Macros/Addons – Petoholics Anonymous Because you can never have too many pets Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:57:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1574202 Patch 4.01 Tips and Tricks Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:54:49 +0000 Rename your frost mage’s water elemental

The coolest tip I’ve found so far gets to goes first. Simply type this into your chat window:

/run PetRename(“name goes here“)

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Fix disappearing nameplates

Try these different commands until the right combination fixes it for you. Just using the first one seems to work for a lot of people

/console bloattest 1 – Might make nameplates larger but it fixes the disappearing ones.
/console spreadnameplates 0 – Makes them overlap like they used to.
/console bloatnameplates 1 – Makes nameplates larger depending on threat percentage.
/console bloatthreat 1 – Makes nameplates resize depending on threat gain/loss. Only active when a mob has multiple units on its threat table.

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Fix the cog of doom!

(Freezes/disconnects from mousing over things such as the Headless Horseman’s pumpkin, mage tables, feasts, etc.)

There’s tons of threads posted and lots of promising solutions. I have one that I’ve been testing for three days and have not had as much as lag spike when mousing over cogs. This works if you’re willing to disable tooltips when you are anywhere a cog icon might show up.

You will need to create two macros, for “turn off tooltips” and “turn on tooltips”.

Turn Off Tooltips

/script GameTooltip.Temphide = function() GameTooltip:Hide() end; GameTooltip:SetScript(“OnShow”, GameTooltip.Temphide);

Turn On Tooltips

/script GameTooltip:SetScript(“OnShow”, GameTooltip.Show);

(There have also been alternative solutions, such as using an addon like TipTac to replace your tooltips.)

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Patch 4.0.1 Resources and Impressions Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:44:23 +0000 Right off the bat, I’m going to give you a bunch of fantastic posts written by Jaded Alt and Revive & Rejuvenate that will help make sense of the chaos that is the latest patch.

Now, do yourself a favor and read those over before logging in. Because otherwise you might be like me and panic a little.

I knew a lot was going to change. Of course it’s not until it’s right in front of my face that I realize just how much. Did I mention that I don’t generally like change?

If you do log onto your hunter and are completely overwhelmed, do this:

  1. Visit a trainer immediately and learn everything available to you. (It helps if you visit the right city too.)
  2. Then you can visit the stable master and fix your pet setup. (I had a spirit beast as one of my active pets despite being untalented, and Blacky was in the inactive pets.)
  3. If you used a macro to call out your pet, this has now changed. The command is now “/cast Call Pet 1” (or 2 or 3 or 4). So put your favorite pet in the first slot and call him/her.
  4. Read the tooltips for all your abilities and place the useful ones (for you) on your bars.
  5. Work on setting up your talents. You can use one of the hunter guides listed under the class guides link, or use this BM spec or this MM spec as a general guideline.
  6. Visit a target dummy (if you can find one that’s free) and go to town on it.

Of course when I first logged on, my brain went in about a million directions as to things I needed to do so I was just standing there paralyzed with choice for a little while. Don’t be like me.

Random thoughts I had over the duration of the evening

  • Oh god, my UI has exploded.
  • Where did all my macros go? Oh, they just removed them from the bars. Now I can’t remember where they all went.
  • Where are all my abilities? Oh god, they removed that many of them?
  • Oh god, Dalaran hurts my framerates.
  • Oooooh, water is very shiny.
  • Where’s my pet? WHERE DID YOU PUT BLACKY?!
  • Oh, she’s in the stables.
  • What are these new spells?
  • Did the ground just shake? O.o
  • Why do half of my macros not work? Dear lord I have a lot of macros.
  • God, half my addons don’t work and my screen looks like it threw up on itself.
  • Note to self: WoW likes to crash or not log me in if I activate too many addons, especially ones that are deemed “out-of-date”.
  • Oh, is THAT what the default UI looks like again?
  • OOOooooo, shiny water.
  • Talents aren’t terribly bad to figure out but I still feel a little lost.
  • I feel REALLY lost when it comes to my rotation/shot priority. *mashes buttons*
  • The ground shook again. I wonder if there’s anything else going on elsewhere…
  • I’m utterly confused by this new glyph interface. And I feel naked missing some glyphs.
  • *jumps over to scribe* I think I know them all? At least I hope so. How would I learn more?
  • Bah, I forgot to make majors. Ah well, none of them are particularly useful outside of the Bestial Wrath one.
  • Back to searching for a target dummy. But hey, at least I’m in Thunderbluff  and not Orgrimmar.
  • WAIT! I need to go tame some pets! Woohoo for gigantic stables!
  • And I curiously have no clue what I really want to tame. Let’s start off with a ghost sabre!

