Archaeology rewards

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When solved, archaeology fragments form artifacts (also called "archaeology finds" to distinguish them from artifact-quality items). When you solve an artifact you gain an actual item, as well as an entry in your "Completed Artifacts" archaeology tab.

Common artifacts are (with one notable exception) poor quality items, indicating that there is no in-game use for them. These give you a little bit of lore or flavor text and an item you can sell for a small profit (presumably to a museum!). The profit increases as the value of the artifact increases. You can estimate this by the number of fragments needed to finish the artifact. You will only find cheaper artifacts at dig sites requiring little skill, but as the skill required to survey at the dig site increases, so does the general value of the common artifacts. You will not generally find a second copy of a common object until you have found all the common artifacts of that race, but exceptions abound. If you get stuck at a certain skill level of archaeology or character level, you may find an artifact more than once until you reach the next tier.

Some artifacts are rare. These always make a blue or purple item. Many of these have no in-game power and are toys or for flavor. Some, however, are actual weapons and armor. These latter items are all bound to account. They are not heirlooms in that they do not scale, but you can pass them to your other characters, so that if, for instance, you create  [Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown] on your level 80 death knight, you can send it to your level 62 mage and later still to your level 60 warlock.

Note: in addition to the tooltip text all artifacts display on the solved artifacts tab, rare artifacts have additional text that can be displayed by clicking on the artifact.

Sometimes you will find keystones of a race, which count as 12 fragments each in certain projects that have "sockets" for them. In the below tables, "100 + 3 socket" means that the project can be built of 100 fragments, but also of 88 fragments and one keystone, 76 fragments and two keystones, or 64 fragments and three keystones.

The skill requirements are the skill levels for the lowest skill at which the artifact is known to be available, rounded down to the nearest increment of 75 (75, 150, 225 etc.)

Dwarf artifacts

The dwarves of Ironforge were originally composed of three clans: the Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers and the Dark Irons. As the result of a civil war, the Bronzebeards were left in control of the city of Ironforge while the Wildhammers eventually retreated to the Hinterlands and Twilight Highlands. The Dark Iron dwarves came to dwell in between the Redridge Mountains and the Burning Steppes, in the shadow of Blackrock Mountain.

Dwarf artifacts (31)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Chalice of the Mountain Kings] 100 + 3 sockets 150 Rare
 [Clockwork Gnome] 100 + 3 sockets 225 Rare
 [Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [The Innkeeper's Daughter] 150 + 3 sockets 150 Rare
 [Belt Buckle with Anvilmar Crest] 34 1 Common 1g
 [Bodacious Door Knocker] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Bone Gaming Dice] 32 1 Common 1g
 [Boot Heel with Scrollwork] 34 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Ceramic Funeral Urn] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 1g
 [Dented Shield of Horuz Killcrow] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Blue Streak]
 [Dwarven Baby Socks] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Golden Chamber Pot] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Ironstar's Petrified Shield] 36 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Mithril Chain of Angerforge] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Moltenfist's Jeweled Goblet] 34 + 1 socket 1 Common 1g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Notched Sword of Tunadil the Redeemer] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Blue Streak]
 [Pipe of Franclorn Forgewright] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 20g
 [Pewter Drinking Cup] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 1g
 [Scepter of Bronzebeard] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 20g [Seven Scepters]
 [Scepter of Charlga Razorflank] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Seven Scepters]
 [Scorched Staff of Shadow Priest Anund] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Blue Streak]
 [Silver Kris of Korl] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 20g [Blue Streak]
 [Silver Neck Torc] 34 + 1 socket 1 Common 1g
 [Skull Staff of Shadowforge] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Spiked Gauntlets of Anvilrage] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 20g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Stone Gryphon] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 1g
 [Warmaul of Burningeye] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 20g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Winged Helm of Corehammer] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Kings Under the Mountain]
 [Wooden Whistle] 28 1 Common 1g
 [Word of Empress Zoe] 45 + 2 sockets 1 Common 375g
 [Worn Hunting Knife] 30 1 Common 1g

Fossils

Fossils are the preserved remains of animals or plants from the ancient past. Typically the living tissues are replaced with minerals that preserve the form of the original organism.

