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  • World of Warcraft
  • 201,877 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.3
  • 9,340,610 Total Downloads
  • Updated 02/05/2016
  • Created 10/28/2008
  • 4,172 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: BSD License
  • Newest File: 4.2.8

About Gladius

What is Gladius?

Gladius adds enemy unit frames to arenas for easier targeting and focusing. It is highly configurable and you can disable most features of this addon.




  • Uses the 3.0 Arena Unit IDs, this enables full functionality even if the enemy is seen first while in combat.
  • General arena unit frame features:
    • HP bar + Text
    • Mana bar + Text
    • Cast bar + Text
    • Class icon
  • PvP trinket status:
    • Five display options:
      • Name icon.
      • Name text.
      • Big icon (big, scalable icon to the right).
      • Small icon (small icon to the right on top of the mana bar).
      • Grid-style icon (colored square to the right on top of the mana bar that turns red when the trinket has been used).
  • Target of Target - displays a class icon representing the enemy's target.
    • You can click on the icon to target your enemy's target or use mouseover macros.
  • Announcements
    • New enemy announcement - announces new enemies.
    • Trinket announcement - announces when the trinket is used/is ready again.
    • Drinking announecment.
    • Enemies on low health - announces enemies that are about to die, you can set the percentage yourself.
    • Aura announcement - announces aura used.
    • Cooldown announcement - announces cooldown used.
  • Auras - shows important buffs and debuffs on the arena enemies.
    • You can add/delete/edit auras via the configuration screen.
  • Cooldown Tracker - shows enemy cooldowns
    • You can enable/disable single cooldowns or entire classes, set an announce type or sound on cooldown used.
  • DR Tracker - shows diminishing returns on the arena enemies.
    • You can enable/disable single diminishing returns types or show/hide the diminishing returns value.
  • Click actions - you can select what is going to happen when you click on a Gladius button.
    • Ten editable click actions.
    • Three modifiers: SHIFT, CTRL and ALT.
    • Four different action types: Target, Focus, Cast Spell and Macro.

Slash commands

  • /gladius ui/config/options - displays the configuration screen.
  • /gladius test1-5 - shows a test frame with the chosen amount of test units.
  • /gladius hide - hides the test frame.

Alpha and Beta releases


Macros are meant for the more advanced users, since you'd need to use "*unit" (short for the UnitID of the enemy) for a macro to work. To cast Polymorph on the enemy and print out the name of the enemy in the party chat you would have to do:

/cast [target=*unit] Polymorph

/script SendChatMessage(UnitName("*unit"), "PARTY")


Will you ever have Gladius function in a non-arena environment?

- No, Gladius is meant for arenas only and it'll stay that way.

Can I hide that annoying header ("Gladius - drag to move")?

- Yes, simply lock the Gladius frame.

Suggestions and Bugs

For suggestions and bugs, post a ticket here:


Curse has setup a very good and easy to use translation system, see:

If you'd like to become a permanent translator, send an e-mail to [email protected]

Thanks to

  • sillyboy6 - zhCN and zhTW translations
  • bluenyx and ozma211 - koKR translations
  • dlmk - deDE translations
  • Hemathio, StingerSoft - ruRU translations
  • Shadowed (SSArenaFrames) - snippets of code, inspiration and lots of help
  • Proximo - inspiration
  • kremonted - Developed the spec detection.


  • Not instantly initalized frames will also update the class and specialization on the fly.


  • Frames should no longer hide when the unit enters stealth.
  • Added Stoneform to the Trinket module.


  • Fixed an issue which could cause the frames not to show up.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Updated to 6.2.3.
  • Minor fixes.


  • Class icon crop fix for the targetbars.
  • Targetbar module updates.


  • Class icon crop fix.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed an issue which ignored the settings for the buffs/debuffs visibility.
  • Library updates.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed an issue with the DRTracker module.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Bottom Margin funciton should get properly applied for left and right growing directions too.
  • Disabled background frame for left and right growing directions.
  • Library updates.


  • Announcementes and Trinket module updates.


