This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Addon: Pawn

pawn_logo_1png-118x78Pawn is an in-game addon that helps you to evaluate gear to determine which piece is better. The addon allows you to assign points to different stats and then tells you how many points a certain piece of gear is worth according to your point scale. In theory, if you have two pieces of gear, the one with the most “points” is superior. In reality, Pawn is only as good as your scales.


pawn_detailIn the default UI you choose stats and assign point values to them. You can also import fully-formed pawn scales into the system.

After the scale is setup pawn will add the “points” to the tooltip. Here we see my pseudo points for a few pieces of gear on my warlock. According to my gear scale, the Gown (which I’m wearing) is superior to the robes for DPS. That said, the robes have a nice chunk of +hit on them so I keep them around for swapping gear. The numbers in parenthisis are the “raw” gear score. The number outside the parentisis is the score of this gear including gems and enchants.

As mentioned, the gear suggestions are only as good as the scale. To remain up-to-date you must adjust the scale as patches come out and classes are changed to value some stats over others.

There’s an unofficial Pawn forum where you can find scales or I’ve seen them published on Elitist Jerks.

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1 comment to Addon: Pawn

  • Isisxotic

    I *love* Pawn. It’s a great tool to help you make decisions, but it’s just that – a tool. I try not to blindly follow the pawn scores, but use them to help me decide just how big of an upgrade/sidegrade something is.

    When you start factoring hit caps, gearing just gets more and more complicated, and pawn certainly helps me sort things out.