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NeedToKnow  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)

Version: 4.4.2
by: lieandswell, Kitjan

NeedToKnow: Simple, effective timer bars

Track specific buffs, debuffs, and cooldowns with bars that always appear in the same place in the same color. NeedToKnow is great for short buffs and debuffs you use a lot. For example, a rogue could show bars for Slice and Dice, Rupture, and Garrote.

  • Easy to set up
  • Works with spells, abilities, items, totems, procs, and internal cooldowns
  • Track more than one spell or ability with one bar
  • Works with Retail and Classic WoW

Other features
  • Save setups for different specializations
  • Track by name or spell ID
  • Show cast time indicator to see when to refresh buffs and debuffs before they finish
  • Make bars deplete at same rate to see which will finish first
  • Blink bars when buff or debuff missing
  • Track buffs on raid members without having to focus them

Instructions

General options are available in the Blizzard interface options menu. You can type "/needtoknow" or "/ntk" to lock/unlock the addon. To configure individual bars, right click them while unlocked. Bars work while locked. If you only see full bars that aren't changing in response to anything, they are unlocked! Just type /ntk to lock them and get them working for you.

You can enable more groups of bars by going into the Interface settings off the main menu and choosing the AddOns tab.

When entering your settings, be careful with your spelling and capitalization. Also remember that buffs and debuffs sometimes have different names than the items and abilities that apply them. The Death Knight ability Icy Touch, for example, applies a DoT called Frost Fever.

On each bar you can enter in multiple buffs/debuffs deliminated by commas. They are prioritized according to order.
i.e. "Rake, Lacerate" - If both are applied, will display Rake until it expires and then it will track Lacerate
i.e "Curse of Recklessness, Curse of Exhaustion, Curse of Shadows" - Good way to track single instance curses

If you wish to use SpellID, make sure you are using the correct one!


FAQ

Why won't NeedToKnow work for me? I set it up but the bars just sit there at full, not moving or tracking anything.
The bars only time things when the addon is locked. Type "/needtoknow" or "/ntk" to lock/unlock the addon. You can also use the buttons in the AddOns tab of the Blizzard Interface Options menu.
Why won't NeedToKnow track this buff/debuff? It works for other things.
Check your spelling and capitalization. Also remember that buffs and debuffs sometimes have different names than the items and abilities that apply them. The Death Knight ability Icy Touch, for example, applies a DoT called Frost Fever. If you're using a SpellID, make sure you have the correct one.
How do I track multiple buffs or debuffs on a single bar?
Enter the name of each buff/debuff separated by commas. They are prioritized according to order. For example, "Rake, Lacerate" will display Rake until it expires and then it will track Lacerate. "Curse of Recklessness, Curse of Exhaustion, Curse of Shadows" is a good way to track single-instance curses.
How do I get more bars?
You can enable more groups of bars by going into the Interface settings off the main menu and choosing the AddOns tab. If four groups of six bars isn't enough for you, consider another timer bar addon. Also consider rethinking your UI.
How do I get NeedToKnow to track my own DoTs but not those applied by other members of my class?
Select "Only show if cast by self" in the bar's configuration menu.

v4.4.2
* Fixed "profile key" error message on login and level up
* Fixed bar background always appearing black
* Appearance options now easier to set precisely
* "Replace bar text" dialog now explains how to individually replace multiple spells and abilities
* Removed "Show * if mine" option: was never actually implemented
* Removed "Show tooltip number" options: didn't necessarily show tooltip numbers
* Improved crispness and consistency of bar edges and borders
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Unread 12-01-22, 04:41 PM  
lieandswell
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Originally Posted by Syrath
Love to see a Need to Know for Classic. I returned to the game and this was one of my favorite addons. If anyone has the time and can it would be great. Maybe I should look into it.
Took a while, but it's out!
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starfall

hi, im tryign to get a bar to show the starfall duration, but having issues, i think because it doesnt "target" its just a aoa, can anyone help?
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Love to see a Need to Know for Classic. I returned to the game and this was one of my favorite addons. If anyone has the time and can it would be great. Maybe I should look into it.
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Crow's Nest Scope

I have an enchant on my weapon named Crow's Nest Scope.

I added this as a buff to check... target as me. It doesnt work. Please help me. I want this buff to work for NeedToKnow.
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Can't config the option "First tooltip number" with the paladin spell (spellid: 200657) Power of the Silver Hand, the number don't appear. Tried everything.
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Hugoclg
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Hi. Wondering if there is a way for Need To Know lines not to disappear so i can see the name of the skill that is available when its not on cooldown. thanks.
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Unread 01-11-15, 06:51 AM  
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talent

Love this addon and use it with my druid and monk.

Currently profiles are not seperated any more by talent spec.

[13:42:21] Interface\AddOns\NeedToKnow\NeedToKnow.lua:271: attempt to call global 'GetActiveTalentGroup' (a nil value)
[C]: in function `GetActiveTalentGroup'
Interface\AddOns\NeedToKnow\NeedToKnow.lua:271: in function `fn'
Interface\AddOns\NeedToKnow\NeedToKnow.lua:173: in function <Interface\AddOns\NeedToKnow\NeedToKnow.lua:140>
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Is there anyway to track abilities within a certain duration? For example, I would like to track Flame Shock, but instead of having the bar last the entire 30 seconds, only have it appear when there is 5 seconds left.

Thanks
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Unread 12-04-14, 10:48 AM  
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Having issues getting this to work with a Feral Druid. I have configured the bars to the exact names of the "bleeds", have locked the bar into place and tried most of the "bar types" to try to get it to work. But nothing seems to work. Does this addon work for Druids? Not sure what I am doing wrong.
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Mind the Gap

Hey, thanks for the simple and efficient add-on.

I too would love to have the option to stack the active bars, with no gaps. I only need to know (no pun intended) about a couple of buffs at any one time, but for my setup the gaps are a bit too obvious.

Thanks again!
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Re: missing color

Originally Posted by shyrotam
I don't have the same bar colors I used to have for this addon. Is there some kind of library addon for extra color shades? I think the color shade was "Ferrous" or something like that to make the bars super bright.
You mean a bar texture, I presume, not bar color. The textures can indeed come from other addons. I don't know which one might have been the source of what you were using before, sorry!
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missing color

I don't have the same bar colors I used to have for this addon. Is there some kind of library addon for extra color shades? I think the color shade was "Ferrous" or something like that to make the bars super bright.
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Unread 10-30-13, 04:51 AM  
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That's exactly what I was looking for,silly me for not figuring that out. >.< Thanks a lot. ^^
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Unread 10-29-13, 12:35 PM  
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Re: always show bars

Originally Posted by Cellmate
Hi, didn't find the option myself so I figured I might try asking here.
Is it possible to set up NTK so that it would show the empty bars all the time?
Glad you enjoy the addon! Try using blink, and setting the blink alpha to a comfortable level. Since a single bar can watch many things, you have to tell the bar what to display when blinking if you want any text on it.
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always show bars

Hi, didn't find the option myself so I figured I might try asking here.
Is it possible to set up NTK so that it would show the empty bars all the time? For example, I use it to track cooldowns of all my hunter skills and it would help me tremendously if, for example, the cooldown bar for Glaive Toss was always visible so I could see when I have it ready. It's true that I know it's ready when the bar is simply missing, but when you use it for tracking lot of cooldowns / debuffs, it's not so easy to tell which one is currently missing while focusing on boss fight.
Other than that, great addon, I love it and use it for quite some time. Thanks for the good work! ^^
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