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#1 Dec 12 2010 at 12:18 AM Rating: Decent
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How do you find where the dig sites are so you can start a survey? I see nothing on the game map.

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On the World Map, look for small icons that look like shovels. It depends on your level but there should be 4 or so zones that will have it. Click on the zone that has one and you will see a "Red Zone" inside of it. Once you physically go to that zone the closer you get to the "red" spot, it will begin to change color from red to yellow and then to green. Once it is green then you can "dig" there and collect an fragment. FYI: the fragment is stored as currency.
#3 Dec 12 2010 at 11:20 AM Rating: Excellent
As stated before there are 4 per continent so assuming you have wrath that's 16 total sites. I don't believe they ever change until you physically dig the site. It sucks with they are scattered throughout the continent, I was lucky and had 3 in feralas once though. But once you dig that site a new one will pop up somewhere so there is constantly 4 dig sites on that continent.
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Hyolith, Hero Among Heroes wrote:
As stated before there are 4 per continent so assuming you have wrath that's 16 total sites. I don't believe they ever change until you physically dig the site. It sucks with they are scattered throughout the continent, I was lucky and had 3 in feralas once though. But once you dig that site a new one will pop up somewhere so there is constantly 4 dig sites on that continent.

16 sites only when you get to the appropriate level of Archaeology.

It's only 8 when you start, 12 when you get to 300, and then 16 when you get to 375.
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#5 Dec 12 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Good
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Hyolith, Hero Among Heroes wrote:
As stated before there are 4 per continent so assuming you have wrath that's 16 total sites. I don't believe they ever change until you physically dig the site. It sucks with they are scattered throughout the continent, I was lucky and had 3 in feralas once though. But once you dig that site a new one will pop up somewhere so there is constantly 4 dig sites on that continent.

16 sites only when you get to the appropriate level of Archaeology.

It's only 8 when you start, 12 when you get to 300, and then 16 when you get to 375.


Ah ok, thanks for the clarification, btw how is your arch coming along?
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Hyolith, Hero Among Heroes wrote:
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Hyolith, Hero Among Heroes wrote:
As stated before there are 4 per continent so assuming you have wrath that's 16 total sites. I don't believe they ever change until you physically dig the site. It sucks with they are scattered throughout the continent, I was lucky and had 3 in feralas once though. But once you dig that site a new one will pop up somewhere so there is constantly 4 dig sites on that continent.

16 sites only when you get to the appropriate level of Archaeology.

It's only 8 when you start, 12 when you get to 300, and then 16 when you get to 375.


Ah ok, thanks for the clarification, btw how is your arch coming along?

483, working on my 7th rare (no substantial epics yet; I expect you need 525 for the ilvl359 epics) on my progress towards Associate Professor (10 rares completed).

It's a grind to be sure, but it's kind of fun to do as professions in general right now require a huge money sink.

I've gotten Fossilized Hatchling, Fossilized Raptor, Clockwork Gnome, Chalice of the Mountain Kings, Highborne Soul Mirror, Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown, and I'm working on a Wisp Amulet.

Rares are a huge pain in the ***, frankly. They take forever to make (not NE ones because their dig sites are fking EVERYWHERE), and only give 5 skill, the same as making a grey that takes 30-35 fragments (rares take 100-150 fragments to make).

Like I said, definitely a grind, but it's kind of fun to kill some time and get some fun stuff.

And I've gotten a ton of comments from people about my raptor mount and title.
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#7 Dec 13 2010 at 9:09 AM Rating: Decent
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Been working on archeology as a nice way to pass time. So far only 85, but what have you. So, just a little querie if you will people. When do you start getting ANYTHING from it? I get some currency which doesn't show up anywhere, but which I assume to be irrelevant. When do I get any items?
#8 Dec 13 2010 at 2:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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LGarth wrote:
Been working on archeology as a nice way to pass time. So far only 85, but what have you. So, just a little querie if you will people. When do you start getting ANYTHING from it? I get some currency which doesn't show up anywhere, but which I assume to be irrelevant. When do I get any items?


The currency is certainly not irrelevant, it's how you create your artifacts. Check your archaeology window to see your progress on each race's artifacts.
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LGarth wrote:
Been working on archeology as a nice way to pass time. So far only 85, but what have you. So, just a little querie if you will people. When do you start getting ANYTHING from it? I get some currency which doesn't show up anywhere, but which I assume to be irrelevant. When do I get any items?

