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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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  • #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
  • #773

    I'm thrilled to see this addon back, I can't tell you how much.

    That being said, I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to get the addon to recognize the need to reapply the Steady Focus buff for Marks.  Setting it to track the aura doesn't seem to work.

  • #775

    I've just released a new version that should fix the problems you're having trying to make Steady Focus show. It v2.15.6, which might be available on by the time you read this. If not, you can download it from the project site:

  • #777

    Ya, the addon's not very well designed to modify how it handles priorities based on the effects of spells (i.e. it cant't tell that !Fire causes Aimed Shot to be free). By default, the addon sets spells that you can't afford to cast at lower priorities even if it'soff cooldown and ready to use... A new option to ignore power when displaying the icon might be nice to add.


  • #776

    Steady Focus is working great in the new version now!

    Aimed Shot is a bit funny: when Fire! is up, the addon still doesn't display the shot if Focus is lower than 50, even though the Aimed Shot is free at that point. Not sure if that's easily fixable, and it's less of a concern since the proc is visible.

    Gonna start testing this on some other classes now, too.

  • #774

    I'll take a look, might not be able to get to it until tomorrow. I've noticed a flaw where I've sometimes been unable to add a new aura to track as well which I'll need to fix.... We've been working around it by adding all the spells in manually in the back end with default setups.

  • #772

    after looking at noxxic, it might be that you'd want to change that up a bit, especially with Serpent Sting being refreshed by Cobra Shot.The previous settup basically assumes you'd rather risk having to re-apply Serpent's Sting, rather than reach 100 focus (and those lose out on whatever could have been cast with the focus over 100. 

    But let's assume that's not the case.... that we'd rather NOT risk having to re-apply Serpent's Sting, and that we'd rather refresh it with Cobra Shot even if it puts us over 100 focus. The question is what's a greater DPS loss, having to use a GCD to refresh Serpent's Sting + the loss of ticks of serpent's Sting in the process + the loss of focus used to re-apply serpent's sting, or the loss of focus over 100 that could have been used on arcane shot. A more complete setup might look like this:

    1. Hunter's Mark (as an aura to track on enemy)

    2. Serpent Sting (As an aura to track on an enemy, modified by checking "Aura Has No Expiration")

    3. Cobra Shot for Serpent Sting (i.e. the Spell to use is Cobra Shot, the spell to track on enemy is serpent's sting)

    4. Cobra Shot (With a requirement that focus be below 47 to display/use)

    5. Explosive Shot (which doesn't need lock and load... according to at least, they say use on CD)

    6. Kill Shot w/ health less than 20%

    7. Black Arrow (as aura to track on enemy player)

    8. Murder of Crows

    9. Arcane Shot

    This should display to cast Cobra Shot whenever Serpent Sting is low (regardless of if it will put you over 100 focus or not).  Also, by checking "Aura Has No Expiration" on serpent's sting, this will cause the icon to vanish whenever you have serpent's sting on your target... which is good, because we have "Cobra Shot for Serpent Sting" set up to be displayed in its place. Without this, Serpent Sting would alwys show on top of Cobra Shot. If you allow serpent sting to fall off without refreshing it, the icon will re-appear telling you to cast serpent sting instead of cobra shot to re-apply it. 

    That setup should pretty well keep you in line with the Noxxic priority guide... if elitist jerks has different recommendations, then further modifications might be needed.

    Ultimatly, there's more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to setting this up. Instead of going through all these hoops to track Focus, you can just do as Hallowman100 first suggested... watch as Murder of Crows nears CD, and start casting Cobra Shot if it's gray to get enough focus... that works too, and the difference is a matter of preference and what you're used to. You might also prefer to watch the icon for Serpent's Sting, instead of having the addon tell you to use Cobra Shot to refresh serpent's sting.... the addon can do both, it's a matter of  preference.

    Last edited by nothingsknower on 9/3/2012 1:33:08 AM
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