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  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 2,473,914 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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  • #1341
    I have a question about Druids. I know this isn't necessarily the correct forum to ask this but since my question is about what Pawn scales I should be looking at and using I will ask here.

    I am new to playing a Druid, just started a Troll Druid. I think I would be a lousy tank and I am sick of being a healer type so I am choosing Balance spec and I have no plans on dual-specing.

    So as a Balance spec Druid do I only use the Druid: Balance pawn scale or should I also use the Druid: Bear form and Druid: Cat form scales too? The part I am confused about is even though I am NOT Feral spec (a tank) as a Balanced spec Druid I still have cat and bear forms. So I am unsure of the type of gear I should be going for.

    Thanks in advance and again, sorry for posting in the wrong place.
  • #1345
    If you want to keep a set of bear gear around in case you change your mind, or if you think you'd occasionally want it while questing, keep the feral bear spec visible. But if you're pretty sure you want to stick with balance, you can just turn all of the others off and save yourself some complexity and tooltip clutter.
  • #1340

    I've experienced that "UseAction Tainted execution blah blah" error once or twice from Pawn as well.

    Taking a look at the World of Warcraft Interface Addon Kit, you can see that the trace is 100% correct. UseAction is used inside of the "action" handler that is called by the OnClick method of the SecureActionButton... that is called by the ActionButtonUp, which in turn is called from within an XML bindings list for ACTIONBUTTON1-12. The trace shows ACTIONBUTTON2 or ACTIONBUTTON3 as the button responsible for calling the ActionButtonUp function.

    Pawn does use Bindings, which I think is related to this error appearing. It may be due to a conflict with another mod, or a conflict between using the same key for two bindings (if possible in wow), or it could very well be an issue on Blzzard's side.

    To people getting this error, you get it after pushing a button on your actionbar? Do you get this error every time you press da button, or is it once in a while? Is this button is a macrobutton? What actionbar/button# is it on?

    Oh -- and VgerAN, Pawn seems to think that a FishingPole is an upgrade to the Lich King Daggers I used to have and all of the new Cataclysm blue daggers I've gotten. Rogues don't even use 2-handers as primary weapons, lol, let alone fishing poles for fighting. I think Fishing Poles should be excluded from upgrade checks and scoring.

    Hope you're enjoying Cataclysm,
    Kazamiko of Earthen Ring
  • #1346
    I got the taint problem VERY often (at least every day - when I re-enable Pawn, it usually takes 2-3 hours to taint again.

    I'm using standard Blizz action bars, and I press the keyboard key when I get the taint - but after taint, I cannot click on the button with the mouse as well (I'm not a clicker so no idea if this happens when I actually click). Buttons used are from 1 to 0...
  • #1344
    The silliness with fishing poles for rogues is fixed in 1.5.3. :) Pawn's suggesting the fishing pole as an upgrade to your best 2H weapon, not your 1H weapons.
  • #1339
    I am having trouble with the green upgrade arrow and the coin icons showing up on my wife's pc. She has an exact copy of my addons folder (as that is how I keep her up to date). She has the exact same options set as me, but they will show up on my qst turn ins, but not hers.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you in advance for a great addon!
  • #1343
    I'm not sure what would cause that. So far in Vashj'ir and Hyjal I've noticed a few sporadic cases where the arrows weren't appearing, but it was only a couple times.

    What classes are you? Are you using the built-in Wowhead scales? The only time that you shouldn't see one of those two icons is if there is a trinket in the available rewards; trinkets are a special case and can't be valued easily, so Pawn doesn't try to suggest anything when a trinket is available.
  • #1338
    Does Pawn now account for the fact that Spirit counts as hitrating for certain classes, i.e. balance of power for boomkins.
  • #1342
    Yes, the Wowhead scales that are included with Pawn take this into account, even though the Wowhead site currently doesn't.
  • #1337
    In fight, I can't use Keybindings while Pawn is active. Screenshot:

    and...request for enchants^^ Only a few waepon enchants are incalculable.
  • #1347
    This randomly happens to me as well. It will work for a while, then randomly this error will show up. If I'm not using Pawn much at the moment I'll just disable it and enable it the next time I log on. It will usually work for a few days at a time without any issues.
  • #1333
    I got this error while attempting to use a simple macro:
    /cast Swift Flight Form

    I tried to cast this while it was grayed out (i.e. I could not fly in the location I was at) Subsequent attempts to push the button do nothing. I have to reload the UI for it to work again. This error has occurred a couple times.

