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  • World of Warcraft
  • 81,871 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 14,202,927 Total Downloads
  • Updated 07/20/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,462 Favorites
  • Project Site
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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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r11775 | funkydude | 2014-07-21 02:32:24 +0000 (Mon, 21 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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Immerseus: Revert previous change to win on reform, false wins reported.


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  • #805
    When I am doing a local test of the bars the emphasized bars ain't showing at all, the bars ain't moving from the Normal bars to the Emphasized bars.
  • #806
    Make sure emphasized bars are enabled then reset the anchors.
  • #812
    No that dosen't work either, so I am clueless. :P
  • #819
    Try delete your BigWigs saved variables?
  • #801
    5561 fixes bar anchors and adds some extra options.
  • #803
    No, you can reset them yourself if you wish.
  • #799
    I've been having a problem with BigWigs since the latest update. The emphasized bar is too high on my screen to move it. I have tried to lower the UI scale and it did work, but i had to move every other addon in place again, plus it resetted the next time i logged in. Is there any way you could move the default anchor a bit lower? because I don't want to reconfigure all my addons the whole time... :S

    Also, is there any hance to get the old bar colors back? Like green at first and red at the end when the timer is nearly gone.
  • #818
    I deleted the mod and reinstalled and it works correctly now, thank you. :)
    But I still wonder if I can set the colors back to what they were before the patch, is this still possible?
  • #797
    Since some release versions I have a problem with the version check. Up to today's update, I got error messages, now it only recognizes the version of 8 persons in a 25-man-raid. My own addon seems to have the version 5522 if I check it by reading the "about"-window, although the Curse client says it's version 5533.
    I use the deDE language pack.

    How can I get rid of that problem?
  • #807
    The funny thing is that the version checker doesn't recognize some of the updated versions. Three guys I asked did an update ca. 30 minutes before I did the check, nevertheless my Bigwigs told me that those three don't use BigWigs at all. My guess is that some of the other raid members also had an updated version which were not recognized, but I have to check again this evening.
  • #791
    After Bigwigs updated my add-on is messed up. The bar positions have reset, and the emphasized bar is in a place I can't move it, or see it. Tried resetting position, but that does nothing.
  • #792
    They have reset because it's a new bars module. Show the anchors and move them.
  • #793
    Yeah, I can't do that though. The anchor for emphasized is off screen. It's so far in the top of my screen that the anchor isn't moveable or even visible for that matter.
  • #794
    I'm not exactly sure how that's possible, try lowering your UI scale in the video options and see if it comes back.
  • #795
    That worked, thanks.
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