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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Supports: 6.2.0
  • 2,418,183 Total Downloads
  • Updated 07/11/2015
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.19
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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, and run simulations.

Language support

Pawn works with English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (European), Simplified Chinese, and 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.

Found a bug?

If you think you might have found a bug, you can file an official ticket on CurseForge or comment here. In addition to a description of the problem, please make sure to include: (1) the language that you use Pawn and WoW in, (2) the specific items that don't work as expected, and (3) your class and spec if you're using the default Wowhead stat weights. Screenshots are often very helpful as well.

Version 1.9.19

    Special thanks to everyone who helped track down the patch 6.2 compatibility problems, with a shout out to Curse user Bodar.  :)
    Pawn now includes data for the Immaculate Taladite epic gems, and will suggest them for items level 695 and up (Mythic Blackrock Foundry / Heroic Hellfire Citadel).
    Pawn now knows about Khadgar's legendary rings.
    Preparation for translation into Korean.

Version 1.9.18

    Various diagnostic changes to help me identify the compatibility problems with patch 6.2, and some attempted fixes.

Version 1.9.17

    A few updates to make Pawn work better on WoW patch 6.2.

Version 1.9.16

    The "Special effects were not included in the value" message that you'd see at the bottoms of tooltips for trinkets and enchanted weapons has been removed.
    The (?) icon used to indicate special effects on items has been replaced with a small orange diamond (like in Diablo III).
    Support for crystals of fear and sha-touched sockets, cogwheels and cogwheel sockets, and assigning a fixed value to the effect portion of a meta gem (2% chance to restore mana, etc.) have all been removed, as those features are no longer relevant in any current content.

Version 1.9.15

    Pawn will now work with AtlasLoot again.
    Included some improvements to the Portuguese translation.

Version 1.9.14

    Fixed a bug where sometimes Pawn would save over custom key bindings set up by certain addons, such as ElvUI.
    Included updates and improvements to the Italian translation.

Version 1.9.13

    Included a variety of updates and improvements to the French translation.

Version 1.9.12

    Included the correct version of the French translation (with the changes from 1.9.10, which were accidentally reverted in the 1.9.11 release).

Version 1.9.11

    Significant changes to the built-in Wowhead scales.  (Note that this iteration doesn't include spell power, attack power, or weapon DPS.  This is the design of the Wowhead scales, not a problem with Pawn.)
    Lots of further improvements to the Spanish translation.

Version 1.9.10

    Fixed a problem where weapon speed was not read properly in Spanish.
    Made a few changes to try to make the French version of Pawn understand large numbers (1,000 or greater) better.

Version 1.9.9

    Given their exorbitant cost, Pawn will no longer suggest Greater Taladite gems on gear lower than item level 685 (mythic Highmaul).
    Fixed the problem where some new Draenor wands caused an error to appear in the chat log and did not have their DPS calculated correctly.
    Attempted to fix a problem in Spanish where numbers greater than 1,000 were not read properly.

Version 1.9.8

    New scales from Wowhead have been integrated into Pawn, and the starter scales that Pawn previously included have been removed.
    Includes a new Spanish translation, which is still a work-in-progress.
    Fixed a bug where the socketing advisor would always unhelpfully suggest that you put a gem "of any color" into a prismatic socket.
    Fixed a bug where It was difficult or impossible to change the color of a scale, depending on where the Pawn window is situated.  (It was difficult if the scale list happened to be behind the color window.)
    Fixed a bug where if you opened your chest of Garrison Resources and the last item you won (it showed up in a "you won!" popup) was an upgrade, the Garrison Resources would also show up as an upgrade.  (Hey, maybe you got some Complicated Wood instead of Simple Wood.)
    Removed the code that dealt with Wrathion's Breath of the Black Prince item, which added sockets to certain weapons, but is no longer obtainable by new players and not relevant to current content.

