Wow gear bot
Gold and material farming
Honor farming and Leveling
Bots can also be used for farming honor at the various battlegrounds (this is especially true in the current Call to Arms battleground). Bots such as Pirox and Honorbuddy even include profiles for all the battlegrounds by default. One of the most popular uses of bots, however, is leveling. This can be done in one of three ways; Questing, PvPing, and pure grinding. Some bots support quest profiles, which automatically perform quests (including quest pickup and turn in). PvP leveling is popular during Call to Arms weekends, which provide double-experience for each battleground played. And pure grinding is simply a basic process to kill certain mobs in certain areas till the player levels. For a long time, from 2005 till 2009, pure grinding was the only method used to level with a bot, since questing profiles hadn't been developed yet, and PvP battlegrounds yielded no experience.
A number of bots developed by numerous people started appearing within a year or two of World of Warcraft's release, such as Openbot. However, the most notable and famous of which was Glider, which first appeared in 2005. Developed by Michael Donnelly, Glider was noted for its particular ease of use, numerous features, and robust community. Its strong community created many profiles to use with the bot, and distributed them freely. After it's initial popularity, Glider was developed into a full featured bot in 2007 and sold for $25. The bot and its community thrived for over 4 years, and over 100, 000 copies of Glider were sold (as of 2008). Glider quickly became the de-facto program of choice for most botters.
In July of 2008, Blizzard filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against the makers of Glider. The lawsuit alleged that MDY Industries, LLC (the company selling Glider) were liable for copyright infringement based, in part, on the premise that users of the World of Warcraft software are actually "licensees" rather than owners of their copy of software. Public Knowledge, a public interest group, publicaly criticized the decision. However, the court found that Glider infringed upon Blizzard's intellectual property and ordered the makers of Glider to pay Blizzard six million dollars. In March 2009, MDY suspended Glider sales and operations, as well as closed their online community. As of September 2009, they are appealing the court decision.
After Glider ceased selling and developing their bot, a number of newer bots started appearing in late 2009, as there was high demand among the botting community for a new bot similar to Glider. Dubbed the "second generation" of bots, there were quite a few bots that were developed around that time. However, two bots quickly became favorites, Pirox and Gatherbuddy (aka, Honorbuddy). Both of them are very similar to Glider and offered the same features, control and creation of profiles, and ease of use. Both currently have thriving online communities, as most of the previous members of Glider migrated over.
Spotting a bot
There are several signs that may indicate that one player in action could be a bot, but many of them have reasonable explanations.
- Silence: Bots may not normally respond to tells or emotes. Sometimes they have automated replies when whispered. Other bots may automatically log out if players repeatedly send whispers to them.
- Odd movement: Bots often move irregularly. They may spin around, jump, run in circles, zig-zags, and into objects, or have a recurring pattern of movement.
- Questionable gear: Bots will almost always use BoE gear. Sometimes the gear is significantly worse than ideal gear for a character of that level.
- Default pet names: Most bots are hunters due to the ease of use of the class. Their pets may have their default names such as "Boar", or complete gibberish names such as "argfwega".