Posts Tagged ‘Archaeology’

Back To Digging In The Dirt

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Hi Readers! I’m not quite back to regular posting, as you know, but I am almost back to regular gaming at least! I have been logging into WoW a few times a week, only to post one or two auctions and do some archaeology, but it’s more than I had been doing in game recently!

I was happy to find out they’d made some changes to archaeology since I left the game! They added a few more rares, including two new pets that I’ve already managed to find; the Pterodax Hatchling from Fossil fragments and the Voodoo Figurine from Troll fragments. Another new rare I got was the Haunted War Drum, which is a Troll rare that you place and can click on every 30 minutes, and it sounds like war drums. I also got the rare Ancient Amber from Fossil Fragments, which gives you a 5 minute buff that shrinks you a little and seals you in amber.

After finding these 4 new rare Artifacts, I was only 1 rare away from getting the “Professor” title, which is rewarded for finding 20 rares. I managed to get it Monday when I found the Ring of the Boy Emperor, which is an epic BoA lvl 85 caster ring that I’d really wanted before quitting WoW. I’m not sure how it measures up now-a-days, but it’s still nice to have an 85 BoA ring, even if it’s not that great now. The only rare artifacts I’ve yet to find now are :

Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds – Troll
Extinct Turtle Shell – Fossil
The Last Relic of Argus – Draenei
Headdress of the First Shaman – Orc
Blessing of the Old God – Nerubian
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron – Nerubian
Vrykul Drinking Horn – Vrykul
Niffelvar Beaded Axe -Vrykul
Staff of Amminae – Tol’vir
Scimitar of the Sirocco – Tol’vir
Crawling Claw – Tol’vir
Scepter of Azj’Aquir – Tol’vir

That seems like more than I thought when I group them all together like that, lol. I haven’t done much archaeology in Northrend, just because I find it kind of irritating there, but I’ll have to head back eventually because I’d like to collect everything! It’s much easier finishing Tol’vir artifacts now that they’ve made it so you don’t see as many dig sites from races you have already collected all the artifacts from and they seem to have added a few more dig sites in Uldum! I’m looking forward to finding the Extinct Turtle Shell, which is a new level 85 BoA shield, but who knows how long that will take, lol.

I’ve managed to make just over 17k gold this week in the Auction House, which isn’t bad since I’ve yet to do a scan or do any kind of research, lol. I noticed the new pet achievements and starting throwing my Black Tabby Cats back up for auction. Before the new achievements were introduced I couldn’t even sell one for 2k, but now they’re selling for around 6k. I also had a White Kitten that was just laying around in my inventory, and he went for 500g, lol. I am liking these new inflated pet prices, since I don’t have to buy any of them, lol. I am sitting at 133 pets, just 17 shy from the Celestial Dragon, which I’d really like, but I went through all the available in game pets and unless I want to wait until Children’s Week next year, I’d have to buy a pet online to get 17. The 16 pets available now in game that I don’t already have are kind of a pain for me to get too, like the armadillo (my guild is at 20k critters killed, and killing another 30k myself will kind of suck, lol), the Fox Kit, which I’ve already farmed for hours for without luck, and I believe I’d have to start doing the new Firelands Dailies to get a couple  others. I’m thinking getting myself a Celestial Dragon is just going to be one of those someday things, that I’ll work away at passively!

That’s really all I’ve been doing in game. I usually log on while I’m doing something else, which is why I’ve mostly just been working on archaeology since it’s pretty brainless now, lol. I’m missing Rift a little, I wanted to get a level 50 of every class but never finished any characters other than my cleric! WoW’s been looking nicer than what I remember, which is weird since I don’t think they’ve had any kind of graphical update since I left, but maybe it’s just the familiarity I’m finding appealing. It’s nice to be back anyway, even if it’s not very often yet!

