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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?


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.

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  • Avatar of Kemayo Kemayo Oct 19, 2013 at 06:22 UTC - 0 likes

    @devlinv1: Go

    It'll only target things if you're within targeting range. It's not uncommon to wind up out of range due to the mob moving, or you moving before clicking the targeting frame.

    I could adjust the macro to do `/target [nodead] Name` which would stop it targeting dead mobs. I do find it useful, though... lets me know I've actually found the mob, even if someone else got it first.

  • Avatar of devlinv1 devlinv1 Oct 17, 2013 at 16:44 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello! I have a question and I'm so sorry if I missed the answer somewhere in your description (which, by the way, is the most detailed and helpful on Curse, thank you). Referring to the pop-up window when you are within targeting range of a mob, the window you can click on to target, does it sometimes not work? Or maybe, as is in my case, not work at all? I just downloaded this add on yesterday, so I'm still learning all the ins and outs of it, but it won't target anything when I click or right-click. It also targets dead mobs, is it supposed to do that? Thank you for your time and the wonderful add on.

  • Avatar of Comicus Comicus Oct 09, 2013 at 21:48 UTC - 0 likes

    Is there a way to have TomTom crazy arrow point to where the target is.  So many times I get the popup but can't seem to locate the target.

  • Avatar of bsmorgan bsmorgan Jul 17, 2013 at 22:33 UTC - 0 likes

    I have a hunter in search of a spirit beast so I'd like to add Gumi (69943), Hutia (69946), and Degu (69947) which are the three Spirit Porcupines.

    From looking at the database, there's more than just the ID and the name. Where does the rest of the information come from? How is the location data used?

  • Avatar of Kemayo Kemayo Jul 11, 2013 at 17:18 UTC - 0 likes

    @gtevmckay: Go

    Well, it's worth pointing out that nobody could "take over" NPCScan without Saiket's approval, just fork it and release a new version with a different name.

    That said! I've read the code for NPCScan.Overlay, and I have sufficient stylistic differences with Saiket that I would not be a good fit for working with it. Also, setting up those paths requires manual labor, which I am constitutionally opposed to.

    (Why yes, wowace was a bit slow about sending me new-comment notifications...)

  • Avatar of Smokespliffs Smokespliffs Jun 15, 2013 at 01:18 UTC - 0 likes

    Hey there,

    Love the addon. Thanks for all the hard work and time you put into it. With it's latest release regarding 5.3 I've had problems getting the nodes to appear on my main map while using it. I've done just as I had in the past. Loading all the nodes through the Mob option. However nothing has come up. Even when I run the game with no other addons, I still have problems getting them to show up. I noticed on someone had mentioned there being a problem with a file.

    Posts: 160 Just an FYI, but in the latest version (3.0.7) the Interface number in SilverDragon_Data.toc is 50200 instead of 50300! Figured it was worth mentioning before lots of people start complaining about SilverDragon not working or not loading! ;)

    I went and switched that to see if it helped, but to no avail, no nodes. If anyone could help with this problem, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much for all of your time, patience and concern.


    Last edited Jun 15, 2013 by Smokespliffs: Typo
  • Avatar of gtevmckay gtevmckay Jun 13, 2013 at 18:45 UTC - 0 likes

    I hope I am not out of line here.

    Saiket has "Abandoned" _Npcscan and NPCscan.Overlay

    as these are open source Would you be willing to take over NPCscan.Overlay?

    I know this is outside of your edict for creating Silverdragon, but I have to ask

    I am also searching for others to take over these addons

  • Avatar of Kemayo Kemayo Jan 07, 2013 at 06:02 UTC - 0 likes

    @Silvery_Corgan: Go

    Drag it while holding down alt.

  • Avatar of Silvery_Corgan Silvery_Corgan Dec 27, 2012 at 05:18 UTC - 0 likes


    Does anybody know how to move the frame that pops up when a silver is found? It pops up kind of messy and I'd love to see how to move it and/or make it smaller.

    Thanks and regards.

  • Avatar of Kemayo Kemayo Sep 29, 2012 at 15:40 UTC - 0 likes

    @BJRubino: Go

    I believe it's possible, though it wouldn't be as reliable as the other methods. It'd have to do a straight-up comparison based on the name of the mob, rather than the ID, so there's an increased chance of missing something.


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