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  • Updated 11/22/2015
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Newest File: v3.2.1
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About SilverDragon

SilverDragon tracks rares. It will try everything possible to notice them and tell you about them.

I, as its author, have precisely one quirk: I like a minimal starting experience. That means that by default SilverDragon doesn't know about any rare mobs, and will just learn about them when you encounter new ones. If you want more advance warning, just go to the "Mobs" section of SilverDragon's options and either enter a few mobs you want to look for, or click "import data" to pull in a complete list of every known rare mob and its locations.

How does it search?


Those little skull icons you see on the minimap. If one of them is a rare SilverDragon knows about, it'll yell at you.


If you mouse over or target a rare mob, SilverDragon will notice it.

This is the also how SilverDragon learns about new rares in the wild. After you first mouse over or target one, it'll remember it, and start watching for it in the cache in the future.


If you have enemy nameplates turned on, SilverDragon will keep an eye on them to look for the names of known rares. This is the least exact method, because nameplates don't expose the underlying mob's id, so we have to rely on a plain name comparison.

Addons that modify nameplates may interfere with this.


SilverDragon can also create a macro to target any rares that are known in the current zone. You can stick this on your actionbars as a button to spam while chasing after a rare. This is sort of a last resort.

How will I know when a rare is seen?


When a rare appears, SilverDragon will pop up a frame that you can click on to target it.

Warning: If you're in combat, secure action restrictions mean that it won't show up until combat finishes.


You can choose from assorted sounds to play when a rare is seen. The sound can loop for a while, to make sure you don't miss it.

There's special settings for rares that drop mounts and world boss rares which you might want to call up a group for. If you're sitting mostly-AFK on a Time-Lost Proto Drake spawn, you probably want the sound that plays to be utterly ridiculous and go on for a good long while, to make sure you don't miss that sucker.


A notice can be sent to a number of places:

  • your scrolling combat text
  • your chat frame
  • a channel in your chat frame (announcing it to your party, for instance)
  • a popup window
  • etc

Other useful things?

Custom mobs

In SilverDragon's options you'll find a "Mobs" section. In the "Always" section, you can add any mob you want to be scanned for. All you need to know is the mob id.

So, let's say you wanted to keep an eye out for Lil Timmy in Stormwind, to buy the kitten he sells. You would...

  1. Go to his wowhead page.
  2. Grab his id from the URL. It's 8666.
  3. Enter 8666 into the "add" field, and click "okay".
  4. Play with your new kitten.

Ignoring mobs

If there's some mob you don't want to hear about for whatever reason, just go to the "Ignore" section of the options. Again, enter the mob's id into the "add" box, then click okay. Bam! You will never again be told that Vern is up.

(Actually, Vern is ignored by default. But you get the idea.)


SilverDragon will talk to itself. It can communicate with other copies of itself run by people in your party / guild, and tell you when they see a rare mob. (If there's a group of you camping all the Time-Lost Proto Drake spawns, say...)

You can turn this off completely, if you want to be private about it.


Some rares are part of an achievement. When you mouse over a rare mob, SilverDragon will add to the tooltip whether you've already killed it, so you know whether you need to rush for it.


SilverDragon includes a Broker plugin. It'll attach itself to your minimap, or a Broker container you have installed, and show you a list of the mobs it knows about in the current zone.

Other addons you may find useful

  • ServerRestartSound: plays a sound when the server's about to restart. If you're AFK-camping for a rare spawn, you probably want to know about this.
  • HandyNotes: integrates with SilverDragon to show icons on zone maps where a rare has been seen.
  • ButtonBin: a broker display. SilverDragon's minimap icon will show up on it (or any other addon like it) instead of cluttering up your minimap, if you have it installed.

tag v3.2.1
David Lynch <>
2015-11-22 16:41:05 -0600

Tagging v3.2.1


David Lynch:
    - More careful recording of mob names-id pairs from achievements
    - Clear up some map POI interactions with the click target
    - Filtering on draenor zones
    - Filter out treasure-icons from the world map scanner


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  • #945

    Is there any way to add more customs sounds to the announcement thing? I'm not entirely keen on any of the sounds offered.