My New -To Do- List

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I have been thinking and I believe at least part of the reason I have been losing interest in World of Warcraft lately is because I really don’t have a focus. By the end of Wrath I had a fairly strict daily routine and quite a few goals I was working toward. I was doing certain dailies without fail and making as much gold as I possibly could, all while racing to get all of my characters to 80 before Cataclysm hit. Now that the initial shiny new toy feeling is fading from Cataclysm, I find myself logging in, standing around and then inevitably logging out to go play the Sims or watch a movie. I don’t have any kind of routine (other than making Dreamcloth once a week) and I hadn’t set any new post-Cataclysm goals for myself. A little more focus is never a bad thing, so I have compiled a new WoW -To Do- List to help me manage my play time a little more and hopefully entice me to actually log in! I do love working toward a goal!

1. Get every character on Terenas to level 85. This may seem like a large task, but I don’t think it will be. I have one of every class, 3 are already 85, 1 is 83, 4 are level 80, 1 is level 60 and 1 is level 51. It’s going to take me some time of course, but I really enjoy questing (which is probably why I have so many characters) so this will be my main focus over the next little while.

2. Make 500,000g. I haven’t been trying to make gold at all really in the last month or so, but I would like to get back into it! I currently have around 120k, but I am hoping through leveling all my characters and starting to utilize their professions more, making another 380k won’t be that hard.

3.  Level Inscription on the Alliance. I already have 2 level 450 scribes, but they are both Horde on different servers. I am thinking my new Death Knight would make a good Scribe…

4. PvP at level 85. I’m not sure who I want to be my PvP character, but I would like to try to get back into it on someone! I really liked being a level 19 Shockadin, but that doesn’t really work at level 85, so I’m thinking maybe my Death Knight.

5. Get my Armadillo Pup pet. My guild is sitting around 20k out of 50k critters killed for the achievement, but I am going to attempt to finish that up this weekend!

6. Get the Loremaster of Cataclysm achievement on my main (Alliance Paladin).

7. Experience all the new Cataclysm Dungeons. I still have yet to see about half of them.

8. Finish leveling Tailoring on my Priest. My Paladin is already a Tailor, but my Priest was also sitting around 350 Tailoring from back in BoP BC cloth epic days. I figured having another 525 Tailor wouldn’t hurt and would give me more Dreamcloth to work with every week! She’s now at 413 Tailoring, but Frostweave is scarce, so I’ll have to do some cloth farming.

9. Get a level 85 Horde character of every class. This is going to be a long term goal because I still have a fair ways to go! I have 3 level 80 Hordies and 1 level 71, but other than that the rest are still all below level 60.

10. Finish Archaeology. This will take forever and unless they change it, I’ll probably never get it done, but I still plan on trying!

Have you set goals for your characters since Cataclysm came out? How has your focus changed since Wrath? What kind of goals do you have, if you have any?

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

Dear Blizz, You Kind of Owe Me 3500g!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Along with a lot of changes to classes, quests, dungeons and more, the next patch to hit WoW will have a pretty significant impact on Archaeology. Anyone who has been digging around in the dirt of Azeroth as much as I, have no doubt noticed and been disappointed concerning the vendor price of the worthless gray artifacts you accumulate while looking for rares. To quote the blue post concerning the change to these vendor prices in the next patch, “The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.MMO-Champion was kind enough to post a list of the updated vendor prices along with their current vendor price for comparison. At first glance this really didn’t seem like a big deal, but as I scanned down the list I got to wondering, how much gold have I missed out on by vendoring the grays I’ve found before this change? I decided to find out!

About an hour later I’d compiled a list of all the gray quality artifacts, their vendor price, their vendor price to be, and the amount of times I’d solved each. I discovered that I’ve made around 300g so far by solving and vendoring gray artifacts. I knew this number would be fairly small in comparison to how much time I’ve actually spent with Archaeology now, as most only vendor for a few silver. I then figured out how much money I would have made by vendoring these grays after the patch, which was about 3800g. That means I’ve missed out on around 3500g that I would have made had I only been starting Archaeology post patch. Lol, oh well, at least my casters have been enjoying their Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan.

The artifacts that have had their vendor price increased the most drastically are the Word of Empress Zoe, which is a Dwarven artifact I’ve found twice that did vendor for 10g and will be changed to 1000g. The Silver Kris of Korl (Dwarven) I’ve found 4 times and vendors for 9g currently, but is changing to 180g. Finally the Scepter of Nezar’Azret (Nerubian) was 5g, will now be 100g and I’ve found it once.

I am really hoping that these changes in combination with auctioning the Keystones will lead to Archaeology making me a decent amount of gold per hour while I finish searching for a few more of the rare BoA artifacts that have been eluding me thus far! It can be a very frustrating profession when you don’t get what you’re looking for, so this could make it much more bearable for the players who just couldn’t get into it before!

What are your thoughts on this change?

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3

Ancient Shark Jaws        20s    40s x7        1g40s        2g80s
Anklet with Golden Bells        1g    20g x1        1g        20g
Atalai Scepter            20s    40s x7        1g40s        2g80s
Baroque Sword Scabbard    1g    2g
Beautiful Preserved Fern        5s    10s x5        25s        50s
Belt Buckle with Anvilmar Crest    5s 50c    10s 50c x1    5s50c        10s50c
Black Trilobite            5s    3g x6        30s        18g
Bodacious Door Knocker    20s    20g x2        40s        40g
Bone Gaming Dice        5s    10s x3        15s        30s
Boot Heel with Scrollwork    20s    40s x3        60s        1g20s
Bracelet of Jade and Coins    22s    44s x6        1g32s        2g64s
Carcanet of the Hundred Magi    90s    1g 80s x3    2g70s        5g40s
Carved Harp of Exotic Wood    1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Castle of Sand            90s    1g 80s x1    90s        1g80s
Cat Statue with Emerald Eyes    90s    1g 80s x2    1g80s        3g60s
Ceramic Funeral Urn        10s    20s x1        10s        20s
Chest of Tiny Glass Animals    40s    8g x4        1g60s        32g
Cinnabar Bijou            10s    20s x6        60s        1g20s
Cloak Clasp with Antlers        10s    20sx4        40s        80s
Coin from EldreThalas        10s    20s x1        10s        20s
Cracked Crystal Vial        40s    80sx1        40s        80s
Delicate Music Box        20s    40s x3        60s        1g20s
Dented Shield of Horuz Killcrow    40s    80s x2        80s        1g60s
Devilsaur Tooth            20s    40s x3        60s        1g20s
Dignified Portrait            1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Drakkari Sacrificial Knife        40s    80s x13        5g20s        10g40s
Dwarven Baby Socks        5s    10s x1        5s        10s
Eerie Smolderthorn Idol        10s    20s x7        70s        1g40s
Engraved Scimitar Hilt        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Ewer of Jormungar Blood    5g    10g
Fanged Cloak Pin        5g    10g x1        5g        10g
Feathered Gold Earring        10s    20s x5        50s        1g
Feathered Raptor Arm        40s    80s x5        2g        4g
Fetish of Hireek            5s 20c    10s 20c x9    46s80c        93s60c
Fiendish Whip            1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Fierce Wolf Figurine        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Fine Bloodscalp Dinnerware    5s    10s x6        30s        60s
Fine Crystal Candelabra        1g 20s    72g
Flint Striker            5g    10g
Gahzrilla Figurine        20s    12g x6        1g20s        72g
Golden Chamber Pot        20s    40s x1        20s        40s
Gray Candle Stub        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Green Dragon Ring        10s    20s x3        30s        60s
Gruesome Heart Box        3g 50s    7g
Hairpin of Silver and Malachite    22s    44s x3        66s        1g32s
