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  • 4,233,178 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/19/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v3.1.4
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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 v3.1.4
David Lynch <>
2014-11-19 14:11:42 -0600

Tagging v3.1.4


David Lynch:
    - Stop the popup from showing for Haakun the All-Consuming, since it reliably crashes the game. For reals.
    - Fix some wowhead data being missing from the defaults
    - Fix minimap tooltip not showing
    - Rerun miner
    - Fix a bug with questid mining
    - Separate out the achievements and quest filters for handynotes
    - Even more fun with different icons for the mount-mobs
    - Different tooltip display method
    - Fun with icons


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  • #789

    For some reason i dont get any icons on my zonemap in Krasang Wilds.

    The icons does show up on my minimap when i get close to them.

    I get them in all other zones in Pandaria just not in Krasang Wilds.

    Have been serching for an option to enable them but i cant find it.

    I am using HandyNotes to get them to show in Silver Dragon.

    Is this a bug or something?

    Thanks in adcance.

  • #782

    the latest version of the data base (imported rares) does not seem to have IDs in it, only names which makes the targeting button unusable in localizations other than English

  • #783

    It does have IDs in it. What're you seeing which implies they aren't there?

  • #788

    It is fixed in the latest version today
    It is runing well in zhTW-WOW now
    Thank you so much

    Last edited by levin_curse on 3/17/2013 12:59:28 AM
  • #787

    Drat, you're right. I forgot that a recent change I made would cause problems with updating the names for localizations. (It was meant to preserve the special labels for rares like Madexx which come in various colors.)

    I'll get that fixed in the next release. Later today, possibly?

  • #786

    Addon don't target npc by macro cause of localisation.

  • #781

    I love the add on BUT .... "HOW do you TURN OFF the Map Icons" they are blocking Nodes and I have NPCscan overlay to give me the general area of the rares I dont need a thousand icons to do it.

  • #784

    Turn them off in your map notes addon -- probably HandyNotes. It's in there.

  • #785

    Thank you

  • #777

    Is there a way to upload a list of "pets"?  I am adding the battle pets I need in still, but there is a few.


  • #776


    How do you move the click target that appears? I know it can be clicked and closed by the "x", but is there a way to reposition it?

  • #778

    Hold down alt while dragging it.

  • #773

    Ok so im 2 clicks away form downloading this addon as NPC Scan thing has stopped working for me (no idea why just dont let me know when it sees a rare) but does this work with ALL the mobs that have been added in Panda land and every where else?

  • #774


  • #772

    Any chance of an update that includes the 130+ new rares added to the game in patch 5.1 sometime soon please? ;)

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