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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 <>
2015-02-25 23:56:21 -0800



    - Fix to for broken default alert sounds.


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  • #3126

    Nope, the displaying of the Vignettes is handled by the game and there is no way to modify it that I know.

  • #3128

    Which addon out of curisosity?

  • #3127

    Stupidly just realised that it wasn't this addon doing it but another - that will tach me to update all my addons in one go!

  • #3124

    "This is a beta feature and is disabled by default."

    Old news, I think?

  • #3120

    How do you delete the cache?  Do we still need to delete "creaturecache.wdb"?

  • #3121

    NPCScan no longer can use to cache to scan, so there is no reason to delete it anymore.

  • #3118
    Game Crashes

    Makes the game crash when you target a rare in northern Shattrath City.

  • #3119

    Are you useing the most recent version?  That mobs model should no longer get displayed.

    If it is the most recent version try selection Haakun in the Cut off the Head tab in the NPCScan Search option and then hitting the "Remove" button on the bottom right of the screen.  This will move him to the ignore list.  While there NPCScan should stop triggering an alert for him, which will keep the game from crashing.

    Last edited by SLOKnightfall on 11/23/2014 3:34:58 PM
  • #3115

    Where is the macro to bind?

    Last edited by Donteventrii on 11/23/2014 9:30:16 AM
  • #3110

    So I upgraded to the new version, and now the only time it registers a WoD rare is when I mouse over them, I don't get notifications when there's one nearby anymore. I don't get an error message or anything though... Any ideas why this is happening?

  • #3123

    I'd like to add that I am having the same problem.  I'm running version  When I see a vignette on the minimap, I need to travel to the rare and mouse-over it to get NPCScan to alert me.  Prior to the mouse-over, I can be standing right next to the rare, with no alert.  Definitely testing on vignette rares, in Draenor.  Thanks!

  • #3111

    No clue.  My version is working, but I'll dl the copy on Curse and see if it still works.  The update was only had code to display a diffrent model for Haakun and didn't change anything else.  You might want to check in the options to see if vignette alerts have been disabled.

    Edit:  You may want to check that the various tabs in the search section of the options have check marks next to them.  If they have a X then scanning for those mobs is disabled, I just noticed that they were unchecked for one of my character.  Sso that the issue may be that the got unselected some how and it just is not activly scanning for those mobs.


    Last edited by SLOKnightfall on 11/23/2014 3:32:52 PM
  • #3117

    Strange.  Just to make sure, are the mobs you are testing displaying the vignette skull on the minimap?  Also could you try reinstalling V6.0.3.3 and testing with the same mob.  What locale/language are you running the game in?  I'm at a bit of a loss on what is going on, as when I did a clean install of the curse version everything works and I get alerts for the vignette mobs.

  • #3116

    Well I've installed the latest alpha and it's still not working if it's a rare I've already killed on another character >.<

  • #3114

    Thanks, will try the fix and see if that works. I wonder if it's because these are vignettes that I'm seeing on an alt for the first time - but I've already killed them on another character so it's not registering? Either way, it's weird :P

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