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  • Updated 02/14/2016
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.23
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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, and run simulations.

Language support

Pawn works with English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (European), Simplified Chinese, and 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.

Found a bug?

If you think you might have found a bug, you can file an official ticket on CurseForge or comment here. In addition to a description of the problem, please make sure to include: (1) the language that you use Pawn and WoW in, (2) the specific items that don't work as expected, and (3) your class and spec if you're using the default Wowhead stat weights. Screenshots are often very helpful as well.


Fan video: How to use Pawn with Ask Mr. Robot and SimCraft

Version 1.9.23

    When Pawn shows you an upgrade percentage for an item that requires Valor and/or an Empowered Apexis Fragment to achieve, it will now show up as "+X% upgrade potential" instead of merely "+X% upgrade".  Hopefully this will make it a bit clearer how an ilvl 650 baleful item can be a significant upgrade over an ilvl 670 raid item.
        This change will only affect English at first, until translations are available.

Version 1.9.22

    For Baleful items, Pawn will now use the Empowered version of the item (the one that you get with an Empowered Apexis Fragment that's level 695 before valor upgrades) when calculating the base value of an item.
    Added an option to make Pawn no longer assume that you'll use Valor and Empowered Apexis Fragments to upgrade your gear when comparing different items.

Version 1.9.21

    For items upgradeable with Valor, Pawn will now use the fully-upgraded version of the item when calculating the base value of an item.  (The current value of the item, which is not shown on tooltips by default, will still use the current upgrade level.)  This means that when comparing (for example) a level 630 item that isn't upgradeable to a level 650 item that is, the upgrade % shown will be about 1.5x what it was previously.  Upgrade percentages between two upgradeable (or two non-upgradeable) items will remain roughly the same as before.
    Fixed a problem where tooltips for craftable items did not get Pawn annotations (values and upgrade %).

Version 1.9.20

    Works around a WoW bug where quest reward items were not getting Pawn information on their tooltips most of the time.  (Special thanks to Phanx for helping to track down more patch 6.2 compatibility problems!)

Version 1.9.19

    Pawn now includes data for the Immaculate Taladite epic gems, and will suggest them for items level 695 and up (Mythic Blackrock Foundry / Heroic Hellfire Citadel).
    Pawn now knows about Khadgar's legendary rings.
    Preparation for translation into Korean.

Version 1.9.18

    Various diagnostic changes to help me identify the compatibility problems with patch 6.2, and some attempted fixes.

Version 1.9.17

    A few updates to make Pawn work better on WoW patch 6.2.

Version 1.9.16

    The "Special effects were not included in the value" message that you'd see at the bottoms of tooltips for trinkets and enchanted weapons has been removed.
    The (?) icon used to indicate special effects on items has been replaced with a small orange diamond (like in Diablo III).
    Support for crystals of fear and sha-touched sockets, cogwheels and cogwheel sockets, and assigning a fixed value to the effect portion of a meta gem (2% chance to restore mana, etc.) have all been removed, as those features are no longer relevant in any current content.

Version 1.9.15

    Pawn will now work with AtlasLoot again.
    Included some improvements to the Portuguese translation.

Version 1.9.14

    Fixed a bug where sometimes Pawn would save over custom key bindings set up by certain addons, such as ElvUI.
    Included updates and improvements to the Italian translation.

Version 1.9.13

    Included a variety of updates and improvements to the French translation.

Version 1.9.12

    Included the correct version of the French translation (with the changes from 1.9.10, which were accidentally reverted in the 1.9.11 release).

Version 1.9.11

    Significant changes to the built-in Wowhead scales.  (Note that this iteration doesn't include spell power, attack power, or weapon DPS.  This is the design of the Wowhead scales, not a problem with Pawn.)
    Lots of further improvements to the Spanish translation.

Version 1.9.10

    Fixed a problem where weapon speed was not read properly in Spanish.
    Made a few changes to try to make the French version of Pawn understand large numbers (1,000 or greater) better.

Version 1.9.9

    Given their exorbitant cost, Pawn will no longer suggest Greater Taladite gems on gear lower than item level 685 (mythic Highmaul).
    Fixed the problem where some new Draenor wands caused an error to appear in the chat log and did not have their DPS calculated correctly.
    Attempted to fix a problem in Spanish where numbers greater than 1,000 were not read properly.

