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Pawn  Updated less than 3 days ago!  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)

Version: 2.0.14
by: VgerAN [More]

Pawn calculates scores for items to help you easily find upgrades for your gear. It's completely customizable, and applicable to any class and situation: for example, it can help you decide whether to equip the ring with a higher item level but one stat you don't want (say, strength for shamans), or the ring with the lower item level but all good stats. It's that level of customization that makes it very different from more general mods like GearScore and more specialized mods like TankPoints.

Pawn can be used by new players right off the bat without needing to change any options, or by advanced players who plan out their gear upgrades, build Excel spreadsheets, install Rawr, and read Elitist Jerks.

Language support

Pawn works with English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese, and includes an untested translation into Traditional Chinese. Unlike most addons, it's NOT possible to use the English version on a language that it doesn't support. (If you're interested in helping translate Pawn into other languages, let me know!)

Staying in touch

For fastest assistance with Pawn, leave a comment here or check the official thread at Curse. You can also become a fan of Vger on Facebook and get updates of new versions and stuff like that. You can also leave questions or comments there if you don't have an account on this site.

Getting started

Pawn will automatically set itself up to work with your characters, but there's a lot that you can do to customize it. See the readme file included with Pawn for more information on getting the most out of Pawn.

Version 2.0.14

The previous version of Pawn fixed Latin American Spanish while breaking European Spanish. This version should hopefully work for both. (There's a new difference in the way that numbers are displayed between the two versions of WoW that I wasn't aware of previously. Sorry!)

Version 2.0.13

Hopefully fixed a problem when Pawn is used in Spanish where stats 1,000 and up would be massively undervalued.
When choosing between relics as quest rewards, Pawn's Quest Upgrade Advisor will now show the same (?) icon that it does for trinkets, instead of showing you which one to choose to vendor.

Version 2.0.12

Pawn's Quest Upgrade Advisor will now also help you identify upgrades rewarded by world quests.

Version 2.0.11

Updated the values of Broken Isles gems again after the recent hotfix. FFS, Blizzard.

Version 2.0.10

The "ignore gems while leveling" feature will now ignore sockets on items below ilvl 800.
Made a small tweak to work around a problem that was reported where an error occurred when trying to sell a battle pet.

Version 2.0.9

Updated the values of Broken Isles gems. Pawn will no longer vastly overvalue sockets on Broken Isles gear.

Version 2.0.8

Fixes to the French translation.

Version 2.0.7

Fixed a problem that could occur on some new items where Pawn would display an error message about not expecting an item with 5 bonus IDs.
Minor update to the Simplified Chinese translation.

Version 2.0.6

Fixed a problem where one-handed weapons could show up as huge upgrades for characters who can't dual-wield. (They were being compared against the character's off-hand frill item or shield.)
Updated Korean translation.

Version 2.0.5

Pawn will now show "your best" and "your second best" on tooltips of equipped rings and dual-wielded weapons when using the default settings.
When the item on the left side of the Compare tab is better, its upgrade arrow will now be green like all other upgrade arrows in Pawn.

Version 2.0.4

By popular demand, the Ignore Valor and Baleful Upgrades option has returned. It's on by default, but you can turn it off to better compare new gear.
I'll wait to remove this option until Legion actually launches.
A few more translation updates for Russian.

Version 2.0.3

Made a hopefully-better fix for the problems on the Russian version of WoW.
Updated translation for Russian.

Version 2.0.2

Fixed a bug where one-handed weapons would appear to be upgrades for dual-wielding characters far too often.
Hopefully fixed a problem where numbers 1,000 and up were being calculated incorrectly in the Russian version of WoW.
Updated translations for Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Version 2.0.1

Adjusted the value of gems to account for a difference in the values of Draenor gems on the live version of the patch versus what they had on beta.
Increased the item level threshold at which Pawn will start suggesting that you use Legion gems so that you shouldn't see that happen on your Mythic Hellfire Citadel gear. (Looks at own gear and weeps softly)
Updated translations for Spanish and Italian.

Version 2.0

Pawn 2.0 only works on World of Warcraft 7.0, the Legion prepatch. If WoW 7.0 hasn't launched in your region, make sure that you're still using Pawn 1.9.x.

New features and big changes

By default, Pawn will now automatically make suggestions based on your current spec and nothing else, and it will automatically switch its suggestions whenever you change specs. If you prefer to show multiple specs on your tooltips and customize them, just go to the Scale tab and switch to Manual.
To keep things simple, when deciding whether a new item is an upgrade, Pawn will now just compare it against what you currently have equipped. This should be more straightforward now that gear works for all specs, and better mimics the way that other RPGs with similar features (like Diablo) work. You can return to the previous Pawn behavior if you prefer by switching to Manual mode on the Scale tab, and then checking "track for each scale" on the Options tab.
All of the built-in scales have been rebuilt from scratch. For now, the stat values are simplified and are not coming from Wowhead, but I expect to resume getting expert advice from them in the coming weeks.
Please report any bugs you find with incorrect item types marked as not being usable, and so on!

