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 Alamaxia Alamaxia Oct 22, 2010 at 05:57 UTC - 0 likes


    First off... THANK YOU for reviving this!

    I do have one thing to report. I used to use ArcHud2 to mouseover the buffs/debuffs my target has, however I can no longer do this. No tooltip is shown. I hope you can work this out!

    Btw - if you have a PayPal, I'll gladly contribute a few bucks your way.

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Oct 21, 2010 at 19:57 UTC - 0 likes

    With r10, we are getting closer to the first beta release, so keep on testing:

    • Restored ring specific settings (including disabling text/percentage display)
    • Restored combo points arc (don't get used to such quick reactions on my side ;)

    Please also use the ticket system - it helps a lot to keeping track of feature requests/bugs.

    Last edited Oct 21, 2010 by nyyr
  • Avatar of prinnyotaku prinnyotaku Oct 21, 2010 at 19:19 UTC - 0 likes

    Any plans to change the CP display back to an arc next to the mana/energy bar? I'm not a huge fan or staring at a number while DPSing.

    Thanks for the work on it so far, much more lightweight than IceHud!

    Last edited Oct 21, 2010 by prinnyotaku
  • Avatar of Uruloke Uruloke Oct 21, 2010 at 19:18 UTC - 0 likes

    To Curious:

    Ring-specific settings are in the respective rings' file.

  • Avatar of mkcorp mkcorp Oct 21, 2010 at 15:27 UTC - 0 likes

    Works like a charm, loads of options that were available in ArcHUD2 are gone, but somehow I don't miss them at all. Works awesome just as it is. Back to testing!

  • Avatar of bizzaa bizzaa Oct 21, 2010 at 04:34 UTC - 0 likes

    I believe the fatigue cast bar used to be included in your cast bar. Just another difference i've noticed.

  • Avatar of Curious Curious Oct 20, 2010 at 22:57 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello Nyyr,

    thanks a bunch for picking up this project and investing all the time in it now. Was staring at the various icehud/metahud alternatives with discomfort and sadness right after the patch.

    With r8 error messages upon death were gone too. Maybe you are planning this anyway, but just in case you dont: I always used only the arcs in archud - no numbers or text whatsoever. Would it be possible to hide the health/mana text in the lower center of the hud? I couldnt find a corresponding option in the core.lua.

    Again thanks a lot and cheers, Jan

  • Avatar of nyyr nyyr Oct 20, 2010 at 07:29 UTC - 0 likes

    Regarding Evangalism: I was thinking about this, but, yes, since it is a buff, you should use PowerAuras instead. If I add something like this then it will be configurable for any buff - but only for one which is the next issue ;) Anyways, this won't come for the first release where I'm currently heading to.

    Regarding the gap: This is intentional, but I probably will change the default. The position of the arcs will be configurable soon.

  • Avatar of bizzaa bizzaa Oct 20, 2010 at 04:14 UTC - 0 likes

    Graphical issue: The life bar of your target is up against your life bar, which seems to be correct. However on the contrary, the mana "Arch" for when you target a player is not up against your mana bar.

    Seems like there's a gap between the arches when there shouldn't be one.

    You might be planning to add functionality of another arch and we just don't know about it; just wanted to point that out, just in case it was unintentional.

  • Avatar of bizzaa bizzaa Oct 20, 2010 at 04:03 UTC - 0 likes

    If possible, it'd be great to add the new disc priests Evangalism to the same spot where Holy Power is going. I know evangalism is a "Buff" unlike Holy Power or Combo Points, but it's very similar in effect and would be very useful for Disc Priests.

    Either way;GREAT JOB!!!!

    Thanks so much for updating this, i was completely lost w/o this addon.


Date created
Oct 16, 2010
Last update
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