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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Supports: 5.4.7
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  • Updated 04/19/2014
  • Created 06/06/2009
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 5.4.7.2
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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.

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 5.4.7.2
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SLOKnightfall <SLOKnightfall@gmail.com>
2014-04-19 08:59:58 -0700

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Comments

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  • #1166
    got win 7, and it works similar to the post of Repelsteel, you just need to chamge the patch to where the file is on your PC. For me the creaturecache is in the WoW dir.

    Example:
    DEL /s /q "D:\Games\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\deDE\creaturecache.wdb"
  • #1171
    Yup you need to change the path like I said. I also use Win 7 btw.
  • #1165
    How to delete cache in windows 7 pleace?

    The below comments dont work.
  • #1178
    Which Cache folder are you wanting to delete, if it is only for this addon, goto the drive you have this installed to, which is normally the C: drive, then Program Files, World of Warcraft. In there you should see the Cache folder, I would open it up and delete the folder's inside it, instead of actually deleting the entire folder itself. Note: You MUST not be in WoW when you delete the folder's inside the Cache folder, as it can have undesirable effects.
  • #1162
    If you want an easy way to delete your cache, open notepad and paste in the following, make sure to change the path to where your WoW is located:

    DEL /s /q "C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Cache\WDB\enGB\creaturecache.wdb"

    Save it as Delete_Cache.bat on your desktop. Now right-click it and select "Run as administrator". The cache file will now be deleted for you.

    Also for the US the cache folder is named WSB if I am correct and the WoW version is enUS.
  • #1179
    You do know that points to the Game Explorer section and not the actual install location?
  • #1163
    Thanks this helped me, though i am using windows 7 you cannot use it like that.

    You have to open a new txt document copypaste that path you said.

    Save As and then click All Files enter a file name and then be sure to write .BAT

    This will create a bat file directly out of the document in windows 7.

    Another thing i use this bat file for is i put it in the Start folder of windows so its reset every time i restart my computer ;)
  • #1159
    Hi! Very pleased with this addon. Thanks for all your efforts! When should we expect to see the cataclysm 80-85 rares showing up on the world map? Is that actively being worked? Thanks again!
  • #1164
    I used to get map info from WoWDB.com, but I just noticed that it's been shut down. That will set me back a bit, but I will update _NPCScan.Overlay eventually.
  • #1158
    I just got one simple question - Do I have to do anything at all except waiting for it to show up? I mean, does the addon take care of everything so I don't have to click on the npc or something?
  • #1160
    You just wait. The window that pops can be clicked so you can target mob. Remember to clear your cache sometimes as the instructions say because it will not find that mob more than once.
  • #1157
    Unless there is a fix to what just happened...
  • #1154
    I was in deepholm 2 nights ago farming and I came across Jadefang. I had him in NPC with 49822 and it did not show on my NPC scanner. It seems that the new mobs that you enter in wont show on the scan, anyone know a way to fix this?
  • #1155
    Also, deleting your cache every time you find a camel statue is annoying, wish there was a way around this.
  • #1153
    I would really love to see this addon updated with the new 80-85 rare mobs.
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