WeakAura School (3); Cooldown Aura

3 - Cooldown Aura

Hello and welcome to part 3 of my WeakAura School. Today I’m going to teach you how to build your own Cooldown Aura. I will use Revival as template, but the principles of making a cooldown aura remains the same for any cooldown. You can use this guide to make a cooldown aura for any spell you’d like. Let’s get started!

If you are unsure of how the WeakAura menu works, take a look in my basic tutorial of WA in part one of my guide.

The finished product will look like this, on and off cooldown;

Finished Product

To-do list
  1. (“New“) Create a new Group.
  2. (“New“) Create a new Icon aura.
  3. (“Trigger“) Set trigger to Revival, show off cooldown.
  4. (“Display“) Change size and disable ‘stacks’ text.
  5. Duplicate the Icon aura to a second identical one.
  6. (“Trigger“) Change trigger on the new Icon aura to on cooldown.
  7. (“Display“) Desaturate the icon.
  8. (“New“) Create a new Progress bar.
  9. (“Trigger“) Set trigger to Revival, show on cooldown.
  10. (“Display“) Change size, color and text effects of the Progress bar.
  11. (“Animations“) Make the auras Fade in and Fade out when transitioning.
  12. (“Load“) Set it to load only when on a Monk with the Mistweaver spec.

(1) Start off by opening the Weakaura menu with the command /wa. Create a new Group and name it; Revival CD. This will be the aura that shows when Revival is not on cooldown.

(2) Go to “New” again and this time create a new Icon. Name it; Revival Off CD and put it in the new group (if you are unsure how, look it up in part one of my guide).

(3) We will start with the most important thing; the triggers. Go to the Icon aura’s trigger tab. Change the “Type” into Status, in the drop down menu. Another drop down menu pops up called Status. Go to “Cooldown Progress (Spell)” in the new menu.

Type in “Revival” in the Spell text field. The “Show” setting should be set to Not on Cooldown. The trigger tab should now look like this;

Icon 1 Trigger

(4) Go to the “Display” tab and you can find width and height by scrolling down to the bottom of the tab. Change it to whatever size you like, for example 50×50.

There’s a number “1” on our Icon that we want to remove. The default setting is that the aura shows stacks (hence the number), which we can disable at the top of the Display tab. There’s a “%s” in the Text field. Just replace it with a blank space and the stack number should be removed.

(5) You can easily create a new identical Icon aura by right-clicking on it and select “Duplicate”. It’s a nice shortcut when doing Cooldown auras!


The new Icon aura will be our aura that pops up when Revival is on cooldown. Rename it to “Revival On CD”.

(6) Go to the new Icon auras Trigger tab (make sure the right aura is selected in the list of auras to the left). This aura should have the same trigger settings as the other one, with one exception. Set “Show” to -> On Cooldown.

(7) Go to the Display tab. Enable “Desaturate” to make the icon gray. You can find this option near the top of the Display tab.

(8) Now we’re going to make the progress bar. Go to “New” and select Progress Bar. The default progress bar doesn’t look anywhere near what we’re after, but that’s fine. We’re going to change it! Put the new Progress bar in the Revival CD group and rename it to “Revival Progress”.

(9) Believe it or not, but the progress bar should have the exact same trigger settings as the desaturated icon aura. Therefore, set it to;

Status; Cooldown Progress (Spells), Spell; Revival, Show; On Cooldown, as we did before.

(10) Now for the magic. Go to the Progress bar’s Display tab. We’re going to start by turning the progress bar right side up.
Set “Orientation” to -> Top to Bottom. Then tick the Inverse option. Now the bar fills upward, instead of depletes downward!
Rotate Text should be set to None.
If your aura is not showing the proper Icon, you can deselect “Automatic Icon” and then search on Revival to find the correct one.

Okay, so there’s still too much text and an icon we want to remove. Scroll down a bit in the Display tab and deselect both the “Icon” option and the “Top text” option. We don’t need them, only the Bottom Text should be enabled!

You can change the text settings to your liking. Here’s my settings;
Font; Old Cyrillic
Font Flags; Outline
Font Size; 12
Text Color; #00ff8d (you can paste the color code in the Color Picker window).
But you can set it to any option you’d like!

At the bottom we can find Width and Height. Set it to the exact same size as your Icon auras. In my case, it’s 50×50. Now the Progress bar should be close to what we’re after, but not quite.

Go back up again to the top of the Display tab.

Set Bar Texture to “BantoBar” in the drop down menu (“Smooth” is also quite nice). You can find this menu at the very top of the Display tab.

In the Bar Color Settings, you can change color and alpha (transparency) of your Progress bar. Set it to a color and a transparency setting of your liking. I use this color #02ffb8 and a 90% alpha setting.

Your Display tab should look something like this then, in all its glory;

Progress Bar Display tab
Click to embiggen!

Here’s a summary of your individual auras’ looks and triggers;


(11) We’re almost done! Now we’re gonna set the transitions, a.k.a. make the auras fade in and out when they pop up and disappear on the screen. We could repeat this process on each individual aura, or we can be smart about it. If we select the whole group in the list to the left (you select it by just clicking on it), we can do changes to all of the group’s children at the same time. So, click on the Group and then go to the group’s Animation tab.