    Date: 2010-12-10 00:09:19
    ID: 3
    Error occured in: AddOn: Pawn
    Count: 1
    Message: Error: AddOn Pawn attempted to call a forbidden function (UseAction()) from a tainted execution path.
    [C]: UseAction()
    ..\FrameXML\SecureTemplates.lua:274: handler()
    ..\FrameXML\SecureTemplates.lua:541: SecureActionButton_OnClick()
    ..\FrameXML\ActionButton.lua:40: ActionButtonUp()
    [string "ACTIONBUTTON2"]:4:
    [string "ACTIONBUTTON2"]:1
    Swatter, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    WowheadLooter, v40011
    AckisRecipeList, v2.0.5
    AllPlayed, v40000-1 $Revision: 230 $
    AtlasLoot, vv6.01.01
    AtlasLootCataclysm, vv6.01.01
    AucAdvanced, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucFilterBasic, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucFilterOutlier, v5.9.4960.2531
    AucMatchUndercut, v5.9.4960.2531
    AucScanData, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatHistogram, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatiLevel, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatPurchased, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatSales, v5.9.4960.2842
    AucStatSimple, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatStdDev, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatWOWEcon, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilAHWindowControl, v5.9.4960.3311
    AucUtilAppraiser, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilAskPrice, v5.9.4960.3175
    AucUtilAutoMagic, v5.9.4960.3142
    AucUtilCompactUI, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilEasyBuyout, v5.9.4960.3583
    AucUtilFixAH, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucUtilGlypher, v5.9.4960.2545
    AucUtilItemSuggest, v5.9.4960.3108
    AucUtilPriceLevel, v5.9.4960.2545
    AucUtilScanButton, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilScanFinish, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilScanProgress, v5.9.4960.2530
    AucUtilScanStart, v5.9.4960.4819
    AucUtilSearchUI, v5.9.4960.3655
    AucUtilSimpleAuction, v5.9.4960.4546
    AucUtilVendMarkup, v5.9.4960.2530
    AuctionProfit, v1.1
    Babylonian, v5.1.DEV.130
    BalancePowerTracker, v1.0.6
    BankItems, v40000
    BeanCounter, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    Configator, v5.1.DEV.282
    DBMCore, v
    DBMPartyCataclysm, v
    DebugLib, v5.1.DEV.275
    Decursive, v2.6.0.1
    DrDamage, v1.8.0_release-3
    Enchantrix, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    EnergyWatch, v4.1.0
    EnsidiaFails, v
    Examiner, v10.12.06
    GearScore, v4.0.00
    GFWDisenchantPredictor, v4.0
    GFWFactionFriend, v4.0
    Grid, v1.40000.1370
    GridSideIndicators, v4.0.1-1
    GridStatusRaidDebuff, vv3.1
    GridStatusRDBC, v1.0.1
    GridStatusRDWotLK, v1.1
    Informant, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    InlineAura, vv1.6-beta-3
    InlineAuraDefaults, vv1.6-beta-3
    LilSparkysWorkshop, v
    MikScrollingBattleText, v5.5.91
    Omen, v3.1.0
    OmniCC, v4.0.waffles9
    OmniCCConfig, v
    OptiTaunt, v0.95
    Pawn, v1.5.2
    Prat30, v3.4.13
    Prat30Libraries, v
    Quartz, v3.0.4
    RaidMobMarker, v3.1c
    RatingBuster, v
    ReadyCheckAnnouncer, v36
    Recount, v
    SimpleUnitFrames, vv2.3.4
    SlideBar, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    Stubby, v5.9.4960 (WhackyWallaby)
    Talented, vv3.0-beta7
    WIM, v3.4.2
    xcalc, vv2.5
    ZOMGBuffs, v4.0 Release 3
    ZOMGBuffsBuffTehRaid, v4.0 Release 3
    ZOMGBuffsPortalz, v4.0 Release 3
    ZOMGBuffsSelfBuffs, v4.0 Release 3
    BlizRuntimeLib_enUS v4.0.3.40000
  • #1335
    Thanks for including the macro! (Peculiar. Why do you use that instead of just going into flight form directly?) I haven't been able to reproduce this, and Pawn doesn't actually use "UseAction" as indicated (wouldn't be the first time I've seen that message with incorrect information), but I'm continuing to look into it.
  • #1348
    If it helps any, I have received a similar error. LUA error message spam below:

