Archaeology in Draenor

There are three new branches to uncover with experienced archaeologists able to dig up the Brittle Cartography Journal from 575.

Things to note:

  • Four active digsites will be up at any time.
  • Each location may be dug up 6 times giving you 5-9 fragments.
  • The fragment limit is still 200 so you’ll have to use them up pretty fast.
  • Digging gives you 1 skill point.
  • Currently, common and rare solves give no points.

Arakkoa

KeystoneArakkoa Cipher

Digsites include Lithic’s Rest and Bloodmane Valley in the Spires of Arak

Rare solve: Beakbreaker of Terokk

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.

Locations

Misplaced Scrolls – Skettis, Terrace of Dawn
Relic of the Outcasts – Skettis, Veil Zekk, Veil Terrok, Shadowglade, Nest of the Ravenspeaker, Sethekk Hollow
Smuggled Apexis Artifactstop of a tree, Murkbog
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.

Arakkoa Archaeology Fragment: Dreamcatcher, Burial Urn, Decree Scrolls, Solar Orb, Sundial, Talonpriest Mask, Outcast Dreamcatcher, Apexis Crystal, Apexis Hieroglyph, Apexis Scroll

Draenor Clan

Draenor-fragment

Keystone: Draenor Clan Orator Cane

Digsites include two locations in the Elemental Plateau of Nagrand.

Rare Solve: Frostwolf Ghostpup

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

Ogre

Ogre fragment

Keystone: Ogre Missive

Digsites include Stonecrag Gorge in Nagrand

Rare Solves:  Sorcerer-King Toe Ring,  Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain

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

Fragments still have an individual limit of 200. All rare solves will be displayed in your Town Hall, much like in the Seat of Knowledge for your Lorewalker rep grind.

Mine carts follower

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 and have a follower assigned.

Achievements

Factions

Two new factions are tied to archaeology:

Arakkoa Outcasts

Reputation will come from quests in the Arakkoa quest hub of Talador and the Spires of Arak.
Items of note include:

The Archaeology Fragment vendor and Quartermaster for the Arakkoa Outcasts are both located in Warspear – our Horde outpost in Ashran.

Steamwhedle Preservation Society

The archaeology branch of the Steamwheedle Cartel offers two pets at revered:

Stay tuned for any changes

9 Comments

  1. Don’t know if it’s just me but the flavour text for the Frostwolf ghost pup made me cry when I first came across it in beta :(

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    • That seems to be a pretty common reaction. =/

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  2. I have to get there and rescue that poor ghost pup. It’s hard to be patient.

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    • Yes, let’s hope it doesn’t take too many solves. :P

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  3. Thanks for the information. I have yet to be able to try it out myself because I can not figure out how to learn up to 700 yet so your information is awesome and nice to see. Have I just been unlucky making it all the way to 100 without a drop to learn it or is there another way to learn it. Trainers do not teach it.

    ~feels like such a noob~

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    • Don’t worry, it’s not just you. They haven’t revealed how to level it up but hopefully soon. :)

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  4. I Love the Arakkoa finds in the zone. Walking across wires and climbing trees is my thing! Especially when people stop and stare.

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    • Does that mean you found all my locations? Let me know if you find more. I need to finish my rare too. :)

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      • ya, I think I might know of one that you don’t have. I’ll check with you later on it, if I don’t forget by then. =p

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