Some of my favourite rewards come from archaeology. I mean, just look at all these archaeology pets! They are all available through various branches of the archaeology profession in World of Warcraft, which means at least a couple from each expansion from Cataclysm onwards.
Flavour text: Mechagnomes were created by the titans, apparently as servants and caretakers, much like the earthen. This mechagnome was likely damaged because it is no longer focused on its original tasks and seems content to follow you.
Where to dig? Eastern Kingdoms
Fossilized Hatchling – requires 85x Fossil fragments
Flavour text: When you finished assembling this tiny skeleton through some eldritch magic, the little critter sprang back to life. He’s a pretty good pet. Since he’s a skeleton, he doesn’t eat much.
As a bonus, the Fossilized Raptor may be discovered under the same branch of archaeology using another 100x Fossil fragments to complete.
Pterrordax Hatchling – requires 120x Fossil Fragments
Flavour text: It’s an adorable green baby pterrordax! Luckily, at this size, her sonic screeches won’t turn your eardrums to bloody pulps and while she’ll TRY to eat your face, it just feels like friendly little lizard-bird-thing kisses. Awww!
Where to dig? Kalimdor
Flavour text: Voodoo figurines such as this were built and animated to assist troll witch doctors in minor, everyday tasks such as washing loincloths or scrubbing blood off the hut floor. They were often powered by flasks of mojo, troll sweat, the flesh of tribal enemies, or by DEVOURING TINY PORTIONS OF THEIR OWNERS’ SOULS. But don’t worry. Teeny, tiny little portions. You won’t even notice they’re gone. And think how clean your floors will be!
Where to dig? Eastern Kingdoms
Flavour text: A legend among the tol’vir tells of a wicked djinn whom the Ramkahen sought to destroy. In an attempt to prevent his own death, the djinn tried to transfer his spirit into the body of a monkey. He was slain right in the middle of the transference, and only a fraction of his essence had moved over – only enough to possess the monkey’s paw.
Where to dig? Cataclysm expansion – All over Uldum
Flavour text: Harnessing the power of the sun as a never-ending fuel, these constructs were originally built as automated caretakers for young Arakkoa. With the conflict escalating between the Adherants of Ruhkmar and the Outcasts, many have been repurposed as instruments of war.
Where to dig? Warlords of Draenor expansion – see Archaeology in Draenor post for dig sites and bonus sources of Arakkoa fragments.
Flavour Text: In life, no two creatures will share a stronger relationship than that of a Frostwolf orc and his or her companion wolf. The two eat, sleep, and fight side by side until one or both dies an honorable death. Even then, sometimes not even death itself can stop a frostwolf from coming to the aid of its beloved orc.
Where to dig? Warlords of Draenor expansion – see Archaeology in Draenor post.
Flavour text: In his home realm, he commanded an army of ten million demons. Now his power is yours to command. Go make him fight a chicken!
Where to dig? Legion expansion – Stormheim, Azsuna, Suramar, Val’sharah
Flavour text: During times of war, the Zandalari faced off against many powerful foes. Some, even, that they could not break. Their witchdoctors devised these cursed pots and through the use of powerful magic, summoned them at different locations within the enemy’s encampment. Shortly after, a fountain of frogs would spring forth, causing a ruckus and confusing the enemy in the process. Little did they know that these frogs carried a plague with them that would quickly devastate their ranks and force them to retreat or surrender.
Where to dig? Battle for Azeroth expansion – All over Kul Tiras
Flavour text: The Zandalari are regarded for their beast taming, and one of their greatest allies is that of the direhorn. Plated skin, with spikes protruding from various directions, this creature offered both protection for itself and that of its master. It was custom for its future master to be the first to see it when it broke free from its shell.
Where to dig? Battle for Azeroth expansion – All over Zandalar