Hunter PvE UIs
This thread will be to discuss hunter UIs for raiding / PvE. The UI forum is for all classes, but as hunters, we have unique UI needs that many of us have found answers for.
Everyone is allowed one small screenshot (with a thumnail) that much be accompanied by a list of addons being used for the desired effect, as well as the reasons for the setup. Please spend at least a few minutes writing about why you posted your UI. We don't need raw data here, only tips we can use to improve our own UIs, so only post UIs you have worked hard on, and that might be able to help other hunters maximize their performance.
The idea behind mind is simple... Everything that you need to look at is in one area right along the bottom of the screen.
Unit Frames: Ag_Unit Frames Curse Link
Action Bars: Bartender 4 Curse Link
Buffs: Elk Buff BarsCurse Link
Threat Meter: Omen Curse Link
Combat log: Evesdrop Curse Link
Cool Downs:Cooldown Timers3 Curse Link
Timers: Class Timers Curse Link
Those are the major addons all of which are very customizable.
The bottom right corner is eaves drop. It is a simple light combat log which I have been using for years. It is easy to read and follow, you can link hits to chat by shit clicking on them ( useful if you're a tank) It also keeps track of your max hits/heals if that is something you like
To the left of Eaves drop is Cooldown Timers3(and also above) It lets me know when the cool downs are closer to coming up, though I am thinking of moving it to the left side closer to what i pay attention to.
Up at the top I have EBB ( Elkano's Buff Bars) I love these because they are much easier to see and time, and I can create a second group for my pet.
I love my unit frames, though I'm not sure about the long target box yet ( just changed that). I also just recently turned on the portraits for the first time in awhile. At this point in time I am only doing 10-mans, Down the left side i have a unit frame for each member of the raid. Right above my unit frame is my pets where the color of the bar changes from green>yellow>red depending on his happiness.
Just above the pet bar to the right is Class timer. It grows upwards and keeps a bar up for my stings, hunter's mark and other debuff. You can also set it to do buffs on you or your pet if you dont' want to set up the buff bars for your pet like I did.
If you have any questions on any of the other addons I have or use, or on customizing them please feel free to let me know!
I use EBB myself, but in 3.0 with ALL these buffs on you it suddenly takes up a lot of screen real estate. Has anyone had the same issue and how did they solve it? I don't really feel like making the bars much smaller would help as it would be almost useless to have it. Something that would hide all current buffs once you enter combat and only display gained buffs and debuffs during the fight would be nice.
I, personally, strongly suggest SpartanUI simply because SUI can deal with number of our abilities in very smooth way. And I like appearance of it.
Unfortunately, I'm late WotLK started and still leveling my hunter. In other words, I don't have any raiding UI, yet (after 3.0 came, I took little break from the game), to show.
As others have said, splitting buffs via EBB is very handy. I've made quite a few groups. Here are mine to give others some ideas of what can be done:
- Self, all buffs. This just goes down the right side of my screen with every buff.
- Self, all debuffs. On the right side of my screen, but left of my buffs column, and much larger. I love having a huge debuff frame, with timers/full names/icons etc.
- Self, cooldown buffs. Just a white list of cooldown buffs: Beast Within, Rapid Fire. It helps a lot with a Readiness spec, knowing when your BW/Rapid is about to expire.
- Self, Call of the Wild. A white list of Call of the Wild and Bloodlust. Another tiny buff frame to make sure our hunters arent fucking up Call of the Wild stacking during a lust.
- Pet, Mend. Just a small mend pet bar next to his HP bar to easily chain mend pet's if I need to.
- Target, debuffs. White list of Hunters Mark, JoW, FF and sunder/EA/worm-sunder, placed near my own Quartz mark/stings timers.
EBB is awesome.
The main reason for my UI the way it is, is how most of the important info is in the middle or bottom middle of the screen, which is where my eye's focus most of my playtime. My own health bar, as well as my pets is easily visible and my eyes don't need to move, as well as my target and target of target. The cast bar also goes on top of my mana bar, as well as the target's mana bar, which makes it easy to read, as well as not take up any more space.
Omen is easily visible, as well as recount. My timers are very visible, as well as my party's HP. I tried to make my UI as clean as possible, without sacrificing too much.
Damage Meter: Recount
Threat Meter: Recount
Timers: Class Timer
Action bar: Dominos
Combat damage: Scrolling Combat Text
Buffs: Satrina Buff Frame
Info text: SL Data Text
primary addons used:
quartz cast bar
elkano's buff bars
chinchilla (map mod)
I redid my hunter's UI for leveling in wotlk and have largely kept it the same. I like keeping all my relevant unit frames/primary actions cast bar clustered for easy reference. There is a hidden action bar next to the ora2 tank targets that appears on mousever (next to tank names) that contains all my tank misdirect macros.
The eepanel settings and color scheme was grafted from Ishtara's UI (IshtaraUi : WoWInterface Downloads : Generic Compilations) which was in turn based off of elements from Tapestry UI (Tapestry UI - wowmods: World of Warcraft addons).
My huntard engineering theme
I have tried to make things simple and with action buttons centered for fast access.
Its a work in progress as I always try to tweak and improve it.
Edit: Added the engineering texture pack over at Curse and you can find it here ESkin - Addons - Curse
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The action bar you see in the bottom left corner is usually hidden, at the time of this screenshot I was still deciding where some binds should be placed.
Questhelper at the top right hand side is also hidden typically as well, atm it is entirely removed from my addon folder.
Don't have a recent one, or one in a raid, but here's mine in a party.
I have since set up EBB for my buffs in the top right corner, played around with my party frames, and respecced BM (qq). I used Ryas' UI 4.0 for the longest time (kudos to you Ryas, good to see you're still around), then was inspired by a screenshot on the UI & Macro forums to make this one. I like it mainly because there's no actionbars showing, but this is becoming an inconvenience more and more with all this vehicle usage, especially on Malygos where I just have my first action bar showing on the bottom of the screen, in all of its ugliness. And now I want to try my hand at Ryas' new UI.
Damage Meter: Recount
Threat Meter: Omen
Action bar: Dominos (not shown, the cooldowns are shown by CoolDownButtons)
Combat damage: Scrolling Combat Text
Buffs: EBB (not in screenshot)
Here is my UI.
I have worked hard on it for a long time. It has been always a work in progress. I don't know if I am wasting my time or not, but I like it. I have this all bundled up and hosted on a site if anyone cares. I did not list all of my addons. Some of them are class specific and I have of course more than one toon. Also, some do not help in a raid or group environment. They are more geared for soloing or questing, so I did not list them.
Any feedback, good or bad, would be welcomed.
I have a huge list of Addons that do many things for me. I will only list the Addons that pertain to PvE and general look and feel set up.
If you need a better explanation as to what each of theses addons do and why i use them. I would be more than willing to do so, just let me know.
In a raid
The most notable addon raidwise is probably classtimers. It helps me keep track of my stings and stuff like that.
I think thats most of them :]
EDIT: Moved a more detailed explination of my ui and a link to a download in this thread:
EDIT 6-8-09: I know the link is broken, I have been really busy with finals and havent had alot of time to repost a newer, updated UI. I am working on it in between studying, work, and raids. I hope to have it ASAP! Thanks :)
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