ArcHUD displays smooth arcs around your character in the middle of the screen to inform you about the health and power (mana, rage, ...) of you, your pet, and your target. In addition, it shows casts, combo points, holy power, soul shards, and a couple of other things. It discretely fades when you are out of combat and at full health/power.

This is a continuation of ArcHUD2 which managed to survive various patches... until the Cataclysm. Thanks to Nenie, the original author of ArcHUD2, for supporting me with this new version.

Please report any bugs or feature requests via the ticket system. The login is the same as your Curse login.

These arcs are currently supported:

  • Health and power (mana, rage, focus, energy, runic power) for player, pet, target, and focus target
  • Player's secondary power (Holy Power, Soul Shards, Chi etc.)
  • Casting/channelling progress for player, target, and focus target
  • Fatigue/breath (mirror timer)
  • Combo points (including unconsumed combo points on previous target, e.g. on dead corpses)
  • Custom (de)buff arcs: Ever wanted to keep track of the stacks and/or remaining times of some specific (de)buffs such as Evangelism, Savage Roar, Beacon of Light, Weakened Soul, etc? Then just create your own custom (de)buff arc for it!

In addition, some additional target information is displayed:

  • Current target (name, class, guild, 3D model)
  • Current (de)buffs on target
  • Target-of-target and target-of-target-of-target

Changes in v2.3:

  • added absorbs to Player Health ring
  • added Stagger ring
  • added separate scaling option for Target Frame
  • change: set new default position for Target Casting ring
  • change: disabled Focus Casting ring by default
  • bug fix: hide/show RuneFrame with PlayerFrame

Changes in v2.1/2.2:

  • added Shadow Orb ring
  • added option to change Death Knight rune order
  • bug fix: moving Death Knight rune ring now works properly
  • bug fix: graphical glitch with arc rendering minimized

Changes in v2.0 (MoP):

  • added Monk Chi ring
  • added Moonkin Eclipse ring
  • added Burning Embers and Demonic Fury to Warlock Soul Shards ring
  • added ring for Death Knight runes
  • added options to center/scale Blizzard's spell activation overlays on ArcHUD
  • added option to hide maximum health/power values
  • added option to swap health/power text display
  • added option to all arcs to allow attachment to inner (pet) anchor
  • added dynamic separators to certain rings (configurable)
  • added rendering of arbitrary arcs
  • added inverse fillings of rings
  • added "shine" to rings (currently DK runes only)
  • fixed an issue with changing pet anchors (ticket #51)
  • fixed an issue with unit frames created by ArcHUD and used by other addons (tickets #52/#38)

Small warning: Using this addon apparently bears a high risk of getting addicted to it, as these user comments suggest. I received those after taking over the development of ArcHUD when the Cataclysm happened:

  • "...nothing ever quite matched the smooth, clean simplicity of ArcHUD's graceful rings."
  • "Great job!! I've used this addon for years! None of the other HUDs come close to the functionality and elegance of ArcHUD."
  • "Thanks for the work on it so far, much more lightweight than IceHud!"
  • "Was staring at the various icehud/metahud alternatives with discomfort and sadness right after the patch [4.0]."
  • "Awesome! Thank you so much for that miracle!"
  • "Thank you so much for continuing this fantastic addon."
  • "...nothing could compare to ArcHUD..."
  • "For a whole 4years I had this mod and I missed it so much in the passed few weeks. I tried other HUD mods but they were too in my face >.< . Best HUD mod IMO! Thanks for resurrecting an old friend :D"
  • "Loving the new ArcHUD my favorite HUD by far :)"
  • "I don't think I could play wow without this addon :)"
  • "I've actually grown kind of dependent on it because I'll occasionally run out of Mana/ die without this."
  • "Hey mate, just came to thank You again for taking over this beauty, awesome job!"
  • "THAT addon! So long I have been searching for a replacement when the development stopped, thanks for bringing it back to live!"

So use it at your own risk ;)

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  • Avatar of ThisIsBunny ThisIsBunny Feb 09, 2011 at 10:33 UTC - 0 likes

    well i found some DLs when i googled it.... 2 from chineese and 1 from worldofwar or wow something.... altho they all were from 2006 so... if you want i can skype it or email it to you ? [email protected] skype ThisIsBunny

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Feb 08, 2011 at 17:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Yes, it was based on NurfedHUD, though there is probably not much left from it. I didn't find smUnitFrames anywhere for download - you have a pointer to it?

  • Avatar of ThisIsBunny ThisIsBunny Feb 07, 2011 at 12:35 UTC - 0 likes

    btw.... any idea if archud is closed to or base on nerfed hud or something like that ? cause i am trying to find someone who wants to help with smUnitFrames.... i had a quick look at it and doesnt need that much work... just can quite understand it sense i have below low knowladge of programming. + i think it works from english and goes thrue french :(

  • Avatar of ThisIsBunny ThisIsBunny Feb 05, 2011 at 14:17 UTC - 0 likes

    my bad.... the addon was smUnitframes so sorry :D

  • Avatar of ThisIsBunny ThisIsBunny Feb 05, 2011 at 00:16 UTC - 0 likes

    no i had it on vanilla and mainly on TBC. it was archud and it had huds for party and targets altho it was only target and targets target in 2 alittle smaller then the main hud above it

    and the party frames were on the top and had also target and targets target going from top to bottom. was EPIC. i play mage and back then i had absolutely no visual on my char accept its back and... i never let anyone hit me :( if you are intereset i can try to search for a vanilla pirate server and try to gief you screenshot or maby try to draw you the main idea if you have the time and think its worthed afc :)

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Feb 04, 2011 at 22:42 UTC - 0 likes

    @ThisIsBunny: In ArcHUD2, there were no party frames (and there are no plans to add some for ArcHUD3). I didn't use ArcHUD in vanilla, so I have no idea how it looked like. Maybe you mixed it up with another UnitFrame addon?

  • Avatar of ThisIsBunny ThisIsBunny Feb 04, 2011 at 13:37 UTC - 0 likes

    hi.... i just donwloaded the latest version from here but... my party frames are hidden and there is no party frame options that i can find :( also... i wanted to ask if... maby you are thinking about making the target and targets target like the original ArcHud from Vanilla and also the party and partys target and targets target from back then :( it was the most usefull addon for PVP

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Dec 24, 2010 at 10:25 UTC - 0 likes

    Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I'd like to thank you all again for your very motivating feedback and bug reports for this fantastic addon for which I have the honor to continue developing it.

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Nov 16, 2010 at 22:34 UTC - 0 likes

    Thanks ;) I already tested it on the PTR and the beta, so there shouldn't be any surprises.

  • Avatar of FoereaperZ FoereaperZ Nov 16, 2010 at 20:41 UTC - 0 likes

    Still working good on 4.0.3, just thought I'd let you all know :)


Date created
Oct 16, 2010
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