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How to Compare Items with simulations

The most popular question right now:  What item is better?

Our item rankings answer that question, and it does so really well if you generated custom weights for your character with our simulator.

But how nice would it be to see the actual damage differences, in addition to the ranking? It would be pretty nice, wouldn’t it. Continue reading

Filters & Gear Lists

There’s a filter icon in the character menu bar. It’s your BFF when it comes to looking at all of the ranked gear lists.

Filters on Ask Mr. Robot

Click that filter icon as shown above. And the filter window pops up, as shown below.


These filters control all of your gear lists, from the regular ranked lists, to Best in Slot, to everything in the Upgrade Finder. Continue reading

Best in Bags & Upgrade Finder

Be confident in your gearing choices

Here’s a super fast video tutorial that walks you through the best ways to find new gear, as well as making sure you have the best items equipped from the stash you already own.

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Get Ready for Emerald Nightmare – FREE!!

This promotion is now over. All new users still get 1 free week so you can Try before you Buy. The trial starts when you click on a premium feature, no credit card is ever asked for during the trial. 

Mr. Robot wants to make sure you are ready for Emerald Nightmare, so he’s making all of his premium features free Monday and Tuesday, Sept 19 and 20.

And we really mean free. No shady credit card tricks, no ploys to get your email and spam you, that’s not how we operate. When we say free, it’s simple. You get to use every premium feature without paying or entering a credit card. You do need an account so we can save settings (which is necessary for some of the features), but we will NEVER email you marketing stuff. Ever. Not even after the free stuff is over.

So like I said, when we say free, we mean it. No catches, no tricks.

And if you like it enough that you want to keep using it, you can upgrade for $2 a month (if paying monthly) or $12 a YEAR (if paying annually). And of course, you can cancel online, any time, no hassles (and no tricks).

Here’s a video that describes and demonstrates our most popular premium features. If you are at work and can’t watch the video, read the sections below for more info, as well as a pictorial.

To use them, go to and load your character. To get the in-game addon, go to Curse.

Best in Bags

As you’ve leveled up and been running mythic dungeons, you’ve accumulated a lot of gear. Is that 850 warforged item better than an 840 you have with your best stats? Which trinkets should you be using? How much does a socket on an item improve it?

Best in Bags answers all of those things. Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you currently own, evaluates it, and tells you what to equip.

Upgrade Finder

While “Best in Bags” helps evaluate your current gear, the Upgrade Finder helps you identify the best new gear that you could get. It answers things like:

  • Which bosses have the best upgrades?
  • What dungeons still have upgrades for me?
  • Where should I spend my bonus rolls?
  • If I get titanforged or socketed items, are they better than what I currently have?
  • What are the best legendaries?

And the list keeps going!

Picture Tutorial

Click the image for a larger view. Then hover over the image for the zoom icon to make it even bigger.



Smart Mode

You’ll see the ‘Smart Mode’ option in the upgrade finder. This takes possible warforged, titanforged, and socketed items into account. If a regular version of an item is NOT better for you, Mr. Robot upgrades it until it IS better for you.

If an item gets upgraded, you can see the chance of getting that upgrade in the list. He’ll tell you if there’s a high chance (like +5 or +10 ilevels), a medium chance, low, very low, and almost zero (like +50!).

You can turn this mode on or off depending on what you want to see.

Enjoy now, upgrade later

Use these features a lot on Monday and Tuesday. Make sure you have the best gear you can, that’s why we made them free.

And if you like them later and want to upgrade, like I said before, it’s really fairly priced at just $12 a year. As a 3-person, independent company, we appreciate each premium member. So for those of you who upgrade later, I’d like to offer a huge thanks and a big metal roboty hug.

Combat Log Announcement

We will not be continuing our combat logs for Legion. I’m not saying ‘never’ – but they definitely aren’t on our current plans. Keep your eyes peeled for cool collaboration projects between us and Warcraft Logs.

The types of tools we build

We like to give you tools to optimize your character. The gear optimizer and ranked gear lists are a clear winner. We wanted to build other tools around the gear picture.

So we brought gear into the combat log picture for Warlords of Draenor. As you remember, no one had offered that before (or during the entire expansion).  Continue reading

Legion & The Armory

Patch 7.0 Armory

Is your character not updating? Or is your artifact not loading?

The armory usually takes a bit to update when expansions hit. That means there are currently some armory artifact loading issues.

No worries! You can use our addon to update your character.

How to use our in-game addon to update your character:

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Important Low Level Items & Ranking Gear

There are a few low level items worth paying attention to as you craft gear and run dungeons. I wanted to point these out before you vendor them in a leveling craze and the made rush to getting raid-ready gear.

 Necklace and Ring

Save all rings & necklaces

Let me quickly explain why. Continue reading

Batch Simulations

Batch simulations are just a fancy way to say ‘lots of combinations of stuff.’ If you want to find the best talents or rank legendaries, there are often hundreds or more of combinations. And if you want to look at legendaries and talents at the same time, whew, that list gets long.

Mr. Robot does all of this for you, automatically. You tell him what you want to compare and he’ll make the combinations for you, test them out, and rank them according to their DPS.

You get a report that can be sorted and customized, and we even give you a downloadable CSV for those of you who love spreadsheets.  Continue reading

A Guide to Identifying the Best Artifact Path

This blog posts answers two big artifact questions: Can I level my offspec artifact and not fall behind? What is the best artifact path?

Let’s start with the first question.

How fast can I get traits in my weapon? Will the offspec put me behind?

If you level fast and do your dailies every day, you’ll have at least 20 traits when raids open. (That’s assuming raids open 3 weeks after launch). And the good news, placing some points in the offspec barely sacrifices anything… at most 1 day, all the way to your full 54 point artifact. Yeah, really!

You can take a look at the data yourself, thanks to the work the Kib did on his spreadsheet. Note that this data is the minimum you’ll have if you do all activities, as it doesn’t account for drops from mobs or rares that give Artifact Power.

Here’s a timeline I put together based on his data (click for full size). Continue reading

Demon Hunters & Legion Support

“Why can’t I load my Demon Hunter on the site?”

We have support for Havoc on the beta site, where you can play with gear and get DPS numbers. It’s pretty easy to do, and completely free! Vengeance will have to wait a little big longer though.

As always, we’ll have full support by the time the expansion launches (we’ve never missed an expansion deadline yet!) There are just 3 of us working on the whole site, so sometimes we need these last few days and weeks to iron out all of the bugs and finishing touches before we go live.

We have a whole new site upgrade that we’re launching with Legion. The backend code is all new and shiny. Some new feature improvements are coming too (like even easier flows to Best in Bags). But the final site isn’t quite ready yet, so it hasn’t been pushed live.

So I ask on Mr. Robot’s behalf, if you can hang in just a tiny bit longer, he’ll have full gear-optimization support for both Demon Hunter specs by Legion launch, promise! And in return, he will hand-polish all of your armor for launch as well. Pinky swear! Continue reading

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