Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (2024)

The Cataclysm expansion brings with it a new secondary profession, Archaeology, which every character can pick up in addition to their other professions. This profession sends players all over Azeroth and beyond to dig up artifacts and build their collections.

Archaeology offers many unique rewards, including toys, mounts, pets, achievements, and even some strong endgame gear, all of which are account-bound and can be shared across your characters. For this reason, most players will only level Archaeology on one character.

This guide will give a complete overview of the Archaeology profession so you can unleash your inner Indiana Jones in World of Warcraft!

Archaeology Rewards

Archaeology offers many unique vanity items as well as several pieces of 359 item level gear. These items are all account bound, meaning you can mail them to your other characters. The equipment is generally better than anything other than Heroic raid loot, so many players will want to obtain these items as part of their endgame gearing process.

Artifact

Type

Fragments

130 Draenei

Toy

100 Fossil

Toy

124 Draenei

Toy

140 Nerubian

Toy

150 Night Elf

Toy

100 Dwarf

Toy

100 Night Elf

Toy

100 Troll

Toy

100 Night Elf

Toy

98 Night Elf

Toy

150 Tol’vir

Toy

140 Nerubian

Toy

150 Dwarf

Toy

100 Vrykul

Toy

150 Night Elf

Pet

100 Dwarf

Pet

150 Tol’vir

Pet

100 Fossil

Pet

120 Fossil

Pet

100 Troll

Mount

100 Fossil

Mount

150 Tol’vir

1H Axe

130 Vrykul

1H Sword

150 Tol’vir

2H Sword

150 Troll

Cloth Chest

100 Night Elf

Finger

150 Tol’vir

Mail Head

130 Orc

Shield

150 Fossil

Staff

150 Tol’vir

Staff

150 Dwarf

Trinket

150 Night Elf

Achievements

There are also many achievements you can earn through Archaeology, including three which award unique titles.

Here’s a complete list:

Achievement

Description

Reward

Obtain 150 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (1)10

Obtain 225 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (2)10

Obtain 300 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (3)10

Obtain 375 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (4)10

Obtain 450 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (5)10

Obtain 525 skill points in archaeology.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (6)10

Find 10 unique common artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (7)10

Find 50 common artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (8)10

Find 100 common artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (9)10

Find a rare artifact.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (10)10
Title: Assistant Professor

Find 10 rare artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (11)10
Title: Associate Professor

Find 20 rare artifacts

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (12)10
Title: Professor

Recover archaeology artifacts from each of the 9 races.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (13)10

Recover the following scepters from the various races of Azeroth.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (14)10

Recover the night elf artifacts that tell the fateful story of Pyramond and Theleste.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (15)10

Discover who slew the dread wyrm Kaldrigos by collecting artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (16)10

Discover how orc Chieftan Hargal was killed by collecting artifacts.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (17)10

Discover the artifacts of the Dark Iron thanes.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (18)10

Recover the tol’vir artifacts that tell of the rise and fall of Emperor Ninjter.

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (19)10

Learning Archaeology

Unlike other professions which can be learned as early as level 1, Archaeology can’t be trained until level 20. But as with all professions in Cataclysm, you can train all levels of the skill at any Archaeology trainer. You’ll need to train the next tier of the skill every 75 levels before you can progress any further.

Archaeology Trainers

There is an Archaeology trainer in every major city. Here are their names and locations:

Neutral:

  • Boduro the Seeker – Shattrath, Lower City (62.5, 70.2)
  • Dariness the Learned – Dalaran, The Legerdemain Lounge (48.5, 38.6)

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (22) Alliance:

  • Diya – The Exodar, The Vault of Lights (34.6, 66.8)
  • Doktor Professor Ironpants – Ironforge, Hall of Explorers (75.6, 11.6)
  • Hammon the Jaded – Darnassus, The Temple of the Moon (43.2, 83.6)
  • Harrison Jones – Stormwind, Stormwind Keep (85.6, 25.8)

Archaeology Guide 1-525 - Cataclysm Classic - Warcraft Tavern (23) Horde:

  • Adam Hossack – Undercity, Magic Quarter (76.0, 36.4)
  • Belloc Brightblade – Orgrimmar, Grommash Hold (49.0, 79.6)
  • Elynara – Silvermoon City, The Royal Exchange (81.6, 63.8)
  • Otoh Greyhide – Thunder Bluff, Elder Rise (75.8, 28.0)

Leveling Archaeology

There are three ways that you can gain skill points in Archaeology:

  • 1 point when you dig up a fragment (only up to level 50 skill)
  • 5 points when you solve a common artifact
  • 15 points when you solve a rare artifact

The most efficient way to level is to dig for fragments for your first 50 levels and hold onto your fragments and keystones until digging stops giving skill points. Then you can begin solving artifacts all the way to the level cap.

The Dwarf Racial

Dwarves receive a new racial ability in Cataclysm, Explorer, which makes them the best race to learn Archaeology. This ability increases the number of fragments you can loot per dig as well as helping you survey faster.

Digging for Fragments

To use your Archaeology skill, you’ll first need to locate a digsite. Then you’ll be able to use your Survey ability to dig for artifacts. We’ll walk you through the process below.

