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  • Updated 11/06/2014
  • Created 04/10/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 3.0RC2

About Watcher


Watcher helps you manage your rotation by consolidating and condensing information onto a simple to read display. It allows you to focus on things that are more important like boss mechanics, your situational awareness, or listening to your raid leader; instead of being bogged down in the act of performing your rotation.

With deep and powerful configuration options, Watcher allows you to see exactly the information about your rotation that you want to see. However, it comes with a wide variety of defaults for many classes and specs to get you started. Properly configured and customized, Watcher is a mighty tool for both new players just learning their classes as well as players that have been raiding since classic.

A GIF of Watcher running on a 2H Frost Death Knight:

Watcher also includes:

  • A dynamic event-driven architecture; unlike some other rotation helping addons, Watcher won't tank your framerate
  • Masque support for skinning icons
  • A large number of visibility options to control exactly when Watcher shows up
  • And more!


Through the use of a priority system as well as powerful filters for spells and abilities, Watcher displays your rotation in the familiar context of a timeline, with higher priority spells stacked on top of lower priority ones and upcoming abilities placed on the timeline according to when they will become useful. Abilities on the timeline are waiting for a wide variety of things: coming off of cooldown, waiting for resources, monitoring a DoT, etc.

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

Ability keybinds can be optionally displayed.


More to come in this section later.

A slightly old full walkthrough of Watcher configuration is located here

Display settings documentation.

Priorities can be adjusted to where they suit you.

Spells can be configured to be cast based on a wide variety of filters whether that be the presence (or lack there of) of an aura on you or your target, your target's health percent, your mana/resource percent, whether a spell can be stolen or interrupted, whether you have a particular talent or glyph, among other options.


Found a bug? Report it!

Want a feature? Request it!


Want to help make the defaults better? Vist the class forum posts for each default:

Death Knight | Druid | Hunter | Mage | Monk | Paladin | Priest | Rogue | Shaman | Warlock | Warrior

Here's a tutorial for creating and exporting defaults.

tag 3.0RC2
Michael P. Starkweather <>
2014-11-06 23:18:29 -0600


Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Some changes to message and TOC for the RC2
    - Change anticipation support in the secondary resource filter to only count anticipation if you have more than 5 combo points.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Fixed Feral defaults to properly not cap CP and not Thrash if you have SotF.
    - Added Anticipation support to Combat Rogue Defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Fix for not using the correct spellId for the power filter change.
    - Fix accidental bug with not specifying unit
    - Remove check if a channel has a cooldown in the usability filter.
    - Change to remove the cost of the currently casting spell from the player's mana pool in the power filter
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Various changes to Hunter defaults.
    - Made changes to ProtPaladin defaults to account for Talented buffs and procs.
    - Berserker Rage added to ProtWar defaults.
    - Rererere-fixed Jab. This should work for everyone and be simpler.
    - Added Force of Nature to Balance defaults.
    - Insanity issues in Priest Defaults, should fix.
    - Fixed Jab. Again. Apparently there is a different SpellID depending on MH weapon. 6 SpellIDs. 6 Filters per SpellID. 36 separate filters for Jab. 'Cause "Reasons". Thanks Blizz.
    - Fix for Shadow Word: Insanity.
    - Fixed SpellID issue with Jab. Different SpellID based on 2h vs DW. Wierd.
    - Fixes to Frost priorities and filters.
    - Added Brewmaster defaults.
    - Added Resonating Power, Bloodbath, Sudden Death.
    - Initial pass at Shadow Defaults.
    - Adjusted Prot defaults, to account for Bastion of Glory, and not capping Holy Power, and use Shield of the Righteous.
    - Thrash Fix.
    - Balance defaults in.
    - Small changes to ProtWar defaults. Probably more will be needed.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Spell texture should now always change if the spell texture changes.
    - Should now properly never show things that are usable on the GCD.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Added Prot Defaults.
    - Fix to Demonic Fury and Burning Embers reflected in the Defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Demonic fury/burning embers is now fixed.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Fixed issues with various Assassination defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Switch to using the frequent power updates for both power and secondary resource
    - Change to the max slider in secondary resources to allow for up to 1000. A soft max will still be set by the type of secondary resource.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Changes to Rend handling, Execute SpellID for Arms.
    - Changes to bugged Warlock defaults.
    - New Paladin defaults, including fixes to Exorcism and reaction to Divine Purpose procs.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Change the "Towards Solar" and "Towards Lunar" so that you are able to actually read them.
    - Changes to Mage, Warlock, and Warrior defaults -- thanks Marci-Hellscream.
    - Fix for Ticket #75 - Slam broken in Defaults.
    - Always choose the spellId that we know to add
    - Switch to LibSpellbook for adding spells by name, should be a little bit more reliable at adding the correct spell.
    - Now can edit filter set names with a popup, taking care of ticket #51
    - Tiny change to hunter defaults and will not ask to replace. Aimed Shot - Thrill of the Hunt was configured slightly wrong.
    - Secondary Resource filter revamp.
    - Slider is used in Secondary Resource tab instead of entry box, with min and max set by the type of resource.
    - Eclipse: can now specify what direction that the Eclipse is growing
    - Combo Points: can now specify if you want to take Anticipation into account if you are a rogue
    - New API Version.
    - Removes because it isn't needed
    - Adds a cooldown table to each priorityList, this will be for cooldowns and will have a secondary display. Not implemented yet.
    - Adds an optionalBehavior variable to secondaryResource filters. Not implemented yet.
    - Reverse the spellName and dropdownLabel in spell dropdowns. This change is based on how the defaults are playing out.
    - Fixes for defaults for Warrior (ticket #71), Warlock (ticket #58), and Death Knight (ticket #59).
    - Made the secondary resource use the UNIT_POWER event instead of the UNIT_POWER_FREQUENT event.
    - Embedded AceSerializer. We'll use it later for export/import.
    - Fixed issue with Timer not being canceled when the frame is suddenly hiden.
    - Removed the animation calls that I was using to test.
    - No OnUpdate! Frame will now determine it needs to be animating and won't update if it doesn't have to.
    - Also, finally fixed issue with stacking at load. Stupid undocumented Blizzard API bugs
    - Fix for Warlock Soul Shards and Burning Embers not returning a decimal for the actual amount of those resources. Blizzard API is a little weird with these two.
    - Fix for desaturate sometimes not being applied when under/over the correct amount.


