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Hydra - Multibox Leveling Helper  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)

Version: 7.0.3.0
by: Phanx, Akkorian

Hydra is a multibox leveling helper that aims to minimize the number of times you need to actively control secondary characters.

Scroll down for a full list of features. Options are accessible by typing “/hydra” or by browsing to the Hydra panel in the Interface Options window. Several common commands can also be keybound in the standard Key Bindings window.

Please note that Hydra is not a replacement for key cloning software — addons can’t cast spells, target units, or perform many other actions, so you will still need some way to send your key strokes and mouse clicks to your secondary characters’ instances of WoW.
Bug Reports & Feature Requests
Post an issue on GitHub (preferred), or post a comment here on WoWInterface. If you are reporting a bug, please read this first and provide as much of the requested information as possible.
Language Support
  • Works in all languages.
  • Translated into English, Deutsch, Espańol, Français, Русский, and 한국어.
  • Add or update translations on the CurseForge project page or send me a PM.
Full Feature List
Hydra operates on the basis of “trust”. You tell it which characters you trust, whether they're your multibox characters or just your questing buddies, and features are enabled or disabled depending on whether you’re in a party with trusted characters or not. For example, whispers are only forwarded to party chat if everyone in the party is on your trusted list.

You can add or remove names to your trusted list in the options panel. There's also an option to add everyone in your current party to your trusted list, for quick setup for multiboxing groups.
Automation
  • Accepts summons and resurrections.
  • Declines duels, guilds, and arena teams.
  • Repairs equipment and sells junk to vendors.
Chat
  • Forwards whispers to secondary characters to party chat.
  • Forwards responses in party chat back to the sender as a whisper from the secondary character.
Follow
  • Notifies you when a party member starts or stops following you.
  • Type “/followme” or “/fme” to command all party members to follow you.
  • Type “/corpse accept” to make all other party members who are ghosts accept their corpse.
  • Type “/corpse release” to make all other party members who are dead release their spirit.
Mount
  • Causes other characters in the party (and in range) to mount when you mount.
Party
  • Accepts party invitations from trusted characters.
  • Request a party invitation by typing “/inviteme name”, where “name” is the target. If no target is specified, your current target unit will be used.
  • Request a promotion to party leader by typing “/promoteme”.
Quest
  • Accepts quests that another trusted party member already accepted, or all quests
  • Accepts quests shared manually or automatically (eg. escort quests) from players
  • Accepts quests started from looted items
  • Shares quests accepted from NPCs
  • Turns in completed quests (you still need to choose a reward if there’s a choice)
  • Abandons quests abandoned by trusted party members
Taxi
  • Autoselects the last taxi node selected by anyone in the party in the last 60 seconds.
  • Type “/cleartaxi” to manually clear the selection for the current character.
  • Hold the Shift key when interacting with the flight master to bypass this module’s functionality.

Limitations & Caveats

Chat module limitations:
Whispers containing a high number of “spam words” (words that commonly appear in goldselling, powerleveling, phishing, or other spam) are forwarded as “POSSIBLE SPAM” instead of the actual text, to avoid having your account appear to send spam. If you want to see the actual message, check the receiving character’s chat log.

Whisper forwarding is disabled in non-trusted parties, and there is currently no notification if someone whispers a secondary character in this situation.
Primary character detection:
Hydra currently offers two methods for detecting the primary character. By default, it assumes that the primary character is the party leader. You can use the options panel to switch to checking for applicaton focus instead, but this method will not work if you are using multiple physical machines, and may not work if you are running multiple clients in windowed mode.
Advanced Chat Usage
If whispers from multiple senders are forwarded to party chat, your responses in party chat are assumed to be directed toward the sender of the most recently forwarded whisper. You can respond to a previously forwarded whisper by prefacing your message in party chat with “@name”, where “name” is the name of your character that forwarded the whisper.

If whispers from multiple senders are forwarded by the same character, you can respond to a previous message by whispering that character with “@name message”, where “name” is the name of the person you want “message” to be whispered to. You can also use this feature to have your secondary characters send whispers to people who haven’t already whispered you.