Unfortunately I had to work today so I couldn’t stay up for any more experimentation/go on a taming spree. I have however been scouting out new UI layouts (since my old one is apparently broken and discontinued anyways) so I’ll be working on that tonight. Hopefully more on that in a couple of days.

In the meanwhile, I hope you all are having luck installing the patch and getting into the game to check everything out. Just remember: Don’t Panic and carry a towel!

(Yes, I am a huge geek.)

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Whiny Post Day Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:25:18 +0000 Today is St. Patty’s Day (AKA the day that Faeldray spends like every other day because she does not drink alcohol. Shocking, isn’t it? I must be 1 in 1000 at least.) It has also been declared Whiny Post Day. I do love Righteous Orbs’ whiny post.

Now I certainly hope that I don’t whine too much most of the time but you know what? Today’s the one day where I will just not care. So now all of you lovely readers will get to hear me rant about some things that have been bugging the hell out of me. Be warned, there will be some swearing. Let the complaining begin!

Still here, eh? You must really want to know what’s on my mind. Well, let’s get started.

People who don’t play with mods and/or macros and are proud of it

Now, I will start off by saying that this does not apply to everyone who doesn’t use mods or macros. Hell, there are some awesome players who can do without and they have my utmost respect because they can do all that shit at once. They can buff flawlessly, do their rotations without mistakes, and heal using the F-keys while interrupting that nasty spell the boss is casting and not standing in the bad stuff. These people have my kudos and should be awarded multi-tasker of the year. Because seriously…I can’t do all of that. I rely a lot on PallyPower to help me organize my buffs, on ShieldsUp to watch my shaman’s shields, and on numerous macros for my hunter that do everything from my shot rotation to making sure my pet is alive, healed, and fed.

There are also the people who solo for their entire WoW career and only need to work about what happens to them and no one else. So they don’t need mods like Omen or Recount because they’re having fun on their own. Or And there is nothing wrong with that. As well, the people who are stuck playing on older or cheaper computers and just cannot run WoW with addons.

No, the people I’m referring to you have probably come across in a pug 5-man or raid. They are that paladin gives Kings to everyone because it’s too difficult for them to organize their buffs. Or that shaman healer that doesn’t interrupt the nasty debuff the mob is casting because they’re too busy clicking on portraits. Or they are that DPS that is constantly pulling aggro or asking how their damage was because they would never have Omen or Recount installed.

And then they BRAG about it. What the hell are you bragging about? Congratulations, you suck at your job because you’re too damn stubborn to get tools that could HELP YOU. I don’t give a rat’s ass that you’re playing “au naturel” because WE WIPED DUE TO YOUR NEGLECT. For pete’s sake, we’re suppose to be working as a team here. There’s enough void zones and fires on the ground that I don’t want to have to deal with you not being able to pull your weight around. I mean really, I do go through the trouble of installing and setting up PallyPower just right, so I can make sure that I’m giving the right buffs to the right people. And I have mouseover macros for my heals in combination with Grid so I can interrupt if needed.

Mods and macros are absolutely no replacement for skills and knowledge. What they do allow is for you to focus on the million other things that are happening at once. They help to allow the basics of your class to become easier to use, so you can impress everyone with all the other neat tricks you have. You can be a carpenter without electric tools but you become a hell of a lot more efficient when you plug in that circular saw. (Yes, I took some woodworking courses. I’m an awesome gal that way.)

Really, dead people are not going to be impressed by your lack of mods or macros. Even less so when they have to run back to their corpses.

This post has been dedicated to the pug paladin who buffed my hunter with Wisdom and wouldn’t change it. What. The. Hell.

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Hunter Mods #3: FloAspectBar and FloTotemBar Mon, 29 Oct 2007 01:51:57 +0000 These two addons, created by the same author, are simple but useful. They each place bars above your toolbar that contain buttons for certain skills. It’s easy to see that FloAspectBar holds your aspects. To me, FloTotemBar was not obvious at first how it could be used by a hunter, even though it came up in my searches. But in the description, it says that it contains totem spells for a shaman and trap spells for a hunter.  It also has a nice little “duration” timer that shows you how long the last trap you laid down is going to last for.

Download FloAspectBar at
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Hunter Macro #3: Switching aspects Mon, 29 Oct 2007 01:35:08 +0000 This is a very simple macro that is useful in a situation where you need to change between aspects quickly. For example, changing between Aspect of the Monkey and Aspect of the Hawk in a battleground or other PvP situation.

/castsequence Aspect of the Hawk, Aspect of the Monkey

You can replace the above aspects with other ones, or even add more if you wish.

Hunter Macro #2: All-in-One Pet Tue, 04 Sep 2007 22:37:59 +0000 This macro I put together from bits and pieces all over the web, including WoWWiki and Someone.

