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  • Updated 11/18/2013
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.8.11
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About Pawn

Pawn calculates scores for items to help you easily find upgrades for your gear. It's completely customizable, and applicable to any class and situation: for example, it can help you decide whether to equip the ring with a higher item level but one stat you don't want (say, strength for shamans), or the ring with the lower item level but all good stats. It's that level of customization that makes it very different from more general mods like GearScore and more specialized mods like TankPoints.

Pawn can be used by new players right off the bat without needing to change any options, or by advanced players who plan out their gear upgrades, build Excel spreadsheets, install Rawr, and read Elitist Jerks.

Language support

Pawn works with English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese, and includes an untested translation into Traditional Chinese. Unlike most addons, it's NOT possible to use the English version on a language that it doesn't support. (If you're interested in helping translate Pawn into other languages, let me know!)

Staying in touch

Become a fan of Vger on Facebook and get updates of new versions and stuff like that. You can also leave questions or comments there if you don't have an account on this site.

Prerelease alpha versions of Pawn are occasionally available on CurseForge.

Getting started

Pawn will automatically set itself up to work with your characters, but there's a lot that you can do to customize it. See the readme file included with Pawn for more information on getting the most out of Pawn.

Version 1.8.11

    Made a tweak to make Pawn's Quest Advisor work better with ElvUI.
    Updated Russian and German translations.

Version 1.8.10

    The new Timeless, Flexible, Warforged, and Heroic Warforged items will no longer show a (?) next to those terms.

Version 1.8.10a

    Actually including the right file this time so the fix described in the notes works.
    New German translation updates.

Version 1.8.10b

    New Russian and Simplified Chinese translation updates.

Version 1.8.9

    Items that an Eye of the Black Prince can be applied to (Sha-Touched weapons from Heart of Fear and Terrace of Eternal Spring, Level 502 Blacksmithing weapons, and weapons that drop in Throne of Thunder) will be valued assuming that you add the socket to that weapon.  Weapons from heroic scenarios and Siege of Orgrimmar will not.  (Previously only Sha-Touched weapons were correctly being valued in this way.)
    Made a few adjustments to try to better handle chest armor that is classified as "robes" by the game.
    Minor changes for patch 5.4.

Version 1.8.8

    Fixed some issues with upgrade displays showing incorrect information for wands.
    Fixed some issues with upgrade displays showing incorrect information for characters that don't save healing gear but still have a healing scale enabled.

Version 1.8.7

    Pawn will now no longer show any weapons other than daggers as upgrades for assassination rogues when using the default Wowhead scales.
    Fixed a rare bug that could occur with quests such as Returned Sevenfold that include both a choice of rewards and some guaranteed rewards, where Pawn could incorrectly display upgrade symbols that were intended for the guaranteed rewards on the icons for the reward choices.
    Fixed a problem that appears to be new for patch 5.3 where inspecting another player that you're not also targeting would not calculate an average item level for that player's equipment.

Version 1.8.6

    Adjusted the values of PvP power and PvP resilience on MoP-quality gems to their new (halved) values.
    Added Tense Imperial Amethyst.

Version 1.8.5

    A few minor changes to work around a rare issue where Pawn would load files in a different order on some machines.

Version 1.8.4

    Priests will no longer incorrectly see bows, crossbows, and guns as potential upgrades when using the built-in Wowhead scales.

Version 1.8.3

    Sha-touched items from Heart of Fear and Terrace of Eternal Spring (all difficulties) will now always be valued (for base value) as if you've completed Wrathion's Chapter II questline and can add a prismatic socket to the item.
    Added a Brailian Portuguese translation.  Thanks maxmag!
    Includes minor updates to the other translations.
    Fixed a couple minor display issues on the Compare tab when one item had sockets and the other did not.
    Thunderforged and Heroic Thunderforged items on the English PTR will no longer show (?) on their tooltips.

