The Comprehensive WOW Archeology Guide

Zygor GuideArcheology is the latest minor profession since WOW: Cataclysm was released. Archeology does not  affect the real game, meaning what you get from this occupation does not improve your armor or your weapons.

Archeology always has something even for players who have reached level 85 but it is not as enjoyable as Blacksmithing. Take note that the Archeology profession is optional and is purely for fun.

Should you decide to take on the job, you must be aware about how to succeed in the profession.

Most of the items that you can acquire will be bound to your account. That should be cool especially if you can arm Zin'rokh. Generally, it is recommended that you let one character level up in Archeology.

The Guide

Dig sites - Once you decide to train for the profession, dig sites will appear in the World Map. The dig sites will show up as little shovel icons. For each continent, there will always be four dig sites. It does not change when you log out, restart the game or reset it.

You will also need to excavate one site to let another dig site appear. And we should mention that Northrend, Outland, Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms are the four continents.

It is important to note that the quantity of continents and zones where you can locate dig sites relies on your current level. For example, if you are level 77, you can find a total of sixteen dig sites, one for each continent.

If you are level 32, you will only be able to see 8; four in the Eastern Kingdoms, and four in Kalimdor. You will find other zones when you have reached any level between the levels 25-35. The dig sites are specific for each player and competition is not present. Only you are capable of seeing your nodes.

Survey and Fragments - When you train for Archeology, will also learn "Survey." Survey is a new talent that you can use when you are in a dig site. Automatically appearing, the survey tool will point the estimated location of a chip. If the light is red, that means you are far from the object. Yellow Light means that the object is nearby. Green light means that you are almost at the object.

All you have to do is simply follow the direction indicated by your Survey tool. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to find an artifact with just using the Survey three to four times. Upon finding an item, you will notice that the fragments belong to a specific race. Furthermore, you can explore a dig site thrice before that dig site despawns and another one spawns.

Artifacts - When you find your first object, a research project automatically begins. The total number of fragments for an artifact ranges from 25 to 150. To complete an artifact, just click on the Solve button and the correct fragments will keep themselves together. If you have extra fragments, a new research project will begin. Research projects are level-based as well.

In some situations, you will find Dwarf Rune Stone, Highborne Scroll, Troll Tablet, and the like. You could use these items to expedite your research. For every slot of artifact class that you have, there is an opening where you can put these items. Rare artifacts might require you to use two or three slots. Furthermore, a keystone will increase the number of your fragments by 12.

Leveling - There are certain add-ons that can help you level up in Archeology faster. Surveying dig sites is another good tactic to level up fast until you get 50 skill points. In the meantime, you will be able to collect all your fragments. You will stop gaining skill points when you reach 50 so you can begin solving Artifacts. Rare artifacts are equivalent to 15 skill points and ordinary artifacts are equivalent to 5 skill points. This will hold true for all races. Typically, it will take 25-30 hours for you to level up 525.

The most important thing for you to succeed in the Archeology profession is to have fun. After all, the job does not involve competition so you do not have to worry about other players. You will only have to compete against yourself. Enjoy the game and all will fall into place.

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