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  • Supports: 6.2.2
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  • Updated 11/07/2015
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.20
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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.


Fan video: How to use Pawn with Ask Mr. Robot and SimCraft

Version 1.9.20

    Works around a WoW bug where quest reward items were not getting Pawn information on their tooltips most of the time.  (Special thanks to Phanx for helping to track down more patch 6.2 compatibility problems!)

Version 1.9.19

    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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  • #2839

    I`m third. It`ll be very usefull to have an option to compare items without +10 iLvl upgrade.


  • #2837

    Item upgrades make it harder to compare items - especially given the way the ilvl of gear changes across HfC.

    eg if I've got a crafted item upgraded to 725 then its hard to compare against a 720 item - the raw stats on the 720 are less, but only before they're upgraded. Could be an upgrade once its 730!

    Would it be possible to add an option so items are compared without taking their upgrade status into account - eg in the example above the 715 stats are compared to the 720 ones?

  • #2838

    I second this. What about comparing item values at max upgrade level? Is hard to compare item upgraded with newly obtained not upgraded item without spending currency on upgrade. Especially for "Baleful" items where they can get from token in 650 to 690 range. Then these item can be upgraded to 695 with Empowered Apexis Fragment and then can be upgraded twice with Valor.

    I would like to see some normalized (computed) rating for these items at maximal upgrade level, to see if new item is worth upgrading and replacing currently equiped item.

  • #2836

    Hey Vger, I love how useful pawn is and how much time it saves me when evaluating upgrades. I have run into one issue, though. Is there any way to configure the item level tiering for gem quality selection?

    Right now it assumes I want the Epic level 100 gems, and they're frankly too expensive to use on most of my gear, so it kind of throws the scaling off since I'm not using the suggested gem.

    I realize the issue is basically "I'm a cheap jerk" and not inherently one with the addon, but 6000g+ for +25 crit is rough for me to justify :P

  • #2831

    I keep making my own custom scales and they just disappear when I log off and back in.

    The scales from WoWhead are NOT correct for max level characters. If you compare with Icy-Veins, you'll find that some of the stats are completely wrong. So I worked many hours on these scales. I've imported them, set them up manually from copies, you name it.

    And they just vanish.

    I even saved the Pawn.lua settings file and put it back every... single... time I load the game.

    Is there a bug or something I'm missing?

    EDIT: Also note that I SHIFT-Click on the existing scales to disable them. I only want my custom scales to show. Perhaps that has something to do with it?

    Last edited by jeffguy on 11/18/2015 5:44:37 PM
  • #2832

    Hmmm, sorry to hear that.  I've never heard of that happening, and it's been years and years since anything has changed about the way scales are stored, so I'm not sure what to suggest.

    By "vanish," do you mean that they are completely gone from Pawn, or that they still show up in the Pawn list but not on item tooltips, and you just have to shift+click them?  I'm assuming the former.

    Do things work differently if you just do a /reload after you import a custom scale or two?  /reload will save all of your addon settings to disk just like logging out would.

  • #2834

    Thanks for following up!  Glad you figured out what was wrong.

    Never met a problem that CCleaner couldn't cause!

  • #2833

    Thanks for your quick answer! I think I've figured out what it is... and it's NOT your addon's fault.

    CCleaner is supposed to clean up files for me before I do backups and is deleting the Pawn config file in the WTF folder (and only this addon) for whatever reason. Pretty weird. I have no idea why it's doing that.
     I'm just glad I figured out what's going on.

    Thank you so much for your amazing addon!!

  • #2829
    Re: Pawn regarding crit stat on gear and not just on weapon

    Hi is there anyway to make spell power evaluation to the gear parts as well and not just the weapon? Great addon all round

  • #2830

    Hi!  Pawn should be able to count crit and spell power (you mentioned both stats so I'm not sure which one, but both should work) on all types of items.  If you know of an item that Pawn isn't understanding properly, let me know which item, and which language you play in.  (Screenshots are helpful too!)  Also, you can see what stats Pawn sees on the item in the Compare tab; you should be able to verify whether or not Pawn is counting the stat or not there.

  • #2827

    Hi there-when you're using Pawn, does it set your loot specialization for rolls/drops?  I can't seem to find that option on the Blizzard UI and I'm using Pawn.

  • #2828

    Hi!  Pawn doesn't do that.  Back when I used Deadly Boss Mods, I know it would change my role icon to match my current spec, but not the loot specialization itself, unless I chose the "always make my loot specialization match my spec" option.  If you're using DBM or any other boss mods, that's probably what's making the change.

  • #2823

    Is there a reason it takes into account gear ilvl when comparing two items?  That is, it adds the difference in ilvl to the higher ilvl item's score.

    In this picture I'm not sure the item on the left should win just because of it's higher ilvl.  Stat wise, the item on the right should, barely, win.

  • #2824

    Hi!  Pawn doesn't take the ilvl or orange diamond special effects into account when determining the score; it just shows that there on the Compare tab for completeness.  Only the stats contribute to the score.

  • #2826

    For the Powder-Singed Bracers, it's 189 * .9345 + 72 * .785 + 180 * .6542 = 350.8965, which matches the 350.9 shown at the bottom.  Multiply the yellow numbers times the stat value in the center, and then add all that up.  (Originally I did want to show the pre-multiplied numbers so you could just add everything up, but I felt it made things too cluttered and confusing.)

    Hope that helps!

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