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  • Updated 08/25/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 5.4.8.4
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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 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 5.4.8.4
aaca79badd38b3725fa6c8bdf729407737bf0623
James D. Callahan III <jcallahan@curse.com>
2014-08-25 19:12:48 -0500

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James D. Callahan III:
    - Moved CacheWarnings option to global from per-character.
    - Cleanups
    - Removed commented-out code.

Comments

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  • #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?

  • #2028

    UPDATE IT !! Yell

  • #2027
    Items too??

    Can I also track Items in NPCScan?? or just NPC's?

  • #2029

    Just NPCs.

    There is no way to track objects via Addons, it is possible with external applications but they are not allowed by Blizzard.

  • #2023

    Continuing the Blodaks's post for auto clear cache, I'll show you the bat that I use for delete cache when I start wow; the main difference is that with the Blodaks's command you don't need to specify the location of the NPCs cache file, making it simpler, but since it searches in the subdirectories for the file you specified is slower, if you take the time to put the specific location of the file then you can save a couple of seconds each time you open wow (depending of your computer of course).

     

    Creating a file to auto-delete cache and open Wow for Windows:

    Summarized guide:

    Open the folder where is installed your Wow, create a new .txt file and put this code:

    erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
    start Wow.exe

    Correct "enUS" in case you use other language and Wow.exe in case your launcher has other name (if it has spaces put the name inside quotation marks: "name of the file.exe".

    Now save the file and change its extension to .bat, now you can do a shortcut to it and it's done.

    Step by step guide:

    1. Open the folder where you installed wow (usually found in C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\ or C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft).

    2. Here create a new txt file, name it how you want, it doesn't matter but you could name it as "Wow.txt" (without quotes) just to make it easy to identify.

    3. Open the txt file with a text editor (like notepad) and copy this:

      erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
      start Wow.exe

      Where it says enUS replace it with the code of the language that you use.
      If for some reason your executable has other name, replace it instead Wow.exe, for example, for 64-bit users it should be WoW-64.exe

      You can use the launcher instead, in that case you need to put:
      erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
      start "" "World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"
      Replacing enUS or the executable file in case you have other names installed for them (see note above).
      Here the quotation marks are necessary since the executable has spaces in its name, and when we use quotation marks in the command start, MS-DOS could interpret our file name as a parameter for the tiltle of the new window and will not run our program, so we give it an empty string quoted: "" , that way we avoid problems.

      Optionally, if, for some reason, you want to delete the whole Cache folder with all its subdirectories (instead of just the NPC cache file) each time you run this bat, then you need to put:
      rd /s /q Cache
      start Wow.exe
      Changing Wow.exe for the name of your executable in case that you need or for the launcher executable name if you want, as described above.

      [External link: list of MS-DOS command], in case you want to know what exactly they do.

    4. When you are ready save the txt file and close your note editor.

    5. Now change the name of your file, probably named Wow.txt for Wow.bat (or any name you want but with the .bat extension), it will ask you for confirmation, just press yes.
      If you are unable to see the file extensions then you need to put them visible in the folder options window [How to: for Windows 7].
      If you can't see the option to unhide the file extension then probably you have an issue with your registry and you should search for help in specialized web pages. [external link: a possible solution].

    6. Now your file is ready to work!
      You can make a shortcut of it in your desktop and set an icon for the shortcut, the obvious choice would be the Wow icon that you can find in your World of Warcraft directory. [external link: changing the icon]

    Note: You can edit the code of the bat fastly right-clicking the file and selecting edit, then the .bat will open with your note editor and when you save the changes it will remain as .bat.

     

    Maybe something like this could be added to the addon description, it could be useful.

    I'm sorry for the language mistakes that maybe I made, I'm still learning english, since it's not my native language =)

    Greetings

    Last edited by Highray on 12/5/2012 12:22:37 PM
  • #2025

    Thats an awesome post Highray! alternatively you can make a blank creaturecache.wdb (make a empty txt and rename it to creaturecache.wdb and put it in your cache/wdb/enUS/ folder) and then make it read only, then your game can never save your creaturecache when you close WoW, only downside to this method is that apperently every time WoW patches it deletes your cache folder completely sooooo you have to remake it... less work in the short run that Highray's suggestion, but in the long run Highray's is probably less work =]

  • #2026

    That's a great idea, thanks for share it. You could just have that empty creaturecache respalded in the Wow folder then when a patch delete it you just have to copy it again.

    Last edited by Highray on 12/5/2012 10:13:35 PM
  • #2024

    Wow, too bad this can't be stickied.

     

    I do have an issue though, I can get this to work with WoW.exe and WoW-64.exe with no problems with this format:

    erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
    start WoW-64.exe

     

    But not with the launcher, when I try the launcher with this format:

    erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
    start "World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"

    MSDos just opens up, and stays open with the wow location address.

    When I use this format:

    erase Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb
    start"" "World of Warcraft Launcher.exe"

    MS Dos opens and closes really fast, but never accesses the wow launcher

     

    PS:

     

    Found the problem, where I added the "" marks after the start command just needed a space

     

    Last edited by Tybudd33 on 12/5/2012 3:48:23 AM
  • #2013
    Creatures already cached

    For some reason, even after I clear my cache, EVERYTIME I go to Eastern Kingdoms it tells me Ghostcrawler, Sambas, and Karoma are already cached.  I have never seen those creatures in-game, so I'm a little confused as to why they are cached in the first place, let alone why they don't clear with all the others.  Anyone??  I've had this issue since before 5.1, if that helps.  Thanks!

  • #2017

    The answer is in the desctiption.

    Limitations

    The only problem mobs for _NPCScan are tamable beasts.  Even when 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.

  • #2014

    Could you happen to have another toon (hunter) that has already tamed them?

  • #2012
    automatic cache clearing

    Go to your WoW installation with the WoW.exe, create new text file, rename to WoW.bat add the 2 lines below and save, change your desktop shortcut to start the new wow.bat file.

    del /S "creaturecache.wdb"
    start "" "Wow.exe"

    this will automatically clear your creature cache and start up the game.  if you are using the 64-bit version of the game, change WoW.exe to WoW-64.exe


    this is for windows

    Last edited by Blodaks on 12/4/2012 4:03:44 PM
  • #2016
    Quote from Blodaks »

    Go to your WoW installation with the WoW.exe, create new text file, rename to WoW.bat add the 2 lines below and save, change your desktop shortcut to start the new wow.bat file.

    del /S "creaturecache.wdb"
    start "" "Wow.exe"

    this will automatically clear your creature cache and start up the game.  if you are using the 64-bit version of the game, change WoW.exe to WoW-64.exe

    Something must be missing from these instructions, because the .bat file is just a text file, it doesn't change to a script file. Also when trying to change my desktop shortcut to wow.bat, it tells me that its invalid.

    Last edited by Tybudd33 on 12/4/2012 5:58:30 PM
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