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

Version: 2.1.9
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 2.1.9

Performance enhancements based on suggestions from rowaasr13 of Garrison Mission Manager.
Pawn's Bag Upgrade Advisor will no longer show green arrows on items in your bags that aren't equippable yet because you don't meet the level requirement. (You'll still see them if you hover over the item.)
Added support for the comparison tooltips that appear when holding Shift over the point-of-interest icon for a world quest that rewards an equippable item.
The "compare item left" and "compare item right" keybinds now work on world quest rewards.

Version 2.1.8

Updated stat weights from Ask Mr. Robot for changes in patch 7.1 and recent hotfixes.

Version 2.1.7

Fixed a mistake I introduced in version 2.1.6 that caused characters to become undying servants of the Lich King if they use Automatic mode (the default), which caused Pawn to not show anything on tooltips, and make it appear as if Pawn thought that your spec was Blood in the Pawn window.

Version 2.1.6

Improved performance in raid groups.

Version 2.1.5

Increased Pawn's memory usage in exchange for faster item scans. (Memory usage should still only be a couple MB, but finding bag upgrades should be much faster.)
Minor translation updates.

Version 2.1.4

Fixed a bug where occasionally Pawn would complain about finding too many "bonus IDs" on items.
Removed the "ignore valor and baleful upgrades" feature, since those items are not relevant anymore.

Version 2.1.3

Updated translations.

Version 2.1.2

The Compare tab will no longer show the differential between the sockets and socket value on the left item versus the right item. (For example, if one item has no socket, and the other has a socket worth 1,250 points, it will no longer show "+1,250".) After this change, the green and red numbers shown will always only be stats, which should make them easier for new people to understand.
Fixed a bug where it was no longer possible to export some scales (generally, scales that were created using the "empty" button or importing, rather than copying an existing scale or starting from a template).

Version 2.1.1

Pawn will now take over the new WoW 7.1 feature that puts green arrows on items in your bags. Normally the feature shows you items that are a higher item level than what you have equipped. Pawn will change the feature so that it shows items that are an upgrade to your currently-equipped gear for any of your active scales. (For example, if you're in the default Automatic mode, it'll put upgrade arrows next to items that are better for your current spec, but not for other specs.)
This feature has no effect on the WoW 7.0 live realms.
If you don't like this, and would rather go back to the old behavior, uncheck "Show bag upgrade advisor" on Pawn's Options tab.

Developer features

These features are primarily useful for people developing guides and simulators.

Pawn scale tags, used with the Import and Export feature on the Scale tab, can now specify a class and spec, such as "Class=Mage, Spec=1".
The spec number in the scale tag is the order in which it displays in the UI. (That spec number is also used internally by the game in a variety of situations.) For example, the specs appear as Arcane, Fire, Frost in the Mage UI, so Arcane is 1, Fire is 2, and Frost is 3.
When class and spec are included in a scale tag, Pawn will automatically add the appropriate list of unusable item types to the scale without having to painstakingly list them all out in the scale tag (IsPolearm = -10000000, etc.).
When scales that have a class and spec associated with them are exported, the resulting scale tag will be smaller than in previous versions. Importing those scales into old versions of Pawn will mostly work okay, but old versions of Pawn will ignore Class and Spec, so there will be subtle differences.

Version 2.1

Pawn's default stat weights now come from Ask Mr. Robot! The existing Wowhead placeholder scales have been removed, and the Ask Mr. Robot scales work automatically in the same was as the previous placeholders, but now have more appropriate and helpful advice for each specialization.
If you'd like advice for more than one spec at once, switch to Manual mode on the Scales tab, and then you can show and hide additional scales from there.
You may notice that items in your bags or bank that weren't upgrades before version 2.1 are now showing up as upgrades—that's to be expected, as some of the new stat weights in this version are vastly different than before.
In the English version, the Values tab has been renamed to Weights, to better match the generally accepted terminology.
The item level display on the Compare tab will no longer show the difference between the two levels ("+15" etc.). I'm hoping that this makes it clearer that the item level isn't used in calculations.
Pawn will no longer add orange diamonds to special effects that it doesn't understand on items. I felt that in modern versions of Pawn, those were just clutter, and didn't really provide useful information.
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Re: Re: Re: [BUG] Sockets counting Twice

I see, so in addition to any scales you use to determine item value, you've also got a scale that just sums up all of the stamina on an item, even though you're not maximizing stamina. You don't actually use that scale to select gear, but rather just to know at a glance how much stamina you're going to get from an item. So, you'd want Pawn to be smart with your other scales (or maybe you don't have any other scales?), but not that special stamina scale.

Does that sound accurate? I'm just trying to understand what you want a little better, so I can plan for future versions. If the above is all true, then if I added a "always use the correct gem colors for each socket" option, a scenario such as yours would need that option to be set individually per-scale, not for the whole character, which is something I hadn't considered.


Originally posted by obuw
Ah yes, now it makes sense.

Well, wonderful. Problem is I would never socket a blue gem in a yellow slot since I'm dps. So it's being too clever for my taste.

I guess I'll just stick with ratingbuster for stamina values.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: [BUG] Sockets counting Twice

Yes, that's pretty much it. I have an offense scale, and a stamina scale. I think adding an "always use the correct gem colors for each socket" option would solve the issue for most cases. Even better if it is a per-scale option.

