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  • World of Warcraft
  • 783 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.0
  • 311,381 Total Downloads
  • Updated 09/10/2013
  • Created 04/10/2009
  • 568 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: Watcher v2.19.00

About Watcher


Watcher will not be maintained for the upcoming patches or expansion unless a new developer wishes to take it over. Please message the current manager, nothingsknower, if you wish to do so. There is an alpha version of the addon available on the development site made by another author who was going to take over the project, which dramatically overhauled and improved most of the code. This would probably be the best place to start rather than the current release version, which had been held together largely by duck tape and bubble gum after the original author abandoned it. I helped patch it through to survive the MoP expansion, but as I am no longer playing and as real life commitments mount, I will no longer be able to maintain it.


Watcher is a DPS improvement addon. Its goal is to provide useful and intelligent information in order to boost DPS.

Some classes have native support but other requires you to add spells manually. If you would like your class to get more native spells then provide a list of spells and their behaviour and I'll attempt to implement them.


Through the use of a priority table for attacks, Watcher times cooldowns and dots to provide information on which attack should be performed next.

Attacks ready to be performed are displayed using a stack with the most prioritised attack shown on top.

5.1 status

Watcher no longer hides when the player enters a vehicle, as some combat is done within vehicles Fixed the scaling issue that was causing text to flicker and gradually grow over the course of a long fight Added a new option to spell configurations that allows you to ignore your current mana/rage/energy The holy power scale for Paladins has been fixed and set to a maximum of 5

Useful Information

For setting up the addon for the first time please see here. (Outdated, but still useful)

If you have a bug to report or have a suggestion to improve the addon, please, could you make a ticket here.

Watcher v2.19.00

compatible with 5.4.0

Michael Starkweather:
    - Changed duration string to display 1m instead of 60
    - Embedded AceTimer
    - Major work done on move into an event based system.
    - Changed move up and move down to up and down to support larger fonts
    - Added edit button that pops out spell settings from priority menu. Changed move up and move down to reselect the spell/filter set that you are moving.
    - Changed cooldown filter slightly to allow for the cooldown of unusable spells past the previous 3 second mark.
    - Fixed not being able to add 0 to the time segments after removing it.
    - Fixed icon size being odd without Masque. Fixed tooltip for health. Adjusted aura refresh threshold max to 60sec. Should support monk stagger now.
    - Added option to check player health instead of enemy health
    - Will not show if there are no setup priorities.
    - Now orders specs correctly so that the one that pops up is the spec that you are in.
    - Added two new options -- MaxStackedIcons and StackHeight. Moved Timeline settings into own display settings tab. Fixed not being able to edit Timeline time segments Can now edit the maximum number of icons
    - Switching talents should now properly change the priority list.
    - Fixed show on enemy target. Again.
    - Fix for invulnerable enemy targets not showing using Show Only If Target Exists
    - Fixed turning off keybind labels. Removed MONOCHROME font effect since it crashes the game regularly. Added "Casting a spell that has a cooldown removes it from the list."
    - Fixed totems. Hopefully for the last time.
    - Mistype on 295 of Filters.lua Ooops
    - Fixed totems.
    - Hopefully fixed totem time detection.
    - Added totem filter.
    Changed "None" to "Usable"
    - Actually fixed moving.
    - Fixed moving frame.
    - Renamed a bunch of things.
    - Fixing for packaging
    - Spellcheck.
    - Attempt number 2 on trying to get packager to like it.
    - Fix AceLocale and AceGUI
    - Fix for AceGUI and AceLocale not embedding
    - First attempt at doing a packaging test.
    - Removed buffTypes since using LibDispelable
    - Added CheckSecondaryResource filter.
    Fixed flipped >= and <= in Classification filter.
    - Added LibDispel and wrote CheckTargetAura filter
    - Added target casting interruptible filter
    - Added license to files
    - Target classification filter now working
    - Fixed CheckSpellTalent
    - Changed some minor things for consistency.
    Updated CHANGELOG.txt to be.. better.
    - Added CHANGELOG.txt
    - Added LICENCE.txt
    - Added .pkgmeta file to embed latest versions of libraries.
    - First attempt at showing only one icon.
    - Fixed usability patch to make so cooldowns and aura tracking doesn't go away when not enough resources.
    - Changed tooltip for power filter.
    Keybind display now working.
    - Fixed priority lists retaining deleted values of spells/filter sets
    - Fixed inverted aura detection.
    - Priority list options appear on first load.
    Changed "Default" name to "None" and made so that cannot change the filters attached to it.
    Priority list GUI doesn't show the filter set "None" in the sidebar.
    - Usability is ignored if ability is on cooldown.
    - More work on getting frame tied into new backend.
    Max refresh rate on frame is now 60fps.
    - Removal (and commenting out) of all old code and starting to integrate newDB into the frame and overall usage.
    Priority list is evaluated at enable time currently. This is working.
    Beginning of spell filter evaluation.
    New frame draw method. Hopefully it works -- untested as of now
    - Changed priority frame GUI to display position in list.
    - Working GUI for editing priority lists with default values. These priority lists are set up automatically to be all of the available specs of your class.
    - Can now add spells based on name presuming that the character has the spell.
    - Initial commit.


