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  • Supports: 6.2.0
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  • Updated 06/23/2015
  • 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 <>
2015-06-23 20:53:10 -0500


James D. Callahan III:
    - Update ToC Interface to 60200.


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  • #3217

    get this error everytime i mouse over a rare (been like that for months):

    Date: 2015-04-09 11:29:58

    ID: 2

    Error occured in: Global

    Count: 1

    Message: ...terface\AddOns\_NPCScan.AutoAdd\_NPCScan.AutoAdd.lua line 126:

       table index is nil


       [C]: ?








      Swatter, v5.21c.5521 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)

      Cursor, v6.1.0.1

      NPCScan, v6.1.2.1

      NPCScanAutoAdd, v2.3

      NPCScanOverlay, v6.1.0.1

    should i just delete the auto add plugin if its no longer supported?

    Last edited by Droole on 4/17/2015 9:04:20 AM
  • #3218

    This is an error from _NPCscan.AutoAdd, which is a completely separate AddOn by a completely different author.

  • #3219
    Quote from Torhal »

    This is an error from _NPCscan.AutoAdd, which is a completely separate AddOn by a completely different author

    ahh that would explain ok then safe to delete...they stole your name...hehe i thought it was part of npc scan.

  • #3216

    my npc scan is not working at all, was beside a elite didnt do alert. dont know whats going on.

  • #3215

    Alert sound still not working.. Any help at all?

  • #3214

    Hey they, ive been looking for this new keybind thing, didnt see it in the WoW Keybind "Other" options, has this feature been added? If so how do you access it?

  • #3211

    Okay, I don't quite know how this has happened but my partner's _NPCScan has just brought up a rare alert in Northrend by itself... actually 2, different mobs as well.... o.0

    The first was Vyragosa (dead by the time he got there), at which point I explained that it couldn't have as this addon no longer works that way because of the new file system with WoD, need vignettes, only works with Pandaria+, blah, blah, blah...

    So then, just to test, he quit the game, cleared the creaturecache.wdb file from its usual location (C:/Users/Public/Games/World of Warcraft/Cache/WDB/enUS/), logged back in, flew around a bit and... BOOM!

    Skol alert pops up onto the screen and sure enough, there it was! 0.0

    To my knowledge, no rares pre-Pandaria have vignettes so _NPCScan can't be pulling it from that...

    I literally have no clue how it's working... unless Blizz put the old WDB cache file system back in without telling us...

    I have yet to try it out myself... but just thought Id mention it. ^_~

  • #3212

    They haven't re-instated the old cache behavior, and even if they had it wouldn't work: The code for the old method of scanning has been removed. The only possibility I can see is mouseover.

  • #3213

    That's what I thought... I mean I've been flying all over the place and haven't had a single alert pop up pre-Pandaria... I'll go on a rare hunt myself and try to show him that it must have been a mouseover. It's surprising just how much 'real estate' can be covered in a simple swipe across the screen. Cheers Torhal! ^_^

  • #3210

    Some problem with npcscan rather than carbonite

    Date: 2015-04-03 10:11:47
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Carbonite\NxMap.lua line 9052:
       Usage: GetMapNameByID(mapID)
       [C]: GetMapNameByID()
       Carbonite\NxMap.lua:9052: GetWorldZoneInfo()
       Carbonite\NxMap.lua:7283: ClipZoneFrm()
       [C]: ?
    (*temporary) = nil

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  • #3206

    Hey there everyone, can you please help me? I am new to the game, so i kinda need some help here....

    I downloaded the NPCscan so that i can find rares for my first character hunter,  but it does not want to work for me. I did everything that was needed, i downloaded, extracted the zip-file and putted it in my addons page, the addon shows up in my game, i checked ''load out of date addons'', everything is fine, though, in-game it doesnt do anything, when i play my character and open interface addon options, i can check what you can check there, but i cant change anything that requiers to press a ''down button to select and option'', for example, i cant change the sound from default to classic NPCscan sound, and i cant check what kind of shape ''pointer'' i want (green triangle,  red cross etc) for my targets. Overlay also, i can check what i want, but i cant choose any other options, and when i log off the game, everything turns off and i can check everything again though it doesnt do anything. Oh and i dont have the search for rare npc's option either.

    I cleaned the chache, i even re-downloaded it, still wont work, i looked for help in other sites, but no one had the same problem i do, and i dont have that good english to understand all the thechnology-guru stuff, im not a thech-guru myself, so it is hard for me to understand unless there is a video or pictures. But, if you describe me step-by-step, i might understand.

    I will appreciate all help that will be given, i just hope i will find a way to fix it.... i think my wow  version was 5.8.4 but npc scan version is 6.1 ..... 

    Last edited by Aafke24 on 4/1/2015 7:41:51 PM
  • #3209

    We do not support non-official versions of WoW.

  • #3205

    How Do I make this addon find TLPD again, because it was over his dead body and it freaking ignored it (cache was empty). Will installing an older version work?

  • #3208

    You don't. Blizzard broke this functionality with WoD.

  • #3207

    I'd like to know this too. Is AFK camping not viable anymore? do I actually have to stay tabbed in and watch the screen the full time?

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