Once again, there are three new branches to uncover with a chance to dig up the Brittle Cartography Journal as long as you possess a minimum archaeology skill of 575 (reduced to 1 in Patch 6.1).
Things to note:
- Four active digsites will be up at any time.
- Each location may be dug up 9 times giving you 5-9 fragments.
- You can hold up to 200 fragments at any one time (changing to 250 in Patch 6.1 to avoid situations like this).
- Common solves give 5 points
Keystone: Arakkoa Cipher
Digsites include Lithic’s Rest and Bloodmane Valley in the Spires of Arak
A number of jumping puzzles in the Spires of Arak can serve as an extra source of fragments and ciphers. Just keep an eye on your minimap for any yellow dots. As a bonus, you can loot them from level 1 and will provide 1 skill point.
Misplaced Scrolls – Skettis, Terrace of Dawn
Relic of the Outcasts – Skettis, Veil Zekk, Veil Terrok, Shadowglade, Nest of the Ravenspeaker, Sethekk Hollow
Smuggled Apexis Artifacts – top of a tree, Murkbog currently requires 600 skill to loot (reduced in Patch 6.1 to match the others)
Sun-Touched Cache – two may be found in the Apexis Excavation site but only one is marked for Archaeology. The other contained garrison resources. I’ve included videos to the tricker locations.
Keystone: Draenor Clan Orator Cane
Digsites include two locations in the Elemental Plateau of Nagrand.
Draenor Clans Archaeology Fragment: Fang-Scarred Frostwolf Axe, Frostwolf Ancestry Scrimshaw, Wolfskin Snowshoes, Warsinger’s Drums, Screaming Bullroarer, Warsong Ceremonial Pike, Metalworker’s Hammer, Elemental Bellows, Blackrock Razor, Weighted Chopping Axe, Hooked Dagger, Barbed Fishing Hook, Calcified Eye In a Jar, Ceremonial Tattoo Needles, Cracked Ivory Idol
Keystone: Ogre Missive
Digsites include Stonecrag Gorge in Nagrand and the Overlook Ruins in Gorgrond
Ogre Archaeology Fragment: Ancestral Talisman, Flask of Blazegrease, Gronn-Tooth Necklace, Doomsday Prophecy, Stonemaul Succession Stone, Stone Manacles, Ogre Figurine, Pictogram Carving, Gladiator’s Shield, Mortar and Pestle, Eye of Har’gunn the Blind, Stone Dentures, Chimera Riding Harness, Imperial Decree Stele
Digging may spawn one of the mobs above which are dependent on the type of digsite. They will also spawn according to your level and drop extra fragments as well as a keystone on occasion.
In addition to dig sites and jumping puzzles, fragments can also be looted from your garrison mining carts. Carts will be available once you upgrade your mine to level 2.
Draenor Archaeologist: Obtain 700 skill points in archaeology.
Unite the Clans: Restore and display pristine versions of all Draenor Clans artifacts.
Highmaul Historian: Restore and display pristine versions of all Ogre artifacts.
Arakkoa Archivist: Restore and display pristine versions of all Arakkoa artifacts.
Strength and Honor: Discover the following Draenor Clans artifacts.
Ogre Observer: Discover the following Ogre artifacts.
Secrets of Skettis: Discover the following Arakkoa artifacts.
Draenor Curator: Restore and display pristine versions of all Draenor artifacts.
The Search For Fact, Not Truth: Find 30 rare artifacts.
Pristine solves will appear in your Town Hall once you’ve upgraded to level 3. Note that you won’t be able to accept the quest before level 100 as the alcove only appears in a fully upgraded building.
Two new factions are tied to archaeology:
Reputation will come from quests in the Arakkoa quest hub of Talador and the Spires of Arak.
Items of note:
- Crate of Tol’vir Archaeology Fragments (as well as all the other branches)
- Draenor Archaeologist’s Lodestone – teleport to a random active digsite in Draenor
- Draenor Archaeologist’s Map – randomises digsites
- Son of Sethe – pet
- Treasure maps for each zone
- Explorer’s Notebook – spawn a follower exploration mission for 5x Restored Artifacts (available in 6.1)
The Archaeology Fragment vendor and Quartermaster for the Arakkoa Outcasts are both located in Warspear – our faction city in Ashran.
Steamwhedle Preservation Society
The archaeology branch of the Steamwheedle Cartel offers several items of interest: