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.
  • Common solves give 5 points

Arakkoa

KeystoneArakkoa Cipher

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

Rare solve: Beakbreaker of Terokk, Ancient Nest Guardian

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

Keystone: Draenor Clan Orator Cane

Digsites include two locations in the Elemental Plateau of Nagrand.

Rare Solve: Frostwolf Ghostpup, Headdress of the First Shaman

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

 

Keystone: Ogre Missive

Digsites include Stonecrag Gorge in Nagrand and the Overlook Ruins in Gorgrond

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

 

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.

Fragments still have an individual limit of 200. All pristine solves will be displayed in your Town Hall, much like 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

Arakkoa-header

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 faction city in Ashran.

Steamwhedle Preservation Society

Steamwheedle header

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

Stay tuned for any changes

Steamwheedle Preservation Society

Gazmolf Futzwangler is in Nagrand recruiting members for the Steamwheedle Preservation Society , the archaeological branch of the Steamwheedle Cartel. As he explains:

We’re here to collect all of the artifacts, relics, antiquities and oddities that Nagrand has to offer! Currently, we’re hiring surveyors, excavators, adventurers… you name it! If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, talk to Gazmolf Futzwangler over at Stonecrag Gorge. He’s the goblin in charge of this expedition!

Gaining Reputation

After completing a couple of simple quests in Stonecrag Gorge, head to Broken Precipice in the north of the zone. Besides finding Grebin Fastfizzle in a bit of a predicament and one of the most amusing things I’ve seen on the beta so far (thanks Cool), be sure to loot any chests in the area. Each will contain a Highmaul Relic and a variable number of Gorian Artifact Fragments. A number of mobs may also be farmed for Highmaul Relics on the northern side of the river.

Steamwheedle-chest

Both may be handed into Sallee Silvercamp in the Ruins of Na’gwa for some Steamwheedle Preservation Society rep.

Sallee

Each item rewards a variable amount of reputation:

Seek out the following rare elites for an additional 500 rep after handing in their prized drops to Gazmolf Futzwangler at the Ruins of Na’gwa.

These drops are BoA but due to the way rare elites are set up in WoD, you’ll only be able to loot the item once per toon. A rare Garrison mission also rewards a Highmaul Relic.

Reputation Rewards

There are two quartermasters located in the Ashran outpost as well as Kwilax Fuseshiv in Nagrand.

Honored

Revered

Exalted

Unfortunately, hand-ins were a little buggy since my 7x Highmaul Relics and 58x Gorian Artifact Fragments both counted as one hand-in each.

For those wondering if their Bloodsail Admiral status will affect this rep grind, Jonathan LeCraft confirmed it won’t be an issue.

On a side note, I happened to find another member of the archaeology crew who’d crash landed inside Castaway Cave. I have no idea how long he’s been hidden behind a waterfall, but it must have been a while as he kept calling for his companion Wibson. In the end, it wasn’t enough to save him.

Explorer-Nozzand I just love how much of a role archaeology is playing in this expansion from jumping puzzles (as a supplement to dig sites) to a certain pet trainer I’ll be able to battle. Hopefully, I can start levelling up the profession very soon.

Archaeology Pets

The following pets are available through various branches of the archaeology profession.

Dwarf

Clockwork Gnome – requires 100x Dwarf Fragments (including up to 3x Dwarf Rune Stones)

Flavour text: Mechagnomes were created by the titans, apparently as servants and caretakers, much like the earthen. This mechagnome was likely damaged because it is no longer focused on its original tasks and seems content to follow you.

Fossil

Fossilized Hatchling – requires 85x Fossil fragments

Flavour text: When you finished assembling this tiny skeleton through some eldritch magic, the little critter sprang back to life. He’s a pretty good pet. Since he’s a skeleton, he doesn’t eat much.

Fossilized Raptor + Fossilized Hatchling

As a bonus, the Fossilized Raptor may be discovered under the same branch of archaeology using another 100x Fossil fragments to complete.

