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Healing Addons List

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As a healer, what addons can you not live without? This could be for PvP or for raid healing.

One addon per answer, please give a good description of the addon, and if possible a quick summary, and definitely a link to download it.

There is a summary answer that you can edit if you have enough reputation, you can just add it there, or also add as an answer if you'd like people to be able to upvote it.

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One addon per answer is a horrible idea, someone needs to make a community wiki answer that compiles the rest. – Nehi (Oct 10 2009 10:57 AM)

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Technically the title of this question should probably be "As a healing priest, what addons can you not live without?" – lilserf (Oct 10 2009 11:50 AM)

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The title of this question doesn't bother me. I'd rather have a short descriptive title than one that sounds like a question. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 10 2009 5:21 PM)

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I am turning this into a community wiki question... Community Wiki posts do not generate reputation. It is the type of question that will most likely not include a single accepted answer, and ends up becoming a wiki page anyway. I am a little afriad of allowing this type of post in general though - We could easily end up with "Shadow Priest Addons" - Perhaps we should consider making this question about "Healing Addons" in general? – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 10 2009 5:25 PM)

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This could very easily be a "Healing Addons" wiki page. I think that all you'd have to do is change the title to "Healing Addons". – Nehi (Oct 10 2009 9:48 PM)

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Grid - A very good raid frame which is very useful for healers.

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FYI it can take a lot of fiddling to set up how you like it, but lots of tutorials exist for it and once you get the hang of it, it's easy. – lilserf (Oct 10 2009 10:33 AM)

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Grid is fantastic for non-healers as well. A lot of other raid-frames are incredibly in-your-face and space-hogging, while Grid can just be shoved off to a corner and it's still there for you to refer to - but not in your way. – Aeliel (Oct 10 2009 11:27 AM)

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I love Grid - I use it as my standard party frames at this point. – Katmandu (Oct 10 2009 11:40 AM)

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Clique - Excellent when used with Grid to let you bind various clicks (right, left, middle, shift-left, etc) to different spells.

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Clique can be quite nice. Just remember that if you are going to use it with the unit frames for healing, that you leave yourself the ability to still click on portraits without doing some healing. If you don't, you'll find yourself unable to summon, trade, inspect, etc. – Chaps (Oct 11 2009 10:07 AM)

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This is true; I set up Clique to only fire from my Grid raid frames, and let me click my XPerl unit frames normally. – lilserf (Oct 11 2009 6:20 PM)

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VuhDo - This is a solid replacement for Grid, Clique, Healbot, what-have-you. Full raid frames, ability to bind spells (and Macros!) to key and mouse clicks on those frames, integration with the incoming heals libraries so you can tell when someone is going to be fine or not, ability to display HoTs easily, and best of all -- it works out of the box. Grid can take some time to set up properly, but VuhDo just works.

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I'll have to check this out, definitely – Katmandu (Oct 10 2009 11:41 AM)

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Raid frames

Grid
"Grid is a modular, lightweight, and screen-estate saving grid of party/raid unit frames."

A very good raid frame which is very useful for healers. (Clbull)
Note: it can take a lot of fiddling to set up how you like it, but lots of tutorials exist for it and once you get the hang of it, it's easy. (lilserf)

Click-bindings

Clique
"Clique is a simple GUI that lets you assign click-casting for any number of unit frames. Click casting allows you to define the behavior the game takes when you click on a frame. This can be casting spells, running a macro, using an item, or something as simple as changing targets or assisting a unit."

Excellent when used with Grid to let you bind various clicks (right, left, middle, shift-left, etc) to different spells. (lilserf)

Cleansing

Decursive
"Decursive is a cleansing mod intended to render affliction removal easy, effective and fun for all the classes having this ability."

I use Decursive, and I believe it (or a similar addon) is not only helpful, but imperative. (Hhoky)

All-in-one

VuhDo
"VuhDo is a raid monitor similar to CTRaidAssist or Blizzards built-in raid frames. Basically this is about displaying the health of raid members in form of clearly arranged bars. VuhDo is primarily directed to healing classes, but will make use to almost any other class. Moreover several healing spells or other actions can be asserted to mouse clicks on those bars (Click-Heal)."

This is a solid replacement for Grid, Clique, Healbot, what-have-you. Full raid frames, ability to bind spells (and Macros!) to key and mouse clicks on those frames, integration with the incoming heals libraries so you can tell when someone is going to be fine or not, ability to display HoTs easily, and best of all -- it works out of the box. Grid can take some time to set up properly, but VuhDo just works. (Celairia)

Player versus Player

Gladius
"Gladius adds enemy unit frames to arenas for easier targeting and focusing. It is highly configurable and you can disable most features of this addon."

