What does "adds" mean?

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What does "adds" mean?
additional enemy mobs that appear in a boss encounter.

So Big Bad boss A would be the boss.
The little minions he summons would be adds.
Ah! And the minions "adds" should be killed first?
11/03/2014 04:43 PMPosted by Fetitoo
Ah! And the minions "adds" should be killed first?


I'd say the rule of thumb would be to kill adds first. Of course, there are exceptions, but I'd worry about that at higher level raid content. :)
11/03/2014 04:43 PMPosted by Fetitoo
Ah! And the minions "adds" should be killed first?
Many cases, yes. In lower level dungeons where the scaling is so wonky it shouldn't really matter. You could kill the boss before adds even do 1% of your health.
11/03/2014 04:43 PMPosted by Fetitoo
Ah! And the minions "adds" should be killed first?


Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Sometimes the adds do piddly damage when compared to the boss's capabilities that you're better off ignoring them and just focusing on the boss.

Sometimes the adds do enough damage collectively that they can be a real problem, so you want to kill them. Usually one or two of the DPS will be tasked with focusing on the adds when this happens, while everyone else stays on the boss.

Other times the boss's power increases with the number of adds that are out, so killing the adds as they pop up is the best strategy.

In other fights, only when the adds die do they help the boss (replenish his health, or increase his power) so in that case you don't want to kill them at all.

Each boss is different and has different things that happen, these four variables are only on boss fights with adds. There are other boss fight types where the bosses have other things going on, OR combine different fight mechanics either in the same stage of the fight or in different "phases".
Thanks!
You'll also hear another term called "mobs". This is in reference to enemies that aren't spawned during a boss encounter. They are any enemies that are just wandering around. These terms are often confused with one another, so just remember this to clear up any confusion: mobs are there from the start, adds come when summoned by a boss. Adds will also usually vanish when the boss is killed, while mobs won't.

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