Mists of Pandaria: Archaeology Preview
Archaeology is getting a major overhaul in Pandaria: Blizzard listened to feedback from Cataclysm and implemented a bunch of improvements. Among other changes, you can teleport to digsites, get more digs per digsites, and fight mobs that drop archaeology fragments.
We've got a list of improvements below, as well as a look at
and all the archaeology solves in Pandaria after the cut.
You get six digs at a Pandaria digsite, instead of three as usual.
The resulting item is not a white that turns into vendor trash. Instead, it is turned into a crated box--which stacks!
These crates can be redeemed with the Lorewalkers. It's not implemented yet, but there's been talk of the Lorewalkers providing your character with more dialogue and cut-scenes about the artifacts you bring to them.
You can turn in one Pandaren artifact a day for 5 Valor Points:
Completing a dig site will sometimes spawn an
, a sha that drops more archaeology fragments.
The tooltips for completed objects now helpfully point out that there's more lore in the Archaeology Journal. A common complaint in Cataclysm was that most players didn't know about this.
We've also datamined some improvements that aren't on live yet:
: Use: Randomizes your Archaeology digsites in Pandaria. (30 Min Cooldown)
: Use: Teleports you to a random active digsite in Pandaria. (30 Min Cooldown)
Boxes of archaeology fragments
for each race have been added. Perhaps you will be able to turn in fragments you don't want for a more useful type. All of these crates require 600 skill.
are a faction that really enhances Archaeology--you'll bring completed artifacts to them and learn more about the lore. They've got a lavishly-decorated library in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, presided over by
At the Lorewalkers, you'll be able to train archaeology, turn in artifacts for Valor Points, and turn in artifacts to
. This last part is not yet implemented.
You'll also be able to collect statue fragments around the world (under Exploration achievements) and gain reputation and unlock additional lore (example:
, tied to
). This aspect of the Lorewalkers deserves a feature on its own, but in the meantime, we have a great
covering all the accessible books and statues for this achievement.
There is an introductory NPC and quest at your faction's hub in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms:
The Lorewalkers will send you to explore significant areas of Pandaria to recover cultural artifacts.
Once you find all the artifacts that belong to a collection, you will be able to hear the entire story from start to finish.
Find all the artifacts and collet all the books to become a Lorewalker!
If this sounds interesting to you, then you should speak to Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge.
Artifacts in Pandaria
There are two new types of fragments, representing the two major factions in Pandaria:
. The new keystones are
50+ fragments are needed for common solves.
Common-quality solves give +3 skill.
Pristine versions of several artifacts have been added:
. Perhaps they'll give bonus information with the Lorewalkers.
): This whip was fashined from the spine of some large and ancient creature. The blood of many Mogu slaves were shed by this instrument of pain.
): "When the Mogu had exhausted their options for enslaved mortal warriors, they turned their attention to creating armies of animated constructs to do their fighting for them. Because these terracotta warriors would sometimes sit dormant for centuries, it is hard to pinpoint exactly when this one was constructed or used. However, scoring at the base of the severed arm indicates that it was felled in combat."
): An anatomical dummy of a Pandaren. It was used to document torture techniques.
): "Unlike ""lesser races"" that need schooling in the arts of magic, the ability was innate in the Mogu. From what is known about Mogu usage of magic, it is clear that their magic users did not fall into known categories, such as mage or warlock. Special emphasis was placed on flesh-shaping or spirit-capture magic. The strange residue of the magic that was imbued in this stone is difficult to understand by the modern races of Azeroth. Curiously, some of the markings around the rune resemble the Titan language."
): "This code of laws, written in the unified language of the first empire, has been carefully chiseled onto the stone tablet. At the top of this list is the command that sedition, insurrection and rebellion be punished by public evisceration."
): "This huge iron amulet weighs as much as a battle axe. Mogu warriors often wore ""jewelry"" such as this as a demonstration of strength."
): "Forged of iron and imbued with spells of subjugation and pain, these manacles with inward facing spikes were forced onto the slave races of the Mogu. While the spells have long since faded, their cruelty still sends chills down your spine."
): "This currency was used during the reign of mogu emperor Wai, who is depicted in all his snarling glory. The reverse of the coin depicts the changing of Mogu dynasties, a bloody process wherein the previous regime must be overpowered and executed. In many ways, ancient Mogu government was a meritocracy, based on brutal strength and terrible cunning."
): This statuette, carved during the brief reign of Mogu emperor Kang, was part of an experiment to bind Quilen servants in small stones. This experiment was abandoned as the Quilen thus bound were greatly diminished in power and thus deemed unworthy.
): "The symbol of a crown and crossed lightning bolts emblazon this jade emblem. It was a badge once worn by soldiers of the first Mogu emperor, Lei Shen."
): "This branding iron emblazoned with the symbol of a minor Mogu warlord was used not on cattle, but on enslaved humanoids."