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  • #698
    I know this was asked for before, but I am going to ask again, in redoing the dk.lua file. I was unable to implement 2 spells, Pestilence and Outbreak, this is because they require the checking of 2 debuffs, Blood Plague and Frost Fever.

    Also Pestilence also requires the ability to put a pseudo cooldown, so the spell will only show up every 30 seconds even if it is available, otherwise it will always be shown as the spell to use.

    Would it be possible for you to add multiple buff/debuff checking using an AND, OR, XOR logic, and the ability to restrict spells to only be shown every set time interval whether they are available or not.
  • #697
    I have updated the spell_functions.lua significantly, I have added functions for spells based on number of combo points/holy power, and health, as well as fixing the existing one for mana.

    I also updated all the existing functions such as Buff, Debuff, Direct, Apply etc... so that they take extra optional arguments to cast only on combo points/holy power, health or mana.

    I also updated the dk.lua, it includes every castable Death Knight spell including talents and cataclysm spells, and is set up using the spell_functions.lua functions.

    I will put both lua code into tickets on the CurseForge development site, hope you find them useful.

    I hope to add all the spells to all the other classes eventually, all using the new spell_functions.lua functions.
  • #690
    The addon is mostly working for my fury warrior except for Bloodsurge procs which don't seem to be being picked up. Is there anything that needs to be specifically modified to get it to work or is this a bug?
  • #689
    I have another question ..
    Is there a way to handle the new druid's Sunfire (93402)?
    It replaces Moonfire .. I think this mechanic is unique to this spell ...

    As a suggestion, can we have the ability to track multiple debuffs (AND'ed or OR'ed) for a single ability?
    For example: (If (Moonfire OR Sunfire) is not active, Cast Moonfire)
    -- Because Sunfire will be the same Keybinding as Moonfire ...

    Also we may need to do the following in next builds:
    (If (*X* AND *Y*) is active, Cast *Z*)
  • #692
    I think I can get this implemented. The major deal is just getting it implemented in a decent manner. The OR and AND logic should be the easy part.
  • #693
    Also I don't think Sunfire should be very difficult to implement at all.
  • #688
    Don't really want to be a pain, but I have added a multitude of custom spells to watcher, a lot of based on procs, holy power, runic power etc...

    I would like to be able to share these with other users, the spells I added were all based off the Elitist Jerks websites suggested priorities. In order to do this I would like to be able to add them to the class LUA files, so they were default spells, but I can't seem to work out how to do it from your files.

    If you have time, would it be too much to ask if you could right a very quick tutorial on what the different settings are for in the class LUA files so we can update them ourselves?
  • #695
    If you take a look at the spell function lua file you might get a good look at how to implement some spells simply. Some things that rely on holy power, mana, combo points or health thresholds won't be implementable using these though (not yet anyway). These spells are a bit more tricky and will probably require me setting up a guide or other system to implement them.

