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API GetItemUpgradeEffect

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Returns the effect of upgrading an item on one of its effects.

leftText, rightText = GetItemUpgradeEffect(effectIndex)


Number - Index of the effect to query, ascending from 1 to GetNumItemUpgradeEffects().


String - effect text before the item upgrade (e.g. "When your attacks hit you have a chance to gain 3,386 critical strike for 30 sec.")
String - effect text after the item upgrade (e.g. "When your attacks hit you have a chance to gain 3,649 critical strike for 30 sec.")


  • The function returns information about the item currently being considered for an upgrade (e.g. using SetItemUpgradeFromCursorItem).
  • Item effects are non-stat bonuses on the item, like custom Equip: bonuses (procs) and Use: abilities.
  • The strings returned by this function are plain text; FrameXML attempts to highlight the differences in numbers using string operations (see ItemUpgradeFrame_GetUpgradedEffectString)

Patch history

Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Added.

See also