Version 1.9.8

    New scales from Wowhead have been integrated into Pawn, and the starter scales that Pawn previously included have been removed.
    Includes a new Spanish translation, which is still a work-in-progress.
    Fixed a bug where the socketing advisor would always unhelpfully suggest that you put a gem "of any color" into a prismatic socket.
    Fixed a bug where It was difficult or impossible to change the color of a scale, depending on where the Pawn window is situated.  (It was difficult if the scale list happened to be behind the color window.)
    Fixed a bug where if you opened your chest of Garrison Resources and the last item you won (it showed up in a "you won!" popup) was an upgrade, the Garrison Resources would also show up as an upgrade.  (Hey, maybe you got some Complicated Wood instead of Simple Wood.)
    Removed the code that dealt with Wrathion's Breath of the Black Prince item, which added sockets to certain weapons, but is no longer obtainable by new players and not relevant to current content.

Version 1.9.7

    Strength, Agility, Intellect, and Stamina can't be marked as "unusable" in custom scales.  (Since multiple primary stats are on most armor pieces now, marking those as unusable leads to some confusing and unexpected results.)
    Made a couple small improvements to the French, German, and Traditional Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.6

    Pawn will now no longer suggest gems for items below level 630 (level 100 heroic dungeon).  (This change is particularly noticeable for helms, which had high-value meta sockets at level 90, but not at level 100.)
    Improved the German and Simplified Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.5

    Additional changes to try to prevent the "UseSpecialQuestItem" error from occurring when clicking items in the objectives list.
    More improvements to the Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese translations.

Version 1.9.4

    Dodge and Parry on low-level items will now be treated as if they were Bonus Armor, at a 2:1 ratio.  (40 Parry on an item will be treated as 20 Bonus Armor.)
    Pawn will now once again work with AtlasLoot even when the "Use GameTooltip" AtlasLoot setting is off.  (Release versions only, not the latest AtlasLoot beta.)
    The warrior tank starter scale now properly has a value for bonus armor.
    Included lots of improvements to the Traditional Chinese translation.

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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  • #2211

    Hi!  Pawn will tell you which of your items is the best one that you've ever equipped of that type of item.  So if you just have one spec, everything you're wearing right now will probably show up "best."  (If you have multiple specs and gear sets, each one will have items that show up as "best" for that particular spec.  For rings, it'll show you a second-best item as well.)  Then, when you hover over new items or they drop in raids or someone links them in chat, you'll see which ones are considered better than what you already have as upgrades—they'll get green arrows and something like "7% upgrade".  (Here's an example screenshot.)  Each item will be evaluated separately for each of your class's specs by default.  If you don't care about one or two of your class's specs, you can turn them off by shift-clicking them in the list in the left side Pawn window, which you can get to by clicking the Pawn button on your character sheet.

    Don't worry if Pawn's a bit different from stuff you've used before; there isn't really anything else that works like it.  :)

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • #2209

    I just downloaded this last night, as I read that it could make comparing items and gear a little easier. However, because I'm new to this type of addon, I'm a little confused on how to read it. Basically because it says that every item I have is "best", even though I can cleary see that the values are drastically different. I could just be looking at this all wrong though, which is probably the case, but could someone give me a simple yet clear explanation on how to read this. If it helps, I'm talking about just using the shift function to compare my items.

  • #2212

    ...see my reply above, which I posted in the wrong place.

  • #2207

    I have had the items not calculating correctly as d_archangel below has reported.

    The Cloak of Itesh (item=66898)

    When I set all variables except Stam to 0 (Stam at .001)

    The cloak (which has no hit) is valued at .2

    When I give Hit the value of 1.0 ... the cloak suddenly becomes 36.2

    That 36 points drove me crazy.  I spent 2 hours finding the stat that was throwing it off.

    The cloak I was using for comparison was the heirloom cloak.  It changed properly with all additions, including the Hit value (It has no hit either).

    Does your addon read the stats from the tooltip, or does it read an internal listing.  If internal, I wonder if Blizzard has screwed up a few items recently ... not as advertized.

    I have a screenshoot uploaded.  The Draebow Scale has Hit set to 0 and is now showing the proper score.  The Zero Scale has everything Zero but Stamina and Hit ... as shown. (Screenshot Link)

    Found other items:
    Zero Scale => Stam=0.001/Hit=1 (All other values = 0)

    Items show Hit when there is NO Hit listed on the item:

    Cagebreaker's Chain Links (item#81023) 80.4 instead of 0.4
    Lurking Tiger Band (item#80770) 159.4 in quest tooltip / 66.4 in bag (instead of 0.4)
    Ornate Band (rare item#90904 of the Zephyr) 85.5
        [Ornate Band (common item#83793 of the Stormblast) Has Hit and shows properly 159.4]


    I am finding it on many items that have no HIt value.  Items with Hit, will register properly ... giving them a poorer score than items without (on some items).  This also begs  the question ... is there another stat that is also doing the same thing.  I found the problem on one conflict and made a scale to measure the problem on other items.  What if there is another stat doing the same, but one I am not using and therefore don't notice?



