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This command is added by MacroQuest

Syntax Key
Notation Description
Text without brackets or braces Required items
<Text inside angle brackets> Placeholder for which you must supply a value
[Text inside square brackets] Optional items
Vertical bar (|) Separator for mutually exclusive items; choose one
{Text | inside | braces} Set of required items; choose one
Ellipsis () Items that can be repeated
Syntax /substitute list | <orig> [delete] | [<new>]
Description Allows you to create custom midline substitutions. They can be called from any alias or commandline by using the percent sign (%).


Option Description
list Displays a list of substitutions
<original> delete Will delete the specified subsitution
<original> <new> The original text you'd like substituted, followed by the substitute


A substitution is included in MacroQuest by default. You can see it with /substitute list, and call it with /echo %omg

Here's how to assign an entire sentence to a single letter, with several variables:

/substitute mom Mother
/substitute omg Oh my god!
/substitute k "%omg, kill %t before I tell your %mom"

If you typed "/say %k", it would produce:

Oh my god!, kill targetname before I tell your Mother


  • Substitutions do not currently work in macros.
  • You don't use the percent signs when creating the substitutions or editing your config file.
  • You can use MQ's subsitutions without spaces around them (unlike EQ's!).
  • You can use EQ's wildcards (ie: %t) within your substitutions, however, you have to leave spaces around them (yes, they suck).
  • You cannot CURRENTLY replace EQ wildcards with MQ substitutions (eg. you can't make a replacement for %m).

See also