UnitCastingInfo

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Returns information about the spell currently being cast by the specified unit.

name, text, texture, startTimeMS, endTimeMS, isTradeSkill, castID, notInterruptible, spellId = UnitCastingInfo("unit")

Arguments

unit 
string - The UnitId to query (e.g. "player", "party2", "pet", "target" etc.)

Returns

name 
string- The name of the spell, or nil if no spell is being cast.
text 
string - The name to be displayed.
texture 
string- The texture path associated with the spell icon.
startTimeMS 
number - Specifies when casting began in milliseconds (corresponds to GetTime()*1000).
endTimeMS 
number- Specifies when casting will end in milliseconds (corresponds to GetTime()*1000).
isTradeSkill 
boolean - Specifies if the cast is a tradeskill
castID 
string (GUID) - The unique identifier for this spell cast, for example Cast-3-3890-1159-21205-8936-00014B7E7F.
notInterruptible 
boolean - if true, indicates that this cast cannot be interrupted with abilities like [Kick] or [Shield Bash]. In default UI those spells have shield frame around their icons on enemy cast bars.
spellId 
number - The spell's unique identifier. (Added in 7.2.5)

Example

The following snippet prints the amount of time remaining before the player's current spell finishes casting.

local spell, _, _, _, endTime = UnitCastingInfo("player")
if spell then 
    local finish = endTimeMS/1000 - GetTime()
    print(spell .. " will be finished casting in " .. finish .. " seconds.")
end

Details

  • For channeled spells, displayName is "Channeling". So far displayName is observed to be the same as name in any other contexts.
  • This function may not return anything when the target is channeling spell post it warm-up period, you should use UnitChannelInfo in that case. It takes the same arguments and returns similar values specific to channeling spells.
  • In Classic only casting information for the player is available. Use the CastingInfo API, which is essentially the same as UnitCastingInfo("player")

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 / API changes (2018-07-17): Removed the second parameter, "nameSubtext". Second parameter is now "text" (former third parameter).
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 / API changes (2017-06-13): The castID return value is now a GUID. Previously it represented the number of spell casts since the game was started.

See also