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  • Updated 07/27/2015
  • 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.

“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 <>
2015-07-27 17:44:44 -0500

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  • #1854

    In my WoW folder I don't have a map called 'Cache' anymore.. Since MoP launched, it is gone.. Do you know how else I can reset my cache? And you forgot to finish your command on the 2nd line. Missing a ' " ' .

    Last edited by Sjita on 9/30/2012 5:32:43 AM
  • #1855

    I know that depending on the OS the cache can be stored in a few locations. One place is in your appdata folder...."C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache"... or in public folder ..."C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Cache". Can also try a computer search for the file.

    ty, the end quote mark isnt needed but yeah i forgot that lol

  • #1851

    Porque o protodraco time-lost não esta sendo indentificado quando encontrado, outro dia estava camperando passei por cima de um e o npcscan não acusou, porq isso aconteceu ?

  • #1850

    So... :D   When will there be a battle pet section?  ;)

  • #1849

    Since MoP is here.. I have no idea where to delete / clear my cache file.. I believe it is not the cache map in the data map right?

  • #1848

    does the addon scan the full minimap area or just the 100 yards?

  • #1847

    I apologize if this has been asked, but I'm wodnering if NPC Scan also scans for rare or uncommon pets, and is that in the works for a future release?


  • #1844

    This might be a dumb question but i was wondering if NPC Scan, scans all the maps in a region, like for example, lets say i'm waiting for skoll in storm peaks, and loque'nahak spawns in sholozar basin, does it still alert me even though i'm not in sholozar basin, like does it alert me for all the regions in northrend or just the map im in??

  • #1845

    Only what's in your loading area.  Easy answer, no.  If you can't /tar the NPC, it's not readable by the addon.

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  • #1842

    I think this is probably the most frustrating addon i've tried. Allright, it warns you when a rare is found, great, but that's about it. It marks the rare with a raid target icon wich you cannot see anywhere else then having the npc in your sight. The addon warns you, you can target the npc and from then on you just have to look around (wich is the frustrating part) You start looking like a mad man only to discover you have found him to late.

    Atleast mark the map or something where the found has bin registered, or close down the range the addon detects the npc's, because as of now i miss goddamn alot of rare's cause the range is way to big and i have to search to long to find him + there is no clear mark anywhere where he should be, except a raid target icon, wich must be in viewing distance to observe.

  • #1894

    you can switch on the show target option in the minimap tracking menu, I usually find that this helps me find the rares much quicker as the target will have a distinct marker on the minimap when you click the npcscan target button.

  • #1843


    Not sure about in other zones. (Pre-Mop) NPC did put down an area icon on your mini map.

    It's probably some kinda bug atm that has not been addressed. Nor do when you hit M does it show the Npc Legend or where they "might" be for MoP zones unlike Pre-Mop ones.

    Give it some time. If not just go to wowwikki and look up the Mob name, they'll be listed on there where they have been found. It's what I have done and beat a few people to them. If it does go off, they're not far from your location.

  • #1840

    The best option for "deleting the creaturecache is to rename the file.

    On the other hand i have noticed a problem with this addon, while the method of finding the creatures is great (using the creaturecache).

    I am having massive issues finding the rare hunter pets, as it tags them as seen in the creature cache when another hunter has one.
    I have just seens someone with Skoll (not called Skoll, just Spirit Beast), and now Skoll appears on the cached list of creature's I've seen. But the NPC scan alert does not go off when these are seen.




  • #1838

    something wrong with my npcscan, from the time the patch 5.0.4 came live, my addon does not alert me for anything. i cleared cache many times and even uninstalled/reinstalled both npcscan and overlay, but it never alerts me. i fly next to rares who arent cached, see them and no alert.

    any ideas anyone?

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