  • Trinket colors should update properly, without excessive CPU usage.


  • Tags colors should update properly, without excessive CPU usage.


  • Localization fixes, clean ups and updates.


  • Updated for 6.2.0.
  • Library updates.


  • The Add Tag button is now disabled untill a valid tag name is entered.
  • The Add Tag button should properly clear the tag's name editbox.
  • Disabling the Tag module should properly disable all of it's children.


  • Moved the important auras from Auras to ClassIcon tab.
  • Reseting the ClassIcon module should properly reset the Auras too.
  • Disabling the ClassIcon module should properly disable the Auras tab.
  • Disabling the Class Icon Important Auras should properly disable the Auras tab.
  • The Add New Aura button is now disabled untill a valid spell name or id is entered.
  • The Add New Aura button should properly update the aura list.
  • Adding auras without priority should no longer cause issues.
  • Changing the name or id of an aura should properly work and update the aura list.
  • Deleing an aura should properly update the aura list.
  • Adding an aura with spell id should properly add the name of that spell to the list.
  • Changing an aura's spell id should properly update the list with the spell name.
  • Added an option to reset only the Aura list.
  • Fixed a texture issue with the uninterruptible castbars.
  • Some other smaller CastBar module fixes.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Highlight module updates.
  • The Announcements module should properly use the instance chat channel, when in skirmish arenas.
  • Added highlight upvalues.
  • Highlight colors should update properly, without excessive CPU usage.
  • Focus highlight should properly apperar in test mode too.
  • Target highlight should not disappear in test mode, when you change target/focus.
  • Target and Focus highlight should proeprly show/hide in test mode too, when enabling/disabling them.
  • Removed the Main Assist functions from the Highlight module.
  • Removed the Raid Target functions from the Highlight module.
  • Fixed a taint caused by showing/hiding the test frames in combat.
  • Highlight GUI updates.


  • Channeling spells should properly show up on the CastBar.
  • Fixed an issue with the inverse castbar option for both castable and channelable spells.
  • CastBar coloring fixes.
  • HealthBar coloring fixes, which could potentially broke the addon.
  • PowerBar coloring fixes.
  • Fixed an error with the Tags module.
  • TargetBar's statusbar and icon can be properly enabled and disabled.
  • TargetBar coloring fixes.
  • Fixed a taint with the Tags module.
  • Some GUI fixes and updates.
  • Some smaller optimizations.
  • Fixed some global leak.


  • Timer module's color picker optimization.


  • Fixed some coloring issues.


  • The Dispel module's gloss should no longer shown for classes/specs with no dispel.
  • Library updates.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • DRData updates.


  • Updated for 6.1.0.


  • Reduced unit frame strata to not to override bags and bag items.
  • Some other fixes.


  • Diminishing returns updates.


  • Aura updates.
  • Library updates.


  • Clique changes.
  • PowerBar module updates.
  • Fixed some leaks.


  • Fixed an issue which caused frames to appear in some battlegroudns.
  • Auto selecting "INSTANCE_CHAT" announcement channel for arena skimrishes.
  • Added "INSTANCE_CHAT" channel for announcements.
  • Added "RAID" channel for announcements.
  • Some other smaller fixes.
  • Toc update.


  • Updated for 6.0.2.
  • Support to show preparation frames, when you enter the arena.
  • Auras updates.
  • The castbar is now detachable.
  • Add support to change the uninterruptible castbar color.
  • Allow clicks on detached class and trinket icons.
  • Fixed module enabling and disabling.
  • Fixed cooldown/timer resetting.
  • Library updates.
  • A lot of other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed an issue with the HealthBar module.
  • Fixed an issue with the Targetbar module.
  • TargetBar module updates.
  • Localization fixes/updates.


  • Auras for Class Icons, now accept spells with spell ids too.


  • Fixed an issue with Grid style trinket icon's color, when entering into a new arena.


  • Fixed an issue with Grid style trinket icon's color, when the unit is becomes unstealthed and it's trinket is on cooldown.


