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  • 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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2015-12-14 10:17:57 -0800

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  • #3385

    I just installed the version from curse and everthing is working.  Double check that vignette alerts are enabled and that there is a green check next to the Jungle Stalker & Hellbane.

  • #3383

    Ok, I think that the issue is due to Localization, which is why I was having trouble reproducing the error. The last update updated the Vignette detection to refrence localized mob names and it looks like a lot of the Tanann mobs have not been translated.  I'll pull info from WoWhead for the misisng translations and make a few tweaks to get things working again.  I should hopefully have a new udate sometime this weekend.

  • #3379

    Hello ,

    it seems the latests version still randomly de-selects " Hellbane and Jungle stalker " from the Rare list on characters , and also some Rare's just don't pop a window even when standing next to them or mouse over ( some really need mouse over just to work ........ ) , notibably i seen this happen with rare's in Mok'gol Watchpost , Stonefury Cliffs , Broken Precipice , .......    and i have all setting to even keep searching for completed Rare's , all " Alert " options and even " show all paths "  ON ..........

    so i hope it's just a small bug in the latest release and fixed as soon as possible  :) .

    For Azeroth !

  • #3378
    Works on some, not others

    I have 5 toons in Draenor on one server and this addon works fine with all of them. On another server I have 6 toons in Draenor and it only works on one (which happens to be my lvl 100 boost). I have compared settings between my two mains and everything is the same. What is causing this? It's very frustrating trying to do the achievements in Tanaan when NPCScan doesn't go off until I mouse over the rares.

  • #3375


    Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!

  • #3374

    Help.  I am not getting alerts for rares in Tanaen Jungle.

    I am using curr ver

    I do get alerts for the four special rares in achieve Hellbane.

    I have cleared the cache. (just in case)

    I have reviewed all settings.

    I have read the FAQ and the forum.

    Most settings are set to on.

    I have logged off/on after changing settings to off and then on.

    I have not yet completed the Rares achieve.  Prev ver did not care if I had previously killed a mob.

    When I first checked settings Tanaen Jugle and Hellbane mobs tabs were set off (X). I set them to on (check).

    I have not updated NPC Overlay.

    I think I remember the mini map would show a circle defing the search area for mobs.  I no longer see this circle (if it was ever there). Not sure when it went away (if it was ever there!!)

    I see a few other reports of no alerts in the jungle, so I'm guerssing/hoping it is not me.

    Any thoughts?  I love this great addon.  Many tanx for all your work.


  • #3373

    Most Tanaan rares are not detected, not all of them. Addon needs to be fixed ASAP.

  • #3377

    Rolling back to version  from resolved the problem, all Tanaan Jungle rares are properly detected now.

    Definitely there is a bug in that should be properly fixed...

  • #3380

    I can confirm, works better than the latest version

  • #3371

    How do I add custom mob to ignore list? Wanted to keep my halloween stuff but Arachnis keep triggering alert whenever I walk over to the other side of garrison (ID = 96323)

  • #3372

    Currently you can't add custom mobs to the ignore list, but Arachnis was added last update.  You can then just select him and remove him from being detected

  • #3399


    Thank you

  • #3367

    this is driving me nuts, can someone tell me how to toggle the list of names OFF.  I still want NPC enabled, but I want this big bulky block that has the list of rares in the zone to toggle off. 

  • #3368

    I'm not sure what list you are talking about as NPCScan does not have one other than in the options.  If you are talking about the list of mobs on the map from NPCScan.Overlay, the FAQ for that addonn tells you how to toggle it.

  • #3369

    SLO, thank you so much!!!

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