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 v4.1/4.2 (fixes for WoW 7):

  • Added support for language zhCN (thanks to yuningning520)
  • Updated ComboPoints (thanks to jasonolive)
  • Updated rings ComboPoints, SoulShards, Runes (thanks to jasonolive)
  • Added ring ArcaneCharges (thanks to jasonolive)

Changes in v4.0 (fixes for WoW 7):

  • Migrated to UnitIsTapDenied (TargetHealth, FocusHealth)
  • Migrated alpha animation to SetFromAlpha/SetToAlpha
  • Texture rendering fix (thanks to jasonolive)

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 nyyr nyyr Mar 06, 2011 at 09:35 UTC - 0 likes

    ArcHUD3 is developed for WoW 4.x only since I have no means to test it with older versions. Please use ArcHUD2 for WoW 3.x.

  • Avatar of KroNoSSxD KroNoSSxD Mar 06, 2011 at 06:09 UTC - 0 likes


    I have a problem .. im playing Wrath of the lich king patch 3.3.5a

    but the arcs dont appear ... the addon is working i know cuz i can see my name and the target's image and the others stuff idk if is my bad config or the archud3 is just for cataclysm....????

    how can i cancel the fading effect???


  • Avatar of PoMR PoMR Feb 20, 2011 at 14:05 UTC - 0 likes
  • 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


Date created
Oct 16, 2010
Last update
Aug 20, 2016
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  • A: r165 for 7.0.3 Aug 18, 2016
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  • B: v4.2.0 beta for 7.0.3 Aug 01, 2016
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