    Last edited by Draewind on 5/12/2013 10:47:47 PM
  • #2210

    Sorry for the confusion (and the late reply).  What you're seeing is that 40% of the secondary stat that shows up the most on the item (Mastery in the case of your example screenshot) is being interpreted as hit, since if hit were truly the only stat you cared about, clearly you'd reforge any item that you got to include more hit.  In a more practical sense, Pawn tries to anticipate how you'd reforge an item, and it takes that reforging into account when calculating the value for any item that can be reforged.

    If you'd like details on how a particular item's core is calculated, one thing that you can do is put it into both sides of the Compare tab, which will give you a stat-by-stat breakdown and a few details like how much the score increased due to reforging and gems and that sort of stuff.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • #2204

    got this reloading my ui , with latest version

    Date: 2013-05-04 19:25:49
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 3
    Message: ..\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua line 4163:
    attempt to concatenate global 'PawnPlayerFullName' (a nil value)
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:4163: PawnIsScaleVisible()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:1310: PawnGetAllItemValues()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:1199: PawnRecalculateItemValuesIfNecessary()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:1077: PawnGetItemData()
    Pawn\PawnUI.lua:2263: PawnUI_OnQuestInfo_ShowRewards()
    [C]: QuestInfo_Display()
    ..\FrameXML\WorldMapFrame.lua:2335: WorldMapFrame_SelectQuestFrame()
    ..\FrameXML\WorldMapFrame.lua:2070: WorldMapFrame_DisplayQuests()
    ..\FrameXML\WorldMapFrame.lua:2156: WorldMapFrame_UpdateMap()
    [C]: SetMapToCurrentZone()
    [C]: ?
    [C]: Show()
    RaidBuffStatus\Core.lua:2611: DelayedEnable()
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:9:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:5
    (tail call): ?
    Ace3\AceAddon-3.0\AceAddon-3.0.lua:558: EnableAddon()
    [C]: LoadAddOn()
    PitBull4\Main.lua:1225: LoadModules()
    PitBull4\Main.lua:1336: OnProfileChanged()
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:9:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:5
    (tail call): ?
    Ace3\AceAddon-3.0\AceAddon-3.0.lua:558: EnableAddon()
    [C]: LoadAddOn()
    ..\FrameXML\UIParent.lua:301: UIParentLoadAddOn()
    ..\FrameXML\UIParent.lua:375: TimeManager_LoadUI()

  • #2206

    Thanks for the report.  I've got a change that'll go into the next version that I think will eliminate this error, but RaidBuffStatus is doin' some crazyweird stuff there.

  • #2203

    I keep having some issues with items being displayed as Upgrades when they definetly are not.

    An example:

    Furious Gizmatic Goggles - Item Level 127 -- 1175 Armor, +48 Strength, +28 Stamina

    Is being scored as a 20% upgrade over

    Crown of Chelonian Freedom - Item Level 288 -- 2116 Armor, +176 Strength, +264 Stamina on my Ret pally.

    And I also kept getting that one the pandarian Bejeweled Spellblades (don't recall the exact one) was a 92% upgrade for my Shadow Priest even though I was already using it.

    I noticed this weird scores since the previous Blizzard patch a couple of week ago.

    Last edited by d_archangel on 5/4/2013 11:02:30 AM
  • #2205

    Can you tell me what scales is/are causing the weird item to show up as an upgrade?

  • #2200

    on my dk opening teh mailbox with alpha2 , just got it on doing my bs daily as well.

    Date: 2013-05-03 12:45:26
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Pawn\Pawn.lua line 3157:
    attempt to perform arithmetic on field '?' (a nil value)
    [C]: ?
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:3157: CheckItem()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:3199: PawnFindBestItems()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:3086: PawnCheckInventoryForUpgrades()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:3351: PawnOnInventoryChanged()
    Pawn\Pawn.lua:142: PawnOnEvent()
    [string "*:OnEvent"]:1:
    [string "*:OnEvent"]:1

    Last edited by Dohram on 5/3/2013 11:58:17 AM
  • #2201

    Thanks; a couple other people are having this problem too.  If you could check alpha 3 for me, hopefully it's an improvement.  If you use any custom scales you may want to make a backup copy of your Pawn settings, or do "/pawn export" to save them all as text.

  • #2202

    it appears fixed for me.

