A short guide on how to initiate a ready check popup window in World of Warcraft
If you have done some dungeons or raids, you have probably received that notorious ready check popup that asks if you are ready and allow you to click and respond. Now you find yourself in the leader position and need to send out a check of your own. But, how do you ready check in WoW?
Luckily it is pretty straightforward.
You can send a ready check by typing /readycheck into chat or clicking the “Ready Check” button in the raid UI panel. This can only be done when you are in a group. Additionally, you must be a party or raid leader to send a ready check.
What is a WoW ready check?
A ready check is a survey that is sent out to a WoW party or raid group. The survey will send a popup window to all players in your group that asks if they are ready to start. They can respond to it by clicking on the “Ready” or “Not Ready button.” If players don’t respond within 30 seconds, they will automatically be marked as not prepared.
After sending a ready check, you will see players’ responses in the party or raid health bars. Ready players will have a green checkmark next to their character name. Those who are not prepared will have a red X. Anyone who hasn’t responded yet will have a yellow question mark instead.
When to run a check
Ready checks are typically used before pulling a raid boss or starting a dungeon. It is also frequently used after returning from a break to make sure all of the players in your group have returned to their keyboards.
Who can send a ready check?
The popup window can only be sent by group leaders or by a raid assistant. If you are the group leader, you can make someone an assistant by right-clicking on their name in the raid frame and then by clicking on “Promote to Assistant.” This is also known as “giving assist.”
Where is the raid UI panel?
If you don’t want to use the /readycheck command, you can press the “Ready Check” button from the raid UI panel instead. You can find the panel on the left side of the screen. If it isn’t visible, you can expand it by clicking on the small arrow along the edge of the screen.
This is a useful little window because it allows you to set world markers, start a pull timer (countdown), and convert a party to a raid.
How to see if players are using flasks/food/buffs during the check
If you are doing progression raiding or “tryharding” a dungeon, you may want to know if people have flasks and food buffs active. The best way to check is to use the Method Raid Tools addon. After installing the addon, you will get an extra window that will show whether players have all their buffs active.