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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 20,487,671 Total Downloads
  • Updated 08/25/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • Release Type: Release
  • 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

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

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

Comments

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  • #2021

    You have to be able to see file extensions, otherwise you are changing, for example Wow.txt for Wow.bat.txt (which is a txt file named Wow.bat).

    You can see the file extensions by changing the options in "folder options".

    Note: If you changed the extension to .bat and you need to edit the commands instead changing back to .txt you can simply right click the file and select "edit".

     

    Explanation of the commands given by Blodaks

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

    del       Delete one or more files. It is the same than "erase".

    /S         Delete files with the specified names from all subdirectories. This means that it will search in all subdirectories files with the given name.

    "creaturecache.wdb"   The name that we are giving to "del" to delete, is the file name where Wow saves the cache of NPCs. The quotes are necessary if there are spaces in the file name, considering that this is not the case we can omit it.

    start    start a program in a new window.

    "" "Wow.exe"  The program that we are giving to "start" to execute, "Wow.exe" is the name to run Wow directly, you can put "World of Warcraft Launcher.exe" if you want to run the launcher instead (if your executable files have different name put the one that you want correctly). Some MS-DOS's "start" command may interpret the quoted program name as the window's title; then he put an empty quotation "" before "Wow.exe" for 'cheat' it.

    Anyway you can be more specific in the del/erase line, that way you save a few seconds, I will write it in other post to don't do this too long.

  • #2020
    Quote from Blodaks »

    you left the .txt at the end, the txt needs to be changed to bat.  if you cannot see the .txt file extension, i suggest turning it on in folder options.which you should be able to find in the control panel under the view tab.


    OK, I'll try this after work, and I'll reply back with confirmation, I really appreciate you guys taking the time to respond:)Cool

    PS

     

    Instead of using wow.exe or wow-64.exe, can you use the

    World of Warcraft Launcher.exe?

    Last edited by Tybudd33 on 12/4/2012 6:00:59 PM
  • #2019

    you left the .txt at the end, the txt needs to be changed to bat.  if you cannot see the .txt file extension, i suggest turning it on in folder options.which you should be able to find in the control panel under the view tab.

  • #2018

    You have to save it as a .bat file, And change 'Save as type:' to All Files

  • #2015

    Wow this would be incredible, can someone confirm this?

  • #2011

    An update,  if possible, it will be greatly apreciated, tks

  • #2010

    Now instead of just not working; the Glorious achievement npcs have been disabled. :|

  • #2008

    Doesn't work. Not updated for the latest patch.

  • #2007

    For awhile this worked great; but recently it has stopped working. I've cleared my cache multiple times and tried re-installing it. I actually loved this addon so I could camp Scritch without being at the laptop but not sure what to do now. Even the addons page before you enter WoW says NPCScan is out of date. I load it anyways but still doesn't work. I've tried disabling all my addons and that doesn't work. 

  • #2009
    For everyone who's going to complain and point out that this addon doesn't work right now it's because Blizzard recently did an update patch, which most of you should have noticed by now, and the Addon Manager hasn't updated this addon yet. Be patient. Take a deep breath. It will be back.
  • #2005

    having an issue loading this addon...is there an update coming?

  • #2004

    can u add in the 3 new 5.1 rares, I manually entered them in anyway, thx...love your addon!

  • #2002

    I have followed the instruction's for vista and there is no world of warcraft for me to clear to clean out my npc scan, what do I do now to clear out my npc scan?

    hlh1996

  • #2006

    Click on your start button. Search for "world of warcraft" and do not press enter. Just wait and it should show you the program. Even though it looks like it is done loading, there is more to come, so wait a bit more until a bunch of folders come up. The first one should be your World of Warcraft folder. Click on it and you should see a folder named "Cache" inside. Delete that folder.

  • #2001
    Adding tracking for other NPC achivements?

    Is there an easy way to track other interaction achivements? Like the /love squirrels achivements?

    I know that I can track them by adding them individually, but seeing at the kill achivements list which have been found and which haven't I thougth that this would be smarter.

    I tried adding the achivement ID to the list along with the three kill-achivements in ...\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\_NPCScan\_NPCScan.lua
    This gave me a tab in the interface, but the only content is the achivement text, I was really hoping for the full list.

    Is there just something I'm missing or is there some programming missing, that fouls my attempt?

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