Best in Bags

Mr. Robot knows you have a lot of shiny gear in your bags, and he wants to make sure you equip the right stuff.

  • Get the in-game mod on Curse!
  • Mr. Robot will find the best set from items in your bags. It’s similar to a BiS list… so we call it BiB (Best in Bags).
  • This is very handy for offspecs! Are you a tank? Find your best DPS set. You can even lock in your tank items so Mr. Robot doesn’t try to reforge them on you :)

 Video Tutorial

How to get started: Text Tutorial

1. Open the Ask Mr. Robot addon in game. (Don’t have it? Get it from Curse).
2. Open your bank and bags so the mod can scan the inventory.
3. Go to the “Best in Bags” tab in the addon (lower left)
4. Copy the text in the box on that screen. NOTE whenever your gear changes, click the “Update” button at the bottom of that window first, THEN copy the text from the box. This step copies all of the gear from your bags, bank, equipped gear, talents and glyphs.

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5. Return to AskMrRobot.com. Click the green “Import” button to the right of your character name.import

6. A window will open up. Paste the text in the white box.
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7. Click the orange “Import” button at the bottom of that window.

Your character now has updated gear, talents and glyphs.

 Next: Getting your Main Spec BiB Results

Click the big green “Find Best in Bags” button to see your results. Mr. Robot will not only find the best items, but he’ll reforge, gem, and enchant them for you too. If you get a new item while raiding – reupload your gear. Mr. Robot will find you a new BiB set, and tell you how to optimize your new item.

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Let Mr. Robot suggest your best OFF SPEC set too!

This is handy. Really handy. Whenever you click “Best in Bags” – Mr. Robot finds the best options for your main spec, locks it all in, then finds the best offspec with the leftover items (and he’s also allowed to reuse LOCKED main spec items).

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Fancy Extras to Know About

  • You can click the shopping list button to get not only a list of gems, enchants and reforges, but also a list of items that you need to swap out.

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  • You can click on any item to bring up a gear list of only items you own for each slot.
  • Open the options menu to tell Mr. Robot if he should auto-upgrade items in your bag, or if you want him to leave all of the items as-is. The idea behind auto-upgrading is that if you have a 522+8 chest already equipped, that new 522+0 item you just won may never look like an upgrade unless Mr. Robot auto-upgrades it. However, if you have a 522+0 set of legs equipped, he will NOT upgrade other 522 legs to see if they are better.

 

That’s all folks!

 

  • http://twitter.com/david_b Dave B

    one question comes up. what if you have duplicates of an item. i.e. 2 pairs of raid finder gloves? can you lock one but not the other ?

    • zoopercat

      Good question. Yep, you can lock just one of them, and Mr. Robot will play around with the other one :)

  • http://twitter.com/Fluffywumpki Fluffy the Destroyer

    Question. How would you go about -resetting- your bag contents? For example, if I want to find the best use of VP for upgrades on my tank, but exclude off-set items from consideration so that I can maintain tier set bonuses?

    • zoopercat

      Let me see if I understand what you want: you want to maintain set bonuses for one or both of your specs, right?

      Have you tried the locking feature, which saves gear on a per-spec basis (covered toward the bottom of this post).

      I have a feeling that isn’t what you’re looking for tho – I feel like I missing something. So if you can elaborate, I can help :)

      • http://twitter.com/Fluffywumpki Fluffy the Destroyer

        Well, I’ve got two sets for my tanking spec. One uses the LFR 4pc set bonus, while the other uses normal mode off-set pieces (in my case, chest and shoulders, but I hope you get the idea.) I’d like to be able to exclude either the off set pieces OR the LFR tier pieces from use when checking for optimized VP usage.

        I’ll give the locking feature a try, that may give me what I need :)

        • zoopercat

          We edited the stat weights to put STR just below Mastery in an update an hour ago. Try again – you should now have the mastery enchant suggested.

  • BrettRPG

    If I’m working on my Retribution set and I have pieces locked from my Protection spec, will Robot suggest a different item for that slot that main have better stats if able to respect? For example Mr. Robot says my protection legs are best in slot for my retribution set but I locked it. Mr. Robot says that item is still best in bag with no reforge/gem/chant but is it also looking at my other legs in my bags that are eligible for a reforge/gem/chant?

