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  • Updated 02/08/2016
  • Created 06/06/2009
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About _NPCScan

_NPCScan helps you find rare mobs through the use of dynamic target macros, mouse over alerts and for Vignette mobs proximity. Once a mob is found by one of these methods an on screen alert is displayed, in addition to an audio alert.

_NPCScan & Warlords

Due to changes in how the game caches mobs in WoD, it is looking like _NPCScan will no longer be able to auto detect non-Vignette mobs. Due to this the only way to find pre-MoP rares via _NPCScan will be via mouse over, nameplate, or the new dynamic target macro keybind being added. The new keybind will trigger a /targetexact …” macro that updates with tracked mobs based on the zone you are currently in. Vignette mobs will still automatically trigger an alert when the mob gets in range, and should work more reliably due to updates to the Vignette API.

V6.x Changes
  • Cache Scanning Removed - Due to changes in the way WoW cache mobs, NPCScan can no longer auto alert when mobs are nearby like it use to.
  • Dynamic TargetExact Macro Keybind - NPCScan now has a keybind you can set that will try to /exacttarget tracked mobs. This macro will dynamically update based on the zone you are in and which mobs are being tracked.
  • Updated Vignette Alerts - Vignette Alerts are now more reliable and show the actual mob when detected the majority of time.

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

If you have a question/comment about _NPCScan.Overlay please post it in it's comment section.


Dynamic Target Keybind

NPCScan now includes a keybinding that will trigger a stored dynamic target macro. Each time it is pressed, the keybind will trigger a /targetexact <mob name> for every tracked mobs in the current zone you are in, in addition to any custom added mobs. This macro will be auto updated based on the zone you are currently in. To access this feature, just set a keybind under the Key Bindings->Addons->_NPCScan->Dynamic Target Macro section. Note: To search via the keybind, you will need to continuously push the bind. Pushing it once will only trigger it once, it does not auto scan like it did Pre WoD.


NPCScan now tracks "vignettes". These are the little skulls appear on the minimap, that denote rare mobs. This is a beta feature and is disabled by default. Enabling this feature will alert you to a rare that's within minimap range, without any worries about having to clear your cache. When you get an alert you will be shown a target button similar to the standard mob alert, letting you know that a vignette mob was detected. Clicking on the target button will try and target the mob.


If you have nameplates turned on, NPCScan now has the ability to trigger alerts off them. This method is not completely reliable as it has to rely on name comparison, so if mob name that NPCScan has does not match it will not trigger an alert. Also the range is limited as you need to get close enough to a mob to have the game display its name plate.

Addons that modify nameplates may interfere with this.

“Found” Alert

When a rare mob is found, _NPCScan alerts you by playing a loud and distinctive sound, making your screen pulse red, and displaying an animated Targeting Button. To get a feel for what this alert looks and sounds like, try the “Test Found Alert” button in the addon's main Interface Options panel. (See the Options section below.)

Targeting Button

When clicked, the targeting button tries to target the most-recently-found mob.&nbsp; You can also bind a key to hit this button. If the default button position isn't to your liking, you can move it while holding your CTRL key.

Note: The button cannot be shown during combat. In the unlikely case that you do find a rare while fighting, the button will appear after you leave combat. You will still hear the alert however, and the name of the mob will appear in your chat log.


_NPCScan's main options window can be accessed from the Interface Options menu. This panel includes a “Test Found Alert” button, various ways to customize the alert sound, and an option to suppress cache warning messages on log-in. New sounds can be added to the alert sound dropdown menu by installing SharedMedia-type addons.

Search List

The list of mobs that _NPCScan searches for can be modified easily through the Interface Options panel, however it comes pre-configured with most rare mobs.; To access the mob list, type “/npcscan”. Grayed out NPCs in a list aren't being searched for, either because they're cached or not needed for their achievement.

The first tab available lists Custom NPCs that you can enter or remove manually. NPCs that are already cached show a red “X” in the first column. You can add or remove Custom NPCs with the [+] and [-] buttons at the bottom right.

All other tabs control achievements like Bloody Rareand Frostbitten. These tabs show an additional column on the right with green check marks for completed achievement mobs. You may enable or disable tracking each achievement with its tab's checkbox.

To remove non custom mobs from a tab, click on the mob that you want to remove and then click on the "Remove" button. This will remove the selected mob from the current tab and add it to the Ignore List Tab. If you ever want to restore a Ignored Mob, select it from the "Ignore List" tab, click the "Remove" button and it should be added back to its original tab.

The “Search for completed Achievement NPCs” checkbox at the top left of the pane allows you to keep looking for mobs you no longer need for achievements.

Finding NPC IDs

A mob's NPC ID is its unique identification number, and it can be found on sites like WowHead or WowDB For example, search for the mob “Dirkee” on WowHead and go to the mob's page.&nbsp; That page's URL will look like

32500 is Dirkee's NPC ID.

James D. Callahan III <>
2016-02-08 04:43:44 -0600

Localization updates.


