Restoration Shaman Healing Macros and Addons (WoD 6.0.3)

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General Information

Macros and addons are an integral part of a raider's arsenal as they can make it easier to perform a variety of tasks, improving your overall game experience. On this page, we present macros and addons that can be useful to a Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.3.

The other pages of our Restoration Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Vixsin, the author of Life in Group 5, the main Restoration Shaman theorycrafting resouce, and by Stoove, our in-house Restoration Shaman theorycrafter and occasional blogger.

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1. Macros↑top

1.1. Generic Macros for Shamans

1.1.1. Wind Shear

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target] Wind Shear

This macro casts Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear at your focus, if you have one. Otherwise, Wind Shear is cast at your current target.

1.1.2. Purge

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target] Purge

This macro for Purge Icon Purge works in the same way as the above macro for Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear.

1.1.3. Hex

  • #showtooltip Hex
  • /clearfocus [modifier:alt]
  • /focus [@focus,noexists]
  • /cast [@focus,exists][@target,exists] Hex
  • /y Casting Hex on %F

This macro casts Hex Icon Hex on your focus or your current target. The first time you use this macro, the focus is set on your current target (if it is an enemy). Subsequent uses of the macro will keep casting Hex on your focus, unless you press alt (or whatever modifier you specify in the second line of the macro), in which case, the macro will set the focus on your current target before casting Hex on it.

To sum it up, use the macro to keep your assignment controlled and press alt while using the macro to cast Hex on a new enemy.

Note that this macro will slightly interfere with the Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear and Purge Icon Purge macros given earlier. If you try to use one of these two macros, it will result in the spell being cast on your hexed target (which is your current focus). In such cases, use a simpler macro for Wind Shear and Purge that casts the spells at your current target.

1.2. Specific Macros for Restoration Shamans

1.2.1. Mouseover Macros

For all your direct heals (Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave, Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge, Riptide Icon Riptide, Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield, and Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal), we advise you to use mouseover macros such as:

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@mouseover] Healing Wave

With a more complicate macro, you can cover every targeting possibility: mouseover, target, target of target, or yourself.

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@mouseover,help][@target,help][@targettarget,help][] Healing Wave

1.2.2. Ancestral Swiftness

  • #showtooltip Healing Wave
  • /cast Ancestral Swiftness
  • /cast [@mouseover] Healing Wave
  • #showtooltip Healing Rain
  • /cast Ancestral Swiftness
  • /cast Healing Rain

These macros will cast an instant Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave or Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain by first activating Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness.

1.2.3. Primal Elementalist

  • #showtooltip Greater Healing Wave
  • /script UIErrorsFrame:UnregisterEvent("UI_ERROR_MESSAGE")
  • /cast Reinforce
  • /cast Empower
  • /cast [@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player] Healing Wave

You can make macros such as the one above for all your healing spells, to make sure that when your Elementals are out, you will have 100% uptime on their buff.

An alternative to binding Reinforce and Empower into a heal is to macro it to /cast Fire Elemental Totem and press the button twice, which some players prefer.

2. Addons↑top

2.1. Generic Addons for Shamans

2.1.1. ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon.

2.1.2. Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

2.1.3. Recount / Skada

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). We advise you to also use it for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

A lightweight alternative to Recount is Skada Damage Meter.

2.1.4. Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

For more information about using WeakAuras as a Shaman, please refer to the WeakAuras2 thread on our forums and Stoove's WeakAuras2 Pages.

2.1.5. Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to decurse raid or party members (with Cleanse Spirit Icon Cleanse Spirit) by right clicking their frame in the raid of party frame. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

For Restoration Shamans, Grid can also be used to keep track of your Riptide Icon Riptide on fellow raid and party members. Normally, you have nothing to set up. Grid will recognise that you are a Restoration Shaman and will automatically enable a status (small marker in the corner of unit frame) for Riptide Icon Riptide. We advise you to only show this status for your own Riptide (by checking Show if mine, in Grid / Status / Auras / Buff: Riptide).

2.1.6. Shaman Friend

Shaman Friend is an addon that contains many useful tools for Shamans: proc tracking, shield tracking, etc.. It also makes it possible to efficiently use Blizzard's default frames.

2.2. Specific Addons for Restoration Shamans

2.2.1. Totem Timers

For keeping track of your Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield, we advise you to use Totem Timers. Note that this addon can do a lot more than just that, but almost everything else it does is already provided by ElvUI or Grid.

2.2.2. Vuhdo

Vuhdo is a very complete addon that you can use to replace Grid and Totem Timer. It is also said to consume less resources than Grid and Totem Timer.