Shadowbot - Passive WoW bot

4stars

ShadowBot review

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Price: $20 USD

Shadowbot is the only World of Warcraft bot that is 100% passive out of the box. Passive meaning that it does not write anything whatsoever to WoW's memory. Thus, apparently, making it much safer.

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Shadowbot is the only World of Warcraft bot that is 100% passive out of the box. Passive meaning that it does not write anything whatsoever to WoW’s memory. Thus making it the safest botting program available. Not even Click to Move is used in this application.

PRICING AND WHERE TO BUY

pocketgnome
What do you get? Unlimited number of sessions, upgrades, and support.

The pricing works like WoW, the initial $25USD is the cost of the bot and then you have a small monthly fee afterwards.

Subscriptions
1 month = $7.99 USD
3 months = $20.97 USD ($6.99 /month)
6 months = $35.94 USD ($5.99 /month)
ALL subscriptions auto renew each period.

DETAILED REVIEW

For my first step of the review, I created a level 1 warrior Horde toon. I also removed all of the spells off of my bars (I was told do it, it’s pretty cool??). I had downloaded the 1-60 automated routes from the Shadowbot forums and became a little puzzled. I clicked on some of the other tabs (settings to loot and gathering or what not) and felt like I was missing something. Gladly I wasn’t. I hit the start button and that was it. Shadowbot moved all of the spells and abilities that my character was to use INTO my bars automatically. As I leveled and learned new spells / abilities, the bot would proceed to my trainer and learn the spells and place them into my action bars. After 3 hours I was already at level 12.

The navmesh pathing / navigation system is quite impressive. It uses hotspots that you define and connects these hotspots with waypoints. There is a strict node method (which means don’t try to mesh the waypoints just use a straight line of waypoints) as well as the traditional mesh method.

Next, I hopped on my dusty druid that I use for farming herbs and ore and give the gathering module a spin.
The gathering interface is quite amazing. It has a beautiful overlay of the terrain and can show tons of things that are around your character. I decided to use one of the ‘official’ gathering routes that are supplied from the creators of Shadowbot. It is a feature that is in my opinion AWESOME. Click and download the route you want rather than fiddling with manual zip downloads etc. Not sure why they did not do this with the grinding routes but I will mention that later.

The review with the druid went very well. Some underground nodes gave the bot some issues, but it auto blacklisted them after a few attempts.

I chose Deepholm to test gathering. In the past I have used Honor Buddy and have found Deepholm to be very difficult for bots due to its terrain and multiple areas with multiple mobs. As expected the bot would get stuck, but seemed like the anti-stuck mechanism worked fairly well. I don’t really think any bot program will ever have the ability to never get stuck.

I was however disappointed in the fact that none of the dozens of routes that come with the bot have repair or mail routes attached. I had to add a small repair and mail route. Wasn’t difficult but would have been nice if they had them already included.

For the next part of the review, I decided to create my own gathering route. I found the Shadowbot Wiki as well as the ‘how to videos’ which are available extremely helpful. In about 5 minutes I was able to create my own route. Luckily it has a very intuitive interface with not too many options.

PVP REVIEW

As with everything so far with Shadowbot, it comes with routes for Horde and Alliance battlegrounds. For some reason, they seem to have skipped 2. Unsure as to why, but all of the main ones are available on the forums. Again, I have to download to my local machine rather than use the gathering type interface that downloads it automatically. Still not sure why they do not have the ability for all of its modules.

After selecting the ‘call of arms’ battle ground route and clicking the start button Shadowbot chose the correct BG to join and waiting to queue. After a couple minutes it joined the battleground as expected.

For the review, I used a level 35 hunter that had terrrrrrrible gear and really had no business being near a BG. But a test is a test.

After running around for a bit the bot finally got into combat. It seemed a little slow to get itself into combat but once started it did a proper use of my spells and abilities. I would have liked to see a crisper combat system is the only thing I can say about it. It seemed to work for what my gear level is (DPS wise).

Other than the slow combat start, I like the look and feel of the PvP module. Looks very ‘human’ in movement and by using its ‘random hotspot’ route system it never went the same way twice.

FISHING REVIEW

Oddly enough Shadowbot does do fishing in the traditional sense. But it appears that you can only fish at Schools and while on a route. I created a route using the gathering module that traveled around the water until it found a school of fish. It fished until the school was gone and moved on.

Not sure as to why there is not a ‘stand’ and fish. I suppose if you only want a certain type of fish then it would work? Unsure.

SUMMARY OF SHADOWBOT

Support – After looking through the forums on both Shadowbot and Pocket Gnome I think the guys that are running / supporting these things are top notch. All of the issues or questions I had were answered immediately. So from a support aspect it is great (while testing the gathering I had an issue with the blacklisting. Posted my issue on the forums and had an admin who I didn’t know help me over Skype). Other bots I have tried to get support for were mediocre at best.

Usability – Very easy to use application. Was pretty intuitive to setup and use.

Functionality – Other than the odd slowness to start combat in PvP, I think it functions great. Gathering, leveling and PvP. I would highly suggest that you remove any and all add-ons before using this bot.

PROS & CONS

PROS:

  • 100% Passive
  • Looks and feels like a person playing rather than a bot (less bottish?)
  • Auto mail, auto purchase food / drink, auto repair, auto train at trainer and auto vendors as needed
  • Integrated behaviors for all class’s and specs
  • Predefined Gathering and Leveling routes
  • Excellent support
  • Tons of documentation
  • Intuitive Interface
  • Advanced users can write their own behaviors if wanted

CONS:

  • PvP start combat is slow
  • No archeology module
  • Because it scans the screen you cannot have any add-ons that interfere with the screen (bag add-ons etc.)
  • Requires regional keyboard settings to be set to ENGLISH US (might be a problem for some folks in other countries?)
 Windows – Yes, All versions of Windows

  • Windows
  • Auto Train skills and talents
  • Professions Leveling
  • Node farming
  • Battleground farming
  • Skinning
  • Fishing pools farming
  • Auto Mail
  • Auto Sell Items
  • Mesh
  • waypoints
  • Allows plugins
  • Allows 1-90 questing
  • Relog on disconnect
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Injection (this is a good thing)
  • Warden Protection (No injection, so not needed)
  • DC on GM whisper/keyword
  • Auto Auction
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Conclusion Rating
Setup Time
4 stars
Customizability
4 stars
Bugs
5 stars
Player Likeness
4 stars
Range of Ability
3 stars
Ability to Run 24/7
5 stars
Difficulty of Advanced Setup
4 stars

One Comment/Review

  • Diane says:

    Bot closed down by Blizzard, link to site leads to explaination.

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