Macros & Addons for Holy Priests
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 Holy Priest macros for Shadowlands and cover some of the best Holy Priest addons for both hardcore raiders and general players alike.
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.
Although it's not necessary, using mouseover macros for all of your heals is preferred. The macro for each ability looks the same except for the name of the ability.
#showtooltip /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Flash Heal
These can be adjusted as needed for each ability. Most spells in Holy's toolkit do not need much more than a mouseover like the one above to be able to use.
Some exceptions are an @player macro to cast specific abilities on yourself every single time.
#showtooltip Angelic Feather /cast [@player] Angelic Feather /stopspelltarget
Finally, there also are @cursor macros which will cause certain reticle based abilities like Mass Dispel to instantly cast wherever your mouse is hovering instead of hitting your keybind for Mass Dispel then hitting left click over the location to cast it.
#showtooltip /cast [@cursor]Mass Dispel
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 Holy Priest 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.
Addons assist in presenting and highlighting specific information for the player. These are often preference based so I will detail which addons that I use and some of the common alternatives. If you would like to view which addons that I personally use and see what my UI looks like, you can find that here import my profiles for these addons (if available) HERE!
A full UI replacement. Replacing bags, action bars, and healing frames all in one system. Easy to put together and adjust as needed. You can download Elvui HERE.
Raid Frames are a key component of any healer's UI. My personal preference is the addon Vuhdo as it is both aesthetically pleasing and offers a wide range of customization options. This replaces my baseline Elvui raid frames.
Another alternative to Vuhdo is Grid 2.
Healing and Damage Meters
Details! is my recommended addon for displaying damage and healing meters. It also has great internal plugins for listing out previous actions.
The timing of boss abilities is imperative. Both addons below do an excellent job of displaying the timers of boss abilities and allowing deep customization for displaying such information.
Weak Auras is one of the most important addons that you'll find in the game right now. Be sure to download it and check out the Weakauras section for the recommended auras that I use.
Death Note is an excellent tool for detailing deaths on boss fights, seeing what healing (if any) an ally received before they died, allowing you as healer to better parse out what you and your team can do to prevent future deaths!
Exorsus Raid Tools provides many boss specific tools that have been very helpful on specific encounters throughout the expansions. Always a good addon to have in your toolkit!
Angry Assignments is a frequently used addon to project information from the raid leader to the rest of the team.
OPie is an extremely convenient addon that allows you to set keybinds to open up a wheel-based UI where you can select predetermined items of abilities that aren't frequently used enough to justify an individual keybind. For example, I have wheels for my Consumables, Raid Markers and Profession windows!