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  • Supports: 6.0.2
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  • Updated 10/14/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v3.1.0
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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 v3.1.0
a0b122e17cdb967f0c9d0fa4729ef8a2d02a1e58
David Lynch <kemayo@gmail.com>
2014-10-14 18:36:55 -0500

Tagging v3.1.0

--------------------

David Lynch:
    - On nameplate scan, use store name if present
    - Yield to this fetish for non-rare rares
    - One Many Army
    - Ambiguate sync
    - Don't mark the dead
    - No clicktarget whiteout
    - Some minor changes I don't care about :P
    - Better Timeless defaults
    - Removal of cache scanning
    - Improve vignettes
    - TOC bump
    - Oggs, and group/guild announcing

Comments

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  • #625
    If you use Handynotes it appears to be the cause. You can try a temp fix here
    http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info19004-HandyNotestempfix.html

    or disable till an update is done for handynotes.
  • #626
    I tried the temp fix for handy notes and seems to have fixed the problem of the Silver dragon icon appear as the minimaps arrow. I will have to watch it and see if it bugs out elsewhere.

    Tnx for this
  • #619
    same error here!!!

    on some chars my personal arrow minimap icon is the silverdragon icon!
  • #616
    Horrible amount of errors if the targetting window pops up during combat. Disabling the targetting window in SilverDragons settings doesn't appear to have any effect; still pops up. BugGrabber just gives up after catching thousands of errors within seconds.
  • #615
    I also getting an instance when this addon finds a new rare I'll get 1000+ errors (infinite) which causes me to have to completely disable ALL addons, or disable just Silver Dragon and reload. I can't catch the error messages the seem to be all identical, but the count number just goes up very quickly until WOW says "You addons are experiencing a large number of errors" and gives me an option to turn them ALL off or ignore.
  • #618
    GTFO.
  • #613
    most of catas rares arent in the database need the ones from deepholme :)
  • #611
    Has the Mysterious Camel Figurine been added to this update?
  • #610
    When I discover a rare and it puts an icon on my minimap, the icon sticks to my location arrow and moves with me as I travel thru the zone... A UI reload does NOT fix this issue and there is no error message. When I move out of the zone the icon vanishes, but reappears if I reenter the zone.
  • #608
    Deactivating the frame is not working anymore. I disabled "show" on the tab "ClickTarget".

    Why i want to deactivate it? It's annoying and too big. If you integrated a non-annoying popup i wouldn't complain.
  • #607
    lol, well was in kara last night with guild screwing around..and atfer finding the lucker rare elite..i hit clear known rares..under a misunderstanding of how to clear ur cache..

    how can i import the rare date that comes with the addon?
  • #605
    Loving this mod, it helped me find and tame Loq. Only problem I have is the click target frame, I'd like to move it because it's almost on top of where I like my target frame. Is there a way to move it?
  • #606
    Nevermind, figured it out. Have to hold alt. :)
  • #601
    I am a bit confused, I've been using this for a long time now and it's always worked fine without any tweaking at all, I tried and got rid of NPC_Scan because of the pet false positives and having to clear the cache.

    1) Will this find rares that aren't included in the "known list"? (ie. Have I been wasting my time alt-tabbed near Ashtail's spawnpoint trusting SilverDragon to work?)

    2) What does the "Cache" change do? Am I going to have to delete my cache files to use this now? If so then I will be very disappointed, it's a hassle, especially if I've come across dead rares.

    3) I was under the impression this just scanned nearby mobs/nameplates for ones tagged "rare" or whatever. I guess that isn't how it works?
  • #602
    Lol, of course right after I post and download NPCScan to be sure, he spawns.

    1) Yes, SilverDragon did see him and added it to it's database.

    My cache was cleared though (just in case), so I'm still unsure about number 2 and 3.
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