Version 7.0.3.0
  • Updated for WoW 7.0
  • Fixed the Follow module not actually deactivating when un-checking its "Enable" option
  • Fixed an error in the Loot module

Version 6.2.0.31
  • Fixed an error in localization

Version 6.2.0.30
  • Updated for WoW 6.2
  • Added an option to disable automatic loot method switching
  • Fixed an issue with taxi destination sharing
  • Fixed some issues with option checkboxes
  • Renamed the "Party" module to "Group" since it also works for raids

Version 6.0.2.206
  • Updated for WoW 6.0
  • Taxi sharing now works immediately for secondary characters who already have the taxi map open
  • Improved dismount detection for noobs who click off auras to dismount
  • Fixed junk selling profit report for stacked items
  • Added alchemy and engineering specialization quests to the ignore list

Version 5.4.8.187
  • Fixed textures overlapping on the "remove name" dropdown when there are no names to remove

Version 5.4.8.186
  • Fixed automatic re-follow after combat
  • Fixed automatic quest abandoning for characters with significant level differences
  • Fixed taxi sharing for characters with different known flight paths
  • More fixes for Blizzard's lazy API inconsistencies

Version 5.4.8.175
  • The dropdown menu for removing trusted names now scrolls when necessary to accomodate users with over 9000 alts
  • [Chat] Fixed the enable checkbox
  • [Group] Promotion requests are now targeted while in a group to avoid spam from non-leader characters
  • [Mount] Fixed a reversion causing comm messages to be incorrectly ignored under certain conditions

Version 5.4.7.169
  • Ambiguate names where necessary to work around annoyingly inconsistent API functions that break when realm names are passed
  • Clear abandoned quests from the accept/accepted lists to they can be automated again later
  • Block automation of the Allegiance to the Aldor/Scryers quests, and the Little Orphan quests in Dalaran

Version 5.4.7.162
  • Fixed problems with cross-realm player names
  • Fixed notifications in the Follow module
  • Fixed the wrong text being used on some options for the Quest module
  • Added an in-game panel for enabling debugging messages on a per-module basis
  • Updated German translations

Version 5.4.2.151
  • Fixed more issues with the Mount module
  • Fixed an issue in the Chat module where "/w Player1 @Player2 message" would cause an infinite loop of whispers when Player1 and Player2 were both trusted group members
  • Adjusted default options for the Automation and Quest modules (eg. "Accept combat resurrections" is no longer enabled by default)

Version 5.4.2.139
  • Added an option to repair using guild funds when possible
  • Fixed an issue with the Mount module

Version 5.4.2.136
  • Fixed some more issues with the Follow module
  • Fixed the options UI for adding/removing trusted names

Version 5.4.1.132
  • Fixed sending /followme without a target
  • Fixed instance chat channel detection
  • Fixed chat master detection method option dropdown
  • Added "Work Order" quests to the automation blacklist
  • Added missing Spanish translations
  • Updated for WoW 5.4

Version 5.2.0.119
  • Added an option to resume following when leaving combat
  • Added a quest blacklist to prevent automating certain quests (eg. suboptimal Tillers turnins)
  • Added checks to prevent attempting to turn in repeatable quests that aren't complete (eg. you need 6 Dread Amber Shards to turn in Seeds of Fear)
  • Fixed an issue with realm names containing spaces
  • Fixed an issue preventing guild invite declining from fully disabling until a reload/relog

Version 5.1.0.103
  • Chat: Added support for forwarding Battle.net whispers and conversations
  • Follow: Fixed the follow key binding
  • Mount: Removed dependency on LibMountInfo, since changes in the library make it useless for Hydra's purposes
  • Quest: Added an option to accept all quests, in addition to shared quests
  • Quest: Added support for starting quests from items
  • Quest: Hide the useless gossip window for auto-pickup quests
  • Quest: Fixed turnin of quests with multiple valueless rewards
  • Quest: Fixed turnin of auto-completing quests
  • Quest: Fixed quest reward selection for class-filtered rewards in MoP
  • Quest: Fixed accepting escort quests started by others

Version 5.0.4.82
  • Fixed a call to a function that was removed in WoW 5.0
  • Added French translations from Araldwenn
  • Added Russian translations from Piton4
  • Updated Spanish translations from Valdesca

Version 5.0.4.80
  • Updated for WoW 5.0
  • Removed an unused library

Version 4.3.4.78
  • Updated for WoW 5.x (Mists of Pandaria).
  • Added basic support for raids. Not really tested. Please report issues.
  • Added an option for "/followme" auto-targeting: When this option is enabled and you are targeting a group member, the command will be sent only to that group member.
  • Added "/followme" targeting: If names are entered with the command, the command will be sent only to the specified character(s). Example: "/followme Charone Charthree".
  • Fixed multiple options panel issues.

