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  • 1,640,478 Total Downloads
  • 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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  • #1881

    it seems to be that i am unable to see my pawn scores/values with items in void storage. is that something that can implemented? or is that a blizzard limitation?

    thank you :)  --- also posted on wow interface.

  • #1882

    Ah, probably just something I never considered.  I'm just about to release Pawn 1.6.1 and I can probably get that working for the new version.

  • #1883

    Void storage support will be in 1.6.1.  :)

  • #1877


    First of all - thank you for this mod, it's one of my favorites.

    Recently I've discovered MogIt mod and I like it pretty much. Problem is pawn won't work with MogIt enabled.


    336x Pawn-RU-1.5.20\Pawn.lua:3347: attempt to compare nil with number
    Pawn-RU-1.5.20\Pawn.lua:3347: in function "PawnPlayerIsAtMaxLevel"
    Pawn-RU-1.5.20\Pawn.lua:2681: in function "PawnIsItemAnUpgrade"
    Pawn-RU-1.5.20\Pawn.lua:1083: in function "PawnUpdateTooltip"
    Pawn-RU-1.5.20\Pawn.lua:309: in function <Pawn-RU\Pawn.lua:309>
    Pawn-RU-1.5.20\VgerCore\VgerCore-1.07.nil.lua:185: in function "SetHyperlink"
    AtlasLoot-v6.05.04\Core\LootButtons.lua:1391: in function <AtlasLoot\Core\LootButtons.lua:1361>

    Item = <table> {
     Stats = <table> {}
     Rarity = 4
     Link = "|cffa335ee|Hitem:65223:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:85:0|h[Усиленное сапфировое оплечье]|h|r"
     UnenchantedSocketBonusStats = <table> {}
     UnenchantedStats = <table> {}
     PrettyLink = "|cffa335ee|Hitem:65223:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:85:0|h[Усиленное сапфировое оплечье]|h|r"
     Values = <table> {}
     Name = "Усиленное сапфировое оплечье"
     SocketBonusStats = <table> {}
     ID = 65223
     Level = 372
     Texture = "Icons\inv_shoulder_plate_raidpaladin_i_01"
    DoNotRescan = nil
    IsScalingHeirloom = false
    UpgradeTable = nil
    BestItemTable = nil
    SecondBestItemTable = nil
    ScaleName = nil
    Scale = nil
    (for generator) = <func> =[C]:-1
    (for state) = <table> {
     "Wowhead":ShamanEnhancement = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DeathKnightUnholyDps = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":RogueAssassination = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarriorArms = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarlockDestruction = <table> {}
     Паладин свет пвп = <table> {}
     Resto PvE = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PaladinTank = <table> {}
     Blood PvE w. hit = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":HunterBeastMastery = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PaladinHoly = <table> {}
     Жрец: послушание (пвп) = <table> {}
     SEP(Warrior) = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":RogueCombat = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PriestDiscipline = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarlockAffliction = <table> {}
     AchosTree = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":MageFrost = <table> {}
     Паладин ретр пвп = <table> {}
     Pawn value = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":ShamanRestoration = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":RogueSubtlety = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":MageFire = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":HunterSurvival = <table> {}
     AchosKitty = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DruidFeralTank = <table> {}
     Holy PvP = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarriorFury = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PriestShadow = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DeathKnightBloodDps = <table> {}
     Enhancement dps = <table> {}
     Demonology (my, pve) = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DeathKnightBloodTank = <table> {}
     AchosBear = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarlockDemonology = <table> {}
     Pawn value (Kirikus) = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DruidRestoration = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":ShamanElemental = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":HunterMarksman = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DruidFeralDps = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DeathKnightFrostTank = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PaladinRetribution = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":MageArcane = <table> {}
     Blood PvE w/o hit = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":WarriorTank = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DeathKnightFrostDps = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":DruidBalance = <table> {}
     Enhancement dps no hit = <table> {}
     Holy PvE = <table> {}
     Ret PvE = <table> {}
     "Wowhead":PriestHoly = <table> {}
     Ret PvP = <table> {}
    (for control) = ""Wowhead":PaladinHoly"
    ScaleName = ""Wowhead":PaladinHoly"
    Scale = <table> {
     Values = <table> {}
     MetaGemQualityLevel = 81
     Color = "f58cba"
     SmartMetaGemSocketing = true
     DoNotShow1HUpgrades = false
     NormalizationFactor = 1
     DoNotShow2HUpgrades = true
     Provider = "Wowhead"
     UnenchantedColor = "b7698b"
     PerCharacterOptions = <table> {}
     SmartGemSocketing = true
     LocalizedName = "Паладин: свет (хил)"
     Header = "Шкалы Wowhead"
     UpgradesFollowSpecialization = true
     GemQualityLevel = 86
     CogwheelQualityLevel = 86
     ProviderActive = true
    CharacterOptions = <table> {
     Visible = true
     BestItems = <table> {}
    InvType2 = nil
    ThisValue = 141.30213829492
    NewTableEntry = nil
    BestData = <table> {
     1 = 120.13607331297
     2 = 69599
     3 = 0
    BestValue = 120.13607331297
    BestItem = 69599
    BestMaxHeirloomLevel = 0