    Really I just want Ragnaros to scream at me every time he spies an elite/rare.

  • #946

    It permits anything registered with LibSharedMedia. So check out

  • #944

    Ever since Hallow's End has started my Draenei warrior gets the alert "Rare seen: Pale Fishmonger (point-of-interest @ 28.3,66.6)". Doesn't matter where I log in at, it even does it in Stormwind.

  • #943

    Since the last update, which added extra description text to the pop-up window for the 4 tanaan junge champion rares, clicking the pop-up no longer targets them.

    PLEASE change back to the old descriptions, as very often the rares are completely surrounded by players and are nearly impossible to click on before they die in seconds if you can't use the pop-up.

    Last edited by Hatredsheart on 11/2/2015 4:06:29 PM
  • #942

    Has been recently updated for 6.2.2 ^^

  • #939

    I don't think this is working correctly for me; I've imported the mob list, but SilverDragon still doesn't alert me when there's a rare nearby, the alert only goes off when I have the mob actually targeted (and it's kinda like - well d'uh I see the rare now SilverDragon, I already have it freaking targeted.)

    Can someone please tell me how to get it to alert me when there's a rare near me, without me having to target it first?

  • #947

    Blizzard have now changed the file system that used to cache rares (pre-MoP) within visual range. As a result addons such as SilverDragon and _NPCscan cannot tell you when a rare is within visual range and pop an alert automatically anymore. 

    Mobs from MoP onwards have a Minimap "Vignette" (small skull) that will trigger an alert as soon as they are in visual range. Sadly this meeans that 'old' rares are harder to track than ever. 

    However SilverDragon does offer Macros to enable you to manually search for rares in a given zone. You will need to hotkey it though and spam it yourself. 

    It's a P.I.T.A, but with the way the current file system works, there is literally no workaround. 

    Old Rares = Manual Scanning

  • #938

    It says that its out of date?

  • #941

    Yup. It's only been updated to 6.0. I guess the author is busy and hasn't been able to update. Still, you can always just edit the .toc file and replace the line:

    ## Interface: 60000

    with this instead:

    ## Interface: 60200

    Curse will change the status to "Modified" but it won't pop up as "out-of-date" in game any more. If the author does update it later, you can just update and it will resolve.

  • #937

    I tried to get this to work but I can't import any data and I've literally sat in front of a rare spawn for 5 minutes and it never alerted me to anything. It was only after I put my cursor over it that the alert popped up and by that time I already know it's there. I killed sever rares then came back the next day and there was nothing on my map showing where the ones were that I killed the day before.

  • #936

    Still works fine (if using the /tar mob lists I mentioned earlier anyway) for 6.2, although it will show up as out-of-date in the add-ons list. Will this be getting an update any time soon, or should I go ahead and modify the TOC file?

    Since I've been using my own lists for locating the rare mobs, and hammering the macro button for each list for each zone, it should work well so long as you have the infromation regarding mobs/zone beforehand.

    NPC_Scan overlay has good information regarding that, and the rest can be obtained from WoWhead. I still prefer SilverDragon to NPC_Scan itself though, as that one is kinda log-happy.

    Last edited by Wyr3d on 8/2/2015 12:24:41 AM
  • #935

    Does this mod still work well? Also, how far out does it search? If I am in Dread Wastes camping the Warbringer will it alert me to Krol on the other end of the map?  Essentially, does it do anything I could not do just flying by?

    Last edited by PertPert on 7/5/2015 9:05:16 AM
  • #934

    Probably said this before, but can you make the pins movable please? I've had mob pins appear in the wrong place far too often

  • #932

    Since patch 6.2 I cannot use the MACRO: /click SilverDragonMacroButton

    It wont auto-click the Rare target anymore, Nor does it work.. just a crap macro doing nothing.

    FIX? (using ElvUI) - No problem closing the window or to make it track.
    Just the macro isnt working.

    Last edited by Queenz on 6/28/2015 10:15:02 PM
  • #933

    This hasn't worked since 6.1 for me. I just do it the hard way, and create my own macro for each zone. Just make a list with /tar <mod name> for each rare in the area, and click that instead. Works fine for me.

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