An NPC (Non-Player Character) is any character you encounter and interact with in World of Warcraft that is not controlled by other human players — they are generated and controlled by the game server. NPCs are either neutral or affiliated with a particular faction ( Alliance or Horde). You cannot attack NPCs of your faction and you must be "at war" (set in Reputation tab of your character sheet) with a neutral NPC's faction to attack them.
- Pointers for buying or selling:
- in range to buy/sell out of range
- Pointers for talking:
- in range to talk out of range
- Other types of NPCs (flight masters, innkeepers, quest givers, trainers, etc. may have different pointer icons when you mouse over them.
They can be contrasted with Player Characters (PCs, or sometimes just "Players").