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  • World of Warcraft
  • 3,699 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.1
  • 1,640,572 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/18/2013
  • Created 01/14/2008
  • 2,582 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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  • #2017

    Addon is very nice, but monk is a bit screwy. It keeps telling me that items with agility and stamina are upgrades for mistweaver when it's not.

  • #2019

    Are you sure that it's telling you that those items are an upgrade for the mistweaver spec and not windwalker?  By default it will show you upgrades for all three specs.  Can you give me an example of an item that you have right now and an item that Pawn tells you is an upgrade that you don't think should be?

  • #2013

    Great addon! This should be mandatory for all new players and a great tool for experienced ones.

    A suggestion that could be great for new players, an option to add on gear tooltip, through some basic rules, the potential class and specializacion to equip the item. For example a leather armor with agility should be more valored for rogues, druids and monks and in 2nd place (though almost useless) for hunters and shamans (depending of the tree), or a plate armor with strength and crit should show on the tooltip that is principally headed for plate DPS players and secondarily to plate tanks.

    Thanks for the addon! too bad I didn't know it when I was learning how to play.


    PD: sorry for my english.

    Last edited by Highray on 11/29/2012 8:01:18 AM
  • #2014

    Thanks for the suggestion!  I'm glad you're enjoying Pawn.

  • #2012

    Sometimes when comparing items, I get double "this item is an upgrade" in the tooltip.

    I dont know if its your addon that does it or Ratingbuster.

    Last edited by martinboy on 11/29/2012 6:59:34 AM
  • #2015

    Hmmmm, thanks for the report.  It could be either RatingBuster or Auctioneer that's causing that to happen.  I'll see if I can think of a way for Pawn to work around it.

  • #2010

    Either I'm crazy or changing the normalize value checkbox won't save now

  • #2011

    Not crazy You may or may not be crazy, but that checkbox doing nothing is a bug in 1.7/1.7.1 that is fixed for 1.7.2, which I intend to release tonight.  Sorry about that!

  • #2008


    Thanks for all good work and have question if you plan to work with Item Upgrade (5.1 feature) ? 

    Some summary score, how big upgrade it actualy is..


  • #2009

    Hi!  You're welcome.  What sort of questions about item upgrades would you like Pawn's help in answering?  I can think of a few things off the top of my head that Pawn could potentially help with someday:

    • How much will this item's raw score improve if I upgrade it one step?
    • How much will this item's score improve percentage-wise if I upgrade it one step?
    • Out of all of the items I'm currently wearing, which one should I upgrade to get the most value for my Valor Points?

    The third one sounds most interesting to me, though it's also the most complicated, and I suspect that the answer is always your weapon, then your helm, chest, and legs, then your shoulders... and Pawn wouldn't know what to say about your trinkets, or the fact that some of your items are more easily replaced than others, and so on.  The first two questions didn't seem like they were anything I would actually USE myself.  So given all that, I couldn't think of any particularly awesome Item Upgrade Advisor to build right now, and figured that after I started using the feature maybe I'd think of something better or maybe someone would tell me about something they wanted.  :)

  • #2018

    Okay, thanks for the info—pretty similar to the third option then.  I think that to do this right unfortunately, Pawn may need to have a concept of a whole set of items.  Otherwise if I'm at the Space Mummy trying to upgrade an item for my resto set but I'm wearing my enhancement gear, it's going to try to tell me how much of an upgrade that item is for healing compared to my DPS gear and those results don't make sense.  Pawn does already know what my best healing items are and what my best DPS items are, though, so that might be good enough.  Just takes some planning to make sure it'll all work out.  :)

  • #2016

    I usualy check just raw item values when looking at upgrades (1% on chest might be better than 2% of ring).

    So main thing I would look for is how much total value of item will rise on upgrade. I might check myself witch item would get most with this ulitily alone.  I see while upgrading long list of stats, then other item got different stats but numbers also are different... thats bit overwhelming without calculator xD

    Last edited by Daross on 11/29/2012 11:00:19 AM
  • #2006

    VgerAN, I just wanted to thank you for creating & maintaining such a fantastic addon. You've done so much work to keep it updated with all the many changes that have happened in WoW and make it so useful and making it easy to use. Thank you so much to your continued contribution to the WoW community. I sincerely appreciate all that you have done. :)

    Last edited by menace97 on 11/27/2012 5:57:16 PM
  • #2007

    Thanks!  Glad you like it.  <3

  • #2004
    Ilvl scales

    Any chance you can add an option to give a score based on item level?  Because of some of the ratings I'm using, it's (properly) listing some blue items being better than purple items.  However, if a purple item drops with a higher ilvl than the blue I'm wearing, I want to be able to set something up (such as giving a value to ilvl) so that the upgrade icon comes up on the Need/Greed popup.

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