Highborne Pyxis            5s    10s x5        25s        50s
Imprint of a Kraken Tentacle    5g    10g x11        55g        110g
Infested Ruby Ring        5g    50g
Inlaid Ivory Comb        5s    10s x4        20s        40s
Insect in Amber            20s    20g x4        80s        80g
Intricate Treasure Chest Key    5g    10g x1        5g        10g
Ironstars Petrified Shield        20s    40s x2        40s        80s
Jade Asp with Ruby Eyes    10s    6g x4        40s        24g
Kaldorei Amphora        20s    40s x7        1g40s        2g80s
Lizard Foot Charm        5s    10s x11        55s        1g10s
Maul of Stone Guard Murog    1g    20g x1        1g        20g
Mithril Chain of Angerforge    41s    81s x3        1g23s        2g46s
Moltenfists Jeweled Goblet    11s    6g 30s x1    11s        6g30s
Mummified Organ        1g    2g x2        2g        4g
Necklace with Elune Pendant    5s    10s x4        20s        40s
Notched Sword of Tunadil the…    20s    40s x3        60s        1g20s
Pewter Drinking Cup        10s    20s x1        10s        20s
Pipe of Franclorn Forgewright    10g    20g x5        50g        100g
Plated Elekk Goad        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Proto-Drake Skeleton        5g    10g x7        35g        70g
Rusted Steak Knife        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Scandalous Silk Nightgown    5s    1g x4        20s        4g
Scepter of Bronzebeard        9g    19g x1        9g        19g
Scepter of Charlga Razorflank    40s    80s x2        80s        1g60s
Scepter of Nekros Skullcrusher    1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Scepter of NezarAzret        5g    100g x1        5g        100g
Scepter of Xavius        40s    80s x1        40s        80s
Scepter of the Nathrezim    1g    2g
Scorched Staff of Shadow…    40s    80s x4        1g60s        3g20s
Scramseax            5g    10g x1        5g        10g
Shard of Petrified Wood        5s    10s x3        15s        30s
Shattered Glaive            10s    20s x4        40s        80s
Silver Kris of Korl        9g    180g x4        36g        720g
Silver Neck Torc            11s    21s x3        33s        66s
Silver Scroll Case        90s    1g 80s x1    90s        1g80s
Six-Clawed Cornice        5g    50g
Sketch of a Desert Palace    1g    2g x3        3g        6g
Skull-Shaped Planter        20s    40s x4        80s        1g60s
Skull Drinking Cup        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Skull Staff of Shadowforge    40s    80s x2        80s        1g60s
Soapstone Scarab Necklace    90s    1g 80s x1    90s        1g80s
Spidery Sundial            5g    10g
Spiked Gauntlets of Anvilrage    9g    18g x4        36g        72g
Stone Gryphon            10s    20s x2        20s        40s
Strange Silver Paperweight    1g 10s    2g 10s
Strange Velvet Worm        10s    20s x4        40s        80s
String of Small Pink Pearls    40s    80s x6        2g40s        4g80s
Thorned Necklace        5g    10g
Tile of Glazed Clay        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Tiny Bronze Scorpion        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Tiny Oasis Mosaic        1g    2g x1        1g        2g
Tooth with Gold Filling        40s    80s x11        4g40s        8g80s
Twisted Ammonite Shell        10s    20s x6        60s        1g20s
Umbra Crescent            90s    1g 80s x5    4g50s        9g
Vicious Ancient Fish        40s    80s x5        2g        4g
Viziers Scrawled Streamer    5g    10g
Warmaul of Burningeye        9g    18g x4        36g        72g
Winged Helm of Corehammer    20s    50s x2        40s        1g
Wooden Whistle        5s    10s x2        10s        20s
Word of Empress Zoe        10g    1000g x2    20g        2000g
Worn Hunting Knife        5s    10s x1         5s        10s
Zandalari Voodoo Doll        5s    10s x11        55s        1g10s

