Get an Epic Experience with Premium


Achievements Login to Add Favorites
  • World of Warcraft
  • 719,337 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 25,120,082 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/20/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
  • 10,351 Favorites
  • Project Site
  • Comments
  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File:
Support development! **

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



    - Fix to prevent Haakun's model from showing as that crashes the game


First Previous Page 102 of 166 Next Last
  • #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 :)
  • #1451
    so i deleted the cache file and when i went to log in my authenticator was not required whats up with that? i then had to detach and reattach my authenticator y does deleting the cache folder do this?
  • #1456
    That's an intentional change by Blizzard. It has nothing to do with _NPCScan.
  • #1447
    Ok I seem to be having a problem with this addon. I logged out of my account and deleted the cache from ALL my accounts to be sure. I logged back into StormWind and then hearthed to Dalaran.

    When I arrived in Dalaran I checked the NPCscan search and there were 2 npc already 'x'd out as if I had 'seen' them (Jadefang of Deepholm and Skoll of Storm Peaks). Impossible. I am a lvl 71 toon and there is no way I was in either of those areas let alone fly over them.

    It seems to be scanning them somehow when I hearth to Dalaran from SWind. Maybe in the hearth sequence I pass over these areas..idk.

    Just an FYI is all for a future release.
  • #1448
    That's because it's picked them up as hunter pets in Stormwind most likely. You won't get an alert as they're not in the zones expected.
  • #1445
    If you are lazy and forgetful (like me), make a batch script to auto-delete the creaturecache and start WoW with one click (O.K, fine, one double-click). In notepad:

    del ""

    My example:

    del "E:\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb"
    "E:\World of Warcraft\wow.exe"

    Save it as a .bat, run it, close the annoying command prompt after WoW starts up, and enjoy finding rares.

    P.S. I'm probably not checking back here, so don't bother asking/PMing me for help with this if you can't figure it out.
  • #1450
    Or even better.

    The batch file: (Remember to change the path)
    echo Deletes CreatureCache and starting World of Warcraft.
    del "E:\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enUS\creaturecache.wdb" /q
    start "" "E:\World of Warcraft\Launcher.exe"
    exit /b 0

    Get a icon (*.ico)
    or somthing else

    Get "Batch To Exe Converter":

    Make a *.exe file with a wow icon.

    You don't have to close the "annoying command prompt"
    creaturecache.wdb will be deletet everytime you start wow.
    You will "maybe" find the rare again and again.

  • #1460
    Thank you for this, I did as suggested, and I love it! No more manually deleting that bluidy file every time (which I never remember to do). Hurrah!
  • #1444
    Why is the + sign of the npcscan not highlighting ? I've been searching for the mysterious camel figurine for 5 days and nights and only found something unconnected which I didn't even search for, an armadillo or some such creature. Please fix your system or tell me how to use it so I can find the camel figurine easier. Thanks
  • #1443
    This addon doesn't work, at some point I was in a bg, it forbidden me to set any focus for like 15min. I'm hesitating to delete it. Any instable add-on is a bane for a pvper. Could you please fix that, thanks. Also for some reason I was learning how to use that addon and I deleted 2 mobs, would be nice to have a button or command to reset to default. Also why deleting the cache while wow is open, and making a /reload ui doesn't work, very annoying. And I was in stormwind it told me to reset the cache for loque'nalak and some other pet, I thought it was supposed to ignore them ?
  • #1442
    Does this work for mysterious camel figurines anymore? I know you need to add the IDs to the NPCscan thing but I've been flying around Uldum for 3 days now and haven't even found one yet.

    Mind you I've done quite a bit of tolvir archaeology as well, and I have not even found 1 figurine yet. Are they that rare or is NPCscan broken for them?

    I've read conflicting forum posts that blizzard changed the ability for the mysterious camel figurines from being targetable yet npcscan can still alert you if they're in proximity? Can anyone confirm or deny this?
  • #1441
    im trying to fine a mount #50410 or 50409 i dout know how to get the number to work i look ever were it dont look like the pic a bove ???
  • #1440
    im trying to fine a mount #50410 or 50409 i dout know how to get the number to work i look ever were it dont look like the pic a bove ???
  • #1438
    I have a problem with npc scan not finding terror spinner or loque when found, I mean I can visually see them but it never goes off.
  • To post a comment, please login or register a new account.
Login to Curse

Don't have an account? Create One.

Get an epic experience with Curse Premium
  • Faster addon downloads
  • Premium-Only Beta Giveaways
  • Ad-Free Curse experience
  • Premium Curse Client
  • and many More Features
  • Learn More »

Plantronics GameCom Commander Headset Giveaway!