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#1 Oct 17 2013 at 2:53 PM Rating: Good
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Hey guys!

Now that I've had some early endgame experience, I thought I'd share some of my WHM tips I've found nifty!

Instant-cast raise macro:
Saved my team countless times—absolutely necessary!
/ac "Swiftcast" <me>
/wait 1
/ac "Raise" <t>

Use Virus!
I love using Virus for added utility as a WHM beyond heal, heal, heal. Virus is an Arcanist spell that lowers the target's STR and DEX by 15% for 10 seconds! Use it on the boss when your team is in a tough spot or pre-empt high incoming physical boss damage situations.

Gamepad/Controller: target filters
For those of us who heal with a controller, I suggest you go into your character options and enable the different targeting filters (All, Party, Friendly, Enemies). What this does is restrict your left-right D-pad targeting to certain filters. e.g. Enemies filter will restrict your targeting to enemies only when using left-right D-pad and ignores party members, interaction nodes, etc. I can still heal my party easily by selecting them using up-down D-pad. I often switch to Enemies during dungeon encounters so I can easily select the mobs we're hitting, dot/dps them, while also being able to select my party with ease using up-down D-pad.

Keyboard CONFIRM keybind
This is a more general tip I just thought of and I might as well jot it down here too. Having used the controller for most my FFXIV adventuring, I gave keyboard/mouse a go. One thing I found sort of annoying was having to mouse-click through dialogue and having to actually mouse-click select NPCs/interaction nodes I wanted to interact with. This is annoying compared to the controller because on the controller all you needed to do was face the NPC/node you wanted to interact with and press the "A" button (or equivalent). This "A" is also on your keyboard but as "Numpad 0" by default under CONFIRM (System tab I think?). But Numpad 0 is not very convenient. So what I've done is gone into my keybind settings and added "F" as an alternative keybind for CONFIRM. So now I just rock up to NPCs/nodes, I don't need to click on them and just press "F" to and progress!

These are just some of my personal tips off the top of my head. I'd also recommend doing a quick google search for different WHM macros people have found useful.

I'll add a few more tips as I think of them and get more time.

What tips do you guys have??

- Tars

edit: Virus as WHM only decreases target's DEX & STR (not INT and MND?!)
edit: made it easier to read

Edited, Oct 21st 2013 11:18pm by tarutso
#2 Oct 21 2013 at 9:32 PM Rating: Good
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Hey guys, some other tips off the top of my head:

Use sprint!
I sometimes see casters not using sprint during parts of fights which require a lot of running about and dodging (e.g. Ifrit HM Ifrit charges). As a healer you don't need your TP, so feel absolutely free to use sprint when you need it! It makes getting out of dangerous situations so much easier. Since we don't use TP, the uptime is incredibly long and should be exploited by healers! Don't forget about it!

Use pingzapper!
This is another more general tip but can make a world of difference for healers. I live in New Zealand so my ping to the North American data centres is around 280ms. Pingzapper drops it to 120-150ms. This lower ping is absolutely critical for endgame content when you need to move around a lot—needed to pop that last heal off before moving out of the red circle? Frustrated about not getting out of the red circle in time although on your screen you've made it? GET PINGZAPPER! It only costs around $3 a month or something but it's definitely worth it. If you're signing up consider adding my pingzapper name as a referral so we can both save some $$! (My pingzapper name is shekalo).

Edited, Oct 21st 2013 11:33pm by tarutso
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