): "Even with powerful magic at their disposal, the Mogu often preferred to use slaves to build their massive monuments. This ledger documents the cost, in slaves, during the construction of one such monument."
):"Crafted during the Zandalari Troll Wars, this imposing spear is surprisingly lightweight and flexible. Its lacquered wooden shaft is gouged with deep scars, though the tip appears completely unscathed. Judging by the length of this weapon and its date of origin, you presume it was a mounted weapon intended for use from the back of a flying serpent. Scratched into the weathered handle is a note: The only opponent is yourself. Xuen, the White Tiger, is legendary for his ferocity and prowess in battle. It is at his temple, high in the mountains of Kun Lai Summit, that hopeful warriors temper their strength with discipline."
): "The delicate paper canopy of this tall bamboo umbrella has been miraculously preserved since its making some time during the lengthy Thunderpaw dynasty. The underside depicts a blanket of jet-black storm clouds, while a glorious crimson sun adorns the top. Inked in elegant calligraphy across the clouds is a short message: Hope is the sun behind a stormy sky ever in the heart, but veiled to the eye. Chi-Ji, the Red Crane, has stood as a symbol of hope for the Pandaren for centuries. His ornate and glorious temple is perched in a vicious jungle south of the Valley of the Four Winds."
): "A complete set of brass apothecary jars, with neatly engraved labels, meant for the storage of a complicated array of powerful medicinal herbs. Although the exact use of most of the herbs remains a mystery, a plaque on the box containing the tins identifies the physician as Yao Firmpaw, a name still associated with health and wellness in the Valley of Four Winds because of his spectacular career. Yao never married, legend has it because his heart was forever broken."
): "While the glass itself is long gone, the reverse of this mirror is an elaborately carved bronze disc depicting the Red Crane of Hope. An inscription reads, To my dearest Lin / My beauty, my dove / This picture of perfection / Your reflection / My love - Yao"
): "Pandaren love games. Chang Ki in particular has been a favorite among the Pandaren since the time of the first Pandaren emperor. Unfortunately, many of the pieces in this ancient set have been lost."
): "The heart-shaped spigot to this cask reveals it to be an artifact of the late great Brewfather Xin Wo Yin, "The Brokenhearted." Generations ago this renowned Brewfather created "Heartswell Brew," a concoction that infuses the drinker's entire being with a profound sense of warmth and wellbeing. It was said that Xin Wo Yin so loved the product of his art that he wept tears of heavy sorrow over every keg that left his brewery. It's likely that he wept over this very keg. Being that it's empty, you feel a little morose yourself."
): "Commissioned at the time of the death of a loved one, figurines such as this one help the grieved overcome their loss. This statuette depicts a beautiful young Pandaren Lorewalker named Lin. The inscription indicates the she succumbed to a terrible fever that swept through the Valley of Four Winds during the short reign of the Hozen Emperor Rikktik."
): "The Pandaren have a rich history of tea. While much care is given to its brewing, the secrets to properly enjoying tea have always been equally valued. This simple tea set was made during the reign of the Mogu, and provided solace and respite to the owner during a time of great pain and tyranny. Although it is cracked and broken, it serves as a reminder to take comfort in the simple pleasures of life."
): Etched around the center of this orb of jade is a serpent eating its own tail. Inscriptions on either hemisphere read: 'There is but one certainty - every end marks a new beginning.' This orb, carved during the reign of Pandaren Emperor Shu Blindeye in honor of the Jade Serpent, is a representation of the his rebirth into a new body every hundred years. Yu'lon still bestows wisdom and insight from his temple in the Jade Forest.
): "A spool of thick canvas that, when held aloft, unfurls to reveal a proud emblem of the Pandaren Empire. Heavy iron rings dangle from long ribbons of leather affixed along the bottom, pulling the banner taut. Stitched into each strip of leather is a reminder for the standard-bearer: Fear seeks to diminish you instead, let it reveal you."
): "A matching set of drinking steins, made of ebony and jade. Brewfather Quan Tou Kuo, "The Two-Fisted," sought to mitigate the side effects of strong drink by creating the perfect duality of brews. When imbibed together in the proper ratios, the Pale Ale of Spirit and the Dark Stout of the Mind combine in the drinker's stomach to achieve a state of enlightenment and goodwill without the loss of judgment and self-control so often experienced by less refined brews. Sadly, the Brewfather's secrets have been lost to time, but these lovingly crafted steins serve as a permanent reminder of his expertise."
): "A long cane tipped with a head of carved whalebone, once used by the enigmatic Brewfather, Ren Yun. Blind since birth, Ren Yun's other senses were heightened. As a result, he found the brews of his time to be harsh or bitter. Years of experimentation allowed him to perfect four perfect brews that appealed to each of his other senses. And yet, the one brew that would appeal to all four senses at the same time eluded him. It was only at the end of his long life that he perfected the one master recipe, The Four Senses Brew, that was the most magnificent discovery of his generation. Sadly the recipe was lost to time, because Ren Yun's handwriting was pretty much illegible."
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