Impulse WoW Addon – Review
Editor’s rating: (4.2 of 5)
Addon last updated: Updated for Legion, the latest WoW expansion
Impulse is an addon created by Dynasty Addons, a company that specializes in making premium addons for WoW.
Impulse is basically a keybind and macro addon – it will set up optimal keybinds and macros for any class and spec with the click of a button.
Impulse loads right inside WoW, like a graphical addon. It automatically detects your class and spec and gives you the keybinds that are suited for you.
Of course, you can modify any keybind to better suit your own individual playstyle. Not that you need to, because the default keybinds are usually very good. If you ever wish to start over, you can go back to your default keybinds with just one click.
Who is Impulse for?
Impulse is intended for the player who understands that they should be using keybinds and macros to play their class to its fullest, but can’t be asked to do all the tedious keybinding and macro programming that is required. If you’re someone who just wants to play the game, and not focus on the set up, then Impulse is for you.
The critical point to understand is that ALL top players use keybinds, while noobs put their abilities on the action bars and then click on those abilities using their mouse. Maybe you’ve heard the derogatory terms “clicker” or “keyboard turner“, which refer to someone who uses the mouse for clicking abilities and the keyboard for turning.
No top players do that.
You’ll never be any good if you don’t use the keys on your keyboard to cast/use your abilities, instead of trying to click your abilities on the action bars.
Because keybinds are much faster. Once you’ve set up your keybinds (as Impulse will do in a matter of moments), you’re free to use your mouse for other things, which will make you a much better player, whether your focus is arena, battlegrounds, raiding, leveling, dungeons or anything else.
However, I’ll be the first to admit that setting up optimal keybinds and macros for your class and spec, especially if you play several classes and specs like most players do, is a pain in the you-know-what. It’s just tedious and the time could be better spent actually playing the game.
That’s why I think Impulse is such a great addon for the majority of WoW players. You know you need keybinds and macros, or you’ll NEVER be good. But it’s boring and difficult to set everything up. Impulse, however, does it in a matter of moments.
Of course, you still need to practice those keybinds for a while before you’ve programmed them into your subconcious and find them automatically.
So, that’s Impulse in a nutshell for you.
I’ve personally tried out Impulse with various classes, and I think the keybinds and macros it provides are a great starting point. If there was anything I wanted to tweak, it was easy to do so. Of course, I haven’t tested it for every single class, spec and role in WoW but, from my experience, the addon is solid.
However, if you’re a person that actually enjoys setting up your own keybinds and macros, modifying everything for every single class and spec you play, and redoing it when a new patch or expansion comes out, then don’t get Impulse.
|Updates are free for life. You’ll get free future updates for upcoming patches, and even expansion packs, which is a BIG benefit that hardly anyone else offers. So you really just have to pay once, then your keybinds and macros are set up for life.|
|Auto installer. Impulse can be installed with an auto-installer that is a small program that does it all for you, even if you’ve never used an addon before. So it’s very easy to get going.|
|Quick updates. Dynasty Addons are very quick to update the addons in advance of patches and expansion packs.|
The Impulse addon is a great idea, and very useful for most players. However, if you only play 1 character with 1 or 2 talent builds, and you’re very casual and don’t mind being “locked out” of some of the best rewards in the game etc., then Impulse may not be for you. OR, if you’re a very hardcore player that likes to program your own macros and tweak your own keybinds etc. and you enjoy doing that, then Impulse isn’t for you either.
It’s best for someone like me who plays multiple characters, with different specs, and don’t want to spend hours configuring keybinds and macros. It takes the confusion out of that. It’s also very useful if you click your abilities, and want to transition to keybinds and enjoy the benefits of that.
The Impulse addon definitely gets a buy recommendation from me: