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  • Updated 11/17/2015
  • 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 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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  • #1936

    She does not patrol around when I have come across her. I have seen her multiple times at 60.0, 36.6. She is standing inside a hut.

  • #1941

    Maybe it could have been that the guy was dead when you flew over him and by the time you got back the body despawned. NPCScan will go off for you even if the rare is dead just incase you did not know that. But I like you have experienced the same thing as you. I was on the flight  path gryphon flying over to the oortal in outlands and NPCScan went off for two different mobs. When I landed I flew back to both spots and I could not find them anywhere. I figured maybe they were dead when I flew over them and despawned by the time I got there.

  • #1940

    She was not even visible.. My NPC Scan went off for another Rare Elite in the Outland and that rare was nowhere in site also. I think it is glitched or something. >.>

    Well I deleted the addon and re-installed it. I also noticed that when it goes off I am on a flight path. I always return to the location it goes off. After re-installing it I went back to the location and Doomslayer was nowhere to be found. I couldn't even see him visually.

    Last edited by Autotaz7 on 10/26/2012 12:16:28 AM
  • #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

    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

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