WoW Archaeology Guide 1-600


Archaeology This WoW Archaeology Guide details the most efficient method of leveling Archaeology from levels 1 to 600 in the World of Warcraft. Archaeology is a secondary profession, which means learning archaeology won’t limit what other professions you train your character in. The majority of items discovered with Archaeology are grey trash items which you will sell, however there are also a number of Rare and Epic items that could prove useful if leveling Archaeology will leveling your character.

Updated for patch 5.4

This guide focuses on making the training path easier by focusing on solving the artifacts that which require the fewest pieces and so can be solved at a more frequent interval.

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How Archaeology Works

At character level 20 you can train Archaeology Apprentice from an Archaeology Trainer. Once you have trained, your world map will display the dig sites that are available for you to survey. The dig sites appear as spade symbols on your world map when you are looking at a continent-level view. There are always 4 dig sites displayed per continent. Once you clear one, another will appear. The dig sites are unique to you, that is, you won’t need to compete with anyone else to survey them.
Archaeology Dig Sites
When you zoom in to a zone-level view the dig sites are displayed as transparent orange shaded areas on your world map. You will need to travel into the shaded area in order to begin surveying. Each dig site can be surveyed six times. After six surveys, the dig site will be exhausted and a new dig site will appear on your world map.
Archaeology Dig Sites
Once inside the shaded area you will need to use the Survey skill to try and find archaeology fragments. Performing a survey will generate one of four results. You could find a fragment, in which case the fragment will be displayed on the ground for you to pick up. Otherwise, if you don’t discover a fragment immediately, a small tripod will display. The direction of the scope on the tripod will indicate in which direction you should move to find the fragment. The color of the light on the tripod will indicate how close you are to the fragment, that is:

  • Red – quite far from the fragment
  • Yellow – somewhat nearby to the fragment
  • Green – very close to the fragment
  • Archaeology Dig Sites
    The fragments you discover will depend on the location of the dig site. There are twelve different groups that the fragments could be associated with, some of which only become accessible at higher levels of skill. As you collect fragments for new groups, new archaeology projects will be revealed. Each project requires a specific number of fragments in ordered for it to be solved. Once sufficient fragments have been collected you can solve the project and receive the archaeological item associated with that project.

    Each set of fragments you collect will increase your archaeology skill level by one. Each solved project will provide a 5 level increase in skill. Projects for rare and epic items will provide a 15 level increase in skill, although these are unlikely to occur until higher skill levels.


    Archaeology Trainers

    Rank Faction Trainer Location
    Apprentice
    Journeyman
    Expert
    Artisan
    Master
    Grand Master
    Illustrious Grand Master
    Alliance Diya The Vault of Lights, The Exodar
    Doktor Professor Ironpants Hall of Explorers, Ironforge
    Faena Woolybush Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh
    Falda Fardelve Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra
    Gerdra Fardelve Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula
    Hammon the Jaded The Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
    Harrison Jones Stormwind Keep, Stormwind
    Hugen Goldwise Valgarde, Howling Fjord
    Stephanie Krutsick Lor’danel, Darkshore
    Horde Adam Hossack The Magic Quarter, Undercity
    Belloc Brightblade The Valley of Strength, Orgrimmar
    Elynara The Royal Exchange, Silvermoon
    Dawnseeker Promontory, Isle of Thunder
    Ian Thomas Wall Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord
    Lindarel Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra
    Otoh Greyhide The Elder Rise, Thunder Bluff
    Sirabel Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula
    Neutral Boduro the Seeker Lower City, Shattrath
    Dariness the Learned Runeweaver Square, Dalaran


    Leveling Archaeology 1-75

    Level 20 Character Required
    Learn Apprentice Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At this level you can survey dig sites in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and find fragements for the following groups: Dwarf, Fossil, Night Elf and Troll.


    Leveling Archaeology 76-150

    Level 20 Character Required
    Learn Journeymen Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At this level you can survey dig sites in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and find fragements for the following groups: Dwarf, Fossil, Night Elf and Troll.


