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  • Updated 02/08/2016
  • Created 06/06/2009
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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, nameplate, 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.

James D. Callahan III <>
2016-02-08 04:43:44 -0600

Localization updates.


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  • #2066

    I wonder if there is that I need to make changes to the source code to remove the cache? Whenever it finds already dead npc have to clean cache folder and that's kind of boring.

  • #2064

    "Load out of date addons" Doesnt have a single thing to do with lag

  • #2074

    Actually it does if there are errors that keep calling for things in a wrong way, which is why they let you KNOW your addon is outdated.

  • #2063

    Please Update it...I know you can toggle on "Load out of date addons" but that gives me huge lag and I cant play the game xD.Dunno why it just does O.o and I know other people who get lag from the "Load out of date addons" it isnt just me so i guess that is not an option.

  • #2079

    Is NPCscan your only out of date AddOn? Maybe your loading a different OOD Addon that gives you Lag?

  • #2065

    Just open up the _NPCScan.toc file and change the first line ## Interface: 50001 to ## Interface: 50100 and you won't have to check off the box "Load out of date addons"

  • #2062

    I have noticed that it does not alert for common rare elites.  Can I add them myself?


  • #2061

    Just toggle on "load out of date addons" and problem solved, the addon works it just need to be updated in its .toc file


  • #2060

    I updated this my self. If you guys want it just click the link. This is just a patch to fix the "This addon is out of date", It is not an actual update for this addon. It's kind of a cover while the original owner of the addon updates it. :)

    Last edited by encrypt666 on 12/27/2012 12:04:19 AM
  • #2059

    Please update! I absolutely love this addon, and I would like to use it even if the new panda rares aren't included. Please!?

  • #2058

    pls update !!! i target rare and alarm .....

  • #2057

    You don't have the latest version, because, for some majorly idiotic reason, noone cared to update NPCScan for 5.1.0. What is going on, seriously? Did they abandon the project entirely?

    Last edited by wishfire on 1/2/2013 6:35:49 PM
  • #2055

    Today (24.12.12) im also experiencing the problem that this addon is "out of date". Even though I have last update.

  • #2053

    Hi everyone

    I got a problem with this addon hope someone can help me, I installed the curse client for wow recently. I installed a recount which is working fine, however when I installed a NPCscan, when I login in and click on the addon button it shows that this addon is out of day but the recount one is ok. and also when i get into the game recount is working but not the NPCscan any ideal what am I doing wrong.

    Thanks all

  • #2054

    On the character selection screen when you first log in, click on the 'Addons' button on the lower left hand side of your screen. Make sure 'Load Out of Date Addons' has a check mark.

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