Version 1.8.2

    Fixed a bug in average item level calculations when inspecting hunters.  (Their ranged weapons were only getting counted for half the appropriate level.)
    The Reforging Advisor will now also show up when you right-click an item while talking to an arcane reforger.

Version 1.8.1

    This version of Pawn now includes French support, thanks to translation volunteers othor and Snuff, and an untested Traditional Chinese translation based on work by BNSSNB.
    Reduced Pawn's memory usage by about 35% (at least on my PC) by optimizing the way translations are loaded.  Pawn's memory usage should return to about where it was back when it was for a single language only.
    Corrected a calculation problem where the Ghost Iron Dragonling trinket was undervalued because Pawn suggested Cataclysm cogwheels for it instead of Mists of Pandaria cogwheels.  (Thanks durandal42!)
    Fixed a minor problem that could occur when using the Compare tab if you used Pawn in the past (or on another computer), then stopped using it, then sold some of your best items, and then started using it again.

Version 1.8

    This version of Pawn now works for German and Russian in addition to English.  Big thanks to the translation volunteers Sandmahn and mgotovtsev!  It also has an untested Simplified Chinese translation based on work by bigbamboo.
    This version also contains a large number of changes to prepare for German, Russian, and more languages in the future.
    Some now-unnecessary information that was being stored in Pawn's SavedVariables file will now be removed when logging out.
    Reorganized the Options tab to make it a bit cleaner.  Options for changing the digits of displayed precision for values and for controlling the visibility of (?) icons on tooltips were removed.
    Changed a bunch of bits of text throughout Pawn.
    Worked around a problem that occurred with Pawn annotations showing up on AtlasLoot items twice.  (To show Pawn annotations on AtlasLoot items, click Options in AtlasLoot and then check Use GameTooltip.)
    Added support for the Pyrium Weapon Chain and Living Steel Weapon Chain.
    Crystals of Fear will now no longer improperly show (?) on their tooltips.


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  • #2294

    Stamina only deserve 0.1 value for non tank?

    Doesn't it deserve some value because it helps you leveling?

    I dare not change this value because I don't know what to change it to...maybe in future version Stamina can get a new value?

  • #2295

    Hi!  Thanks for the feedback.  Giving Stamina a value of 0.1 is one of the very few changes I make from the stat weights that I get from Wowhead; they give it a value of 0.  While in general I do agree with you, I try to keep the weights very similar to what Wowhead provides so that it's relatively easy to compare items using either Pawn or the site.  Also, there isn't a really wide variety of stamina numbers on items beyond the very early levels; by the time you actually need stamina, it should be pretty common on just about any item you find anyway.

    If stamina is important to you, I'd start with a value of 5 or 10 or so, since the Wowhead scales generally list your best stats at 100.  You can always go up from there.  (You can customize the scales by clicking Copy on the Scales tab and giving your version a new name.)

  • #2288

    Pawn is not consistenlty selecting the default scales for my alts.  It almost never selects builds for priests nor rogues.

  • #2290

    Just so I understand correctly, you're creating a bunch of new characters, and when you log into them for the first time, the appropriate Wowhead scales for those characters aren't visible?  Are you reusing character names or are they new names every time?

  • #2293

    No other addons that interact with Pawn that I know of.  I usually only delete saved variables if I'm having problems:  I delete them manually and all of them at once by deleting the folders.

  • #2292

    Okay, thanks.  Sometimes the game loads things in a strange order and Pawn doesn't set things up properly.  Do you use any other addons that you know interact with Pawn, like PawnScrap, or Outfitter?  Do you manually delete SavedVariables or do you use a tool that does that for you?

  • #2291

    They are usually new, randomly generated names.  Once I hit level 15 and start doing random instances, I noticed that I was not getting any recommendations from Pawn.  I have the same problem if I complete reload Pawn (deleting the savedvariables file).  I have to open the Pawn config window and select the 3 (or 4 for druid) scales appropriate for the class I'm playing.

