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  • Updated 04/19/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 5.4.7.2
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About _NPCScan

_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.

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 5.4.7.2
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SLOKnightfall <SLOKnightfall@gmail.com>
2014-04-19 08:59:58 -0700

tagging changes

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SLOKnightfall:
    - Added Portent to the localization files

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  • #2050

    i have 5 outdated still. havent been able to isolate which one is causing random crashes. but it apears to be a combo. would love to have this updaed so those go away

    that's why its important to update even fi it would normally work fine. to verify this does not happen

  • #2044

    Date: 2012-12-11 22:03:06 ID: 1 Error occured in: Global Count: 1 Message: ...rface\AddOns\NPC_DataBase\NPC_DataBase_Functions.lua line 184:    attempt to index global 'NPC_Data' (a nil value) Debug:    ...rface\AddOns\NPC_DataBase\NPC_DataBase_Functions.lua:184:       ...rface\AddOns\NPC_DataBase\NPC_DataBase_Functions.lua:178    ...rface\AddOns\NPC_DataBase\NPC_DataBase_Functions.lua:268:       ...rface\AddOns\NPC_DataBase\NPC_DataBase_Functions.lua:263 Locals: i = 0 (for generator) = <function> defined =[C]:-1 (for state) = <table> {  Novice Darkspear Warrior<Lvl 2>,Durotar - Darkspear Training Grounds X:65 Y:84 = <table> {  }

    }  Barrens Vulture<Lvl 12>,Northern Barrens - Northern Barrens X:37 Y:65 = <table> {  }  Northwatch Guard<Lvl 40>,Southern Barrens - Northwatch Hold X:67 Y:46 = <table> {  }  Hraq<Lvl 18>,Northern Barrens - The Crossroads X:48 Y:56 = <table> {  }  Northwatch Siege Engineer<Lvl 31>,Southern Barrens - The Great Gate X:41 Y:50 = <table> {  }  Dire Mottled Boar<Lvl 7>,Durotar - Darkspear Strand X:54 Y:81 = <table> {  }  Wild Mature Swine<Lvl 11>,Durotar - Jaggedswine Farm X:48 Y:16 = <table> {  }

