Guide Features Compared

Updated: 25th September 2014

Guide Features – Dugi Guides vs Zygor Guides

Here’s a summary of all the features with screenshots to give you an idea of how each feature looks and works in the game. Most of these features are in both guides but there are definite differences and overall Dugi’s guide does offer more features.

Installation

Both Dugi and Zygor have their own addon installer and updater, which are straightforward and easy to use. It makes updates very easy, with a simple click of a button. There’s no real difference between the two guides, the only thing I would note is that Dugi does have a video tutorial on how to use the installer, whereas Zygor has nothing if you were to run into difficulties.

Model Viewer

The model viewer is offered by both Dugi and Zygor. This is where you can see a 3D image of an NPC or object for your upcoming quests. Zygor has an adjustable frame for viewing the image, which is handy for making it to whatever size you prefer. Whereas Dugi has a set frame size (see screenshot below). With this feature you can view questgivers for accepting and turning in quests as well as NPCs or objects for quest objectives.  A downside of Zygor’s viewer is that it’s often missing NPCs, whereas Dugi’s NPC list seems far more complete. This is one of my favorite features, especially for finding those hard to spot objects.

Dugi Guides - Model ViewerZygor Guides - Model Viewer

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Taxi System / Travel System

This feature is offered by Both Dugi and Zygor, where a customized route can be created for your character. Dugi calls it the taxi system and Zygor’s is called the travel system. They are essentially the same thing and work very similarly. It will automatically create the fastest route for your character to get to a location from your current position. It will also automatically suggest the use of Hearthstone, Teleport spells, Flight masters, Portals, Boats and Zeppelins.

Auto Skip Quests
(Guide Suggest Mode / Smart Injection System)

Dugi Guides offers the Guide Suggest Mode and Zygor Guides offers the Smart Injection System (SIS). This feature works pretty much the same in both guides, it just has a different name. It works by automatically putting pre-leveled character in sync with the guide. This includes recruit-A-Friend, heirlooms and dungeon leveling. It will automatically skip quests so you are always questing at the right level.

Difficulty Mode

Dugi Guides also allows you to choose a easy, medium or hard mode, which definitely makes it stand out over Zygors. The easy mode means you will level slower, but is ideal for newbies as there is less chance of dying. Whereas the hard mode is perfect for experienced players who want more of a challenge. This mode gives you more experience and helps you level faster. The default mode is normal, but you can change this within your settings. This is another one of my favorite features.

Leveling ModeDugi Guides
Difficulty Mode


Map Preview Feature

This is only offered by Dugi Guides and is similar to the popular Carbonite addon. It works by having a map preview automatically pop up with each new step to show you where you need to be. This feature is designed to work as a quick reference for navigating your way around. The map is translucent and automatically fades in and fades out. You can choose how long you want it to stay on screen. The maximum time is 2 minutes. You can also completely turn off the feature if you don’t want it.

You can make the map appear by clicking on a quest objective. The default setting shows one quest objective at a time, but you can choose to show more. The map is able to be placed anywhere on screen, so you can choose the best spot, so when it pops up it won’t clutter the game. The screenshot below shows what the map looks with the highlighted quest area.

Dugi Guides Map Preview

Auto Target NPCs
(Target Button / Magic Button)

This feature works by targeting an NPC for you to kill or interact with. Zygor Guides calls theirs the ‘magic button’ and Dugi Guides calls it the ‘target button’. It does the same thing, but Dugi’s has more options and can be customized. Zygors works by keybind and just targets the NPC.

Dugi’s works by keybind or by clicking their target button icon (looks like a little marksman). It targets and also places a skull icon over the NPC so you can find them easier. I have some screenshots below to show it in use. The objective is the bloodmyst hatchling, which is a difficult NPC to spot as it blends really well into the background. The first screenshot shows the the NPC image in the model viewer with the marksman icon. I simply click the icon and then it automatically targets the closest bloodmyst hatchling and puts a skull over it. You can see how handy it is having that skull icon pop up, otherwise it’s almost impossible to spot.

