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Digging up Gold: Archeology Rare Rewards in World of Warcraft

by: Jaime Skelton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

If you think Archaeology is just a bunch of useless junk, think again! Plenty of rare rewards are available from this secondary profession.

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    How to Obtain Rare Archaeology Rewards

    Archaeology Instructions (via WoWPedia)   World of Warcraft's newest secondary profession, Archaeology, is more than just a time waster where you find gray items to sell. The profession also offers well over a dozen rare rewards, found across each racial "branch." These rewards vary from fun items and cosmetic rewards to powerful weapons and trinkets that can be used in end-game content.

    These rare rewards are found through Archaeology's discovery system. Each time a player completes a project, they have a chance of their next project being a rare reward. This chance is increased as more common artifacts in each branch is found, and as a player gains higher skill in Archaeology. The artifact may then be completed as other artifacts in Archaeology, although it will have a higher fragment requirement.

    Although there are conflicting reports, it is understood that a rare item can also only be discovered and completed once per player.

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    Fossil Rare Rewards

    Fossilized Raptor   Fossilized Hatchling

    Companion Pet

    This small, skeletal raptor pet is a miniaturized version of its larger namesake, the Fossilized Raptor.

    It shares the same large-headed cuteness that other raptor mini-pets do, but without the need for skin, muscle, or eyes to make itself your best friend.

    Fossilized Raptor

    Ground Mount

    This skeletal raptor (the same size as others found in the game, such as in Wetlands) is a special rare ground mount requiring epic riding (150 skill). It possesses a unique sound file and utilizes the same animations as other riding raptors.

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    Dwarf Rare Rewards

    The Innkeeper's Daughter

    Item Use: Returns you to ___. Speak to an Innkeeper in a different place to change your home location.

    A useable item on a thirty minute cooldown, the Innkeeper's Daughter is essentially a hearthstone - but using it will also spawn a ghostly female dwarf that will follow you for a little while, and can be interacted with some emotes. The story behind this stone is tragic and bemusing: the innkeeper's daughter kept wandering from home, and was developing an embarrassing reputation. The innkeeper in turn struck a deal with a warlock to turn her into a hearthstone, so she would always return home. Perhaps the first hearthstone in the lore of Azeroth!

    Clockwork Gnome Clockwork Gnome

    Companion Pet

    The Clockwork Gnome is a miniature mechagnome, one of the original forms of the gnomes of Azeroth as they were created by the Titans. This gnome does little more than follow you around, but makes a great companion for Jeeves and the technologically inclined.

    Chalice of the Mountain Kings

    Item Use: Witness a historic sword dance.

    This usable item on a 10 minute cooldown summons forth four Dwarven women from the past, who enact a short dance scene for the player (and others around them).

    Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan

    Binds to Account. iLVL 259 Two-Hand Caster Staff; +512 Stamina, +341 Intellect; +228 Critical Strike Rating; +228 Haste Rating; +1955 Spell Power. Requires level 85.

    This epic staff is a powerful and highly-desired staff for many casting classes, and may be swapped to other characters on a player's account once obtained. Very rare, and requiring 425 skill to obtain, this staff still remains on many best-in-slot lists for raiders.

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    Night Elf Rare Rewards

    Fountain of Knowledge   Druid and Priest Statue Set

    Item Use: Summon a Fountain of Knowledge. (15 Min Cooldown)

    This usable item summons a green pillar of light down upon the player for ten seconds. This pillar is similar to Freya's effect in the Yogg-Saron fight, and will follow the player that casts it.

    Highborne Soul Mirror

    Item Use: Look into the mirror . . . (10 Min Cooldown)

    This item will summon a ghostly appearance of the player's self, which will approach and face them for about 15 seconds. The reflection will move with the player to face them if they turn. Great if you want to gloat about how awesome you look to yourself.

    Kaldorei Wind Chimes

    Item Use: Hold the chimes up to the wind and check the weather. (1 Min Cooldown)

    This small vanity item will play a soft windchime sound and display an emote of "(Player) holds their wind chimes to the wind." There is no graphical effect that accompanies the item.

    Wisp Amulet

    Item Use: Take on wisp form for 20 sec. (10 Min Cooldown)

    As the item use describes, using the Wisp Amulet transforms the user into a blue Night Elf wisp - named Wisp - for twenty seconds. The player cannot cast or mount while in this form, nor is their speed increased.

    Bones of Transformation

    Item Use: Endure the transformation for 20 sec. (10 Min Cooldown)

    This usable item will transform the player into a Naga Honor Guard (male) for 20 seconds. Like the wisp, your name will be changed and you cannot cast or mount (doing so will break the transformation).

    Azshara's Dress   Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown

    Binds to Account. Cloth Chest; 258 Armor; +27 Stamina; +41 Intellect; +23 Haste Rating. Requires Level 51.

    This recolored Frostfire Robe is not terribly exciting, and is mostly designed for cosmetic use - although some mid-level cloth wearers will be able to make use of it if they do not have an heirloom robe.

    Tyrande's Favorite Doll

    Binds to Account. Unique-Equipped. Trinket; +321 Intellect. On Equip: Recaptures 20% of all mana spent on spells, and stores within the doll to be released at a later time, to a maximum of 4200 mana. On Use: Releases all mana stored within the doll, allowing the player to regain that mana and deal one point of damage for each point of mana released to all enemies within 15 yards. 1 Min Cooldown.