    I'll try and get onto it when I get a chance. If you set up a ticket on curseforge for this I'll try and get back to you on it.
  • #687
    Hey Gellin,
    First of all .... thats a brilliant addon you made ... Showing all u need to know without trivializing the gameplay .... Many thx for ur effort ..

    I got some issues using Watcher after 4.0.1. On my Moonkin it works ok .. but on lock it shows error once I click on "Spells" to add some spells. The error is related to "Countreq" field. After some reading up in ur nice code, it seems you set it in the file "spell_functions.lua" at Watcher:Debuff() and Watcher:Apply() which the warlock.lua file uses (which isnt the case with druids, as they have their own functions). After commenting the two lines "def.countreq[k] = stack or 0" and deleting the setting file for my lock, the addon is now working OK.


    May I suggest some changes to the Warlock.lua?
    -- generic spells
    Watcher:addicon("Curse of the Elements", 1490)
    Watcher:addicon("Bane of Doom", 603)

    -- talented spells and procs
    Watcher:addicon("Empowered Imp", 47283)

    --function Watcher:addClassSpells()
    Watcher:Debuff("Curse of the Elements")
    Watcher:Debuff("Bane of Doom")
    Watcher:Direct("Chaos Bolt")
    Watcher:Proc("Empowered Imp", "Soul Fire")

    Watcher:Capitalize("Immolate", "Conflagrate") -- INTO
    -- Because as far as I'm aware, Capitalize(x, y) means y will be more powerful when x is up, but Conflagrate will be disabled when Immolate is not up.

    Watcher:Capitalize("Immolate", "Incinerate") -- INTO
    -- Because only Destro locks make use of Immo to increase Incinerate dmg. and All Destro locks should keep Immolate up.


    I got another Issue I couldnt handle.
    When I add some spells A, B, C and D (in that order) and then delete B, The settings for the other spells seem to get shuffled. Settings like which spell to cast, which aura to look for, ... etc
    Will appreciate if u take a look at this.

    Many thanks
  • #694
    I think the issue with the "def.countreq[k]" might have been due to some saved variables being wonky.

    I'll check out your warlock spells and probably implement them. I don't play the class but the current ones were provided to me by the person who actually created the various functions found in spell_function.lua so I haven't looked into how useful they are.

    The final issue is due to some annoying table system I implemented before. I'll have to do some work to get it working nicely.
  • #683
    Another problem I have noticed, one of the spells I created for my Death Knight, does not show the icon, its a specialized Death Coil cast when Sudden Doom Procs.

    The problem does not seem to be limited just to just user created spells, I also had a problem with scourge strike not showing the icon and it is one of the built in spells.

    Has anyone else experienced this, and does anyone know a workaround?
  • #685
    I believe I've found one of the issues with icons not displaying properly which occurs when you change the table name for the spell. I think that is what caused your problem.

    Scourge Strike appears to be working correctly for me.
  • #686
    Yeah, I don't know why scourge strike icon wasn't showing, on the dummies it is now working fine, and yes the other ones that aren't displaying the icon correctly are ones where the name in the table, is different to the spell name. A couple of my warlock spells are not displaying icons either.

    I don't know how you get the icon for the priorities bar for custom spells, but is it possible to get the icon from the spell name associated with the table entry?

    Thanks for getting warlocks up and running its a big help.
  • #681
    When i log in using a character that isn't close to max level (lvl 25 mage, lvl 5 hunter), i start getting a massive flow of errors. This happens when all other addons are disabled. If i log onto one of my closer-to-max-level characters, like a lvl 65 warrior, or a lvl 80 druid, everything is fine.
    I have no idea if what i'm about to say makes any sense, but could it be because the addon tries to do something with spells/abilities that my low level alts don't yet have?
  • #682
    Yes this is it. I'm pretty certain that if you go into the options menu and disable the "show gcd" option you will no longer have errors.
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