  • #2198

    Started to get this type of error when hovering mouse over item:

    2x Pawn\Pawn-1.8.5 alpha.lua:1383: bad argument #4 to "format" (number expected, got string)
    <in C code>
    Pawn\Pawn-1.8.5 alpha.lua:1383: in function "PawnAddValuesToTooltip"
    Pawn\Pawn-1.8.5 alpha.lua:1262: in function "PawnUpdateTooltip"
    Pawn\Pawn-1.8.5 alpha.lua:237: in function <Pawn\Pawn.lua:237>
    <in C code>
    <in C code>
    FrameXML\ContainerFrame.lua:815: in function "ContainerFrameItemButton_OnEnter"
    <string>:"*:OnEnter":1: in function <string>:"*:OnEnter":1

    Tooltip = GameTooltip {
     0 = <userdata>
     SetQuestLogRewardSpell = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     SetSpellBookItem = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     InspectEquipItem = "|cff0070dd|Hitem:87365:0:0:0:0:0:0:1231664768:90:0:0|h[Beneficent Gloves]|h|r"
     LCAddLine = <func> @..\LootCount_DropCount.lua:3325
     SetExistingSocketGem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetHyperlink = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetTradeSkillItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetVoidItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetVoidDepositItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     Hide = <func> =[C]:-1
     hasMoney = 1
     shownMoneyFrames = 1
     LCAddSmallLine = <func> @..\LootCount_DropCount.lua:3330
     SetItemByID = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetCurrencyToken = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     comparing = false
     SetSocketGem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetShapeshift = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     Show = <func> @TipTac\core.lua:911
     SetMissingLootItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetPetAction = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     SetUnitDebuff = <func> =[C]:-1
     LCAddDoubleLine = <func> @..\LootCount_DropCount.lua:3335
     SetLootItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetQuestItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetVoidWithdrawalItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetQuestRewardSpell = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     FadeOut = <func> @TipTac\core.lua:897
     numMoneyFrames = 1
     ttGradient = <unnamed> {}
     LCSize = 13
     SetInboxItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetBuybackItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     shoppingTooltips = <table> {}
     SetHyperlinkCompareItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetMerchantItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetQuestLogItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetTrainerService = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetTradeTargetItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetTalent = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     SetTradePlayerItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetIconTextureAndText = <func> @TipTacItemRef\core.lua:93
     SetSendMailItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetUnitAura = <func> =[C]:-1
     updateTooltip = 0.16799999848008
     SetInventoryItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetUnit = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:381
     ttCount = <unnamed> {}
     SetLootRollItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     LCFont = "!ClearFont\Fonts\PerspectiveSans\ClearFont.ttf"
     ttIcon = <unnamed> {}
     SetAuctionSellItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetBagItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetUnitBuff = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetAction = <func> =[C]:-1
     LCFlags = ""
     SetGuildBankItem = <func> =[C]:-1
     SetAuctionItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    ItemValues = <table> {
     1 = <table> {}
     2 = <table> {}
     3 = <table> {}
    UpgradeInfo = nil
    BestItemFor = nil
    SecondBestItemFor = nil
    InvType = "INVTYPE_HAND"
    OnlyFirstValue = nil
    Entry = nil
    _ = nil
    (for generator) = <func> =[C]:-1
    (for state) = <table> {
     1 = <table> {}
     2 = <table> {}
     3 = <table> {}
    (for control) = 1
    _ = 1
    Entry = <table> {
     1 = ""Wowhead":MonkBrewmaster"
     2 = 1.#INF
     3 = 1.#INF
     4 = false
     5 = false
     6 = false
     7 = "Monk: brewmaster"
    ScaleName = ""Wowhead":MonkBrewmaster"
    Value = 0
    UnenchantedValue = 1.#INF
    LocalizedName = "Monk: brewmaster"
    Scale = <table> {
     Header = "Wowhead scales"
     PerCharacterOptions = <table> {}
     Color = "00ff96"
     Values = <table> {}
     LocalizedName = "Monk: brewmaster"
     DoNotShow1HUpgrades = false
     NormalizationFactor = 1
     DoNotShow2HUpgrades = false

  • #2199

    Thanks for your report.  Give 1.8.5 alpha 2 a try and see if that helps things for you.

  • #2194

    I really can't get this working properly. I wish to create a Holy (Paladin) PvP and a Holy PvE scale, and creating them goes well by copying the default holy scale and changes the weights, the addon can even calculte wiht them, at least the value seems to be fine. But it just can't recognize and save which is the best item, no matter how many times I click the rescan button. If I keep switching gear sometimes it changes which one is considered to be the ultimate by the addon, but it also happens that it eventho I have an item equipped, it suggest to replace it to itself cause it's better in stats -.- I don't know what I could do wrong, any ideas?

    It's about two 1H + shield set, but shields are always working, and so seem to be every other item as well. Only the weapons seem to be weird (One is the tyrannical sword, other is the jin'rokh thunderforged sword).

    Plx help :(

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