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Survival Hunter DPS Macros and Addons (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jun 04, 2018 at 11:34 by Azortharion 373 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 Legion 7.3.5.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Macros for Survival Hunter

1.1. Generic Macros for Hunters

1.1.1. Aspect of the Turtle Cancelaura Macro

  • /cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle

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

We advise using the above macro separately from your normal Aspect of the Turtle 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 Aspect of the Turtle, especially if you are spamming your keybind.

1.1.2. Misdirection Mouseover/Focus Macro for Marksmanship/Beast Mastery

  • #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. Trap Macros for Survival

There have recently been added special macro modifiers that allow you to cast traps or other ground-targetable effects in different ways. To make use of these, simply make a macro that says "/cast [@???] Explosive Trap" for example, where "@???" can be replaced with:

  • @cursor to place the trap directly where your mouse is when you hit the bind.
  • @player to place the trap directly underneath your character.

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. We recommend tying this line to abilities like Kill Command Icon Kill Command for Beast Mastery Hunters, Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot for Marksmanship Hunters, and Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike 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 Lacerate
  • /petattack
  • /cast Lacerate
  • #showtooltip Marked Shot
  • /petattack
  • /cast Marked Shot

1.2. Specific Macros for Survival Hunters

1.2.1. One-Button Combat Resurrection

  • #showtooltip Dust of Life
  • /cast [pet:Moth] Dust of Life; [pet] Dismiss Pet; [nopet] Call Pet 3

This macro requires a "Moth" pet to be in the third slot in your stables. When you press this with no Moth summoned, it will dismiss your current pet, call out your Moth, and then combat-resurrect your target. You can use this with the Crane as well, simply replace "Dust of Life" and "Moth" with "Gift of Chi-Ji" and "Crane", respectively.

1.2.2. "Oops, I Forgot To Summon My Pet" Macro

  • #showtooltip Flanking Strike
  • /cast [pet] Flanking Strike; Call Pet 1

This macro will summon the first pet in your stable if it is not active already when you attempt to cast Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike with no pet summoned.

2. Addons for Survival Hunter

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.

2.1.4. Details!

"Details!" Damage Meter is a real-time DPS/HPS meter with a lot of additional functionality such as being able to see cooldowns, buffs, debuffs, damage done to specific targets, and statistical analysis. In our opinion, it is superior to Skada in terms of functionality, although it is slightly more complicated to configure. We recommend Details! as your default damage meter, but if you prefer something easier, then Skada is still a good option.

2.1.5. 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.

2.1.6. Pawn

Pawn is an add-on that calculates the value of items based on the stat weights you input for your character. The best thing is to use SimulationCraft to get the stat weights for your own character, but as an alternative, we offer decent, generic stat weights you can use on the stat priority page of this guide.

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

  • 04 Jun. 2018: Added some helpful macros for Survival Hunters.
  • 10 Apr. 2018: Changed to recommend the Details! Damage Meter instead of Skada.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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