My Archaeology Adventures

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As I have perhaps hinted at since the release of Cataclysm, I am in love with Archaeology! Just yesterday I finally got the “Associate Professor” title, and am already on my way toward the next achievement! I got the Associate Professor title for finding 10 rare relics, so I thought I’d do a quick review of all the rares I’ve discovered so far and rate them out of 10 “shovels” based on how cool I think they are. I’ll add more to the list as I find more.

Highborne Soul Mirror (Night Elf) : I think this one has been my greatest disappointment so far. It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t been imagining all the wonderful things this mirror could do before actually seeing what it does. I was thinking that maybe it was an item that you could use to change your hairstyle whenever you wanted, but I was way off. This mirror makes a spectral version of yourself, that stands in one place and spins to face you wherever you move. It won’t interact with you in any way if you try a /emote at it, and fades away after a few seconds.

Druid and Priest Statue Set (Night Elf) : This was another relic I was imagining great things for as I was collecting the fragments, like having a tiny Druid and tiny Priest run around you for a few seconds, perhaps even giving you a Fortitude and Mark of the Wild buff! Even once I’d completed it and read the “Use : Summon a Fountain of Knowledge. (15 Min Cooldown)” I was excited, thinking the Fountain of Knowledge would be some epic thing! What it actually does is shine a beam of light down on you, cooler than, but fairly similar to an Elune Stone. The effect is at least big enough to get people’s attention, but I just think it could have been so much more!

Arrival of the Naaru (Draenei) : Most of the disappointment I had with this relic was my own fault. I’d been playing for hours and misread the name of the relic as Anvil of the Naaru! I thought it would surely be an anvil that you could put down and use wherever you wanted, but alas it was not to be. What this relic actually does is show three tiny Draenei walk up to an A’dal (from Shattrath) figure. Then it all disappears. It happens in only a few seconds, and the only really cool thing about it is how cute the tiny Draenei are.

Kaldorei Wind Chimes (Night Elf) : This is one of the most recent rare relics I found, so I kept my speculation in check as I was collecting the fragments to make it! I am of course a fan of weird vanity items, and l loved the Titanium Seal of Dalaran that was rewarded for fishing all the coins out of the Dalaran Fountain. This relic is similar in that it does an emote when you use it; “Lauriella holds her Kaldorei Wind Chimes to the wind” and actually makes a little wind chime noise, which is great! 

Chalice of the Mountain Kings (Dwarven) : To be fair, I haven’t actually found this relic yet myself, but my brother did and so I’ve seen what it does. When it first popped up as something for him to solve, we guessed that it would probably be some kind of never-ending alcohol, but we were way off. It says, “Use : Witness a historic sword dance” and when you use it, four little Dwarven women pop out and start dancing in a circle. It’s adorable and really entertaining!

Wisp Amulet (Night Elf) : For this relic it wasn’t too hard to guess what it might do. It does in fact turn you into a Wisp, which is fun, but it changes your character name to “Wisp” while you’re transformed too! Though I’m sure most people see me bouncing around as a Wisp and just assume I had a wand left over from Hallow’s End, but I still really enjoy this relic! It only lasts for 20 seconds, and the transformation is removed if you do anything other than jump or walk around.

Clockwork Gnome (Dwarven) : I am crazy for pets, so when I saw this guy pop up I was so excited to finish him! He’s a very cute little mechanical gnome companion, and the only complaint I have about him is just that I find him a bit too small. He tends to get lost in short grass and falls into the cracks in the sidewalk. Not really, but he is pretty tiny!

Fossilized Hatchling (Fossil) : This is another pet that I recognized right away and then rushed to solve. Despite the fact that he’s a skeleton, he’s so cute! I call him Baby Fossil Tooth, and can’t help but smile as he scurries along after me when I’m riding around on my Fossilized Raptor mount, lol.

Bones of Transformation (Night Elf) : I had no idea what this relic was going to do as I was collecting the fragments to solve it. I must say I was excited when I read “Use : Endure the transformation for 20 seconds” and quickly used the item! To my surprise it turned me into a big male Naga! I can’t do anything as a Naga other than slither around and bounce, but it changes my name to Naz’Jar Honor Guard, which is pretty cool! It doesn’t provide any underwater bonus like water breathing or an increase to swim speed, which is the only disappointing thing.

Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown (Night Elf) : I had read the name of this relic when I did my Archaeology guide post, and had been hoping to find it ever since! It finally popped up last night, so I collected the fragments, hoping it was actually something I could wear. Sure enough, it’s a BoA Robe! I was SO excited for the first few minutes, even though it wasn’t quite as pretty as I was hoping, until I noticed it’s only a level 60 BoA! Unfortunately 9/10 of my characters on that server are already at level 80, and the robe doesn’t offer any bonus to experience like my heirloom robe, so I won’t get much use out of it.

