If you want to do more damage, you need to get better at casting the right spells at the right time. This is where DPS rotation addons come in. While some players dislike DPS rotation addons, I personally believe they can help many players. In some recent tests I did, I found that using a rotation addon improved my DPS by nearly 30%, and an inexperienced player by as much as 77%.
I will leave a link to that video in the description. In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know to setup and use Hekili. If you aren't familiar with Hekili, it is a DPS rotation addon for World of Warcraft. It works by suggesting what spell you should cast next to maximize your damage. By default, these recommendations are shown in icon form, with the next suggested spell cast shown on the left. If you don't like the icons, you can also download the SpellFlash addon to get a flashing indicator on your action bars.
Hekili and SpellFlash can be installed manually by downloading them from CurseForge, or through an addon manager like Overwolf, WowUp, or Singularity. If you aren't sure how to install addons, check out the link in the description for my video guide.
Once you have installed the addon, you should see a set of 3 icons on your screen. To move the icons, you need to:
- Open the Hekili options menu by right-clicking on the minimap icon or typing
/hekiliinto your chatbox.
- Left-click and hold to drag any of the icon boxes to where you want.
- To resize the icons, right-click on a box to open its settings.
- To change the size of the first icon, go to the main tab and drag the width and height sliders.
- To change the sizes of the other icons, click on the queue tab and change the settings there.
- You can also adjust how many icons show up, by going to the main tab and moving the Icons Shown slider.
If you don't like the icons, you can also set up Hekili to flash your suggested spells on your action bar.
Make sure you have the SpellFlash addon installed. Then click on the SpellFlash tab in Hekili and check Enable. You should then notice a flashing animation on your action bar. To hide the icons, check the Hide Display box. If you want to have things like interrupts or cooldowns show up, you will also have to enable SpellFlash for those in the options.
Once you have everything setup the way you want, it is saved in profiles which you can use across several characters.
Now that you have your icons or SpellFlash set up how you like, you can start using Hekili.
By default, Hekili will try to detect how many enemies you are fighting based on nearby nameplates.
If you find that it isn't making good recommendations, you can change the display mode by left-clicking the minimap icon and selecting what you want from the list. You can also turn on different suggestions like covenant abilities, interrupts, defensives, and potion use in the list.
You can also toggle these in the settings or by using keybindings. So, if I wanted to toggle cooldowns, I could press Alt, Shift, R or bind it to another key. To change between display modes, I can press Alt, Shift, N.
And that is really what you need to know to use Hekili on a basic level.
Ability & Trinkets
If you are looking to get a little more advanced, you can customize individual ability and trinkets suggestions. For example, if I didn't want Hekili to recommend Mass Dispel, I could select Abilities from the list, find Mass Dispel in the dropdown.
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