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Hunter UI

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):

Hunter UI

Here’s a brief rundown of the addons I use:

Action Bars

Dominos, OmniCC, ButtonRange (not shown)

Hunter UI - Dominos bar mod
  • 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

Hunter UI - OPie
  • 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.

Frames

X-Perl Unit Frames

Hunter UI - Xperl unit frames
  • 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.


Grid

Hunter UI - Grid raid frames
  • 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.


Tidy Plates

Hunter UI - Tidy Plates
  • 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

Deadly Boss Mods

Hunter UI - Deadly Boss Mods
  • 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.

Mik Scrolling Battle Text

Hunter UI - Mik Scrolling Combat Text
  • 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.

Power Auras Classic

Hunter UI - Power Auras
  • 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

Clique

  • 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.


Omen
and Recount

  • Aggro bad.
  • Hunters at the top of the damage meter, good.

Sexy Map

  • Gives the minimap a nice frame and hides all buttons until you mouse-over it.

Prat

  • 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.

User Interface Part 3 – Unit Frames

If you’re still using the default Blizzard UI for your unit and raid frames, you could be doing much better! There are a number of great unit frame mods around. My addons of preference are X-Perl Unit Frames and Grid. Both are highly customizable and can show you a lot of information in a very neat little package.

X-Perl Unit Frames

X-Perl Unit Frames is what I use for self, focus, target and target-of-target frames.

Xperl unit frames

Since I use Grid for my raid frames, the first thing I do when setting up X-Perl is turn off the built-in party and raid frames (I also make sure to turn off the Blizzard party frames in the interface options). You don’t want a million frames on your screen. I also turn off the self buffs option, because I use default Blizzard buffs at the top right of my screen.

Open the X-Perl configuration menu by clicking the button on your minimap. When the menu is open, you can click and drag your frames to position them where you want them. X-Perl has large set of options that control how your frames look. I suggest playing around with them to see what you like. Here are a few of the options I find especially helpful:

Global:

  • Fat Health Bars – This makes the health bars wider than the default and I find them easier to see.
  • Buff Cooldown/Buff Countdown – Shows the time remaining on your buffs and debuffs on your target.

Player:

  • Player Portrait, 3D Portrait – This adds 3D pictures to your frames. Not overly useful, but it looks nice.
  • PVP Flag – Shows when you are flagged
  • Values – Shows absolute health and mana values
  • Percent – Shows percentage of health and mana
  • Cast bar – Shows your or your targets cast bar within their frame.
Xperl cast bar


Target

  • As with my Player frame, I use the options to show 3D portrait, values, percent and cast bar.
  • Target’s target – Shows an extra frame for this person/mob.
  • Enable Buffs, Big Buffs, Pet Too – Displays your buffs on your target larger than buffs from other players. Also shows buffs that come from your pets. The Pets Too option  is good to have on fights which use vehicles, like Flame Leviathan, as your vehicle counts as a pet.
  • Enable Debuffs, Big Buffs – Displays your debuffs on your target larger than debuffs from other players.

Grid

Grid is a raid unit frame addon, and I find it absolutely indispensible, especially when combined with Clique (I’ll get to Clique in my next post). There are other raid frame mods, such as Healbot and VuhDo (which I hear is excellent), but Grid has been my mod of choice for a couple years now. When set up properly, Grid can let you know pretty much everything that is going on in your raid.

Grid raid frames - druid UI

There are a number of extra Grid modules I use to make it even more informative. These are:
Grid Indicator Corner Text – Adds text indicators in the corners of the Grid frame. I use this for keeping track of the duration of my HoTs.
Grid Status HoTs – Adds timers for any spell with a HoT component. Essential for druids.
Grid Status Lifebloom – Shows the time remaining on your lifebloom, color-coded to show how many stacks are up.
Grid Status Raid Debuff – Displays all debuffs applied to players in raids.
Grid Mana Bars – Displays mana bars. Let’s me know when someone could use my Innervate more than me. Also great for shamans to see when their group is in need of a Mana Tide Totem.

How Grid looks is extremely customizable. There are three main menus in the Grid setup. Frame allows you to assign which spells and effects you want to be shown and where they are displayed. Layout is used to adjust the size, shape and spacing of the raid frames. Status is used to add new buffs/debuffs and specify how each effect is displayed.

Frame
When you go into the Frame menu, you will see all the regions of Grid where effects can be displayed. When you click on one, you will see a list of the effects you can assign to that region. Just check the boxes next to the effects you want to display.  Here is my setup:

  • Border – My target
  • Center Text – Unit name
  • Center Text 2 – Death warning, Lifebloom Duration, Lifebloom Stack
  • Center Icon – Raid Debuff, Ready Check
  • Top Left – Aggro alert
  • Corner Text Top Right – My Wild Growth
  • Corner Text Bottom Left – My Rejuvenation
  • Corner Text Bottom Right – My Regrowth
  • Mana Bar – Mana
Grid HoT tracking

In the advanced options, you can specify the size and placement of the mana bar and the font for any text displayed. You can also set the orientation of your frames, either vertical (what I have) or horizontal. This will change direction the health bars go.

Layout
Use Layout to specify the size and shape of your frames. I display mine as small boxes, so my frames take up as little room as possible. Play around with the options until you find a setup that works for you.

Status
From the staus menu, you can add new buffs and debuffs (if you dont want to use Grid Status Raid Debuffs), as well as specify the colours used for each effect on Grid. For example, my aggro alert is red. My Lifebloom stacks changes from yellow to orange to green depending on the number of stacks. In the status menu you can also filter out raid buffs that you don’t want to see, or assign them lower priority so more important buffs will be displayed first.

Druids love their raid frames. If you don’t like my Grid setup, take a look at Rejuvo, Dreambound or Tree Bark Jacket for some other ideas. Edit: Check out One More Alt for a very comprehensive guide on how to set up Grid. Zahia isn’t a druid (nobody’s perfect), but this is an excellent guide that should clear up any confusion you have about what all the different configuration options do.

Public Service Announcement

Now, I have something very important to tell everyone. Grid (or raid frames in general) is not just for healers. That’s right, repeat after me: Grid is not just for healers. Do you have a spell you need to cast on others during combat (Innervate, Battle Rez, Misdirect, Tricks of the Trade, Hysteria, Hand of Salvation)? Use Grid. Are you a class that is capable of getting rid of poisons, diseases, curses or magic effects? Use Grid. Do you participate in raid fights like Blood Queen Lana’thel where you need to be able to see who in the raid still needs to be bitten? Use Grid. Are we noticing a trend here? Grid is an excellent tool that will give any raider a better understanding of what is going on with the rest of their raid. This makes you play better and look good to your raid leaders.


User Interface posts:

Part 1 – General UI Info

Part 2 – Action Bars
Part 3 – Unit Frames
Part 4 – Key Bindings
Part 5 – Combat Text and Notifications