Survival Hunter DPS Macros and Addons — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1
On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Survival Hunter in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Hunter addons and macros.
Macros for Survival Hunter
Generic Macros for Hunters
Mouseover Interrupt and Focus Mouseover
- /use [@focus,exists,nodead]Counter Shot
- /focus [@mouseover,nodead,exists];[@target,exists]
The top macro will interrupt your Focus target if available, or otherwise interrupt your target.
The bottom macro will let you easily Focus target whatever you are holding your mouse over.
Using these two macros together will let you be extremely flexible when it comes to interrupting in Mythic+ and is invaluable for high-end play where missed interrupts are not an option.
Kill Shot Mouseover Macro
- /use [@mouseover,exists,harm]Kill Shot
- /use Claw
- /use Bite
- /use Smack
In hectic AoE scenarios such as Mythic+, it is beneficial to get as many Kill Shots off as possible, but it can be difficult to navigate a ton of nameplates to select a target that is below 20% health. Using this macro, you can simply keep your mouse over the nameplate that is sub-20% health and activate it to fire Kill Shot on that target.
If you do not have an appropriate mouseover target, then it will simply use Kill Shot on your current target.
Misdirection Mouseover/Focus Macro
- #showtooltip Misdirection
- /use [@mouseover,help,nodead][@focus,help,nodead]Misdirection
This macro will cast 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.
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 "/use [@???] 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.
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 for Beast Mastery Hunters, Aimed Shot for Marksmanship Hunters, and Kill Command 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 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
- /use Kill Command
- #showtooltip Multi-Shot
- /use Multi-Shot
- #showtooltip Aimed Shot
- /use Aimed Shot
Specific Macros for Survival Hunters
"Oops, I Forgot To Summon My Pet" Kill Command Macro
- #showtooltip Kill Command
- /cast [pet] Kill Command; Call Pet 1
This macro will summon the first pet in your stable if it is not active already, when you attempt to cast Kill Command with no pet summoned. It will also ensure that your pet is hitting your target, and the /petfollow can help your pet snap to its target.
WeakAuras for Survival Hunters
WeakAuras can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance. Since this is a broad topic, we will soon have a page dedicated to it.
Addons for Survival Hunter
Generic Addons for Hunters
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
- 16 Oct. 2020: Added new, useful macros.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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