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The Dragonscale Expedition is the archaeology revamp we’ve all been waiting for. As one of the main factions in Dragonflight, this was the one I was most excited about.
A joint expedition of the Explorer’s League and Reliquary, this fearless group of adventurers, scholars, and crafters seek to uncover the many mysteries of the Dragon Isles.
The Dragonscale Expedition has set up temporary headquarters on the south side of The Waking Shores. As you progress through the ranks, you’ll be able to unlock more items that help you find more treasure, unlock magic-bound chests and power up an ancient travel network. These quality-of-life changes can be purchased from Pathfinder Jeb in Dragonscale Basecamp.
There are several ways to earn reputation in the Dragon Isles.
- Campaign quests and side quests scattered throughout the zones
- Dragon Isles Artifact (15 rep) looted from Expedition Scout Packs from renown 2
- Waking Shores dungeons – 750 rep each
- Dragonscale Expedition Flag (300 rep each) at renown 6 (see video for all locations)
- World Quests, Weekly Bounties and various Aiding the Accord Quests
You will need 2500 reputation for each level of renown. It won’t take long to unlock the temporary headquarters at the southern end of The Waking Shores. By the time you hit 70, you should have ~ 5 renown just from completing the campaign quests related to the Dragonscale Expedition, any side quests mostly in The Waking Shores but there are a few questlines in other zones including the Ruins of Karnthar storyline that starts in Camp Nowhere, The Azure Span.
|1||The Dragonscale Expedition||You have begun your adventures with the Dragonscale Expedition!|
|2||Expedition Scout Packs||You may now find Expedition Scout Packs around the Dragon Isles. Speak with Pathfinder Jeb in the Dragonscale Basecamp for more details.
At renown 2, you can unlock the Expedition Scout Packs which are abundant and not limited to The Waking Shores. They often contain a Dragon Isles Artifact (each worth 15 rep), a steady source of Dragon Isles Supplies (the main currency in Dragonflight), the odd cosmetic items and vendor trash that sells for a nice sum of gold. The reputation tokens can be handed in to Cataloger Jakes located inside the main tent in Dragonscale Basecamp.
|2||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|3||Simple Expedition Tools||You may now acquire the cosmetic weapon appearances Excavator’s Punch, Excavator’s Mallet, Excavator’s Trowel, and Excavator’s Chisel from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|4||Dragonscale Expedition Cloaks||You may acquire cosmetic Dragonscale Expedition Cloaks from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Expedition Basecamp.|
|5||Blacksmithing Plans I: Tool||Purchase the Plans: Sturdy Expedition Shovel in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|5||Buried Treasures||You may use your Expedition Shovel to find and dig through Disturbed Dirt mounds. A Sturdy Expedition Shovel can be purchased from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Expedition Basecamp.
This offers an additional source of rep tokens.
|5||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|6||Expedition Climbers||Unlock the challenge of rock climbing in the Dragon Isles. Doc Nanners at the Dragonscale Basecamp will help you get started.
Earn a Dragonscale Expedition Backpack, allowing you to take part in special climbing activities across the Dragon Isles.
