Flying Colorblind — 12 Comments

  1. Yep – I had the same problem in Cataclysm with one of our guildies who was trying his hand at raiding for the first time. He’s quite colourblind, and it was really quite a challenge trying to frame my explanations without referencing colour.

  2. Very thought-provoking post. I suppose you’d need others in the raid to act as some kind of crutch, by jumping up and down next to the right circle, but that would still add quite a bit of extra challenge.

    On a slightly off-topic note, how are your operations going in general? Considering they seem to be one of your main interests in the game you haven’t posted about them much lately.

    • Ops are actually going fine. We’ve done the first 2 bosses in EC HM and in TFB HM. I haven’t posted much because I’m working insane hours and I barely have time to raid, let alone post.

  3. It’s also important to note that there are different types and degrees of colorblindness, so what works for one sufferer might not for another. If you’d like to see the fight as various different types of colorblindness would render it, check out

    Interestingly, while they all vary in their details, many of the different types of colorblindness have the same end effect: you end up with two distinct colors of circles with no way to differentiate between the two colors that have been collapsed to form each one.

  4. We have a guildie who is color blind and one of, if not the best DPS we have. His idea was to number them 1-8 clockwise, 1 being the north point. His partner calls out the number (or whoever else sees it). Its not perfect but it works. Of course this was after consirible cussing of Bio when we first went into this in hard mode lol.

  5. I occasionally thought about the problems a red-green colour-blind person must have in warzones. I also had it in the back of my mind that there was a setting to change the display to suit colour-blind people but it looks like there isn’t, although apparently an option did exist in beta for a while.

    • I *thought* wow had a high-contrast visual option to compensate. In general, in the ops there are a bunch of things that don’t depend solely on color. For example, on the puzzle boss in EV, we may THINK of the puzzle as colors and refer to it as colors, but each color corresponds to a unique shape, so it’s obvious what matches. With the “color boss”, if each color had its own shape projected on the floor (for example, hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades) would that partially solve the problem?

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