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  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 1,716,508 Total Downloads
  • Updated 10/29/2014
  • Created 01/14/2008
  • 2,630 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.3
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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 1.9.3

    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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  • #2022

    So dumb question for hybrid classes... is there a way to easily only use one spec weighing system? Elemental for shamans for example? Or just elemental and resto, but not enhancement? The only way I could figure it out was to copy enhancement so it was editable (using the same name as the original) and then delete it. Is this the preferred method?

  • #2023

    Sure.  Open Pawn, click on the scales you don't want to see, and then uncheck "Show this scale in tooltips" below.  Or just shift-click names of scales to show/hide them.

  • #2020

    Version 1.7.2.  On the gem tab the following.  Something to do with cogwheels it seems.

    14x Pawn-1.7.2\PawnUI.lua:1640: attempt to get length of field "?" (a nil value)
    Pawn-1.7.2\PawnUI.lua:1640: in function "PawnUI_ShowBestGems"
    Pawn-1.7.2\PawnUI.lua:1584: in function "PawnUI_InitGemsTab"
    <string>:"*:OnShow":1: in function <string>:"*:OnShow":1
    <in C code>
    Pawn-1.7.2\PawnUI.lua:2392: in function "PawnUISwitchToTab"
    <string>:"*:OnClick":2: in function <string>:"*:OnClick":1



  • #2021

    Hi!  Thanks for the report.  This is fixed for Pawn 1.7.3.  Sorry for the troubles!

  • #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.  :)

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