|6||Expedition Supply Kit||Seek out Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp to acquire your Expedition Supply Kit. This kit will assist you with Dragonscale Expedition activities.|
|6||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|7||Advanced Expedition Tools||You may acquire cosmetic weapon appearances Expedition Excavator, Trusty Sweeper, Researcher’s Magnifier from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|7||Ancient Waygates I||Speak with Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost up the hill from the Dragonscale Basecamp to unlock a pair of Ancient Waygates that can be used to transport between the Rubyscale Outpost and the Cobalt Assembly.|
|8||Cataloging the Expedition||Unlock access to the Cataloging Expeditions across the Dragon Isles. Doc Nanners at the Dragonscale Basecamp will help you get started.|
|8||Ancient Waygates II||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost up the hill from the Dragonscale Basecamp to pursue access to a third Ancient Waygate.|
|8||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|9||Drakewatcher Manuscripts I||You may acquire three new Drakewatcher Manuscripts for your Renewed Proto-Drake: Spined Brow, Maned Crest, and Spiked Jaw) from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|9||Enchanting Formulas I||Purchase the Formula: Enchant Cloak – Graceful Avoidance and Formula: Enchant Boots – Rider’s Reassurance in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|9||Wayfinder’s Compass||Receive the Wayfinder’s Compass (toy) from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|9||Expedition Jewelcrafting I: Gems||Purchase the designs for Radiant Malygite, Energized Malygite, Sensei’s Neltharite and Keen Neltharite in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor. Requires Dragon Isles Jewelcrafting (30)|
|9||Engineering Schematics I: Explosives||Purchase the Schematic: Gravity Bomb and the Schematic: Primal Deconstruction Charge in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|10||Word of a Worthy Ally I||Your standing with the Dragonscale Expedition allows your other characters on this account to gain 100% additional reputation with the Dragonscale Expedition while their renown is below rank 10.|
|10||Ancient Waygates III||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Dragonscale Basecamp to pursue access to a fourth Ancient Waygate.|
|10||Bonus Supplies||You gain a 25% chance to get additional Dragon Isles Supplies from treasure chests in the Dragon Isles.|
|10||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|11||Animal Specialist||You may acquire the Gray Marmoni or Black Skitterbug battle pets from Granpap Whiskers at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|12||Expedition Equipment I||Purchase a pair of useful combat Expedition gloves (item level 376) from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|13||Dragon Isles Supplies||Seek out Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp to receive a Small Dragonscale Expedition Supply Pack.|
|13||Expedition Cooking||You may acquire the Recipe: Salad on the Side from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Basecamp. Requires Dragon Isles Cooking (35)|
|13||Expedition Jewelcrafting Designs II: Trinkets||Purchase the Design: Idol of the Earth Warder and Design: Idol of the Lifebinder from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|13||Questline: A Mystery, Sealed||You gain access to the first chapter of the Dragonscale Expedition’s continued adventures. This questline begins with The Sealed Door acquired from Naleidea Rivergleam|
|14||Crafter’s Knowlegde I||You will receive Dragonscale Expedition crafter’s knowledge from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Expedition Basecamp.|
|14||Dragonscale Expedition Ensembles||You may acquire cosmetic Dragonscale Expedition Ensembles from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Expedition Basecamp.|
|15||Ancient Waygates IV||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost to pursue access to a fifth Ancient Waygate.|
|15||Inscription Technique I: Drake Customization||Purchase the Technique: Renewed Proto-Drake: Spined Hair in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|15||Drakewatcher Manuscripts II||You may acquire three new Drakewatcher Manuscripts for your Renewed Proto-Drake (Spiked Club Tail, Swept Horns, Harrier Pattern) from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|15||Jewelecrafting Designs III: Crafter’s Gear||You may acquire Design: Magnificent Margin Magnifier from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|15||Tailoring Patterns I: Crafter’s Gear||Purchase the Pattern: Master’s Wildercloth Fishing Cap, Pattern: Master’s Wildercloth Chef’s Hat, Pattern: Explorer’s Banner of Dragon Isles Flora and Pattern: Explorer’s Banner of Dragon Isles Geology in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|15||Engineering Schematics II: Crafter’s Gear||Purchase the Schematic: Ore Pack and Schematic: Tailor’s Shears in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|16||Enchanting Formula I: Enduring Enchanted Lockpicks||Purchase the Enchanting Formula: Enduring Enchanted Lockpicks in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor. Requires Dragon Isles Enchanting (25).|