    I should add:  when I uninstall an addon, I use the curse client which then removes the savedvaraibles files.  I just reloaded all of my addons, including Pawn, and started without the old savedvaraibles files for Pawn.

    Last edited by s-conley on 12/14/2013 6:49:23 PM
  • #2287

    Thanks for the very helpful tool.

    What does it mean when Pawn shows an item in my bag is a 200% upgrade and also shows the current equipped item as 'best'?

  • #2289

    Sorry, missed your comment.  :(

    If you haven't figured it out yet, it marks the best thing you've equipped lately (or is in an equipment set) as your best.  If something in your bag is a 200% upgrade, it will become your best when you equip it, and it is massively better than your old item.

  • #2285

    Hey VgerAN. I'm confused again (lol ><). I currently have a chestplate that is: 264.6 (259.4 base). I thought base was essentially maximum potential. How could actual be higher than base?

      Quote from VgerAN »

    The base value is what Pawn always uses for comparing items, calculating upgrades, and so on.  It ignores any gems, upgrades, reforges, and so on that you have on an item, true, but it also then calculates the item's value assuming that it will be fully gemmed and reforged to maximize its usefulness.

  • #2280

    Hello, thanks for the addon. I'm having a bit of a problem with it however.

    I have been seeing confusing information. For instance when I hover a green shoulder I found I see "Feral: 35.9 (36.7 base) +5% Upgrade" I have no idea how the base could be higher than the actual? It seems like a base value would the value of the un-altered item, and therefore lower (No enchants, gems, etc.)?

    My current purple shoulders say "Feral: 38.7 (34.9 base) (best)"

    Basically my confusion seems to stem from what does "base" mean, and why is "best" on the item with the lower base?

    After equiping the green shoulders they now say "best" and my purple shoulders do not say "best".

    Last edited by zathril on 10/27/2013 3:33:21 AM
  • #2281

    Hi!  Perfectly reasonable questions.  I hid the current (non-base) numbers by default to help avoid some of that confusion.  The base value is what Pawn always uses for comparing items, calculating upgrades, and so on.  It ignores any gems, upgrades, reforges, and so on that you have on an item, true, but it also then calculates the item's value assuming that it will be fully gemmed and reforged to maximize its usefulness.  An item with empty sockets or with one stat that's not very good that could be reforged into something great will often have a lower current value than base value, because the item's potential is notably higher.  In general I recommend that you use the base values when comparing whether or not to keep items, but the current values can be useful when deciding whether it's worth putting on your new pants that just dropped right away before you've had a chance to buy gems and leg armor for them.

    "Best" is easier to answer; "best" tracks the best item that you own for a given scale/spec that you have equipped or in an equipment set.  Once you equipped the green shoulders they'll stay marked as your best.

  • #2286

    Ah good to know. It's probably one of those. I was mostly running around in greens when I was seeing that kind of thing. Thanks yet again sir!

  • #2284

    Current values can be higher than the base due to enchantments, gems that are better than what Pawn thinks are appropriate for that item (like epic gems in a green quest reward), and possibly random enchantment items ("Awesome Chestpiece of the Wolf").

    The first two cases are intentional; the issues with random enchantment items are essentially just a Pawn bug; sometimes those items will only have lame stats like stamina on them, but they come pre-enchanted with various other stats, and for the base value in those cases Pawn will rate the item based on how it was before the "of the Wolf" part.

    Does it sound like it's maybe any of those things?

  • #2283

    Hey VgerAN. I'm confused again (lol ><). I currently have a chestplate that is: 264.6 (259.4 base). I thought base was essentially maximum potential. How could actual be higher than base?

      Quote from VgerAN »

    The base value is what Pawn always uses for comparing items, calculating upgrades, and so on.  It ignores any gems, upgrades, reforges, and so on that you have on an item, true, but it also then calculates the item's value assuming that it will be fully gemmed and reforged to maximize its usefulness.


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