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This is an overview of the various Wowpedia tooltips that display when you mouseover a link (assuming you have JavaScript support in your browser). In addition, it explains the special relationships between several important templates that work together to show these tooltips .

{{Item}}, {{Loot}}, and {{Itemtip}}

The {{item}} and {{loot}} templates both create a tooltip link, the former using information from the {{itemtip}} on the item's page. Notably, due to DefaultLinks, neither template has to be used for item pages on the wiki: normal links already provide formatting (e.g.  [Archeus])

Item vs. Loot
Item Loot
Pulls the color directly from the {{itemtip}} Displays the color from the <quality> parameter
More load on server Less load on server
Can display item icon Can be used for enchants

Item format: {{item|<page_name>|<display_name>}} + |icon=.

  • <page_name> is the only required parameter.
  • Include |icon= to have the item's icon appear.


Link format: {{loot|<quality>|<page_name>|<display_name>}}.

  • <quality> determines the color of the link.
  • <page_name> is the only required parameter.
  • <display_name> can be used to hide disambiguations.
{{item}} Example Result {{loot}} Example Result
{{item|Warp Slicer|s}} [Warp Slicers] {{loot|legendary|Warp Slicer|s}} [Warp Slicers]
{{item|Dignified Headmaster's Charge}} [Dignified Headmaster's Charge] {{loot|epic|Dignified Headmaster's Charge}} [Dignified Headmaster's Charge]
{{item|Invalid Page}}}} Invalid Page {{loot|common|Invalid Page}} [Invalid Page]
{{item|Corruption (sword)}} [Corruption] {{loot|rare|Corruption (sword)|Corruption}} [Corruption]
{{item|Corruption (sword)|Some Sword}} [Some Sword]

The enchant syntax for {{loot}} is not needed for either enchants such as Enchant Weapon - Fiery Weapon, or profession modifications that function as enchantments such as Fur Lining - Stamina and  [Socket Bracer] (which use the Embroid template for their {{itemtip}}).

Both {{item}} and {{loot}} require a valid {{itemtip}} on the target page in order for tooltips to function correctly.

Example {{itemtip}}
{{#data:Itemtip
|itemid=2000
|dmglow=63
|dmghigh=95
|speed=3.30
|icon=INV_Sword_08
|quality=Uncommon
|onhit=Blasts a target for 85 Arcane damage.
|flavor=[[Morgan Ladimore]]'s sword.
|name=Archeus
|durability=85
|bind=BoP
|type=Sword
|slot=Two-Hand
|sellprice=8827
|ilvl=35
}}
You can use the following item to test the contents of various {{itemtip}} parameters
[Test loot]

{{Mob}}, {{NPC}}, and {{Npcbox}}

The {{mob}} and {{NPC}} templates both create a tooltip link, using information from the {{npcbox}} on the NPC's page ({{Mobbox}} was previously used for {{mob}}, but has been replaced with {{Npcbox}}).

Mob vs. NPC
Mob NPC
Displays a combat icon before the link. Displays the icon from the <faction> parameter.
Used only for NPCs that neither faction can interact with. Used for NPCs that at least one faction can interact with.

Mob format: {{mob|<page_name>|<title>|<display_name>}}. See {{mob}} for additional parameters.

  • <page_name> is the only required parameter.
  • <title> should only be the title displayed when mousing over the NPC in-game.
  • <display_name> can be used to hide disambiguations.


NPC format: {{NPC|<faction>|<page_name>|<title>|<display_name>}}. See {{NPC}} for additional parameters.

  • <faction> inserts an icon for the NPC's faction before link. Values: Alliance, Horde, Neutral, Combat.
  • <page_name> is the only required parameter.
  • <title> should only be the title displayed when mousing over the NPC in-game.
  • <display_name> can be used to hide disambiguations.
  • <level=>, a named parameter*, is the NPC's level.
  • <icon=>, a named parameter*, is the NPC's level.
*Named parameters can be placed anywhere in the parameters and will not affect the ordered parameters.
{{mob}}Example Result {{NPC}} Example Result
{{Mob|Alexander Calder|Warlock Trainer}} Mob Alexander Calder <Warlock Trainer> {{NPC|Alliance|Alexander Calder|Warlock Trainer}} Alliance Alexander Calder <Warlock Trainer>
{{Mob|Lord Victor Nefarius|Lord of Blackrock|level=??+}} Mob [??+] Lord Victor Nefarius <Lord of Blackrock> {{NPC||level=70+|Andormu|Keepers of Time}} [70+] Andormu <Keepers of Time>

Both {{mob}} and {{NPC}} require a valid {{Npcbox}} on the target page to function correctly.

Example {{Npcbox}}
{{npcbox
 | name = Alexander Calder
 | image = Alexander Calder.jpg
 | title = Warlock Trainer
 | level = 60
 | type = 
 | faction = Alliance
 | city = 
 | race = Human
 | creature = Humanoid
 | sex = Male
 | location = [[Ironforge]]
 | relatives = [[Amelia Calder|Amelia]] (sister), [[Deze Snowbane]] (cousin)
 | status = Alive
}}

Quest links

For quest links to work, the target quest must contain a completed {{Questbox}} template.

Example {{Questbox}}

{{questbox
| name = Suppression
| faction = Neutral
| level = 60
| levelreq = 60
| class = warlock
| type = Group
| category = Blasted Lands
| start = {{NPC|Neutral|Daio the Decrepit|level=60}}
| experience = 650
| rewards = {{loot|rare|Tome of Sacrifice}}
| id = 7583
}}

{{Coords}}

This template creates a superscript link to a page with the name of the 3rd (map) parameter and shows a tooltip of the corresponding map with a marker (BlipA.gif) for where the coordinates are on the map.

Example Result
{{coords|54|51|Stormwind City}} [54, 51]
{{coords|55.8|75.3|Durotar}} [55.8, 75.3]

For a list of map names to use, see Special:PrefixIndex/File:VZ-.

{{Ability}}

This template creates a link to a spell or other ability.

Example Result
[[Frostfire Bolt]] [Frostfire Bolt]
{{ability|Execute|Mage killer}} [Mage killer]
[[Magical Pink Pony Power]] Magical Pink Pony Power

This template requires {{Infobox ability}} to be on the target page. Example:

{{Help}}

Generic tooltips are created by using the template {{Help}}.

Example Result
{{Help|Avarage money dropped|Wealth}} Wealth

How it works

The templates work in combination with Javascript to load the box, tooltip, or other relevant data for display. The mechanism was developed by Pcj.