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  • Updated 02/26/2015
  • 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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2015-02-25 23:56:21 -0800



    - Fix to for broken default alert sounds.


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  • #1480
    how close to the mob do i have to be before the alert activates?
  • #1479
    open a notepad and save this as a batch file:

    del "(drive)\(subdir)\(subdir)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb"
    "(drive)\(subdir)\(subdir)\World of Warcraft\wow"

    if your wow's location is C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\ then change "(drive)\(subdir)\(subdir)\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb" to "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb" and change "(drive)\(subdir)\(subdir)\World of Warcraft\wow" to "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\wow" remember to put " at the start and the end.
    now save it and run, it launches wow for you and delete the cache every time when you launch wow by clicking this batch file, i hope this can help some people here.
  • #1482
    Thanks for your tip, but it doesn't work.
    The file is deleted when WOW is launched. With the first character I play, no problem. But if I change without quit the game, I have a superb message remember me to empty the cache. While the creature file is NOT in the folder (deletede and not recreated yet).

    It's very strange.
  • #1489
    Right, because WoW is still running, and thus still has the creature cache loaded. The *ONLY* way to clear the cache when switching characters is to fully exit the game, delete the file, and start up WoW again.
  • #1477

    Since the last update, I can't "delete" few rares.
    I do it for cache folder AND the addon folder AND variables of NPCscan for all of my characters, but when I log in, the add on remember me rares as Loque'Nahak or King Krush are in the cache.

    I don't understand why.
    I use this addon since many months. I delete the cache folder many times, and it worked. But not now.

    Is the another thing to do with the update ?
  • #1478
    It's most likely because u log in inside a city, so when u log in the addon finds those that's been tamed by a nearby hunter and caches them instantly.
  • #1490
    It's maybe this reason. The rares which reappear can be tamed.
    I don't have the warning message, it's why i didn't understand this.

    Thanks for the explanation.
  • #1476
    It doesnt work for the new rares either. So in my mind it is not actually "up to date"
  • #1475
    STOP doubting _NPC Scan! The addon works perfectly.
  • #1472
    Please is possible add option for print in chat guild when i found a NPC?
  • #1470
    Error report ! A few minutes ago I got my Time-lost Proto-Drake and _npcscan did NOT go off ! One of the rarest mobs ingame & the only mod designed to catch them did not go off tells me that there's something terribly wrong with it. Please have a look at this.
  • #1473
    I am having the same issue this morning with a Vyragosa. I have tried clearing my cache several times and never get the alert signal when found again. I would hate to miss a TLPD spawn...
  • #1474
    I figured out to check the scan for completed achievements button.
  • #1471
    I'm going to take a wild guess here, you forgot to enable "Load out of date addons" once the servers went up, right? The addon didn't update for 4.2 officially until a few minutes after you posted. That would be why it didn't go off; it wasn't enabled by default.
  • #1468
    I just installed this add on. Several creatures already have an "x" next to them - i'm guessing i need to clear cache? Can anyone provide step-by-step instructions on how to do this on a Mac? (i run Mac OS X 10.6.8).

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