I had a bit of a wait for a lfr que so I decided to spend the time levelling up my druid’s Archeology skill. I have Archeology on my mage but I don’t spend much time on her anymore and I figured it would be a good way to pass lfr que times. So I’m going to be spending time in the old world zones looking for Fossil digs. Why Fossil? Because they have the chance to contain two pets; the Fossilized Hatchling and the Pterrordax Hatchling. I’m spending my time in Kalimdor as that seems to have the highest chance to get fossil digsites as there are only 3 different types of digsites; Night Elf, Fossil and a few Troll. Eastern Kingdoms includes Dwarf digsites. I’ll probably level to 600 without actually leaving Kalimdor.
The first thing I noticed is that levelling archeology is much easier now. Since MOP went live there were a few changes to archeology; an increase in the number of times you can dig in a place to 6 which saves a ton of flying and you also get between 5 and 9 pieces per solve. And I just discovered that you get a skill up each time you dig a piece up rather than each time you do a solve that I remember. This makes levelling way faster than it used to be.
It’s getting addictive, each time I think ok had enough, I then immediately think just one more site.
So in a few hours of digging this afternoon, this is what I’ve unearthed.
- Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown – BOA int/cloth robe
- Highborne Soul Mirror
- Fossilized Hatchling
- Drums of War (not actually solved yet, I need a few more troll pieces)
- 13 Grey items – total vendor value 190g
One of the grey items is the Chest of Tiny Glass Animals; the name just seems so evocative. It’s included in the achievement Tragedy in Three Acts. I wish it was a rare and would let you open it to display little glass animals similar size to companion pets.
There are five pets in total that you can get through Archeology:
- Fossilized Hatchling – Fossil
- Pterrordax Hatchling -Fossil
- Voodoo Figurine – Troll
- Clockwork Gnome – Dwarf
- Crawling Claw– Tol’vir