Customization of Action Bars and Creation of Macros in WoW

28-08-2015, 19:42
Настраиваем панели команд и создаём макросы в wow

Hello, dear players of the uwow.biz project. World of Warcraft game process may seems rather difficult for the beginners taking into account the fact that as soon as you enter the game you face a lot of interface details. It’s a rather difficult task to customize it for comfortable playing without having some experience. Today, we will have a talk about action bars and macros. This is a very useful subject not only for the beginners, but sometimes for the experienced players as well.

As we all know, there are a lot of various spells which all can’t be placed on a standard action bar. During leveling you get more and more skills which should be put somehow. If you don’t know about the possibility of adding action bars, you will have to choose between spells and the bar will look like this:

Настраиваем панели команд и создаём макросы в wow


It’s not very comfortable…to avoid such problem Blizzard invented the function of creation of additional action bars. You can do it here:

Настраиваем панели команд и создаём макросы в wow


Well, we have added new panels…But the problem isn’t solved since you need to click these spells with mouse on new action bars… «How nice it would be to bind keys for these panels» - the beginners may think. Blizzard developers have considered that possibility. Any tile of the panel may be bind with any key of the keyboard. It can be done in key binding menu. You face a lot of different lines in this menu. You need to scroll almost till the end:

Настраиваем панели команд и создаём макросы в wow


That’s it for the action bars. That’ll be enough for the beginning but when it comes to the arena or raid you will want to simplify your life again by combining several abilities/actions in one button. To make it possible Blizzard invented another great thing, namely, macros. With the help of macros you may create simple «LFR flood” or really helpful combinations. But first things first..

Let’s start with a simple, but useful in raid, thing – burst. I will explain it on the example of Druid, but principle is the same for the other classes. Without macros, I would need to use 4 abilities (with maximum of boosts), but it’s much easier to combine them in one macro. Now we analyze how to achieve it. Well, to open macros menu you need to type /macro in the game chat. In the new window we choose icon and name for macro. I recommend you to choose wisely not to get lost in your own macros. Then press OK and turn to creation of macro itself.

To use one or another ability there is a command /cast. After that command you should press space and type exact name of the ability, for example
 /cast Berserk

In the same way we type the other abilities placing them at different lines. As for druid I wrote absolutely every burst (active and inactive) in one macro. Even though inactive bursts are not used, if I change talents I won’t need to rewrite macro. I recommend you to do the same. At the same time, many players use enhancing elixirs. To use them you need to type /use and then the name of elixir. Taking mentioned above into account, I have the following macro:
 /cast Berserk
/cast Incarnation: King of the Jungle (Talent, Form Change)
/cast Heart of the Wild (Talent)
/cast Nature’s Vigil
/use Grievous Gladiator's Badge of Conquest
/use Virmen's Bite 


With such macro it’s not important whether I am in pvp or pve build because I can be sure that maximal possible number of bursts will be activated by pressing this macro.

In the same way everything can be combined. Starting from a variety of skills and ending with receiving buffs before boss pull.

Now, let’s have a look at popular pvp macros. The principle is the same, but there are some modifications, such as, us of Cyclone on focused target. It looks like this:

 /cast [target=focus] Cyclone


It’s not difficult to guess, that [target=focus] is responsible for the target needed. The «focus» value means that spell should be used on focused target. Values can be absolutely different, starting from «self» and ending with «the target of the chosen target» or «the first group».

Now, I’m going to enumerate main macro commands without examples:

/stopcasting – stops spell cast 
/cancelaura – switches off definite aura (for example, mage’s ice block)
/equip – puts on definite item
/equipset – puts on definite set of items, saved in advance
/petattack – orders pet to attack


These, perhaps, the most often used macros will help the beginners and not only to simplify their lives during arena battle or in instance. Now, let’s consider other useful macros but not is such details.

/equipset [spec:1]Tank;PVE cat
/usetalents [spec:1]2;[spec:2]1 


Talents change macro and auto gear change macro. It’s very useful for those who change specs in raids, as, for example, druids who play as a bear and a cat. The name of the first set goes for the second spec and the second – for the first. Everything is very simple and effective.

 /cast [mod:shift,target=focus] Cenarion Ward
/cast [nomod,target=target] Cenarion Ward
/cast [mod:ctrl,target=self] Cenarion Ward


This is a typical example of macro with key-modifiers. It will be helpful for healers in 3x3. Upon pressing macro with shift – it is applied to focused target, without shift – to the target, with ctrl – to yourself. Such macro will simplify the choice of targets.

In this article I said about the most simple, useful and universal command for macro creation. Hope, that written above will help you to simplify game process.

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