- Author: Nevermore
- Date: January 31, 2024
- Updated: February 2, 2024
- Expansion: Cataclysm
Beyond directly making your character stronger through talents, equipment, enchants, etc, there are 2 more things you can use to improve your performance as a player: addons & macros. It cannot be understated how much of an impact they can have on your gameplay — increasing your DPS or healing by a large percentage, preventing you from dying, etc. You will need the best addons & macros to be the best Retribution Paladin you can be!
Paladins have an extremely important addon called PallyPower, which every Paladin should have in PvE. Besides that, we also recommend the basics:
- PallyPower – Allows you to coordinate Blessing assignments with other Paladins in the raid
- DeadlyBossMods – Allows you to track boss abilities. A must-have for raiding.
- Details – Shows you how much damage, healing, etc everyone in your raid is doing. Flex on your friends!
WeakAuras is a versatile addon with almost limitless possibilities. It allows you to install mini-addons created by other players, which are confusingly also called “WeakAuras”, to perform specific tasks, such as tracking the cooldown of a spell, having a visual or audio notification when something procs, giving you a warning when a boss uses an ability, etc. You can find WeakAuras that suit your needs on wago.io. It’s strongly recommended that you use WeakAuras; they’re a huge quality-of-life boost.
These macros will help you significantly, potentially increasing your DPS by a modest amount.
Mouseover Macros can be effectively used on any ability! As Retribution Paladins, there will be many times in which we will have to aid our allies with various utility spells such as Hand of Freedom or Hand of Protection. Mouseover Macros can be efficiently used by either holding your mouse over the player’s icon in the Raid Tab or by holding your mouse over their physical character if they are in sight.
#showtooltip Hand of Freedom
/cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Hand of Freedom
#showtooltip Hand of Protection
/cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Hand of Protection
This macro uses all of your cooldowns at once, so you don’t have to use them individually. Includes trinkets, potions and engineering enchants. Will skip any cooldowns that are currently not available, so you don’t have to worry — just press this macro twice when you want to “pop off” and activate all effects at once! It is optimal to use this macro when one of your proc items, like trinkets or weapon enchants, proc. Furthermore, by adding the “/use 10” command to this macro, you automatically use your Synapse Springs together with your other cooldowns.
/cast Avenging Wrath
/cast Guardian of Ancient Kings
It is optimal to have the /startattack command on all of your abilities as a melee DPS character. Doing so allows your character to begin auto-attacking your target right away, even if you aren’t currently in range to attack them, that ability is on cooldown, etc.
/cast Crusader Strike
/cast Divine Storm
/cast Hammer of Wrath
Use item/Use Slot Macro
While you may use the “Cooldown Macro” as an optimal way of triggering your Synapse Springs, depending on the encounter itself, you may find yourself wanting to combine it with other items or other effects. As such, you may choose to make an individual macro for your Gloves slot that combines with items such as the Golemblood Potion, effectively using them at the same time.
/Use Golemblood Potion
These macros will generally not be make-or-break in terms of your performance, as they don’t directly improve your ability to deal damage. However, they can help you in smaller but very real ways, offering significant quality-of-life improvements, so we recommend having them.
Cancel Aura Macro
This type of macro cancels any active effect once pressed. You can use it to remove certain effects from yourself such as Divine Shield. This macro works on any “Positive Effect”, meaning that it can work on potions, auras, trinket procs, or even seals. However, while many may attempt to do so, it will never work on a “Debuff”.
Example of Cancel Aura Macro on Divine Shield
/cancelaura Divine Shield