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  • World of Warcraft
  • 173,218 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 21,846,658 Total Downloads
  • Updated 10/09/2015
  • Created 03/25/2008
  • 7,797 Favorites
  • Project Site
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: r13694-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.

r13694 | funkydude | 2015-10-09 12:01:56 +0000 (Fri, 09 Oct 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/r13694-release (from /trunk:13693)

Tagging as r13694-release
r13693 | funkydude | 2015-10-09 11:55:29 +0000 (Fri, 09 Oct 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Xhulhorac.lua
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

Xhulhorac: count imps
r13692 | funkydude | 2015-10-09 11:29:23 +0000 (Fri, 09 Oct 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

bump version
r13691 | Ironi88 | 2015-10-06 20:48:13 +0000 (Tue, 06 Oct 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Plugins/Bars.lua

Bars.lua added optional argument for pull timer that takes respawn timer into account (x + time left on respawn timer), usage: /pull x true
r13690 | avi90 | 2015-09-21 22:07:33 +0000 (Mon, 21 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/KilroggDeadeye.lua

KilroggDeadeye: add bar icon for first Hulking Terror
r13689 | funkydude | 2015-09-21 21:30:32 +0000 (Mon, 21 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Core/BossPrototype.lua

BossPrototype: Show a personal message if you're the only person in the TargetMessage table.
r13688 | funkydude | 2015-09-21 18:02:01 +0000 (Mon, 21 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Council.lua

Council: Tweak bloodboil message
r13686 | funkydude | 2015-09-19 10:46:41 +0000 (Sat, 19 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc

bump version
r13685 | Ironi88 | 2015-09-18 21:52:22 +0000 (Fri, 18 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Archimonde.lua

Archimonde.lua add Light of the Naaru spawn timer
r13684 | elvador | 2015-09-18 14:40:21 +0000 (Fri, 18 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Gorefiend.lua

Gorefiend: Mythic Digest duration hotfixed: 30 -> 35
r13683 | funkydude | 2015-09-18 11:16:37 +0000 (Fri, 18 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/FelLordZakuun.lua
   M /trunk/Options/Options.lua

FelLordZakuun: Minor tweak for seed timing
r13682 | funkydude | 2015-09-16 20:48:27 +0000 (Wed, 16 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/HellfireAssault.lua

HellfireAssault: Make cannonball a target message, check player range for slam and pulse warnings.
r13681 | funkydude | 2015-09-12 10:37:09 +0000 (Sat, 12 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Socrethar.lua

Socrethar: Tweak add text
r13680 | funkydude | 2015-09-12 10:34:50 +0000 (Sat, 12 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Loader.lua

bump DBM version
r13678 | funkydude | 2015-09-08 10:50:36 +0000 (Tue, 08 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/BigWigs.toc

bump version
r13677 | funkydude | 2015-09-07 21:52:25 +0000 (Mon, 07 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HellfireCitadel/Kormrok.lua

Kormrok: Add residue warnings, fix respawn time, fix mythic shadow leap timer.


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  • #1215
    Hey ... is it possible to move the minimap button out of the minimap?
  • #1213
    Is there any way you can make the "PopupMessage" output box movable? I've looked through many the .lua files but I can't find anything that alters this.
    I just came across this feature today and I'd really like to use it, but it is a little too far down.
  • #1209
    Is this strictly for raid bosses or does it work for 5 mans where events are triggered and watched as well?
  • #1210
    Hello, Big Wigs team member ulic was the person to invent timers for 5 mans originally, you can find his 5man Big Wigs plugin as the addon known as "LittleWigs".
  • #1208
    Does the whisper warnings function work? I had assist and had bigwigs setup to whisper people who have necrotic plague and defile for Lich King. However, no one got any whispers. Do I need to be raid leader?

  • #1211
    Feature removed next version (soon) since you get a monster whisper anyway. Hopefully the warnings should work properly.
  • #1206
    Message: Interface\AddOns\BigWigs_Citadel\Valithria.lua:58: Usage: UnitIsUnit("unit", "otherUnit")
    Time: 02/17/10 22:15:32
    Count: 4
    Stack: (tail call): ?
    [C]: in function `UnitIsUnit'
    Interface\AddOns\BigWigs_Citadel\Valithria.lua:58: in function `?'
    Interface\AddOns\BigWigs_Core\BossPrototype.lua:102: in function `?'
    ...Ons\Ace3\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:147: in function

    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[12]"]:13: in function `?'
    ...Ons\Ace3\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:92: in function `Fire'
    Interface\AddOns\Ace3\AceEvent-3.0\AceEvent-3.0.lua:120: in function

    Locals: Sometimes debuglocals() returns nothing, it's one of those times... (FYI: This last sentence (only) is a HotFix from Decursive to prevent a C stack overflow in the new Blizzard error handler and thus giving you the opportunity to send this debug report to the author of the problematic add-on so he/she can fix it)
  • #1212
    Unfortunately points to a line that is currently invalid, hopefully wont error next version.
  • #1202
    I came up with some worthy changes:
    -"Messages" bar having a grow upward/downward option rather than being only upward.
    -Bars in transition from Regular to Emphasized should have an option to slide across the screen instead of just popping. It's more visually effective and I know I'm not alone on that.
    -Enable bars to be re-sized vertically and not just horizontally. Maybe that's only me, and it's not too big a deal but it seems like it should be an option.
  • #1197
    any chance to add a
    -- shaking screen to shadow flame on Blood Queen
    -- better Alert to when u have like 5 sec left until you get the "tooth" and have to bite some1
    -- better alert for the ooze and the Bottles on Professor.
  • #1191
    No one emphasize works.
    Blood council and blood queen only less then the half from the time bars works.
  • #1192
    I'm sorry but I have no idea what you're reporting here. Bars "not working" is usually caused by a rare Blizzard bug where you loose sync with the server. This causes your combat log to be blank, and anything that relies on it to malfunction.

    Relogging fixes this issue.
  • #1193
    Ok, the bug with the combat log I will look at the next time.

    But what I mean with emphasize... as example I take Anub at 25er hero mode: The ability "shadow strike", there I have "emphasize" activated, but there is coming nothing special.
    Short said: Emphasize does not work.
  • #1194
    Ahhh yes, this is not yet finished.
  • #1182
    any chance to add the option to flash/shake your screen when a malleable goo is throw towards you.
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