In Mists of Pandaria, there are three types of dig sites – Pandaren, Mogu, and Mantid. Brann Bronzebeard is the archaeology trainer in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and is located in the Seat of Knowledge.

Things to note:

  • Each location can be dug up 6 times with 5-9 fragments looted each time
  • The fragment limit is still 200, so you’ll have to use them up pretty fast
  • Common and rare solves give 3 skill points

Pandaren

Keystone: Pandaren Pottery Shard

Locations: include Emperor’s Omen, The Gong of Hope

Rare Items:

Mogu

Keystone: Mogu Statue Piece.

Locations: include Camp Gormal

Rare items:

The Anatomical Dummy makes some rather interesting emotes when you use him as a target dummy. :)

Ow. That really hurts. Not.

That doesn’t even tickle.

Bring it on, jerk.

You’re not very good at this torture thing.

Is that supposed to hurt?

You want a piece of me?

Oooh. Mr Mean Mogu.

I’m so scared.

As a trinket, the Quilen Statuette wasn’t too impressive damage-wise but it could be used to bump up your alt’s ilvl. I was surprised to see him talk though. He’s said to share the same dialogue as the Anatomical Dummy.

The hardest thing was getting my summoned pet and I to face the same direction :P

Mantid

Keystone: Mantid Amber Sliver.

Locations: include Sik’vess and The Underbough in Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes.

Rare items:

Mantid sites aren’t that hard to come by but there are some really annoying ones filled with elite groups. Thankfully, the Quartermaster in the Seat of Knowledge can supply you with a Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator for the price of a Restored Artifact. As long as you have the locator in your bag, you’ll only get Mantid digs for the duration of a day (real-time). I was lucky and managed to receive a Pristine Artifact on my second completion.

Archaeology Spawns

Sometimes an Ancient Haunt can spawn from picking up fragments. The mob can drop between 7-8 Mogu fragments per kill, regardless of dig type. The mob itself is dependant on player level as it scaled with me.

Ancient Haunt archaeology spawn

Note: If you’re in a group when an Ancient Haunt pops up, the other person can loot your fragments if it’s their turn to loot. =/

Seat of Knowledge

Common items of Pandaria may be converted into Restored Artifacts. These artifacts can be turned in to Braun Bronzebeard by flying into the Seat of Knowledge, located inside to the top floor of Mogu’shan Palace in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The crates (which are stackable) may be traded in for older fragments such as a Crate of Tol’vir Archaeology Fragments and yield the same amount of fragments if you were to dig them up yourself – between 5-9 fragments per crate. This is a great way to supplement your digs if you’re still trying to discover the Scepter of Azj’Aqir or any other rare artifact.

A max skill of archaeology (600) and player level (90 for flying) will be required to access this service.

Pristine Artifacts

From time to time, a pristine version of any given artifact can be discovered. These items are displayed in the Seat of Knowledge to learn some extra lore.

Pristine Mantid Lamp - archaeology in pandaria

Restored Artifacts may also be traded in for each of the following:

If only we could do this with all our earlier novelty items. Think of all the space it would save and you could still enjoy them.