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  • Supports: 6.2.0
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  • Updated 08/31/2015
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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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

Localization updates.


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  • #3255

    so does this addon even work for mobs in new zone?

  • #3256

    Yes it does.

  • #3265


    it doesnt for me


  • #3253

    i dont have an option for the dynamic keybind option. additionally the ones i do have are not in the other category, they are in the addons category. The three i have are "toggle mob key", "toggle mob paths", "toggle minimap paths"

  • #3254

    Yeah, they got moved to the addon category and the info still needs to be updated.

    The 3 you are listing are for NPCScan.Overlay.  There should be a separate section for NPCScan listed, probably above the section you are looking at. It should have "Target last found mob" and "Dynamic Targeting" keybind options

  • #3252

    When NPCScan detects a mob its name is displayed on the alert frame, however, on chat it only says "vignette mob". Even though in the addon's description you call this event "unlikely", I am usually in combat when NPCScan sends an alert, so I can't see its frame nor know which rare it is from chat.

    It's a bit inconvenient, leaves me not knowing wether I should stop all I'm doing and go after it or not. The only way to know who just popped up is hovering over the skull in the minimap.

    Is this intended? If not, is it a known bug or is it just me? And if it's just me, what the hell did I do?!

    Since I never said it before, thank you a lot for your effort on this addon. Unseparable companion.

  • #3247

    hi, i've checked but couldn't find out the bug i have, everytime NPC get me an alert, it show me a ghost skull instead of the Mob skin, what seems to be the problem?

  • #3248

    Its no bug.  That is the default skin that it shows if it detects a vignette mob that it does not have data for.  I'm in the process of adding the new mobs and once the update goes live it will go back to showing the actual mob.

  • #3249

    i feel like it's been like this for age for me, but i might be wrong, i'll try to check some other old rare if it's still the same thing,

    anyway thanks for your reply :)

  • #3244

    hi there i need your help i cant get the overlay or the program to work in Tanaan i have tried re-installing it and del the Cach but nothing it's showing me the paths in other zones just not that one any idear what i'm doing wrong ?


  • #3245

    Nothing is wrong.  The overlays have not been added for Tannan yet.  I'm mostly done with them and hope to have an update out soon.

  • #3241

    i can't seem to be able to put an icon on the rare's when clicking the popup since latest version , not sure if i'm the only one here ?

    For Azeroth !

  • #3239

    Hey I have a suggestion. In Tanaan Jungle you can see on the map which rares are currently up (altleast the ones for hellbane). Would it be possible to get an alert if one of the rares spawn anywhere in tanaan jungle despite where you are?

  • #3240

    If they are being displayed on the world map, then it might be able to detect.  Other than that the alert is limitied to detecting them when a player gets close enought to a rare to trigger a vignette event.

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