Archaeology in Legion

In Legion, a new archaeologist can head to the Broken Isles and level up the profession from scratch. The archaeology trainer in Dalaran can teach you the next level of archaeology or you can loot the Excavator’s Notebook from a dig site or spawned mob – even as a novice.

Things to note:

  • Three active dig sites will be up at all times
  • Many dig sites are now markedly smaller
  • Each location may be surveyed 9 times (offer 5-19 fragments and 1 skill point)
  • As soon as you hit that sweet spot on a survey, a shovel appears
  • You can hold up to 200 fragments per race
  • There are only five common solves per race
  • Rare artifacts now come from quest rewards
  • Common solves give +5 skill points
  • Rare solves give +10 skill points

At max level, the Archaeology Trainer will offer a new quest every couple of weeks to aid a famous adventurer. That means you will need to complete the current questline within that fortnight or your active quest will be removed and all progress lost.

Order of Quest Rewards

Crystalline Eye of Undravius Starlight Beacon
Spear of Rethu Crown Jewels of Suramar
Imp Generator Black Rook Key
Wyrmy Tunkins Shard of Sciallax
Prizerock Neckband Blood of Young Mannoroth
Key to Nar’thalas Academy Purple Hills of Mac’Aree
Spirit of Eche’ro

Demonic

Keystone: Mark of the Deciever

Rare: Wyrmy Tunkins, Blood of Young MannorothPurple Hills of Mac’AreeCrystalline Eye of UndraviusImp Generator

BrannAzsuna
Dariness the Learned tells you to find Brann Bronzebeard in Stormheim.

  1. Bits and Pieces
  2. Corrupted Studies rewards some Ancient War Remnants containing the Crystalline Eye of Undravius

Brann requires further research in Stormheim.

  1. Fragments of the Fjords
  2. Process of Elimination
  3. The Gates of Valor rewards an Imp Generator 

Seek out Brann in Azsuna – see video

  1. Out of the Frying Pan
  2. And Into the Fel Fire
  3. The Apocalypse Bringer rewards Wyrmy Tunkins

Later on, Dariness tells you Brann needs help in Suramar.

  1. One Step Closer
  2. Deciphering Demonology
  3. Dark Secrets rewards the Blood of Young Mannoroth

Brann needs more ammunition in Val’sharah.

  1. Fel Fragments
  2. The Purple Hills of Mac’Aree
  3. Through the Fog rewards the Purple Hills of Mac’Aree

Digsites include:

  • Azuna – Grey Shouls, Llothien Highlands, Legion Camp: Chaos, Farondale, Rhut’van Passage, Mak’rana, Northern Watcher Isle, Southern Watcher Isle
  • Val’sharah – Bradensbrook, Dreadroot, The Crescent Vale, Shala’nir, The Wildwood, Thas’talah, Wretched Hollow
  • Stormheim – Amberfall Mesa, Northern Helmouth Shallows, Citrine Bay, Warden’s Bluff, Skold-Ashil, South Helmouth Shallows, Stormdrake Peaks, Aggramar’s Vault

Demonic Archaeology Fragments: Imp’s Cup, Houndstooth Hauberk, Malformed Abyssal, Orb of Inner Chaos, Flayed-Skin Chronicle

Highborne

Keystone: Ancient Suramar Scroll

RareStarlight Beacon, Shard of SciallaxKey to Nar’thalas Academy, Key of Kalyndras , Crown Jewels of Suramar

Dariness the Learned offers a quest to find Tae’thelan Bloodwatcher, the High Examiner for the Reliquary, in Azsuna. You’ll find him stationed in the Reliquary camp, a short distance from Illidari Stand.

  1. The Reliquary Calls
  2. Echoes of my Ancestors
  3. A Beacon of Hope rewards the Starlight Beacon

Meet with Tae’thelan in Suramar.

  1. Worth Its Weight
  2. Fit For An Elven Queen
  3. Sifting Through the Rubble rewards the Crown Jewels of Suramar

Tae’thelan has been working with the goblins in Val’sharah.

  1. Goblin Archaeology
  2. Explosive Results
  3. What Was Once Lost rewards the Ravencrest Cache containing the Key of Kalyndras

Seek Tae’thelan once again in Suramar – see video

  1. Unspeakable Power
  2. Narrowing Down
  3. Uncovering the Orb of Sciallax rewards a BoA relic for your artifact weapon which scales up to 840 and grants a minor trait (e.g. Dark Shard of Sciallax)

A month later, you return to the High Examiner in Azsuna – see video

  1. Academic Exploration
  2. Tried and True
  3. The Keys to Success rewards the Key to Nar’thalas Academy. Advance your studies or just hang out in the time-lost version of Nar’thalas Academy.