Dugi Guides - Target ButtonDugi Guides - Target Button with Skull Icon

 

 

 

 


Waypoint Arrow

Both Dugi Guides and Zygor have their own built-in waypoint arrow to show you exactly where to go. Dugi’s can be customized to create your own waypoint by clicking on a quest objective to change the waypoint.  Zygor’s waypoint arrow will only point to the current step of guide, so you aren’t able to customize it. Both guides also have an ant trail feature which works on the world map and mini map, which is handy for displaying the route.

Both guides give you 2 options for arrows, so you can choose which look you prefer.

Dugi Guides - Waypoint ArrowDugi Guides - Waypoint Arrow

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Zygor Guides - Waypoint ArrowZygor Guides - Waypoint Arrow

 

 

 

Heres a couple of screenshots of the ant trail feature on the world map.

 

Dugi Guides - Ant Trail

Zygor Guides - Ant Trail

 

 

 

 

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Multiple Objective Tracking

This feature is offered by both Dugi and Zygor guides. It allows you to complete multiple quests at the same time if they are in the same area, so you aren’t wasting any time doing one quest after another. Dugi Guides automatically works with the blizzard objective tracker. Normally the blizzard tracker will just list the quests randomly that you currently have to complete, but with this feature, it will list them in the correct order of which one to complete first, and will only list the quests that are able to be completed in that area. Zygor guides doesn’t use the blizzard tracker, instead they incorporate multiple steps into their guide.

You can choose to have the blizzard objective tracker look like part of Dugi Guides (first screenshot) or just have it look like it does normally in the game (second screenshot), while still getting the benefits of the feature. The third screenshot shows Zygors guide with multiple steps to be completed in the same area.

Dugi Guides - Multiple Objective TrackerDugi Guides - Multiple Objective TrackingZygor Guides - Multiple Objective Tracking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky Frame and Search Feature

Both Zygor and Dugi have a search feature that allows you to search their guides for specific info. Zygor’s is mainly designed for searching for pets and mounts. It is quite limited for searching the guides as you can only search for the titles of each guide e.g. The Cape of Stranglethorn, but if you wanted to search for a specific quest, it won’t work. Zygor does not offer a sticky frame feature.

I prefer Dugi’s search feature as it allows you to search all the content in every guide. So you could search for “hearth” to find all these locations within your zone, which could then be added as notes to your sticky frame. The search feature and sticky frame work together. The main reason that Dugi added these features, was for his mount and companion guide. Its like a library of all the mounts and companions in the game, so you can search for any mount/companion to find out out where it is, what it looks like (with the model viewer) and then you can add it to your sticky frame as a handy note.

The sticky frame is a separate frame that you can activate if you want to create your own customized list. You can click on any steps within the guide to add them to the sticky frame. For example its useful for adding “as you go” steps where you are told to find or kill things as you go for upcoming quests. Or you may want to add all the flight points or hearth locations. Or maybe you want to come back to a quest, which can be added to your list. It’s just a handy ‘note keeping’ feature, which is easily turned on and off as you need it.

Here’s a screenshot of the search feature. I typed in ‘hearth’ and 4 results showed up for that zone. I then put them into the sticky frame (second screenshot) as notes.

Dugi Guides - Search FeatureDugi Guides - Sticky FrameAuto Quest Items

The guides automatically have the quest items pop up as you need them. So you don’t have to search through your bags. Dugi has two icons that pop up, one is inside the guide beside the quest and the other pops up beside the target button icon (shown in the first screenshot below). Zygor has a smaller icon that shows up inside the guide beside the  quest (second screenshot).