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  • #794

    Hi Storm,

    I'm currently not playing wow, nor have I ever played a monk, so I may not understand the spells well enough to know exactly how to set them up... but give this a try:

    In order to get it to show tiger palm only when you need the tiger power buff, you'd add  spell "Tiger Palm", and under "name of aura to track" you'd put Tiger Power. Select the check box's "Is Aura" and "Aura Exists on Player" (unless "tiger palm" is a debuff which appears on your enemy target, then leave "Aura Exists on Player" unchecked). If Tiger Palm is a stacking buff/debuff, you'll want to increase the slider for "Number of Stacks requried for maximum dps".

    As for this "tigereye brew", if I understand this correctly, you have a stacking buff called "tigereye brew", and when it reaches 10 stacks, you want to use nother spell called "tigereye brew" also, correct"? In that case, you'd make a spell called "Tigereye Brew" and put "Tigereye Brew" as the "Name of Aura to track". Select "Is Aura" and "Aura Exists on Player". Also select "Show Only When Aura Exists" (this will prevent it from popping up until you have 10 stacks of "Tigereye Brew". And, of course, move the slider so that "Number of Stacks of Aura requried for max dps" is set to 10. 

  • #790

    I'm using Watcher and it helps me a lot, but I've been getting a bit frustrated lately.

    On my Warrior I've tried and tried, but I can't get it to track my Shield Block other than when it's ready (sufficient Rage, etc). I'd love to actually track its duration on the slider so I don't waste precious seconds by blowing another too early.

    How can I do this?


  • #793

    I'm going to load a new version soon that will have a toggel "ignore usability". This will cause the priority to ignore whether you have sufficient mana/rage/energy to cast (I assume this is what you're looking for)

  • #799

    Oh, got it, I misunderstood the ability - I thought it was an ability with a long cooldown that you were trying to track, but I see its' actually a short cooldown, and you want to keep it up all the time. 

    Well it sounds like you did it right... By default, the addon hides priorities that you do not have sufficient rage/mana/energy to use, so if you want to have it show ALL the time regardless of how much rage you have,  then that's when you'd use that new check-box I added to the spell config "Ignore Usability". Make sure that's checked, along with "is aura" and "aura exists on player". The fact tha the aura and the spell have the same name is not a problem.

