Pawn Addon Guide


#1

Pawn is a popular addon that can show you item rankings directly in-game. This post will describe how Ask Mr. Robot can help you use it, and how to use it properly.

#What does Pawn do?
Pawn will show you right on an item tooltip in-game whether it is an upgrade over your current item. You will see an up-arrow and a percent upgrade. There are some other nifty features, but that’s the core functionality of the addon: is item X, by itself, better than item Y?

#What doesn’t Pawn do?

  1. Pawn does not rank legendary items, set bonuses, trinket procs, relic traits, or any other special effect.
  2. Pawn does not look at your entire set of gear – it only compares two single items in a vacuum. Whether you are completely naked or in BiS gear, it will show the same score difference between two items.

#How does it score stuff?
Pawn does single-item comparisons. For example, if you are looking at a pair of gloves, it will compare them to your currently equipped gloves. It does this using stat weights or “scales”. The concept here is super simple: each stat is given a numeric value. It then multiplies all the stats on the item by the value to get a total score. Then it shows you the difference in total score for the two items. That’s it! Very straightforward and easy to follow.

#How do I get these “weights”?
Pawn has some defaults based on popular builds, but it is best to get weights tailored to your character. The easiest way to do this is via the Export to Addon buttons on our website. They appear underneath the Gear Explorer, Best-in-Bags, and Best-in-Slot gear tables. Each button will generate a Pawn string that is tailored to the related gear*. For example, if you press the button under the Gear Explorer, you will get a Pawn string that is tailored for your currently equipped gear. If you press the one under the Best-in-Slot result, it will be tailored for that best-in-slot gear set.

We recommend that you use the one from your Best-in-Bags set of gear, or the Gear Explorer if you are not using the Best-in-Bags feature.

See the reply below for instructions on how to export.

#How should I use it in combination with Ask Mr. Robot?
As mentioned above, Pawn is not a full gear optimizer. It is meant to be a quick and convenient tool for getting an idea about whether an item is potentially worth using.

Because it does not examine your entire set of gear, try combining that item with different combinations of the gear that you own, or rank any special effects like sets, legendaries, etc., you should use it to get a rough idea of whether an item might be an upgrade, and that’s it.

Once you have decided the item is maybe good, then you should export your character to our site and use Best in Bags to determine if it is an immediate upgrade when combined with the gear that you already own.

If you don’t want to use Best in Bags, we would recommend at least looking it up in the ranked lists on the Gear Explorer. Those lists are fully searchable and filterable, and will give a more complete ranking that includes all special effects, but it won’t try out all the different combinations of gear that you own like Best in Bags does.

Another alternative would be to simulate your gear with and without the item – our simulator is an easy way to do that. Note that simulators take much longer to give you an answer than the gear optimizer for a very small difference in accuracy.


(*) Note that weights will be tailored to your gear only if you are using one of our Adaptive gearing strategies. Blender settings are also taken into account and will modify the weights appropriately. You can also use a custom gearing strategy to get the weights that go with that particular strategy, but keep in mind that your custom strategies will not adapt if you change talents or legendaries – you would need a different custom strategy for each setup.


Import Stat weights to Pawn?
How do I get my stat weights?
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#2

To get the pawn export, click the green “Export to Addon” button found on any of the gear results (although we suggest Best in Bags as Yellowfive stated above).

This window pops up. Copy the export string, then paste it into pawn.


#3

Hey guys! Thanks a ton for this integration! I love using PAWN for easy real-time decision making, but I depend on AMR for any long term gear decisions.

Only problem I’m having with this–when I export my data from the add-on and generate a new string for BIB, I have the little box that says it contains a Pawn string, but there’s no content there. I tried running through the whole process a couple times and reloading the site, but to no avail. Is there a bug that you know of? Maybe something really easy that I’ve overlooked?


#4

Where do you import the “pawn string” to in the addon?

Thanks ahead of time for the help!


#5

What gearing strategy are you using? If it is an older custom gearing strategy, it might not create a pawn string.


#6

You import it into the Pawn addon, not the AMR addon.


#7

I’m really liking having the Pawn strings to help me find potential upgrades right from the tooltips. I don’t know how feasible it is to do this but I’d love to see a way to automatically import the strings to Pawn when I import to the Ask Mr. Robot addon. I imagine that’d probably require some work from the Pawn people to accept strings from another addon though. Maybe that’s something both addon’s devs can collaborate on? Even if that’s not possible I’m very happy to have the current functionality in general.


#8

I realize it goes into the Pawn Addon but where? That’s what I am asking.


#9

Scale - > Import. The box is small, but just paste it in there. You have to export the specs you want and disable the default ones. It only gives you one at a time unlike Mr. Robot.


#10

The blender setting (Aggressive/Conservative etc) does not get integrated into the generated pawn string. Is this a known limitation or a bug?


#11

I believe it is a known limitation right now. We can ask yellowfive when he gets back from vacation if there is a way to make the stat weights change based on blender settings.


#12

Ah ok. Would be a welcome addition! :slight_smile:


#13

Hey, sorry for the late reply! I was expecting to get an email if there was a reply, but I see I should have just checked the forum.

I’m using Ursoc (H), set at machine learning. Is that considered old at this point?

Thanks for your help!


#14

@willowmaid, yeah you might need to make a new strategy… could be that older strategies don’t have the required information for Pawn export, but I can double check.

Also @shaarla, it is on my short list to add blender support to the Pawn export.


#15

Thanks guys, that was definitely the problem! I changed it to Physical, and the string popped up no problem. Thanks again for your good work on this! I’m excited to have the integration!


#17

I rolled a mage character and have been using the Pawn string to upgrade gear as I leveled. I finally made it to 101 and equipped my first legendary. I used Mr. Robot to obtain an updated Pawn string. However, I noticed that none of the stat weights were changing.

For example: stat weight for Intellect is 15.03. That is the same value it had at 40, 60, 100 and now 101

I use the export form Best in Bags.

Any idea why the stat weights are not changing?


#18

The weights are only designed for max level characters. The weights won’t change based on your level - they only change if you have significant changes in talents, set bonuses, etc.

If you are not max level, just equipping the highest item level gear possible, or the heirloom items, is what you should do.