    Date: 2010-12-13 16:54:16
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: AddOn: Pawn
    Count: 1
    Message: Error: AddOn Pawn attempted to call a forbidden function (UseAction()) from a tainted execution path.
    [C]: UseAction()
    ..\FrameXML\SecureTemplates.lua:274: handler()
    ..\FrameXML\SecureTemplates.lua:541: SecureActionButton_OnClick()
    ..\FrameXML\ActionButton.lua:40: ActionButtonUp()
    [string "ACTIONBUTTON1"]:4:
    [string "ACTIONBUTTON1"]:1
    Swatter, v3.2.2 ()
    AdvancedTradeSkillWindow, v
    Atlas, v1.18.0
    AtlasBattlegrounds, v1.18.0
    AtlasDungeonLocs, v1.18.0
    AtlasOutdoorRaids, v1.18.0
    AtlasTransportation, v1.18.0
    AtlasLoot, vv6.01.01
    AucAdvanced, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucFilterBasic, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucFilterOutlier, v5.9.4961.2531
    AucMatchUndercut, v5.9.4961.2531
    AucStatHistogram, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatiLevel, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatPurchased, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatSales, v5.9.4961.2842
    AucStatSimple, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatStdDev, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucStatWOWEcon, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilAHWindowControl, v5.9.4961.3311
    AucUtilAppraiser, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilAskPrice, v5.9.4961.3175
    AucUtilAutoMagic, v5.9.4961.3142
    AucUtilCompactUI, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilEasyBuyout, v5.9.4961.3583
    AucUtilFixAH, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    AucUtilGlypher, v5.9.4961.2545
    AucUtilItemSuggest, v5.9.4961.3108
    AucUtilPriceLevel, v5.9.4961.2545
    AucUtilScanButton, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilScanFinish, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilScanProgress, v5.9.4961.2530
    AucUtilScanStart, v5.9.4961.4819
    AucUtilSearchUI, v5.9.4961.3655
    AucUtilSimpleAuction, v5.9.4961.4546
    AucUtilVendMarkup, v5.9.4961.2530
    Babylonian, v5.1.DEV.130
    BeanCounter, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    Configator, v5.1.DEV.282
    DBMCore, v
    DebugLib, v5.1.DEV.275
    DoTimer, v4.5
    Enchantrix, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    EnchantrixBarker, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    Expose, v
    FishingBuddy, v0.9.9e Beta 9
    Gatherer, v3.2.2
    Informant, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    LilSparkysWorkshop, v
    Omen, v3.1.0
    Outfitter, v5.1.2
    Pawn, v1.5.2
    PowerAuras, v3.0.0W
    RatingBuster, v
    Recount, v
    SlideBar, v3.2.2 ()
    Stubby, v5.9.4961 (WhackyWallaby)
    TotemTimers, v10.3.12
    TradeskillInfo, v2.0.0
    BlizRuntimeLib_enUS v4.0.3.40000

    This error occurs reliably after visiting a reforger. Any attempt to use a macro (any macro) after visiting a reforger will result in this error message and cause all macros to become unusable until a /reloadui is performed. I cannot say for certain, but I do not believe I have observed this error in any other situation. I can say that disabling Pawn eliminates this error, though I have not tried running Pawn alone in the absence of other addons.

    Hope that helps!

  • #1330
    tooltips arent showing up for me
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