    • zoopercat

      Yes, Mr. Robot is looking at all of the legs in your bags/bank. So if an item is locked and he still suggests it, that means it’s the best one :) Good question!

      • zoopercat

        We’re working with Theck from Sacredduty.net on all of the pally stats weights. We’ll definitely be accounting for these things :)

  • Elvaen

    Would love the ability to lock gems and enchants, but allow Mr. Robot to suggest reforges.

    Lets define:
    “soft-lock” = allow reforges, don’t change gems/enchants

    “hard-lock” = don’t change anything.

    As a monk tank occasionally we single tank specific fights and I get to go DPS. I don’t mind paying ~100g in reforge to tweak my gear but I don’t want to deal with regemming and re-enchanting.

    By using a combination of hard-lock and soft-lock I should be able to adjust how much I’m willing to spend on reforging vs. how optimized I want my gear.

    • zoopercat

      Just to make sure you’re aware: you can currently lock any gems, enchants and reforges. You can do this by clicking on the gem slot and clicking the lock icon toward the top of the window.

      Assuming you already knew that: I wanted to let you know we are working on a ‘lock all’ type of feature that will help scenarios like you describe :)

      • Elvaen

        Hi Zooper!

        I can lock gems/enchants when I’m looking at “My Gear” but when I’m looking at “Best in Bags” that feature is disabled. I can no longer lock specific gems/enchants.

        • zoopercat

          Ah, I see what you’re saying. You can lock an entire item so gems/enchants/reforges won’t change. But if I understand correctly, you want the ability to lock any ONE of them, not just ‘all’ or ‘none.’ We’ll look into this.

          • Elvaen

            Exactly.

            Thank you.

          • http://www.tylerbutler.com/ Tyler Butler

            For what it’s worth, I’d really like to have the “lock gems/enchants/reforges” all separate locks. In my case, I’m willing to reforge items for a specific fight in my offspec, and in ToT in particular, the mobile reforge mount is available to use in much of the instance. I am less willing, however, to regem completely for a single fight unless it’s progression. As it is right now I do a bunch of awkward gymnastics by first using the best in bags feature with no items locked, then logging out in that gear, refreshing from armory, and manually locking just the gems (and enchants, though that is less often an actual problem) in place then hitting optimize. Basically, the workflow kind of sucks. Granted, this may be a somewhat unusual case, but I’d definitely love to see the feature. :-)

          • Elvaen

            Tyler is basically describing exactly what I was attempting to articulate a month ago, as well.

  • jslade

    I recently installed the Best-in Bags program and then clicked on the AMR toolbar icon while in-game with all of my bags open. I then logged out of WoW and reloaded my profile in AMR. When I went to the Manage Bag tab the My Gear list only included items that I was wearing. Not all of the other viable gear in my bags. Any idea what is going on?
    Thanks

    • zoopercat

      Can you send me a link to your character? A few things could cause it:
      1) Are you below level 90?
      2) Did you click the AMR icon in-game to grab the bag/bank data?
      3. Are you using the client program (the one that runs on your computer and uploads the data for you)? Have you tried manually uploading the .lua file?

      We’ll figure this out with you :)

      • Lillylotus

        I have the same issue. New user as of today. Not sure if I’m just doing it wrong.

        In answer to your previous questions:

        1) No

        2) Yes

        3) Yes, yes

        4) Yes, old tier shoulders for lvl 70, in my bank.

        I’m looking at a neck piece. It shows as an upgrade to me in the gear lists. When I use the BiB it doesn’t try to use it as it sits in my bag. It check marks what I have on as best. If I equip the new item it than it tweaks my reforge and gems and check marks it as best.

  • Ráuko

    Today in LFR I grabbed 2 x T15 pieces on my rogue but already had 4 x T14 set bonus so was unsure whether it would be an upgrade to replace them.