     Savannah Boar<Lvl 34>,Southern Barrens - Southern Barrens X:41 Y:83 = <table> {  }  Wildmane Cat<Lvl 1>,Durotar - Darkspear Training Grounds X:69 Y:84 = <table> {  }  Hellscream Guard<Lvl 85>,Tol Barad Peninsula - Hellscream's Grasp X:54 Y:77 = <table> {  }  Legati<Lvl 11>,Durotar - Darkspear Training Grounds X:67 Y:83 = <table> {  }  Pygmy Surf Crawler<Lvl 3>,Durotar - Echo Isles X:59 Y:84 = <table> {  }  Triumph Vanguard<Lvl 33>,Southern Barrens - Southern Barrens X:46 Y:62 = <table> {  }  Venture Co. Enforcer<Lvl 16>,Northern Barrens - Boulder Lode Mine X:66 Y:12 = <table> {Honor's Stand Peasant<Lvl 9>,Southern Barrens - Honor's Stand X:38 Y:13 = <table> {  }  Vrang Wildgore<Lvl 48>,Northern Barrens - Northern Barrens X:35 Y:27 = <table> {  }  Tower Warden<Lvl 29>,Southern Barrens - Honor's Stand X:36 Y:12 = <table> {  }  Foaming Sea Elemental<Lvl 7>,Durotar - Scuttle Coast X:59 Y:51 = <table> {  }  Northwatch Lug<Lvl 1>,Durotar - Durotar X:52 Y:80 = <table> {  }  Barrens Vulture<Lvl 12>,Northern Barrens - The Dry Hills X:30 Y:41 = <table> {  }  Witchwing Ambusher<Lvl 17>,Northern Barrens - The Dry Hills X:24 Y:33 = <table> {  Northwatch Recon<Lvl 32>,Southern Barrens - The Great Gate X:41 Y:49 = <table> {  }  Towering Plainstrider<Lvl 30>,Southern Barrens - Fields of Blood X:42 Y:44 = <table> {  }  Brulla<Lvl 25>,Northern Barrens - The Crossroads X:49 Y:61 = <table> {  }  Zhevra Runner<Lvl 13>,Northern Barrens - Northern Barrens X:35 Y:55 = <table> {  }  Excavation Raider<Lvl 33>,Southern Barrens - Bael Modan Excavation X:47 Y:87 = <table> {  }  Northwatch Defender<Lvl 31>,Southern Barrens - Northwatch Hold X:67 Y:45 = <table> {  } }  Theramore Marine<Lvl 15>,Northern Barrens - The Merchant Coast X:71 Y:82 = <table> {  }  Witchwing Roguefeather<Lvl 18>,Northern Barrens - The Dry Hills X:30 Y:35 = <table> {  }  Injured Razor Hill Grunt<Lvl 8>,Durotar - Durotar X:59 Y:42 = <table> {  }  Sunscale Screecher<Lvl 14>,Northern Barrens - The Dry Hills X:30 Y:39 = <table> {  }  Honor's Stand Sharpshooter<Lvl 15>,Southern Barrens - Honor's Stand X:37 Y:11 = <table> {  }  Hellscream's Reach Recruit<Lvl 85>,Tol Barad Peninsula - Hellscream's Grasp X:55 Y:77 = <table> {  } Stonetalon Ram<Lvl 28>,Stonetalon Mountains - Webwinder Path X:54 Y:57 = <table> {  }  Landquaker Bull<Lvl 35>,Southern Barrens - Southern Barrens X:50 Y:79 = <table> {  }  Lizzarik<Lvl 19>,Northern Barrens - Ratchet X:66 Y:72 = <table> {  }  Ratchet Bruiser<Lvl 85>,Northern Barrens - Ratchet X:68 Y:69 = <table> {  }  Northwatch Recon<Lvl 33>,Southern Barrens - Fields of Blood X:47 Y:50 = <table> {

    getting this error alot

  • #2042

    Nevermind i found out what was wrong.. using an old file from Cata screwed everything up

     

    Last edited by Fya on 12/12/2012 10:40:44 PM
  • #2043

    I have been playing without this mod since the big patch... waiting for it to be updated.

  • #2041
    Is there a way to get npcscan to show the colour marker it does on the world map and mini map for the npc you add as such
  • #2040

    Hi, I really like this mod you made cause make my rare mob hunting easier.

    But it make me really upset when it alarm and I can only see a dead corpse there.

    So can I turn the alarm off if the mob was already dead,

    or maybe you will add this function in the future please? :)

  • #2036

    About the popup image you get when you find a rare:

    It would be awesome if you could include information about whether you have killed the mob or not (for achievement). Just a small checkmark next to the name or something similar would be fine. NPCscan already tracks that info anyway, it's just hidden away under addon config settings (search dialog).

    Everytime I get the alert I have to go into addon settings for NPCscan, look at search dialog, look at the achievement tab (like "Glorious!") to see if I can just skip this rare mob or not.

  • #2034

    Coukl you make it use TomTom? I flew over an NPC when I was on a route and when I tried to find the npc after landing I could not find it anywhere. I guess showing the coordinates would also be ok.

     

  • #2038

    I second the suggestion.

    It could be an option to record the player coordinate at the moment that a NPC is found, maybe in the chat message.

  • #2032

    To use after 5.1, do the following:

    1. Log in

     2. Click the "AddOns" button

    3. Select the "load out of date addons" option

     

    Ta-da.

  • #2035

    Yes, but it still does not detect any rares, even after clearing the cache and doing a complete re-install of the addon :p

    —That depressing moment when you spill your cocaine in the snow.

  • #2039

    Also having the same problem and the path is correct etc. Just doesnt trigger.

  • #2037

    The addon is working

    Maybe your problem is the one pointed in the descripcion

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

  • #2031

    After installing this, I found that the custom list only has a small number of NPCs. Where can I find a complete database of all rare mobs without having to manually enter them in?

  • #2030

    I cant use npcscan after 5.1??Anyone?

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