Fossil artifacts (17)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value
 [Ancient Amber] 100  ? Rare
 [Extinct Turtle Shell] 150 450 Rare
 [Fossilized Hatchling] 85 50 Rare
 [Fossilized Raptor] 100 150 Rare
 [Pterrordax Hatchling] 120  ? Rare
 [Ancient Shark Jaws] 35 1 Common 5g
 [Beautiful Preserved Fern] 25 1 Common 1g
 [Black Trilobite] 31 1 Common 1g
 [Devilsaur Tooth] 35 1 Common 5g
 [Feathered Raptor Arm] 33 1 Common 10g
 [Imprint of a Kraken Tentacle] 45 300 Common 200g
 [Insect in Amber] 35 1 Common 5g
 [Proto-Drake Skeleton] 45 300 Common 20g
 [Shard of Petrified Wood] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Strange Velvet Worm] 35 1 Common 1g
 [Twisted Ammonite Shell] 35 1 Common 1g
 [Vicious Ancient Fish] 35 1 Common 10g

Night elf artifacts

The kaldorei are one of the most ancient races of Azeroth. One of the darkest moments in their history occurred when the quel'dorei, or Highborne - the highest caste of elven nobility - unleashed dangerous magic that brought the Burning Legion into the world and resulted in countless deaths.

Night elf artifacts (25)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Bones of Transformation] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Druid and Priest Statue Set] 100 + 3 sockets 150 Rare
 [Highborne Soul Mirror] 100 + 3 sockets 150 Rare
 [Kaldorei Wind Chimes] 98 + 3 sockets 225 Rare
 [Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown] 100 + 3 sockets 225 Rare
 [Tyrande's Favorite Doll] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Wisp Amulet] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Carcanet of the Hundred Magi] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 20g
 [Chest of Tiny Glass Animals] 34 + 1 socket 1 Common 100g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [Cloak Clasp with Antlers] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 3g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [Coin from Eldre'Thalas] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 2g
 [Cracked Crystal Vial] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [Delicate Music Box] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [Green Dragon Ring] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 2g
 [Hairpin of Silver and Malachite] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [Highborne Pyxis] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Inlaid Ivory Comb] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Kaldorei Amphora] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Necklace with Elune Pendant] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Scandalous Silk Nightgown] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Scepter of Xavius] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g [Seven Scepters]
 [Shattered Glaive] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 2g
 [Silver Scroll Case] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 200g [Tragedy in Three Acts]
 [String of Small Pink Pearls] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g
 [Umbra Crescent] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 20g

Troll artifacts

The earliest known trolls belonged to the Zandalar tribe, from which all other trolls are descended. The Zandalari were regarded as an overwatching priest caste for all trolls and worked tirelessly to record and preserve troll society and traditions. Of the many tribes that split off from the Zandalari, the two most dominant were the Gurubashi and Amani.

Troll artifacts (17)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Haunted War Drum] 100 + 3 sockets  ? Rare
 [Voodoo Figurine] 100 + 3 socket  ? Rare
 [Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Atal'ai Scepter] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g [Seven Scepters]
 [Bracelet of Jade and Coins] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 25g
 [Cinnabar Bijou] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Drakkari Sacrificial Knife] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 10g
 [Eerie Smolderthorn Idol] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Feathered Gold Earring] 34 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Fetish of Hir'eek] 30 1 Common 1g
 [Fine Bloodscalp Dinnerware] 32 1 Common 1g
 [Gahz'rilla Figurine] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Jade Asp with Ruby Eyes] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Lizard Foot Charm] 32 1 Common 1g
 [Skull-Shaped Planter] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 5g
 [Tooth with Gold Filling] 35 + 1 socket 1 Common 50g
 [Zandalari Voodoo Doll] 27 1 Common 1g

TBC Draenei artifacts

The draenei were originally eredar who fled from the Burning Legion and settled on the world of Draenor, where they came into contact with the orcs. When the blood elves arrived, many draenei fled again, this time coming to Azeroth, where they joined the Alliance.

Draenei artifacts (10)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Arrival of the Naaru] 124 + 3 sockets 300 Rare
 [The Last Relic of Argus] 130 + 3 sockets 300 Rare
 [Anklet with Golden Bells] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 50g
 [Baroque Sword Scabbard] 46 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Carved Harp of Exotic Wood] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Dignified Portrait] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Fine Crystal Candelabra] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 50g
 [Plated Elekk Goad] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Scepter of the Nathrezim] 46 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g [Seven Scepters]
 [Strange Silver Paperweight] 46 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g

TBC Orc artifacts

The orcs of Azeroth originally inhabited the world of Draenor, the source of most of these ancient orcish artifacts. At first, orcs were a largely peaceful people, but they turned to outright barbarity under the influence of the Burning Legion. The orcs arrived in Azeroth through the Dark Portal and fought against the Alliance in two wars. Another may be on the horizon.