  • Fixed an issue with Grid style trinket icon's color, when entering into a new arena.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed an issue with Grid style trinket icon's color, when the unit is becomes unstealthed and it's trinket is on cooldown.
  • Toc version number fix.


  • Added different cast bar texture for uninterruptable spells. (Thanks for balciseri.)
  • Added an option to change the bar texture for uninterruptable spells.
  • Commented SetTemplates out, since it's no longer used right now.
  • Dispel module updates.
  • Highlight module updates.
  • Mouse over highlight will be properly disabled when you disable the Highlight module.
  • Converted textures to RLE targa.
  • Minimalist LSM fix.
  • Localization fixes.
  • Some other minor changes.


  • Fixed an issue with the "Class Icon Important Auras" check button's functionality.
  • Added an options "Class Icon Spec Icon" to show the specialization icons, instead of the class icon in the Class Icon module.
  • "Advanced Options" is enabled by default from now.
  • Some other smaller fixes.
  • Options module updates.
  • Localization updates.


  • Fixed an issue with trinket icon update in test mode.


  • Fixed an issue which caused too many actions and spammed errors inside arenas.
  • Updating colors with the color picker won't murder your fps anymore. (Not all of them are fixed yet.)
  • Fixed an issuw which caused DRTracer "Gloss Color" not to work.
  • "DRTraceker Gloss" options is now false by default.
  • "DR Text Color" color picker is removed.
  • Updated Dispel icons, different specs with no dispel will no longer have a Dispel icon. (Like Shadow Priest.)
  • Color pickers will no longer generte useless CPU usage while the mouse is not moving on them.
  • Removed old spec detection functions.
  • Updated "HealthBar" module.
  • Adde Monk's class color picker option into the "HealthBar" module.
  • Some upvalue changes.
  • Fixed a typo in "Subtlety".
  • Localization updates.
  • Test mode updates.


  • Drastically reduced cpu usage on some cases. (80%)
  • Module file name updates.
  • Auras module updates.
  • Added tooltips for Buffs/Debuffs.
  • Added cooldown model for Buffs/Debuffs.
  • Cooldown model can be enabled/disabled/reversed on the Buffs/Debuffs tab.
  • Buff/Debuff timers can be disabled on the Buffs/Debuffs tab.
  • Fixed an issue which caused buff/debuff frames to overlap on each other.
  • Dispel module updates.
  • Timer module updates.
  • Dispel module should get properly updated on profile changes.
  • DR Tracker module should get properly updated on profile changes.
  • DR Tracker frames will properly hide/show when it's category is disabled/enabled.
  • Tags module should get properly updated on profile changes.
  • Removed old spec detection.


  • DRData module updates.
  • Fixed an issue which caused excessive memory usage while acdjusting the "DR Text Size" slider.
  • DRData frames now will disapper in test mode, when their timer is up.
  • From now the main options will show up even when you enter any unknow slash commands.
  • Renamed Dispell moduel to Dipel.


  • DRData library updates.


  • Aura and spell updates.
  • Will of the Forsaken and PvP trinket share cooldown timer fix.
  • DRData library updates.[code]


  • Performance upgradements.
  • Added Monk's dispel spell.
  • Dispel module updates.


  • Clicks module updates.


  • Cast Bar module updates.


  • Auras module updates.


  • Curse Client latest version mismatch fix.


  • Curse Client latest version mismatch fix.


  • Fixed incorrect version number.
  • Announcement module updates.
  • Class Icon module updates.
  • Layout module updates.
  • Tags module updates.
  • Minor performance upgradements.


  • Layout module updates.
  • Library updates.


  • Fixed an issue which broke the addon's funcionality with Timer module disabled.
  • Timer module updates.
  • Upvalue updates.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed a bug which caused frames to not to hide after left the arena.
  • Fixed a bug with Direction dropdown.
  • Fixed an issue with "Announcements" module.
  • Global cleanup.
  • Some other smaller fixes.


  • Fixed a bug with Trinket module inside battlegrounds.
  • Trinket module updates.
  • Library updates.


  • Announcements module updates.