It would be good to actually check your profession window, or read something about Archaeology.
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#10 Dec 13 2010 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Started it on my 80 pally. only up to about lvl 70 skill after a little while over 2 days.

Sometimes i find a few digs sites in one zone map (3 was the most i found in one zone at one time), most times they are spread way out. up to now i wasnt too sure how to look for more sites other then to physically fly there, but it seems there are icons on the global maps i havent noticed yet.

i have only put together 2 items so far, both grey quality, but i'm still pretty low level.

i guess the only good part so far is that you at least get some Exp for looting the dig sites.
#11 Dec 14 2010 at 10:43 AM Rating: Good
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Tellaria wrote:
LGarth wrote:
Been working on archeology as a nice way to pass time. So far only 85, but what have you. So, just a little querie if you will people. When do you start getting ANYTHING from it? I get some currency which doesn't show up anywhere, but which I assume to be irrelevant. When do I get any items?


The currency is certainly not irrelevant, it's how you create your artifacts. Check your archaeology window to see your progress on each race's artifacts.


Oooooook. I hadn't read much about archeology, certainly not enough to understand the mechanics. Thanks to this. I realized I had a lot of those tokens and leveled past 150 in no time thanks to them. Got like 10 greys which I proceeded to vendor, ofc, in the process.
#12 Dec 14 2010 at 10:48 AM Rating: Decent
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I am just over 200 and had my first rare artifact come up to create. Not sure if that is high or low for the first rare, but it's when I got one.
#13 Dec 14 2010 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm still at a really low level, but i am working on it. Last night i looted a green quality item from one of my digs. its in my bags and says something to the effect of that it helps complete something.

anyone know what this is and when a good time to use it would be?
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The green items are keystones and contribute 12 extra fragments to any artifact of their race that has a little grey hexagon (or more than one) in the bottom left corner. You just put them in like a gem in a socket.

Hit 300 last night and I've completed the Fossilized Hatchling, Fossilized Raptor and Highborne Soul Mirror as rares so far.

Since a lot of people don't seem to have read much on the topic, I suggest checking out http://www.wowpedia.org/Archaeology for a basic rundown of how it works.
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I'm still at a really low level, but i am working on it. Last night i looted a green quality item from one of my digs. its in my bags and says something to the effect of that it helps complete something.

anyone know what this is and when a good time to use it would be?

For all (at least all the non-fossil races), there is a green-quality "key" that can supplement your fragments for Rare and Epic artifacts, allowing you to complete them much quicker (which is very useful, since they take many times more fragments than vendor-trash gray artifacts).

These "keys" are BoE and can be sold. Up until early last weekend (on my server), this would have been quite lucrative. Since then, as the guys who rushed to 85 are now spending their entire days digging, prices have dropped by a factor of five.
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I hit 525 yesterday, and I've also completed 7 rares. It appears to be completely random when you get rares, as I got my first one at something like 125 skill (Hatchling).

It seems to be all chance, and a fairly low one (5% or so?).
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At 235 so far, and not a single rare. Sigh. Took a break from that to quest for a bit, but might go back to archeology until I hit 85. I figure at least I get decent experience for digging (and I don't get anything at 85), and then I can go back to doing quests for gold and item upgrades!
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#18 Dec 14 2010 at 3:53 PM Rating: Decent
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At 235 so far, and not a single rare. Sigh. Took a break from that to quest for a bit, but might go back to archeology until I hit 85. I figure at least I get decent experience for digging (and I don't get anything at 85), and then I can go back to doing quests for gold and item upgrades!

Exactly what I've done. Plus, most quests are incredibly easy at 85.
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#19 Dec 14 2010 at 4:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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I got my only rare so far at about 150 (passed 225 last night) - and it's NE, while I have been concentrating on Eastern Kingdoms, which has, what, three NE sites?

I'm burning my hunter's rested XP on digging while leveling my paladin (the difference is less than you might think so far, less than a level even counting that my hunter has one more instance under his belt). Sometime after the paladin hits 84, depending on how deeply I'm involved in phasing in whatever zone I'm in, I'll switch them around and start the paladin on his journey, emphasizing Kalimdor.
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I've leveled my main to 84 and have decided to spend a few days just leveling archeology (mostly anyway, when I get bored I can do a quick instance - being a tank is great). Main driver is the same as a few of you. I'm going to level it anyhow, so I might as well put some time into it now while it yields some EXP. My guild is starting to get a little raid-ainxious so I guess I'll have to ding by monday at the latest, but til then I hope I can push archeology to 300 or so (here's hoping anyway).

