doesn't make sense. If your rogues are in range of someone to even see the "say" bubble, they're going to see the trap. BigWigs warns if the immo trap is on you, so you can move away from it. If your rogues don't see it, someone didn't move away from it and is still standing on top of it.

    The reason a /say isn't used for the immo trap is because of the frequency they spawn.
  • #1549
    hello and thanks for this great add on !
    i would like to know if it is possible to use custom sound ? Bigwigs menu only allows me to change sound for Alarm, alert, info, long or victory but i want to change sound for custom event (one sound for tantrum, one other sound for molten seed, etc...) such as you did with ragnaros lavawave.
  • #1552
    Not possible currently, but you can use an addon like "SharedMedia" to add your own sounds to BigWigs.
  • #1547
    I've been having an error everytime i log in and everytime I get in combat. My bar timers aren't working at all. Anytime I try to test them, I get the lua error again. This is the error:

    Date: 2011-08-02 19:55:52
    ID: 2
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\BigWigs_Plugins\Bars.lua line 1150:
    attempt to index upvalue 'currentBarStyler' (a nil value)
    (tail call): ?
    BigWigs_Plugins\Bars.lua:1150: ?()
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[6]"]:4:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[6]"]:4
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[6]"]:13: ?()
    ...ade\Libs\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:92: SendMessage()
    BigWigs_Core\Core.lua:171: Test()
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[4]"]:9:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[4]"]:5
    (tail call): ?
    ...e\AddOns\ButtonFacade\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\AceGUI-3.0.lua:314: Fire()
    Swatter, v3.2.3 ()
    Align, v
    Bartender4, v4.4.13
    BasicMinimap, v1.80
    BigWigs, v3.750
    BigWigsBaradin, v
    BigWigsCore, v
    BigWigsOptions, v
    BigWigsPlugins, v
    ButtonFacade, v4.0.344
    ButtonFacadeCaith, v4.0.64
    ForteCooldown, v
    ForteCore, v1.975.5
    kgPanels, v1.6
    LeatrixTooltip, v4.23
    MikScrollingBattleText, v5.6.108
    NeedToKnow, v3.1.8
    Omen, v3.1.0
    OmniCC, v3.1.4
    OmniCCConfig, v
    Postal, v3.4.4
    Prat30, v3.4.24
    Prat30HighCPUUsageModules, v
    Prat30Libraries, v
    Quartz, v3.0.6
    QueueAlert, v1.0
    Recount, v
    ReforgeSaver, v1.11
    SatrinaBuffFrame, v3.2
    ShadowedUnitFrames, vv3.3.5
    SLDataText, v4.0.6
    SnowfallKeyPress, v
    BlizRuntimeLib_enUS v4.2.0.40200

    Any way to fix this?
  • #1544
    under Big Wigs Encounters I got the old instances to choose between.. how can I get FL bosses so that I can do some personal settings for countdown and such? Am using curse client to keep it up to date.. using BW 3.750 (revision 8590)
  • #1546
    It should be there, make sure you have a BigWigs_Firelands folder installed. If you still get no options, un- and reinstall BigWigs.
  • #1548
    I'm actually having the same issue. I have the folder and I uninstalled, deleted the saved settings and reinstalled.

    Any additional suggestions?
  • #1561
    No, if you did a clean reinstall and you have some folders which begin with BigWigs_, then this is not a BigWigs bug.
  • #1536
    This might be a problem with latency, but I'm not sure, so I'll post it anyway. On heroic ragnaros, the timer of "lava seeds" and "seeds explosion" is wrong by 5~~6 seconds as of r8577.

    Also, once the seeds appear, the timer of "seeds explosion" will then update itself to the correct one. It's happened on every try
  • #1537
    Try 8584+
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