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Addon spotlight – LootCount

LootCount is a lightweight little addon that helps keep track of items in your bags for you, without you having to open your bags and count things up to see how you’re progressing. I use it when herbing, fishing or collecting items for rep/achievements.

Here’s how I have mine set up in-game:

LootCount, showing my fishing catches

And here’s how easy it is to set up.

Step 0 – how to download and install

You can download LootCount from WoW Interface or Curse. Once you’ve downloaded it, unzip it, and copy the LootCount folder into your World of Warcraft -> Interface -> Addons folder. Load up the game, and check to make sure its in your enabled addons, in the character selection screen.

Step 1 – how to count your loot

Once you’re in the game, type /lc to toggle the small green LootCount frame’s visibility. (If your frame doesn’t appear first time, relog and try again, this is a known issue for the first time load.) Once the green frame is visible, you can move it by clicking and dragging on the corner of the frame. Drop the frame where you’d like your loot icons to appear.

To get LootCount to start tracking, you need to have one of the items to track in your inventory. Once you’ve caught/gathered/looted your first item, drag it from your bags and drop it into the centre frame, like this:

40 Sagefish

The dark squares show where you can drop other items. Once you’ve let go of the item’s icon, the dark squares disappear, and the centre frame will display how many of that item you have in your bags. Often, I just leave it at that, and just track one item. In this case, Deepsea Sagefish.

Step 2 – how to count even more loot

To add more items to your tracking, drag a second item of another type out of your bag, and hover over the lootcount frame. The surrounding dark squares will appear. Drop your new item onto one of the squares and hey presto:

Sagefish AND eels!

You can keep building up more and more items as you farm/fish.herb/loot.

Sagefish and eels and water and ...

To remove items from the frame, double right click on its icon.

That’s it!

For those who like to delve deeper into addons and features, read on. Ninety-nine percent of the time I only track one or two items as above, but I do like to explore other features, like below:

Menu options

To bring up most of the options for LootCount, right click on an edge of the centre frame (but not the corners):

LootCount menu

Some options you may want to consider:

  • Lock – will lock the frame in place, as well as disable removing of items from the frame
  • Fade center frame – will make the green rectangle fade away when you are not interacting with the frame
  • Set “LootCountREP” etc… I generally have these addon plugins turned off to simplify the menus, but may be useful if you wish to use the same mod to track rep/exp etc
  • Bigger/smaller text is useful especially if you resize the icons and/or set goals (see below)
  • Include bank / include alts – this is very useful if you’ve banked or ‘muled’ items when farming to make space, but still want to track your total counts. Switching both of these on and the display looks like this:

Including alts/bank

The top left grey number in the number of the item you have in your bags, the lower right number is your overall total, including (in this case) the character’s bank and on alts. Note that you can get all of this information in detail when you hover over each item.

Item options

Set goal – you can set a goal for each item to keep track of how close you are to a target. Right click on each item, select ‘Set goal’ and enter the number of items you’re aiming for. Select ‘Accept’. The item should be displayed with a count of how many you have left to reach your goal. This is a bit buggy in the current version, but a lua fix is explained over at wowinterface.

Command line options

Resizing – to change the size of the frame, use the text comands: /lc tiny, small, medium, normal, big. You’ll almost certainly want to enlarge your icons if you’re tracking totals across alts/bank or tracking goals. It’s a lot of text to fit on a tiny icon if you track more than one number.

Toggling LootCount on and off is easy – just type ‘/lc’. For more text options, type ‘/lc config’.


Another neat thing about LootCount is the tooltip integration. Whenever you hover over an item in your inventory, a small LootCount icon appears in the top left of your tooltip:

LootCount tooltip

I use TipTac to manage my tooltips, But I imagine it would work the same with the default tooltip, or other tooltip mods. This also works with items that are linked in chat channels – really useful if a guildie asks “does anyone have any peacebloom?” You can ask them to link the item and when you click on it you can see how many you have (great if you’re also tracking alts/bank).

That’s it  – LootCount, makes collecting and managing your farmed items a little bit easier 🙂

Setting up custom debuffs in Grid

When there’s a specific debuff I need to react to quickly, I need to have it displayed prominently on my raid frames. I use Grid, so I’m going to show you how I set up custom debuff tracking, using the centre icon:

Custom debuffs in Grid, tracking as a center icon

Pros: This method doesn’t rely on any Grid plugins, so if you don’t use or have the latest raid debuff plug in for Grid, you can set up like this. It will also work for tracking debuffs in 5 mans or solo if you use Grid in those situations as well.

Cons: It’s pretty simple to set up for the occasional debuff you need to track, but it would be very time consuming to set up for multiple debuffs/buffs. If you raid with Grid and want to do that, you should download and use the raid debuff icon plug in (which I highly recommend).

In this example, I will show how I set up to track the magic damage over time spell that Ascendant Lord Obsidius in Blackrock Caverns. This spell annoys me, because it’s magic based, and he also casts a thunderclap that’s magic which I don’t need to universally dispel. In my Grid setup these both show as a blue dot, so it’s hard for me to distinguish between them.  So here’s how I set up Grid to show this DoT.

Step by step

Step 1

I need to know what the spell is called in order to enter it in Grid. So I head off to Wowhead and look up Blackrock Caverns bosses. Under Ascendant Lord Obsidius I see his abilities:

Looking up the debuff's name

Okay, so it’s called Twilight Corruption. Note that Grid’s custom debuff tracking is case sensitive. So it’s important to get the capital T and C here.

Step 2

Open Grid’s options.

Go to the ‘Status’ menu, and expand it to the ‘Auras’ subsection. In the ‘Add new Debuff’ box type the name of the debuff you want to track (don’t forget the capitals!). Click Okay.

Adding the debuff

The name of the debuff will disappear from the text entry box, but that’s okay.

You can add critical buffs on players the same way. If for example you want to know if someone else is already being innervated before you cast one, you could enter ‘Innervate’ in the ‘Add new Buff’ text box. (Bad example, but you get the idea I hope.)

Step 3

Now to display this new debuff. Go into the ‘Indicators’ menu, and expand it.

Selecting where to display the debuff

Select ‘Center Icon’ and scroll down until you see your new debuff listed. (In this case ‘Twilight Corruption’) Tick the box next to this.

(You can choose to set this up on something other than the Center icon – I just find this to be the most obvious for my UI, and it’ all about reacting quickly to critical buffs and debuffs.)


Now whenever this debuff is active it will show on your Grid.

End result

Here’s a custom debuff I set up in action so you can see how it looks.

Pain and Suffering as the center icon

In Shadowing Keep, Baron Ashbury’s Pain and Suffering can be interrupted or dispelled. To free up our interrupters, I dispel this. Originally I was really slow doing this, but once I set it up as an icon in Grid it became really easy.

Baron Ashbury and Pain and Suffering on Grid