Perhaps you were roaming around Azeroth and someone posted some coordinates in chat. Or maybe you were looking up how to do a certain quest and now you need to find the quest objective. In either case, you want in on that sweet action! In this article, I want to share my favorite addon for coordinates in both Classic and Retail WoW. Without beating around the bush, here is your answer…
The best WoW addon for coordinates is TomTom. In addition to showing your current position, it will show the position of your cursor and allow you to set waypoints. While other addons do this also, they tend to be updated less frequently and some have fewer features.
There you go, short and sweet.
If you stick around for a moment more, I will show you why TomTom is the best addon for coordinates and give you a few useful tips on how to use it. Let’s jump into it.
Overview: What does TomTom do?
As mentioned above, TomTom adds coordinates to your game. More specifically, it places a movable box on your screen for your current location and adds coordinates to the top of your world map. I also love it because it allows you to set “waypoints,” which are targets for where you want to go.
So while the addon is simple, it is a huge quality of life enhancer — especially in Classic WoW.
How to install TomTom
Getting TomTom into your game is easy. If you want to install it manually, you can download the files for it from the CurseForge website and then place them into your addons folder. If you aren’t sure how to locate your addons folder, feel free to check out my article on Finding Your WoW Addons Folder.
The other option is to install TomTom with an addon manager. While there are several out there, the manager I recommend is WowUp (wowup.io). And no, they aren’t paying me; I just think it is a fantastic open-source free tool!
If you are still lost on how to install an addon from there, you could always click on this other shameless plug for another one of my articles -> How to Install WoW Addons in 2021.
How to use TomTom
When you first login after setting up TomTom, you won’t see too many differences in your game. The most noticeable will be a floating box above your character with two numbers. The first number is your east/west (X-axis) location on the map. The second is your north/south (Y-axis) location. If you head west, the first number goes down. Go east and watch it climb.
Now it is important to note, that every zone has its own set of coordinates. Each one follows the same pattern though. In every case, the top-left area of the map will have coordinates of 0, 0 while the bottom right will be 100, 100.
Pretty neat, at least for a nerd like me.
In addition to that little floating box, TomTom will also add player and cursor coordinates to your world map. These are updated in real-time as you move your character or your cursor around on the map. So, next time you see a set of coordinates in chat, you can simply hover over your world map until you find the right spot on the map.
Unfortunately, hovering around on the map to find the right decimal location can be annoying and painful. That is where waypoints come to the rescue!
What are waypoints?
A waypoint is a targeted location you set on the map. If I had a quest item or rare spawn located at 50.45, 53.57, I could have TomTom set a waypoint to guide me there.
Setting a waypoint will display an arrow to point you towards the location, the number of yards you need to travel, and an estimated time of travel based on your current speed. It will also add a green dot (unless you change the color in the options), on the map as well.
As a side note, when you first set a waypoint… the arrow and information will be located directly on top of your character. To change its location, you can hold left-click on the arrow and move it to where you like.
How to set waypoints
Setting waypoints is simple. You can either use slash commands or set them directly on the map.
To set a waypoint on the map, you just need to open the world map (‘M’ key), find the location you want to target, and then alt + right-click at the desired spot. If alt + right-click does not work, you can also try to use ctrl + right-click. If that still does not work, you can open the TomTom options menu by typing /tomtom in your chatbox and pressing enter. Under TomTom -> World Map, you can set the Create Note Modifier key to whatever works for you.
If you are playing the retail version of the game, you can also set waypoints for world quests. To do this, you simply open your world map and left-click on the quest you want to head towards.
In some cases, it is much easier to set a waypoint using a slash command. In the example above, I wanted to set a waypoint at 50.45, 53.57. If I did it with the map, it would still be time-consuming. Fortunately, by using the /tway command in my chatbox, I can make it much easier. To get to my desired point, I would type /tway 50.45 53.57.
This would set a waypoint for 50.45, 53.57 in my current zone. If you want to set waypoints in other zones, add a description, or even set a waypoint for your current location you can do that with the other slash commands shown below:
|/tway 14.78 23.9||Add waypoint at 14.78, 23.90|
|/tway Nagrand 45 50||Add waypoint in Nagrand at 45, 50|
|/tway 14.78 23.90 This is a waypoint!||Add a new waypoint with a description|
|/wayb or /wayback||Sets a waypoint at the current location|
How to remove waypoints
Once you have added waypoints to your map, they will stay until you arrive there or remove them.
Like setting waypoints, you can remove them through the map or via slash commands. To remove a waypoint using the map, you can right-click on the dot representing the waypoint and select one of the options to remove the waypoints. A box will then ask you to confirm that you want to remove one or more waypoints.
If you would prefer to use slash commands instead, you can use the /tway reset command. To see how this is done, check out the following table.
|/tway reset all||Remove ALL current waypoints|
|/tway reset Nagrand||Remove all waypoints in Nagrand|
How to manage waypoints
In addition to setting and removing waypoints, there are other slash commands which you can use to manage your existing waypoints. These are especially useful in cases where you have more than one waypoint going at a time.
You can use the following commands to set the arrow or list current waypoints:
|/cway or /closestway||Set the crazy arrow to the closest waypoint|
|/tway list||List the currently known waypoints|
|/tway arrow||Print the status of the Crazy Arrow|
Final Thoughts and Important Links
While several addons perform similar functions to TomTom, many of them lack the easy-to-use features and frequent updates provided by TomTom. If you are looking to get coordinates into your game with an addon, TomTom is the best option from my experience.
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