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Survival Hunter DPS Macros and Addons (WoD 6.2.4)

Last updated on Apr 30, 2015 at 14:52 by Vlad 92 comments

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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 Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.4.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by two of the best Hunters in the world. Niixx raids in Limit and you can watch his stream on Twitch. Azortharion raids in Drive and you can also watch his stream on Twitch. They both maintain their own Hunter guide, as well.

1. Macros

1.1. Generic Macros for Hunters

1.1.1. Deterrence Cancelaura Macro

  • /cancelaura Deterrence

This macro allows you to cancel your Deterrence Icon Deterrence, which is useful because while Deterrence is active, you cannot perform any attacks. With this macro, you can use Deterrence to avoid a specific boss ability and then quickly resume DPS.

We advise using the above macro separately from your normal Deterrence keybind, even though having a single macro for both is common. The reason we advise against using the two together is that it is very easy to accidentally cancel Deterrence, especially if you are spamming your keybind.

1.1.2. Misdirection Mouseover/Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Misdirection
  • /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead][@focus,help,nodead][]Misdirection

This macro will cast Misdirection Icon Misdirection on the target you are currently mousing over, provided that they are friendly and not dead. Otherwise, it will cast Misdirection on your focus target, if they are friendly and not dead. If this is not a valid choice either, it will cast Misdirection on your current target.

1.1.3. Petattack Macros

It is a good idea to include a command to force your pet to switch to your current important target. We recommend tying this line to abilities like Kill Command Icon Kill Command for Beast Mastery Hunters, Chimaera Shot Icon Chimaera Shot for Marksmanship Hunters, and Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot for Survival Hunters, as these are abilities you tend to use on your primary target. For Beast Mastery, it should also be put in a Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot macro, so that you can use your Multi-Shot button to also manage your pet's target, and thus its position to maximize Beast Cleave benefit.

  • #showtooltip Kill Command
  • /petattack
  • /cast Kill Command
  • #showtooltip Multi-Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Multi-Shot
  • #showtooltip Explosive Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Explosive Shot
  • #showtooltip Chimaera Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Chimaera Shot

1.1.4. Master's Call Macro

  • #showtooltip Master's Call
  • /cast [@player] Master's Call

This macro causes Master's Call Icon Master's Call to be cast on you, allowing you to position yourself close to the adds that you want to switch to. Then, when you use the macro, the pet will jump to you, and it will thus be in melee range of the adds you want it to switch to.

1.2. Specific Macros for Survival Hunters

Currently, we feel that there is no need for additional macros to play a Survival Hunter to its full potential.

2. Addons

2.1. Generic Addons for Hunters

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 and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.

2.1.2. 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.

2.1.3. 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.

Skada Damage Meter 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.

2.1.4. GTFO

GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.

2.1.5. JSHB 4

JSHB 4 (formerly known as JS' Hunter Bar) is a highly customisable addon that greatly assists your gameplay as a hunter. It provides you with a very easy to see focus bar as well as cooldown timers for all of your useful hunter abilities. Moreover, it provides various other miscellaneous features.

2.1.6. Stay Focused! Hunter Helper

Stay Focused! Hunter Helper is a simple addon that displays a bar representing the amount of Focus you currently have. It is very crucial that you know how much Focus you have at all times, and having an addon which takes very little space to show you this means that your visibility is not hindered.

This addon is an alternative to JS' Hunter Bar.

2.1.7. Pawn

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. We recommend this Pawn string, maintained by Azortharion, which has all the up to date stat weights needed.

2.2. Specific Addons for Survival Hunters

Currently, we feel that there is no need for additional addons to play a Survival Hunter to its full potential.

3. ChangeLog

  • 30 Apr. 2015: Removed the JS Hunter Bar Misdirection add-on, since it no longer exists.
  • 22 Mar. 2015: Added Pawn to the list of add-ons, and added a Master's Call Icon Master's Call macro.
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