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  • Created 06/06/2009
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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.



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.

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.


_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

32500 is Dirkee's NPC ID.


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.

SLOKnightfall <>
2014-04-19 08:59:58 -0700

tagging changes


    - Added Portent to the localization files


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  • #1439
    Mysterious Camel Figurine is possible to be found ANYWHERE in uldum, there for theres no overlay, unless u want ur Uldum map to be colored in
  • #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
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