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 with 5-9 fragments looted each time
  • The fragment limit is still 200, so you’ll have to use them up pretty fast
  • Common and rare solves give 3 skill points


Keystone: Pandaren Pottery Shard

Locations: include Emperor’s Omen, The Gong of Hope

Pandaren Arch find

Rare Items:


Keystone: Mogu Statue Piece.

Locations: include Camp Gormal

Mogu fragment

Rare items:


Keystone: Mantid Amber Sliver.

Locations: include Sik’vess and The Underbough in Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes.

Mantid fragment

Rare items:

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

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

Seat of Knowledge

Common items of Pandaria may be converted into Restored Artifacts. These artifacts can be turned in to Braun Bronzebeard by flying into the Seat of Knowledge, located inside to the top floor of Mogu’shan Palace in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The crates (which are stackable) may be traded in for older fragments such as a Crate of Tol’vir Archaeology Fragments and yield the same amount of fragments if you were to dig them up yourself – between 5-9 fragments per crate. This is a great way to supplement your digs if you’re still trying to discover the Scepter of Azj’Aqir or any other rare artifact.

A max skill of archaeology (600) and player level (90 for flying) will be required to access this service.

Pristine Artifacts

From time to time, a pristine version of any given artifact can be discovered. These items are displayed in the Seat of Knowledge to learn some extra lore.

Pristine Mantid Lamp

Restored Artifacts may also be traded in for each of the following:

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

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and all things pets. You may know me as Cymre Brightblade. Catch all the pet battle strategies on my YouTube channel - CymreJones

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  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.

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    • 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 :)

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      • 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?

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