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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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  • #924

    hi,is sliverdragon  caching Voidtalon of the Dark Star atm?

  • #923


    Love your addon and I have a question. In your suggestion for useful addons there's Button-bin listed. As a humble peon I've installed this and it works like a charm with your addon. So I was wondering if there is a way to hide the Silverdragon minimap button, as it already shows in the Button-bin one. 

    I have checked the configuration settings in AddOns ni the Interface menu, but was not able to find it.
    Is it perhaps done via a /command line or have I just overlooked the option ? 

    Thanks for making this addon <3

  • #922

    Just a suggestion, but I was wondering if you could make the map handynote icons movable? I've noticed that sometimes an icon will spawn in places other than where you actually saw the mob appear. More often than not this is because the mob spawned in a cave or building, but I have seen it happen with a few world-spawn rares too.

  • #921

    Nameplates feature doesn't appear to be working, even with no nameplate-altering addons enabled. NPC nameplates are turned on. Hmmm.

  • #919

    Will this work for companion pets. I have been looking for an unborn valkry but with know luck I would love something that triggers if I happen to fly over it?

  • #920

    No triggering when you fly past it, I'm afraid. Minimap icons for pets are much more of a pain to scan than the rare-vignette icons.

  • #918

    Maybe I'm just missing the obvious but is there a way to change the size of the pop up frame? I often like to keep the frame up as a reminder while I continue doing other things but I wish I could make it smaller.

  • #917

    So I ended up writing lists of the rares per zone (/tar <rare name here>) I'm in in macros, and using that to guide SilverDragon to rare spawns. The macro scrolls down the list, and if one of the rares is nearby, targets it - which trips the SilverDragon popup and alert.

    Works well enough for what I want it for now, since using the SilverDragon macro without importing the rare list doesn't work for me. Not sure if this is a bug, or a conflict with another add-on.

    Something I have noticed though, sometimes the icons that pop-up on the map do so in the wrong place, or underneath something else (gathermate nodes, wholly quest marks), making them hard to spot. Could you make the icons drag-able please? Thanks in advance^^

  • #911

    Everytime I mouse over Haakun the All-Consuming in Shattrath - Draenor, my game crashes. If I turn of silverdragon, game doesnt crash.

  • #914


    Same thing happened to me. Never had wow crash form an addon before. Haakun the All-Consuming in Shattrath crashes the game.

    Looks like this was reported back in May so it seems to be an ongoing issue. Back to npcscan :(

    Last edited by transitbus on 11/19/2014 11:23:59 AM
  • #915

    Unfortunately, looks like people are complaining about it on NPCscan, too. ;-)

    That said, I fixed it in the just-released version.

  • #909

    Is there a way to retarget a rare if you closed the target window early? I see a rare, the target window shows up, if I close the target window early and the rare is still there, how can I retarget the mob?

  • #910

    That's where the macro comes in handy. Either make a macro that says "/click SilverDragonMacroButton" or go into the settings and press the button in "scanning > macro" that'll do it for you. Then use that macro, and it'll try to target rares that were nearby.

  • #916

    Ah cool. In that case I should be able to use the macro without needing the list import. That's good then, coz the list suffers from some strange errors. Nearby zones overlapping I can understand (such as with Durator and Nrth Barrens) as it is concievably possible to pick up on rares near the edges of adjacent zones.

    But Darkmoon Rabbit is listed as inside Orgrimmar, along with a couple others that just don't make sense. There's also something called a Shar of Anger (?) which is listed as just outside the gates?

    EDIT: Nope. Without the list imported, the macro is still refusing to find rares - even if I leave the zone, and return. Tested this out at Mulgore/Thunderbluff.

    First I confirmed the presence of the rare (Doomsayer Wiserunner), then headed to TB to rebuild with the zone change - returning to the rare's hideaway, the macro still didn't pick up on anything - right up until I was practically on top of it.

    Mouseover works fine, but de-selecting the rare and hitting macro still doesn't find anything. This does work when the list is imported - even if the rare is dead. Any idea what's going wrong?

    For now I've just made a cheap macro listing the rares in the zone I am in, and click that.  Works the same :P

    Last edited by Wyr3d on 11/20/2014 3:52:03 PM
  • #913

    Macro doesn't rely on the import. It does, however, only rebuild itself when you change zones, which explains why it doesn't immediately work to target a rare you just saw. (I should fix that.)

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