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  • Updated 10/01/2015
  • 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 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.

“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 <>
2015-10-01 23:44:45 -0500


James D. Callahan III:
    - Re-enable the WORLD_MAP_UPDATE alerts - apparently Blizzard has done something on their side to make Blood Moon not so spammy.


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  • #3337

    Updated today to the October 1st version.  Instantly came back and rolled it back to September 9th version.  Bood Moon goes off like crazy again.

  • #3338

    I do not know why, but that is not happening to me? I have 6 alts and spend a bit of time in the jungle and the latest version works fine for me.

  • #3336

    I think Blizzard has fixed the Blood Moon alerts problem on their side. I have gone back to using _NPCScan and it has been working great with all the alerts, zone-wide Blood Moon and Hellbane bosses.

  • #3335

    I don't get alerts while shapeshifted on my druid until I target them.

  • #3332

    I get the alerts on some toons but not all of them. I have 2 locks going through Taanan Jungle. One gets alerts on everything and the other doesn't get them at all. They are differnt factions on different servers. This is really frustrating. I've unchecked and rechecked things and it still doesn't work.

  • #3331

    I am also not receiving any warning alerts for Hellbane spawns in the most recent addon version. Wondering if this is an intended change.

  • #3333

    Yes. You will no longer receive zone-wide alerts from NPCscan about hellbane bosses.  This is an unfortunate side-effect of muting those incessant Blood Moon alerts - from which so many of us pleaded for relief.  Though regrettable, it is certainly worth the loss of hellbain alerts to get rid of that BMoon spam.  You will still get the zone-wide chat alerts from Blizzard when the hellbane bosses spawn and taunt.

  • #3334

    The zone wide alerts require me to be on screen, not all of them have sound call outs, like terrorfist for example. So you have to be on screen a watching for up to 3 hours, now take that  times multiple toons. Also factor in If you are mid air in the middle of the map you'll get there just before it dies, If there is any delay you get there and its already dead.  The map icon shows up and the NPC alert goes off, then the zone wideannounce so it actually gave you a moments early heads up. Which is crucial to making it there.

    Add in the bug I get were the announce goes off but there no mark on the map for the rare and I  have gone there and there was no rare and no body. Also seen the announce an no mark on the map and the rare was there. Maybe due to the sheer number  of ad-dons I use but non the less without the announcements camping for hell banebosses got a lot harder. It's more then possible to remove just the blood moon alerts, and leave the rest. Others have done in by modifying a file.  

  • #3330
    Vignettes dont need npcscan to tell me some thing i can see any way i love the addon for many years but as it cant help to find fx TLPD or old rares w out me need to hit a key all time a macros do the same
  • #3328

    After the most recent update, I am no longer receiving any alerts for the 4 Hellbane spawns. I did not change any settings. The alert will pop up when I am in very close range, but I mean the alert that came along with the zone yell for each mob spawn. Is there a way to fix this?

    Last edited by user_97500 on 9/14/2015 8:03:38 PM
  • #3329

    Having the same issue, checking the box next to hellbane doesn't make it work either, anyone have any suggestions? search for completed achievement NPCs is also checked

  • #3324

    For people asking about removing the Blood Moon event popup, please check this comment.

  • #3325

    Should be rather moot if you've actually updated to

  • #3327

    What other alerts are affected by the new change?  i.e.  Hellbane.

  • #3323

    Disableing _NPC until bloodmoon problem fixed!

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