Ugh, this chakra shit is hard.
I’ve learned some stuff since the last guide and there have been some changes to the way everything works (4.0.3a). So we’re trying this again.
Never fear. If I can do it, you can do it. Even with messy macros.
This is primarily focused on healing, not smiting or any of that junk.
How It Works
The “Chakra” Part
Then hit a SPELL to trigger the Chakra state. Different spells trigger different states. The names of the chakra state no longer match the spell used to trigger the state.
To break it down for you:
- Heal triggers Chakra: Serenity (pumps up single target heals)
- POH or POM triggers Chakra: Sanctuary (pumps up aoe and hots)
- Smite triggers Chakra: Chastise (pumps up your pew pew)
- Renew does not trigger a chakra state.
Some spells will extend your chakra state through the talent state of mind. However, Chakra has a 30 second duration and a 30 second cooldown. There is no reason to extend your chakra state. You will probably just waste mana trying to hit a spell you weren’t already going to use. If an extension happens, great. But since you can refresh Chakra as soon as it expires, don’t go out of your way to extend.
With a 30 second duration and a 30 second cooldown, you can be in a chakra state all the time. You should be.
The “Holy Word: Junk” Part
While you are in a Chakra state, you can hit Holy Word for extra awesomeness. If you take the talent Revelations (you SHOULD), your holy word transmogrifies into SOMETHING depending on the state you’re in. At least we have fewer to remember, now that they took out renew.
Here’s how it breaks down now.
- If you are in… Chakra: Serenity (Heal) your Holy Word turns into… Holy Word: Serenity (Instant Heal + healing buff to target)
- If you are in…Chakra: Sanctuary (POH/POM) your Holy Word turns into… Holy Word: Sanctuary (Healing floor)
- If you are in Chakra: Chastise your holy word REMAINS Basic Holy Word: Chastise
- If you are in no chakra state, your holy word REMAINS Basic Holy Word: Chastise
- Renew stuff is gone
Make a Chakra Macro For Each Chakra State
As I learned from Erinys, Chakra doesn’t trigger the GCD. Macro at will! OK, you might run out of keybindings. I’ll grant you that.
Basically, each macro will look something like this:
/cast [@mouseover] Heal
Repeat for the aoe thingy. I have two for the aoe chakra because I want to be able to trigger it on either Prayer of Mending or Prayer of Healing.
/cast [@mouseover] Prayer of Healing
/cast [@mouseover] Prayer of Mending
OK fine, how to smite (do the same minus mouseover because you’re probably not mousing over your smite-target)
How to do this for clique? There’s a guide for that.
How to do this for VuhDo or Healbot? Trick question! Switch to Grid!
If you want to do it all on the same action bar hotkey and get all fancy with the modifiers like shift and control… check out Step 5 in No Stock UI’s article or Leaf-Head’s Ultra-Terse Guide. I can’t even begin to fathom how I’d construct one of those.
Macro Holy Word: Chastise
~Edit 2/28/11: Simple holy word macros work again.~
This seems like an easy task, just like above, but in fact it is the suck. Remember, folks, Holy Word: Chastise changes into Holy Word: Someotherthingy depending on what state you are in. Oh. Noes. It used to be possible to do a simple mouseover macro but now… not so much. I will direct you to the messy workaround that I’ve found for it, within which are links to other people’s messy workarounds. Good luck.
Tracking Chakra (duration and cooldown)
Oh, Chakra states are easy to track (both duration and cooldown) with pretty much any currently-updated addon capable of tracking buffs or cooldowns.
For tracking chakra duration, I use Power Auras. Remember, you need to configure it to track all 3 of the possible chakra states. (And yes, I still call it Chakra: Heal on my screen and not Chakra: Serenity because I don’t remember at ALL the difference between Serenity and Sanctuary. Why make my life difficult?)
For tracking chakra cooldown, I use the good ol’ default cooldown timer bar in ForteXorcist. (The cooldown part, fortunately, only relates to “Chakra” and you don’t have to worry about WHICH ONE it is.)
So far, so good.
Tracking Holy Word: Chastise (cooldown)
These new names are impossible to remember just like the stupid chakra states (I mean… serenity and sanctuary, could they SOUND more alike?) – and if you have the HW: Chastise button on your toolbar (WHICH YOU SHOULD), it does automatically change to become the new HW: Whatever, tooltip and all, when you enter the appropriate chakra state.
But there’s more. Different cooldowns for each Holy Word: Blah spell that Holy Word: Chastise becomes.
Yes, Different Cooldowns.
Now, if you ask me what happens if you trigger the cooldown for it, and then promptly shift into a new chakra state with a different cooldown what happens? Don’t know. Your normal cooldown tracker addons don’t know either. They are going nuts. ForteXorcist won’t register it correctly (even after I entered the names manually).
You have 2 options (that I know of).
I couldn’t for the life of me get this to work. Fortunately, the folks at Tales of A Priest DID get it to work. Simply go to their Power Auras page and copy the appropriate string. Their code works for all forms of chastise, and it is what I am currently using.
Honestly, that’s just a good idea for ANY power aura that you want to do. It’s always easier to modify a pre-made than to make one from scratch.
You can use the cooldown that appears on your hotkey on your action bar. This isn’t so bad. This is what I used until I copied the Power Auras string from Tales of a Priest.
Now, you can fancy it up a bit, like I did. You can use Dominos or Bartender to give Holy Word: Chimaera its own special one-icon half-transparent big bar so it looks a little more like it’s supposed to be a cooldown tracker and not a dressed-up button.
And OmniCC (yes, updated) will provide you with a neat little number that ticks down.
I have it show up only while in combat and remain hidden the rest of the time. In Dominos, you do this by setting the opacity and faded opacity of the bar to zero, and then entering the following into the “show state” box: [combat]100;show. This forces the opacity to 100% while in combat.
Post-Patch Priestly Ponderings from Harpy’s Nest. Erinys has some awesome macros for canceling your chakra state so you can toss out stun-chastise at will.
Edited to add: Oestrus’s Guide to the Chakra Sutra from Divine Aegis. Updated 11/27!
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