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  • Updated 01/23/2015
  • 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 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.

James D. Callahan III <>
2015-01-23 10:09:26 -0600


James D. Callahan III:
    - Minor cleanup and parameter fix for target button's OnEvent script. Ticket #85
    - Semicolon removal.
    - Possible fix for alerts not triggering.


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  • #1551
    Thanks for Mac info. :)
  • #1466
    For some reason it does not track the following in Sholazar Basin: Loque'nahak and King Krush.
    I still need all three in that zones killed according to my Achievement, however _NPC Scan only track Aotona. Or rather it does not give an overlay in the map, where i should be looking for it.
  • #1467
    You need to delete your creaturecache.wdb

    See a easy way to do it here:
  • #1465
    How high can we fly when we use npcscan to find a mob??
  • #1463
    I finally got NPCScan to completely clear the cache by having Windows 7 search for "creaturecache" and deleting all it found in WoW folders; apparently it was looking at caches in .old folders as well (you know, when you have to completely reset your account and don't want to completely lose some of that data). Wham! it found Tarvus the Vile almost immediately. Still looking to tame Sambas and Karoma though :)
  • #1461
    I'm having an issue with NPCScan not announcing when rare's are found. I was hunting down Sambas and Karoma over the last few days and while I now have both as pets NPCScan never alerted me. I'm running Win7 (and yes, I dumped my creaturecache before starting the game, and checked in game to be sure they had not already been spotted) but my husband's system alerted when he found Karoma (running on linux). I've heard several other players with similar complaints - is there something we're missing?
  • #1462
    Im running windows 7 and it is working fine for me.

    Try to test it with a hunter with a rare pet.
    Go to the place where it can be tamed.
    Exit game.
    Delete creaturecache.wdb.
    Log in.
    Get him to summon it when you are in the game.

    Always a good way to test it...
  • #1458
    so is there a "scan" button? or is it just auto all the time?
  • #1459
    All the time

    Just remember to delete the creaturecache.wdb file if you want to find the rare again.
  • #1455
    I haven't had any mysterious camel figurines indicated for the last couple of weeks or more and fly around regularly. Both IDs are highlighted in the list but no luck. Please let me know if these are still triggerable to save me wasting my time if not.
  • #1457
    they can NOT be targeted as of 4.1, if they are found it's cause they are on screen somewhere and indeed there, but you have to find it yourself now, it cannot be targeted with a macro, or npcscan frame. you simply have to land and look with your eyes for green name text, if you don't play with friendly names on then it'll be much harder for you to see it.
  • #1454
    blizz updated the authentication system so when u log into the same place multiple times you don't need it
  • #1452
    I installed this today, and WoW stopped asking me for my authenticator code. I removed the addon, removed my authenticator from my account, re-added my authenticator to my account, and it's back to normal again. Seems very fishy.
  • #1453
    There is nothing fishy about the addon. The lack of need to add in your authenticator code upon logging into the game is intended and was implemented by Blizzard a couple of days ago. You can read about their changes to this on the official blizzard wow forums in the technical support and customer service forums, they have stickied the threads to the top explaining the changes. This change of not having to put your authenticator code in will only affect those people playing from the same location/same computer. If that's you, I wouldn't worry :)
  • #1464
    I believe you're right. I thought it might be "fishy" because, after years of receiving authenticator prompts 100% of the time, I installed this addon, and for the very first time, didn't receive an authenticator prompt. Just a coincidence, it seems. I am now a happy NPCscan customer :)
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