And how do all the good little kitties and bears out there GET more action bar space?
MACROS! Yaaaay it’s macro time!
First a little preface. I like my default interface, I like it muchly. I like having my mount, my trinkets, my buffs, my food, my consummables, my tradeskills hanging out around my screen. I don’t like opening my spellbook. Ever. So needless to say I have a lot of buttons, and all of my action bars showing. I also like those little gryphons down at the bottom so I’m not interested in anything like Bartender. As far as HUD changes go I’ve confined myself to x-Pearl and MetaHUD.
My personal knowledge of macro creation is limited, and I’m very much a newbie, but I’ve found that it’s not that hard to write some simple macros that will make your life much easier.
In addition to IHML I have 4 macros that I use consistently on my druid. One is for items, Two are for skills, and one is just for fun.
I carry around with me two set of armor plus my pvp trinket. I use outfitter to quickly swap back and forth but since my trinkets are changing I need to swap them manually off of my action bars. This got obnoxious fast so for a long time I just settled with having all my useable trinkets hanging out together and taking up a grand total of 5 action bar spots.
This weekend, however, I constructed a devilishly simple macro to free up 3 additional action bar slots. Technically there are 2 macros (because I often have 2 useable trinkets) but they’re fundamentally the same:
I didn’t assign any image, just left it with the big red question mark. Now, I have those two on my action bar and the image defaults to whatever item I have equipped in those trinket slots! Simple simple simple, and invaluable if you carry around more than one set of gear.
-Special thanks to Kal from Think Tank for explaining the true use of the ‘#showtooltip’ expression!
This macro is a bit more complicated. Ever since I learned Cat Form I’ve had Cower and Growl taking up spots on my action bar. During the big macro spree over the weekend I decided it would be much more effecient to have my aggro-controlling skills all in one place. I’d previously had bear aggro skills grouped together and kitty-ish skills (like prowl and sprint and cower) grouped together.
So I set out to make a macro that, when clicked, would cast growl if I was in bear form and cower if I was in cat form. Here’s what I came up with:
/cast [stance:1] Growl(); [stance:3] Cower(Rank 5)
My Next macro was pretty much just like the previous, but to be used for Powershifting. You might be asking yourself why you would ever need to powershift ever again after the changes in 3.0, but I’m going to tell you, it’s awesome for getting out of snares. After thinking I could just click my bear button twice to get out of Lady Vasj’s root and then getting owned in the face by lag (hit while in between forms) I’m convinced this mechanic is still necessary.
So, instead of having two /cast !whateverform buttons on my action bar, I wrote the following macro so that I would only need one.
/cast [stance:1] !Dire Bear Form(); [stance:3] !Cat Form
Simple as that! The tooltip for this displays as the mage’s Arcane Explosion, instead of a related kitty or bear icon, but I’m perfectly ok with that.
I’d known that this macro existed for a while, but I had yet to try it out. I didn’t write this, but damn if it isn’t the most fun that I’ve had as a druid since I discovered I could use the summoning stone in flight form.
/Cast Swift Flight Form
Now, if you don’t have Swift Flight Form, like moi /cry, then the last line would read ‘/Cast Flight Form’. But they’re pretty much the same.
What’s this for? You ask. Why, mid-air druid snowball combat of course!
After pelting another druid with snowballs while we flew our slow feathery butts out to Ramparts and having a good old time of it I’ve come to one conclusion.
I’m going to need a LOT more snowballs.
The conclusion I guess is this: before Tiger’s great macro-creation spree these skills and items were taking up 9 action bar slots. After the macro spree they now take up 4. That’s 5 WHOLE SLOTS freed up! That’s not counting the snowball macro of course, but I’m sure I can find a home for him.
Trinket Use + Skill Macros -> From BBB