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Setting up VuhDo for Malkorok

November 19, 2013

Malkorok can be an extremely fun fight to heal thanks to a very unique mechanic that actually prevents healing for the majority of the fight.  Unfortunately, as with so many things, it can be difficult to understand and respond to this mechanic if you are relying on the standard UI for your information.

I have been using VuhDo to heal since the Wrath expansion, and I am always very impressed by how many of the important buffs and debuffs for a new raid tier come prepackaged with the add-on each time it updates for a new patch.  Oddly, the shield debuffs on the Malkorok encounter were not included with the latest update to the add-on, and I ended up putting them in myself.  Below I will explain how to do so, and also how to color-code your VuhDo bars in a way that will draw your attention only to the strength of a player’s shield rather than her current health.  This is what the finished product looks like:

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First, we will need to add in the 3 unique debuffs players will receive when you heal them when Ancient Miasma is present during Phase 1 of the fight.  These debuffs are called:

To add a custom debuff to VuhDo, first click the “Debuffs” tab on the option panel, and then select the “Custom” button.

Debuff Panel

Next, type the name of each of the 3 debuffs we need to add into the text field under “Enter new Buff or Debuff name,” and click the “Save” button after entering each debuff name.

This is good enough to ensure that VuhDo is now tracking the Barrier debuffs, but I prefer to take an additional step.  Next we will color-code our bars to show us the strength of the Barrier each player has.

Debuff colors

To do so you will need to select  your debuff and then check the box that says “Bar Color” and pick the color you want to associate to each debuff.  (To keep it simple, I use green for Strong, yellow for normal, and red for Weak.)  The one odd thing about this feature, which may be a bug, is that after you select a color you should NOT hit “Save.”  Doing so will simply clear out your color for some reason.

And that’s it!  Good luck with your Malkorok endeavors and have fun storming the capital city!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2013 4:16 am

    Oh great post, I have the debuff showing on Vudho, it was bascially the first thing I did for that fight, you really can’t do it without being able to see the shield strength but I never thought about getting the panels to change colour to make it more noticable. I’m definately going to set that up when I log in tonight. Thanks

    • November 20, 2013 7:11 pm

      Thanks! Glad you found it helpful. :)

  2. pongsu permalink
    December 4, 2013 12:32 pm

    Great Post ! I have been fighting the “save” button for several days now.

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