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  • Updated 10/07/2013
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v3.0.10
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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 v3.0.10
David Lynch <>
2013-10-07 21:20:55 -0500

Tagging v3.0.10


David Lynch:
    - Include the handynotes settings in SD's options, since they're all hidden away in the main HN options


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  • #583
    I think some folks may need to read the notes in the add-on description. Re-read part about having nameplates on. Re-read the part about 'the very first time you come within visual range'.

    Maybe everyone needs to try deleting their game cache (as noted above) and turning on nameplates. If those don't solve your problem, you may want to consider ASKING for help or writing your own add-on.

    'Don't bite the hand' and all that stuff...
  • #580
    Question on the updated SilverDragon - Mine no longer will notify me of rares in the area like it used to. Now.. the notification only pops up when I mouse over the mob. (I have all scan options selected however, not just mouseover). How can I get it to go back to scanning the area?
  • #582
    Got the same problem Enyala, something to do with the cache. Good news is that the author is aware of it - quoting from the change log " Basically works in Cata. Need to investigate the cache-scanner ".
    So hopefully we might get something soon. Fingers crossed.
  • #579
    crashes every time it goes off needs updating in regard to the targeting window.
  • #574
    Thank you for the 4.0.1 update! This is one of my favorite and most used addons.
  • #557
    Anyone know if this is still being maintained? I've been getting an occasional error when SD targets a rare ("Interface\\FrameXML\\UIParent.lua:2567: attempt to compare nil with number"), somtimes the error kicks in as soon as the SD pop-up appears, sometimes it kicks in when I attack the rare and other times it kicks in when I loot the rare. Doesn't happen with every rare either, though the error seems to alwasy happen with certain rares.
  • #542
    Not long ago, when the pop-up appeared, it could be dragged. Now it can't. Soooo... turns out on one alt the frame position is just too far to the right - and the "X" to close it is not click-able. Soooooo - gotta LOG OFF & ON to clear it! :-(
  • #536
    Any way to move the SilverDragon frame?
  • #510
    Forgive my noobness, I don't understand why there can't be an option to go off even if the rare has been seen before with out having to clear the cache.
  • #517
    From what I can gather, the way these addons work is, they scan the cache file and wait until the name of a rare appears. Once it does, it tells you what rare it is, and gives you the pop-up so you can target it. After that, since you've already seen the creature ingame, its name won't appear in the cache file again - it only adds the line once.
  • #504
    Just a quick question, would it be possible, or is it possible, to config silverdragon to point out WHERE the rares are; not just showing that your near them?
  • #477
    Anyone got an idea how to actually clear the mob cache?
    I deleted the Cache sub-directory in my WoW folder, and all mobs I've seen/cached still are cached, and don't auto-pop like they supposedly should.
    I have gotten the v2.3.5 from, but there was no info there, either.
    Royal pain right now, this is.
  • #489
    The cache you need to clear for SilverDragon and NPCScan in Vista/Win7 can be found in the following directoy:


    (make sure you have 'show hidden files and folders' enabled as well)
  • #476
    click on
    Development Site:
    and download the newsest 3.3.5 version
  • #459
    This addon is *dead* stone cold dead. Sorry. I wish someone who knew lua could fix the problems. The biggest problem right now is that this addon got a "memory" leak. The second you spot something this addon goes nuts and grows insanely in size until you close WoW.
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