If we make any changes here, all of the individual auras in the group will get the same settings. Hurray for short cuts! Change the settings to this;

Type; Preset
Preset; Fade In

Type; None

Type; Preset
Preset; Fade Out

(12) One last touch is to set the the weakaura to load only when we’re on a Monk in the Mistweaver spec. Do this by going to the “Load” tab (still have the Group selected).

Player Class; Monk
Talent Specialization; Mistweaver (or Specialization 2)

Congratulations! You’ve created your own Cooldown aura! You can use this guide to create any kind of cooldown aura you like, just replace the spell “revival” in triggers with the spell you want. Hopefully this guide wasn’t too difficult to follow, I’m open to feedback! And as always, if you are unsure of any of the basics of WeakAuras, go to part one of my guide.

WeakAura School

  1. The Basics
  2. Simple Proc Aura
  3. Cooldown Aura

24 thoughts on “WeakAura School (3); Cooldown Aura”

  1. Ashleah,

    Love the tutorial! The only issue I have is where I want to rid the icon of the numeral “1” for stack. You say delete the “%s” that is teh default and leave it blank. I did that and clicked “okay” but it immediately replaces the blank space with the “%s” again. Any ideas?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Make sure that’s there is a space there, and it should be fine. It goes back to default if there’s nothing written, so just hit space bar and it should work!

      1. Herregud! Seriously? That easy? Grrr.

        By the way, did I meantion I love your UI? Question regarding that. Did it all come from ElvUI and weakauras? Or is some of it photoshop-type work? I really like your chi bar that resides over your character plate.
        The horizontal buff and debuff bars appear to be from weakaura creations which I’m tinkering with.
        I’m really enjoying ElvUI, just frustrating learning something new from scratch.

        So much to learn!!

        Keep up what you’re doing for us Mistweavers!

        Tack för hjälpen!


        1. Buffs and debuffs is completely Elvui’s handiwork, and most of the textures I use in WA I made in photoshop and implemented, yes. That’s why it looks so whacked :P
          Thank you for reading and commenting!
          Kul att höras :)

          1. I thought that was photoshop. I’d always wanted to learn but had something else I was dabbling in at the time. Guess I should dive in since I’m back in game. I hate boring UI’s!

            God å snakke med deg! or is that, “Bra prata med dig!”? ;-)


  2. Hi, I love your game interface!
    This several days I’m looking like a green background for your action bars, impossible to find ….
    Would it be possible to send me the your WeakAuras?
    Continue this, it’s great!

    1. The background of my action bars is part of an extension addon to Elvui. It’s called Elvui Shadow & Light, and you can find it on curse :)

  3. it was very nice of you giving me the addon’s name but everytime i try to put a texture, the background goes green. I can’t put a texture, can you explain it to me further?

    1. Hi, I love your cooldowns and the tutorial is great! I was hoping you could help me with one spot of trouble. My progress bar seems to be behind the desaturated “on cooldown” icon. I know it is there because I can move the progress bar to the left and see it operate. Is there an option I am not selecting/deselecting to make the progress layer appear on top?

      1. Yes, absolutely! In the “Display” tab, at the bottom there is an dropdown menu called “Frame strata”, which can decide layering for that specific aura.

        1. In setting which frame shows on top of another I prefer simply having them in the correct order and using Background or Low for all of the auras being displayed. In the column at the left of the WeakAurasOptions window any icon/aura that is lower (further down the window) has priority over the ones above it (possibly backwards to intuition). So if four icons are going to be stacked on top of each other then the lowest one will have priority on visibility, and the second lowest will display on top of the two above it in the list, even if they are all set for Background. The reason I generally prefer this is so that my items don’t popup over Blizzard or other addon windows which can get messy.

  4. I don’t play a monk at all, but this helped me out a LOT with setting up my Weak Aura stuff.
    I’m about to go experimenting to see if I can setup my own custom color changing Focus bar for my hunter using Weak Auras. Not really because I need to, but because I think it would look cool and would love to have something like that in my UI. Thanks for all the awesome tips and explanations in this guide!

  5. Hey this guide is super awesome. However I’ve been running into the problem that the icon 1 and 2 work as intended, but the progress bar is blocked by icon 2.

    As in, I see icon 1. I press my skill, it goes into icon 2, but the progress bar is nowhere to be seen (or behind I suppose. I can see a little bit of the progress bar sticking out).

    1. I’m no expert, but it sounds like a priority problem. In the “display” section at the very bottom, there should be a thing that says “Frame Strata”. This will determine the order of your icons. You can set them to be higher importance to bring them to the front, or lower to put them in the back.

  6. By far the most helpful weakauras resource out there. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to try and share new ideas with the community!! Thank you 😁

  7. Awesome stuff, now do you know how to do the same, but with a spell with charges? like on my shaman and I am specced for boulderfist. that has 2 charges. What I want it, for it to show with 2 charges, I use one and it should still show icon with 1 charge. but when I use it, it just goes to CD even tho I have 1 more charge.

  8. Blast from the past, I’m sure, but this was a very handy tutorial. So it’s still useful after all these years. Thanks.

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