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  • 568 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 35,851 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/26/2014
  • Created 05/22/2007
  • 268 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
  • Newest File: 6.0.2

About LiteAssist

LiteAssist is a very basic addon to replace the standard /assist macro.

It lets you set a unit (a player, pet or NPC) that the mod remembers. When you push the assist key, it causes you to attack the same thing as that unit. It changes your target (what you are attacking) to be the same as their target.

LiteAssist provides extra key bindings to learn who to assist and to assist them. You can (and must to use this addon) set them up via the WoW Keyboard Options menu.

LiteAssist really is light. There are no /commands and no fancy GUIs, just the 3 key bindings.

Configuring LiteAssist

After entering the World of Warcraft game, go to the Keyboard Settings menu, scroll down to the LiteAssist section and set the key bindings. Then just use the keys to activate the learn and assist functions. See below for more details.

Key Bindings

The three key bindings are:

  1. Learn unit to assist from your current target.
  2. Learn unit to assist from whatever your mouse is hovering over.
  3. Assist the previously learned unit (i.e., target its target).

You can find these under the 'LiteAssist' heading in the Keyboard Options menu.

I use shift-F (learn target), ctrl-F (learn mouseover) and F (assist) for the three functions.

Notification Messages

When learning a new assist a message will pop up in the middle of the screen to inform you.

Clearing Assist

Learn assist with no unit targeted/mouseovered to clear the assist. The assist also starts out cleared before you first learn something.

When the assist is cleared, the assist key will assist your current target, exactly like WoW's default assist function. This makes it safe to override your regular assist key ('F').

Target Frame Indicator

When you are targeting the same unit as your assist, a small icon of a pair of crossed swords will be shown at the left of your target frame. This only works with the default Blizzard interface, not other unit frame addons.

Advanced Macro Support

When you assist the learned target, LiteAssist is internally running a hidden macro with '/assist PlayerName' in it.

If you create a macro of your own named LiteAssistMacro AND include in it the text {LiteAssistUnit} (just like that, including the curly brackets), LiteAssist will copy that macro, replace the text {LiteAssistUnit} with the name of the player you learned, and use that instead.

You can include {LiteAssistUnit} more than once and it will replace all the occurrences.

Note that LiteAssist will not change your original macro, and dragging it onto a bar will not do anything. Copying a macro just saves me writing a user interface to allow you to edit the hidden internal macro text.

Non-Keyboard Use

If you want to set up buttons on your action bar to trigger LiteAssist, you need to do so by creating macros like these and then dragging them onto your action bar.

To learn assist from target: /click LiteAssistLearnTarget

To learn assist from mouseover: /click LiteAssistLearnHover

To assist the learned unit: /click LiteAssistDo


Due to intentional limitations by Blizzard you can't change assist in combat. If you try to learn a new assist while in combat LiteAssist will remember what you tried to do and apply it when combat ends.

You can (obviously) still assist the learned unit while in combat.

If This AddOn Seems Abandoned

If more than two weeks go by after a major patch and this addon isn't updated, I've probably been hit by a bus. In that case I encourage anyone with the necessary ability to take over maintenance of the addon. It is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, which means anyone can take it and do whatever they want with it, as long as they too release their code under the same terms.

tag 6.0.2
Mike "Xodiv" Battersby <>
2014-11-26 21:06:49 +1100

Tagging 6.0.2


Mike "Xodiv" Battersby:
    - Xodiv of Nagrand. :-\
    - Add copyright messages, remove ChangeLog.


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  • #86

    I'm using a MacBook Pro and I've used Lite Assist for a long time.  For the new expansion WoD, Lite Assist has never worked.  It is still listed as an out of date AddOn in WoW which I have to force to be loaded so there is not a way to do any keybindings as it is not listed under interface/keybindings.  Do you know what might be wrong?  I've updated Lite Assist through Curse and nothing changes.  Even tried uninstalling and reinstalling through Curse.  I really like the AddOn so would love to have a fix.  Thanks!

  • #88

    Hello again sfoshee,

    Through some wrangling and appropriate application of brute force, I think I have managed to make create and upload a new version.  With luck, it will also decide this is the newest version and give it to you with the curse client.

    Please give updating another go and let me know how it goes.  Thank you very much for taking the time to sign up and write to me, I might not have noticed this for an (even more) embarrassingly long time.

    Happy adventuring, X.

  • #89

    It worked and Lite Assist is working again!  Thanks so much!

  • #87

    Oh dear!

    I see the problem! Curse has decided that an old version, 5.3.0, is the newest one.  I don't know why it did that!

    I will see if forcing it to make a new version will fix the problem.  Keep your fingers crossed!

    Stay tuned, X.

  • #84

    I'm unable to consistly learn a target to assist.  The broker just says target.  I used your examples of Shift+F, Ctrl+F, and F.

  • #85

    You need to go into the WoW key bindings and set the keys for LiteAssist under the "Other" category.

    Happy adventuring, X.

  • #83

    The addon works just fine outside an instance but once I get in the learned assist target gets reset (also visible in the broker panel) and I can't learn any new one. No lua errors pop up.

    Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.


  • #82

    Updated for 6.0, please let me know if there are any problems.

  • #80

    Can liteasist be used in macro as a target function? Like I can use

    /cast [@focus] Heal

    I'd like to replace the focus with my assist

  • #81

    Unfortunately, no.  Everyone would like a second focus, but it's not possible. :(

  • #79

    Updated for 5.0, please let me know if there are any problems.

  • #77

    I have been using this for years ! LIFESAVER !


    /assist works... but.. thats IF you have an extra macro slot to waste on /assist...


    hotkey is PERFECT !


    4 out of 5 dentists recommend liteassist for players who do assist !

  • #78

    Thanks for the comment, made me laugh. :)  Happy adventuring!

  • #74

    Did you figure out how to get curse to notify you of new tickets?


    New ticket:

    I'm going to read through the comments here to see if anything inspires me.

  • #76

    p.s., I commented on your ticket.

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