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  • Updated 10/15/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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About _NPCScan

If you care at all about my wishes, you won't download this AddOn from SolidIce: They are leeching it from the site I actually choose to put it on.

_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.
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.



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.  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.  That page's URL will look like

32500 is Dirkee's NPC ID.

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2014-10-15 02:36:58 -0700

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  • #1342
    I've installed latest _npcscan and _npcscan.overlay. _npcscan works. The overlay doesn't. It doesn't show up in the configuration or the addon list for that matter. Resetting the configuration to the default doesn't help. Any ideas about what's wrong?
  • #1341
    The link for Windows 7/Vista users is out of date since the new forums. The previous link (as noted in the description) is

    Any chance to add that information in the description or to find the post on the new forums?
  • #1348
  • #1340
    I'm trying to get the Time-Lost Proto Drake. Got the NPC ID and added it to the Custom NPC list in NPSscan but I dont think the addon is searching for the mob. The name is greyed-out, like the "Loque'nahak" in the pic Options Window above.. but without the red cross next to it. Actually ALL the names in the list are greyed-out and also in the Bloody Rare list. Only the Frostbitten seem to work.. Please help me with this!
  • #1338
    I made a Custom List with almost every rare spawn in the game (possibly all of them but I can never be 100% sure). I'm talking about all the level 1-60 rare mobs in the classic world and rare instance bosses such as Meshokk, Panzor etc.

    I made a video to explain how to get my custom list to work, take a look at it at . I hope it works for you guys.
  • #1337
    I am running windows 7 and have run into problems with getting the creature names under the search subsection of NPCscan in game to not be greyed out. I deleted my main cache in the WOW directory, my virtualstore folder did not contain a cache (C:\Users\Rixter\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\ProgramData\Blizzard Entertainment\ was the end of the path). I even went as far as doing a full search for cache and deleting any folder that pertained to WOW and most of the creature names were still greyed out. Is there a way to see where NPCscan is looking for and finding the certain cache file it is using?
  • #1339
    I have the same problem as him with at the end
  • #1336
    Great addon BUT would be very nice if there were more raremobs predefined (all of them to be exact) I dont really care about the achievment.
  • #1335
    silly question... i cleared my cahce than logged into wow and it said loque was in my cahce but i just cleared it before logging in does that mean that someone found him already or no? i thought it worked only if i found them
  • #1333
    Since 4.0.6 released today, I've been crashing every time I take a portal or hearth into Stormwind (and once when porting from SW to Tol Barad). I disabled _NPCScan and so far have not crashed again. Not sure yet whether it's the cause or a coincidence, but figured it was worth a mention.

    I hate you, princess dolls.  I hate you so very much.

  • #1334
    Never mind - just crashed with it disabled. On to the next guess...

    I hate you, princess dolls.  I hate you so very much.

  • #1328
    Hey. First of all thanks for the add on. best one in game. I have one question. I just installed the overlay (which i didn't know existed until today, and was looking for Loque'nahak. I noticed she doesnt have an overlay. is there something i can do to get her in it?
  • #1329
    Loque'nahak has an overlay, but overlays of cached creatures are not displayed. Try clearing your cache.
  • #1326
    Easy way to avoid not having to clear the cache is to open the creaturecache.wdb in notepad, delete everything inside the file and then make it read only, ( Make sure wow it closed when you do it ) And it stops wow from writing to the creature cache and a game restart is all you need to allow npc scan to find the stuff again
  • #1332
    Does npc_scan still works, because npcscan needs to look in yout cache and since you made it a read only. Can npcscan still acces it?
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