|16||Magical Treasure Chests||You may now find magical treasure chests in the caves and ruins of the Dragon Isles. Speak with Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp for more information.|
|17||Researching in Comfort||You may acquire the toys (Soft Purple Pillow, Small Triangular Pillow, Skinny Reliquary Pillow) from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|17||Ancient Waygate V||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost to gain access to a sixth Ancient Waygate.|
|17||Tailoring Patterns II: Throw Pillow and Explorer’s Tent||Purchase the Tailoring Pattern: Throw Pillow and the Pattern: Dragonscale Expedition’s Expedition Tent from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|18||Expedition Equipment II||You may acquire a pair of useful leg armour (item level 389) from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|18||Bonus Supplies II||Increase the chance to find double Dragon Isles Supplies in treasure chests to 50%.|
|19||Inscription Technique II: Dragonscale Expedition Contract||Purchase Technique: Contract: Dragonscale Expedition in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|19||Tailoring Patterns III: Azureweave Adventurer’s Pack||Purchase the Azureweave Expedition Pack (34-slot bag) in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|19||Banners of the United Factions||You may acquire the banners for both the Reliquary and Explorer’s League that now are united in the Dragonscale Expedition (Reliquary Banner, Explorer’s League Banner) from Cataloger Jakes at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|19||Dragonscale Expedition Tabard||You may purchase a Dragonscale Expedition Tabard from Cataloger Jakes at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|20||Explosive Archaeology||Ability to purchase Expedition Explosives from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|20||Ancient Waygate VI||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost to gain access to a seventh Ancient Waygate.|
|20||Word of a Worthy Ally II||Your standing with the Dragonscale Expedition allows your other characters on this account to gain 100% additional reputation with the Dragonscale Expedition while their renown is below rank 20 and 200% if below rank 10.|
|21||Jeweled Whelpling Treasure Maps||Unlocks the ability to find Treasure Maps leading to Jeweled Whelpling materials and jewelcrafting patterns. Speak to Boss Magor in the Dragonscale Basecamp for the first Onyx Gem Cluster Map.|
|21||Quack-E Quack Modulator||You may acquire the Quack-E voice modulator, a crucial component of a Quack-E mechanical companion, from Pathfinder Jeb at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|21||Tailoring Patterns IV: Duck Stuffed Duck Lovie||Purchase the Pattern: Duck-Stuffed Duck Lovie in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor.|
|21||Engineering Schematics III: Quack-E and Expedition Multi-Toolbox||Purchase the Schematic: Quack-E in the Dragonscale Basecamp from Boss Magor. Requires Dragon Isles Engineering (50).|
|21||Inscription Technique II: Illusion Parchments: Magma Missile||Purchase the Technique: Illusion Parchment: Magma Missile in the Dragonscale Basecamp at Boss Magor.|
|22||Drakewatcher Manuscripts III||You may acquire three new Drakewatcher Manuscripts to provide Blue Scales to your Windborne Velocidrake, Highland Drake, and/or Cliffside Wylderdrake from Rae’ana at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|23||Crafter’s Knowledge II||You will receive additional Dragonscale Expedition crafter’s knowledge from Boss Magor at the Dragonscale Expedition Basecamp.|
|23||Ancient Waygate VII||Seek out Thaelin Darkanvil at the Rubyscale Outpost to pursue access to the eighth and final Ancient Waygate.|
|24||Questline: In the Halls of Titans||Gain access to the second chapter of the Dragonscale Expedition’s continued adventures. This questline begins with Break on Through acquired from Cataloger Jakes in the Dragonscale Basecamp. (see video)|
|25||A Heroic Reward||Speak to Unatos in Valdrakken to receive a Primal Infusion. This can be used as an optional reagent to increase a crafted item’s level to 395 or higher.|
|25||Skitterflying||You may acquire two skitterfly mounts (Tamed Skitterfly, Azure Skitterfly) from Granpap Whiskers at the Dragonscale Basecamp.|
|25||Intrepid Explorer||You may now use the well-earned title Intrepid Explorer|
There’s a heap of fun achievements to collect. Mainly from all the climbing and cataloguing world quests in each of the zones.
- Well Supplied – Unlock every talent in the Expedition Supplies tree.
