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  • Supports: 6.0.2
  • 3,860,362 Total Downloads
  • Updated 10/14/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v3.1.0
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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?


In patch 5.4 Blizzard has added something it calls "vignettes". These are the little skulls and treasure chests that appear on the minimap, mostly on the Timeless Isle. However, at the same time they also made at least the Pandaria rares show up through the same system. So, we can use this to alert you to a rare that's within minimap range, without any worries about having to clear your cache.

The drawback: it's not incredibly reliable. It seems to just randomly stop returning data on some servers at some times. Also, it won't tell you about older rares.

The cache

WoW maintains a cache of mobs that you've been near. By asking the client to display the tooltip for a mob whose ID we know, we can find out whether that mob is in the cache. By noticing when a mob shifts from not being in the cache to being in it, we can find out when we've gotten close to a mob.

Because it can trigger before you've actually seen the rare, this is the most important scanning method used. However, it has a few important limitations:

  • It can only trigger the first time you get near a mob. After that it's useless until you clear your cache. (See below.)
  • Hunter pets which used to be rare mobs also trigger the cache. So 5 minutes in a capital city will fill up your cache with pets. Thus if you want to find pets, you'll need to clear your cache after heading out into the world.


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.

Clearing the cache

You can clear the mob cache by quitting WoW and deleting creaturecache.wdb from the Cache\WDB\enUS (or your actual locale) sub-directory in your WoW directory.

If you're running Windows Vista or 7, your Cache is actually NOT in the WoW install directory. Instead it will be at C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache

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.
  • _NPCScan.Overlay: shows rare mob paths for some rares, and can be told to pop up if SilverDragon sees something.
  • ChocolateBar: 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.

Why should I use this instead of _NPCScan?

_NPCScan is all about scanning the cache. If a mob winds up already in your cache, it'll do nothing at all to help you. SilverDragon tries to fall back on more things, to give you the best chance of finding rares.

If you want to run across rares while leveling, SilverDragon helps with that. _NPCScan is solely a max-level tool.

If you're hunting a rare in a group, SilverDragon can automatically tell other people in your group when you see the rare, so you can all converge quickly.

Ultimately it's a matter of personal preference. :-P

What's new with version 3?

Most of the addon has been rewritten so that its internals are entirely based on mob ids and zone ids, neither of which were available to the client back when 2.0 was written back in early 2009. This was also a great opportunity to stop having to lug so much localization code around.

tag v3.1.0
David Lynch <>
2014-10-14 18:36:55 -0500

Tagging v3.1.0


David Lynch:
    - On nameplate scan, use store name if present
    - Yield to this fetish for non-rare rares
    - One Many Army
    - Ambiguate sync
    - Don't mark the dead
    - No clicktarget whiteout
    - Some minor changes I don't care about :P
    - Better Timeless defaults
    - Removal of cache scanning
    - Improve vignettes
    - TOC bump
    - Oggs, and group/guild announcing


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  • #720

     Okay, first, LOVE this addon, thank-you much.

     But I have a sort of a strange problem. Installed and have been using this on my Hunter for a while, works great. Finds lots of rares. I also changed the "announce" sound and was able to select from a LOT of different sounds including some "Blizzard" sounds. I chose one called "Blizzard: Simon says" (I think it was listed like that), it's a soft high pitched ding/chime sound that doesn't freak me out like NPC_Scan. There are maybe 30 or more sounds to choose from and has a slider bar on the right to slide down the list.

     Okay so I started playing an alt Mage again recently and decided to enable Silver Dragon for the Mage too. Been playing for about 4 days and it's yet to find a single rare anywhere even when NPC_Scan goes off (usually both went off in Northrend on Hunter). And I have a significantly smaller list of sounds to choose from, maybe 12 - 15 with no scroll bar on the right. I think I have all the same options enabled on both toons, but they're operating quite differently. Any idea why?

     Does not find rares on alt, announce sounds list is different. Why? Any way to fix this?

  • #719
    Two requests...

    Could you please update this on WoW Interface? My computer likes that website a *lot* better than this. 


    Would  it be possible to create another file with 'not rare but frequently desired' mobs in it? For example, I was going to add <a href="">Lil Timmy</a> to the list, but chickened out when I saw the 'DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE DIRECTLY' line. 


    Thank you!


  • #718

    No import button . Did you take it out?

  • #716

    Is there any way to move the target box when it shows up with a rare?  I'd like to be able to move the box to another location on my screen but there seems to be no way to do that.

  • #717

    Hold down alt and you can drag it around. It'll remember where you put it.

  • #715

    I have installed this addon and followed the instructions to import the data, however I cannot find an import data button anywhere within the options?

    Edit: I found the solution, seems the addon is considered current but the data file is considered out of date. Once I told wow to load out of date addons the import data button appeared.

    Last edited by Smartie on 3/1/2012 7:03:06 AM
  • #714


    I have the exact same problem if im on sw or on any location and press m and look on uldum i see all rare npc locations but if i tele in uldum and press m all npc mark;s vanish  ,and it seems is only in uldum . how do i solve this problem ?

  • #709

    Hi I have a strange problem with viewing rares on my map and mini map the zone that causes most problems is Uldum. When I open my map it shows no icons where rares are, but when i logged into a different toon it shows them on her map. I tried copying her profile and deleting the toons profile that have the problem also reinstalled, but It still glitches.

  • #711

    Having the exact same problem with just one character, just with Uldum.  Maybe a problem with it being an Alpha version?  I'm using v2.6.1-2-gbadea8e

    Last edited by Keryn_TB on 2/7/2012 9:42:55 AM
  • #708

    Is it possible to change it's size?

  • #707

    This addon only reports rares now if I mouse over them, i.e. when I actually see them myself.

  • #706

    you might want to update this it says loque nahak is never tameable and automatically caches him when he is in fact a tameable beast. those of you looking for him might want to ditch this add on and use npcscan instead.

  • #705

    I'm getting rare mob popups every time I enter a zone.

  • #722

    I'm getting the same problem, so then when I actually do get to the rare it has shown me when I first reached the zone, it won't notify me until I mouse over it.

  • #704

    The only way to import rares at the moment is to go to the addons on the character select screen and make sure 'load out of date addons' is ticked. Otherwise the Silverdragon_data WILL NOT be loaded as for some reason, it says it is out of date.

    Last edited by Mikkdc on 12/21/2011 9:57:11 AM
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