Archaeology in Pandaria

There are three new types of digs for Pandaria – Pandaren, Mogu and Mantid.

Things to note:

  • Each location can be dug up 6 times looting between 5-9 fragments each time.
  • The fragment limit is still 200, so you’ll have to use them up pretty fast.
  • Common and rare solves will give you 3 skill points.

Pandaren

These digs will give you the Pandaren Pottery Shard keystone. Locations include Emperor’s Omen and The Gong of Hope.

Pandaren Arch find

Rare Items have yielded:

Mogu

The keystone to use will be the Mogu Statue Piece. Locations include Camp Gormal.

Mogu fragment

Rare items have yielded:

Mantid

The keystone to use will be the Mantid Amber Sliver. Locations include Sik’vess and The Underbough in Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes.

Mantid fragment

Rare items have yielded:

Sometimes an Ancient Haunt can spawn from picking up fragments. The mob can drop 7-8 Mogu fragments upon kill, regardless of the type of dig. The mob itself is dependant on the level of the player as it scaled whenever I levelled.

Note: If you’re in a group when an Ancient Haunt pops up then the other person can loot your fragments if it’s their turn to loot.

Seat of Knowledge

The common items of Pandaria may be converted into Restored Artifacts. These artifacts can be traded in to Braun Bronzebeard by flying directly into the Seat of Knowledge, located inside the top tier of Mogu’shan Palace in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Not only do these crates stack (which is already exciting) but they may be traded in for any other type of older fragments such as a Crate of Tol’vir Archaeology Fragments. These boxes have yielded the same amount of fragments as if you were doing the dig yourself – between 5-9 Archaeology Fragments. So if you’re still trying to discover the Scepter of Azj’Aqir or any other rare artifact, this will help with the grind.

You will need to be max skill (600) as well as level 90 (for flying) to be able to access this service.

Pristine Artifacts – From time to time, pristine versions of artifacts will be discovered. These items may be displayed in the Seat of Knowledge to learn some extra lore.

Pristine Mantid Lamp

Restored Artifacts may also be traded in for:

If only we could do this with all our earlier Archaeology Novelty Items. Think of all the space it would save and you could still enjoy them.

3 Comments

  1. So, if I’m looking at that correctly, we get Vyrkul, Pandaren, Mogu and an unnamed one. Do you think it could be the Mantid? That would make my day, I think.

    Reply
    • Vyrkul was available pre Cata, but I’m not sure about the third disabled icon which to me looks like a Panda. Mantid would be cool to have as the third though :)

      Reply
      • Ah, well I’ve admittedly maxed out my Archeology outside of both Outlands and Northrend.

        So you think we’re getting two panda ones? Like, one for each “faction” of pandas?

        Reply

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