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Five Things to Love about WoW Archaeology

Updated on February 24, 2014

WoW archaeology is receiving widespread interest from World of Warcraft gamers, and the Internet is abuzz with story after story about this newest profession in the game.

When the WoW edition Cataclysm released on December 7th, the archaeology trainers of Azeroth were quite busy as interested gamers dropped 8 silver on learning this latest profession. As soon as I logged on for the first time in this new version, I trained my 80 mage in WoW archaeology, and then it was off to try out this newest skill.

After traversing the continent of Azeroth to level up in this profession, I discovered five things to like or even love about WoW Archaeology.

Worldwide Travel

If you really want to learn about the World of Warcraft Universe, then WoW Archaeology will be exactly what you need as it requires extensive travel. When you first start the profession, you will travel to dig sites that are represented by a shovel icon on the big map. Once you’ve pinpointed where those sites are, you must fly to that area to dig and uncover fragments. At each dig site, there are 3 available fragments, and then you must move on to the next site usually in another country in order to progress. Because of this amount of travel, you must make sure you get the flight master license so you can fly in Azeroth and Kalimdor. It makes it so much easier to get around!

Involvement in the Storyline

Finding artifacts is only part of WoW archaeology. As you complete the digs and find artifacts, you learn more and more about all the characters and creatures that are part of the story line of the game. Each artifact gives you a little bit of the lore and legend of each of the finds whether from the troll, fossil, dwarf or night elf regions.

Good Loot

At the beginning of working on the profession, you will mainly get common, gray items for the reward when completing artifacts; however, as you progress you will be rewarded with rare and epic items and buffs

No Competing for Resources

Wow Archaeology is rare in that you do not compete with fellow players for the artifacts you find. Each dig site is uniquely your own unlike professions such as fishing where someone can snag the fish right out of the area you’re fishing.

Gathering Bonus

Another positive aspect of archaeology is it also compliments any other gathering professions you may have while you’re working in the field. Often when you’re digging for artifacts there are lots of mining nodes and herbs for gathering. Also, there are usually monsters and beasts you can kill while on the archaeology path that give money, loot to sell, an occasional green item and cloth for tailors.

Overall, Wow archaeology just feels different from any other profession in the game. It truly does give a new experience. It is definitely a profession to train in and try out for yourself!


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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Archeology is a great way to level a toon as the XP is very good. I have two "Assistant Professors" and the skeletal mount. I detest questing and level my toons by PVPing, gathering professions, the fishing/cooking/profession dailies, and now archeology. Love my WOW.

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      CarolineMichelle 7 years ago

      Yes, it's been a very interesting addition to this game. Thanks for stopping by Crewman6!

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      Crewman6 7 years ago

      Sounds like a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading about it!