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About _NPCScan

_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 Key Bindings->Addons->_NPCScan->Dynamic Target Macro 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.


If you have nameplates turned on, NPCScan now has the ability to trigger alerts off them. This method is not completely reliable as it has to rely on name comparison, so if mob name that NPCScan has does not match it will not trigger an alert. Also the range is limited as you need to get close enough to a mob to have the game display its name plate.

Addons that modify nameplates may interfere with this.

“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 <>
2015-11-17 18:23:02 -0800

Tagging update


    - Fix for not correctly detecting world zone player was in.


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  • #2195

    We really do need an update soon, since 5.2.0 my scan hasn't worked at all.

    I've tried adding the rares on Isle of Thunder, but the scan doesn't go off on either of them or any of the other rares around the different worlds. And yes, I have checked "out of date".

    It has also began to scan mobs that aren't there when I'm on a taxi mount (almost like the rare battle pets you can see masses of when you use taxi, but aren't there when you land).

  • #2194


    Since latest patch, the 100 yard ring is situated in the middle of the world map instead of being around the cursor indicating my char.
    Is there a way to fix it?

  • #2193

    Galleon should no longer be considered a rare, I think it should be removed off the default list?

    Last edited by ssbattousai on 3/18/2013 1:49:17 AM
  • #2201
    Quote from ssbattousai »

    Galleon should no longer be considered a rare, I think it should be removed off the default list?

    I could sort of agree to this as well even though he is marked as rare the spawn timer is shot compared to what it used to be


  • #2192

    In most cases he does both the overlay as well which can take time so all is ready and u can see the rares on map

  • #2191

    So, I have been a loyal user of this add-on for years. At this point it has not been updated for over 5 months, and I am beginning to think it might be time for someone to take it over. I have a development background, but I have never written any add-on code. Most of my current development is in the iOS world.

    What would it take for someone to take over this project?

    Is there any way we could get confirmation that Saiket, and any others that have worked on this, are done with the development?

    I am willing to consider taking it on, but I do not want to waste my time if the current authors are not done yet. Any thoughts or comments about this from the community would be appreciated.

  • #2203

    Hi, if you look at Saiket profile and activity, he hasn' done anyhting for a very long time (the 20th of September 2012). Here is his post :


    I wish I had more time to respond to comments here and at WoWInterface, but my schedule and priorities have changed a lot since I first published my mods.  For future reference for anyone interested, I do reliably respond to feature requests and bug reports on my Google Code issue tracker here:

    As for your main question, you did delete the right file.  Relative to your WoW folder, the cache always resides in the same sub-folder no matter which operating system you use.  I wish the cache was easier to clear as much as you do, but add-ons don't have the ability to help.

    Last edited by saiket on 20 September 2012
    Perhpas you can try to contact him to see if he is still able to take some time for wow mods or if he prefers to give the lead to someone else.
    Last edited by Drakma on 3/22/2013 1:05:12 AM
  • #2189

    Posted on one of the other _NPC Scan comments:

    /npcscan add 50358 Haywire Sunreaver Construct
    /npcscan add 69664 Mumta
    /npcscan add 69996 Ku'lai Skyclaw
    /npcscan add 69998 Goda
    /npcscan add 70002 Lu-Ban
    /npcscan add 69997 Progenitus
    /npcscan add 70000 Al'tabim the All-Seeing
    /npcscan add 69999 God-Hulk Ramuk
    /npcscan add 70001 Backbreaker Uru
    /npcscan add 70003 Molthor


  • #2190

    Are we suppose to add those to our file to be able to use npscan n new area? if yes can you tell me where please.

  • #2219

    Yes, you just paste each one into chat, one at a time.

  • #2198

    By the looks of it, it seems like you just paste it into your chat.

  • #2186


    How do permanently delete an entry, I have gone into the /npcscan menu for example and removed Sha of Fear, but each time I start up WoW again, its back.  I'm selecting it in the list and pushing the red - at the bottom right.

    Might be an idea to be able to create an "ignore" list, or something.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2185

    curse client is telling me mine is up to date but ingame is telling me its out of date.... help please


  • #2187

    same here, plus new rare update would be nice

    One man one brain, 2 men 1/2 a brain, 3 brains

  • #2184

    I appreciate any help I can with my question. My girlfriend and I have been doing a hunt for the NPCs for the Glorious achievement and she needs more NPC's than I do. How can I deselct the Done NPC's on my list to sync with her list? I like to delete the Done ones on my list so I can hunt with her list. Can this be done? Thanks in advance.

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