Version 4.3.3.67
  • Fixed party invitations from trusted characters not being accepted automatically for some people due to inconsistencies in Blizzard UI/API behavior between different WoW installations

Version 4.3.2.64
  • Fixed the "Add Current Group" button for adding all members of the current group to the trusted list
  • Fixed party invitations from trusted characters not being accepted automatically due to changes in the Blizzard UI code

Version 4.3.0.62
  • Fixed class coloring of sender names in whisper forwarding
  • Slightly improved the efficiency of spam checking in whisper forwarding

Version 4.3.0.59
  • Updated for WoW 4.3
  • Fixed the "Add Name" input option

Version 4.2.0.56
  • Updated for WoW 4.2

Version 4.1.0.52
  • Updated for WoW 4.1
  • Updated and fixed the localization of all modules

Version 4.0.6.43
  • Reworked the options layout
  • Added in-game help text for some modules (more to come)
  • Added Spanish localization

Version 4.0.3.32
  • Fixed a bug in the mount module

Version 4.0.3.31
  • Fixed the auto quest turnin option
  • Fixed a bug in the quest module when turning a quest to an NPC who offered multiple quests
  • Added embedded copies of the libraries needed for the options panel, so you don’t need to download Ace3 separately or depend on other addons including it
  • Added LibMounts-1.0 to mount module for improved mount selection support between characters who don’t have the same mount
  • Added an optional DataBroker launcher

Version 3.3.5.24
  • Fixed names added to/removed from trust list via options panel not saving between sessions
  • Limited quest automation to one pickup/turnin per click on NPC to prevent some bugs

Version 3.3.5.23
  • Added "/corpse release" and "/corpse accept" commands
  • Added option to the Follow module to show/hide chat messages
  • Added basic spam detection to try to prevent forwarding spam whispers
  • Added trust list management functions to the options panel
  • Settings are now saved on a per-character basis
  • Added backwards compatibility for WoW 3.2 (still live in China)

Version 3.3.5.15
  • Added mount speed data so my blood elf paladin and warlock don't have to ride around on rainbow cocks
  • Added quest turnin notification to quest module
  • Fixed completed quest turnins (no idea how that "not" got in there)
  • Fixed global nil value error in automation module
  • Fixed application focus detection in chat module
  • Fixed party module trying to respond to the player's promotion request
  • Fixed "/promoteme" command
  • Changed "/inviteme" command to accept a name, but still fall back on using the current target
  • Changed quest module comm prefixes to be more distinctive
  • Turned off debugging for all modules

Version 3.3.5.8
  • Added options (requires standalone Ace3, and not extensively tested)
  • Fixed quest turn-ins

Version 3.3.5.3
  • First public release
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6.2.0.31
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Phanx
08-11-15 09:48 PM
6.2.0.30
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Phanx
08-10-15 03:02 AM
6.0.2.206
81kB
Phanx
10-16-14 06:28 AM
5.4.8.187
88kB
Phanx
07-14-14 08:14 AM
5.4.8.186
87kB
Phanx
06-19-14 01:05 AM
5.4.8.175
87kB
Phanx
06-01-14 09:56 PM
5.4.7.169
83kB
Phanx
05-03-14 05:42 AM
5.4.7.162
80kB
Phanx
02-21-14 01:32 PM
5.4.2.151
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Phanx
01-02-14 07:26 PM
5.4.2.139
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Phanx
12-31-13 06:16 AM
5.4.2.136
71kB
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12-21-13 10:15 PM
5.4.1.132
71kB
Phanx
11-30-13 06:53 AM
5.2.0.119
71kB
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05-04-13 06:40 AM
5.1.0.103
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Follow?

edit: actually, i am guessing this has to do with phasing... and i think i already read something about that somewhere (that it is a "known problem", etc).

noticing a strange pathology with follow, which has become chronic in 4.0.6.

seems as if when the lead character crosses a zone boundary (minor zone, major zone, any sort of zone), the follow character often (usually?) stalls and stops following.

there is often some lag (if i immediately switch over to the follow character, the lead character is often not visible on the screen for a few seconds, then subsequently appears).

i am guessing this is just WoW being WoW, and there is nothing much that can be done about it, but i thought i would report it.
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Hey guys,

I’ve just posted a new version, with a completely new options layout. Each module now has its own panel, and it’s not using Ace3 anymore, since I didn’t need a lot of what the AceConfig and AceGUI libraries have to offer. I also added in-game help text for some of the modules. You can find that on their individual panels in the options window. I’ll add more in the future.

Also, I still need translations for German, French, Russian, and Chinese. (And probably Spanish, since I’m not exactly fluent, and my translations probably show it. ) If you speak one of these languages and want to help out, send me a PM!

Version 4.0.6.43
  • Reworked the options layout
  • Added in-game help text for some modules (more to come)
  • Added Spanish localization
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Have a issue , i have added each toon to the trusted list and when i goto invite to the party it looks like they join then leave right after joining , any ideas please and ty

also the very first time i ran it it seemed to work fine
i have deleted the saved variables to try and start it new but still have same problem

never mind i think i found problem , looks like if u have a addon that auto accepts group invites it messes up the process
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Originally posted by Akkorian
Okay, that should be fixed now. Sorry again.
works like a champ!! thank you!!
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Okay, that should be fixed now. Sorry again.
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even after the new repack, getting an error on all 'bots' when 'master' mounts up:
Interface\AddOns\Hydra\Modules\Mount.lua:53: attempt to index field 'mounts' (a nil value)
[C]: ?
Interface\AddOns\Hydra\Modules\Mount.lua:53: in function `?'
Interface\AddOns\Hydra\Modules\Mount.lua:22: in function <Interface\AddOns\Hydra\Modules\Mount.lua:22>

and the 'bots' do not mount.
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Hmm. It looks like WoWInterface’s packager is having trouble pulling in the LibMounts-1.0 library. I’ll just manually upload a zip with everything in the right place for now. Sorry about that!
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Originally posted by Wall
getting when login

