Add-on Hunting with… Serenity

Morynne —  August 16, 2011 — 12 Comments

I’ve spent about a week with Serenity, and I can honestly say my life is better because of it.

Serenity, at the core, is a focus bar, but it does a lot more than that.  Here’s what the developer has to say about the core features:

  • Focus bar with tick marks indicating how much energy is needed for your shots. You can configure up to five custom marks, one of those being the main shot for your spec (changes when you respec or swap talents!).
  • Crowd control timers for anything you have under Wyvern Sting and Freezing Trap.
  • Misdirection module that announces who you cast misdirection on, whispers the target when you are actually transferring threat to them and will even warn them if they are mounted because you can not misdirect a mounted unit. This module also adds right clicking of unit frames to cast misdirection (normal right click functionality is still available by holding any modifier key with right click – ALT + Right Click, etc.).
  • Interrupt announces for Silencing shot and even Scatter Shot.
  • Item / Spell Timers. You can track the cooldown of any item, as well as the duration of a debuff (Serpent Sting) on your target, plus much much more.
  • Timers are also available as Icons (stationary) as well as moving time-line style.
  • Alerts for buff, debuff or cast of a given spell. (Think mini-power auras).
  • Enrage module that will inform you when a mob is under an enrage effect that can be tranquilizing shot off. There is also a frame to show the magic buffs on a target that you can possible remove for pvp.
  • Indicator for current Aspect, missing aspect, with the option to only show when missing. Also warns if you are using cheetah or pack in combat.
  • Indicator for Hunter’s Mark on target, warns if missing, low on time remaining, plus it can account for Marked for Death.
  • Bar smoothing to alleviate the “blocky” fill in of your energy bar.
  • Scare Beast indicator shows you when you can use Scare Beast.
  • Energy bar can change colors based on configurable amounts of focus to give you color indication of how much focus you have available or lack-there-of.
  • Profiles for multiple configuration for different environments (PVE / PVP / etc.)
  • Templates for Serenity’s base setup and look, as well as one that will use TukUI colors to match your TukUI interface schema.
  • Extensive in-game options for those that like intricate configuration.
  • Chat announces per environment for interrupts, misdirection, tranq removed buffs, etc.
  • Auto-shot swing bar and timer.
  • Boss current health percentage on energy bar.
  • Support for LibSharedMedia3 for sharing textures with other addons.

I’ll be honest, I turned off the cool down portion of the mod — just because I have a different cool down mod I really like.  The focus bar, given my recent switch back to Marksmanship, is helping me learn when I can afford an Arcane Shot in my rotation for a focus dump, and it is also showing what is active on your current target along your focus bar.  It does not; however, track dots on multiple targets, so for that reason, I don’t see myself getting rid of ForteXorcist.

Misdirection Settings

Configuring this mod was quite easy, the UI for doing that was pretty straightforward, but there were some tricks to getting it set the way I wanted it.

First of all, the placement of the mod needed to change.

To lock or unlock the frames type /serenity lock, then drag your bars wherever you want them, and repeat the same /serenity lock to save your changes.

To open the config panel, /serenity config and you’ll see a window similar to the one you see to the right.  There’s loads of options for everything from threat transfer to aspect management and cool downs.  You pick what you want, enable (or disable) that module.

Durations and Cooldowns

To turn off the cool down timer, navigate to the screen you see to the left.  This is also where you’ll customize your duration timer.  You can select what you want to see on your duration bar, and exclude what you don’t.

Pro’s to Serenity:

  • In your face updates for focus, and how much you’ll be gaining with your current shot (in the case of Steady/Cobra)
  • Handy counter to prepare for the Fire! proc.
  • Quick right click Misdirects from your raid/party frames.
  • Announces in whatever channel you select your MD target.
  • Solid duration timers for your current target.

Cons to Serenity:

  • Unable to track Serpent Sting on multiple targets.
  • If you already have a pretty set UI, it may be difficult to find a place for it that still keeps it in your face.

Ultimately, I’m going to recommend you try Serenity and see if it will help you in your exploits.  It’s certainly helped me optimize my Marksmanship rotation, and I’m sure it can help you too.

Do you know of an add-on I should check out? Drop it in the comments!

Morynne

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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

12 responses to Add-on Hunting with… Serenity

  1. Serenity really is amazing. Are you using the Tranq Shot notification? Also, make sure you disable the raid reporting in BGs, or else the kids freak out over your chat spam. All in all, I'm really digging Serenity. I do have one question for you Morynne. Have you found a way to make the target's health percentage stay one color? In the old JS Hunter Bar, it stayed white, but it goes red when the target is low health in Serenity. Makes it hard to see when we are low focus, if we are using the color change bar for focus amounts.

  2. I swapped to using Serenity, its very nice. It replaced 3 other add-ons out of the box…and I know I can do far more with it than I currently am! Definitely worth the time to get in depth with it!

  3. I recently got a trinket (The Hungerer), do you think serenity can track the proc and duration just like it does with rapid fire?

    Thanks.

  4. I undersatnd that Serenity is a "new and improved" version of J's hunter bar. I have been using the hunter bar for a while and love it. Does anybody know if serenity will indtall right over it and retain all my config or do I have to start form scratch?……or……is it even worthwhile to replace J's bar with Serenity?……….if it ain't broke don't fix it ??

  5. I haven't tried this yet, but I may have to. I like a lot of what the mod has to offer, but have resisted trying it because at the core it is advertised as a focus bar – something I have very little use for. I find that my focus is very easy to keep track of, and I'm very good at judging whether or not I can afford to squeeze an arcane shot or kill command into my priority on the fly.

    If this allows me to dump the focus bar under module control, I very well may put it to permanent use.

    • I thought I was good at managing focus myself, but I like the fact that the focus bar is incorporated with the durations — so you end up seeing two things at once.

      Give it a shot, the worst that could happen is you hate it, and remove it. :)

  6. Thanks for this review. You state that one of the cons is "If you already have a pretty set UI, it may be difficult to find a place for it that still keeps it in your face." I've been toying with the idea of trying this out, but I have a very customized UI. How easily can you modify this addon to fit in with customized UIs?

    I'm thinking I just need to try it out and play with it a bit. It really does sound like quite a nice addon.

    • The more I've used it, the more I like it.

      My UI is pretty set, and I managed to move Serenity around to where it wasn't interfering with anything, and didn't feel like it cluttered my space too much. The screenshot you see here doesn't show Serenity, but if you check out my video on this post you'll see that it's above my pet bar between my character pane and the target pane.

      You can move all aspects of Serenity around, it just might take some toying with to figure out how it will fit best for what you like.

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