The ever-expanding array of items in "World of Warcraft" is organized internally using five to six-digit codes, known as display IDs. While these codes are never displayed directly to the player in-game, they can be found outside the game as part of online item databases. Once obtained, display IDs have a number of uses both in-game and out.
Where to Find Display IDs
Item display IDs can be found online, on various WoW-related websites that keep databases of item info. The official WoW website has a searchable database that contains these IDs, as do those maintained by WoWHead, Thottbot and WoWDB. The ID itself is found in the URL for the item's page on these sites. For example, in the following link:
The "32837" is the item display ID, in this case for the main-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth.
Uses for Display IDs
Item IDs can be used in a myriad of ways. They can be used to hotlink an item on the WoW forums or forums for other sites like Icy Veins, where the item's in-game tool tip will display, showing off its stats and other information. Item IDs can also be used for WoW model viewer programs to load a specific item. Item IDs also can be used to replace other items in the same slot in simulation programs like Simulation Craft to see how replacing a gear piece will change your damage or healing output. Item IDs can also be used as part of creating macros that use items along with spells or other effects using a single button press.
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