    I updated my bags and put the results through the BiB scanner and it said what I already had equipped was best. But then to check I logged out of the game in the new pieces and tried again and it then said the new pieces I had equipped were BiB – This makes me think something may be bugged with it? Now i’m not sure what to use! :)

  • lannowar

    Hi all , the amr addon is working fine on uploading one of my characters items but doesnt work on the others… Keep saying “Error your gear could not be uploaded”.Any solution for this?

    • zoopercat

      Can you email me your .lua file and AMR user name (feedback -at- askmrrobot.com). I’m wondering if an item in your bags is causing an error. Also, note it only works for gear iLevel 300 or higher (in case you’re trying it on an alt).

  • Asteroth

    Is there a way to just make 2 different sets like for example in outfitter and just use different items for each slot.

    • zoopercat

      You can save different sets in a profile. However, be careful when you click ‘update from armory’ – as it will grab the items you had equipped when you logged out. Here’s more info on the profiles: http://blog.askmrrobot.com/2013/03/saving-a-profile/

  • Daniel

    I want to know how can I change the lua variables on AskMrRobot.lua to trick AMR into thinking the gear in my bag is +8. The purpose is to see if AMR would suggest to equip the item if it had been upgraded with valor.

    • zoopercat

      Just in time! We released an update yesterday that will match your bag items to your equipped upgrade levels. So if you have a +8 neck equipped, Mr. Robot will upgrade that +0 neck in your bags to +8.

      Note, if you have a +0 neck equipped and a +8 neck in your bag, it isn’t working in reverse yet (the equipped neck won’t be upgraded). We will have that updated in a day or two.

  • Milavena

    I’m getting an error message when I try to use the Best in Bags function all of a sudden (previously worked fine). The error is:

    Could Not Optimize

    With your current settings or inventory data, there are not enough items available for slot Ring 2.

    I did not do anything to change any of my gear so I would like this to know what to do to possibly fix this. Thanks.

    • zoopercat

      Can you email me the askmrrobot.lua file? Also, are you playing on an english verison of wow or a foreign language? We recently launched an update to help with foreign lang installations and that may have messed up something else.

      email: feedback at askmrrobot dot com

  • Muffin

    I would like for the BiB feature to truly be “Best in Bags”. Right now it suggests BiB by matching my current gear’s valor upgrade level, which then makes the BiB feature a “Best in 3 weeks when I have earned enough valor to upgrade everything.”. Is there a way to make it completely ignore the current valor upgrades on my gear? I have a few normal pieces that even fully upgraded aren’t as good as my heroic pieces.

    • zoopercat

      Muffin, there are actually 2 camps on this (and we’ll be able to accommodate everyone soon). We added the ‘match upgrade’ feature because users would get a new item and if it didn’t get auto-upgraded it would never look like an upgrade. Make sense?

      Also, since it only costs 500 valor to upgrade an item it seemed likely that people would be able to upgrade 1 or 2 pieces here or there.

      However, this doesn’t really work when using BiB for offspec, or if you’re out of valor. So we’ll be adding in an option to control this.

      In the meantime you can trick Mr. Robot. Either equip all non-upgraded items in each slot, or just remove all of your gear. Update on the site, and run BiB again. As long as you don’t have an upgraded item EQUIPPED, Mr. Robot won’t try to auto-upgrade anything else in your bags.

      • Muffin

        Totally makes sense and that is an acceptable work around. :)

        I guess the only final point I would have is that getting an upgrade and then upgrading “1 or 2″ pieces of gear with valor kinda makes me giggle as a Monk tank. I can get 1 piece of gear, and because of balancing around 15% exp, 7.5% hit, and an 8000 buffed haste cap coupled with a bag full of “floater items” my BiB can swing 5-6 items with 1 upgrade. Sometimes the items I end up swapping out are lower ilvl either because of N/NTF/H/HTF or because of valor upgrade differences, so forcing the “match valor level” ends up being a HUUUUGE pain… that is until you told me about the work around. Thanks Zooper!

        • zoopercat

          Muffin, glad we have a workaround for you! I know it isn’t ideal, but we’ll be adding in options for upgrade matching soon (a few weeks… it will launch with our 5.4 stuff).

