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Hydra - Multibox Leveling Helper
Version: 5.4.7.162
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.


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 5.4.7.162
  • 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
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5.4.2.136
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Phanx
12-21-13 09:15 PM
5.4.1.132
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Phanx
11-30-13 05:53 AM
5.2.0.119
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5.1.0.103
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Old 03-03-13, 12:11 PM  
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Request submitted. I also submitted a request for a dismount feature (which I thought I requested a while back but didn't see), not realizing it made it into the latest version. Sadly it doesn't seem to work. I have the most recent Hydra version installed on both accounts, both characters have the mount/dismount features checked.

I'll post a ticket. Thanks.
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Sounds simple enough, but please submit a feature request in the ticket tracker if you want me to remember it beyond the next 5 minutes.
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First I wanted to say a huge thank you for writing and maintaining this addon. For those of us that dual box (play more than one character at a time) but don't DUAL BOX (run keycloning armies of doom), your addon is a godsend.

Unless I'm missing something, however, Hydra lacks a "sticky" follow that makes characters automatically refollow once combat ends. Examples of addons that do this are Follow Felankor and Useful Extras. Right now I have to use a second addon and disable all the duplicate features (which cause issues), but all I really want/need is yours.

If you could possibly find the time and willingness to add this feature, it would be fantastic and I would be eternally grateful.

Thanks for your consideration!
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Can you be more specific about which feature you want to turn off? As Hydra is primarly intended for use by multiboxers or leveling groups, I do not plan to extend every feature to work in regular groups, or add toggles for every possible thing. In general, if you don't want Hydra to do anything with the loot method, you should just disable the Group module.
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Everyone in your group must be on your trusted list.
Is there anyway to turn this option off so Hydra doesn't mess with it? Also thank you for such a wonderful addon! You are great!
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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
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Everyone in your group must be on your trusted list.
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How do I make it so it's FFA looting? Everytime I try to change it, it switches immediately to group loot.
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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
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Thanks so much! Did get:

13x Hydra-5.0.4.80\Modules\Chat-Chat.lua:176: attempt to call global "IsPartyLeader" (a nil value)
Hydra-5.0.4.80\Modules\Chat-Chat.lua:176: in function "?"
Hydra-5.0.4.80\Modules\Chat-Chat.lua:34: in function <Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:34>

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f = <unnamed> {
CHAT_MSG_PARTY_LEADER = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:77
defaults = <table> {}
Print = <func> @Hydra\Core.lua:43
CheckState = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:46
db = <table> {}
CHAT_MSG_WHISPER = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:148
CHAT_MSG_BN_WHISPER = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:119
CHAT_MSG_PARTY = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:77
CHAT_MSG_SYSTEM = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:212
CHAT_MSG_ADDON = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:220
CHAT_MSG_RAID = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:77
CHAT_MSG_RAID_LEADER = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:77
name = "Chat"
Debug = <func> @Hydra\Core.lua:33
SetupOptions = <func> @Hydra\Modules\Chat.lua:242
Alert = <func> @Hydra\Core.lua:50
0 = <userdata>
}
e = "CHAT_MSG_WHISPER"
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Version 5.0.4.80
  • Updated for WoW 5.0
  • Removed an unused library
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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.
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Version 4.3.3.67
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Thanks for the explanation!

I don't read the long threads on the official forums regarding this issue simply because most are incapable of discussing it without getting irrational and downright mean about it. You've answered my question, and did so eloquently. Much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Petrah
I thought that if you have 5 instances of wow open and 5 toons running, and you wanted toons 2-5 to follow toon 1, you're supposed to manually switch to each window (2-5) one at a time and physically type in, or mouse click, on toon one to target it and type in /follow. I was under the impression that you had to manually do this with each toon, and anything else is automation which is supposed to be illegal in Wow.
The difference is that the FollowUnit function is not protected/secure, so it does not require a hardware event, and addons are allowed to call it at will.

If Blizzard did not want addons to be able to follow units without a hardware event (key press or mouse click) they would protect the function. However, multiboxers would still be able to automate following their primary character using key cloning software, the same way they do now to cast spells, run macros, or perform other protected/secure actions.

Blizzard representatives have stated multiple times on the official WoW forums that key cloning software does not violate the WoW EULA/TOS as long as it is only used to send actual hardware events to multiple copies of WoW. Basically this is no different than having two keyboards next to each other and pressing the same key on both at the same time. It just allows people to multibox without having to spend thousands of dollars on multiple physical machines and perform ridiculous contortions to press keys on multiple keyboards. If you want more information or do not understand the difference, refer to any of the numerous Blizzard posts explaining it in exhaustive detail on the official forums.

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