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  • Supports: 6.1.0
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  • Updated 04/18/2015
  • Created 09/13/2009
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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About _NPCScan.Overlay

If you care at all about my wishes, you won't download this AddOn from SolidIce: They are leeching it from the site I actually choose to put it on.

NPCScan.Overlay is an addition to _NPCScan that adds map overlays for rare mob patrols. When you search for a rare in _NPCScan, _NPCScan.Overlay will show where it patrols until you find it. It works similarly to keithgabryelski's Rare Spawn Overlay's , but supports the minimap and has a much smaller download size, along with a few new features.

Special thanks to Rare Spawn Overlay's patrol paths and Routes minimap drawing code for inspiration!

Note: _NPCScan.Overlay can integrate with _NPCScan if you have installed it, but make sure to keep both up to date if you do use both!

If you have a question check the FAQ, or a problem create a ticket


World Map

In addition to drawing paths on the World Map, _NPCScan.Overlay adds a key to a corner of the window with each rare's name. It only appears in zones that have rare maps, like Netherstorm as seen in the screenshot. Hovering over a mob's name in the key will cause the mob's path on the map to start flashing. If you need to read something under the key, it can be toggled by Clicking on the Key Toggle button on the map. The key can be repositioned by just moving your mouse over top of it while holding the shift key and the key will jump to a different corner.

Most map mods like Atlas will inherit the key and overlays from this module. Even Carbonite's map display will show them.

Battlefield Minimap

The small “Battlefield Minimap” (AKA the “Zone Map”) also shows mob paths.


All shapes and sizes of minimaps are supported. Rotating minimaps work fine as well.

One feature not shown in the screenshot is a thinner 100 yard range ring around your character. It helps you gauge _NPCScan's detection range, so you can sweep through zones more effectively. This option can be found in the Minimap subsection of the options panel, detailed below.


_NPCScan.Overlay's options can be found under _NPCScan's main options menu, under _NPCScan > Overlay or as its own entry of _NPCScan.Overlay if _NPCScan isn't installed. This panel can be opened with the “/npcscanoverlay slash command, or “/overlay” for short.

The “Always show all paths” checkbox at the top of the pane overrides the instructions of NPC tracking mods like _NPCScan to hide unused paths, and always displays all known paths instead.

The rest of the configuration pane lists each map display's options. You can enable/disable each map from here, as well as configure individual settings for them.

Each map display can have its overall transparency set independently with the “Alpha” slider, so that it doesn't obscure the maps themselves.

James D. Callahan III <>
2015-04-18 23:13:16 -0500


James D. Callahan III:
    - Don't change the map's zone while the map is open. Fixes ticket #48.
    - Cleanups on accessing global variables/functions.
    - Minimap_Toggle => NPCScanOverlayMinimap_Toggle because what the actual fuck was the purpose of giving a global function such a generic name?


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  • #565

    Routes is the addon you want.  No, I'm serious.  I use it myself.

  • #551

    be nice to see an overlay in Uldum of the locations/path where the Mysterious Camel Figurines pop up at most often. They used to have one on wowhead, but somebody deleted it. :(

  • #550
    Overlay for "Madexx" (Uldum)


    the Map Overlay for "Madexx" in Uldum is a quite big area... but Madexx does neither spawn and then pat through the whole area, nor is he able to spawn in every potential point in this area.

    Instead, he spawns in five different small areas within that big area and doesn't pat far away from them, as you can see here:

    It would be great, if you fixed the Madexx-Overlay relative to its real spawnpoints.

    I really enjoy having such a helpful addon! It helped me tame all my rares! Keep on the great work!

    Thank you!

    Last edited by AbraxasTR on 2/12/2012 9:09:28 PM
  • #549

    this does not work in ungoro crater i tried looking for the rares and it don't show on my map any idea how to fix this or enable the creaturs to show on the map. i tried deleting the creatures cache and reinstalling npcscan and the overlay as well as repairing wow and still nothing

  • #547

    Just found Skoll at some coordinates I've never seen him on before, that NPC scan doesn't show either.

    27.7 / 50.7 in Storm Peaks


  • #546

    I just wanted to personally thank Saiket for these add-ons. Thanks to you, I am now the very proud owner of every Spirit Beast that WoW has to offer. Along with several others that I have collected in Cata. So again thank you SO much! Please keep updated so for future  expansions and things I can continue.


    Kenludar-Farstriders 85-Hunter


  • #545

    hey guys I am new with add-ons and recently downloaded npc scan it comes up fine on my account and everything but the circle never comes up on the mini map to scan can u guys help please?

  • #544

    It doesnt work, spent a week trying to find tlpd and never showed up but when I found aotona(myself) it never notified me.

  • #540

    Is anyone having an issue witht he legend showing up and disapearing or not showing up at all? If so please tell me how you fixed it.

  • #538

    Love this addon and thanks for making it SOOO easy to interface my addon MiniHugeHUD with it by adding a Reparent API. Laughing

    I have added loads of other addon's to MiniHugeHUD's minimap HUD over the past few months and this addon was one of the easiest to do as the API you created worked first time!

    Last edited by Zasurus on 10/23/2011 3:23:30 PM
  • #535

    Any eta on camel locations in Uldum?

  • #533
    How can I undelete ONE single mob ???
  • #531
    I noticed tonight that the overlays weren't showing up on either the main map or minimap, so I went to Addons to check - it says "Incompatible". I've seen "Disabled" and such but never "Incompatible" before. Anyone know what this signifies (I don't need the dictionary definition of incompatible ...)?
  • #532
    It must have been a download issue - all the files in the folder were filled with nulls, in the original download folder, the Wow addon folder, and a backup folder I keep. Re-downloaded and everything's fine.
  • #530
    It doesn't look like the 1-60 rares aren't apart of this, will you ever add it? I say this because blizzard has made rares give a ridiculous amount of xp. If not can someone point me in the direction of an addon with this?

    Also excellent addon I love having it.
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