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About _NPCScan

If you care at all about my wishes, you won't download this AddOn from SolidIce: They are leeching it from the site I actually choose to put it on.

_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 Keybind->Other_>NPCScan 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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2014-11-20 18:11:50 -0800



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  • #3038
    Quote from Skizzlok »

    I do not have this keybind in my options. I'm using the latest version of NPC Scan.

    Same here, that's what I was wondering.

  • #3036

    I do not have this keybind in my options. I'm using the latest version of NPC Scan.

  • #3033

    Thanks for the great addon.

    Not sure if anyone else is running into this bug (posted below), doesnt seem to be messing anything up, but I really have not been able to test fully.

    Message: Interface\AddOns\_NPCScan\_NPCScan.lua:1225: bad argument #1 to 'pairs' (table expected, got nil)
    Time: 11/01/14 12:02:36
    Count: 1
    Stack: [C]: ?
    Interface\AddOns\_NPCScan\_NPCScan.lua:1225: in function `GenerateTargetMacro'
    Interface\AddOns\_NPCScan\_NPCScan.lua:1202: in function <Interface\AddOns\_NPCScan\_NPCScan.lua:1195>

    Locals: (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = "table expected, got nil"
     = <function> defined =[C]:-1


  • #3032

    is there something we can type into a macro so we can click to activate the target thingy?

  • #3043

    /click  _NPCScan_Search_Button

    That's working for me as of NPCScan

  • #3028

    Hey I love the NPC SCAN add0n.  Please dont take this the wrong way.


    But yo, can You add some timestamps to the chat log when it alerts you of a rare npc??


    just a wonderful suggestion.


  • #3029

    I actually believe that there is an option for this in the settings menu. 

  • #3030

    You were correct sir.  I just clicked the timestamp option.


    w00t w00t

    praise the creators!!

  • #3026

    Isn't there a way that the addon can continuously spam the dynamic target macro? That way it's automatic and the same as the previous version of Npc_scan?

  • #3027

    If there was it would have been implemented that way.  Targeting is a protected action that requires a user input to triger, and there are no ways for the addon to auto run macros or target things.  The way it use to was to monitor the game state of the mob being added to the game cache, and that is no longer possible 6.0.

  • #3025

    I was wondering why the overlay wasn't showing the Camel Figurines. So I went into the search part of the add on and noticed the World names were all capitalized. KALIMDOR and so I changed it to just have the first letter capitalized and they now show up on the map.


    Still wish it wasn't changed, hard trying to find the camel now :/

    Last edited by Alfakennyone on 10/30/2014 12:55:23 PM
  • #3021
    _NPCScan (Español)

    Buenas Gente para quienes no entienden ingles les regalo una pequeña ayuda de como hacerlo funcionar en los raros previos a Pandaría.

    Primero Presionen la tecla esc en su teclado, luego en el menú de juego elijan la opción teclado.

    La ultima opcion que aparece se llama otro, denle click

    les aparecerá las teclas de los addons que tengan, si tienen varios solo bajen hasta que encuentren _NPCScan

    Entonces encuentran dos opciones al lado derecho donde dice 

    Dynamic Target Macro

    verán que dice sin asignar bueno pues le dan click y ponen una tecla cualquiera de su teclado, la que mejor se acomoden y no dañe su juego.

    PD: cada ves que esten buscando un raro pre pandaria deberán presionar continuamente esta tecla, saludos espero les haya servido la explicación :D

  • #3019

    Anyone able to explain how the dynamic macro works? Do we only have to press it once? or continuously press it to target the rare mobs.

  • #3020

    You have to continuously press it to search for mobs.  There is no longer any automatic alerts for pre MoP mobs.

  • #3018

    Can someone explain if the addon still alerts you if a rare spawns? I don't understand the description :(

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