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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 19,956,576 Total Downloads
  • Updated 07/10/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 5.4.8.3
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About _NPCScan

_NPCScan tracks seldom-seen rare mobs by proximity alone, making the old “/targetexact …” macros obsolete. It has the same range as those targeting macros, but you won't have to mash any buttons. Just go about your business and let _NPCScan alert you when it finds something.

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.

Details

Vignettes

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. Once a mob is targeted, the target button will update to reflect the mob found.

Known Issues: Currently there is no way to detect what mob the vignette represents. Because of this there is no way to filter out and ignore individual mobs. The vignette tracking will ignore achievement mobs groups that have their tracking turned of via unchecking their tab. Also the targeting button might have some issues if there are more than one vignette mobs in target range and may not work 100% of the time.

The Cache

This addon doesn't use nameplates or mouseover units to find rares. Instead, it checks your creature cache for the moment a rare mob is found. There is one catch to this technique however: Once a mob is “found”, _NPCScan won't be able to find it again until your cache is clearedf you find a rare mob's corpse—Dirkee for example—you would have to clear your cache before _NPCScan would find Dirkee again. Thankfully, clearing your cache is a safe and simple matter.

Clearing Your Cache

To clear your cache, follow these straightforward steps:

  1. Exit World of Warcraft
  2. Delete the “Cache” sub-directory inside your World of Warcraft folder.  For example on a standard Windows XP installation, you would delete the folder “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache”.
  • Advanced users can delete “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb” specifically to improve log-in times, where enUS is your language code.

Note: Windows Vista and Windows 7 users see this info if your cache isn't in the location above.

That's it. Log in after you've done that and you'd be able to find Dirkee a second time. It's completely safe because WoW will recreate your Cache folder after you log in again.

Cache Warning

If a rare mob is already cached when you log in, _NPCScan will print a warning message with the names of those mobs. If you see this message but still want to find the listed NPCs again, it's time to clear your cache by following the above procedure; Otherwise, you can quit searching for those mobs using the Search options window detailed below. You can suppress this log-in message using the main options pane, as well.


“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.


Options

_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 Outlands and Northrend 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

http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=32500

32500 is Dirkee's NPC ID.


Limitations

The only problem mobs for _NPCScan are tamable beasts & Battle Pets. Whenever you run across the tamed version, _NPCScan gets tricked into thinking that mob is nearby. In order to prevent those false positives, _NPCScan only shows alerts for tamable mobs in their original zones That is, if you spot Loque'nahak in Dalaran instead of Sholazar Basin where it usually patrols, _NPCScan would ignore it. When one of these tamable mob false-alarms happens, you'll see a message in your chat window explaining why it got ignored.

Since this makes tamable mobs are so difficult to track, I suggest you fly to the tamable mob's zone first, clear your cache, and then search for it.; Any time you pass through a populated area like Dalaran, you risk filling your cache with popular rare pets.

For Battle Pets there is no way for it to determine if a mob is a spawn or someone's pet. Many Battle Pet addons and just opening the Pet Journal will often cause Battle Pets to become cached.

tag 5.4.8.3
4fa4d5c00f5cc2fb62cf7ca0c2f54060bbaec77e
James D. Callahan III <jcallahan@curse.com>
2014-07-10 21:36:39 -0500

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SLOKnightfall:
    - -Fixed issue where rare mobs and beasts would not be enabled on login/reload
    - -Added delay timer to vignette alert
    - -Fix for tab tooltip enable/disable state not matching actual state
    - -Fix for options not saving off state
    - Fixed error on mouseover when in pet battles.  Ticket 63 Increased the delay before re-showing an alert when triggered by a mouseover to 5im (was 15 sec)
Adavak:
    - typo
SLOKnightfall:
    - Fix for Bro'Gaz the Clanless setting him as a non achievement mob
    - Added toggle option for mouseover alerts to option menu Moved some alert option from the search page to the alert page Added mouse over alert check if mob is alive before triggering alert
    - added code to trigger alert on mouseover updated debug code to update debug frame when new debug message is added Updated how saved variables are handled to help when adding new variable and to prevent saved variables from being reset when the addon does not load completely. cleaned up vignette code
    - Updated the  5 Madexx localizations to include the color of the spawn.

Comments

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  • #1189
    I hadn't heard of 50411 until MMO-Champion mentioned it as a possible third spawn, but their database does include it. Keep in mind that WowHead is still missing information for a few rares like Ghostcrawler and Terrorpene, so a missing third camel might just be extraordinarily rare.

    I'll remove it and assume it was a fluke if WowHead doesn't pick it up eventually.
  • #1185
    Not sure if this is a new bug but I just had a false alarm on an actual rare, thankfully I saw him and tamed him in time. :)

    _NPCScan: False alarm: Found tamable mob "Madexx" In Uldum instead of Kalimdor (ID 748); Definitely a pet.

    The zone for the entry is definitely blank and has no continent name keyed in. Is the new version defaulting to Kalimdor instead of "everywhere"?
  • #1194
    This should be fixed in 4.0.3.3; Thanks for the quick report!
  • #1184
    i have a question... if i'm in Northrend and a NPC i'm tracking spawns in the Outlands or Eastern Kingdoms do i still get alerted that it spawned?
  • #1195
    You'll only see alerts for mobs within about 100 yards of you, so you'll still need to comb every zone to find rares.
  • #1182
    when I am flying in outlands or in northrend, i see the yellow circle on my mini map and known paths on my map screen. I do not see either of these while in Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor...am I doing something wrong?
  • #1183
    The range ring only appears if _NPCScan.Overlay has maps for your current zone. The new maps won't be done for a little while longer though.
  • #1181
    Thanks for the responds! I found out that the true folder apparently was in C:\Users\Public\Documents\Games\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns as I checked the shortcut's target.
  • #1173
    For doing custom searches, is 'instance name' actually referring to dungeons, or just sub zones on the continent? IE is 'Mount Hyjal' a valid instance name for trying to find a mob?
  • #1174
    It has to be the name of a continent or a dungeon, so in that case, you would use "Kalimdor". However, one exception is Deepholm which qualifies as a dungeon; Use "Deepholm" in that case.
  • #1176
    Thanks for the clarification! I don't suppose it would be something to do in a future release (making it possible to limit searching to sub-zone and not just continent)?
  • #1180
    If I can think of a simple way to allow either type, definitely. I have to admit, the wording is confusing as it is.
  • #1172
    Please help!
    I've downloaded NPCscan and Silverdragon, but they don't work in WoW.. I can't open them in addon interface, and they don't scan for rares. I have tried reinstalling and such but it doesn't work. Here is where I put the addons: "C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns"
    Another problem I have is that with windows explorer, I can't find any other folders in the World of Warcraft folder, than "interface", and in interface I can only find addons.

    I am running on windows 7 btw..

    Also, I can't find my cache, where ever I look.
  • #1177
    I'm sure majority of people nowadays do have Windows 7, however the game does not install to that folder Crithorn, you are looking in the Game Explorer area for the addons. Windows 7 has its own way to sort things, however the game itself installs in the same place it does on Windows Xp, which normally is "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\
    this is where all of the original WoW file's and folder's are located, yes even the Cache folder that needs emptied every now and then.
  • #1175
    Is that where you installed World of Warcraft to? It sounds like the game simply isn't in that folder. Try right clicking the icon you use to start WoW, and select "Properties". In the "Shortcut" tab of the popup that appears, click the "Open File Location" button. The folder that opens should include all of the usual WoW game files, including the real Interface folder.
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