#showtooltip [nopet] Call Pet; [target=pet,dead] Revive Pet; [modifier] Beast Training; Mend Pet
/cast [nopet] Call Pet; [target=pet,dead] Revive Pet; [modifier] Beast Training; [button:2] Dismiss Pet; [button:1] Mend Pet;

The #showtooltip part just displays the correct icon and tooltip depending on the situation. More importantly is what the macro actually does. If you have no pet with you, it tries to call your pet. If your pet is dead, it casts Revive Pet. If your pet is alive and at your side, the macro does certain things based on how you activate it. If you just click the macro normally with the left mouse button (pressing an assigned hotkey does the same thing), it will cast Mend Pet. If you right-click the macro, it casts Dismiss Pet. And if you press any modifier key (ALT, CTRL, SHIFT) while clicking on the macro, it brings up the Beast Training panel.

Why Beast Training? I find that between checking the skills my pet know, learning new pet skills, and training my pet, I bring up this window a lot. If you don’t, you could replace it with something else, say Feed Pet. I don’t need Feed Pet in this macro because I have Feed-O-Matic.

Notes: There is no icon and tooltip to be displayed for Dismiss Pet so remember what happens when you right-click. I haven’t yet tested out the Revive Pet part because none of my pets have died yet. If you have any problems with it, post a comment below.

Hunter Macro #1: Pet Attack Mon, 13 Aug 2007 23:05:58 +0000 I’ve already done some posts on hunter mods (more of those to come) but macros can be just as handy for every-day play. My most spammed macro is incredibly simple:


All you have to do is have your target mob selected (or your pet will automatically attack the nearest mob) and then activate the macro. This one I put in the first slot on my right action bar and then set the hot key on that slot to a button on my mouse (this is one of those fancy mice with extra buttons on it).

It can be combined with other macro commands if you wish but I like to keep it separate for flexibility.

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Hunter Mod #2: Feed-O-Matic Wed, 25 Jul 2007 04:43:07 +0000 Basic Info:

As simple as it is, Feed-O-Matic makes a hunter’s life so much easier. Instead of looking through your bags for your pet’s food, checking to make sure he likes it, and then feeding it to him, you simply click the Happiness icon beside your pet’s name.

Handy Options:

  • allows you to bind a key to “Feed Pet”
  • can notify you through blinking the Happiness Icon, playing a sound, and/or displaying a message on the screen
  • can choose “better” foods (food more appropriate for its level) over “lesser” foods
  • can avoid foods needed for quests
  • can avoid food needed for cooking recipes (using recipes you already know)
  • can avoid food that gives you a bonus when you eat them
  • can pick food from smaller stacks so you won’t run out of inventory sooner

Other Tidbits:

There are some times (particulary when you call your pet back or just log into the game) where the Feed-O-Matic does not recognize that you have food for your pet in your bags. When this happens and your pet is hungry, it will display a message saying “[pet’s name] cannot find any food in your bags”. To solve this, simply feed your pet the old fashion way and the mod will then recognize the food.

Screenshot (care of The Unofficial WoW Mods site)

Download at Gazmik Fizzwidget’s.

Hunter Mod #1: PetExp2 Sat, 21 Jul 2007 03:28:41 +0000 I don’t know how many players actually use and/or look for mods for WoW but I decided to start listing some particularly useful ones that I use. I’ve already mentioned PetExp2 in one of my previous posts so I figured that would be a good place to start.

Basic Info:

Every time you kill a mob with your pet active, it displays a single line of text in your chat window. This text states the following information about your pet:

  • the amount of experience gained from this kill
  • the amount of experience so far gained for the current level
  • the amount of experience needed to achieve the next level
  • your pet’s next level (just in case you didn’t know 🙂 )
  • how much experience is left to gain for your pet to reach the next level
  • and the most useful portion: how many more mobs you need to kill if they are exactly the same as the one you just killed

The last bit of information gives you an approximation of how many more mobs you need to kill in order to level your pet — great if you’re trying to level a lower level pet that you just tamed.

Other Tidbits:

  • For whatever reason, the first time a mob is killed, it displays incorrect data. After the first kill, it works normally. It is reset every time you log in/out so it will always display incorrect numbers the first time after you log in.
  • If your pet is the same level as you, it is not able to go up a level and as such, will not gain any experience. In this case, the text lines will simply not display in the chat window. (Don’t make the mistake that I did and think that it just wasn’t working properly. Silly Faeldray.)
  • This mod has not been updated since February 2007 but it still works fine with the latest updates as of today.

Screenshot (care of The Unofficial WoW Mods site):

Download at The Unofficial WoW Mods site.