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  • World of Warcraft
  • 3,343 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.1
  • 1,641,910 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/18/2013
  • Created 01/14/2008
  • 2,587 Favorites
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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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  • #2053

    Thanks for the info—if you could; make sure you submit crash reports each time it asks you to, and check out the blue post here:

    They might be interested in seeing your system information to help track down the problem, as I haven't see any other 64-bit crashes there.

  • #2052

    Hi - love your addon Pawn and have been using it for at least a couple years now.  However, I am running the 64-bit version of the wow client and I experience the terminal crash on loot from bosses in LFR and Heroics.  I dug around quite a bit and aside from deleting my cache folder and the cache folder from within my data folder, the only other thing I have done is disable pawn, and the crashing has stopped.  2 LFRs and 9 Heroics later, not a single crash.  I miss Pawn, but just wanted to let you know it's NOT only the 32-bit version of the wow client.  I have 5 error logs from 2 different days and they are all Error #132 and all with the Wow-64.exe client =(

    Not saying it's your fault at all.  I just hope Blizzard is working on whatever is causing it so I can use Pawn again.

    EDIT: Crashes only started Nov 27th, the day 5.1 hit!  I am guessing something that changed in 5.1 is to blame.

    Last edited by Catgut on 12/3/2012 10:12:18 PM
  • #2051

    Thank You for answer.

  • #2043
    Re: Pawn localization

    Hi VgerAn,

    curseforge people blocked my localization project of Pawn as it is not compatible with the curseforge localization:

    There are currently six different localization projects for Pawn.

    These additional projects will be deleted in the near future.

    Please use existing methods for localization:

    If you are having trouble and/or need help with doing this, please feel free to jump on irc:

    Thank you,



  • #2045

    French localisation too. So be it !

    I will keep it up to date somewhere else.

  • #2044

    Thanks; I got the same message.  This is an obnoxious time for them to be making project deletion threats, given that 5.1 just hit.

  • #2042

    There are multiple threads on the WoW forums about the crash that some of you are experiencing—if you can, it would be helpful to the WoW devs to make a quick post there with your system information.

    At this point I've seen reports of this crash from people using lots of addons including Pawn, just Pawn, lots of addons but no Pawn, and no addons at all, so I'm pretty sure that Pawn is not directly related.  My best guess from what I know now is that it's a bug in WoW's item cache code, and since Pawn scans through a crapton of items, it exacerbates the problem significantly, even though it doesn't "cause" it per se.  So you can still hit the bug without Pawn, but if you're using Pawn or other addons that scan through items, you're more likely to hit it sooner.  Since not everyone hits the bug at all, please continue to submit crash reports when crashes occur so that Blizzard can fix the bug.

    Thanks for all of the info!

    By the way, so far I've seen about eight reports of crashes on the 32-bit version of WoW and none on the 64-bit version.  So if you can run the 64-bit version, I'd recommend trying that.

    Last edited by VgerAN on 12/2/2012 1:52:47 AM
  • #2048

    I was getting crashes with Pawn turned on as well (one crash referenced Fishing Buddy, so I disabled that, but still was having issues with Pawn).

    My error is different to the one on the post you said to leave crash reports on. If interested, you can find my log at the link below. Maybe it'll point out an incompatibility or something (i don't know).

    Anything that causes a crash should be a blizz issue, though, yea? Shouldn't addons just display LUA errors, or something?

    Last edited by seth_aluma on 12/2/2012 5:41:04 PM
  • #2054

    Right; an addon experiencing an error should, at worst, show a Lua error, or cause the game to hang (become unresponsive).  If the game crashes, it's a bug in the game itself.  But, it's certainly possible that an addon could be doing something that causes the bad code to be run where it otherwise wouldn't get run, so it could be sort of indirectly responsible.

    It's possible that's what's going on here with Pawn and/or Fishing Buddy—they're doing something frequently that doesn't normally happen very often, which increases your chances of hitting this WoW bug.  But addon developers don't really have the right resources for tracking down a bug like this; Blizzard does.

  • #2047

    Thanks.  No crashes without pawn enabled so I will just have to uninstall it.  Not going to turn upside down everything else for one addon.

  • #2035

    crashing in 5.1 upon any loot dropping or inspecting someone elses gear.

  • #2036

    You're also seeing a problem with inspecting someone else's gear?  Can you see if this problem occurs for you if Pawn is the only addon running?  I'm not able to reproduce the crash problem, either when looting or when inspecting anyone.

  • #2046

    crash for me was mousing over loot roll window.  Disabled all addons leaving only pawn and still crashed.  disable pawn no crash.

  • #2038

    I'm just trying to see if I can find a way to make WoW crash for me too.  If there's an addon that you're running that I'm not then maybe that addon is causing Pawn to trigger the WoW bug that caused the crash; something like that.

  • #2037

    Well after I disabled Pawn I haven't had a crash for the last 2 hours so I'm inclined to think its that but I can't create a log or anything to prove it.  I'll see if it pops up again. I crashed when inspecting someones gear which pawn would have deemed an upgrade for me I think.

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