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Hydra - Multibox Leveling Helper
Version: 5.4.8.187
by: Phanx, Akkorian
Hydra is a multibox leveling helper that aims to minimize the number of times you need to actively control secondary characters.

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.

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 Key Bindings window.

Please DO NOT use comments to report specific problems or request specific features.
Comments are not searchable, bookmarkable, or centralized, and tend to get lost and forgotten quickly. Use the links below to submit a ticket to ensure that your problem or request does not get overlooked or buried.



Feature Requests

No additonal major features are planned, but if you have an awesome idea (and you’ve double-checked that it’s something an addon can actually do), feel free to post a feature ticket, and if it’s something I think I’d use, I might add it.


Bug Reports

If you encounter a problem with Hydra, please try some quick troubleshooting steps, and then submit a bug report to let me know about the problem. Please include as much of the following information as you can:
  • Hydra version
  • WoW version, language, and region
  • Character level, class, faction, and server
  • Whether the problem happens when all other addons are disabled
  • Description of the problem (eg. what did you do? what did you expect to happen? what actually happened?)
  • Specific steps I can follow to reproduce the problem, if it's not clear from the description
  • Exact text of the first related error message, if any
  • Screenshot, if the problem is graphical
Remember to check on your ticket after a few days, as I may need more information from you in order to find and fix the problem!


Language Support

Works in all languages. Translated into English, Español, Français, Русский, and 한국어. To add or update translation for any language, enter them on the Hydra localization page on CurseForge, and then send me a PM here or on CurseForge to let me know that you’ve made changes. If you don’t have a Curse account and don’t want to create one, you can PM me your translations instead. Thanks!


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 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
Archived Files (10)
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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
72kB
Phanx
01-02-14 07:26 PM
5.4.2.139
71kB
Phanx
12-31-13 06:16 AM
5.4.2.136
71kB
Phanx
12-21-13 10:15 PM
5.4.1.132
71kB
Phanx
11-30-13 06:53 AM
5.2.0.119
71kB
Phanx
05-04-13 06:40 AM
5.1.0.103
68kB
Phanx
12-02-12 04:50 PM


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Re: Hydra 5.4.8.175

Originally Posted by acapela
... even though I enabled all debug options, all I ever get is the string "Hydra:", on a line by itself, over and over again (sometimes with slight color variations, usually a kind of salmon color, rarely a kind of mustard yellow color). No informational "debug" text.
Red prefix = debug message. Gold prefix = normal message. If you're not seeing any actual text after the prefix, I can only guess that you have some other addon (probably a chat mod) breaking basic "add messages to the chat frame" functionality. If you're seeing this with all other addons disabled, then you're absolutely getting at least one hard error; enable BugSack to catch it, and then post a bug report ticket.
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Hydra 5.4.8.175

Quick feedback.

Installed Hydra 5.4.8-175, cleaned out saved variables, enabled all debug options, formed a 2-character group (both on the same realm), performed "add group".

Follow "works".

I can confirm the issues with mount functionality. Same settings as the other user documented (mount with group on, use random mount off, dismount with group on). Just "doesn't work".

However, even though I enabled all debug options, all I ever get is the string "Hydra:", on a line by itself, over and over again (sometimes with slight color variations, usually a kind of salmon color, rarely a kind of mustard yellow color). No informational "debug" text. Not certain a screenshot would be meaningful in this case. Is there something I need to do in LUA to enable debugging (don't see anything to that effect on the front page for Hydra here at WoWInterface)?

Going back to Hydra 5.4.2-151 (I don't multibox cross-realm).

Happy to help test, if we can get debug reporting properly and you can get new versions to me (we were in touch via email at one point).
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Newest version....

Tickets opened, thanks.
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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

Once again, please use the ticket tracker to report specific problems, not comments. Thanks!
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I've copied all of your comments over to actual bug report tickets, and will hopefully have time to do something with them this weekend. If you have any info to add, or other bugs to report, please use the ticket system so I can see everything in a centralized location. Thanks.
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Chat won't stay enabled

While playing solo, the Chat module won't stay enabled. I turn on the check box. Exit the options window, re-enter the options window, it is un-checked.
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Remove a name from your trusted list

I have a lot of alts across many accounts. The drop down list for "Removing a name from your trusted lilst" is too long to show.
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Originally Posted by Phanx
Please enable debugging for the Mount module (/hydra > Debug panel > Mount checkbox) and tell me what messages you get on the current primary character and one of the secondary characters when you try to mount.
I turned debugging on all 5 of my characters.
All on same server, in party, not raid.
Here is what I got on the current primary character:
Hydra: Summoning mount Obsidian Nightwing 121820
Hydra: SendAddonMessage Mount 121820 Obsidian Nightwing PARTY

I got nothing on any secondary character.
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Please enable debugging for the Mount module (/hydra > Debug panel > Mount checkbox) and tell me what messages you get on the current primary character and one of the secondary characters when you try to mount.
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Mount not working

I have a 5 man multibox team. I'm not in a raid. All toons are on the same realm. All of my team members are in the trusted list.
When one of the team mounts or dismounts, the other members of the team do nothing.
I've tried different mounts.
The options for the Mount module:
Mount with group - ON
Use random mount - OFF
Dismount with Group - ON

All toons have the same settings for all of the Hydra modules.
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I have a 5 man multibox team. I'm not in a raid. All toons are on the same realm. All of my team members are in the trusted list.
I'm using ISBoxer and Hydra.
When I switch from controlling one toon to another, I have ISBoxer send "/promoteme" to toon that I just switched to.
All of the toons except the current party leader are whispering the soon to be party leader: "I cannot promote you, because I am not the group leader.".
I also get this error if I manually type "/promoteme" on the toon that I want to be the party leader.
The LUA code causing this is in "Hydra\Modules\Party.lua" at line 62 of version 5.4.7.167.
For now, I've simple changed that line to be "return" with no arguments.

I just found the addon "Hydra". Before now, I was using Jamba. Hydra is much easier to setup and does what I need it to along side of the ISBoxer program. I saw some posts about the author not playing WOW. Just wondering if I should get emotionally attached to this addon (smile)?
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Yep, Curse takes anywhere from 5 minutes to several days to approve new versions, so it will always be out of date immediately after a new version is released. Feel free to complain to them.

Edit:
It looks like the new version simply vanished on Curse, as it wasn't even shown as pending approval anymore. I've re-uploaded it, so barring another black hole, it should appear for download there sometime in the next 1-3 days.
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Curse

The version on Curse.com appears to be older than the one here on Wowinterface.
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Yet again, "it doesn't work" is not even remotely helpful. I need specific details -- are you in a party or raid group? Is everyone in the group on your trusted list, or only some characters? Is everyone on the same server, or different servers? What settings are you using for the mount module? What messages do you see when you enable debugging for the mount module and then summon a mount, both on the character who mounted, and on one of the other characters?
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Installed the latest version and now my follow characters don't mount.

Originally Posted by Phanx
Version 5.4.7.167
  • 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
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