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World of Warcraft macros guides → How to use an item with a macro

Posted on: 10-22-2012 - Updated on: 10-22-2012

This brief Wow macro guide will teach you how to use items in a macro like potions, trinkets, belt tinkers and more. Adding macros to your dps, tank or healing rotation makes you a better player and more handsome than the next guy. Get creative! If you look at some of the top guilds they work bombs into their dps rotations! Can you believe that? To be top dps and heals, you have to utilize every single CD you have at the right times.

What items can be used in combination with other spells?

First off, here’s a preliminary list of things that can be combined with other spells because they are off the GCD. Find spells off the global cooldown. 

For starters, here’s some of the things you can macro into other abilities:
– usually your class specific dps cooldowns don’t trigger GCD
– one time use potions that increase your stats, like strength potions
– trinkets
– belt tinkers 

How to use armor and trinkets

The syntax for using equipped items is simple. It uses a slot number, like shown in the diagram below:

[ 1 ]                      [ 10 ]
[ 2 ] [ 6 ]
[ 3 ] [ 7 ]
[ 15 ] [ 8 ]
[ 5 ] [ 11 ]
[ 4 ] [ 12 ]
[ 19 ] [ 13 ]
[ 9 ] [ 14 ]
[ 16 ] [ 17 ] [ 18 ]

So, as you can see, to use your first trinket, the number is 13. The macro for using equipped trinket is:

/use 13

To use your belt tinker, its slot 6. Gloves are slot 10.

How to use potions in macros

Next, you should always combine your big dps cooldowns with a potion to get the most out of your buffs. Some of the best raid consumables best suited for macros are:

Potion of the Jade Serpent (casters)
Virmen’s Bite (agility)  
Potion of Mogu Power (strength) 

To use these potions in macros is pretty simple:

/use Potion of the Jade Serpent
/cast Another Spell 


For optimum dps, you can’t be fiddling with lots of clicking and extra button pushing. Combine spells into one macro for easy activation during critical times and you’ll see your dps go up for sure.

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