  • #798

    Actually it's more that I can't have it shown on the slidebar, although I mark "Is Aura", "Aura Exists on Player" and then the Aura name (Shield Block).


    I'm guessing it's messing up due to the name of the aura and the name of the skill are the same.


    But generally I'd just love to be able to see when my Shield Block buff is about to expire as not to waste charges / seconds of the buff.

    Edit: I've solved my problem. Shield Block lasts just enough to be listed as a "short duration DoT" (6 sec.) and I've listed it as such with 6 sec. duration. Now I can track it and refresh it on the last second / expiration.

    Last edited by Elvoran on 12/21/2012 12:11:57 PM
  • #788

    Thank you for updating the addon.  I'm thrilled to see the addon being updated for the new expansion.  :)

    With that being said, there are a few things I'd like to mention.

    * /watcher config > spell settings...  There are two errors that never really got resolved.  Number of stacks of Aura and Power Required.  By default, when you create a new ability, they're at 0.  However, if you move the slider at all, the minimum is 1.  Every time I want to fix this, I have to physically edit the addon files or re-create the ability.  

    * Another error that is reoccuring is the text size of the ability timer.  It gradually increases.  Eventually, it'll start covering up crucial parts of my screen.  I can reload the UI to fix it, but that isn’t a good idea during boss fights.

    * When playing an affliction lock, I have to channel abilities to keep my DPS up.  Is there a way you can add a channeling bar or something so I can monitor my channeling?

    * When playing a DK, Watcher seems to have difficulties tracking death runes.  Any thoughts?

    * When playing a Balanced Druid, when using your default abilities, I noticed abilities like Wrath and Starfall totally override my priority system and go to the front of the queue during Eclipse.  How can I turn off the override?

    * Why can’t I delete the original abilities Watcher has? 

    Don’t get me wrong, this addon is still one of my favs.  Keep it up :)

  • #789

    hi there. Like i mentioned, I'm not the original author, and I'm not playing WoW at the moment - too busy with college classes, but I appriciate the feedback. I'll have more time to look into this later. But some initial feedback:

    * Yes, I'm aware of the odd behavior with the minimum of 0 or 1 stacks, although practically speaking.... what's the difference? The addon won't monitor for a stack unless there's one available, so a proc will work correctly to show you whether the slider is set to 0 or 1.... in either case, the proc will display once one stack is present. If, on the other hand, you're trying to make an aura appear any time it's missing (thus the minimum stacks would be 0), there's a separate checkbox for that. I guess I just don't see where it matters. But it's an easy fix.

    *Ya I've heard of this text size changing, I'll see if I can figure that out.... strange error.

    *Channel bar - Ok, here's where I'm going to show my weakness... I'm a healer, and the whole idea of monitoring channels for DPS optimization is new to me - I only picked up this addon because of begging and pleading by some DPS looking for help prevening it from dying with MOP so I'll need to take some time and educate myself on the technical needs of DPS to know what it is you're looking for. In the mean time, I assume addons like Quartz can show you this function, yes? My philosophy as an addon writer was to not worry so much about things which other addons can already do, unless I can do them better.

    *DK's are a whole new animal if each of their rune types need to be tracked individually, I'll have to do some major modifications to make this work. Is it ONLY death runes, or all runes? What is behaving differently with death runes? Is it not recognizing an ability as "ready" even though death runes are available for it?

    *The priorities were designed by another individual who helped me update this for MoP. If you could offer me a description of the actual priorities you want to establish, I might be able to help you put that together (or modify the addon if there is a technical limitation)

    * That's just the way that the Ace Config library that was used to help put togeather the addon works... defaults are always restored, unless they are overridden. So you can't delete a pre-created ability, but you can modify the attributes of that ability and those modifications will be remembered. I COULD work around this and make it so that you can perminatly delete defaults if it's a problem, but I guess I don't see it as being a substantial problem.