Fossilized Raptor (Fossil) : I had been hoping to find the Fossilized Hatchling when this popped up for me to solve. It is a pretty awesome mount, and makes some great sounds, but I only wish he could fly! I realize that would be a bit far-fetched and all, but I just don’t get an opportunity to ride him very often without just looking like I’m showing him off, lol.

Tyrande’s Favorite Doll (Night Elf) : I found this relic last night. The whole time I was collecting fragments for it, I was thinking it was likely a little doll you could set on the ground similar to those you can buy from the Toy Shop in Dalaran. Was I ever surprised when I finished it and realized it was actually an epic BoA level 85 trinket! Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome!

What has been your favorite relic so far??

Cataclysm Snow Day!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

It seems the raging elements have leaked out of World of Warcraft into the real world, blessing those of us who have been sitting at our computers all weekend with one more day of Cataclysm fun!

I thought today seemed like a good day to just touch on what I’ve been doing in game since last Tuesday morning! I failed to get the Relm First Fishing, as I mentioned in an earlier post, but was so happy to hear that many of you succeeded in getting the achievements on your servers by using my plan! I also managed to make a few thousand gold selling all those fishies, so it was still a decent start to the expansion!

After I was done fishing, I headed out to start my Archaeology! I got to 525 in only a couple days, and got 3 and a half levels doing it, which was a great bonus, as I would have been doing it regardless! I then quested through Uldum, which was the most fun I’ve had questing in ages! I won’t give anything away about the zone, except to say that fellow Indiana Jones fans are going to love it!

I joined up with a few guildies in Vash’ir when I was level 84 to do some of the quests there. It was a nice change questing in a group again (even if I did move a bit too quick for their liking, lol). I leveled to 85 while we were there, and have since been doing some Archaeology, some more questing to help level our guild, which is now at Rank 2, and have started leveling my priest!

I think that so far this is the most I’ve enjoyed the beginning of an expansion! The quest flow is amazing, and totally holds my attention. The new races are interesting. Archaeology is so much fun. Guild leveling seems like it is actually going to help rekindle some of that “community” feeling that had been lost. And I can hardly wait to try my hand at Rated Battlegrounds!

Oh, and I finally bought myself a Hyacinth Macaw!!! Only 8k! I know they are more common now, and might drop even lower in price… but I just couldn’t wait any longer, hehe.

How have you been enjoying Cataclysm so far? Have you already reached level 85? What rank is your guild at?

Archaeology Guide

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

This post is my submission to The Best of the Month Blog Carnival hosted by the Not So Secret Society!

Archaeology is of course the new Secondary Profession added to World of Warcraft, Cataclysm. It can seem a bit confusing to start, but it really is very simple and actually a bit addictive. Before you get started, you’ll want to decide what your goals are regarding Archaeology.

Use Your Hearth!

Utilizing your hearthstone whenever it’s available will greatly cut down on your travel time! Before heading out in the field, remember to visit an Archaeology trainer! You can find them in any major city (ask a guard if you are having trouble finding one).

Maxing It Quick or Leveling Up.

If you are just interested in maxing out the profession at 525, or if you are only interested in it as an alternative means of leveling, you’ll want to focus your efforts in the Eastern Kingdoms. Set your Hearthstone to either Ironforge or Stormwind if you’re Alliance, or somewhere mid-continent like New Kargath if you’re Horde.

Achievements & Rare Artifacts.

If you’re planning on completing the Archaeology achievements while finding as many rare artifacts as possible, you’ll want to start your digging on Kalimdor. The reason for this is that out of the 40+ possible dig sites that can spawn on Kalimdor, only 6 of those have the chance of being in Uldum, which is the only place you can find Tol’vir artifacts. You’ll need to complete at least one Tol’vir artifact to get the “It’s Always In The Last Place You Look” achievement and have a chance at finding the Scepter of Azj’Aqir mount. I didn’t find any Tol’vir dig sites until I was 525 Archaeology and level 84, but I don’t know if this was just chance, of they don’t show up until then. Set your hearthstone someone mid-continent to help cut down on travel time, as Kalimdor can seem like a pretty big place when you have to fly from a dig site in Darkshore to one in Tanaris.