Orc artifacts (10)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Headdress of the First Shaman] 130 + 3 sockets 300 Rare
 [Fiendish Whip] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Fierce Wolf Figurine] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 10g
 [Gray Candle Stub] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 5g [The Harder they Fall]
 [Maul of Stone Guard Mur'og] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 50g [The Harder they Fall]
 [Rusted Steak Knife] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 1g [The Harder they Fall]
 [Scepter of Nekros Skullcrusher] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 80g [Seven Scepters]
 [Skull Drinking Cup] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 5g
 [Tile of Glazed Clay] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 5g
 [Tiny Bronze Scorpion] 45 + 2 sockets 300 Common 25g [The Harder they Fall]

WotLK Vrykul artifacts

The vrykul are a race of giant warriors native to the Howling Fjord in Northrend. They have a close affinity with the sea and with native proto-drakes. Many vrykul were absorbed into the vast armies of the Lich King.

Vrykul artifacts (7)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value
 [Nifflevar Bearded Axe] 130 + 3 sockets 375 Rare
 [Vrykul Drinking Horn] 100 + 3 sockets 500 Rare
 [Fanged Cloak Pin] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 20g
 [Flint Striker] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 5g
 [Intricate Treasure Chest Key] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 50g
 [Scramseax] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 10g
 [Thorned Necklace] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 10g

WotLK Nerubian artifacts

The nerubians are descended from an ancient race known as the aqir, roughly half of which migrated far to the north after continual warfare with the trolls. There they founded a gigantic city-state below Northrend, the legendary Azjol-Nerub. The arrival of the Lich King was brutally hard on the wicked nerubian race, with many of the spiderlike creatures converted to the Scourge and others driven deep into hiding.

Nerubian artifacts (9)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Blessing of the Old God] 140 + 3 sockets 375 Rare
 [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron] 140 + 3 sockets 375 Rare
 [Ewer of Jormungar Blood] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 10g
 [Gruesome Heart Box] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 7g
 [Infested Ruby Ring] 45 + 3 sockets 375 Common 20g
 [Scepter of Nezar'Azret] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 50g [Seven Scepters]
 [Six-Clawed Cornice] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 20g
 [Spidery Sundial] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 10g
 [Vizier's Scrawled Streamer] 45 + 2 sockets 375 Common 10g

Cataclysm Tol'vir artifacts

The tol'vir were originally stone constructs created by the titans to safeguard the secrets of Uldum. They possess feline lower bodies and heads as well as human torsos. Like many other titan creations, the tol'vir succumbed to the curse of flesh. Three tribes exist in the present day: Ramkahen, Orsis (nearly wiped out) and Neferset. The latter tribe has allied with Deathwing in order to regain the tol'vir's stone form.

Tol'vir artifacts (13)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Crawling Claw] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Pendant of the Scarab Storm] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Ring of the Boy Emperor] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Scepter of Azj'Aqir] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Scimitar of the Sirocco] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Staff of Ammunae] 150 + 3 sockets 450 Rare
 [Canopic Jar] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 2g (contains  [Mummified Organ]) [The Boy Who Would be King]
 [Castle of Sand] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 10g
 [Cat Statue with Emerald Eyes] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 100g [The Boy Who Would be King]
 [Engraved Scimitar Hilt] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 10g [The Boy Who Would be King]
 [Sketch of a Desert Palace] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 10g [The Boy Who Would be King]
 [Soapstone Scarab Necklace] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 10g [The Boy Who Would be King]
 [Tiny Oasis Mosaic] 45 + 2 sockets 450 Common 15g [The Boy Who Would be King]

MoP Pandaren artifacts

The Pandaren are an enigmatic race native to the long-hidden continent of Pandaria. Honorable and filled with a love of good company and food, the Pandaren have been content to live in seclusion, allowing their culture to flourish and thrive away from the influence of the outside world. While the Pandaren are predominantly a peace-loving race, their history is marked with turmoil and strife.

