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  • Updated 08/31/2015
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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 <>
2015-08-31 08:41:21 -0500

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  • #3297

    Same, would really like to get rid of the useless The Blood Moon spam, not to mention Veng/Terror/Doom and Deathtalon spam when you no longer care about that.

  • #3295

    I would also like to know this. Plus, I keep getting a similar alert for "Netherstorm Flag." I tried looking it up on Wowhead and all it tells me is that it's a spell related to a BG (probably EotS). What is it and how can I turn it off?

  • #3292

    So I'm having a slightly different problem...  Npcscan does not alert for mobs spawning in the area I am in until I attack them.  Then It alerts and the target button pops after the mob dies.  I have all filters active.  The Hellbane achievement alerts as it should no matter where I am in the zone.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the add-on and no change (on all toons).  

    Any suggestions?

  • #3289

    What's a Vignettes mab compaired to other mobs and what rares do we have to worry about it not detecting?
    Just pre WOD rares only, or are there rare mods in WOD that this won't pick up?

    Thank you...

  • #3288

    How do we change Cindral's name?   When the alert pops up,  it pops up as Cindral, but clicking on it doesn't target the NPC because its name is Cindral the Wildfire

  • #3290

    Quite a few of the NPCs at Zeth'gol also have this problem, as in NPCScan their title is included in the name for targeting when it's not their exact name.

  • #3291

    The problem is that the vignette alerts & targeting uses the name that the WoW Api returns for the vignette it detected.  Unfortuntalty for some reason Blizzard did not make the name of the mob always match the vignette name for all the mobs.  This causes the targetexact macro that the addon uses to not be able to target properly. 

  • #3272

    Hey, I sorta like the event/mini-boss alerts that were added in yesterday's alpha build. However, it seems to have broken Vignette detection for me. No matter what I do regarding reloading UI and turning on Vignette detection, it doesn't seem to work. Mouseover detection works fine, but Vignette detection does not.

    I also did a clean install of the addon, wiping my settings and starting over, and Vignette detection still doesn't work. Any ideas?

  • #3273

    Nevermind, fixed itself. GG.

  • #3287

    Thanks for tracking down what's causing it, as that will make narowing it down in the code easier.  I'll try to look into it this weeking and see what I can find.

  • #3286

    Alright, I've narrowed down this achievement filter issue to the Glorious! filter. With only it, Hellbane, and Jungle Stalker enabled I get normal alerts in Tanaan. When Glorious! is disabled, alerts in Tanaan no longer appear. Tested multiple times once I found it.

  • #3284

    The problem appears to be tied to disabling other achievement filters. I can't quite narrow it down, but when I blindly turned them all back on, alerts are showing up all the time in Tanaan. With only Hellbane and Jungle Stalker on, this is not the case.

  • #3283

    Is there maybe a problem with achievement completion? I've always had "Search for completed achievement NPCs" enabled, but now that I think about it, my alerts stopped when I completed Jungle Stalker even with that category still enabled for searching.

    I'm currently testing my addons by disabling them to figure out if any of them are conflicting. However, this is difficult because if you log out and in or reload the UI while in range of a Vignette rare, it no longer shows as a rare on the minimap until you leave its range entirely and then return. The struggle.

  • #3282

    Nope.  Since the vignette API got fixed in WoD vignettes follow the ignore rules.  If mobs are added to the ignore list or a specic group is disabled, then alerts will n ot be displayed.

  • #3281

    I can try it, but why should those settings matter? Isn't Vignette detection still a blind function where it should show up regardless of what you're searching for if it appears in range? Or were Vignettes changed to actually provide the rare's info to the API?

    EDIT: My Jungle Stalker is already checked, still wasn't getting alerts today. Only the alerts for Hellbane fire, since they're zone-wide-visible spawns.

    Last edited by TheCheat5 on 7/11/2015 2:38:38 PM
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