- Author: Nevermore
- Date: July 16, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Beyond directly making your character stronger through talents, equipment, enchants, etc, there are 2 more things you can use in order 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 Marksmanship Hunter you can be!
Hunters require addons in order to perform at their peak. Most notable among the required addons are WeaponSwingTimer, and the omni-present WeakAuras.
Hunters don’t really have any useful class-specific addons, so we recommend the basics:
- 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!
There is one generic addon that will prove particularly useful for Hunters however, and is very strongly recommended:
- WeaponSwingTimer – Tracks your weapon’s swing timer, allowing you to move without delaying Auto Shot
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”, in order 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.
Hunters have a whole bunch of procs that WeakAuras can help you track, such as Improved Steady Shot and Improved Aspect of the Hawk. Most importantly however, as a Hunter it will fall upon you to remove Enrage effects from enemies using Tranquilizing Shot. WeakAuras can immediately alert you when such an effect is present on the target so you can dispel it immediately, preventing accidental tank deaths in the process.
MM Hunters get a good chunk of extra damage by using macros. You’ll clearly be able to tell which of your Hunters are using their macros correctly, which aren’t, and which aren’t using macros at all. These macros will help you out in particular.
Cooldown Macro (AKA Swifty Macro)
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 mash this macro when you want to “pop off”! It is optimal to use this macro when your procs go off, such as trinkets or talents.
#showtooltip /cast Rapid Fire /use [combat] 13 /use [combat] 14 /use [combat] Potion of Speed /use [combat] 10 /startattack
Silencing Shot Macro
It’s very easy to forget this, but Silencing Shot is NOT on the global cooldown. That means you can add it to all of your damage-dealing abilities via macros, and gain a little bit of free damage out of it. Chimera Shot, being our primary nuke, is of course one of the best candidates. Additionally, just like all other physical DPS classes, the /startattack command will help ensure that you’re always attacking.
#showtooltip /cast Chimera Shot /cast Silencing Shot /startattack
#showtooltip Steady Shot /startattack /cast Silencing Shot /cast Steady Shot
#showtooltip Aimed Shot /startattack /cast Silencing Shot /cast Aimed Shot
#showtooltip Kill Shot /startattack /cast Silencing Shot /cast Kill Shot
Kill Command Macro
Cast all of your pet’s abilities in one macro, making pet control a small bit easier.
#showtooltip Kill Command /petattack /cast Kill Command /cast Dash /cast Rabid /cast Bite
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.
One Button Misdirection
This button allows you to cast Misdirection on a target of your choosing, without manually targeting them — just make sure that you change NAME to their name. If that player isn’t around, the macro will cast Misdirection on your current target instead.
#showtooltip /cast [target=NAME, exists, help] [exists, help] Misdirection
This macro stops your casting, in case you’re casting Steady Shot or something else, so you can immediately cast Tranquilizing Shot.
#showtooltip /stopcasting /cast Tranquilizing Shot
Feed Pet Macro
Allows you to cast Feed Pet on your pet without having to find food in your bags. Replace FOOD with the name of the food you want to use.
#showtooltip /cast Feed Pet /use FOOD