TBC Classic introduced a few changes that weren’t present in the original version but, for the most part, this is essentially the same game we played back in 2007. On the one hand, this is great because it allows us to relieve many of the same memories we made back in the good old days. On the other hand, re-releasing the expansion in 2021 without any significant improvements makes the game’s shortcomings more obvious than ever. Luckily, there are a bunch of TBC Classic addons out there you can download to make the game significantly more streamlined.
If you’re planning to play The Burning Crusade Classic without add-ons because “that’s how World of Warcraft was originally played”, you may want to reconsider. Add-ons started to pop up in Vanilla and were already very popular by the time TBC rolled in. Granted, they weren’t as plentiful and convenient as they are now but that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that these days most WoW players are using TBC Classic addons, and so should you. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the best Burning Crusade Classic addons you should consider downloading asap.
If you’re looking for an addon that drastically changes how the game looks and feels you’re going to love ElvUI. Certain people aren’t big fans of this one because some of the changes are a bit too much, but you don’t have to redesign your entire interface with it. ElvUI has quite a few options to choose from so feel free to customize only the name plates, unit frames, action bars, or any other elements you want. Unlike the other TBC Classic addons found on this list, ElvUI isn’t available to download from Curseforge. At least not just yet. Instead, you’ll need to get it from a site called tukui. The installation and customization process can be a bit of a pain but it’s definitely worth going through the effort.
If you’re not a big fan of the complexity of ElvUI, or the fact it’s not on Curseforge, we recommend checking out Bartender instead. Bartender doesn’t have nearly the same level of customization as ElvUI, but it does allow you to improve your interface with much less effort. This is easily one of the best TBC Classic addons for customizing action bars in my opinion. In addition, it also lets you modify a lot of other elements like stance bars, pet bars, reputation bars, the default Blizzard artwork, and more.
Playing TBC Classic without AtlasLoot is a massive hassle. The addon provides you with neat loot tables for all classic dungeons and raids. That feature comes built into the journal in World of Warcraft Shadowlands, making this addon way less useful on retail. But in the case of Burning Crusade Classic this is an absolute must-have. AtlasLoot doesn’t just give you a comprehensive list of all the most important items that drop in PvE content, it also displays useful information related to crafting recipes, item sets, factions, and world events, among other things.
If you’re into TBC Classic gold making this addon is pretty much mandatory. Auctionator is an alternative to Auctioneer, a very popular WoW addon that’s not available for TBC Classic at the moment. On Curseforge or anywhere else. Auctionator doesn’t have quite the same level of functionality as Auctioneer but it can definitely get the job done just fine. If you need something a bit more advanced for your auction house gold making needs, you can combine Auctionator with TradeSkillMaster. If you’re looking for even more good TBC Classic addons for making gold, check out Vendor Price, GatherMate, and Scrap.
Personally, I would recommend leveling up your first character in WoW TBC Classic without this addon.Bbut if you’re already past that, or if you don’t like reading the quest journal, get this asap. Similar to AtlasLoot, Questie provides a feature that came to be implemented into the game by default. Namely, quest markers and other useful information needed to complete quest objectives. If you’re still only playing Shadowlands at the moment this is a feature you probably take for granted. But in TBC Classic an addon like Questie offers a massive improvement to your overall gameplay experience.
One of the most popular TBC Classic addons on Curseforge and also one of the most essential ones. Details is the go-to WoW addon for combat analysis, especially if you’re the type of player who likes keeping tabs on DPS and healing meters during fights. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t? If you’re looking to raid or do any other type of PvE content, this addon is pretty much mandatory. And it wouldn’t hurt to have it for PvP either. Details offers a lot of customization options but you can also get a lot of use out of it with just the default installation.
Bagnon is another one of those TBC Classic addons that WoW purists are likely to avoid because it changes one of the key aspects of the game – inventory management. More specifically, Bagnon organizes all your bags into a single window so you won’t have to deal with them separately anymore. The addon comes with options for item sorting and counting while also giving you the ability to see the inventories of other characters on your account without having to log into them. If you like the concept behind Bagnon but prefer the classic look, make sure to check out Combuctor instead.
All The Things
Burning Crusade Classic mounts and various other collectible items are now up for grabs but keeping track of all of them can be tedious. That’s where All The Things comes in. This is hands down one of the most valuable TBC Classic addons for collectors and completionists. The addon tries to keep track of pretty much everything in World of Warcraft; and there’s a lot of stuff in this game even in Burning Crusade Classic. The sheer amount of stuff you can collect using All The Things is staggering, so make sure to use all the filters and sorting functions to avoid becoming too overwhelmed.
Deadly Boss Mods
DBM needs very little introduction at this point. This is one of the first addons you’ll want to install when jumping into World of Warcraft, regardless of whether you’re playing The Burning Crusade Classic or Shadowlands. The addon is absolutely indispensable for raiding and can sometimes be useful in dungeons as well. When you join a raid group most of your party members will just automatically assume you have DBM installed. Make sure that is indeed the case. There’s a pretty high chance some raid leaders will kick you out of the party if they find you not using it. Not having Deadly Boss Mods during a raid is seen as an indication that you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s a position you definitely don’t want to be in.
If you want to get your hands on some of the rarest WoW mounts in TBC Classic you’re going to have to do a lot of PvP. There aren’t many addons that can give you a distinct advantage in that area but this one can make a pretty big difference. OmniCC displays text indicators on spells, abilities and items that tell you when things are off cooldown and ready to use. Managing your cooldowns is essential in PvP, making this seemingly simple feature very powerful. Of course, OmniCC can come in handy in any other type of content as well.
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