Pandaren artifacts (12)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Spear of Xuen] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 40g 13s 16c [The Four Celestials]
 [Umbrella of Chi-Ji] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 5g 34s 34c [The Four Celestials]
 [Apothecary Tins] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Broken Hearted]
 [Carved Bronze Mirror] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Broken Hearted]
 [Empty Keg] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Three Brew Fathers]
 [Gold-Inlaid Figurine] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Broken Hearted]
 [Pandaren Game Board] 40  ? Common 1g
 [Pandaren Tea Set] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Pearl of Yu'lon] 60 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g [The Four Celestials]
 [Standard of Niuzao] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Four Celestials]
 [Twin Stein Set] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Three Brew Fathers]
 [Walking Cane] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [The Three Brew Fathers]

MoP Mogu artifacts

The life-giving waters of the valley enabled a race of brutes to grow to enormous size, strength, and intelligence. These creatures were called the "Mogu". Their culture was built on strength: warrior despots ruling via iron fist. Their monuments of stone, built to last, still stand to this day.

Mogu artifacts (12)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Anatomical Dummy] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare [Instruments of Cruelty]
 [Quilen Statuette] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 15g 5s 29c [Stone Servants]
 [Cracked Mogu Runestone] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Symbols of Strength]
 [Edicts of the Thunder King] 60 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g [Documents of a Dark History]
 [Iron Amulet] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Symbols of Strength]
 [Manacles of Rebellion] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Instruments of Cruelty]
 [Mogu Coin] 30  ? Common 1g [Symbols of Strength]
 [Petrified Bone Whip] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Instruments of Cruelty]
 [Terracotta Arm] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Stone Servants]
 [Thunder King Insignia] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Symbols of Strength]
 [Warlord's Branding Iron] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Instruments of Cruelty]
 [Worn Monument Ledger] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g [Documents of a Dark History]

MoP Mantid artifacts

The mantid empire predates the arrival of the Titans. This ancient civilization of highly intelligent insectoids is ruled by the mantid Empress, and is organized by caste. Mantid society revolves around kypari trees and the amber produced from their sap.

Mantid artifacts (10)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
 [Mantid Sky Reaver] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 33g 35s 22c
 [Sonic Pulse Generator] 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 25g 76s 14c
 [Ancient Sap Feeder] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Banner of the Mantid Empire] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Inert Sound Beacon] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Kypari Sap Container] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Mantid Lamp] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Pollen Collector] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [Remains of a Paragon] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
 [The Praying Mantid] 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g

WoD Arakkoa artifacts

Arakkoa artifacts (12)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
Ancient Nest Guardian 250 + 4 sockets  ? Rare
Beakbreaker of Terokk 190 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 41g 93s 66c
Apexis Crystal 70 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Apexis Hieroglyph 65 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Apexis Scroll 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Burial Urn 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Decree Scrolls 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Dreamcatcher 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Outcast Dreamcatcher 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Solar Orb 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Sundial 60 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Talonpriest Mask 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g

WoD Draenor Clans artifacts

Draenor Clans artifacts (21)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
Ancient Frostwolf Fang 175 + 3 sockets  ? Rare
Headdress of the First Shaman 180 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 1c
Ancestral Talisman 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Barbed Fishing Hook 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Blackrock Razor 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Calcified Eye in a Jar 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Ceremonial Tattoo Needles 40 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Cracked Ivory Idol 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Doomsday Prophecy 40 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Elemental Bellows 65 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Fang-Scarred Frostwolf Axe 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Flask of Blazegrease 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Frostwolf Ancestry Scrimshaw 60 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Gronn-Tooth Necklace 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Hooked Dagger 60 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Metalworker's Hammer 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Screaming Bullroarer 55 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Warsinger's Drums 45 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Warsong Ceremonial Pike 60 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Weighted Chopping Axe 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Wolfskin Snowshoes 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g

WoD Ogre artifacts

Ogre artifacts (12)
Name Fragments Skill Rarity Value Achievement
Sorcerer-King Toe Ring 150 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 8g 32s 57c
Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain 200 + 3 sockets  ? Rare 52g 82s 13c
Eye of Har'gunn the Blind 70 + 2 sockets  ? Common 1g
Gladiator's Shield 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Imperial Decree Stele 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Mortar and Pestle 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Ogre Figurine 45 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Pictogram Carving 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Rylak Riding Harness 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Stone Dentures 50 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Stone Manacles 55 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g
Stonemaul Succession Stone 40 + 1 socket  ? Common 1g

Achievements

Note: The Diggerest achievements progression only counts common artifacts when they are solved for the first time.