Survival Hunter DPS 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 Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft WoD 6.0.3.

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: Yooz, who raids in Envy, and Azortharion, who raids in Echoes (you can watch his stream on Twitch).

6.0.2 Transition Guide

If you want to read all about the Patch 6.0.2 changes and learn how they affect your character, make sure to read our Hunter Transition Guide!

1. Macros↑top

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. Startattack Macros

Neither Glaive Toss Icon Glaive Toss nor Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast cause your character to start attacking the target when cast, so you should use the following macros to force this to happen.

  • #showtooltip Glaive Toss
  • /startattack
  • /cast Glaive Toss
  • #showtooltip Dire Beast
  • /startattack
  • /cast Dire Beast

1.1.4. Petattack Macros

It is a good idea to include a command to force your pet to switch to your current important target. This is particularly relevant with Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast and Stampede Icon Stampede, since you generally cast these abilities on targets you intend to attack for at least a moderate amount of time (justifying the time it takes your pet to run to the target).

  • #showtooltip Dire Beast
  • /petattack
  • /cast Dire Beast
  • #showtooltip Stampede
  • /petattack
  • /cast Stampede

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↑top

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.

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. 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.

2.1.4. Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

2.1.5. 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.

2.1.6. 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.

2.1.7. Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to avoid taking aggro when the tank is still building up threat on an enemy.

2.1.8. JS' Hunter Bar

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.

2.1.9. JS' Hunter Bar Misdirection

JS' Hunter Bar Misdirection allows you to easily misdirect to targets by simply right click their name on your unit frames.

2.1.10. 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.

2.2. 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.