Other less exciting stuff

This version now supports all of the languages that Pawn 1.9 supported—special thanks to the Pawn translation volunteers!
Not all translations are complete yet, but if you do notice something completely broken, please let me know what, and which language.
The Pawn UI visuals have now been slightly tainted by the Fel.
Pawn will now show spec icons on your tooltips (only for default scales), which should make them easier to find and tell apart. You can turn this off on the Options tab.
Built-in scales that are designed for only your current class will no longer show the class name on item tooltips. For example, "Havoc: +14% upgrade" instead of "Demon Hunter: Havoc: +14% upgrade".
Pawn's gem database has been fully updated to account for the stat changes in patch 7.0.
To keep the suggestions manageable, Pawn will no longer consider multi-stat (green, orange, or purple) gems on low-level items.
The Gems tab has been simplified, and will no longer show each gem three times (under red, yellow, and blue gems).
The "Defaults" button on the Scale tab has been removed. A new "Template" button has been added, which creates a more useful scale to start from for your current spec.
Pawn's Socketing Advisor now gives a full list of gems when you have Automatic mode enabled (which is the default).
Pawn's features for assuming that you'll use Valor and Baleful tokens to upgrade your items have been removed.
Removed support for Bonus Armor, Spirit, Multistrike, Spell Power, and colored sockets, as those stats have been removed from the game.
Removed support for meta sockets, PvP Resilience, and PvP Power, as those stats are not relevant on any current gear (though they do still exist in-game, such as on the Dreadful Gladiator sets).
Dodge and Parry on low-level items and tank heirlooms will now be interpreted as if it were Stamina.
Attack Power on low-level items will now be interpreted as if it were Strength or Agility, whichever your scale values most.
I expect that for most players, Pawn's memory usage will decline significantly.

Bug fixes and minor tweaks for 7.0

I improved the "getting started" text that probably nobody reads. Now it'll take even less time for people to not read it.
The Pawn UI now opens to the Compare tab by default (except the first time you open it).
Fixed a rare division by zero error that could occur when wearing cosmetic armor with no stats.
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Unread 08-08-10, 09:55 PM  
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Originally posted by VgerAN
Can you explain a little more about what you're looking for? Do you want to have two otherwise identical scales, one of which has a value for hit or expertise, and one of them has the same value for some dummy stat that never actually shows up on an item?
That's exactly what I want to do.

It really sounds like you just want an un-normalized scale...
I want them normalised so I don't have to look at 4 or 5 digit numbers.


If it's too much trouble I guess I'll just keep putting dummy values in wands.
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Originally posted by Niightblade
Hi, can you add a "dummy stat" of some kind please, so that normalised scales that don't have values for hit/exp can still be compared to each other?
Can you explain a little more about what you're looking for? Do you want to have two otherwise identical scales, one of which has a value for hit or expertise, and one of them has the same value for some dummy stat that never actually shows up on an item? It really sounds like you just want an un-normalized scale...
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Hi, can you add a "dummy stat" of some kind please, so that normalised scales that don't have values for hit/exp can still be compared to each other?
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Originally posted by VgerAN
Nihlo—Hopefully this will help you out. It won't make a huge difference in CPU usage over a long period of time, but if most of the CPU usage you're seeing is from startup, the difference will be pretty noticeable. [/b]
thanks a lot ! always used and loved the mod for years...would be one of the last ones I'd turn off. Unfortunately I can't give you help with performance-tweaks, I'm such a bad coder. Maybe it helps if you have a look in some similar mods like WeightsWatcher.

Sry for complaining a lot and thanks again.
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I've posted Pawn 1.3.6, which includes a bunch of performance enhancements. On my computer it shaves about 2 seconds off of the time it takes me to log in, and on particularly old computers it may speed things up even more. Overall, about 95% of the login time Pawn was responsible for has been eliminated, and there are speed improvements in the 5-10% range in various other places too.

I've got a couple more performance enhancements in mind for a later version, but this one's a big one so I wanted to get it out sooner rather than later.

Nihlo—Hopefully this will help you out. It won't make a huge difference in CPU usage over a long period of time, but if most of the CPU usage you're seeing is from startup, the difference will be pretty noticeable.
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I've published an update that includes some changes to make Pawn easier for new users, and also adds untested support for mastery rating for people in the Cataclysm beta.
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never mind, I (and probably everyone else) can play with pawn activated^^ don't use gearscore but could be a kind of conflict with another mod, true. Didn't think about that.
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Sorry, I'm not seeing it on my computers. Maybe it interacts poorly with some other mod that you use that I don't, like GearScore or something? I'll see if I can find anything else out.