  • Added "Turn Evil" for auras.
  • Library updates.


  • Minor fixes.


  • Fixed a bug which crashed Tags module after you switched profiles.
  • Test function updates.
  • Some GUI changes and bugfixes.
  • German localization updates.
  • Library updates.
  • Other minor fixes.


  • Removed Global Templates.


  • Updated for 5.4.
  • Fixed a bug with the Tags module.
  • Added Monk "Resuscitate" spell to the Announces module.


  • Fixed a bug with the Auras module.


  • Fixed a bug with enable/disable Auras module functionality.
  • Fixed a bug with enable/disable Buffs button's functionality.
  • Fixed a bug with enable/disable Debuffs button's functionality.
  • Reduced maxium buffs/debuffs to show to 10.
  • Aura module improvements.
  • Localization updates.
  • Other minor fixes.


  • Fixed a bug with the Auras module.
  • Other minor fixes.


  • Fixed a bug which created invisible but clickable frames outside arenas.
  • Disabled test button functionality inside arenas.
  • Fixed a typo which didn't let "Layouts" module to load properly.
  • xCT and xCT+ support fix.
  • Library updates.
  • Some other smaller fixes.
  • Code cleanup.


  • Reduced addon size by 30%.
  • Reduced memory usage.
  • Reduced CPU usage.
  • DRTracker fixes.
  • Healthbar fixes.
  • Aura updates.
  • Library updates.
  • Merged localizations.
  • Added koKR, zhCN and zhTW localizations.
  • Added support for xCT and xCT+.
  • Code cleanup.


  • Updated for 5.2.
  • Spell updates.
  • Library updates.
  • Minor bug fixes.


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  • #789

    So the player's frames disappear when they enter stealth now, is that intended? It has never done this before the most recent update.

  • #790

    yea wandering how i can fix this


  • #791

    Sorry, gonna be fixed.

  • #787

    Where frame position settings of Gladius stored? I wanna just set it up for all of my cahracters, and i cant find what file store this settings.

  • #788


    Okay i find it. Its wtf/account/%USERNAME%/Saved variables/Gladius.lua

    Just copy code section with one character nickname, to another character nickname code section to copy settings.

    Not a native speaker, hope that this help somebody doe.

    Last edited by Hearthstonemakesmemad on 1/1/2016 9:29:50 AM
  • #786

    This addon desperately needs a click thru option (imo) is the option already avalable and I am missing it?

  • #785

    Is there a way to select and deselect certain debuffs you want shown and not shown?

  • #784

    Hello, im interesed if Dr Tracker is fixed for roots?

  • #782

    Like lethallizzy mentioned, I've discovered I have two versions of Gladius (that apparently don't cause a tragic disaster when loaded together), one with the name of Gladius V3.  Do we know which one is the legitimate addon and which can/should be removed?  They do seem to be visually different from one another.

  • #781

    Hi, I noticed something odd in the curse client. Could be my mistake but I don't remember ever downloading two different Gladius versions/forks and now there's two different Gladius versions mentioned in the Curse client: . Just the regular "Gladius" and "Gladius v3". Both point to the same folder location (World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\Gladius) and there's only one mention of Gladius in the game itself. Can I delete one instance from the curse client or will I risk deleting my settings, profiles?


  • #783

    It's an older fork version from MOP. It should not cause any issues if you keep this one updated, since both version use the same folder. However if you delete any of them from the Client, then both reference is gonna get deleted, then you gonna need to reinstall this one again.

    Just before deleting make sure to uncheck the "Delete the in-game setting" checkbox. However it's much smarter to create a full backup from your "World of Warcraft\Interface" and "World of Warcraft\WTF" folders before interfering in with the Curse Client.

  • #779

    I'm running into the issue that my DRTracker is showing the timing for the DR but isn't showing the value of the DR i.e. 1/2, 1/4 etc.

  • #780

    In the DRTracker options whats your DR Text size?

  • #777

    I have a problem with this, where it turns all my action bars black squares?

  • #778

    I don't think the addon could be the cause of this.

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