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  • Updated 09/28/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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About _NPCScan

_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.


_NPCScan tracks seldom-seen rare mobs by proximity alone, making the old “/targetexact …” macros obsolete. It has the same range as those targeting macros, but you won't have to mash any buttons. Just go about your business and let _NPCScan alert you when it finds something.

V5.x Changes
  • Due to changes in how the addon stores data, some settings might get reset when updating.
  • The default alert is suppressed while on flight paths by default. If a mob is found, the whisper sound effect will play and the mob & location will be placed in the chat log. You can turn this off from the settings.
  • _NPCScan now includes all rare mobs in the game.
  • The "One of Many", "Timeless Champion" & "Champions of Lei Shen" Achievements have been added.
  • Rare Mobs and Tameable Mobs have their own tabs now.
  • Custom mobs have been added for the Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman & Craftsman.
  • Individual mobs can be removed from their tabs to stop tracking them.

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.

Details

Vignettes

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. Once a mob is targeted, the target button will update to reflect the mob found.

Known Issues: Currently there is no way to detect what mob the vignette represents. Because of this there is no way to filter out and ignore individual mobs. The vignette tracking will ignore achievement mobs groups that have their tracking turned of via unchecking their tab. Also the targeting button might have some issues if there are more than one vignette mobs in target range and may not work 100% of the time.

The Cache

This addon doesn't use nameplates or mouseover units to find rares. Instead, it checks your creature cache for the moment a rare mob is found. There is one catch to this technique however: Once a mob is “found”, _NPCScan won't be able to find it again until your cache is clearedf you find a rare mob's corpse—Dirkee for example—you would have to clear your cache before _NPCScan would find Dirkee again. Thankfully, clearing your cache is a safe and simple matter.

Clearing Your Cache

To clear your cache, follow these straightforward steps:

  1. Exit World of Warcraft
  2. Delete the “Cache” sub-directory inside your World of Warcraft folder.  For example on a standard Windows XP installation, you would delete the folder “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache”.
  • Advanced users can delete “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb” specifically to improve log-in times, where enUS is your language code.

Note: Windows Vista and Windows 7 users see this info if your cache isn't in the location above.

That's it. Log in after you've done that and you'd be able to find Dirkee a second time. It's completely safe because WoW will recreate your Cache folder after you log in again.

Cache Warning

If a rare mob is already cached when you log in, _NPCScan will print a warning message with the names of those mobs. If you see this message but still want to find the listed NPCs again, it's time to clear your cache by following the above procedure; Otherwise, you can quit searching for those mobs using the Search options window detailed below. You can suppress this log-in message using the main options pane, as well.


“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.  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.


Options

_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 Outlands and Northrend 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.  That page's URL will look like

http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=32500

32500 is Dirkee's NPC ID.


Limitations

The only problem mobs for _NPCScan are tamable beasts & Battle Pets. Whenever you run across the tamed version, _NPCScan gets tricked into thinking that mob is nearby. In order to prevent those false positives, _NPCScan only shows alerts for tamable mobs in their original zones That is, if you spot Loque'nahak in Dalaran instead of Sholazar Basin where it usually patrols, _NPCScan would ignore it. When one of these tamable mob false-alarms happens, you'll see a message in your chat window explaining why it got ignored.

Since this makes tamable mobs are so difficult to track, I suggest you fly to the tamable mob's zone first, clear your cache, and then search for it.; Any time you pass through a populated area like Dalaran, you risk filling your cache with popular rare pets.

For Battle Pets there is no way for it to determine if a mob is a spawn or someone's pet. Many Battle Pet addons and just opening the Pet Journal will often cause Battle Pets to become cached.

tag 5.4.8.6
ed96f558a8c1cd754e163c93d7e1b1e8f67ab83b
James D. Callahan III <jcallahan@curse.com>
2014-09-28 10:47:01 -0500

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SLOKnightfall:
    - Fix for vignette alerts to the chat window causing error
    - Added option to set Toasts to be persistent or not. Defaults to true. Added Toast display for Vignette mob alerts.

Comments

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  • #2203

    Hi, if you look at Saiket profile and activity, he hasn' done anyhting for a very long time (the 20th of September 2012). Here is his post :

    saiket                                                       

    I wish I had more time to respond to comments here and at WoWInterface, but my schedule and priorities have changed a lot since I first published my mods.  For future reference for anyone interested, I do reliably respond to feature requests and bug reports on my Google Code issue tracker here:

    https://code.google.com/p/wow-saiket/issues/list

    As for your main question, you did delete the right file.  Relative to your WoW folder, the cache always resides in the same sub-folder no matter which operating system you use.  I wish the cache was easier to clear as much as you do, but add-ons don't have the ability to help.

                                                                         
    Last edited by saiket on 20 September 2012
     
    Perhpas you can try to contact him to see if he is still able to take some time for wow mods or if he prefers to give the lead to someone else.
     