Digsites include:

  • Suramar – Meredil, North Western Suramar City, The Gates of the City, Southern Ambervale, Koralune Estate, Moonwhisper Gulch, Crimson Thicket, Northern Moonwell Retreat
  • Azsuna – Nor’Danil Wellspring, Temple of a Thousand Lights, The Ruined Sanctum, Llothien, Old Coast Path, Ruins of Zarkhenar, The Tidal Marsh, Garden of Elune

Highbourne Archaeology Fragments: Pre-War Highborne Tapestry, Violetglass Vessel, Inert Leystone Charm, Quietwine Vial, Nobleman’s Letter Opener

Highmountain Tauren

Keystone: Highmountain Ritual Stone

Rare: Spirit of Eche’ro, Prizerock NeckbandSpear of Rethu

Dariness the Learned tells you to seek out Tessa Moonwater in Highmountain.

  1. History of Highmountain
  2. Surveying Student
  3. Misdirected rewards the Spear of Rethu

Return to Tessa in Thunder Totem – see video

  1. A New Lead
  2. Crystal Eyes
  3. Drogbar Deception rewards Prizerock Neckband

Tessa has discovered one of Eche’ro’s bones.

  1. The Right Path
  2. Laying to Rest rewards the Spirit of Eche’ro

Digsites include:

  • Highmountain – Northern Snowblind Mesa, The Witchwood, Fields of An’she, Screeching Crag, Darkfeather Valley, The Haglands, Bloodhunt Highland, Sepulcher of the Sky, Dragon’s Falls, Prowler’s Scratch, Whitewater Wash, Pinerock Basin

Highmountain Tauren Archaeology Fragements: Stonewood Bow, Moosebone Fish-Hook, Trailhead Drum, Hand-Smoothed Pyrestone, Drogbar Gem-Roller

Things of the Past

Archaeology will finally have its own building between the Engineering shop and Forge of Fate in new Dalaran.

Pristine solves are displayed on the top floor of the archaeology shop. Common projects can be converted into Restored Artifacts and traded in to Dariness the Learned for older fragment crates.

Pristines

Achievements

  1. Getting Your Hands Dirty – Complete 50 Legion digsites.
  2. Sifting Through the Sand – Complete 100 Legion digsites.
  3. No Stone Unturned – Complete 250 Legion dig sites. Rewards: <name> the Groundbreaker title.
  1. Surveying the Land – Obtain one of the rare archaeological finds.
  2. This Side Up   Obtain eight of the rare archaeological finds.
  3. A Keen Eye – Obtain all of the rare archaeological finds.

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items and all things pets.

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14 Comments

    • I especially like how the Highmountain spirits are both male and female.

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  1. The rewards look fantastic. This is a really good job and a service, which I appreciate. Personally, I lost interest in Arch during WoD and only did the minimum to sustain my max level — adventuring with a goal is much, much better.

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    • Thanks very much! :)
      The quests are quite fun plus I love the idea of obtaining rares through questing and not just digging.

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  2. I will totally be referring to this on Reins of Azeroth

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  3. question can u turn in restored artifacts for any of the new factions?

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  4. hello, i’m totally new to the archeology trade, and I have a couple questions:
    when you start archeology on the Broken Islands do you have to level it up from 1 to 800? And one more thing: My archeology is at 150-200 ish and I’m not able to pick any quests from Bran or the Archeology lady on Dalaran. Someone please, help! Really want to get the quest “This Side Up” down!

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    • You can level it from scratch but since you’re already 150+, you’ll just continue from that skill level. You will only see her quest once you’ve reached 110.

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  5. Hello how do i know where the dig sites are i keep trying to survey but it keeps telling me I cant survey there. Also whats the addon which shows the digsite locaction yon some of your youtube videos on your main map.
    Thanks

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    • That’s the default UI. Unfortunately, Blizz changed the way dig sites appear on the world map so you only see shovels which are harder to pick up with all the other icons. Just make sure ‘Show Digsites’ is selected in the upper RH corner of the World Map and you have previously learnt archaeology from the trainer.

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  6. Archaeology starter here, currently in Val’Sharah surveying my ass off but not finding anything.
    Do I have to go back to a lower level zone and level my skill up, or doesn’t it matter and I can go on digging on Broken Isles on skill lvl 1?

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    • Yes, you can start surveying right here in the Broken Isles and level up just from digging Legion zones. Projects generally take longer to complete so it will take more fragments to complete each artifact. Just remember to pick up the new archaeology quest each fortnight (assuming you’re already 110) for some cool rewards – see list above.

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