Version 1.9.7

    Strength, Agility, Intellect, and Stamina can't be marked as "unusable" in custom scales.  (Since multiple primary stats are on most armor pieces now, marking those as unusable leads to some confusing and unexpected results.)
    Made a couple small improvements to the French, German, and Traditional Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.6

    Pawn will now no longer suggest gems for items below level 630 (level 100 heroic dungeon).  (This change is particularly noticeable for helms, which had high-value meta sockets at level 90, but not at level 100.)
    Improved the German and Simplified Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.5

    Additional changes to try to prevent the "UseSpecialQuestItem" error from occurring when clicking items in the objectives list.
    More improvements to the Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.4

    Dodge and Parry on low-level items will now be treated as if they were Bonus Armor, at a 2:1 ratio.  (40 Parry on an item will be treated as 20 Bonus Armor.)
    Pawn will now once again work with AtlasLoot even when the "Use GameTooltip" AtlasLoot setting is off.  (Release versions only, not the latest AtlasLoot beta.)
    The warrior tank starter scale now properly has a value for bonus armor.
    Included lots of improvements to the Traditional Chinese translation.

Version 1.9.3

    Changed the way that Pawn uses item tooltips, in the hopes that it will prevent issues where the game blocks certain buttons and actions due to "taint."
    Fixed a bug where a few settings wouldn't be saved when logging out, including Pawn's list of your best items used for determining upgrades.
    Included new French translations.

Version 1.9.2

    Continued changes to the starter scales and translations.

Version 1.9.1

    Bonus armor is now listed as a separate stat from base armor and can be given a value independently.
    Significantly increased the value of armor and bonus armor in the tank starter scales.
    Fixed a harmless error where a message about #(Item1.UnknownLines could appear in the chat log when using the Compare tab.
    Fixed a harmless error where a message about being unable to parse the item link could appear in the chat log when hovering over a caged battle pet.

Version 1.9

    Updated for WoW 6.0 and Warlords of Draenor.  Many features have changed in some way as a result of item changes in patch 6.0.
    I updated the visuals for the Pawn UI to be a little more warlordy.
    A new set of starter scales have been added for all classes and specs.  You can use these scales as you would the old Wowhead scales, and you can also customize them to your heart's content.
    The Wowhead scales have been disabled since they haven't been updated for patch 6.0 and would do more harm than good.
    The values of Pawn's default scale have changed to be a more appropriate starting point for WoW 6.0.
    New stats are recognized and can be assigned values on the Values tab: Bonus Armor, Multistrike, Versatility, Movement Speed, Leech, Avoidance, Indestructible.
    Obsolete stats (hit, etc.) are removed from your scales upon logging in, and have been removed from the UI.
    All of the new Taladite gems in Warlords of Draenor are now in Pawn's database.
    The changes to stats on pre-Draenor gems in Pawn's database have been taken into account for purposes of gem recommendations.  (I anticipate that I'll need to do another update of gem stats before the expansion hits.)
    A new option has been added, on by default: "Ignore sockets on low-level items."  When this option is enabled, Pawn will ignore sockets when calculating values of low-level items (currently, any item below level 463), so they won't have inflated values when Pawn determines upgrades.
    Pawn's calculations for item values no longer take reforging potential into account since that feature is gone from the game.
    All code for Pawn's Reforge Advisor feature has been removed.
    Changed the way that information about your best items for purposes of determining upgrades is stored and processed.  (I now use item links instead of item IDs, since in Warlords of Draenor, a mythic version of one item and the raid finder version of the same item might have the same ID but a different bonus suffix.)


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  • #2815

    Regarding not showing pawn values in quest reward frame, here's a screenshot of an example of the debug:

    This was one of the rewards for "Wanted: Magister Keldonus" in Dragonblight, the "Endurance of the Spell Warder". I had disabled all other addons, and stripped off all armor & weapons so there was nothing else for the debug to report but the reward item I hovered over.

    Incidentally, when I *was* wearing stuff, debug reported it "Didn't understand Heirloom Upgrade Level: 1" from one of the heirlooms which auto-upgraded recently.


