API UnitAura

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Returns information about a buff or debuff on the specified unit.

name, icon, count, debuffType, duration, expirationTime, unitCaster, canStealOrPurge, nameplateShowPersonal, spellId, canApplyAura, isBossDebuff, isCastByPlayer, nameplateShowAll, timeMod, ...
    = UnitAura("unit", index[, "filter"])


String (unitId) - unit whose auras to query.
Number or String - index (from 1 to 40)
String (optional) - list of filters, separated by spaces or pipes. "HELPFUL" by default. The following filters are available:
HELPFUL - buffs.
HARMFUL - debuffs.
PLAYER - auras that were applied by the player.
RAID - auras that can be applied (if HELPFUL) or dispelled (if HARMFUL) by the player.
CANCELABLE - buffs that can be removed (such as by right-clicking or using the /cancelaura command)
NOT_CANCELABLE - buffs that cannot be removed


1. name 
String - name of the aura
2. icon
Number (fileID) - identifier of the texture used for the aura's icon.
3. count 
Number - number of times the aura has been applied to the target, or 0 for auras that do not stack
4. debuffType 
String - type of the aura ("Magic", "Disease", "Poison", "Curse", or an empty string for Enrage effects), or nil for auras that do not have a type
5. duration 
Number - full duration of the aura in seconds
6. expirationTime 
Number - time in seconds (comparable to GetTime()) when the aura will expire
7. unitCaster 
String (unitId) - unit that applied the aura, or nil if no valid unit token currently represents the caster
8. canStealOrPurge 
Boolean - true for buffs that can be stolen by mages with [Spellsteal], or false for debuffs and for buffs that cannot be stolen, or for debuffs
9. nameplateShowPersonal 
Boolean - true for buffs that should be shown on player/pet/vehicle nameplates
10. spellId 
Number - spell ID of the spell or effect that applied the aura
11. canApplyAura 
Boolean - true for auras the player can apply (not necessarily if the player did apply the aura, just if the player can apply the aura)
12. isBossDebuff 
Boolean - true for auras applied by a boss
13. isCastByPlayer 
Boolean - true for auras applied by players
14. nameplateShowAll 
Boolean - true for auras that should be shown on all nameplates
15. timeMod 
Number - scaling factor for time left (appears to always be 1; Blizzard's display code would be incorrect otherwise).
Additional values pertinent to specific aura (HoTs, traps, amounts etc. For example, the first value for Vengeance is its attack power bonus.)


UnitAura("target", 1) 
the first buff on the target
UnitAura("target", 1, "PLAYER HARMFUL") 
the first debuff cast by the player on the target

The following macro prints the names of any stealable buffs on the current target, or a notice if nothing is stealable:

/run local y,n,s,_ for i=1,40 do n,_,_,_,_,_,_,s=UnitAura("target",i)if s then print(n.." on target, steal it!")y=1 end end if y~=1 then print("No stealable buffs.")end


  • Spell ranks were removed in Patch 4.0 (Cataclysm), so the rank argument to this function is largely useless today.
  • Some filters are mutually exclusive. Using "HELPFUL HARMFUL" together will return no results, since no aura can be both a buff and a debuff at the same time. Using "CANCELABLE NOT_CANCELABLE" will also return no results, since no buff can be both removable and unremovable.
  • The debuffType return value is not localized.
  • The UnitBuff function is an alias for using UnitAura with the "HELPFUL" filter. The UnitDebuff function is an alias for using UnitAura with the "HARMFUL" filter. Both aliases will ignore the "HELPFUL" and "HARMFUL" filters, but will accept other filters.

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Removed querying by name, Removed Rank return.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added nameplateShowAll and timeMod; shouldConsolidate changed to nameplateShowPersonal.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): isCastByPlayer moved from #17 to #14 after isBossDebuff so that the value[1-n] are at the end and can expand beyond 3 returns.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Re-added the return values canApplyAura and isBossDebuff, and added return values value[1-3].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed the return values canApplyAura and isBossDebuff.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added shouldConsolidate and spellId.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Changed isMine to unitCaster. It is now possible for addons to retrieve the unitId that cast the buff/debuff.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added as a combination of UnitDebuff and UnitBuff.

See also