No artifacts so far, just vendor greens, but at 50k EXP a site, it ain't that bad. At least you DO get something out of it while you level. No matter what.

/luck
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I've leveled my main to 84 and have decided to spend a few days just leveling archeology (mostly anyway, when I get bored I can do a quick instance - being a tank is great). Main driver is the same as a few of you. I'm going to level it anyhow, so I might as well put some time into it now while it yields some EXP. My guild is starting to get a little raid-ainxious so I guess I'll have to ding by monday at the latest, but til then I hope I can push archeology to 300 or so (here's hoping anyway).

No artifacts so far, just vendor greens, but at 50k EXP a site, it ain't that bad. At least you DO get something out of it while you level. No matter what.

/luck

Oh god, didn't you read the tooltips before you vendored those greens?!

Those are integral to Archaeology, and you put yourself at a severe disadvantage if you vendor them.

Jesus man, it's like you didn't read anything about archaeology since you last posted here!

Here's a quick help: http://www.wow-professions.com/wowguides/wow-archaeology-guide.html
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#22 Dec 15 2010 at 5:58 PM Rating: Good
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Those keystones are a good way to make money also once you max out. You can put then on the AH for like a thousand gold a stack depending on your server.
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I think I was too tired when I posted last night. I meant vendor GREYS. I do use those green archeology tokens :)
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I'm well over 300 now, forget exactly how high, and found my first rare around 260 or so (raptor pet!). Eastern Kingdom, if you hadn't figured it out, has mostly troll and dwarf artifacts, some fossils, and minimal Night Elf. Kalimdor has a TON of Night Elf and a good amount of fossil, but only a few troll and maybe one dwarf. I like EK because the flight ceilings seem relatively high; but I like Kalimdor because I want the raptor mount Smiley: tongue

I didn't even think about it, but now I can go to Outland and soon to Northrend. Anyone think it's worth it? I'm working on two rares right now (Azshara's dress and the raptor mount), but that has significantly slowed down my leveling speed.
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#25 Dec 16 2010 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm well over 300 now, forget exactly how high, and found my first rare around 260 or so (raptor pet!). Eastern Kingdom, if you hadn't figured it out, has mostly troll and dwarf artifacts, some fossils, and minimal Night Elf. Kalimdor has a TON of Night Elf and a good amount of fossil, but only a few troll and maybe one dwarf. I like EK because the flight ceilings seem relatively high; but I like Kalimdor because I want the raptor mount Smiley: tongue

I didn't even think about it, but now I can go to Outland and soon to Northrend. Anyone think it's worth it? I'm working on two rares right now (Azshara's dress and the raptor mount), but that has significantly slowed down my leveling speed.

The only thing I left Eastern Kingdoms for was to complete It's Always in the Last Place You Look, TBH.

EK is IMO the best place to level Archaeology, simply because you can take advantage of there not being a ton of **** in your line of flight (lolpvppuns).

I'm just now at 525 going back and doing some stuff in Outland and Northrend when I feel like it to see if I can get rares out of the Orc/Draenei/Nerubian/Vyrkul sites, but no luck thus far.
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I want the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank so freaking bad >_<
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Leveled to 310. I moved to OL just so I could shorten flight times. And to change scenery a bit. So far only two rares, but what have you. I've made like 3.5 million EXP from archeology alone in the process so I'm almost 85 now. Good times.
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I want the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank so freaking bad >_<

I think that's why 90% of the people who are leveling Archaeology right now are leveling it.
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Overlord Theophany wrote:
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I want the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank so freaking bad >_<

I think that's why 90% of the people who are leveling Archaeology right now are leveling it.


I'm looking forward to the mounts, pet, and any other gear that would be beneficial. I wouldn't mind the vial recipe either, but I won't hold my breath.

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#30 Dec 17 2010 at 10:47 AM Rating: Good
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I hit 525 yesterday, and I've also completed 7 rares. It appears to be completely random when you get rares, as I got my first one at something like 125 skill (Hatchling).

It seems to be all chance, and a fairly low one (5% or so?).

Sorry for being late to the party Theo, but congrats. I don't know anyone else who has hit 525 yet (I'm sure there are people who have, but none that I know).
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Overlord Theophany wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
I want the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank so freaking bad >_<

I think that's why 90% of the people who are leveling Archaeology right now are leveling it.

5% want to be "Professor", and the other 5% quit last week when the Dragon transformation became BoE and are just going to buy it off the one guy who gets the drop on their realm?
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