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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 2,475,586 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/07/2015
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.20
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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 1.9.20

    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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  • #1834

    This error is shown upon login.

  • #1830

    Invalid slot reference to character slot - did not find a reference for INVTYPE-RANGERIGHT

    Why am I getting the above error when I open my engineering slot?

    Also, it keeps putting a line in my chat saying ' cannot find  '(current toon)'

  • #1831

    Sorry to hear that.  Do you still have those problems if Pawn is the only addon active?  When you see those errors, do they appear with the word "ERROR" in pinkish salmon-colored text in your chat log?  That's what the error messages that Pawn prints to your chat log look like.

    By "open my engineering slot" do you mean open your engineering profession window?  I'm not sure if that's a typo or if there's something that I don't know about because I don't have any characters with that profession, haha.

  • #1828

    I was having a lot of bug issues myself, but I resolved them by exiting the game, deleting my WTF/Account/AccountName/ServerName/CharName/SavedVariables/Pawn.lua file and restarting the game with ONLY Pawn enabled, just to see it work. Then, I was able to successfully re-enable all my other add-ons. Thanks for the great add-on!

  • #1829

    Glad you like it!  Any ideas which of your other addons might have been most likely to have been conflicting with Pawn?

  • #1826

    4x Pawn\Pawn-1.5.18.lua:1311: attempt to perform arithmetic on local "ThisItemLevelIgnoringRarity" (a nil value)
    Pawn\Pawn-1.5.18.lua:1311: in function "PawnGetInventoryItemValues"
    Pawn-1.5.18\PawnUI.lua:138: in function "PawnUI_AddInventoryTotalsToTooltip"
    Pawn-1.5.18\PawnUI.lua:107: in function <Pawn\PawnUI.lua:99>

    Tooltip = GameTooltip {
    0 = <userdata>
    SetQuestLogRewardSpell = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetText = <func> @Gatherer\Swag\LibSwag.lua:404
    Outfitter_OrigSetBagItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetExistingSocketGem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetCurrencyToken = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetTradeSkillItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    hasMoney = 1
    Hide = <func> =[C]:-1
    Outfitter_OrigSetHyperlink = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetQuestRewardSpell = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    ClearLines = <func> @Gatherer\Swag\LibSwag.lua:413
    SetSocketGem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetMissingLootItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetPetAction = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetUnitDebuff = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetItemByID = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetLootItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    Outfitter_OrigSetInventoryItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    GetUnit = <func> @..\LibRockHook-1.0.lua:136
    SetReforgeItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    FadeOut = <func> @..\LibRockHook-1.0.lua:136
    numMoneyFrames = 1
    SetSpellBookItem = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetInboxItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetBuybackItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    shoppingTooltips = <table> {}
    SetHyperlinkCompareItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetMerchantItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetQuestLogItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetBackpackToken = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetTradeTargetItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetTalent = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetTradePlayerItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetHyperlink = <func> @..\Outfitter.lua:7669
    SetSendMailItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetGuildBankItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    updateTooltip = 0.14599999859929
    SetInventoryItem = <func> @..\Outfitter.lua:7649
    comparing = false
    SetQuestItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetLootRollItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetTrainerService = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetMerchantCostItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetAuctionSellItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetBagItem = <func> @..\Outfitter.lua:7635
    SetUnitBuff = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetAction = <func> =[C]:-1
    SetShapeshift = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetUnit = <func> @Auc-Advanced\Libs\..\LibExtraTip.lua:284
    SetAuctionItem = <func> =[C]:-1
    Unit = "player"

  • #1827

    I don't have too much to go on here, but I'm guessing this occurred when you hovered over the Pawn icon on the Inspect window.  Another addon that you're using appears to be preventing Pawn from getting correct item level information for that player.  I've got a fix that I think will help in 1.5.19, but I don't know what addon is conflicting with Pawn and I haven't actually observed this problem myself.

    If you know how I might be able to reproduce this problem, let me know.  Thanks for the report!

  • #1820

    /script VgerCore.Message(PawnPlayerFullName) Gruffee-blades edge

    /script VgerCore.Message(PawnUICurrentScale) nil


    When I open PAWN from the character screen, no scales are showing. Emailed lua

  • #1822


    Got the same problem as grufee

    -- PawnUICurrentScale also returns nil for me

    For the record - it does show "This is one of your best items"

    Last edited by sbboch on 1/25/2012 4:02:46 PM
  • #1825

    Hmmm, so, I don't notice any issues with that option on, including with the SavedVariables file that gruffee sent me.  Can you describe what happens when you turn that option on and off?  (The scales list isn't ever visible when you're on the Options tab, just so that's clear.)  Is it something like... option's on "only show upgrades," on the Values tab no scales show up, you switch to Options, switch to "show scale values and upgrade %", switch back to the Values tab, and suddenly the list of scales list appears?  Do you need to /reload somewhere in there?  Did I misunderstand?

  • #1824

    Thanks for the tipoff.  I'll see what I can find out!

  • #1823

    I've found out why in my case. If I have selected "Only show upgrades" it doens't show anything. With any of the other 2 options selected it works

  • #1821

    (Responded by email.)

  • #1816

    Been using PAWN for ages, never a problem...even now the issue only pops up under the newly rolled druid, the other 6 toons on the same server are fine. Only loading PAWN, no other mods, still get the error message, and no scales load

    Last edited by gruffee on 1/13/2012 4:30:47 PM
  • #1819

    Can you try a few things for me so I can diagnose what might be going on?  Run these commands and tell me what it says:

    /script VgerCore.Message(PawnPlayerFullName)
    /script VgerCore.Message(PawnUICurrentScale)

    I'd also be interested in seeing your Pawn SavedVariables file.  You can find it at World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\(account name)\SavedVariables\Pawn.lua.  If you could email it to me at (my character's name) I can take a look and hopefully diagnose things better.

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