Set Up Your Bars or What Addon to get.

Once you’ve learned Archaeology and have decided where you’ll be digging, go into your Spell & Abilities book (P) and put the “Survey” icon somewhere on your bars. You’ll be clicking this a lot, so make sure it’s not tucked away in the corner of your screen. I’d also suggest putting the “Archaeology” icon somewhere on your bars as well, because you’ll need to access that window each time you wish to complete an artifact. You can also get the Archy addon from curse which take a little getting used to, but does make things a lot easier! It tracks previous artifact fragment locations and leads you to the nearest digsites without ever having to open your map. You can also solve and add keystones without going into your archaeology book and it shows you if you’ve gone a green, yellow or red distance from your last survey point, which I find tremendously helpful. Archy is definitely something you should grab if you’re going to be doing a lot of Archaeology!

Finding Dig Sites.

Open up your map, and look at the continent you are on. You should see a total of 4 shovels, which mark the dig sites that are currently available to you. There are only 4 dig sites ever available at once per continent, so if you want Fossils, but only have Night Elf dig sites available, you’ll have to complete the Night Elf sites in order to open up Fossil ones. It’s totally random, so sometimes completing a specific artifact can take a long time!

Surveying.

Head to your closest dig site. I find it best to start right in the middle of the site, so go there and click the “survey” button. Your survey gear will appear and point in the direction of an archaeology fragment. You’ll notice the light on your gear is either Red, Yellow or Green. Red means you aren’t near the fragment, so mount up and head in the direction your gear was pointing for a few seconds, then try again. If the light is yellow, that means you are getting close. I don’t usually mount if I get a yellow light, instead I walk in the direction it’s pointing for a few seconds (unless I need to get over a wall or something). If you drop your surveying gear and the light is green, that means you are very close to the fragment. Move in the direction it’s pointing, but only a few paces.

Archaeology Fragments.

Eventually you’ll get close enough and an archaeology fragment will appear instead of your survey gear. Pick it up and continue surveying the site. You will get 3-6 archaeology fragments per find and 3 finds in each dig site. When you pick up the fragments, they are kept in your Archaeology book, which you can access by clicking on the Archaeology icon. Here you can look at which relics you are working on, and which ones you’ve completed in the past. The relics available for you to work on are totally random, and when you complete your current one, a new one will appear. You’ll can have one relic of each race in progress at once.

Resist The Urge To Solve!

EDIT : You can now only hold up to 250 fragments for each race, so if you get close to 250 fragments, you’ll have to solve!

Unfortunately the best way to level Archaeology is by not solving any relics until you reach the skill level of 100. This is when you stop getting points for picking up fragments, and start to only get a point for solving relics (5 points for each relic). It can be hard to hold off, especially if one of your relics is a rare and you want to see what it does, but trust me, it’s worth your time to wait! Make sure you keep checking back to your Archaeology trainer to train your profession to the next levels. There’s nothing worse than solving a relic only to find out your profession is currently maxed!

Keystones.

Once you reach skill level 100, feel free to start solving those relics. You’ll notice that some relics have a tiny slot in the bottom of the window. You can put Keystones specific to that race into these slots that count as 12 fragments. You’ll find these when picking up fragments, and it’s a good idea to use them whenever possible! Some relics don’t have Keystone slots, but if the relic before that one did, and you used them all and ended up with 65 out of 35 fragments, those extra fragments are added onto your next relic! They are very handy, and not soulbound, so you can always check the Auction House for extras or offer to trade someone if you have too many of a certain race’s and not enough of another’s. The different Keystones are :

Troll Tablet – Troll
Highborne Scroll – Night Elf
Dwarf Rune Stone – Dwarf
Orc Blood Text – Orc
Draenei Tome – Draenei
Nerubian Obelisk – Nerubian
Vrykul Rune Stick – Vrykul
Tol’vir Hieroglyphic – Tol’vir

Achievements.