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  • #3433

    NPCScan no funciona bien desde hace tres actualizaciones no borra el cache por lo que si tu viste o alguien tiene una de las monturas de búsqueda él no las reporta nuevamente eso está pasando un ejemplo de eso es el proto draco de tiempo perdido y vyragoza en las cumbres tormentosas no los está reportando por lo que son de una vieja expansión y las pone como vistas 

  • #3431

    can you fix this? Time-Lost Proto-Drake can't  alarm!!!!!!!!

    i wait it for 2month!!!!!!! today i woke up i  saw a corpse already

    when i click the corpse   it was alarm me!!!!!!!!!!


  • #3432

    There is nothing to fix.  The TLPD is a non vignette mob so there is no way to auto alert for it since Warlords came out.  You may have luck if you enable nameplate scanning, but that has limited range.

  • #3428

    Been a hit or miss lately if NPCscan will detect rares. Sometimes I even find one , target it and no alarm goes off.. Been on default settings and uninstalled/ reinstalled 3 times with no change. What gives? See others are repoting same problems, let us know if not gonna fix.. I'll find something else.

  • #3429

    Honestly, I currently have no clue as to what is causing the issues people are reporting.  When I try to reproduce the problems, everything is working fine.  Once I find out the cause, it will get fixed. While posting that its not working lets us know that there is an issue, more info helps narrow down possible causes.  Especially if you are not playing using a different language as some of the addon relies on having the correct mob name in the localization file.

    As for uninstalling/reinstalling the addon, that doesn't really do anything. Unless there was an update, the code is not going to have changed.  What you really should be doing is trying to delete the NPCScan.lua files in the SavedVariables directory.  That file does get updated by the game frequently and can occasionally get corrupted.  Deleting it will reset the addon to a clean install state, while reinstalling the addon will not, as it will just reload the saved info from the last time you ran it.

  • #3426

    hi i`m korean

    it isn`t working add monster myself

    i typing [/npcscan add 63667 Garalon]

    but it isn`t working

    error message : _npcscan:~ "/npcscan add <NPCid> <name> , ~~~~~~~~

    check please

  • #3424

    Seems like the mob has stopped detecting Tanaan jungle rares for some reason?

  • #3423

    been getting False finds in pandaria lately since recent patch or 2 particularly when nearing a zone border and the rare that can spawn on other side i.e. Karr the Darkener and Nalak as you near the border a skull shows on the minimap and you get the alert on crossing the boarder the skull disappears.

  • #3416

    So why can't someone make a new version for npcscan that works for all rares? Or at least make one specifically for the rares pre MoP. I went off for so long when camping TLPD or other rares like that and when I finally decided to put in my time, I found npcscan doesn't work, and where others before me could watch a movie or something, I'm stuck staring at my screen.

  • #3420

    With the release of Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard actually broke the method NPCScan used to detect the old-style rare NPCs. There is no longer an NPC cache, in the manner it previously existed, so the only way to detect the old-style rares post-WoD is to use a target macro.

  • #3415
    Npc-scan not working 6.2.3

    Hi, so as the title states NPC-scan is not working at all for me here is the settings I have enabled

    Im camping Huolon, and it just wont go off when he spawns. 
     Sound is on, test alert works but the addons only purpose fails.

     I've cleared creaturecache and npccache, another thing, is this needed for every kill on the same rarespawn?

    To be clearer: It doesnt display monster as killed nor does it print timestamps, as enabled.

    Last edited by kungmuckla on 1/13/2016 8:36:52 AM
  • #3422

    Your settings on that page look good, but you should check on the "Search" options section and make sure that the "Search for completed Achievement NPC's" option and the "Timeless Champions" tab both have checkmarks.

    With the current versions you don't need to clear the game cache as NPCSCan no longer uses it.  Currently the Kill marker only works for WoD rares that have a way to check if they had been killed for the day.  I'm working on a way to make it update based on the comat log, but that will be included in a future update.

    As for why the time stamp is not showing, I'll test it out when I can play next and see what is going on.

  • #3425

    Thanks for the response, timeless champion and achievement box are both ticked, it's still not going off for any rares on the timeless isle though, anything stupidly simple I might have fucked up/forgot or just a straight up bug?

    Man it would be so great if this worked, since the vignette even shows up a moment before the mob materializes...

    Updating for posterity: I got it to work, and I promise I would have immediately admitted any stupid mistake, but there was no obvious one.
     What I did was: untick and retick the boxes for achievement/timeless champion, and also manually added Hulon with the command "/npcscan add 73167 Huolon" Lastly I removed the macro target aquisition.

    It now works fantastically, thanks for a great addon!

    Last edited by kungmuckla on 1/17/2016 7:20:34 PM
  • #3414

    Any way to add the Darkmoon Rabbit? I can't see he is in the lists, and NPCscan does' nt go off when he spawns either so.

  • #3413

    NPCSCAN wont off on pets, i trying to find Madexx in uldum, but i been missing him becuase NPCSCAN dont go off

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