Pawn uses a chunk of CPU time right at startup (which I do intend on whittling down pretty soon), but it's consistently at zero for me on idle. The process of scanning tooltips for stats is pretty expensive, but it should only be happening when you're actually hovering over items and clicking item links. It's possible that some other mod is causing this to happen way more than it should be, which would make Pawn's CPU usage jump way up.
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Originally posted by VgerAN
Huge CPU usage when? Pawn is pretty kind to the CPU most of the time. The main exception is when you have a bunch of item tooltips open at once (Armory causes this to happen a lot), and in that situation the game is refreshing those tooltips on every video frame or something crazy (and buggy) like that. Pawn has to work hard to keep up.

In what situations are you seeing high CPU usage?
all the time, not just by opening tooltips. Just take a cpu-meter addon like OptionHouse and have a look at the cpu-usage of Pawn. It doesn't have peaks like eg Healbot while raiding, it's just constantly higher than you think it should be. Talking about CPU and not RAM...RAM is also high but that doesn't matter.
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Originally posted by Nihlo
the huge cpu-usage is really a problem
Huge CPU usage when? Pawn is pretty kind to the CPU most of the time. The main exception is when you have a bunch of item tooltips open at once (Armory causes this to happen a lot), and in that situation the game is refreshing those tooltips on every video frame or something crazy (and buggy) like that. Pawn has to work hard to keep up.

In what situations are you seeing high CPU usage?
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Originally posted by VgerAN
Pawn takes into account hit cap if your scale takes into account hit cap, which is to say... no, not really. The expectation is that your scale is a reflection of how much you care about various stats. As you approach hit or defense or haste or whatever caps, those stats become less useful, so you decrease the value in your scale to compensate. If you use something like Rawr to generate your scales, that's taken into account for you pretty well.

I realize that hit caps are a special situation, but I don't feel that they're AS special as people make them out to be. The idea is that a Pawn value is a reflection of how good an item is for you at this stage in your "career," not how good an item is for you based on what you are wearing right this second. If you're above hit cap, an item with a ton of hit on it is not useful, but as soon as you swap out one other item and fall beneath hit cap, suddenly that hit-heavy item is quite useful. It's the same item. I don't like the idea of it having a different value now just because you swapped an item five seconds ago.
All I do for my DPS scales, is setup one scale with hit valued, and then copy the scale and remove the value for hit. Name one "Capped" and one "Hit" or something to that effect. My goal in most of my upgrades are to upgrade both values together.
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the huge cpu-usage is really a problem, mem-usage is also high but that doesn't matter for most peoples. And...an enchant-tab would still be nice in my eyes^^
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Thanks for the explanation, that would be a perfect option for the next version *nudge hint*

Originally posted by VgerAN

Deleting the Wowhead scales reduces the size of the cache somewhat because Pawn currently calculates values for all of those scales even when they're not visible. The cache will hold "n" items, and for each item, it will hold the item's stats, and then base and current values for all of your scales, including hidden ones. (The obvious performance improvement here is to no longer calculate anything for hidden scales...)
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Pawn only does calculations when you hover over items or click item links. This could be during combat if, for example, you're in your twentieth heroic Gundrak run for the month and you're AFK-healing while browsing through ICC loot tables, but in general, no. It only reads items when it has to.

Deleting the Wowhead scales reduces the size of the cache somewhat because Pawn currently calculates values for all of those scales even when they're not visible. The cache will hold "n" items, and for each item, it will hold the item's stats, and then base and current values for all of your scales, including hidden ones. (The obvious performance improvement here is to no longer calculate anything for hidden scales...)
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Originally posted by VgerAN
You could delete the Wowhead.lua file; that might cut it down a bit. (I tested this at one point; Pawn should still work fine if that file is missing.) Pawn uses memory for two things, primarily: holding your scales, and caching data so that it doesn't have to recalculate things as often. Removing the Wowhead scales will reduce the memory used by both of those things. Without the cache, though, Pawn would take up more of your processor's time, which is way, way worse than taking up a tenth of a percent of your computer's memory.
I'm a bit confused by this. How is the cache tied to the Wowhead scales?

Personally all I use Pawn for is to input my own scales and have the value printed out when I hover over an item, to know how it roughly compares in a void compared to what I'm wearing at the moment. The wowhead scales are useless to me as I don't use them.

Does deleting the Wowhead.lua file still force pawn to use more processor time, even if you're using your own scales? Why is that the case? Is the cache function tied to the Wowhead.lua file somehow?

If so, would it be possible to make Wowhead scales Load on Demand? Making a simple calculation mod use 2-3 MB memory for data you don't use doesn't make any sense.


A final question: Does Pawn do any calculation during combat/if there are no items selected? If it doesn't then I guess that added processor time should be irrelevant.

Thanks for the mod
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