Great WoW AddOns for Tanks

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

Add-Ons are what make WOW exceptional. Without them, it would be so much more difficult to do the voodoo we do so well.  I like to find and test addons, so I posted my results at TankSpot.

Now here are my favorite tank addons again for youse guys:

TellMeWhen – a great custom alert system. When abilities are usable or cooldowns are up, a scalable icon of the spell pops up wherever you like.

ZThreatMeter – A much better threat meter than Omen. It tells you threat immediately and you can be the only person who has it. (Omen only shows the threat of other people who have Omen)
[Update – As pointed out — thanks Namthe — since 3.0.2, Omen has got it’s act together. It now works even if no one else has it. For me, ZThreatMeter has gone the way of the Dodo.]

TankPoints – A MUST HAVE. TP does all the math on gear for you, i.e. which is better for a tank, 15 strength or 10 AP or whatever. More points are better than less for your tank. Shows up in your tooltip.

RatingBuster – Another great item comparison tool. Puts the actual increases (or decreases) of stats in the tooltip helping you understand better what the gear will do for you.

Aloft – This one is all about threat and enemy nameplates. Aloft puts a colored border around the nameplates of your enemies and changes color based on how much threat you have on them. Great for AOE fights.

EasyRage – Small addon that puts a number wherever you like that reflects your rage. Somewhat useful.

ItemRack – and excellent and intuitive gear switcher. I have a tank set and a dps set and can easily switch between both. My mounted set works seamlessly with both as well.

Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text – Separates incoming, outgoing, and reactive events and allows you to put the combat text wherever you like. Good alert system for cooldowns and abilities as well.

SimpleRaidTargetIcons – A must have for the Tank raider. Simply double-left click on an enemy and choose their icon. Quick and easy.

StanceSets – Great weapon switcher. Nuff said.

tekKompare – Always compares what you’re wearing with what you’re looking at. No more shift key!

UrbinRange – An absolute necessity for my Charge. Inch-long bar turns blue when I can charge or shoot. Can be put anywhere.

MoveAnything – Put anything anywhere. I’ve got my characer, target, ToT, focus, etc. arranged below my Tank for easier viewing. Works good for me!

You can get most of these at, but I’ve found the most current versions are at Every time I found a need, I went and found an addon to help me out. Of course, there may be better addons out there — or some needs I haven’t come across yet — so if you have any addon tips, please let me know.

[UPDATE – I’ve been told about WoW Matrix and it’s awesome! It’s the best addon manager I’ve seen yet.  I highly recommend it.]

Happy Tanking!



5 Responses to Great WoW AddOns for Tanks

  1. Namthe says:

    “(Omen only shows the threat of other people who have Omen)”

    Not been true since 3.0.2, I’m afraid. Omen and ZThreat both now use the same data, which is provided by the WoW threat API.

  2. C_dub says:

    Hey TGAPGeorge!! Love your new tank UI, but still working out the kinks. Almost identical to yours, but I can’t get the glowing target bars from xPerl working. And how do I change it so that the buff/debuffs on my target show in my black bar and not under the target nameplate. Any help is appreciated. Thanks fellow tanker!!

  3. TGAPGeorge says:

    Hi C_dub, Fellow Tanker!

    Yeah, xperl can be tricky with so many options. I recently got a Macbook Pro and had to start from fresh. I used the same concept of a clear-view UI, but had to make some changes.

    First, I stopped using skinner–which made the bottom 2 inches a black background. It simply caused to many Lua errors. However, with gameplay poking through here and there, I think it actually helps with situational awareness.

    Second, for aggro notifying enemy nameplates, I’m now using TidyPlates and it’s extension ThreatPlates. This makes the nameplates outlined in green when I’m securely tanking, yellow when in trouble, and red when I’ve lost them. (And vice versa for non-tanking alts!)

    I’m still using xperl, but I’m not happy either with how it handles buffs. If I turn them off nameplates altogether, they won’t even show up top. So I cover the “player” buffs on the nameplate with UI stuff, and have them show up in the upper right. For the enemy frame, I have them underneath, set to “Big Icons”, with plenty of room underneath to see them all. I’m also debating on clicking the “show only my debuffs” box.

    As far as moving where the buff/debuffs show in xperl, I haven’t figured that out. I’m considering using buffaloBar–which organizes the buffs along a small black bar on the top. Then I can tell xperl to forget about buffs altogether.

    I hope this helps! If it doesn’t, maybe send a screenshot of your UI–especially where it’s messing up–to and I’ll see what I can do!

    Hold that threat!


  4. woflz says:

    thx for the tips

  5. Omar says:

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    are genuinely awesome for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

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