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  • Updated 11/22/2015
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • 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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  • #769

    I would like to bump a problem mentioned earlier: No SD icons showing on world map.

    My friend has the same problem with SD v. 3.01.

    I am using SD V. 2.6.3 together with HandyNotes 1.2.0 and have no issues at all.

  • #761

    I have a MP3 sound bite I would like to add to the list of sound clips for when SD spots a rare. Is this possible to add and if so how?

    Last edited by Filorux on 10/23/2012 7:58:20 PM
  • #767

    The basic summary is "write a tiny addon which registers your sound with LibSharedMedia." (It's really tiny. Two files, and about three lines of text between them.)

  • #764


  • #771

    I think the addon SharedMedia would do the job aswell.

  • #766

    Not trying to be an arse but some sort of reply would be great to have in regards to my question.


  • #756

    how do you remove the "SilverDragon" Icon from the minimap? i want it to look clean when i'm raiding and i can't find it anywhere. maybe i just can't see it... any of you guys know ?

  • #779


    You can use SexyMap for that

  • #763

    Your probably better off using MBB (minimap buttton bag) it will let you consolidate all your icons into it and it is also detachable

  • #758

    i use the mini-map icon as well, but the mark ontop of a mobs head sticks out more than anything for me. It's a moot point. the latest version just added this option. Thanks for the assist and great job keeping this alive, I've always preferred it to NPCScan and am glad to see it fully rewritten to be more modern. Works great!

  • #757

    Options > Outputs > Broker > "Show minimap icon"

  • #754

    Is there an option anywhere to have this addon Mark the target with a raid mark, like NPCScan? It's a very useful feature and I do not see it anywhere.

  • #762

    If you go to SD Interface under the output section there is Marker you can set the raid marker from in there.

  • #753
    Dark Soil

    I am trying to add Dark Soil to silverdragon. Is it possible for it to work with it even though it is not an npc? Just wondering because it does have an id tag. 210565 according to wowhead. Trying to add it to all the zones in MOP.

  • #755

    Your dark soil is an "object" tag. Silverdragon uses the "item" tag and not the same in cache.

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