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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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  • #2172

    Hmmm, I'm not quite sure I understand.  By default Pawn will tell you how much of an upgrade an item is over your current gear when you hover over it.  But, it's true that this is a percentage, so if you want to try to calculate an improvement to your total score per VP spent, Pawn's upgrade percentage isn't quite what you want.

    That said, you should still be able to get the information you want by visiting the valor gear vendor or using AtlasLoot.  If you want raw scores on item tooltips, you can turn them on using the Options tab.  If you want to go into even more detail using the Compare tab in Pawn, you don't have to have the item to compare it with your current gear; you can bind keys to copy an item you're hovering over into Pawn.  By default Pawn will try to bind the ] (right bracket) key, but you can customize it.  So, for example, you can be at the VP vendor and hover over a piece of gear that looks tasty, and then press ] to compare its stats with what you currently have.

    Hope that helps!

  • #2171

    Understood, but it does preclude comparisons with Wowhead, which I'd like in order to determine whether to buy valor gear. I suppose one workaround would be to buy a piece, compare its pawn rating, then refund it.... TY in advance



  • #2167

    So when you go to turn in a quest, it only shows the Green Upgrade arrow if its in your specialazation?

    1. Say that I'm on my Unholy DK. I turn in a quest and there is a green arrow. Boom click that right?

    2. Say that I'm on the same character. Turn in a quest and there is no arrow. HOWEVER there is an item with a green frame that says its an upgrade for a frost dk. Do I click that?

  • #2168

    You should see the green arrow and the green tooltip border for the same items—you shouldn't ever see one and not the other.  EXCEPT, sometimes the server hasn't sent stats for the quest reward items to your computer by the time the quest window appears, so Pawn doesn't show any upgrade arrows OR the "most valuable item" coins, but by the time you hover over the items, your computer has gotten that information, so it can color the border after all.  Hopefully that sort of clears that up.  If you do see the arrow/coins, you can trust them.  If you see neither, then you'll need to hover, and hopefully that's rare.  I can't remember the last time it happened for me.

    By default Pawn will show you upgrades for all three of your specs, and it doesn't prioritize unholy items over blood items or anything like that.  If you want to just see unholy items, you can open up Pawn and shift-click "DK: frost" and "DK: blood" in the list to hide them.  (Or, instead of shift-clicking, click them and uncheck "Show scale in tooltips" at the bottom.)

  • #2182

    I do appreciate the feedback; I put the checkbox where it is and allowed shift+click because I thought that would be very similar to the quest tracker and thus extremely intuitive for people, but given how much feedback I have gotten on the topic I clearly failed.  So I'll look into other options.

    I also would like to make it so that, by default, Pawn just shows you the 1-2 scales relevant to your character's specs, and automatically turns them on and off if you respec.  That would solve a lot of problems.

  • #2181

    This should be a little more obvious. I just uninstalled and was going to leave a note as to why. Having it show something as being an upgrade for Balance, when I don't even have that as an off-spec was really annoying. I will re-install and try the shift-click. I recommend a check-box or drop-down to select display for current spec only, current or off-spec, all specs.

    Other than this, I think the addon is very well executed and I like the UI aspects all around.

  • #2163

    Bug report:

    Pawn is amazing, but it has some inaccuracies in how it calculates things. One thing I've noticed: if you say set a weight like Crit to very large (e.g. 100x as large as another stat), and turn off normalization, something fishy is going on: All the pieces of gear without crit suddenly gain very inflated weights, even though there should have been no change. What is going on?

    It would be great if Pawn could take enchantability into account. One way to allow this without much effort (but lots of customization) would be to have the armor slot as a valid value for the scale (0 if it's not a glove, 1 if it's a glove), etc.

    I have also manually summed up an item taking into account reforging, and it is almost correct, but not quite. Sorry, perhaps I can give more details on that one in the future.

    On a usability note, it would be nice to be able to delete a scale without having to Copy it first (or to rename Copy as Unlock).

    Otherwise I find Pawn quite invaluable. Thank you!

    Last edited by ninjagecko on 3/17/2013 1:27:28 PM
  • #2164

    Pawn automatically reforges items in its head if it knows that an item can get a better value through reforging.  In the case of your crit scale and an item that just has a bunch of mastery which has no value, Pawn knows that that item might still be salvageable if you reforge the worst stat to crit, so it values it accordingly.

    Can you elaborate further on why you'd want enchantability / armor slots as a feature?  There isn't much value in comparing gloves with pants, since you aren't deciding which one of the two to wear.  (I could see wanting something similar for weapons and off-hands, since you are making a tradeoff there, but there are weapon type "stats" to use.)

    If you delete a scale that you've copied, you're just deleting the copy.  You can't delete the Wowhead scales that come with Pawn.  You can, however, just turn them off.  Shift+click them in the list, or click then and uncheck "Show this scale in tooltips" at the bottom of the list.  Perhaps it was confusing because when you copy a Wowhead scale I assume that you want to hide the original and automatically do that.

    I hope that helps!  Thanks for the comments.

  • #2160

    Is there a way to give something a negative value for a stat weight so it would not suggest an agi peice as an upgrade for someone whos primary resource stat (dps, hps, etc) is INT, on my monk every peice of my dps gear (AGI/STA stats) shows as over 100% upgrade for a mistweaver monk, as i dont play a mistweaver i can just disable the stat profile but i am sure there are those that duel spec mistweaver / windwalker

  • #2162

    Hi!  You have a couple options if you don't want to track upgrades for off-specs.  You can shift-click the scales you don't care about, like mistweaver, to hide them and then you won't have to worry about them at all.  Or, if you want, you can indeed set a negative value to intellect.  To change the built-in Wowhead windwalker scale, you'd first need to make a copy of it from the Scale tab.  In fact, if you never, ever, ever want to see items with intellect, you can go to Intellect in the stats list on the Values tab and then check the box that says "items with this are unusable."  That's equivalent to giving intellect a weight of negative infinity.

  • #2158

    When comparing items it seems as Pawn can't recognize if an item is upgraded or not, but instead compares the upgraded item as un-upgraded.

  • #2159

    Hi!  That's intentional; Pawn compares items based on their potential, not their current state.  BUT, that logic is a little skewed now that there are items that have already been upgraded, but you can't upgrade any new items you get.  Right now you can compare those manually if you go into Options and turn on "show values and upgrade %" to see the raw numbers on your item tooltips, and then check "Show both current and base values" to see both the item's base value, which Pawn normally uses to compare items, and the current value, which would take into account its upgrades, reforging, gems, and some enchantments.  Hopefully there won't be so many cases of that problem that you need to do too many manual comparisons.

    I hope that helps!

  • #2156

    Since the latest update Pawn seems to be a bit confused.

    My hunter has a IL of 481 has all 476 or above gear besides 1 blue 463 ring.

    I was helping a guild mate run some heroics yesterday and several times pawn told me drop blue items were upgrades to my 476 and 483 items.

    Color me baffeled

  • #2157

    Hi! Can you give me examples of items that you had, and items that dropped that showed up as upgrades that shouldn’t?  And do you just have the three default hunter scales “Hunter: marksmanship,” “Hunter: beast mastery,” and “Hunter: survival,” or do you have any other class’s scales listed or any custom scales?

  • #2154

    Pawn keeps telling me that intellect cloaks are good upgrades for me Frost DK. Silly DK needs no smarts just crush!

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