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  • Supports: 5.4.7
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  • Updated 04/19/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • Release Type: Release
  • 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

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Comments

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  • #1930

    I have an MP3 sound bite that I would like to add to the sound options for NPCScan. Is this possible to do and if so how do I add it?

  • #1937

    Anybody know how?

  • #1929

    I've come to the conclusion that this addon is the cause of my wow and computer crashing ALL the bloody time......uninstalled for a week and everything is fine...reinstall and BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM!!!

    Last edited by teitenair on 10/23/2012 2:11:30 PM
  • #1927

    Am anly i laging or someone else dont have search when they download it what should i do pls respawn :(

  • #1928
    Quote from zarla98 »

    Am anly i laging or someone else dont have search when they download it what should i do pls respawn :(

    And one more question(dont laught if i am noob for not knowing this) what means <kbd> ?

  • #1926

    :( constant lua errors with this

  • #1924

    The Raid marker seems to have disappeared from the mobs detected :(

  • #1921
    Re: _NPCScan_LAGGGGGG

    if you go in Challenge mode you get huge lag with this addon...please fix it

  • #1919

    I'm wondering if this could be modified in such a way as to find rare farming materials, like Trillium Veins and Golden Lotus plants.  Lord knows I could use something to help me find them.  They can be very hard to find.  

    The only problem is with that cache thing.  I wish we could get around that.

  • #1918

    Unusefull crap. Cashes deadth and tagged by others mobs without in game option to reset. Ony worth to uninstall

    Last edited by Wampcia on 10/20/2012 8:55:22 PM
  • #1923

    Read the addon description before you start whining.

    It works on the game's creature cache which doesn't know about dead or tagged mobs. You also can't "reset" that cache while playing the game.

  • #1917

    I'm having an odd problem...I'm trying to find a rarely spawning battle pet, so I decided to plug the NPC ID into NPC scan and search that way.  I deleted my cache and logged back in.  I got an immediate hit!  Yay!

    Well, no, not really.  The NPC isn't actually there.  In fact, it doesn't seem to matter WHERE I log out and back in from, it immediately says there's a Giraffe Calf right near me.  But there never is.  I'm confused. o_O

  • #1908

    Am looking for a similar addon to this, but for spawned items.  With the new items that spawn and just lay on the ground would be an awesome addon to have.

  • #1907

    Sigh... crashing once or twice a day using npcscan, getting m2shared.cpp errors or memory storm errors. Tried to go just with npcscan for a day while hunting for rares and the problem persists. It usually happens when I fly over the spot with where rare mob spawns.

  • #1905

    Could you add character profile setting function? Because I  just need one custom NPC list. Then my 8 character can use the same custom NPC list. 

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