Chances are, if you’ve dabbled at modifying your interface with addons you’ve tried some sort of raid frame replacement. Grid, Healbot, anything that displays a health/mana box for each member of your party or raid is a raid frame addon. VuhDo is the new kid on the block.
Both Cass and I have tried several raid frame addons and both of us have been using VuhDo for several months. We love it.
VuhDo looks great, gives you all the customisation of Grid, and is as easy to use as Healbot.
You don’t need to be a healer to like VuhDo, and if you form any kind of party, battleground or participate in Wintergrasp battles, you might like playing with something more compact and meaningful than the default Blizzard UI.
Here’s just a highlight of what VuhDo does:
- Displays need-to-know stuff about your party/raid members
Life, Mana/Energy/Rage/Runic Power, Debuffs, Player Status (eg. Ghost or AFK)
and especially for the Healers: Incoming Heals, who has Aggro, HoT Timers
- Click Casting
You can heal, decurse, target raid members with mouse clicks
You can automatically resurrect and decurse players out of combat
Smart buffing, with 1 click will buff the entire raid – you can set up the parametres
But the stuff that is really impressive, I think, are these little things:
- See immediately who has aggro – you’ll have a Rejuvenation and already be casting Regrowth on that Mage before the mob even reaches him and the tank has realised something’s gone wrong.
- Players who can be resurrected can automatically resurrect simply by clicking on the dead player’s frame out of combat. Even better still, you can see who is already being resurrected (their character name turns green). And, of course, you can customise your I’m-rezzing-you announcement to say exactly what you want.
- Auto-cleanse off afflictions that are still on the player when you leave combat. If you’re chain casting heals the minute the last mob is dead the next heal you go to cast will instead be a cleanse to automatically remove any nasties from your target (that might be making you heal in the first place).
And overall it’s just easier to set up to monitor your HoTs and other buffs like Power Word: Shield on your targets as well as debuffs like Weakened Soul (for Priestys like Cass) than any other raid frame addon.
To access VuhDo’s options type /vuhdo opt
My Final Result
In my interface VuhDo takes center stage while my spells, bags and action bars are moved off to the side. Keeping the raid alive is my responsibility so I like having VuhDo right there where I can’t miss it.
I find it’s easy to identify who’s who by colouring my frames using the Class colours option and you can clearly see who’s tanking and taking damage by the red borders and >>Character<< symbols to show aggro/threat.
I have it set up so that Rejuvenation is a little box on the bottom left (you can see in my screen shot the white boxes). It does a count down from 9 ticks onwards so I don’t waste mana and refresh too early.
Lifebloom ticks and stacks are also easy to keep track of. 1 stack is red, 2 is yellow and 3 stacks is green. The timer lets me know how long I have until the stacks will bloom and fall off.
Pets can be displayed and customised to take up very little room (the green bar list to the right of my player frames).
Cass’s Final Result
You can drag and drop VuhDo at any moment to reposition it, and that’s how I like to play. When healing, I’ll drag it closer in to the screen center. I like the 2 column format because it expands out so easily to accommodate 40 man battleground raid groups. 1 column looked too much like a rainbow (way too distracting!).
In my configuration Weakened Soul is represented by its debuff icon and is displayed in the top right hand corner of a frame. I have it set up to only display, at most, 2 debuffs, and Weakened Soul is given the highest priority no matter what else is going on.
Power Word: Shield is represented by the white little box in the bottom left corner of a player frame. The Paladin in Group 3 that has run out of range in the right hand battleground example (a sure fire way to die!) has both Power Word: Shield still active and Weakened Soul and “agro”.
Renew is represented by a little red box in the top left corner of a player frame (not shown in either example).
My spells are set to: