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The minimap, or mini map, is a circular, zoom-able overhead view of the area around your character (represented as silver arrow pointing the direction your character is facing).

Besides being able to zoom the view in and out, the minimap has a variety of informational UI features.

Minimap features Edit

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Location name and World Map button Edit

  • The name of the current location of your character appears at the top of the minimap with a button to bring up the World Map (Minimap-WorldMap button-4 1 0).

Terrain and buildings Edit

  • A reasonable shadowed, textured view of the surrounding terrain appears in the minimap.
  • Rough silhouettes of buildings (mostly to scale) also appear on the minimap.

Calendar Edit

  • In the upper right corner of the minimap appears the calendar icon (Calendar minimap button) with the date inside. Replacing the Day/Night indicator during 0300Wrath-Logo-Small, this feature allows you to quickly see today's date.

Character locations Edit

  • Your character (MinimapArrow up 18x18): Your character will appear as silver arrow pointing the direction your character is facing always at the center of the minimap.
  • Your objectives: If you currently have objectives for a quest you're tracking a large golden arrow (GuideMinimapArrow up 24x22) will appear along the edge pointing you on where to go.
  • Your corpse (Corpse gravestone 20x20): If you die, your corpse will appear and a small tombstone on the minimap and an arrow (CorpseMinimapArrow up 16x16) on the edge of the minimap circle will point to it if it is out of view.
  • Your Graveyard: If you die, but don't press the "Release Spirit" button, there will be a golden arrow (GuideMinimapArrow up 16x16) pointing towards the nearest available Graveyard.
  • Party members: If your character is in a party, any party members will appear on the map as colored dots (matching the color of their class).[citation needed] Arrows (GroupMinimapArrow up 16x16) on the edge of the minimap circle will point to party members out of view.
  • Raid members: If your character is in a raid, any raid members, not directly in your party, will appear as a fully colored blip with a black dot in the middle.[citation needed] Arrows (GroupMinimapArrow up 16x16) on the edge of the minimap circle will point to raid members out of view.

Flight masters Edit

Flight masters that you have not yet gotten the flight point for will display on the minimap as a light green exclamation point (Flight Avail 16x16).

Detected creatures or resources Edit

Moving the pointer over the blip will give the creatures name.

  • A small circular indicator at the top-left of the minimap shows the current detection method ability (like Hunter's Track Beasts, Herbalism profession's Find Herbs, or Mining's Find Minerals). You can right-click on this indicator to change the kind of tracking that is active.
  • Any detectable hostile creatures appear as gold-outlined red blips ( Mob blip 16x12 ; like with the Hunter ability, Track Beasts) with players have a slightly different gray-outlined red blip ( Enemy player blip 16x12 ).
    • As of 0400Icon Cataclysm 18x18 Patch 4.1, if a hostile creature is selected, they would appear as red petaled blips ( Mob blip patch4 1 16x16 ).
  • Detectable neutral creatures and opposite faction, non-PvP flagged players would appear as gold blips ( Out-faction blip 16x12 ).
    • As of 0400Icon Cataclysm 18x18 Patch 4.1, if the creature or player is selected, they would appear as gold petaled blips ( NPC neutral blip patch4 1 16x16 ).
  • Detectable friendly creatures appear as gold-outlined green blips ( In-faction NPC blip 16x12 ).
    • As of 0400Icon Cataclysm 18x18 Patch 4.1, if a friendly creature is selected, they would appear as green petaled blips ( NPC blip patch4 1 16x16 ).
  • Any detectable minerals appear as gold blips ( Resource blip 16x12 ; like with the Herbalism ability, Find Herbs or the Mining ability, Find Minerals). Moving the pointer over the blip will give the type of herb or mineral (usually a vein or deposit). If the color of the blip is slightly dimmed ( Under rsrc blip 16x12 ), it means that the resource is on a different level (underground if you are above ground and vice versa).

Rare mobs Edit

In 0600Icon Warlords 42x18 Draenor and 0500Icon Mists 34x18 Pandaria, rare mobs will have a Rare-minimap-icon-20x20 icon on the minimap.

Quest givers and enders Edit

  • Quest NPCs will show up on the minimap as gold exclamation marks (Quest Avail 16x16), or as a question mark (Quest Complete 16x16) when you have a completed quest to turn in to them, and the tooltip will give the NPC name when you mouse over it. If the color of the indicator is slightly dimmed (Quest Avail Inside 16x16 or Quest Complete Inside 16x16), it means that the questgiver is inside a building, on another level, or the quest level is so low it can be filtered out (see Services). Repeatable quest giver NPCs show up as a blue mark (RRQ Avail 16x16 or RRQ Complete 16x16) instead of gold. Legendary quest giver NPCs show up as an orange mark (Quest Avail Legendary 16x16 or Quest Complete Legendary 16x16) instead of gold.

Guard directions Edit

When you talk to a guard and ask for directions, minimap features will help you find your target.

  • A golden guide arrow (GuideMinimapArrow up 16x16) will appear on the edge of the minimap pointing in the direction of your target.
  • A red marker flag (MinimapGuideFlag 16x16) will appear on the minimap roughly where your target is located.

Services Edit

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The tracking options control usually appears on left side of minimap: Minimap tracking icon When you click it, a tracking control menu with checkboxes will appear. For hunters or when other tracking abilities are enabled, Ability tracking will appear.

Similar to tracking creatures or resources, you can also track on the minimap locations of vendors or services that will help you while playing.

  • Auctioneers will appear with a stack of gold coins (MiniIcon Auctioneer).
  • Bankers will appear with an icon of two sacks (MiniIcon Banker).
  • Battlemasters will appear with the Alliance and Horde symbols (MiniIcon BattleMaster).
  • Class trainers will appear with a blue book (MiniIcon ClassTrainer).
  • Profession trainers will appear with a brown book (Trainergossipicon).
  • Flight masters will appear with a winged boot (MiniIcon FlightMaster).
  • Food and Drink vendors will appear with a bread/milk icon (MiniIcon FoodDrink).
  • Mailboxes will appear with a letter (MiniIcon Mailbox).
  • Reagent vendors will appear with a reagent icon (MiniIcon Reagent).
  • NPCs that repair gear will appear with an anvil (MiniIcon Repair).
  • Stable masters will appear with a horseshoe (MiniIcon StableMaster).
  • Inns will appear with a hearthstone icon (Inngossipicon).
  • Low Level Quests can be filtered with the dimmed quest ! icon (Quest Avail Inside 16x16).
  • Points of interest will be pointed to on the edge of the minimal with a silver compact arrow icon (EdgeMinimapArrow up 16x16).

Points of Interest Edit

When your character is near a point of interest, often times a city or town, a silver edge arrow (EdgeMinimapArrow up 16x16) will appear on the edge of the minimap indicating the direction of the settlement. This option can be turned off.

Detecting other players Edit

Usually only applies to Druids and Hunters with Track Humanoids.

  • Any detectable friendly players appear as white-outlined green blips ( In-faction blip 16x12 ).
  • Enemy players, when they're not flagged for PvP (or otherwise unattackable, e.g. on a flight taxi) appear as white-outlined gold blips ( Out-faction blip 16x12 ).
  • Enemy players, when they are flagged appear as white-outlined red blips ( Enemy player blip 16x12 )

Targeting mobs and NPCs Edit

In Patch 4.1, selected or targeted mobs (hostile Mob blip patch4 1 16x16) and NPCs (neutral NPC neutral blip patch4 1 16x16 or friendly NPC blip patch4 1 16x16) will show up on the minimap.

Pinging a location Edit

If you click on the minimap, you can ping a location that is visible to other members of your party.

Mail status Edit

  • A smaller circular indicator (Got Mail 26x26) under the day/night indicator shows an envelope if your character has unread mail.
    Got Mail 26x26 you have mail!
  • Moving the pointer over the icon will let you know who sent the recent unopened mail.

Time clock Edit

  • A small clock (Clock) at the bottom of the minimap shows the server time.
  • Moving the pointer over the clock will show you server time and local time.

Minimap UI Edit

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Multi-tracking

It has a tracking menu button on the left: Minimap tracking icon

It has a date and new mail indicator on the upper right.

The minimap has zoom in and zoom out buttons at the bottom-right:

  • Click the gold + button (Minimap Zoom In 26x26) to zoom in the minimap view. If the button is a gray + (Minimap Zoom In Disabled 26x26), that means the view is zoomed in as much as possible.
  • Click the gold - button (Minimap Zoom Out 26x26) to zoom out the minimap view. If the button is a gray - (Minimap Zoom Out Disabled 26x26), that means the view is zoomed out as much as possible.

Lastly, there is a clock at the bottom.

Removed features Edit

Day/Night and time Edit

  • A small circular indicator at the top-right of the minimap shows a sun or crescent moon depending on whether it is day or night in game time.
    Minimap day 42x42 day          Minimap night 42x42 night
  • Moving the pointer over this indicator shows the current in-game time.
  • The DayNight Add-On allows to have the old indicator back in-game.

Patch Changes Edit

  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Blips for selected mobs and NPCs.
  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Some of the arrow icons used have changed to make it easier to tell them apart. The ability to track more than one thing at a time will also be added.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Party/Raid blips changed to fully colored based on class.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Day/night indicator removed and replaced with calendar.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): A clock was added to the bottom of the minimap.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Quest givers with blue question marks (RRQ Complete 16x16) no longer show up on the minimap.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): New color blips were added for more user friendly tracking.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16/0200Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): A golden arrow pointing towards the nearest graveyard was added, if you died.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): The Minimap arrows that point to locations/players/etc. are now easier to see.
Facts about "Minimap"RDF feed
Patch date26 April 2011 +, 15 November 2010 +, 4 August 2009 +, 4 November 2008 +, 15 July 2008 +, 8 January 2008 +, 13 November 2007 +, 5 December 2006 + and 18 December 2004 +

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