1x Hydra-4.0.3.31\Modules\Mount.lua:113: Cannot find a library instance of "LibMounts-1.0".
The library wasnt included, but you can d/l it here:
http://www.wowace.com/addons/libmoun...les/33-v1-2-0/
just extract into \hydra\lib\

However, I'm getting the following error when my party leader tries to mount:

[21:18:38] Interface\AddOns\Hydra\Modules\Mount.lua:53: attempt to index field 'mounts' (a nil value)
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getting when login

1x Hydra-4.0.3.31\Modules\Mount.lua:113: Cannot find a library instance of "LibMounts-1.0".
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I’ll be looking after Hydra while Phanx is taking some time off. I just posted an update with the fixes to the quest module. The configuration libraries are now embedded, too, so you no longer need to download Ace3 separately or rely on another addon including it.

Version 4.0.3.31
  • Fixed the auto quest turnin option
  • Fixed a bug in the quest module when turning a quest to an NPC who offered multiple quests
  • Added embedded copies of the libraries needed for the options panel, so you don’t need to download Ace3 separately or depend on other addons including it
  • Added LibMounts-1.0 to mount module for improved mount selection support between characters who don’t have the same mount
  • Added an optional DataBroker launcher
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Re: Re: Auto-completing quests with 1 reward - no option to toggle off

Originally posted by Phanx
The functionality you're asking for is how it should already be working. If not, I'll take a look. I don't think I've ever tried to disable that feature.
If this is how it's mean to work then all that's missing is a check against self.db.turnin in the quest module's QUEST_COMPLETE function, because right now it auto-completes without regard to settings:

function module:QUEST_COMPLETE()
selfebug("QUEST_COMPLETE")
if IsShiftKeyDown() then return end

if GetNumQuestChoices() <= 1 then
GetQuestReward(QuestFrameRewardPanel.itemChoice)
end
end


I had thought it was another automation mod I use (TurnIn), but only after adding debugging to and then disabling it did I track it down to Hydra. I did test by adding debug text inside of the GetNumQuestChoices() if block, and it is Hydra that is calling GetQuestReward (which of course completes the quest).
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Re: Auto-completing quests with 1 reward - no option to toggle off

Originally posted by mizunagare
It seems that the "Turn In Quests" option determines whether you automatically select a completed quest from the overall list of gossip options the NPC has for you. Would it be possible to alter the behaviour so that if "Turn In Quests" is disabled (as it is for me) then you don't complete the quest either?
"Turn in" and "complete", as verbs, mean the same thing. "Turn in quest" means "select a completed quest from the NPC's list of gossip options, and proceed through all the gossip dialogs to complete the process of turning in the quest to the NPC, receiving the quest reward, and removing the completed quest from your quest log". The functionality you're asking for is how it should already be working. If not, I'll take a look. I don't think I've ever tried to disable that feature.
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Auto-completing quests with 1 reward - no option to toggle off

When I level in Cataclysm, I'm want to enjoy the quests the first time through. I'll be levelling two characters using Hydra, but the current behaviour of the quest module prevents me from doing this.

When the quest module is enabled and you get to the turnin panel of a quest with a single reward, it auto-completes, regardless of whether the "Turn in Quests" option is enabled. This prevents you from reading the final quest text.

It seems that the "Turn In Quests" option determines whether you automatically select a completed quest from the overall list of gossip options the NPC has for you. Would it be possible to alter the behaviour so that if "Turn In Quests" is disabled (as it is for me) then you don't complete the quest either?

If there's a strong need to separate the behaviour, then perhaps adding a "Complete Quests" toggle to the module would be the better route?

I realize you can get this behaviour by holding down shift, I just don't want to have to remember to do that every single time I turn in a quest from 80-85.

I've created a patch that takes the second route, and it seems to do the trick without too much fuss. The option defaults to on to preserve the existing behaviour.

http://nadtwow.s3.amazonaws.com/hydr...complete.patch

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Works in WoW 4.0/Cataclysm — check “Load out of date addons” at the addons screen.
No code changes are required for Hydra to work in WoW 4.0, and I don't believe in wasting everyone's bandwidth by uploading an "update" that changes 2 digits in the TOC, when you can simply check a box in-game.
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download says its 4.0.1 ready its not toc says ## Interface: 30300
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