Restoration Shaman Healing Macros and Addons — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 15:38 by Seksixeny 19 comments

On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Restoration Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

1. Restoration Macros

1.1. Wind Shear

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

This macro will stop your current cast and cast Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear on your focus if available, otherwise it will be cast on your target.

1.2. Purge

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

This macro will stop your current cast and cast Purge Icon Purge on your focus if available, otherwise it will be cast on your target.

1.3. Wind Rush Totem

Two options are available, allowing you to either instantly cast Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem at your feet:

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@player] Wind Rush Totem

Or at your current cursor location:

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast [@cursor] Wind Rush Totem

These remove an input and allow you to activate the totem much quicker than usual to get the movement speed rolling quickly.

1.4. Simple Mouseover Macros

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

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

1.5. Dynamic Mouseover Macros

This sort of macro allows you to cast a different spell depending on whether your cursor is hovering over a friendly target or not, which is helpful when looking to reduce the total amount of buttons you need to use for both healing and dealing damage.

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@mouseover,nodead,help] Chain Heal; Flame Shock

To reduce button swapping you can create macros that will cast whatever talent you have selected at the moment, in a single button. You can change the spell that is cast according to your current talents / specialization.

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [talent:4/2,spec:3] Earthen Wall Totem; /cast [talent:4/3,spec:3] Ancestral Protection Totem
  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [talent:7/2,spec:3] Wellspring; /cast [talent:7/3,spec:3] Ascendance

1.6. Healing Rain on Cursor

This macro will place healing rain at your cursor, rather than popping up a green targeting reticle.

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@cursor] Healing Rain

2. Addons for Restoration Shaman

2.1. ElvUI

ElvUI is a complete replacement for the default User Interface. Not only is this a popular AddOn among top players, but we here at Icy Veins use it for all our characters. ElvUI eliminates most of the inefficiencies of the Blizzard interface, which are many and varied. It is extremely user friendly, and takes very little time to set up and master. It also comes already furnished with almost everything you need; unit frames, raid frames, minimap, buffs and debuffs, and much more. You can easily unlock and drag all the components around so your UI will look exactly the way you want it to. ElvUI is clean, easy to use, and a great starting point for your UI.

For a quick configuration guide, you can check out Pandacho's guide.

2.2. Weak Auras

Weak Auras is the most important AddOn for players seeking to master their class and take their gameplay to new heights. If you aspire to do any Mythic raiding, this is the most powerful tool in your kit. Weak Auras allows you to display helpful visuals cues anywhere on your screen, which enable you to play better. Most players use it to track their trinket procs, highlight on screen displays of their most important cooldowns, or track the timers of boss mechanics. It is highly customisable and makes keeping track of your procs and cooldowns effortless. The drawback of Weak Auras is that is has a bit of a learning curve and is not the most user friendly. Weak Auras allows you to import other players data directly into their UI, however, and most players choose to simply import other people's Weak Auras rather than make their own. Weak Auras can be used to create just about anything you can imagine, as it is a LUA scripting tool (essentially an AddOn that creates other AddOns, in-game). This is by far the most essential AddOn for players looking to step into Mythic raiding.

2.3. Boss Mods

Boss Mods are helpful pre-made timers that allow you to keep track of the noteworthy mechanics in any given encounter. Usually they come equipped with helpful prompts, visuals, and sounds to ensure you do not miss anything important.

2.3.1. BigWigs Bossmods

BigWigs is the best boss mod available currently. It is extremely customizable, allowing you to change what is displayed on an individual boss level and how boldly you want each alert customized. BigWigs is typically the most accurate and periodically updated of the available Boss Mods. It does not require any setup at all, though there are a dizzying array of options and customizations should you wish to personalize your setup.

2.3.2. Deadly Boss Mods

Deadly Boss Mods is an alternative to BigWigs, though it usually is not as accurate early in the patch. Most of the alerts are loud and flashy by default, making this a potentially good choice for players who have very little experience in a raid environment.

2.4. Name Plates

Nameplates are essential for allowing you to easily keep track of basic debuffs and quickly select new targets in combat. While ElvUI nameplates do come standard with the AddOn, they are a little limited and occasionally buggy. Listed below are some good alternatives.

2.4.1. KUI Nameplates

KUI Nameplates offer the highest degree of customization and accuracy. For example, you can easily configure the nameplates to enlarge and change color when a target reaches a certain percentage of health, which can be very helpful for classes with executes. They always correctly display your debuffs, and their click box is very accurate. Some setup is required, although it is very simple and straightforward.

2.4.2. TidyPlates

TidyPlates are not quite as customizable or accurate as KUI, but they are an improvement over the default UI or the ElvUI nameplates. They are also great out of the box, requiring little to no setup at all, which is a plus for some players.

2.5. Damage Meters

Damage meters display a variety of helpful data about what is taking place in combat, from your current DPS (or HPS) to the number of interrupts each player successfully used.

2.5.1. Skada

Skada is a lightweight damage meter that is exceptionally accurate. It doesn't take up much memory, which could cause you to lag, and displays a wide range of helpful data. This is the recommended damage meter if you log your raid data to WarcraftLogs.

2.5.2. Details

Details is a more heavyweight damage meter, taking up quite a bit of memory. It offers extensive in-game analysis tools compared to Skada, however, allowing you to break down your data in depth without leaving the game. This is the recommended damage meter if you do not log your raid data.

2.6. Extra AddOns

These AddOns are just small trimmings that might make your life a little easier.

2.6.1. Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

If you not not satisfied with the default combat text, this AddOn is an alternative that allows you to heavily customize your scrolling combat text. Quite a bit of setup is required.

2.6.2. Death Note

Death Note displays the last several deaths for each of your party or raid members. For 30 seconds prior to their death, a complete timestamp of their combat log is displayed, showing their current health, what heals they received, what buffs and debuffs they had, whether they used their personal cooldowns, etc. This AddOn is helpful for breaking down your own death as well as finding out whether that guy really did use his healthstone.

2.6.3. Doom CooldownPulse

Whenever one of your abilities comes off cooldown, this AddOn flashes a large transparent version of the ability in the center of your screen, alerting you that it is off cooldown. You can easily configure what is displayed, or use it by default.

2.6.4. Angry Assignments

This AddOn allows you to set up text assignments that are displayed to everyone else in the raid group that have the AddOn. Extremely beneficial for raiding guilds, particularly when assigning jobs like interrupt orders, or what players are soaking in what quadrants of the room, etc.

2.7. Alternative Raid Frames

For healers, raid frames are a very personal choice. Great options for an alternative to the ElvUI raid frames include Vuhdo, Grid2, and HealBot.

2.8. Raid / External Cooldown Tracking

Use an addon such as Exorsus Raid Tools to keep track of raid and external cooldowns available in your raid. This helps when deciding whether to use your cooldowns or let other allies use theirs.

3. Restoration Weak Auras

3.1. High Tide Activation Threshold Tracker

This handy weak aura tracks how far you are from your next High Tide Icon High Tide activation.

3.2. Cloudburst Totem Stored Healing Tracker

This weak aura tracks how much healing your Cloudburst Totem Icon Cloudburst Totem currently has in store, and how long until it forcibly bursts.

4. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for 8.1 and added a Weak Aura section.
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