Pterrordax Hatchling – requires 120x Fossil Fragments

Flavour text: It’s an adorable green baby pterrordax! Luckily, at this size, her sonic screeches won’t turn your eardrums to bloody pulps and while she’ll TRY to eat your face, it just feels like friendly little lizard-bird-thing kisses. Awww!

Troll

Voodoo Figurine – requires 100x Troll Fragments (including up to 3x Troll Tablets)

Flavour text: Voodoo figurines such as this were built and animated to assist troll witch doctors in minor, everyday tasks such as washing loincloths or scrubbing blood off the hut floor. They were often powered by flasks of mojo, troll sweat, the flesh of tribal enemies, or by DEVOURING TINY PORTIONS OF THEIR OWNERS’ SOULS. But don’t worry. Teeny, tiny little portions. You won’t even notice they’re gone. And think how clean your floors will be!

Tol’vir

Crawling Claw – requires 150x fragments (including up to 3x Tol’vir Hieroglyphic)

Flavour text: A legend among the tol’vir tells of a wicked djinn whom the Ramkahen sought to destroy.  In an attempt to prevent his own death, the djinn tried to transfer his spirit into the body of a monkey.  He was slain right in the middle of the transference, and only a fraction of his essence had moved over – only enough to possess the monkey’s paw.

Crawling Claw

I look forward to seeing more archaeology pets in Warlords of Draenor and beyond.

 

Watch Your Progress

Yesterday I was in the mood to work on some archaeology and noticed something quite different. Now I’m not sure if this was added in the last patch or not but check out this neat little progress bar. I used to use Archy which could tell you the same kind of thing but I’m all for using less addons.

Progree-Bar-full

So after working through a few digs in Kalimdor, I eventually saw this:

Uldum-digs

Hello Uldum :)

History of the Mantid

Last night I was short just one Pristine Mantid artifact and even though I only had Mantid digs today, it still took around 100 artifacts before I had the Pristine Praying Mantid I needed. I was getting so sick of Mantid digs, I even completed the Feeding Pit site a couple of times after being teleported there with my Lorewalker’s Lodestones. That should give you an indication of how badly I wanted to finish History of the Mantid.

History of the MantidPristine-Praying-Mantid

But I did it! I can officially say I’m done with all the Archaeology achievements and it feels great. Goodbye Archy, you’ve served me well.

Before I go, here’s a short video to show you some of the things that represent me in-game.

Seeker of Knowledge

The achievement to find and display all the pristine versions of all Pandaren and Mogu artifacts in The Seat of Knowledge is finally complete. I must admit, I never thought it would be so hard to finish, especially since I’ve only been short one pristine artifact for months but as one of my tracked objectives, it was definitely one of the more doable ones on the list – albeit time-consuming. As a result, over the last few days I’ve focused on getting this done once and for all. At the same time, I also needed three pristine artifacts for the History of the Mantid but I wasn’t as worried about that since I could just turn all my digs into Mantid ones after this last Mogu one was discovered.

An excess in Archaelology?

However, after more than 100 restored artifacts later, I decided to reinstall Archy just so I could focus on Mogu digs. This avoided the accidental flight to any Pandaren sites so it worked pretty well. In the process, one of the three Pristine Mantid artifacts appeared but even with a handful of Worn Monument Ledgers, a Pristine Monument Ledger seemed impossible. The Lorewalker’s Maps came in very handy when I had a full set of Pandaren digs though.

Never-the-less I decided to keep digging until the servers dropped out for our normal weekly maintenance only to find no dig sites  available when I logged back in today. Considering I was down to my last four Collector (20) achievements, this would not do. Luckily this was rectified once I completely exited the game since reloading and relogging did not work.

Arch flyingMogu-last

Talk about a lot of flying… my perseverance paid off tonight when I saw the item I had been waiting for. I didn’t even finish my dig, I flew straight back to the Seat of Knowledge to put it on display and receive my title – Seeker of Knowledge.

Seat-of-Knowledge

This gave me the motivation to keep going with a stack of Lorewalker’s Lodestones and a Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator. However something that happened earlier made rethink this some.

As of now all the Collector achievements are done with two Pristines to go. Wish me luck…

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