Gladius is every arena player's dream. Just like VuhDo it will run out of the box; you can simply drag the window to where you'd like and enter an arena. However, if customisation is your forté then there will be plenty to keep you busy. In addition to the usual Blizzard UI features of tracking health/mana counts and spellcasting, (albeit in a prettier way,) Gladius tracks enemy trinket up/downtime and drinking/first-aiding, as well as several important buffs and cooldowns. (Roble)

Miscellanenous

VisualHeal
"VisualHeal is a small and simple but powerful tool for all classes that visually shows your heals to others and heals incoming to you from others by means of two information-packed, yet intuitive bars."

It shows all incoming heals to my target (great for watching overheals, or interrupting heals to maximize raid healing). (Hhoky)

SmartRes
"SmartRes puts bars on your screen that have timers for the various resurection spells: Resurrection, Ancestral Spirit, Revive, Redemption, and tells you who is casting on whom, how long it will take to bring the target back to life."

I also use an incoming Rez addon, called SmartRes, but that's just my personal preference, to maximize rez's. (Hhoky)

Class-specific

PoMTracker
"A mod that tracks who Prayer of Mending is jumping to and how many charges you have left. Displaying it in a small movable window frame." (Hhoky)

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Better to have one answer that encompasses everything then several that only have one add-on per. Please edit and add add-ons as you see fit. – Nehi (Oct 10 2009 11:00 AM)

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Upvoted. I'll try and reformat it so it's clearer; just undo if you don't like it :) – Aeliel (Oct 10 2009 11:30 AM)

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The benefit of one addon per answer is that people can upvote on a per addon basis. Perhaps that is better in situations where the question is more targeted, however. – Katmandu (Oct 10 2009 11:42 AM)

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There's no One Right Answer when it comes to good addons for healing, though. Different things will work for different people. – Aeliel (Oct 10 2009 11:57 AM)

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Thanks guys! I love the formatting of this... hopefully we can keep up with it across any add-on request threads. – Nehi (Oct 10 2009 1:41 PM)

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@katmandu - Just because this is like the "summary" of the answers thread, doesn't mean it becomes the "accepted answer" either. I particularly like the fact that you made the names links to their answers. +1 for the concept – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 10 2009 3:59 PM)

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In all honesty the idea of healing can be broken down into two different methods, keyboard or mouse.

If you are doing it by keyboard, it is usually most efficient to use mouse over macros and whatever you use to display your raid frames. While this is not my standard method of healing, I do have all of my healing spells able to do this if needed. This is because if you disconnect in the middle of a boss fight, often the healing frames from what ever addon you are using will be borked.

If you do it by mouse, the hardest part is to decide what mouse button + keyboard modifier you want to use. People will battle to the death over: UI+Clique vs. Grid+Clique vs. Healbot vs. VuhDo. But in reality it is down to what works best for you and lets you see who to heal the easiest.

What you really need to spend your time doing, if you are going to set up mouse healing, is deciding your shortcuts. I would recommend getting a 5 button mouse and assigning the most used spells to the pure unmodified buttons, then assign your second batch to modified buttons (I use the shift key for healing spells). With 10 buttons (and not needing to downrank anymore), you should have your healing covered. So if you change to a different mouse clicking addon, you just take your key assignments with you. Those things get committed to muscle memory, so be prepared to take a little bit to choose them wisely.

Now that said, I myself use VuhDo and will cowstomp anyone who keeps me from it. The level of customization is insane. There is a wiki that helps with your first set up of it. Once you get used the addon, things make more sense. I also love how it will show me an icon for the buffs and debuffs I have told it to.

My best advice is to figure out your healing method that works for you. Then try out the different addons and find what works.

What I truly love it for is for the ability to put the tanks+main assist+anyone else of interest, off in their own area. When I am tank healing, this is incredibly useful as it reduces the amount that I have to process in a 25 man raid.

