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Restoration Druid Macros & Addons - Battle for Azeroth 8.3
2020/01/13 at 10:49 PM
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Macros and Addons provide many quality-of-life improvements in WoW, allowing players to improve how information is displayed in-game or automate decision-making to optimize performance.
In this guide, we will go over useful Restoration Druid macros for World of Warcraft: , explain how to make your own macros, and cover some of the best Restoration Druid addons for both hardcore raiders and general players alike. Whether you're looking for specialized Restoration Druid macros to help you gain a competitive edge, or creating a custom user interface to expand your view of the game world, this page will help get you started with some of the most popular choices within the Restoration Druid community.
For details on specific community tools and addons, please visit our
Macro and Addon Guide Section
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Macros are simple, in-game tools which allow you to sequence spells together, create custom names and icons, cast different abilities depending on whether the target is friendly or hostile, define targeting conditions, and much, much more. While the amount of options can be complex, making them is easy, so in this section we'll go over how to set them up yourself.
To open the in-game Macro interface, type "/macro" or "/m".
Choose between the General and Character-specific macro tabs. Then click the "New" button on the macro window.
Choose a Name and an Icon so you can easily recognize your macro, then click "Okay."
Select your new macro and use the text editor below to tell it what to do. If copying ours below, you can simply copy/paste the text in.
Click the "Save" button, and drag your macro icon onto your bars, which will allow it to be used just like any other spell from your spellbook.
To close the window, click "Exit", or just press Escape.
For more information on creating macros, including full lists of conditionals, modifiers, and other command customizations you can use, check out our full
Macros are a list of instructions used to perform a task or multiple tasks with a single key press. Usually when you use a spell, the spell will cast on your particular target. While this is ordinarily straightforward, as healers we need to be casting on any given player in a raid and constantly switching targets can slow down our reaction time dramatically. To better help with this, we use macros to expedite that process via mouseovers. First, let's take a look at making a macro.
How to Make a Macro
To open up the Macro menu, type "/macro" or "/m".
Choose between the "General" and Character-specific macro tabs. Then click on the "New" button on the macro window.
Choose a Name and an Icon so you can easily recognize your macro, then click on "Okay."
Select your macro's icon from the list at the top of the macro window, and then click in the text area below. Type or copy/paste your macro into the text area.
When you are finished, click the "Save" button, and to close the window, click "Exit".
Resto Druid Macros
As mentioned previously, mouseover macros are essential to expediting healing and dramatically improving your reaction time. Below is an example for
. The macro will cast Rejuvenation on the player you are currently mousing over assuming they are a friendly unit. The macro syntax will be the same for any spell you'd like to cast with a mouseover, simply replace 'Rejuvenation' with the particular spell name.
can be cast on yourself but also on another healer. As such, it typically requires a target. 99% of the time you'll use this on yourself, so to avoid having to target yourself or accidentally using it on someone unintended I recommend the following self cast macro.
Please note: As of Battle for Azeroth
is now on the GCD. As such, if you added
before another ability on the GCD in another macro then the other ability will fail to trigger without pressing the key twice. I highly recommend removing
from those macros and using a standalone macro specifically for
For a strong defensive combo of
, you can macro them both together. This is especially helpful in Battle for Azeroth with the reduction of health Resto Druid's gain in
. With this specific macro, you'll cast Barkskin and then go into Bear Form. Once in Bear Form you won't be able to shift out. This allows you to spam this key as an emergency defensive, but won't accidentally shift out causing you lose health and armor.
#showtooltip Bear Form
/cast Bear Form;
is off the GCD and therefore can be used in conjunction with
. If you'd like to retain the ability to shift out, you can remove the '' part of the macro.
For increased power, you can macro trinkets and racials together with
for an even larger burst.
Please note: Trinket 1 is slot id 13 and Trinket 2 is slot id 14. Trinket on-use effects are generally off the GCD, but tend to have a shared internal cooldown preventing them from being used together. It will really depend on the particular trinkets so check the macro ahead of time.
For more information regarding macros, please see
Wowhead's Macro Guide
Addons are powerful tools that can be used to both customize your gameplay experience, ranging from graphical overlays, replacement action bars, and unit/raid frames, to performance enhancements such as rotation helping spell reminders, buff/debuff tracking, popup reminders, and boss warnings. Here are some of the highly recommended and commonly used Resto Druid addons, which are certainly not required to play, but can go a long way toward increasing the information available to you in combat or simply make for a more pleasant viewing experience.
Unlike Macros, managing Addons is done outside of the game, but our
How to Install and Maintain Addons Guide
will take you step-by-step through the process.
Below I'll offer some recommendations for addons that I personally use or are generally popular options. Addons are not required to heal as a Resto Druid, but are there to help augment your play and UI. Too many addons can be a detriment, so try a few at a time.