- A True Explorer – Reach Renown level 25 with the Dragonscale Expedition.
- Which Knot Was It Again? – Unlock climbing World Quests with the Dragonscale Expedition.
- Lead Climber – Complete 10 climbing World Quests.
- Isle Ascender – Complete a climbing World Quest in each of the Dragon Isle Zones.
- Belay On! – Use the Buddy System 10 times during climbing World Quests.
- How Did These Get Here? – Collect 10 Lost Supplies during climbing World Quests.
- The Gentleman Elemental – Acquire assistance from Rupert, the Gentleman Elemental 30 times during climbing World Quests.
- Toe Tension – Avoid 50 hazards using the Spiked Cleats during climbing World Quests.
- Ready, Aim, Catalog! – Unlock cataloging World Quests with the Dragonscale Expedition.
- A Lot of Great Shots! – Take 25 “Great Shots” while cataloging wildlife.
- Legendary Photograph – Take a photograph of a legendary character while cataloging wildlife.
- Legendary Photographs – Take photographs of legendary characters while cataloging wildlife.
- Wildlife Photographer – Complete one cataloging world quest in each zone.
- Great Shots Galore! – Take 100 “Great Shots” while cataloging wildlife.
At renown 5, you start getting weekly bounty quests. They reward 250 reputation while the two dungeon quests reward 300 each. Some are listed below.
- Wanted: Lost Tuskarr Kite – Just wait for the boat to come back to Uktuluk Outpost before you click it.
- Wanted: Fenistrasza’s Skull
- Wanted: Fangfall
- Wanted: Ruby Lifeband (dungeon)
- Wanted: Earthbound Primordial Core (dungeon)
Expedition Supply Kit
Explorer, your discoveries have been invaluable. There is even more out there to uncover and we have the tools to help you do it. Come back to the Dragonscale Basecamp and gear up using the Expedition Supply Kit.
Dragonscale Expedition Flag
Complete the Dragonscale Expedition: The Highest Peaks achievement by placing a flag on 10 of the tallest peaks in the Dragon Isles. Collect all 20 for 6000 rep.
Treasure Hunting Perks
Mastering the Waygates
Unlock all of the Ancient Waygate locations in the Dragon Isles.
Complete the Bonds Renewed storyline starting with Dormant Discovery at renown 7. The remaining waygates are unlocked at 8,10,15,17, 20 and 23.
- Rubyscale Outpost & Cobalt Assembly
- Eon’s Fringe
- Rusza’thar Reach
- Shady Sanctuary
- Skytop Observatory
Buried Treasures are similar to dig sites where a number of Disturbed Dirt mounds are clustered around a small area. You’ll need to purchase some Small Expedition Shovels to dig these up so make sure you have a stack of these on hand. At renown 7, you’ll be able to research the anomaly detection spell framework under the Advanced Expedition Tools.
Once you’ve unlocked world quests, you’ll have some fun ways to earn extra rep so those photography and climbing skills should come in handy.
The climbing quests are some of the more enjoyable world quests in this expansion whether you’re excavating dragon bones, releasing some time-lost kittens, or rescuing a monkey – my personal favourite! ;P
|The Waking Shores||The Azure Span|
|Stolen Luggage||Cold Hard Science|
|Brightblade’s Bones||Artifact or Fiction|
|Lightsprocket’s Artifact Hunt||A Bone to Pickaxe|
|Take One Down, Pass It Around||Are You Kitten Me?|
|Ohn’ahran Plains||Supplies on High|
|Leaves from the Vine||Not Mushroom For Error|
Cataloging quests are pretty much the same in each zone. Most of the time you’ll be travelling on a raft but occasionally you’ll get to travel in a hot air balloon. At first, you’ll only get three shots before you need to reload your camera so you may need to take the same trip more than once to complete the world quest. Eventually, you’ll be able to see rarer creatures by researching extra talents in your Expedition Supply Kit making it a lot easier to fill your bar and may even snap a legendary NPC for a couple of achievements.