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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 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 Keybind->Other_>NPCScan 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.

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2014-11-20 18:11:50 -0800



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  • #1410
    "New sounds can be added to the alert sound dropdown menu by installing SharedMedia-type addons."

    I've done this and I don't see any new sounds in the drop down menu. I was hoping to find this sound "/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Creature\\Illidan\\BLACK_Illidan_04.wav")" in the add on. If there is a way to add that I would love it. Illidan telling me "You are not prepared!" Just seems to fit hunting rare mobs.
  • #1406
    Hi i was wondering what the vertical range of NPCscan is? IE if i was flying above Vash... would it detect mobs below?
  • #1407
    It detects the mobs even if you are flying.
  • #1405
    I keep getting alerted at the same spot for Mysterious Camel, but I don't find it and I'm not able to target it with NPC Scan or a /tar macro. Nor does NPC Scan do its usual circle in the approximate area where it was spotted. I log off, clear the cache, and when I log back in, there's the announcement again. I did this five or six times, checked all the known spots from Wowhead, and I never found it, if it was there at all.
  • #1411
    If the /tar Mysterious macro doesn't find it, it's because you are not close enough. I've used it and it works. The Mysterious Camels are very small and can easily be missed.
  • #1402
    I was curious if by any chance there is a way to turn off the screen from flashing red when _NPCScan picks up a rare? It easily throws me off, especially when I am doing heals. Other than that I think this addon is great!
  • #1400
    Where is the 'Test found Alert' button?
  • #1404
    Interface, select the Addons tab. Click on _NPCScan, then click the big red button with gold letters that says "Test Found Alert".
  • #1399
    NPCScan is causing some pretty nasty framerate drops for me in 4.1

    Standing in Stormwind by the target dummies I drop to 1 frame every couple seconds with NPCScan on. Everything goes back to normal with it off.
  • #1395
    For some reason I am still tracking some NPC even though they're clearly dead. I killed Dirkee in Storm Peaks, cleared my cache, and when I logged back in it said he was up. Also says Skoll is up but clearly isn't. Anyone know how I can get it to update?
  • #1397
    The scan will find them even if they're dead. So you should either move out of detection range or wait for the corpse to fade before clearing you cache and logging back in.
  • #1394
    I have the weirdest problem with NPCScan. I can't seem to see some rares in the list, but only on certain toons. So my hunter's NPCScan list, for example, has Madexx, but my DK's NPCScan does not. I have not been able to figure out why. I'm not saying that Madexx is in my DK's cache already, to be clear.. I'm saying Madexx is not even in the list of mobs to alert on.
  • #1398
    Some rares are included by default for hunters because they are popular hunter pets. They aren't included for other classes by default because they are not part of any achievement. You can add them by adding their npc id. One easy way to find that is to look up the mob on Wowhead and look at the number in the url. That is its id number in the game.
  • #1408
    This is an explanation that makes sense, but what I need is a way to turn those extra mobs on for all my toons. If I'm on my DK I still want the ability to alert off a pet mob so i can swap to my hunter. Sure, I could enter it on my DK manually, but when you look at doing each pet mob for 6 different level 85 toons, all of whom I play, that becomes unreasonable.
  • #1393
    To copy a npc's you typed in and put that on another toons account goto your wow folder, wtf, account, name of accnt, realm, toon, saved variables and then just copy the "npcscan lua" and goto the toon you want the npc list on and follow same directions and just paste (overwrite/replace)!
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