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Melee mode, partly buffed


(aka: ZOMGDebuffs)

With today's high-end boss fights so tuned for absolutely maximum performance, it's important to know exactly what you're getting from your raiders. Do you have all buffs and debuffs available? Are the all improved? Are they active during the fight? Need to see that they were kept up during the fight?

WoW 3.0 introduced a whole new stacking system for buffs and debuffs. Add to that the myriad of hidden auras that are implied by talents, but don't appear on the tooltips. It's near impossible to look through that ever moving mess of debuffs on a target. It's just too much too look at. Nor should you have to.

So, here's Utopia. It will give you a very concise and clear view of your buffs and debuffs (see the buff display pictured below). With a fixed number of icons, which don't move or change. They'll simply be highlighted in red if missing; otherwise faded if unavailable, bright if present, yellow if present but unimproved, and so on.

Clarity is the key, and how fast you can answer yourself any questions mid-fight. I play a rogue, and because our warriors slack (they like to pretend to dps and moan about Sundering), we can very quickly see whether Sunder Armor is applied and, if it's absent, throw Expose Armor into our cycle. The icon is always in the same place, and always means the same thing.

The Display

Show Melee Icons only, which is an optional mode to show only what is of interest to your class
An arrangement of icons showing the 'classes' of debuff, rather than the traditional specific debuff icons. For example, you will have one single icon representing Sunder Armor and Expose Armor. You don't care which is applied, only that it's there. The same applies to all the myriad of other buffs and debuffs which are now grouped into doing the same job.

By default, these icons are presented thusly:

  • Dimmed - Your group can't apply this aura
  • White - Debuff applied
  • Yellow - Your group has applied this aura but it is an unimproved version. Do you feel dirty?
  • Red - Your group can apply this aura, but hasn't
  • Blue - Aura is unavavailable because of a conflicting spell (Blessings, Curses etc.)

Mousing over any of the icons will show the potential of the raid. Highlighted lines show what your raid can do. A Tick shows it's done, a cross means it's not. Next to this you get the values for the auras, and if that's different from the maximum your group can do, this is shown.

Shows details of which spells are available from your group

Anything unavailable will always show the maximum potential value of a debuff with all improved talents, whereas when something is available it will show the maximum that could be done by your raid.

The progress bar will show the percentage that has been debuffed for a quick at-a-glance view.

Standard buff tooltips are enhanced to show you the real values that you're getting from your raid member's buffs. Tooltip Enhancements

Up-Time Module

The new debuff Up-Time recorder will record a fight, when auras are applied, removed, by whom. The DPS for the fight, deaths and significant boss events so that you can examine the timeline of your fight after the fact.

Showing Ignis Fight Overview


While donations are not ever expected they do help, and recent donations by a kind few are one of the reasons I have returned at this time to resume work on this and other mods. Please do consider how worthwhile Utopia is to you and help to continue it's support into the future.

PayPal: [email protected]

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  • Avatar of Kosouda Kosouda Sep 23, 2012 at 21:07 UTC - 0 likes

    I agree much of its functionality is practically built into the game now, but I really enjoyed having a handy list of possible buff and debuff sources more than anything else. Showing the source of buffs and debuffs on the icons themselves was fun too.

  • Avatar of khelge khelge Sep 16, 2012 at 23:39 UTC - 0 likes

    Would love to get an update regardless of the new buff system. Utopia is much more clean and easier to look at.

  • Avatar of ywfn ywfn Sep 03, 2012 at 23:58 UTC - 0 likes

    The buff/debuff system has become so simplified that I doubt it's  worth the effort to carry Utopia forward any longer...  If you just want a nice row of buttons giving indicators for all the buffs/debuffs like Utopia provided, you can set that up pretty nicely with something like TellMeWhen.

  • Avatar of Kosouda Kosouda Mar 09, 2012 at 04:29 UTC - 0 likes

    Important update if you're still going to maintain this add-on for the Mists of Pandaria expansion. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/4574894/Mists_of_Pandaria_Buff_and_Debuff_Design-3_8_2012#blog

  • Avatar of jkw jkw Feb 16, 2012 at 18:32 UTC - 0 likes

    @jeremydoxa: Go

    I agree. I use it right now, even if it's buggy. I'm a Utopiaoholic!

  • Avatar of jeremydoxa jeremydoxa Feb 13, 2012 at 21:27 UTC - 0 likes

    Just curious if you have plans to continue maintaining this add-on. If not, any recommendations for a replacement would be great.

    I've always been a huge fan of Utopia so I'd love to see it maintained. If not, I understand that too.

    Thanks for your hard work on the add-on.

  • Avatar of Cybnext Cybnext May 20, 2011 at 13:56 UTC - 0 likes

    @DrSnuggles: Go

    Yes, I'm having the same problem with r238

  • Avatar of DrSnuggles DrSnuggles May 11, 2011 at 10:38 UTC - 0 likes

    the only thing showing up in the uptime module is "Armor(Major)". Has someone else the same problem?

  • Avatar of Binadas Binadas Apr 14, 2011 at 12:35 UTC - 0 likes

    ywfn is correct, if in line 1165 of data.lua [11095] is replaced by [22959] it works. Looking further down, 11095 seems to be the ID of the talent, not of the debuff.

    Last edited Apr 14, 2011 by Binadas
  • Avatar of Kosouda Kosouda Apr 08, 2011 at 23:19 UTC - 0 likes

    Yeah sorry, I didn't group with a Mage until today. It is, yay!


Date created
Oct 30, 2008
Last update
Aug 08, 2011
Development stage
  • enUS
GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
Recent files
  • A: r240 for 4.2.0 Aug 08, 2011
  • A: r239 for 4.1.0 Aug 08, 2011
  • A: r238 for 4.1.0 May 02, 2011
  • A: r237 for 4.1.0 Apr 29, 2011
  • A: r236 for 4.0.6 Mar 28, 2011