  • #1878

    Looks like you've upgraded to the Mists of Pandaria preorder?  Pawn 1.5.x doesn't work properly after you've upgraded due to a bug.  :(  Until there's a Russian version of Pawn 1.6, you can hack your copy as follows:

    Open up Pawn.lua in a text editor (like Notepad) and search for "GetAccountExpansionLevel" and remove the word Account so it's just "GetExpansionLevel".  It will only show up in the file one time.  Then save it.  (Note that if you do this, the Curse client won't automatically update you anymore since you've edited the file.  When there's an upgraded version available you'll need to force the upgrade.)

  • #1880


    (Just to clarify for others who stumble across this, people playing the English version of World of Warcraft can just upgrade to Pawn 1.6 normally, as it's available today and doesn't have this problem.  This hack is only for people using non-English versions that aren't upgraded to 1.6 yet.)

  • #1879
    Quote from VgerAN »

    Looks like you've upgraded to the Mists of Pandaria preorder?  Pawn 1.5.x doesn't work properly after you've upgraded due to a bug.  :(  Until there's a Russian version of Pawn 1.6, you can hack your copy as follows:

    Open up Pawn.lua in a text editor (like Notepad) and search for "GetAccountExpansionLevel" and remove the word Account so it's just "GetExpansionLevel".  It will only show up in the file one time.  Then save it.  (Note that if you do this, the Curse client won't automatically update you anymore since you've edited the file.  When there's an upgraded version available you'll need to force the upgrade.)

    Indeed you are right on MoP pre-purchase. This did resolve issue.

    Thank you!

  • #1875

    is there a way to add off hand comparing with 2 handed weapons? example id like to comapre heroic Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony with the heroic off hand Ledger  of Revolting Rituals against my staff H Visage of the destroyer. something like this even possible? cuz atm it seems the staff always wins out cuz its a 2hander and has more stats out right or am i missing something here which might also be 100% true :P thanks in advance

  • #1876

    Hi!  I might add something like that someday.  Right now you'll need to add together the values of your main hand and off hand weapon and compare that total to the value of the two-handed weapon.  Use whichever has the greatest total.

    BUT, the actual numeric scores aren't shown on items with the default settings, so you'll need to put the items into the Compare window to see them, or go to the Options tab and click "Show scale values and upgrade %" to turn them on.

  • #1872

    VgerAN, do you use the project site often or normally just work from the comments here?

  • #1873

    I look at both, but I don't look at the CurseForge tickets very often.  I check Facebook every hour or two, Curse once or twice a day, WoWInterface several times a week, and CurseForge occasionally.

    I just saw your ticket—the short answer is that if you create in-game equipment sets for your specs then Pawn should give you smarter results for what upgrades it shows you.  The long answer is here:

  • #1874

    I didn't even think about it possibly looking at equipment sets.  Will have to make more use of them.  Smile


    And I think your final idea in the long version would be a great addition.  That would definitely be more like I was thinking it should do.

    Last edited by cabby1970 on 7/29/2012 3:08:53 PM
  • #1869

    Ditto with the "Message: Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:3347: attempt to compare nil with number " error. Wiped my WTF folder, nuked the addon folder, removed saved variables tool in curse. Installed only Pawn and I'm still getting the error. I did notice however, when you mouse over an item and hold down the shift key Pawn displays correctly on the equipped tooltips.  

  • #1870

    Upgrade to Pawn 1.6 and you should be fine.

  • #1859
    Pawn error

    hello, whenever i hover over some (not all!) armor pieces for example PAWN gives me an error, like

    Message: Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:3347:
    attempt to compare nil with number Time: 07/26/12 15:12:40 Count: 2 Stack: [C]: ? Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:3347: in function `PawnPlayerIsAtMaxLevel' Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:2681: in function `PawnIsItemAnUpgrade' Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:1083: in function `PawnUpdateTooltip' Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:205: in function <Interface\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua:205> [C]: in function `SetBagItem' Interface\FrameXML\ContainerFrame.lua:818: in function `ContainerFrameItemButton_OnEnter' [string "*:OnEnter"]:1: in function <[string "*:OnEnter"]:1>

    It never did this before, i didn't install new addons, i even deleted the entire WTF folder and made pawn the only active addon, but nothing changed.

    when i give the /script VgerCore.Message(PawnUICurrentScale) command it says nil!

    Like i said it never happened before and i have it on all characters, really strange. I also tried the beta 2 version but issue is the same! is there something i'm missing?

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