  • #2811

    Hi VgerAN,

    I have the same problem as gi2k15. Pawn isn't shown inside the quest reward frame. It only shows the arrow if the item is better than my current one, but it neither shows the values nor which class build is meant.

    I don't use any addon for the quest frame and closing and reopening the window does change nothing.

    Maybe you can fix it in the next patch?

  • #2812

    I've noticed this a couple times, and from what I could tell it appears to be a bug in the game.  It should be possible for me to work around it (since the arrow is working, surely the information I need must be available somehow), but I don't have any good news for you right now.

  • #2814

    Just to illustrate what's going on:

    Took this SS with every addon disables but Pawn.

    Last edited by gi2k15 on 9/24/2015 8:09:10 AM
  • #2809

    Hey VgerAN,

    I am making sure I have you premission to make a tutorial video on how to use your addon with Simcraft and Ask Mr Robot. I'll post the link to the video here and one on WoWinterface once its done. Its just to get the best gear stats you need to be using all there to make sure the stats are right.  

  • #2810

    Sure thing.  Thanks!  Let me know if you need anything from me.

  • #2807

    I don't know if it's intended or not, or if it's just me, but Pawn is not being shown inside quest rewards frame. I see the stats weights of the comparison tooltip, but not on the tooltip of the reward.

  • #2808

    Is this the game's regular quest frame, or has it been replaced or altered in some way by another addon?  Does it help if you close and reopen the window?

  • #2813

    I'm using ElvUI, but I don't know if it changes the frame. Will check and tell you later.

  • #2804
    Re: Pawn - Frost DK Stats

    I know it'll be a moot point in Legion, when frost is dual-wield PERIOD, but for now, it'd be great if there were stat weights for 2 hander AND for dual-wield, as they favor different stats.  Thanks for a fantastic addon!

  • #2805

    Thanks for the suggestion!  I was going to add two new frost DK default scales based on some new numbers from Wowhead, but I was concerned about the quality of their latest stat weights (important or even crucial stats were missing last time I checked), so I decided to wait.  If you find a good set of stat weights that you trust, like from Ask Mr. Robot, you can build up a new scale in Pawn on the Scales and Values tabs.  (I suggest starting by copying the built-in DK Frost scale, since that has already gone through and checked off which types of weapons you can't equip and that sort of thing.)

    I don't want to dual wield.  :'(

  • #2799
    Pawn Monk

    My wife is playing a monk and is Dual Speccing Mistweaver MainSpec and Windwalker OffSpec and Pawn is showing her Agility as Upgrades for Mistweaver which is Incorrect. Mistweaver is setup per stats to use Int/Heal stats... No idea why its showing her Windwalker Upgrades for the mistweaver.

  • #2801

    By default, Pawn will show upgrades and other information for all three specs.  When an item is an upgrade, Pawn will show you which spec or specs it's an upgrade for.  It might make it easier to tell the difference if you give each one a different color (you can do that on the Scales tab of the Pawn UI, if you like).

    If it's indeed showing an agility item as an upgrade for mistweaver, the most likely reason is that her previous best item is of far lower quality than the new one.  For example, if you go from a level 575 questing green to a level 650 Baleful item from Tanaan, the secondary stats on the new item may actually be so much higher than your old one that it makes up for the complete lack of intellect.  If you put both items into the Compare tab of Pawn, it should be pretty easy to see why Pawn is suggesting that a curious item is an upgrade.

    Hope that helps!

  • #2806

    Sorry!  It looks like I never got a response posted here.  But psyOPs_'s response here is correct: Pawn appears to be doing the right thing here.  According to the Wowhead numbers, crit is WAY more important than spirit for mistweaver.  (They seem to value spirit very low for all healer classes; too low in my opinion, but that's a separate topic.)  8 spirit and 1 intellect aren't valuable enough to make up for the loss of 4 crit according to their stat weights, so the new item is valued slightly lower.

  • #2803


    addon seems to be working as intended to me. adjust the weighting of crit and spirit if you don't like the way it prioritises stats.

    Last edited by psyOPs_ on 9/1/2015 8:59:03 AM
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