Delthal's Archaeology Guide

Archaeology is the newest profession added to World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3. Before we start, here's a few things you should know.

1: Using your world map. There are 4 archaeology digsites on every continent. Be it Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outlands, or Northrend. There are a total of 16 digsites up all of the time, a new digsite will spawn elsewhere on your current continent every time you completely survey one.

2: Surveying. To survey, you need to be inside of a digsite. Press your survey button and observe the light next to the telescope that appears. Red means it's very far away. Yellow means it's still a ways off. Green means it's close. (Just take a few steps and resurvey when you get a green light. I usually mount up and go a ways when I get red/yellow.)

3: Tablets/Runestones. (Green quality, looted from surveys) To use a runestone, tablet, or whatever the race uses as it's placeholder, you need to open your artifact book. In the specific race, there will be an octagon shaped spot for these to go. They count as 12 fragments, use them as often as possible when solving artifacts.

Getting the Item You Want

For some, it's the Zin'Rokh, Destroyer of worlds. For others, it's the staff. How you level your archaeology is completely up to you. But to give yourself the best chance of getting the item you're chasing, you might want to save those special fragments until 450+, and here's why. At 450, you unlock two more spawn locations in Eastern Kingdoms, and one in Kalimdor. Twilight Highland and Vash'jr are a complete waste of time if you are chasing only troll fragments.

Hurry Up and Wait

This profession takes time. Remember, these are level 85 epics that in some cases are currently best in slot. It's best to keep in mind that this is a secondary profession, and overnight results are (probably) not going to happen.