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  • Updated 01/24/2016
  • Created 01/14/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
  • Newest File: 1.9.22
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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 1.9.22

    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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  • #1884

    Pawn 1.6.1 is now out, and everyone should upgrade, as it has important fixes for World of Warcraft 5.0.  It also adds support for the new, changed, and removed stats and item types (PvP power, relics, thrown weapons, elemental resilience, heroic elite epics, etc.), adds new high-resolution artwork, adds support for items in Void Storage.  (This version of Pawn will not work on previous versions of World of Warcraft.)

  • #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.

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