Get an Epic Experience with Premium

_NPCScan

Achievements Login to Add Favorites
  • 236 Likes
  • World of Warcraft
  • 647,647 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 20,824,635 Total Downloads
  • Updated 09/21/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
  • 9,692 Favorites
  • Project Site
  • Comments
  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 5.4.8.5
or
Support development! **
Donate

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 5.4.8.5
394ac3a478ee47d35385bf62d8fe421cfb2de814
James D. Callahan III <jcallahan@curse.com>
2014-09-21 01:07:39 -0500

--------------------

James D. Callahan III:
    - Added global Show Alerts As Toast option; displays the alert text as a persistent (and dismissible) toast rather than printing it to the chat log. Defaults to enabled.

Comments

First Previous Page 44 of 151 Next Last
  • #2142

    Could you add an option to share all npc's across all character's, so that you don't have to add each npc you add to every alts list.

  • #2147

    Agreed :l I don't understand why any addon defaults to separate settings per character, much less those without even the option to have a global setup. I shouldn't have to copy wow\wtf\account\accountname\servername\charactername\savedvariables\npcscan.lua from character to character outside of wow like I do every time I make changes :P

  • #2141

    This Addon really needs to be updated it causes a lot of lua errors and I really like having it.

  • #2140

    Where is the Creature Cache in MacOSX? There is no base Cache folder in the WoW folder, but there is under WoW/Data. But they're all named patch-base.....

  • #2139

    I'm having a problem with this addon. I installed the client and manually without success, the installation location is correct I have other addons who are working correctly but only Npcscan and Npcscan Overlay not work, they do not appear in the list of addons interface. Can someone help me?

  • #2138
    NPCSCAN Suggestion Feature

    Can you add an option to search for NPC's for the ach

    http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=7317

  • #2136

    Can I expect to have this updated for 5.2? (11 Rares on Isle of Thunder, 2 new World Bosses and 5 Zandalari Warbringers)

  • #2145

    Worse comes to worst, you can always manually add the new rares.  Just go to wowhead, look up the names and NPC IDs -- their guide [found here: http://www.wowhead.com/news=211083/5-2-guide-new-rare-spawns-and-elites] is a good place to start -- and add each one.

    No, it's not ideal, but it'll be a huge advantage for any of us who do so prior to the addon's update.

  • #2135

    found a lazy and easy way to remove your cache files. a useful addon guide here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58SW2gZQmq4

     

  • #2137

    Do you mean that you made that video?

  • #2134

    You can update the OOD addon yourself by going into your Interface folder under World of Warcraft.

    Steps:(Windows 7 people)

    1. Right click the launcher and hit "Open File Location"

    2. Open Interface

    3. Open Addons

    4. Find _NPCScan and _NPCScan.Overlay

    5.1. Open _NPCScan and find a file that says _NPCScan(The file type will be TOC File) Open this with note pad.  First thing you'll see when you open this file is ## Interface: XXXXXX(These Xs being numbers)## Title: _|cffCCCC88NPCScan|r## Notes: Scans NPCs... Change the Numbers to read this : 50100 and hit Ctrl S(or file Save). This is a VERY TEMPORARY Fix. This will turn off the Out of Date sign on the addon interface. But this works till they update this for 5.2(If the people still making this addon are still around). This fixes the Scanner.

    5.2. Open _NPCScan.Overlay and find a file that says _NPCScan.Overlay(The file type will be TOC File) Open this with note pad.  First thing you'll see when you open this file is## Interface: XXXXX## Title: _|cffCCCC88NPCScan|r.Overlay## Notes: Adds... Change the Numbers to read this : 50100 and hit Ctrl S(or file Save). This is a VERY TEMPORARY Fix. This will turn off the Out of Date sign on the addon interface. But this works till they update this for 5.2(If the people still making this addon are still around). This fixes the Overlay.

    6. Remember THESE ARE TEMPORARY! Don't count on these fixes to work for 5.2 when it drops! But untill then, Enjoy the now "up to date" addon.

    To clear cache : (MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT LOGGED INTO GAME AT THE TIME YOU CLEAR THE CACHE!! it will not clear the cache and it'll replace the old cache file)

    1. Right click your launcher and hit open file location

    2. Open Cache

    3. You'll see ADB and WDB

    4. Open WDB

    5. NOTE: You can delete all of these files in this location as the file names are replaced as soon as you log in. It will not harm the game performance. For specific file to delete, delete npccache, and Creaturecache.

    Last edited by Ciecle on 2/22/2013 1:22:11 PM
  • #2131

    In my WoW cache it has an ABD and a WBD. Don't find a KBD. I have Win7 86 bit. Not sure what file to delete or clear. Thanks

     

  • #2133

    C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb

  • #2127
    cache clearing

    I really enjoy this addon but to constantly exit + delelting the files is a bit annoying.

    Is it possible to make an ingame cache removal?

     

  • #2128

    Use a batch file.

  • To post a comment, please login or register a new account.
Login to Curse

Don't have an account? Create One.

Get an epic experience with Curse Premium
  • Faster addon downloads
  • Premium-Only Beta Giveaways
  • Ad-Free Curse experience
  • Premium Curse Client
  • and many More Features
  • Learn More »

Absolute Lojack Giveaway!