It's time for a small preview of Archaeology, the profession was added to the game in the latest beta build and most of the features are already implemented.
Let's directly jump to rewards, that's the only thing most people care about! As explained in an earlier blue posts, Blizzard changed their mind and decided to reward people with a few epic weapons/armors along with the cosmetic items.
1. Bind on Account Epic Items
Archaeology gives you epics! Of course, these artefacts will be fairly rare but with enough work you should be able to acquire a nice set of epic weapons and armors, including lvl 85 ones. This list of rewards might not be complete at this point
lvl Type Spec Slot Item 359 Sword Melee.DPS 2-Hand Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds 359 Sword Melee.DPS 1-Hand Scimitar of the Sirocco 359 Staff Spell Spirit 2-Hand Staff of Ammunae 359 Staff Spell 2-Hand Staff of Sorceror Thane Thaurissan 359 Finger Spell Finger Ring of the Boy Emperor 359 Trinket Spell Trinket Pendant of the Scarab Storm 359 Trinket Healer Trinket Tyrande's Favorite Doll 105 Phys.DPS Head Headress of the First Shaman 67 Cloth Spell Chest Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown
The Scepter of Az'Aqir got a lot of attention when I first posted about it but isn't the only mount you can find.
The Scepter of Az'Aqir currently uses the model of the Blue AQ40 mount.
3. Companion Pets
3 Companion pets are available from Archaeology.
- Crawling Hand / Mummified Monkey Paw - Screenshot
- Clockwork Gnome - Screenshot
- Fozzilized Hatchling - Screenshot
So far it looks like the Crawling Hand will be the most interesting one, especially for alliance players who already have an endless supply of gnomes slaves and won't be interested in a mechanical version. Below is a small preview of the animations of the Crawling Hand / Mummified Monkey Paw
4. Miscellaneous Items
Archaeology also rewards you with a lot of lore-oriented items, they're not really useful and are just here for fun. A lot of them aren't implemented yet and the only thing I can really get out of this is the model of the transformations.
- Bones of Transformation - Screenshot
- Wisp Amulet - Screenshot
- Blessing of the Old God - Screenshot
- Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
- The Innkeeper's Daughter
- Arrival of the Naaru
- The Last Relic of Argus
- Chalice of the Mountain Kings
- Kaldorei Wind Chimes
- Druid and Priest Statue Set
- Highborne Soul Mirror
Archaeology - How it works
Ghostcrawler wrote an awesome post about how Archaeology works and I don't think there is much more to add, maybe a couple of screenshots.
As usual, TotalBiscuit released a nice video preview of Archaeology.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment