I have a LOT of trouble reading the odd purple/blue colour that WoW uses for player nameplates. I have to be pretty much on top of someone to make them out, and even then I struggle, it's just not a colour I can read well.

I tried looking in the options to see if I had the ability to change this colour to something else, but I couldn't find this anywhere.

Is there any way I can change the colour? I'd not be opposed to a mod to change it if it came to that, but I'm new to WoW, so I don't know what's all possible. Ideally, I'd like to not have to deal with a modpack, as I find those incredibly overwhelming to try to deal with, as they often have WAY too many options and I struggle with finding what I want, I get upset, and I give up.

(If I can find a way to change other nameplates too, that would be excellent - I do find the lime green a little tricky, but the blue/purple is the absolute worst.)

  • Just in the open world or in dungeon/raid instances?
    – dly
    May 24, 2018 at 9:09
  • @dly Both, ideally, but open world if I can only have one.
    – user11502
    May 24, 2018 at 11:51
  • As of patch 7.2 the name plates work only very limited in dungeons and raids, that's why I asked. It would make no sense recommending an addon that doesn't work in raids if you specifically wanted one for that purpose. :)
    – dly
    May 24, 2018 at 12:03
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    @dly I haven't been playing long, I'm only level 17 and unlikely to do any raids or dungeons any time soon, my main focus right now is the open world. :)
    – user11502
    May 24, 2018 at 12:28
  • @edit: The default settings don't support changing that. You'll need an addon for this, like for example Tidy Plates if a complete UI overhaul is too much for you.
    – dly
    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:36

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I haven't played WoW for a long time, but when I played there used to be a ton of UI mods, which allowed you to configure the UI any way you wanted and I doubt that changed.

Curseforge is a great source for those addons.

WoW Interface is as well.

For your problem in particular one of those three might help:





I'd actually suggest Elvui, because you can adjust your complete interface with it and it has a great support.

In your particular case it could look like this: enter image description here

You can enable or adjust:

  • Class color
  • Health bar
  • Cast bar
  • Character level
  • and others

When you have it installed just type /ec and select NamePlates. There you can set the font face and size of several texts and other designs and select which ones you want to have customized (friendly players, enemy players, friendly npc, enemy npc, etc.) and even customize each of them separately (like displaying health bars, level, castbars,...).

PS: If you can't see them (regardless of the addon you're using) just press CTRL + V to toggle friendly nameplates.

Basic tutorial

I admit, this special setting is hidden pretty well. Here you go:

Disable class colors - they're on by default: enter image description here

Change the color: enter image description here

Result of this example: enter image description here

  • I think for complete UI rehauls, @Ash has to explore all the options. There were already a dozen or so available back when I stopped playing in 2011 and in my guild we used 6-7 different ones, each player has their own preference for the UI layout and looks. So, I decided to give an aggregate site of many addons as well as a few addons, which specifically adress the nameplate problem (for the record: nplates is also part of a complete UI rehaul).
    – Dulkan
    May 25, 2018 at 6:30
  • @Dulkan you don't have to explore them all at once. A clean installation is a good start, especially for newcomers or people new to UI addons. Set it up, play around, try your results,.. (or disable unwanted options) I've recommended Elvui to new players a lot (fresh guildies, friends, etc) because it's very newbie friendly due to the self-explanatory design and most of them love it. And you can install complete interfaces from other players either from the internet (downloads on curse or other resources) or they can even send it to you in-game.
    – dly
    May 25, 2018 at 7:11
  • Having installed this, I can't for the life of me figure out how I can actually change the colour of the nameplates from the purple colour I have issues with. :(
    – user11502
    May 27, 2018 at 18:40
  • @Ash did you enable the nameplates? -> /ec - nameplates - friendly players - check the enable box. And make sure your wow has nameplates activated (ctrl + v toggles them)
    – dly
    May 28, 2018 at 6:27
  • I did, but i just want to change the colour and that's it and I can't figure out how to do just that
    – user11502
    May 28, 2018 at 15:02

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