ESN Rare

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About ESN_Rare:

ESN_Rare scans the combat log, nameplates, your target, the creature cache and your mouseover target for rare mobs. When it finds a rare mob in your vicinity it will alert you with a message or sound notification and create a Macro (Out of Combat) to target the Rare Mob. The macro will be called "RARE" and can be found in the General Macros tab. It will target the last found rare Mob and will make it easier to find it in a huge group of mobs. It supports HandyNotes for Mapnotes and should work well on German and English Clients.

Configuring ESN_Rare:

The addon settings can be changed in the Interface options and you can open them with the chat command /rare. To see a list of all rare mobs in the cache use: /rare cache

The Cache:

ESN_Rare checks your creature cache for rare mobs. There is one catch to this technique however: Once a mob is “found”,ESN_Rare won't be able to find it again until your cache is cleared. If you find a rare mob's corpse you would have to clear your cache before ESN_Rare would find it again.

CLEARING THE CACHE To clear your cache, follow these steps: 1. Exit World of Warcraft. 2. Delete the “Cache” sub-directory inside your World of Warcraft folder. Example: “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Cache”

WoW will recreate your Cache folder after you log in again.

LIMITATIONS The only problem for ESN_Rare are tamable beasts. Even when you run across the tamed version, ESN_Rare gets tricked and displays a found alert. In order to prevent those false positives you can disable the "scan for tameables" if you want.


This addon was inspired by SilverDragon from Kemayo and NPCScan from Saiket. Some parts of the code were borrowed from SilverDragon. Thanks to Bl4ckSh33p ( for his help.

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  • Avatar of Freydis88 Freydis88 Jul 14, 2010 at 10:32 UTC - 0 likes

    Thanks for this addon. I have been using it ever since you started posting it.

    I have a question since the beginning and never asked you: I always delete the Cache file after I have killed a rare beast, so it will show up when I see it again later. Do I also have to delete this file after having seen a rare beast tamed by another player? I delete it everytime I switch chars, but do I really have to?

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    Greetings from Germany,

    Freydis88 :)

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Date created
Mar 24, 2009
Last update
Jul 13, 2010
Development stage
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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