PvP University: Hot Keys

Discussion in 'PvP University [P*U]' started by Ervin, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Ervin

    Ervin Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2014
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    This lesson will define hotkeys and go over those most commonly used in PvP. Some hotkeys such as Arm/Disarm and Dress will be discussed in more detail in other lessons.

    Hotkey: A key on your keyboard, mouse, or gaming peripheral that you can bind to memory to perform a specific action or macro by pressing specified key.

    There is no right or wrong order to set your keyboard or mouse up with when it comes to setting hotkeys. The most important thing is to make sure they are easily accessible and that you can memorize their location and hit them without looking! You will want to avoid setting up popular hotkeys to combinations that require you to hold Alt of Ctrl while hitting another key. The best setup is the simplest.

    Common General Hotkeys: These are the most common things hotkeyed other than spells by PvPers that are not template specific. Again, it doesn't matter what hotkey you bind them to, just so long as they are easily accessible and you can memorize their location and hit them without looking.

    • Drink Strength Potion
    • Drink Agility Potion
    • Drink Heal Potion
    • Drink Cure Potion
    • Drink Refresh Potion
    • Activate Explosion Potion (I don't suggest drinking this one)
    • Last Target
    • Target Self
    • Clear Target Que
    • All Names
    • Resynchronize Client
    • Toggle War/Peace

    Warrior Specific Hotkeys
    : These are additional hotkeys that warriors will use.

    • Arm/Disarm Left Hand
    • Arm/Disarm Right Hand
    • Dress
    • Undress
    • Bandage Self
    • Use Bandage

    Tank Mage Specific Hotkeys: These are additional hotkeys that tank mages will use.

    • Arm/Disarm Left Hand
    • Arm/Disarm Right Hand
    • Dress

    Pure Mage Specific Hotkeys
    : These are additional hotkeys that pure mages will use.

    • Toggle Stun (if applicable)
    • Dress


    Magic Spells

    Magery consists of 64 spells at your disposal. Not all spells will be used in PvP so not all spells need to be hotkeyed. Some spells will be used but not frequently enough to need to hotkey, the icon can be dragged from the spellbook to the client screen for ease of access when needed. The following spells are the most common spells hotkeyed, feel free to customize your list.

    1st Circle
    • Clumsy
    • Feeblemind
    • Weaken
    • Heal
    • Magic Arrow
    2nd Circle
    • Agility
    • Cunning
    • Strength
    • Cure
    • Harm
    3rd Circle
    • Fireball
    • Poison
    • Teleport
    4th Circle
    • Greater Heal
    • Lightning
    • Recall
    5th Circle
    • Mind Blast
    • Paralyze
    6th Circle
    • Dispel
    • Energy Bolt
    • Explosion
    7th Circle
    • Flame Strike
    • Meteor Swarm
    8th Circle
    • None

    Spells that are good to have on your client desktop but not necessary to have hotkeyed are as follows:
    • Reactive Armor
    • Magic Trap
    • Protection
    • Bless
    • Magic Lock
    • Wall of Stone
    • Arch Protection
    • Dispel Field
    • Magic Reflection
    • Invisibility
    • Reveal
    • Energy Field
    • Gate Travel
    • Resurrection


    • Use the KISS method for setting hotkeys (Keep It Simple Stupid). try to avoid using any Alt + Key or Ctrl + Key hotkeys but if you run out of room then set things to those hotkeys that don't get used very often. When in combat and a thousand things are going on and your mind is trying to process it all in and make a split second decision, you don't need to be looking away from your screen to hit a hotkey.

    • Use the F1-F12 Keys as your primary hotkeys. This will avoid you casting spells while typing and it is easy to find the right key without looking since they are sectioned in 3 groups of 4 keys.

    • Running out of room to set hotkeys? Think about upgrading. Here are 3 items that I use to play UO with that allow me to have more keys at my disposal than I have a need for. the more hotkeys you can easily access, the better your chances are at success. While it is not necessary to have, the right tool for the job makes things so much easier.

    • When it comes to setting Last Target and Target Self hotkeys I suggest using the mousewheel. The method I prefer to use is MouseWheel Up for Last Target and MouseWheel Down for Target Self. In my mind it's like casting the spell either towards me or away from me and that makes it easy for me to remember.

    • Group your Hotkeys in an order that makes sense to you. This means you may want to put common combo spells like Explosion / Energy Bolt side by side (i.e. F5=Explosion, F6=Energy Bolt) or put all your debuffs in a row.

    • Once Again I cannot reiterate the importance that it does not matter what keys you use for hotkeys or what order you prefer them. That is totally up to each individual. But you must be able to memorize them and hit them without looking at the keyboard.

    • Practice, practice, practice, practice, and when you've gotten good at being able to hit the correct hotkey without looking at it practice some more. You need it to become second nature to you so that you can hit the right hotkey without even thinking about it. In the heat of battle you will need all the brain cells you've got to think tactically, don't be trying to remember what key is what. When you have that "Oops" moment of hitting the wrong spell, that's when the screen gets dark.
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  2. El Horno

    El Horno Well-Known Member
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    Aug 4, 2014
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    Nice info! Thanks for putting this together. I'm looking forward to what you have next.
  3. Dalavar

    Dalavar Well-Known Member
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    Great idea for a guide (maybe move to the Guides forum?).

    I would disagree however with the two items above. I use the ALT key heavily - in fact, probably more hotkeys use it than don't. On my laptop keyboard, I keep my left hand thumb resting on the ALT key, which does two things... one is it allows me to easily access that key for hotkeys. More importantly though, it "anchors" my hand in place, so I don't have to move it very much to hit other keys.

    That's the reason that I don't like using the F keys, too. Your hand cannot cover F1 through F12 without moving. So you're often going to be looking at the keyboard or sliding your hand across to hit some keys, which makes you prone to errors.

    My hotkeys only use F1 through F5, numbers 1 through 6, QWERT, ASDFG, ZXCV, and only use the ALT key if any. I have a handful of non-combat hotkeys that use CTRL+ALT, but these are things I'll never need quick reactions for.
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  4. Ervin

    Ervin Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2014
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    That may be the most unorthodox macro setup I've seen but then again let me refer to this...
    It it works for you, rock it!
  5. Hero

    Hero New Member

    Nov 26, 2016
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    Instead of having binds all over your alt keys, consider using the enable/disable hotkeys toggle with Razor. I use shift backspace for that.

    Then, I have my hotkeys all over... last target is mouse wheel up. target self is mouse wheel down

    1 - drink heal
    shift 1 - drink refresh
    2 - drink cure
    q - apply bandage
    a - mini heal/cure self
    shift a - heal/cure self
    r - toggle stun
    d - explosion
    s - energy bolt

    you see where im going!
  6. MikeK

    MikeK Well-Known Member
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  7. Semaj

    Semaj Member

    Jul 22, 2017
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    Would that allow you to bind macros to Q, W, E, etc., hit the toggle, then press them to type without triggering the macros?
  8. Hero

    Hero New Member

    Nov 26, 2016
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    Yep. You toggle between typing and using hot keys.
  9. Sunrider

    Sunrider New Member

    Jul 14, 2018
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    What do these do?

  10. Rextacy

    Rextacy Well-Known Member
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    Mar 19, 2017
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    Clear Target que clears the target you've selected

    All names shows all of the names of players on your screen when ya press the hot key

    Resynchronize client is to resync your character in game. Sometimes it goes out of whack and you get stuck not being able to travel a certain direction. Press the key and it will resymc allowing you to be able to move freely any direction again

    Toggle war/peace is like pressing tab to go into war mode
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