Elv User Interface (ElvUI) provides a comprehensive, efficient, and fully customizable user interface replacement for World of Warcraft. Nearly all aspects of the original Blizzard UI are skinned to provide a cohesive appearance, including action bars, unit frames, raid frames, nameplates, chat frame, and most in-game menus. If you're looking for a modern UI that's user-friendly but also has a lot of customization then ElvUI is for you. It's exceptionally healer friendly.
For more information about ElvUI, please see the
Wowhead ElvUI Guide by Jaydaa
If you choose to forego a complete UI replacement like ElvUI, then I highly recommend a Raid Frame addon at the very least. Raid Frames allow you to organize and sort a large number of allies and their respective buffs and debuff into a collection of smaller frames. The default BlizzardUI has some raid frames available, but tend to fall short without some modifications. Below are some popular choices for customizable raid frames.
If you're intent on using the default BlizzardUI raid frames, then I highly suggest
. BigDebuffs allows you to position and modifies the buffs and debuffs displayed on the default frames. It also allows you to set the number of buffs that can be displayed to 6 which is helpful with the sheer number of HoTs we can place on a single player.
is an addon that lets you bind abilities and macros to key binds or mouse clicks, eliminating the need in some cases for mouseovers. Clique has a lot of features that extend beyond what macros can accomplish.
Meters provide a way for you to instantly get a glimpse at you and your raid's performance. You can break down the current encounter by important categories like dispels, deaths, interrupts to quickly identify problems as well as healing and damage. Meters are good for quickly diagnosing issues, but should be used as a supplement to logs, not a replacement.
- Most modern damage meter with a lot of customization and additional features. For more information about Details!, please see the
Wowhead Details! Guide by Skyisup
- Simpler damage meter with some customization.
If you're doing any instanced PvE content, I highly recommend picking up a boss mod. Boss Mods provide you with timer bars, audio/visual alerts, and specific encounter tools for PvE combat.
BigWigs Boss Mods
- For more information about BigWigs, please see the
Wowhead BigWigs Guide by Jaydaa
- Dungeon boss mod plugin for BigWigs.
Deadly Boss Mods
- For more information about Deadly Boss Mods, please see the
Wowhead Deadly Boss Mods Guide by Skyisup
Weakauras allows you to create fully customizable auras that can track procs, cooldowns, buffs, and debuffs. Additionally, you can import auras from other sources as well as export ones you've created.
is probably the most important addon, many people use this addon for various things just because of how versatile it is.
For more information about WeakAuras, see the
Resto Druid WeakAuras Section
Healer Stat Weights
Healer Stat Weights
is an addon that automatically calculates your stat weights in real-time for the content you're currently running. The addon takes into account all aspects of your healing so the results are specifically tailored to you. For more information on setup and use visit
Questionably Epic's Healer Stat Weight Overview
- Very popular all-in-one UI overhaul.
-Shows Azerite Powers available to your specialization on gear tooltips.
- Highly customizable action bars which can be moved and organized however you like.
- Replacement chatbox addon, with custom themes, fonts, and functions.
Deja Character Stats
- Adds more stats to the character panel, with customizable filters.
Elkano's Buff Bars
- Replaces the standard buff/debuff icons with ordered lists, including names and bar graph-style durations.
- World map enhancement which adds coordinates, icons, and more.
- Allows any part of the default UI to be moved around.
- A specialized radial menu style actionbar, very useful for condensing less frequently used spells that don't always need to be on your main bars.
- Makes your minimap sexy!
Shadowed Unit Frames
- Customizable player, target, and raid unit frames.
- Customize nameplates styles and add various information including buffs, debuffs and casting indicators
World Quest List
- Attaches a sortable list of active world quest lists, filtered by zone, to the edge of your map.
Combat and informational
- A lightweight, open source raid encounter addon.
Deadly Boss Mods
- A more robust encounter addon for dungeons, raids, PvP, and more.
- A highly customizable damage and healing meter
Exorsus Raid Tools
- Modular addon containing raid coordination tools for raid leaders and officers.
- Threat meter
- Helps you find gear upgrades when combined with a string from SimulationCraft
- Simplifies simming your character by generating an in-game script to paste into SimCraft or Raidbots
- A very powerful addon that can display a massive variety of information including procs, casting indicators and raid boss warnings.
Of course, these recommendations are not the only useful addons out there; there are hundreds to choose from, of every type imaginable. If you're looking for something a little different, search through
to find the right Resto Druid addons for you.
Our Resto Druid guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
at the top of the page. If you are interested in more in-depth Resto Druid guides for Visions of N'zoth, Battle for Azeroth's third and final content patch, make sure to browse the
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