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I see, so in addition to any scales you use to determine item value, you've also got a scale that just sums up all of the stamina on an item, even though you're not maximizing stamina. You don't actually use that scale to select gear, but rather just to know at a glance how much stamina you're going to get from an item. So, you'd want Pawn to be smart with your other scales (or maybe you don't have any other scales?), but not that special stamina scale.

Does that sound accurate? I'm just trying to understand what you want a little better, so I can plan for future versions. If the above is all true, then if I added a "always use the correct gem colors for each socket" option, a scenario such as yours would need that option to be set individually per-scale, not for the whole character, which is something I hadn't considered.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: [BUG] Sockets counting Twice

Okay, maybe in the next version, then. I'll make it per-scale unless it looks like it's going to be a bunch of extra work to do it that way (probably not).
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Re: [BUG] Sockets counting Twice

Thanks a bunch.

By the way, another handy feature of ratingbuster is, when comparing two items it can show you the difference between them. Would allow lazy brains like mine to do one less basic subtraction, if that wouldn't be too much of a hassle to add.

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Okay, maybe in the next version, then. I'll make it per-scale unless it looks like it's going to be a bunch of extra work to do it that way (probably not).
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Re: Re: [BUG] Sockets counting Twice

That's definitely scheduled for a future version.
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Pawn 1.0.1 will give you the ability to go back to the old gem socketing behavior, where it just used the correct colors instead of maximizing the item value. I'll probably release it this weekend.
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1.0.1 has been released.
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Originally posted by VgerAN
1.0.1 has been released.
Wonderful, much better now.


One other issue keeps coming up - I believe Pawn ignores what you have socketed on the item, and tries to socket it with the ideal gem, right?

I can see how that might be the better way of evaluating items for some situations (like knowing how your item would compare to that new thing that dropped, if it was socketed properly).

However, say, when I am comparing my pvp necklace with a resilience/stamina gem to my dps necklace (to see how much offense I'm giving up for how much defense), it calculates the value of the pvp necklace assuming a better dps gem.

Well in any situation where your items are socketed with less than ideal gems (money constraints, pvp gear, socketing for meta requirements etc) pawn will show "incorrect" values. Not exactly incorrect of course; it will just show the potential value of the item rather than its current value.

A "use currently socketed gems" option would solve this issue, although I am not sure the number of situations where it would be useful is enough to justify the time that would be spent on coding it in.
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This should only be the case for the unenchanted value. The enchanted value should always show the current state of the item, including the actual gems that you have socketed. Empty sockets will be valued at the value you gave to that empty socket as a "stat," but filled sockets will be valued based on the stats of the gems in them. Socket bonuses will be counted if you qualify OR if there's at least one open socket still. Only the unenchanted value will ignore the gems currently in the item.


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One other issue keeps coming up - I believe Pawn ignores what you have socketed on the item, and tries to socket it with the ideal gem, right?
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I see, that makes sense. I never use the enchanted value, since, well, it is the enchanted value, and it makes little sense to compare your item in its enchanted state to a new item with no enchant on it.

So if I wanted to use pawn to compare two items I already own, I should use the enchanted values. If I want to use it to compare a drop to what I have, I should use the unenchanted values.

Things would be sooo much better if there was an option to just ignore enchants alltogether, but not ignore gems.

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This should only be the case for the unenchanted value. The enchanted value should always show the current state of the item, including the actual gems that you have socketed. Empty sockets will be valued at the value you gave to that empty socket as a "stat," but filled sockets will be valued based on the stats of the gems in them. Socket bonuses will be counted if you qualify OR if there's at least one open socket still. Only the unenchanted value will ignore the gems currently in the item.
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If you always socket your items so that the total value is maximized (or even get pretty close), and assign appropriate values to the four socket "stats," then you can also ignore gems, always compare unenchanted values, and turn off the enchanted values entirely.

Originally posted by obuw Things would be sooo much better if there was an option to just ignore enchants alltogether, but not ignore gems.
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I just wanted to comment on how glad I was to find your mod! I had spent hours putting together a spreadsheet that assigned a value to all the gear that could be an upgrade based on the stats. While helpful I had begun to think maybe I should make a mod to do it for me. Then I found yours. I spend maybe 2 minutes setting it up and now the tooltips show the exact same values that I get in my spreadsheet. Exactly what I wanted!

Thanks for the addon!
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Thanks. I still find myself using my spreadsheet to plan gear acquisitions, but I hope to make my spreadsheet less and less necessary with each version of Pawn.
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Enchanted item values, unenchanted items values discrepency

Ok, I'm a bit fan of straight comparison on item. This includes Enchantes/Gems. However, Pawn is messing with this. When comparing an enchanted item to an un-enchanted one (for instance weapons, one unenchanted, and teh same one enchanted with 81 heals) Pawn doesn't correct the un-enchanted weapon to include the 81 healing that would be enchanted on it.

"why don't you use the un-enchanted value only?"
Because that would not include gems into the calculation. Any item i get will likely be enchanted with the same enchants, and i suspect the same for the rest of you in most cases. Is there a way to fix this?
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Re: Enchanted item values, unenchanted items values discrepency

Why do you say that using the unenchanted value doesn't take gems into account? That's the point of having stats for empty sockets. Set the values of the empty sockets to the values of the gems you'd put in them. Then, the unenchanted values of the new healing weapon will be directly comparable to the unenchanted values of the old healing weapon, even if one of them had gems already socketed and was enchanted.
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