  • #786

    Still working great and keeping me going.  Two things, though:

    1.The bar disappears whenever entering a 'vehicle' -- not the kind the replaces the action bar, but the one that simply adds a "leave vehicle" button just above the action bar like a multiple-person mount. The primary example of this is jumping onto Raigonn to attack the weak point, or a barrel in Stormstout Brewery.  I generally keep the options "show only in combat" and "show only with a target" on, but both of those should still be true even when in the vehicle.  Can the display be set to still show in this instance with those options?

    2. I've noticed this most particularly on my Fury warrior:  Over the course of a long (raid boss) fight, the font size on the countdown for Bloodthirst grows to a ludicrous size, which then persists until the interface is reloaded for some reason. Obviously not a crippling bug, but a bit weird.

  • #787

    Feel free to make suggestions either here or make a ticket on the developement page. My primary goal was to keep the addon from completely failing when MoP came out, but I won't have time to worry about enhancements until my college semester is over. I'm not even playing wow atm :-P

    Last edited by nothingsknower on 11/8/2012 1:33:03 PM
  • #784

    If this addon show/include the focus bar, like JSHB, I will replace JSHB in my game

  • #781

    I am having a issue with Watcher on my Level 89 Feral Druid, worgen. Playing on a enUS client server.

    The issue is whenever I engage a boss, Watcher suggests Faerie Fire and then Mangle and then repeats that line without suggesting or prompting any other action. This continues till the boss is dead. The only time I am able to get Watcher, most of the time anyway, is to take target off the boss, re-target the boss and Watcher works fine most of the time afterwords. But this can be inconsistent. This ONLY happens when I engage a boss, not the regular mobs.

    Anyone else having this issue?

  • #782

    Two things.

    1: is this your first time using the addon, or have you had the addon for a long period of time? If you've had the addon for a while (like before MoP came out), you may need to delete the saved variables - there were some glitches involved with old versions that saved data differently.

    2: If you could, give me a copy of your saved variables so I can test the configuration myself. You can paste it here, or make a ticket on the development page

    Your saved variables file will be found here:

    World of Warcraft/WTF/Account/[Your Account]/[Your Server]/[Your Character]/Saved Variables/Watcher.lua

  • #783

    Thanks for the quick reply nothingsknower. Yes I been using Watcher for a while. What I will do is first make a copy of the SV and then delete it, try Watcher and see how it goes. If it repeats, I'll send you the SV. Will let you know how it goes.

  • #779


    Fixed by downloading the new ace libs. Sorry.!

  • #778

    Using this on beta as well as live -- as a heads up, there appears to be some issue in beta thats popping up. Error is as follows:

    EDIT: downloading ace3 libs and AceGUI libs fixed it. May need to update the libs within the watcher folder?


    Message: ...cher\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\widgets\AceGUIWidget-Button.lua:66: CreateFrame(): Couldn't find inherited node "UIPanelButtonTemplate2"
    Time: 09/13/12 10:19:50
    Count: 2
    Stack: [C]: ?
    ...cher\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\widgets\AceGUIWidget-Button.lua:66: in function `?'
    ...erface\AddOns\Watcher\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\AceGUI-3.0.lua:136: in function <...erface\AddOns\Watcher\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\AceGUI-3.0.lua:125>
    ...erface\AddOns\Watcher\Libs\AceGUI-3.0\AceGUI-3.0.lua:174: in function `Create'
    ...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1116: in function <...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1054>
    ...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1581: in function `FeedGroup'
    ...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1853: in function `Open'
    ...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1881: in function <...nfig-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0\AceConfigDialog-3.0.lua:1879>
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[2]"]:9: in function <[string "safecall Dispatcher[2]"]:5>
    (tail call): ?
    (tail call): ?
    ...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:143: in function <...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:133>
    ...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:408: in function <...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:334>
    (tail call): ?
    ...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:762: in function `HandleCommand'
    ...\AceConfig-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0\AceConfigCmd-3.0.lua:774: in function `?'
    Interface\FrameXML\ChatFrame.lua:4358: in function `ChatEdit_ParseText'
    Interface\FrameXML\ChatFrame.lua:4052: in function `ChatEdit_SendText'
    Interface\FrameXML\ChatFrame.lua:4091: in function `ChatEdit_OnEnterPressed'
    [string "*:OnEnterPressed"]:1: in function <[string "*:OnEnterPressed"]:1>

    Locals: <none>

    Last edited by Jeslinis on 9/13/2012 12:23:53 PM
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