    This amazing trinket is highly desired by some casters and healers, for good reason. Being able to restore 20% of recently used mana every minute is tremendous, and the small AoE it grants can also be useful. This is an extremely rare trinket.

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    Troll Rare Rewards

    ZinRohk Model Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds

    Binds to Account. Requires level 85. Two-Hand Sword. 1894-2843 Damage (623.3 DPS). +341 Strength, +512 Stamina, +216 Hit Rating, +238 Critical Strike.

    Raiders of Zul'Gurub in Vanilla will remember this epic sword that once dropped from Hakkar, and is now reborn as a level 85 Epic Weapon. Possibly one of the most desired - and rarest - Archaeology projects in Cataclysm, this shares the same appearance as its early predecessor.

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    Draenei Rare Rewards

    Arrival of the Naaru (via Wowhead)   Arrival of the Naaru

    Item Use: Witness a recording of the arrival of the naaru.

    This useable item allows the player to witness a miniature vision of three draenei approaching M'uru, one of the Naaru that appeared in Outland many years ago. It does not expire.

    The Last Relic of Argus

    Item Use: Teleports you exactly where you want to go... if you aren't too picky.

    This useable item, with a 12 hour cooldown, will teleport you to a random location in either Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor. These locations include inside dungeons, the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands, the Dire Maul Arena, the Golakka Hot Springs, and inside the busted goblin statue of Booty Bay - just to name a few. Some locations are mundane, while some offer special scenic views.

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      Orc Rare Rewards

      Headdress of the First Shaman

      Binds to Account. Mail Helm. 720 Armor, +39 Agility, +21 Stamina; Red, Blue, Yellow Socket (+6 Stamina Socket Bonus); +22 Hit Raiting; +22 Critical Strike Rating; On Equip: Allows You To See Far Into the Distance (1 Min Cooldown).

      This recolored Coif of the Elements makes a relatively decent leveling helmet for Enhancement Shaman or Hunters. Its ability mirrors that of the old Sentry Totem, where one can place a mark on the ground and then switch visions between it.

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      Nerubian Rare Rewards

      Blessing of the Old God

      Item Use: Recieve the Blessing of the Old God for 20 sec. (10 Min Cooldown)

      This usable item will transform the player into a Green Qiraji Battle Tank (minus the ability to be ridden) for 20 seconds. Great if you need to blend in at a Silithid party.

      Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron

      Item Use: Make a vain attempt to open the puzzle box. (1 Min Cooldown)

      This puzzle box can't be opened, no matter how hard you try. But if you miss the way that the Old Gods whispered you in Northrend and Ulduar, this puzzle box will grant you a random whisper from them each time you use it.

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      Vrykul Rare Rewards

      Nifflevar Bearded Axe Nifflevar Bearded Axe

      Binds on Account. One-Hand Axe. 312-580 Damage (171.5 DPS); 2.60 Speed. +36 Agility, +87 Stamina; +24 Hit Raiting; +37 Critical Strike Rating.

      This one-handed axe, which uses the same model as the Gladiator's Axes in Wrath of the Lich King PvP content, is a decent axe for agility using classes, particularly rogues and shaman, as they're leveling up. However, it requires level 80, and may quickly be replaced by gear in Cataclysm.

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      Tol'vir Rare Rewards

      Crawling Claw

      Companion pet.

      This mini-pet is a little gruesome, but if you've always wanted a zombie hand from the deserts to follow you around, this pet will do.

      Scepter of Azj'Aqir

      Ground Mount.

      This rare mount resembles the previously attainable Blue Qiraji Battle Tank found in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. This mount resembles a blue Silithid.

      Sandstone Drake   Canopic Jar

      Results in special pattern that grants the Sandstone Drake.

      The Canopic Jar is a common Tol'vir artifact, which often contains nothing more than mummified remains. However, Alchemists may discover a bind on pickup Recipe for Vial of the Sands, a crafted item that will allow the player to become a Sandstone Drake mount and carry another player. Nonetheless, discovering the recipe inside is rare, and the cost of creating the mount is over 30,000 gold.

      Pendant of the Scarab Storm

      Item Use: Summons a storm of peaceful scarabs. (1 Hour 40 Minute cooldown)

      As the item use suggests, this vanity item summons a large amount of peaceful scarabs that will momentarily follow you. These scarabs can be used to split damage on spells like Meteor, and may be useful in certain raid encounters if used at the right time.

      Ring of the Boy Emperor

      Binds to Account. Unique-Equipped. Requires level 85. Ring. +286 Stamina, +190 Intellect, +127 Haste, +127 Mastery.

      A useful item for many casters and some healers, this rare ring is one of many epic items in Tol'vir.

      Scimitar of the Sirocco

      Binds to Account. Requires level 85. One-hand Sword. 841-1563 Damage (462.3 DPS), 2.60 Speed. +146 Strength, +219 Stamina, +111 Critical Strike Rating, +74 Haste Rating.

      While two-hand melee may strive for Zin'rohk, one-hand melee users will seek after this hard to find Tol'vir weapon. While it cannot be found again on the same character, the item can be found on a second character on the account to allow a player to dual wield - if they have the patience.

      Staff of Ammunae   Staff of Ammunae

      Binds On Account. Requires level 85. Two-Hand Staff, +512 Stamina; +341 Intellect; +247 Spirit; +194 Critical Strike Rating; +1955 Spell Power.

      Another epic staff for casters, this once belonged to Ammunae, Guardian of Life in the Lost City of Tol'vir.

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