Healers have to die

Healers Have To Die

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Spot those bloody healers instantly and help them accomplish their destiny!
(PVP and PVE)

NOTE: Type /HHTDG to open the configuration panel.
HHTD's options are not directly available in the "Interface" panel due to ongoing tainting issues Blizzard is not willing to fix.

HHTD adds a red cross over enemy healer's name plates. You can't miss them!
(see the screen-shot).

HHTD also adds a healer role symbol abovefriendly healers' name plates.
Stop the slaughter!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: You have to enable name-plates, else you won't see the healer

It also rings when you hover or target a hostile unit who healed
someone else during the last 60 seconds (can be configured).

HHTD is PVP and PVE compatible.

Remember to check out available options (/HHTDG)

How it works

HHTD uses the combat log events to detect friendly and enemy healers who are
currently healing other players (during the last 60s).
HHTD detects specialized healers spells (for human players only)
and differentiates specialized healers from hybrid ones.

HHTD also lets you choose a specified amount of healing healers have to
reach before being marked as such (50% of your own health by default).
This threshold is the only criterion used for NPCs.

When a healer is identified it will be marked with a healer symbol above
his/her nameplate. If the healer is specialized, the symbol's background
will be colored according to their class. In other cases the background will be

In all cases a number in the center of the symbol indicates the rank of the
healer, the lowest the number the better the healer (ie: '1' represent the
most effective healer while '9' is the least effective).

You can force HHTD to only report specialized healers through HHTD's options

Self-Heals and heals to pets are filtered out.


  • /HHTDP (or /hhtdp): Post healers name to the raid channel ordered by
    effectiveness for all to see.
    (You need to configure the messages in the announce module options first).

You can bind this command to a key (WoW key-bindings interface)

  • /HHTDG: Open option panel

  • /HHTD: access to command line configuration interface (for changing settings
    through macros...)

Planned features

  • Detection when a friendly healer is being attacked and alert others through
    /yell or /say (I would like to make it work for nearby healers only)


HHTD is only compatible with nameplate add-ons which have been coded
responsibly and do not modify internal parts of Blizzard nameplates (a very
selfish behaviour as it prevents any other add-on from re-using them).

HHTD will detect these incompatibilities and report to you so that you can ask
the culprit add-on authors to fix their code and make it compatible with ALL
nameplate add-ons.

Guidelines for other add-on authors:

  • Do not call :Hide() or :Show() on nameplates' base frame. This breaks
    nameplate tracking for other add-ons by unduly firing OnHide/OnShow hooks...

Instead, make its sub-frames invisible by changing their size and/or setting them to
the empty (not nil) texture. (check out how TidyPlates does)

  • Do not call :SetParent() on nameplates' subframes, this would prevent other
    add-ons from finding and hooking nameplate elements.

  • Do not use SetScript() EVER. You don't need it. :SetScript() shall only
    be used on frames YOU create. You can simply replace all your SetScript()
    calls by HookScript().


Here is a video by Hybridpanda featuring HHTD in the Eye of the Storm

YouTube - This makes me a sad Panda


Curse.com interviewed me for an 'Add-on Spotlight' article focused on the
controversy around this add-on, you can find this interview here.


Here are two excellent articles about HHTD by Cynwise (A must read if you
have some doubts about the fairness of this add-on!
) :

Healers Have To Die and the PvP Addons Arms Race

Using Healers Have To Die to Protect Friendly Healers

Another one by Gevlon:


An 'interesting' debate about this add-on is also happening on Blizzard's official forum:

Sadly, as a European I cannot participate but I'm reading those threads with great interest.

The funniest part about all those 26 pages discussions is that only about
16,000 people were actually using HHTD at the time (from the Curse Client
popularity statistics)... Now over 80,000 players have it installed!

In those discussions it's also rarely noted that HHTD is also very helpful to
protect healers on your side. This debate is leading nowhere though... I won't
post any additional links to those endless threads.

type /hhtdg to open the configuration interface, or /hhtd for command-line access

Comments and suggestions are welcome :-)

To report issues or ask for new features, use the ticket system.

Bitcoin donation address: 1JkA5Ns1dMQLM4D8HUsbXyka6yhp312KnN


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Date created
May 30, 2009
Last updated
Feb 26, 2015