    Leveling Archaeology 151-225

    Level 20 Character Required
    Learn Expert Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At this level you can survey dig sites in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and find fragements for the following groups: Dwarf, Fossil, Night Elf and Troll.


    Leveling Archaeology 226-300

    Level 35 Character required
    Learn Artisan Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At this level you can survey dig sites in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and find fragements for the following groups: Dwarf, Fossil, Night Elf and Troll.


    Leveling Archaeology 301-375

    Level 50 Character required
    Learn Master Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At level 300 dig sites in Outland become available. In Outland you can find fragments for the following groups: Draenei and Orc.

    Some feel it is faster to level Archaeology at these levels in Outland as the fragments will only be for one of two groups, and this should mean they accumulate faster to solve projects. However, the Draenei and Orc projects usually require 45 fragments versus just 30 fragments for most of the Dwarf, Fossil, Night Elf and Troll projects. My opinion is that if you’re currently leveling in Outland then survey dig sites there, but if you’re powerleveling Archaeology on a high level character stick to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and you’ll clear the levels faster in the long haul.


    Leveling Archaeology 376-450

    Level 65 Character required
    Learn Grand Master Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At level 375 dig sites in Northrend become available. In Northrend you can find fragments for the following groups: Nerubian and Vrykul.

    The same logic applies here as to Outland – if you’re leveling in Northrend then survey the local dig sites, otherwise stick to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.


    Leveling Archaeology 451-525

    Level 75 Character required
    Learn Illustrious Grand Master Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    At level 450 dig sites in the Cataclysm zones within the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor become available. The important zone is Uldum which is the only location where you can find fragments for the group: Tol’vir. As Uldum is part of Kalimdor, it will occasionally appear as one of the 4 random dig sites for that continent.

    At level 500 dig sites in the Pandaria zones become available. In Pandaria you can find fragments for the following groups: Mogu and Pandaren.

    Continue leveling Archaeology in the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor for the fastest progress.


    Leveling Archaeology 526-600

    Level 80 Character required
    Learn Zen Master Archaeology from a Archaeology trainer

    The same logic applies here as to Outland and Northrend – if you’re leveling in Pandaria then survey the local dig sites, otherwise stick to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.

    At level 600 the final group becomes available: Mantid. Mantid dig sites can be found in Townlong Steppes and the Dread Wastes in Pandaria.

    I hoped you found this WoW Archaeology Leveling Guide useful and that it has helped you on your way to level 600. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

    Leave a Comment

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    Lynn Brown

    This guide is great, just like all the profession guides on here, couldn’t play without them now lol, thank you!

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    Josan

    Hi, just a comment. I was levelling Archaeologu in Zul Dark (Northrend) and did not find any Nerubian fragments, but only Troll fragments. Troll is supposed to be found only in Eastern Kingdoms.

    I thought it was strange.

    Thank you
    J

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    RayBabbitt

    Hi,

    Great guide. Took me about 5 hours to get 1 – 600 done with your guide.
    Very useful. Also the rewards are great. I found a companion so far, and junk that sold for 200 gold a piece.

    I’m not sure if they nerfed the difficulty of reaching high level fast, or if it is because I’m playing on a dwarf. On my dwarf I had 6 digs per site with an average of 9 fragments per dig.

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    Jan

    hi,

    nice guild but why i can only find night elf stuff?

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    Aliatt

    Great guide!

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    Krystal

    So what about Pandaria, I’m at 523 and I don’t see any digsites. Do they share with the ones in Northrend or something?

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    Tandy

    @ Krystal … Pandaria dig sites start showing up on your map when you reach 525 skill.

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    AlarisTheDruid

    ty so much! this helps me with all my proffessions! ^-^

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    Bill Holder

    Incorrect – can’t start farming architecture in Pandaria until 525.

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    Bill Holder

    Archaeology I meant. WOW architecture might be an interesting new profression some day.

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    Anonymous

    Thanks helped a lot. Tho pandaria sites tend to be smaller than EK and Kalm. Which makes it easier

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