          Thanks for sharing your scenario – I can see that happening now… so you’re right… swapping out 5 items, you just can’t upgrade all of them at once! I am glad you took the time to stop by – there are so many ways to use the tool, we don’t always think of them all. So when we hear from users, we can improve on the site :)

          • Muffin

            Zoopercat, as of the most recent update to BiB (the inclusion of the beta optimizer) this workaround is no longer functional. You can see the error here: http://i.imgur.com/ee8yqLn.png

  • zoopercat

    Sorry about that muffin, you are correct. You’ll need to turn the beta off when you want to use BiB in order to do the workaround.

    We’re working on adding options for this, so the code we pushed had changed how it currently works on the backend… we just don’t have the options for you to see yet. Sorry about that. The update should happen sometime next week (cross your fingers).

  • menace97

    i absolutely love everything about AMR – thank you for all your hard work, what a fantastic tool for WoW!

    as of the new 5.4 patch and the inclusion of all the new gear, i am a little confused about the BiB results i am seeing that i didn’t notice before. i might just not understand exactly how it is being calculated so i would really appreciate some
    clarification.

    - when i have updated my profile from the armory and refreshed the current data from the AMR addon, some of the BiB choices don’t seem so obvious to me. when clicking on an item and comparing it to all the current items in that slot in my inventory, the item clearly IS the best often by a long shot. but am i right that this is
    looking at the current state of the items (upgrade level, extra sockets, reforges, gems)? i am unsure whether this is the BiB at the way it is now or it’s potential.

    - then when i go to the “my gear” section and click on the same slot and look at ALL
    the possible choices for this slot, and then look for the item that was chosen as BiB, often it is considered a downgrade. so then i am confused as to which item to use. i would like to know what item is the BiB for that slot considering ALL upgrade potential. to double-check a few times i have upgraded and spent gold on reforges and gems, then updated the data, which then gives me a more accurate comparison. i must be doing something wrong, as i know i shouldn’t be spending gold or points on items just to compare them.

    any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated. i’m sure i’m just overlooking something simple or not having the correct option selected. thank you very much.

    • menace97

      it’s too bad i haven’t received a response yet, perhaps posting on the forums would be better. after messing around with all the settings and doing some experimenting, i think i have a better grasp of things, but i still am seeing some BiB suggestions that have me stumped. i’ll review the tutorials again and check out the forums.
      perhaps you should lock this thread down relating to BiB if you are not planning on responding to any issues brought up here. thanks.

      • zoopercat

        Oh no, I’m super sorry!! Missed this comment :( Send me your askmrrobot.lua file via email: feedback -at- askmrrobot dott com. And let me know what specific items are in question. Then I can take a look and figure out what is going on :)

        Again, so sorry I missed this one!!

        • menace97

          thank you zoopercat! you have been so fantastic at helping everyone get up to speed on your wonderful tool for wow, i couldn’t help but think it just slipped through the cracks. much appreciated!

          now that i’ve taken a much closer look at things, i’ll make sure i have it straight and maybe i will send you a quick message, as i’m sure i’m just missing something really simple that will make complete sense once i see it.

          thank you so much! talk to you soon :)

  • Ben

    Previously, there was a button where “Best in Bags” had the option to calculate gear in bags at the same upgrade level you were using. Is there any way to get this feature back again? Or at the very least give us the ability to set a BiB upgrade level like we do with Best in Slot?

    • zoopercat

      Open the options menu, at the bottom on the right side you’ll see an option to manage BiB upgrades. Smart and Never. That should do it :)

  • Mike

    THANKS!

  • Alyne

    BiB is giving me a glove option that I do NOT have.. in my bags, bank or elsewhere.

  • Frank6670

    so i have a new computer, why cant i see and download the amr desktop client program that i installed on my old computer all i see under then install button is the ingame addon

    • zoopercat

      We discontinued support for it. Have you tried the new ‘copy/paste’ method, most people like that better. After you try it, if you still want to use the client, I can get you the last version we released.

      The copy/paste method is outlined here http://blog.askmrrobot.com/2014/02/armory-api-workaround/