Vanas KoS

KoS List Vanas KoS is a Kill-on-Sight notifier, that uses every possibility, to detect nearby KoS targets, and notifies the user in different ways. Additionally it records PvP-Stats in outdoor PvP and shows these in the tooltip (configurable).


  • KoS List for Players and Guilds
  • Nice list
  • Hate list
  • Sorting of these Lists
  • All Lists are saved per realm
  • PvP Event Map
  • PvP Statistics
  • Golden Dragon around player portrait, if Player is on KoS List, Silver for Guild-KoS List, Red for Hatelist, Green for Nicelist
  • Modifies the Tooltip with the Reason you (may) give on adding a Player/Guild
  • Notifies you if a player on your KoS list is doing something near you (fight/buff/talk) in Chatframe, Upper Area and via Sound
  • Warning Frame that helps you to track hostile or friendly activity around you
  • Nice GUI - try /kos
  • Command line interface for managing KoS lists
  • Distributed Tracking - Other People help you tracking down your KoS-Targets
  • Minimap Button
  • Import of 'Ultimate Book of the Dead' KoS data
  • Import of 'Opium' KoS data
  • Import of 'Shim's Kill Map' data
  • Can dock itself into the Friends Frame.
  • Automatic synchronization with people on your guild
  • LibBroker support
  • Can add a context menu to the player portrait
  • Saves a list of the last attackers for easier adding via minimap button or libBroker
  • Automatic synchronization with others you request
Official wowace forum thread



Q: Why aren't my entries showing up after Update?
A: Open VanasKoS-Configuration, goto "Import Data" and select "Old VanasKoS"

Q: How can I backup my KoS-Data & Settings
A: Copy the file WoW\WTF\Account\*YourAccountName*\SavedVariables\VanasKoS.lua to a safe place of your choosing.

Q: I found a LUA-Error/Bug, What shall I do?
A: Goto and describe what you did to cause the problem (or when it happened) and post the lua-error-message. As we may have additional questions, please check back in/have a valid email at curse for ticket updates.

Q: I have a great idea for the addon! Want to hear it?
A: Goto and post your idea.

Q: I like living on the edge. Where can I get the latest alpha version?
A: Use these versions at your own peril:


Q: How can I add some additional mp3 sound files for notifications?
A: You can either send them to me with a license disclaimer that allows the distribution/packaging with vanaskos (if you own the rights) or You can add your own sounds by modifying WoW/Interface/AddOns/VanasKoS/modules/Notifier.lua The list of sounds is at the top of that file. Just put your extra sound files somewhere inside the WoW directory. VanasKoS uses LibSharedMedia-3.0 so it also has access to any other addon's sounds. (One reason Xilcoy created an addon called JukeBox :) )"

Distributed Tracking:

Q: How does the Distributed Tracking works?
A: Fine, Thanks!

Q: I see weird messages in my Chat Window on the Channel CrbZ????, What's up with that?
A: You can disable the displaying of that channel in the settings for the chat window. Just uncheck it there.

Q: My channel-numbers are all screwed up
A: It seems that your computer is too slow. VanasKoS joins the Distributed Tracking Channels 20 seconds after login/changing the Zone. You can modify this value manually in WoW\Interface\AddOns\VanasKoS\modules\DistributedTracker.lua under "JOIN_DELAY".

Help the Addon/Authors:

Q: How can I help with localization?
A: Goto and get started!

Q: How can I support the authors and development of this addon?
A: You can either use the "Donate"-Button on the curse VanasKoS-Page, or get a curse-premium Account. Curse gives a part of their earnings through the premium-program back to the addon-authors.

Q: I can code in lua and want to develop xyz?
A: Write me a PM with your idea and experience - I'll review the idea and if it's finished include it in vanaskos, or if you want to develop more add you as a co-author.


Q: How much do you make with this addon?
A: Near to nothing - My (Vanas) payment/hour for VanasKoS is less than 10cents, don't worry though - it's a hobby for the authors, so the revenue isn't a factor for development, but it also means that the real-life job is more important, so bear with us when answers/development take a little longer.

Q: Vana...Vana.. I seem to remember this name from Lineage2
A: You are right, I worked on a popular (and the first) lineage2 drop-database back then.

Q: License?
A: VanasKoS is mostly licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Note: Soundfiles/Graphics/Libraries used may be licensed differently.

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  • Avatar of Raelea Raelea Sep 14, 2010 at 02:33 UTC - 0 likes

    Ok, I can reproduce this on live (and likely on beta) as well. Although it does look like I bug, I'm not clear on why you would want to manage the pvp statistics manually. They accumulate rather quickly and deleting them one by one would take forever. It makes more sense to put in an enhancement ticket and request a feature to clear all pvp stats or disable the collection of pvp stats entirely (you may already be able to do this by disabling PVP Data Gathering in the config) if you're concerned about memory consumption.

  • Avatar of Raelea Raelea Sep 13, 2010 at 22:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Alright, that's great info. I'll try to reproduce this evening, but I can't promise a fix right away. I've still got some rather glaring Cata problems to work out first. Best bet at this point is probably to open a ticket with detailed steps to reproduce the problem you're seeing and Vana or xilcoy may have a chance to take a look.

    Thanks for the report.

  • Avatar of ikays ikays Sep 13, 2010 at 22:17 UTC - 0 likes

    hi Raelea,
    i am thankful for every help.

    i have r463 now, on a live server, with an english client but didn't change anything.

    after i select a name on the pvp stats list and press remove entry nothing happens.
    sometimes, on some entries, i get
    'VanasKoS: Entry "xxxxxx" removed from list'
    but nothing happens, the name remains on the list.

  • Avatar of Raelea Raelea Sep 13, 2010 at 21:36 UTC - 0 likes

    Not sure yet. The changes after r463 are just compatibility changes for Cata and shouldn't be changing any functionality. If you have a chance, please try to reproduce this with r463 to rule out the Cata specific changes.

    Also, as I'm somewhat new to the project, a more detailed description of your problem would help me :)

  • Avatar of ikays ikays Sep 13, 2010 at 19:46 UTC - 0 likes

    hi again,

    sry i forgot to mention its on live.

    is it just me?

  • Avatar of Raelea Raelea Sep 13, 2010 at 19:15 UTC - 0 likes

    ikays, is that on Live, PTR, or Cataclysm Beta?

  • Avatar of ikays ikays Sep 12, 2010 at 23:49 UTC - 0 likes

    hi, i can't remove pvp stats entries so it's eating more and more memory. r466

    thank you guys for this great addon.

  • Avatar of gdub69 gdub69 Sep 03, 2010 at 00:57 UTC - 0 likes

    Please keep working on this addon. I really like it!

  • Avatar of xilcoy xilcoy Jun 07, 2010 at 15:38 UTC - 0 likes

    If you frequently run with the alpha version prepare for possible breakage starting at r450. I've done several tests on my own data, but YMMV, so please, please backup your WTF/Account/<account_name>/SavedVariables/VanasKoS.lua to a safe location. You will need to import your old vanas kos entries if you do decide to upgrade to the alpha version. This is because the list entries will now be stored for realm and faction, and not just realm. The initial import will copy the list to both Alliance and Horde lists.

  • Avatar of xilcoy xilcoy Dec 20, 2009 at 20:38 UTC - 0 likes

    The custom chat channel is for distributed tracking not for kos sharing. It changes each time you enter a new zone. It is the same channel used by carbonite.

    Sharing still only works within the guild channel.


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