I’ve finally morphed my hunter’s UI into something I’m willing to share.
My hunter UI is similar to my druid UI and I use most of the same addons. The biggest difference is what the focus of my screen is. On my druid, the focus is Grid. On my hunter my focus is my ability bars, my own unit frame and my target’s unit frame.
As a raiding hunter, the things I need know are:
- When my abilities are available to use
- When stuff procs (trinkets, armor bonuses)
- The position and health of mobs
- The duration of my DoTs and debuffs on my target
- When the boss is using a special ability
- My threat level
- When a mob is enraged or casting an interruptable spell
Other things I like to know:
- The status of the rest of my raid group (health, dead, debuffed, out of range)
- Who has aggro
- How much damage I’m doing
The abilities I need to have extremely fast access to:
- Umm…all of them. Main damage abilities, traps, pet abilities, aspects, life-saving abilities, misdirect, tranq shot, cooldowns. I have lots of buttons to press.
Here’s an action shot of my UI (click for full-size version):
Here’s a brief rundown of the addons I use:
- I use Dominos to place my actions bars at the bottom middle of my screen, so my eyes don’t have to track too far between my character and my abilities. I also set the size to 85% so they take up less room. I use faded action bars for my menu options, bags and buttons that are not used in combat (mounts, mage food).
- OmniCC adds countdown timers to my abilities that are on cooldown (see on Chimera and Aimed Shot above)
- ButtonRange turns your ability butttons red when your target is out of range.
- OPie creates radial menus for different ability types which are brought up by pressing the keybinding you assign to them.
- I use OPie for Aspects, Traps, Pet Maintenance and Trade Skills – things I want fast access to, but do not need to see at all times.
- I use Xperl for self, pet, target, target of target and focus frames.
- For my target’s frame I make sure to check the options: Enable Buffs and Big Buffs so I can clearly see my own debuffs on the boss, along with timers for how long they will last (seen on Serpent Sting and Piercing Shots above). I use this in place of any additional DoT timers.
- I like to know what’s going on with the whole raid group. I use Grid to see debuffs, health, range, aggro and incoming heals.
- As the name suggests, these name plates are much tidier than the default ones. They also look much nicer when stacked.
Combat Text and Notifications
- This one is self-explanatory. The only modification I make is to move the timers close to my target frame so they’re easy to see.
- Seeing 30k Kill Shots pop up on my screen always puts a smile on my face. I remove my pet’s damage as well as energy gains to cut down on the amount of spam from this mod.
- Most of my Power Auras were taken from the great set posted at The Huntsmen’s Lodge. I copied the strings then modified the icons, colours and sounds to my liking. I use PowerAuras to notify me when:
- Armor/trinket bonuses proc (with timers)
- Kill Shot is ready
- Hunter’s Mark missing from my target
- Serpent Sting is missing from my target
- Rapid Fire is up (with timer)
- I’m low on mana (not shown here)
- My pet is low on health (not shown here)
Other Good Stuff
- I use Clique for two things: Misdirect and Master’s Call. With Clique all I have to do is use the appropriate mouse button over the tank’s unit frame in order to cast an MD. I never have to change my target and I don’t need to worry about focus macros.
- Aggro bad.
- Hunters at the top of the damage meter, good.
- Gives the minimap a nice frame and hides all buttons until you mouse-over it.
- Prat cleans up the chat frame. It enables me to move the text input box, so there is no longer a gap between the bottom of the chat frame and the bottom of my screen. It also lets me get rid of the scroll arrows and Social button.