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#1 Sep 04 2010 at 9:39 PM Rating: Decent
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While playing on Open Beta, I started off as a Conjurer (main) and then Fishermen for secondary.
I realized that once you change weapons all your skills disappear from the Action bar.

So I went to the Macros section and applied some actions to my personalized action bar like:

/eaction 1 "Spirit Dart"
/eaction 2 "Fire"
/eaction 3 "Lightning"

Now when I attack mob, I click on the target and hit Enter and then press CTRL + 3 , how come it isn't working? Am I missing a step somehow?

How I use these macros?
#2 Sep 04 2010 at 9:44 PM Rating: Decent
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That macro assigns the abilities to the identified slots, it doesn't use them.
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#3 Sep 04 2010 at 9:45 PM Rating: Good
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Eaction equips the action to your bar.
this is the format for actions:
/action(/ac) [subcommand] [action name] [target] Uses an action on a specified target.
IE: /ac main "Awesome Attack" <t>
#4 Sep 04 2010 at 9:49 PM Rating: Decent
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equip action macro:
/eaction 2 "Ability Name" main

use aaction macro:
/ac "Ability Name" main <t>

equip gear macro:
/equip main "Weapon Name"
/equip sub "Off Hand Weapon Name"
/equip pack "Ammo name"

hope this helps. just need to make sure you use the quotations.
#5 Sep 04 2010 at 9:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone know if you can substitute <t> for something like <me> or <self> to use a skill on yourself such as refill arrows or a self heal like Second Wind? I hate having to target myself out of combat to use it.
#6 Sep 04 2010 at 10:00 PM Rating: Decent
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<me> works.
#7 Sep 04 2010 at 10:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Quote:
equip action macro:
/eaction 2 "Ability Name" main

use aaction macro:
/ac "Ability Name" main <t>


Sorry I don't get it. So if I equip the action, how do i use the action? Do I have to type it out everytime I attack mob?

I changed the macros on one of them where it is now:

/action 2 "Fire"

If I tried to attack mob same result, I can not activate it if I press CTRL + 2

(Sorry guys I am just new to FF's style of play)
#8 Sep 04 2010 at 10:19 PM Rating: Good
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The eaction just equips it to your action bar. You need to have one equipped to use a macro of it.
To use an action that you have equipped in your bar, set up a macro like this:
/ac "Ability Name" main <t>
<t> is the marker for whatever you have selected.
according to someone elses post, it might be /ac main "Ability Name" <t> as well
Give both versions a try and see which one works for you, the first one is taken from the giant macro post though. See the link in my sig to find more macro advice
#9 Sep 04 2010 at 10:24 PM Rating: Decent
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To macro a skill to put on your hotbar (recomended) you use this exactly.

/ac "Ability Name" main <t>

If you make a macro for this it will appear in your hotbar and then you can just press the hotbar button to activate the particular skill. It's just like FFXI. Macro's play a key role in this game.

If you use a keyboard press alt or control and that brings up your hotbars respectively. You can assign a skill to each slot on your hotbar. There's up to 100 slots i think. And this will be required once you start getting more than 10 skills. You really dont want to scroll up and down on the main hotbars if you dont have to.
#10 Sep 04 2010 at 10:54 PM Rating: Good
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Sorry I don't get it. So if I equip the action, how do i use the action? Do I have to type it out everytime I attack mob?


Have you even played around yet before fiddling with macros? if so, you have probably seen the hot bar at the bottom of the screen that shows up when you're in battle? when you type out a macro as follow:

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/eaction 1 "Spirit Dart" (although no need for this one as its assigned there by default)
/eaction 2 "Fire"
/eaction 3 "Lightning"


What you are doing is mapping those abilities to the slot you want in the hot bar...meaning, say you set the macro CTRL+1 as that, when you click CTRL+1 you will map those abilities to those slots.

/eaction # "Ability Name" (<< where # is slot number from 2-30)

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NOW if you wanna make a macro to use a single ability, choose a different macro button such as CTRL+2 or maybe even ALT+1 and type something like:

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/action "Ability Name" <t>



Where /action signifies its an ability to be undertaken by the user, and <t> means against the targeted mobs (which you must target manually obviously)...

To a single macro I wouldn't suggest macroing in more than one ability unless its a buff before an ability - something like Ferocity (Lancers learn this) - Ferocity gains you a small buff increasing damage of your next attacks so say you want to macro that in along with a weapon skill, you would do it like this...

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/action "Ferocity" <me> (notice I used <me> this time, signifying myself)

/wait 1

/action "Skewer" <t>



I don't think the /wait is necessary but this just puts a 1 second delay between the 2 abilities. I hope this helped.
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#11 Sep 05 2010 at 12:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Have you even played around yet before fiddling with macros? if so, you have probably seen the hot bar at the bottom of the screen that shows up when you're in battle?