Dugi Guides - Quest ItemZygor Guides - Quest Item

 

 

 

 

 

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Translates into Different Languages

Both Dugi and Zygor guides can be translated into French, German, Russian and Spanish. This feature is limited as it only translates: the quest names, NPC names and zone names. So the descriptions on how to complete quests will still be in English. But you can buy Dugi Guides 100% translated into French.

Free Trial

Both Dugi and Zygor offer free trials. Dugi currently offers a free trial for his Leveling Guide for levels 1-20. Zygor offers more for his free trial, there is 1-20 leveling guide, 1-150 Professions Guides, some parts of the Pet & Mount guide, some parts of the Achievement guide and some parts of the Titles & Reputation Guide.

Hope this site has been helpful.

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1 thought on “Guide Features Compared

  1. I can say as of June 2016, I have full versions of both guides and after many toons leveling with both since 2010 (on and off of WOW) I have to say:
    Dugi is the easier to use guide for leveling!
    While you are right that Zygor was once the better guide, Dugi’s guide is (for me) better for one reason: EASE OF USE. Dugi incorporates the actual quest tracker from WOW which a long time ago may have been a disadvantage but is now very slick and well done. It is also easier to look at.
    But Dugi’s guides make using them easier too-
    1. Target NPC button: This is a huge advantage when turning in quests, looking for quest givers etc. Dugi’s large target button can be BOUND TO A KEY also making questing very fast and easy. Zygors guide expects you to lick on a tiny chat bubble inside the quest viewer which ends up making me angrier-not happier. Dugi’s plays a sound when quests and some tasks are complete-another small but very welcome addition making it less tedious. It may seem small but believe me after many many levels on many starter toons this will be a godsend. Zygor used to have a “magic button” but this was taken away a couple years ago and hasn’t come back.
    2. Find NPCS: This is a way to find the nearest trainer, vendor etc. Dugi’s and Zygor’s both have this feature but Zygor’s is not very accurate for me and Dugi’s was. I had a toon in Ironforge and it told me to travel to Stormwind City for a trainer… When I asked about this bug with Zygor they said the had “higher priorities at the moment” but would look into it. It seems to me a feature already built in not working would be a priority no?
    3. As you go/Multiple Quest feature:Dugi’s incorporates a lot of extra “as you go” information in a very easy to read style and lists the quests in an easier to understand way. Zygor uses a “Sticky Step” feature that lists multiples when there are multiples to list. This feature on works when you have the default “list 1 step at a time” choice selected in options. It also seems that Dugi has many more of these “as you go” comments which indicate more effort put into the details.
    4. Difficulty Mode: This is only in Dugi’s and is nice to have the choice. Not a deal breaker as you can do as many quests in Zygors as you want without going to the next suggested guide, but a nice touch nevertheless from Dugi.
    5. NPC’s show on world map and Minimap: This is a great feature when you are new to an area. Dugi’s incorporates the icon, name and type into both maps which is soo much easier on you when running around. Zygor’s doesn’t have this feature. I tried using Handynotes:Trainer and Vendor but they didn’t work with Zygor. I asked about it and Zygor told me “that is an out of date addon” anyway. Probably 1/3 of my addons are “out of date” at any one time in WOW. If you have addon mods you know what I’m talking about. While Zygor maintains more support personnel, quality of the support is a consideration too!
    One thing I like about Zygor is there is a much quicker response to questions in the Forums than Dugi. It seems that Dugi is selective about when he answers questions…I had an instance where his drop down menus in the config didn’t work properly unless I turned off the Atlas addon-it did take a few days to answer but he did with a fix update!
    Zygor seems to have more people in support, but they also seem to be on a link for every WOW leveling page. They must pay more for clicks than Dugi I would imagine.
    Regarding content for questing-both guides will have mistakes, especially when there is a lot of new content. This is to be expected and many of these are fixed when reported. It is important to report mistakes because WOW is ever changing so no guide can be perfect.
    Other features are equal with both guides in my opinion and I am not speaking to any other guides (profession, achievement, dailies etc). This is just about the Leveling to 100 guides

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