Professor Cymre and the Scepter of Azj’Aqir

Since I had so much fun participating in the Fishing Shared Topic over at Blog Azeroth a while ago, I thought about suggesting one that highlights another profession I love, so here’s my take on Archaeology.

What’s so special about the Scepter of Azj’Aqir? Do you have an absolute favourite/s that you’ve gathered from the profession? Which ones, if any, continue to be the bane of your existence? Show us pics illustrating those pieces, including an outfit if you use one.

Cymre Jones outfit

It was hard to pick a favourite for this as there are two that come to mind straight away. Both come from unearthing Tol’vir artifacts, one of course being the Scepter of Azj’Aqir and the other – the Crawling Claw.

The outfit above was originally used in a Hallow’s End contest hosted by Kirina’s Closet, earning me an Honourable mention. More recently it’s been my go to outfit when I’m in the mood for some adventure. My latest trip involved the exploration of the Darkmoon Underwater Cavern. If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your “to do” list for next month!

Scepter of Azj'Aqir, Inside AQ20

I’ve actually been lucky enough to get the mount on not one but two toons. Originally completing it on my Druid which was anticlimactic since I was trying to farm the Vial of the Sands recipe on my Alchemist. Luckily, I managed to get the right canopic jar after a lot of tries. After a long break from the profession, I managed to get it on Cymre as well. But then I guess it was bound to happen as you can only complete each rare once per character so it was just a matter of time. :)

When I first saw the that the Mummified Monkey Paw was the next artifact in the book to be completed, I was excited! A major negative though, was the fact that Tol’vir digs were really hard to come by but it seemed like an even bigger accomplishment when it was completed. I’m still waiting to have a proper paper/rock/scissors match though so let me know if any of you have one.

The only time I’ve seen someone else with the claw was when I was hitting up the reforger in the old location of the enchanting shop sometime last year. Before I knew what was happening, the match was over and their claw had disappeared in a puff of smoke.

Now for the more annoying items.

I was going to try and get both staffs, initially to use but later for possible transmog options. After looking up their design and still having trouble discovering either of them, I gave up in the end.

I’m tempted to post more pics here about Archaeology but since I’ve written about them before, I’ll just direct you to the top menu of my ‘Novelty Items’ page :)


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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. Oh wow, I didn’t know the Crawling Claw did the rock/paper/scissors thing! I’ve had one for months, so now I need to find someone else with one and try it out.

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    • Yeah, I generally run around with my phoenix pet out, or my celestial dragon now that I finally have the 150 pet achievement. So I contribute to the problem of crawling claw scarcity myself, LOL.

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      • @Khizzara – Yep, seems to be rare, unless people just don’t get it out much =/ I gave up after about a year :P I usually use my slime to help with the critter achievement :)

        @HayFayFay – From what I’ve seen in Mists, there’s definitely been some improvements. Hope to see even more exciting changes on live.

        @Kamalia – the armadillo rare in Uldum was one of my favourites just from his Dillogeddon ability :P

        @Erinys – I sometimes use a pet to complement my Hunter’s pet, usu for some type of ss though

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  2. This motivates me to go do more Arch. A teeeeeny bit.. a very teeny bit. I really want to get my bug mount and the hand but it gets so borrrrrring :(

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  3. Hmm, I need to get back to Archaeology with Kam one of these days. She’s found everything from Outland, Northrend, and the Night Elves, but she’s still got to find the rest of the Fossil and Troll rares and just about everything Dwarven. It would be good, I think, to get her old world Archaeology down to just rares remaining before Mists comes along and gives her a ton more things to find.

    I don’t have the mount, but I do have the Crawling Claw. Kam’s preferred pet, however, is the armadillo pup because it’s so cute.

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  4. Seeing that pet reminded me that levelling archaeology is on my list, albeit very low down. It would be the perfect pet for my Warlock though.

    My Gnome Priest runs with her Feline Familiar and my Druid tends to favour the spitting plant from the Firelands.

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  5. Ah I great story! Now I need to find a good arch story to share.

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