I appreciate everyone helping me out. In fact, I did try out a lot of things before I started asking in the forums. I am one of the big population of people that haven't played FFXI and trying to learn the whole system. It is a tough learning curve for me. So I apologize if it is driving anyone nuts.

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/action "Ability Name" main <t>


Now that works! :)

#12 Sep 05 2010 at 12:11 AM Rating: Good
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Hey OP, They just misunderstood your question.

What's happening is that you're trying ti use actions by hitting ctrl+number.

Actually in this game, you just have to hit the number, not control, to use an ability.

It's mostly for Changing setups of gear and ability menu setup that you use macros for.

Ctrl+1-9 to change gear+actions to a certain job setup -> press 1-9 to use them.

PS : You cange change gear or macros while in 'action' mode. That could have been your problem too, if all you meant was your gear/ability swaps weren't working

Edited, Sep 5th 2010 2:12am by RattyBatty
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#13 Sep 05 2010 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
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One of the biggest timesavers I found is setting macros for gear swaps/+abilities for every class you play. Which for me is ALL the crafting classes, which I assigned to the ALT line. Then I use the CTRL line for marauder/conjured/botany/mining.

When I run around I press cntr/1 to switch to marauder with my premade abilities macro'ed in...
ie: /equipaction 2 "trunksplitter"
Etc...

If I come across a tree or grass I want to harvest... cntr/3 and I'm instantly a botanist.

Manually changing weapons/gear/skills is cumbersome and annoying. Everyone needs to become well versed in macro-making
#14 Sep 05 2010 at 12:35 AM Rating: Decent
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One of the biggest timesavers I found is setting macros for gear swaps/+abilities for every class you play. Which for me is ALL the crafting classes, which I assigned to the ALT line. Then I use the CTRL line for marauder/conjured/botany/mining.

When I run around I press cntr/1 to switch to marauder with my premade abilities macro'ed in...
ie: /equipaction 2 "trunksplitter"
Etc...

If I come across a tree or grass I want to harvest... cntr/3 and I'm instantly a botanist.

Manually changing weapons/gear/skills is cumbersome and annoying. Everyone needs to become well versed in macro-making


Yeah macros are a time saver. For me I am still learning how it works. Like just now I manually changed to Fisherman and gained a few levels and skills. The problem for me is, I dont know how to use the fishing skills (but only fish). So I guess I have to assign those to macros as well?

Wait so I can have a macro to change weapons?
#15 Sep 05 2010 at 12:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Ya if you want to swap to botanist (for me it's control+3)...

/equip main "Weathered Hatchet"
/equip sub "Bronze Scythe"

Switch back to marauder ... Control+1

/equip main "Weathered War Axe"
/equipaction 2 "Trunksplitter"
/equipaction 4 "Brandish"


switch to weaver... Alt+7...

/equip main "Rusty Needle"
/equip sub "whatever it is, I'm at work and forget the name =p"
#16 Sep 05 2010 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
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Hey OP, They just misunderstood your question.

What's happening is that you're trying ti use actions by hitting ctrl+number.

Actually in this game, you just have to hit the number, not control, to use an ability.

It's mostly for Changing setups of gear and ability menu setup that you use macros for.

Ctrl+1-9 to change gear+actions to a certain job setup -> press 1-9 to use them.

PS : You cange change gear or macros while in 'action' mode. That could have been your problem too, if all you meant was your gear/ability swaps weren't working


No, just no lol. Macros are for anything and everything. This game is built on macros. they arent just for equipping stuff.

Macroing abilities to your hotbar makes things a LOT easier and more convenient. For instance, without using the hotbars for macroing abilities you can only have your cursor on 1 skill at a time. If you macro abilities you have 3 cursors on 3 different skills all at the same time. Like if im in a bind and i need to shadowbind something ASAP, i dont want to have to search through menus to hit it, i want to instantaneously cast it. Therefore I have it mapped to ctrl + 1. So if i need it instantly, it's there.

You can also macro mutiple skills together. Like for me on my archer I macro together Raging Strike, which buffs my next attack, followed by Puncture, which is my weaponskill. So I effectively use 2 skills with 1 button.

I'm a hardcore FFXI veteran so I really know the macro system inside and out. It's definately a MUST to macro skills and abilities. Especially when you start getting upwards of 20-30 skills/spells to use.

Edited, Sep 5th 2010 5:33am by Soezu
#17 Sep 05 2010 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Another thing to consider in this game is no auto attack. If you use your triggers on a controller, or alt/ctrl on a keyboard, it automatically re positions your main skill bars cursor to the auto attack #1. This is different from FFXI but ive learned to utilize it. Basically ill use a weaponskill on my hotbar, and as soon as i let go of right trigger i just tap a and my "normal" attack is instant. I couldnt imagine it being any different after getting used to it.

Although using a keyboard can be good at time, I truelly feel this game was built to be played with a controller. Just like how FFXI was.
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