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  • Updated 11/20/2014
  • 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 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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2014-11-20 18:11:50 -0800



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  • #1428
    I can't reset anymore don't know why , I exit wow , delete cache , delete account npcscan cache
  • #1429
    can anyone please tell me if they found a solution
  • #1434
    I have this issue as well.
    This is a completely useless addon because I cannot reset anymore.
  • #1427
    hi saket,

    great adon, i love it and is my best friend (I'm a hunter and love to hunt these tameable pets :-D )

    one thing: could you add some kind of screenshot when the "NPC_Found" alert is triggert?
    eg Multishot (Screenshot)

    nice regards
  • #1426
    Hi saiket

    I am wondering about the Madexx rares in _NPCScan

    How it brings up the rares name as Madexx I am wondering if it is meant to bring up the colour as well because it does not do that

    I was reading in the code and it does say Madexx (Red) also when u goto the option's it says the colours but when u do find any of these rares it does not tell u the colour
  • #1425
    Is there any quick way to add all the NPC ID's for the Pre-Level 60 rares in Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms? I thought it would be nice for my low level alts since the rares now give as much XP as a quest at their level. Thank you!
  • #1421
    multiple alerts for the camel figurine have gone off now and its hasn't been there. I've flown around for 5 minutes each time, logged, deleted cache, and gone to the same spot where it went off, and it goes off again. If I disable the mod until the next day, delete cache and fly to the same spot again it won't go off. Pretty sad false sense of hope tho.

    This has been happening to me inside of and around Ruins of Ammon. Have also had friend with the mod come out and experience the same thing..
  • #1423
    The figurine itself is not targettable, so if you'll just fly around clicking on the npcscan alert you will never find it. It's very tiny statue positioned next to some object (wall, tree ...), really hard to see. So when the scan goes off, click it off, note your position and then patiently search the surroundings in ~50yd area, i can guarantee it will be there somewhere.
  • #1419
    for some reason after cata when they changed the interface tab i cant find npc scans settings anywhere
  • #1418
    Golgarok does not show correctly in hight
  • #1415
    NPC scan never alert me to Karoma in the Twilight Highlands when I found him, I flew above him and then circled around him on the ground. I check NPC Scan to make sure he was in there, he was and he was cached, but still no alert. So what's the problem with NPC Scan now?
  • #1417
    npcscan scans the cache and once it is in there for the first time it will alert u then and only then

    because u might of seen it in a city as a hunters pet it will cache it no matter what as it is the same npc it is
  • #1416
    My Scan has a few rares already cached when I log in even after deleting the file to clear it. It's always done this which is pretty annoying when going for Frostbitten since King Krush is always cached and even more so now that I have a Hunter hunting for pets that are constantly cached.
  • #1420
    The whole problem with Windows is System Protection it is as it restores files that it backs up mainly the ones that change alot and the cache folder does that

    I myself turned it off and it stopped that problem it did but on the other hand it could cause a problem if u needed to restore your system back to a early version for some reason or another u may not be able to as it is turned off

    But I can tell u all that is the problem as such if u have the problem where even if u delete the cache folder and u log back into the game and find out that there are npc cached then this is your problem because to where it is stored as such if u click propeties on the folder it will show any where from 1 to 50 copys of this folder it will and it will pick any back it it wishes without u knowing it
  • #1414
    I now start my WoW with this script (Windows 7) in order to clear the cache before starting the game.

    @echo off
    set BASEDIR=%~dp0
    del "%BASEDIR%\Cache\WDB\enGB\creaturecache.wdb"
    start "" "%BASEDIR%\WoW.exe"
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