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  • Updated 02/26/2015
  • Created 06/06/2009
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About _NPCScan

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 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 Keybind->Other_>NPCScan 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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2015-02-25 23:56:21 -0800



    - Fix to for broken default alert sounds.


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  • #3179

    Same here also.

  • #3175

    How do I lower the volume, it's really loud... I don't want my screen to go red, I still want to hear it. Just a bit lower though, does anyone know?

  • #3178

    BloodyJoker, I don't know how to change the volume.... especially now that with 6.1 mine is completely silent lol... but to get rid of the red screen flash, go to the red ? on your UI bar, open Interface, AddOns tab, click NPCScan, and unclick the box labeled "Show Red Screen Edge Flash", that should stop it.

  • #3174

    How do i install NPC Scan to wow game?

  • #3173

    Do you still need to use th emouse-over for non-WOD npc's like King Krush?

    Also in the past, you had to clear the cache before logging in - is this something that still needs to be done and if so, could you remind me on how to do it?


    Been using this mod for yeasrs but just recently came back to the game.

  • #3170

    Does the Dynamic Target Macro have the same length limitations as normal macros?

    I doesnt seem like the whole macro runs when I use it, custom mobs aren't targeted at all and CheckMacroTarget() doesn't seem to run either. I only got custom mobs to be targeted by moving the targeting for them before the other default tracked mobs in the lua-file.

  • #3168


    I got a problem with using addon: disabled Fight the Power (The Pit rares) and then removed rares from that section, but still getting notifications.

  • #3166

    NPCscan is working without mouse-over on one of my chars and I don't know why :D  Any tips on how to make it work like that on every char?

  • #3164

    how do u add an NPC if it's not shown on the map

  • #3159

    I was flying around Hillsbrad Foothills today to complete the Winter Veil daily and NPCScan triggered for Araga. I wasn't using the dynamic targetting macro and AFAIK didn't mouseover the mob.  Has some kind of solution been found for old world mobs? I'd like to know before I try afk farming for rares.

    If not, I remember nameplate scanning being mentioned as a possible solution (I don't normally have them turned on). Is this something that has been implemented, or is it still being worked on?

  • #3162

    My best guess is that the alerts were triggered via mouse over.  Nameplate scanning has not been implemeted yet and the only ways to trigger an alert currently are by a Vignette, mouse over or using the targeting macro.

  • #3165

    Must have been a mouseover then. Thanks for the reply.

  • #3160

    I am also getting NPCscan alerts on old world (non-vignette) mobs. I haven't done anything special except install NPCscan. Specifically, these are vanilla WoW mobs. I haven't seen any non-vignette xpac mobs yet.

  • #3158

    I'm not getting the Vignette alerts. I've cleared my cache but still nothing, when a skull appears on the minimap I get no alert. I know 6.02 changed the way it does things but I thought vignettes still flagged up. I did kill a few rares on another toon but I definitely did not kill ones in the area I'm currently in, near the Alliance garrison. It's possible my horde toon got an alert for them going near but deleting the creature and npc cache should have corrected that. 

  • #3161

    Have you verified that Vignette scanning is turned on in the options?

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