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  • Supports: 6.0.3
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  • Updated 01/28/2015
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v3.1.5
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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 v3.1.5
David Lynch <>
2015-01-28 21:40:39 -0600

Tagging v3.1.5


David Lynch:
    - Other part of "remove potential for a loop in macro creation"
    - Remove potential for a loop in macro creation
    - Correct ID for Gorok as a mount-dropper
    - Update the targeting macro when seeing a new rare
    - Make marker ignore mobs properly
    - The time-lost isn't really in Nagand. Thanks, Blizzard. :P
    - Mine to pick up new coords
    - Mount mob icon color


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  • #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
  • #701

    there is no  Import Rares button

  • #713

    Yeah, where is this button???

  • #700

    Did you ever get a fix on this? I am having the same issue.


  • #699

    I just installed the new version and when I check my addons in wow's addon interface the silverdragon data file is showing as out of date. The main one is fine, and when i enter the data management section of the interface the clear all rares button is there but not the import rares button.  Please help it appears the data file is not up to date.

  • #697

    heads up LibTourist-3.0 its blocking the progress on the load


    need to set alpha on preferences for that lib (NOT SILVERDRAGON)

    Last edited by enkil80 on 11/30/2011 12:59:09 PM
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