You’ll notice many of the Archaeology achievements require you to find certain relics. There really is no effective way to control which relics you find, so getting these achievements just take time and patience and a bit of luck. There is the achievement, “I Had It In My Hand” rewarded for finding a rare artifact, and it gives the title “Assistant Professor”. Then there’s one for solving 10 rare artifacts, “What Was Briefly Yours Is Now Mine” which gives the title “Associate Professor”. Finally there is the “It Belongs In A Museum” achievement for solving 20 rare artifacts, that rewards the title, “Professor”.

It is important to realize that this profession was designed as a time sink. You can max it out in only a couple days, and you can reach level 85 at a decent pace, but if you’re going after the “Professor” title and the Scepter of Azj’Aqir like I am, be prepared for it to take you a very long time!

If you’re interested in what rare artifacts are available, I’ve included a list of them. I’ll only explain what those which I’ve personally found do however, because I don’t want to know what the others do until I find them! I like surprises…

Rare Relics.

Fossil:
Fossilized Hatchling – Baby Skeleton Raptor Companion Pet
Fossilized Raptor – Skeletal Raptor Mount
Pterrordax Hatchling – Pterrordax companion pet
Ancient Amber – Seals you in amber for 5 minutes
Extinct Turtle Shell – Level 85 BoA Shield

Troll:
Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds – Level 85 BoA 2h sword
Haunted War Drum – Places a war drum, 30 min cooldown
Voodoo Figurine – Companion Pet

Dwarf:
Clockwork Gnome – Tiny Mechanical Gnome Companion Pet
The Innkeeper’s Daughter
Chalice of the Mountain Kings
Staff of the Sorceror-Thane Thaurissan

Night Elf:
Highborne Soul Mirror – Creates a ghostly copy of yourself that looks at you
Druid and Priest Statue Set
Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown
Bones of Transformation – Transforms you into a Naga for 20 seconds.
Tyrande’s Favorite Doll
Kaldorei Wind Chimes
Wisp Amulet

Orc:
Headdress of the First Shaman

Draenei:
The Last Relic of Argus
Arrival of the Naaru – Shows the arrival of the Naru for 5 seonds

Nerubian:
Blessing of the Old God
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron

Vrykul:
Nifflevar Bearded Axe

Tol’vir:
Mummified Monkey Paw
Scepter of Azj’Aqir
Staff of Ammunae
Pendant of the Scarab Storm
Ring of the Boy Emperor
Scimitar of the Sirocco

Stuck?

There have been a few times that a fragment has seemed out of reach. I’ve found that anytime I have an issue getting to a fragment, or getting a fragment to appear, using “walk” (the “/” key) to take baby steps in the right direction usually solves the issue. It can take a while, but I’ve always managed! The dig site I’ve had trouble with the most often is the one in the Infectus Scar in Eastern Plaguelands.

The Last Race Icon.

If you look at your Archaeology book, there is one race type at the bottom that looks like the archaeology symbol. I have no idea what this is, or how to find that type of fragments, so if you know, please PLEASE leave a comment and explain it or leave me a link to a site that can explain it!

Hopefully you all enjoy this profession as much as I have been! Good luck at those dig sites! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them below in a comment and I’ll answer them a.s.a.p or you can even e-mail me at jwp@missmediocre.com if you prefer.

Miss Mediocre <3

My Fossilized Raptor Mount

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I know I already posted today, twice in fact, but I wanted to share this! I was super lucky (perhaps due to my Lucky Cake?) and got the Fossilized Raptor Mount from Archaeology! It’s a rare and random relic that comes up for you to solve under the “Fossils” section, and takes 100 fossil fragments to solve. It took me a long time to find all the fragments, as the fossils dig sites are fairly rare (on the Eastern Kingdoms anyway).

I also got the “I Had It In My Hand” achievement for solving a rare relic, which rewards the title “Assistant Professor” and got to level 82 at the same time! It was magical, lol. Now to get the Fossillized Raptor Hatchling…