It’s unfortunate that Sniper Training doesn’t have some sort of built-in graphic or spell alert. Out of every hunter proc or passive, Sniper Training probably needs something like that the most. If it were up to me, I’d have it display something like a circular aura around the player’s feet that changed color based on its status (active, recharging, or expiring). Alas, we have nothing besides the tiny buff icon up in your list of buffs.
I’ve developed a bad habit of jumping and strafing as I DPS. My Sniper Training uptime would be atrocious without some sort of addon to help me out. Good uptime will be key to maximizing DPS. Perhaps one day I’ll get better at it and won’t need such prominent WeakAuras, but it is not this day.
There are several addons that can help you manage Sniper Training, the 3 most popular are probably WeakAuras 2, NeedToKnow, and TellMeWhen. I’m a fan of WeakAuras and use it for all my other stuff, so that’s what I’m going to focus on here.
Sniper Training WeakAura #1
This WeakAura consists of 3 elements: When Sniper Training is active you’ll see is the buff icon, and when it’s inactive the icon won’t be visible. When you begin moving, a vertical progress bar counts down to the buff’s expiration. To the left, there is another countdown for refreshing Sniper Training that appears when you stand still. Once you import it you can move the elements wherever you want and adjust the size, fonts, colors, etc. The original source for this WeakAura is here, I just modified it slightly
Here’s a short video showing it in action:
To install this WeakAura, download the latest version of WeakAuras 2 then open it in game with /weakauras. Make a new WeakAura and select the import option, then paste the following code into the box that pops up:
Sniper Training WeakAura #1 Import Code
Sniper Training WeakAura #2
This one is simpler and confines all of the information on the icon itself. As before, the icon will be visible whenever Sniper Training is active. When you begin moving it will start counting down. When the duration gets below 4 seconds it will warn you to stop moving. The original source for this WeakAura is here.
Here’s the import code for this one:
Sniper Training WeakAura #2 Import Code
Both of these WeakAuras will only load when you’re in Marksmanship spec and in combat. In the trigger options you can force it to display out of combat too, if you want. You can also set it to only load inside raids or dungeons. WeakAuras has many options to play around with.
If you prefer to use NeedToKnow, I saw that Kheldul posted a video about that addon and setting it up for Sniper Training here.
If anyone has any other cool WeakAuras for Sniper Training (or anything else), let me know! Or maybe someone can pretty these ones up a little bit? If you post any in the comments, please use pastebin for the import code.
Have fun, and good luck standing still.