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I use both mouseover macros AND Grid/Clique. During a fight I'm hovering over my raid frames, letting me very quickly throw everything I've got at whoever needs it. I have Flash Heal, Greater Heal, and Renew on my 3 mouse buttons, and can shield, PoM, Binding Heal and Prayer of Healing using the keyboard. This way each hand has about an equal number of things to do. – lilserf (Oct 10 2009 11:49 AM)

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I use a macro for all of my spell that has the following priority: target->mouseover->mouseover target->target's target -> focus -> focus target. I can copy and paste an exapmle if people are interested. I found it brutally useful for dispelling enemy targets without having to move my mouse all over the place. Just mouseover the person that I know is targeting the mob and hit dispel. – Chaps (Oct 10 2009 12:06 PM)

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As a healing priest, what addons can you not live without?

Well As a long time raid healer/raid heal leader and just a healer addict, I can honestly say I only use a few addons, after trying out so many different ones, as well as talking to people who used different ones. I decided way to many of the addons, make a lot of healers lazy. (Hence why you hear so many healers saying, Oh its so boring healing, this fight is a joke yada yada yada) Any monkey can button mash, macro spam.

Back to the point.

I use Decursive, and I believe it (or a similar addon) is not only helpful, but imperative.

I also use a small addon called VisualHeal It Shows all incoming heals to my target (great for watching overheals, or interrupting heals to maximize raid healing.

I also use a incoming Rez addon, called SmartRes but that's just my personal preference, to maximize rez's

The only other addon I use is on my preist, and that's Pom Tracker So I can keep an eye on it during raids.

I use only Blizz default raid frames and the default UI, as they simply work well.

Now, I admit I'm an addon junkie, I love juicy little fun addons and change them up all the time, but the one's above, I recommend to any healer, even my guild healers. However, I realize every healer will have their own play style, and will find addons that fit them best.

So out of them all, I say Decursive is a must have healer addon.

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I have healed as a resto druid for quite a while and recently rolled a level 80 priest so I've healed for both classes now. I use to be a healbot fan as it took less than a PHD to configure (like grid). Grid from what I've seen is probably the most powerful healing add on, but it requires many add on modules and can take hours to configure. The UI to me was confusing.

I have converted in the past few months to VuhDu. It just works. I use mouse over healing and if you want to start doing that quickly without created a dozen custom macros, VuhDu can do it automatically. The first time I configured VuhDu it took about 45 min to get it up and running to my preferences, but installing it on my laptop and again on my PTR account, it gets easier to config and tweak. I highly recommend it.

I also use a Logitech G13 gamepad to map my keys to, but that's a separate discussion.

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I really like Healbot for healing.

http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/heal-bot-continued.aspx

It takes some getting used to but it is highly configurable. I use a 5 button Msft Sidewinder mouse and have most of my heals configured so I can click or shift click.

You can modify grid and clique to do similar however I grew used to healing/cleansing with healbot and love it.

It is highly adjustable for group, raid and pvp.

I can easily see who has agro and react to the type of heal I need to cast. I can see when it is time to refrest renew, shield or PoM.

For my mage I use smartdebuff, it is not needed for a healer as long as you keybind your cleansing abilities to healbot.

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Decursive is dated imo. SmartDebuff is much better and easier to get the dispells where you want them and to whom you want them.

I use a grid set up to also show people who need cleansing but when things go bad I have my tiny smartdebuff window up and ready. where I want it and precise. also grid status raid debuffs and grid mana bars are assumed part of the package ;)

powerauras is something I couldn't live without as a priest, very customisable addon that notifies me how I want to be notified and when, about CD's and Procs. essential.

I use a slew of others but those are the biggies.

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I use Grid of course but lately the only other thing i've been doing is adding mouseover macros to all my healing spells

#showtooltip
/cast [target=player,modifier:alt] [target=mouseover,exists] Flash Heal; Flash Heal

This little bit of trickery allows me to heal a mouseover if its over my grid bar, or if there is no mouseover target it allows me to click on one after i hit the key(the cursor lights up to cast a spell on the next target I click). In addition I can alt cast on myself like normal and if I have a target selected, it will cast on them.

I did modify my penance so that i wasn't dps-ing if a big boss was unavoidably a mouseover target

#showtooltip
/cast  [target=player,modifier:alt][target=mouseover,exists,noharm]Penance;Penance

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You can further simplify your macro: #showtooltip /cast [target=player,mod:alt][target=mouseover,help,nodead][] Flash Heal and #showtooltip /cast [target=player,mod:alt][target=mouseover,nodead,help][] Penance Dead players satisfy the "[exists]" test, so your current macros would try to cast on dead players. Adding the empty conditional "[]" covers the case where you've targeted something – Obamessiah (Nov 23 2009 6:34 PM)

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