    Drak
    Last edited by Drakma on 3/22/2013 1:05:12 AM
  • #2189

    Posted on one of the other _NPC Scan comments:

    /npcscan add 50358 Haywire Sunreaver Construct
    /npcscan add 69664 Mumta
    /npcscan add 69996 Ku'lai Skyclaw
    /npcscan add 69998 Goda
    /npcscan add 70002 Lu-Ban
    /npcscan add 69997 Progenitus
    /npcscan add 70000 Al'tabim the All-Seeing
    /npcscan add 69999 God-Hulk Ramuk
    /npcscan add 70001 Backbreaker Uru
    /npcscan add 70003 Molthor

     

  • #2190

    Are we suppose to add those to our file to be able to use npscan n new area? if yes can you tell me where please.

  • #2219

    Yes, you just paste each one into chat, one at a time.

  • #2198

    By the looks of it, it seems like you just paste it into your chat.

  • #2186

    Hello,

    How do permanently delete an entry, I have gone into the /npcscan menu for example and removed Sha of Fear, but each time I start up WoW again, its back.  I'm selecting it in the list and pushing the red - at the bottom right.

    Might be an idea to be able to create an "ignore" list, or something.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2185

    curse client is telling me mine is up to date but ingame is telling me its out of date.... help please

     

  • #2187

    same here, plus new rare update would be nice

    One man one brain, 2 men 1/2 a brain, 3 men...no brains

  • #2184

    I appreciate any help I can with my question. My girlfriend and I have been doing a hunt for the NPCs for the Glorious achievement and she needs more NPC's than I do. How can I deselct the Done NPC's on my list to sync with her list? I like to delete the Done ones on my list so I can hunt with her list. Can this be done? Thanks in advance.

  • #2183

    For an easy way to delete creature cache every time you start the game:

    @del C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb"
    @del C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\npccache.wdb"
    @start C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"

    copy that into a text file, and rename it "whatever you want.bat" (without the quotes), and start the game from that.   What it does, is delete the creature cache files, before the wow client starts.  I even changed the icon of this .bat file to a WoW icon, so it looks clean and seamless on my desktop.

    The script can change based on where your WoW installation is (mine is in Program Files (x86)), and what you typically start the game with.  I start the game from the launcher.  Some people may start it from wow.exe or Wow-64.exe -- bypassing the launcher.

    Last edited by ablib on 3/13/2013 5:29:00 PM
  • #2196

    I tried this and keep getting an error message saying that it cannot find "C:\World ". My files are not in the program files(86) so my path actually looks like this (i copied it from the address bar as text and inserted it)

    @del C:\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb

    @del C:\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\npccache.wdb

    @start C:\World of Warcraft\World of Warcraft Launcher.exe

     

    Maybe you can help me figure out whats wrong. Thanks.

    Last edited by ravenschyld on 3/19/2013 3:05:29 PM
  • #2199

    You missed the quotes around the link. Here it is corrected:

     

    @del C:\"World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb"
    @del C:\"World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\npccache.wdb"
    @start C:\"World of Warcraft\World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"

  • #2188

     

     

     

    Quote from ablib »

    For an easy way to delete creature cache every time you start the game:

    @del C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb"
    @del C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\npccache.wdb"
    @start C:\"Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"

    copy that into a text file, and rename it "whatever you want.bat" (without the quotes), and start the game from that.   What it does, is delete the creature cache files, before the wow client starts.  I even changed the icon of this .bat file to a WoW icon, so it looks clean and seamless on my desktop.

    The script can change based on where your WoW installation is (mine is in Program Files (x86)), and what you typically start the game with.  I start the game from the launcher.  Some people may start it from wow.exe or Wow-64.exe -- bypassing the launcher.

     

    Your directions are handy. I'd note one additional thing: Windows default is to NOT show the file extensions to known file types. On such setups, when you type "name.bat"...what really happens is you get a file called "name.bat.txt" You'll know this happens if you try to run it and your text editor opens instead of the flash of black-screened window as a bat file is run.

    If you need to change your settings so this doensn't happen (Directions given for Win8...not the only directions, just a working set)

    Open your Control Panel and enter "Folder Options" in the search window. Once you find it, you need "Show or Hide file extensions". You'll want to SHOW normally hidden file extensions. You get the usual 'are you sure you want to do this from Windows'.

    **a final note: once the your file extension show, whenever you change them--and you shouldn't, routinely-- Windows will warn you that changing file extensions can cause trouble (and it can, but only if you do it Willy Nilly).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • #2181

    User Etain (http://www.wowhead.com/user=Etain) over at Wowhead.com wrote these commands to add the 5.2 rares to npcscan:

    /npcscan add 50358 Haywire Sunreaver Construct
    /npcscan add 69664 Mumta
    /npcscan add 69996 Ku'lai Skyclaw
    /npcscan add 69998 Goda
    /npcscan add 70002 Lu-Ban
    /npcscan add 69997 Progenitus
    /npcscan add 70000 Al'tabim the All-Seeing
    /npcscan add 69999 God-Hulk Ramuk
    /npcscan add 70001 Backbreaker Uru
    /npcscan add 70003 Molthor

     
  • #2180

    update!!!!!!!!!!!!! please!!!!

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