Digsites

In order to dig for artifacts, you’ll first need to locate a digsite. There will always be four digsites available per continent. When you have completed a digsite on that continent, a new one will appear on your map. Your digsites are your own – no one else can come and dig up your artifacts, although you may encounter other players who happen to have a digsite in the same place.

Digsites appear on the continent map as a shovel icon. Zooming in on the zone, you will see the areas marked with a red outline.

  • At first you will only be able to access digsites in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.
  • When you reach level 300 in the Archaeology skill, you’ll be able to access Outland digsites.
  • At level 375, you’ll be able to dig in Northrend.
  • At 450, you’ll be able to dig in level 80-85 Cataclysm zones.

Digsites appear in specific locations, so you may wind up digging in the same one several times. You’ll never see them in starting zones since the characters there are too low level for Archaeology.

Surveying

When you arrive at a digsite, you can use your Survey ability. You can find it in the Professions tab of your Spellbook. You will only be able to Survey while you are inside a digsite (the red outline on the map).

When you Survey, an object that looks like a telescope will appear, pointing in the general direction of the nearest fragment. The attached light will indicate how far away the fragment is. The following are rough distances, although it may vary based on the size of the digsite:

  • Red: 80 yards or more
  • Yellow: 40-80 yards
  • Green: Under 40 yards

Move in the direction indicated by the telescope (the direction that the wider end is pointing) and Survey again. You may have to do this several times before you find the right spot. The direction indicated by the telescope is not exact, but more of a cone. Sometimes you will luck out and find the fragment on your first dig or even find multiple in the same spot, without the telescope even appearing.

When you use the Survey ability close enough to the fragment, the the fragment will appear on the ground instead of the telescope, and you will be able to pick it up by clicking on it.

The appearance of the fragment varies based on the type of digsite you’re in, but it will be easily identified by the golden sparkles around it. If you’re having trouble locating it, you should be able to see it as a yellow dot on your minimap. Don’t wait too long to pick it up, because it can despawn and then you’ll have to start over. Looting it will net you multiple fragments and possibly a keystone as well.

When you’ve looted from three fragments, the current digsite will disappear from your map and a new one will appear somewhere on the same continent.

Crafting Artifacts

Surveying will net you fragments and keystones, which you can use to create artifacts. We’ll explain each of these items below.

Fragments

Fragments are the basic item you will use to assemble artifacts. The type of fragments you’ll dig up depends upon the digsite location. Since each continent will only have four active digsites at a time, farming specific fragments will often require digging up unrelated sites until a digsite spawns with the fragments you need. You can have up to 200 fragments of each type.

Here is a table with all the different types of fragments, the skill level required to dig them up, and the locations where you’ll find them. Location names are listed in order of how common the fragment type is in each location, with the top location being the best place to look for it.

Fragment Type

Level

Locations

Dwarf

1

Eastern Kingdoms
Kalimdor

Fossil

1

Eastern Kingdoms
Kalimdor

Night Elf

1

Kalimdor
Northrend
Eastern Kingdoms

Troll

1

Eastern Kingdoms
Northrend
Kalimdor

Draenei

300

Outland

Orc

300

Outland

Nerubian

375

Northrend
Eastern Kingdoms

Vrykul

375

Northrend

Tol’vir

450

Kalimdor – Uldum only

Keystones

When you dig up fragments you may also occasionally loot a keystone. These are tradeable items that can be bought and sold on the Auction House. They can be used for two different purposes: to provide buffs in endgame dungeons (see the Archaeology Dungeon Quests section at the bottom of this guide) or to help complete artifacts.

One keystone is equivalent to 12 fragments of the same type, but you can only use 1-3 keystones per artifact, so you will still need to collect fragments as well. There is no keystone for fossils. Below are all of the keystones and their associated artifact types.

Keystone

Type

Draenei

Dwarf

Night Elf

Nerubian

Orc

Tol’vir

Troll

Vrykul

Artifacts

If you open your Archaeology profession window and click on the blue bookmark on the right, you can see your current research projects. You’ll start a new one every time you acquire a new type of fragment, and they will stay there until you complete them. You can’t choose which artifact you would like to work on – the game will select one at random. So if you’re after a specific reward, you may have to complete many artifacts of the same type before you can work on the one you want.

Clicking on a race will open its current research project. Most of these will be common artifacts, gray or white quality items that can be sold to vendors for gold. Occasionally you will get a rare artifact that rewards a toy, pet, mount, or a piece of endgame gear. You can see a complete list of these rare artifacts in the Archaeology Rewards section at the top of this guide.

You will see a progress bar indicating how many fragments you currently have of that type. There are also hexagonal sockets below the progress bar where you can insert keystones of the same type. Most common artifacts will have one keystone slot and rare artifacts will have three slots. A keystone will add the equivalent of 12 fragments to your progress bar.

When the progress bar is full, the Solve button will turn red and you can click it to create the item. You will keep any leftover fragments. A new research project will appear and the item will be placed in your inventory.

You can view your completed artifacts by clicking on the purple bookmark in the Archaeology window.

Archaeology Dungeon Quests

If your character has leveled Archaeology to at least 425 skill level, you will have access to repeatable quests inside several high-level dungeons. These quests require you to turn in a specific keystone. In return they will grant your party a unique buff for the duration of the dungeon.

Below you can see all of the buffs as well as their required quest and keystone.

Location

Quest

Keystone

Buff

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