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  • Supports: 5.4.0
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  • Updated 10/07/2013
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • 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?

Vignettes

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.

Targets

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.

Nameplates

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.

Macro

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?

Frame

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.

Sounds

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.

Messages

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.)

Syncs

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.

Tooltips

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.

Broker

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
629b28065ccd2055e40a08256da32908a24df73b
David Lynch <kemayo@gmail.com>
2013-10-07 21:20:55 -0500

Tagging v3.0.10

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

Comments

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  • #867

    Hi,

    the following thing is happening to me: the popup frame is very inconsistent and only shows up about 10% of the time an npc is found, if it wouldn't show up at all, I'd know that I made a mistake somewhere, or there might be a confilict with other addons I use, but in this case I'm left a bit dazzled. Played around with all the settings, clean install and so on an so forth, nothing helped.

    On another note: is it possible to output a chat message once an npc is found? For those AFK flights it'd be pretty useful.

    Hope anyone out there can enlighten me as to how to deal with this.

    Thanks in advance,

    neph


    Edit: I figured out what is causing it; whenever a rare is found via vignette it doesn't show the popup frame, when it's via cache it still does. Problem is: I deactivated scanning via vignettes, but I still "find" npcs via vignettes, without my precious popup frame.

    Edit2: Got rid of it by deleting the vignettes.lua within the SilverDragon/Scan Folder. Hope this helpes anyone who experiences the same inconvenience.

    Last edited by nephalat on 10/2/2013 3:18:09 AM
  • #859

    HI, very helpfully addon!

    I deleted a rare from the Timeless Isle list....

    How can i bring it back on the list without loosing all killcounts?

  • #860

    Just reimport the data. It won't overwrite the counts.

  • #865

    ok thx!

    Only the count from the deleted rare is missing. :-)

  • #858

    Hi. Loving the addon but struggling with the amount of spam I send to the public channel. Tried looking through the options on Interface to switch the announcing off but nothing worked. Any suggestions? Is it possible to switch this off at all?

    Thanks in advance.

    Pix

  • #861

    Well, it doesn't output anything publicly by default (unless there's a bug in LibSink, I suppose), but you can disable absolutely everything like that by going to the options > outputs > messages, and unchecking "enabled".

  • #866

    Thanks for the reply. Had 'Enabled' unchecked. In the past and with other addons have had to check, save, uncheck, save for the addon to register. Will try this and will let you know.

  • #857

    Found a problem, when the addon tries to send a message to the general or local defense channel, shows this error:

    Rare seen: Barco aterrador Vazuvius (mouseover @ 26.7, 27.1) (You tried sending this to the channel %s, but it appears you are not here.)

    My wow client is in Spanish 

  • #862

    That'd be a bug in http://www.wowace.com/addons/libsink-2-0/

  • #871

    funkydude has already fixed the problem with LibSink in its latest update (r97).

    funkydude:
     This is now fixed in the latest LibSink, it will require Kemayo to publish a new release of SilverDragon.

  • #854

    Any way to move the Pop-Up window that displays when a Rare is found? I find that it's really in the way.. It covers my current targets Health Bar on my UI..

    I need to move that Pop-Up window but don't see an option for it, am I blind?

  • #863

    ALT-drag the window. Or update to the latest version and uncheck "locked" in the options for it.

  • #853

    How remove the circle(80 meters radius) on the radar?

     

     

     

     

     

  • #864

    Go to the options: outputs > range ring > show it

  • #846

    ooo vignettes are in :)  great

    not working correctly yet though,  i can stand exactly beside the rare mob (already cached),  and the warning is only happening if i target or mouseover it. 

    cant wait to get an actiually functioning scan,  great work with the addon, thank

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