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Macro Anatomy: Hunter love

Sean Forsgren

We recently had a request for some Hunter macro help, so I thought I would present some unique little gems for you ranged DPS types to use. First of all, let it be known that we we have talked about Hunter macros here before, more than once actually. Secondly, a good source of Hunter-specific macros would be WoWWiki's Useful Hunter Macro page. However, given those resources, you may find yourself wanting more.

I turned back to the World of Warcraft forums, where I, once again, found some of Belleboom's work. The witty troll from the Earthen Ring server has written some useful macros for hunters, complete with slightly silly descriptions.

I'll start us off with this macro, which determines what type of pet you have, and uses the appropriate ability:

Dive/Dash/Growl/Wrench!: Casts Dive if you have an owl, dash if you have a cat, or growl if you have anything else... wrench optional.

  • /cast [pet:owl] Dive; [pet:cat] Dash; [pet] Growl
Next, a macro that feeds or uses Mend Pet depending on your current status:

Feed/Mend Pet:
Based on combat status.
  • /cast [combat] Mend Pet; [nocombat] Feed Pet
  • /use [nocombat] <FoodLinkHere>
Come on back after the break for a few more.

Alright, the next two macros will help you manage your pet and its associated abilities.

Fluffy, No!! Or, Pet Care for Hunters: This macro does the following: if your pet is dead, it revives your pet. Otherwise, it calls your pet if he's not out, or casts Mend Pet.

  • /cast [target=pet,dead] Revive Pet; [nopet] Call Pet; Mend Pet
Pet Care & Feeding: Revives your pet (any situation, no matter if you have the pet portrait showing it dead or not), mends your pet (combat only) and feed your pet (when not in combat); it uses the first slot of your main/far right backpack for the food.
  • /cast [target=pet,dead] Revive Pet; [nopet] Revive Pet
  • /cast [combat] Mend Pet; [nocombat] Feed Pet
  • /use [nocombat] 0 1
The last two have a similar functionality, the second wrapping in the ability to feed your pet a particular food. If you want to change the bag slot used by the macro, you may want to familiarize with using bag slots in macros.

Finally, a macro that will help you use my favorite Hunter ability; Misdirection. I love it when this one gets used to toss aggro on clothies, makes for one of my favorite raid pranks. On to the macro.

Phunk-y Misdirection: First, casts Misdirection on your "focus" if it exists, then it will cast it on your target if it is friendly, and lastly it will cast it on your pet if he exists.
  • /cast [target=focus, help] Misdirection; [help] Misdirection; [target=pet, exists] Misdirection
That should help your pet keep the hate, instead of letting mobs take your lunch money. I want to, once again, hand credit for these macros to Belleboom of the Earthen Ring server, who has done a lot of impressive work in the macro community. Try these out and share your own Hunter macros for those feeling macro-deprived.

In the near future, I will be profiling some addons that provide similar functionality over at Addon Spotlight, however keep these macros handy until then, or if you happen to prefer macros over addons. Good luck out there, Hunters! Dismissed.

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