With the new Cataclysm expansion by World Of Warcraft a new profession has been added, Archeology. By adding archeology WoW has enabled the players to uncover clues and pieces of the World of Warcraft’s intricately conceived and orchestrated history, improving the overall game play experience. Other secondary professions allow the player to gain buffs or enhance other skills. Archeology does not typically result in a buff or a skill enhancement. However, once a high level has been reached there is an opportunity to unearth rare and powerful items. While not terribly expensive it is time consuming to reach a high level in the this WoW professions.
Like most WoW professions Archeology is first learned in the capital from a profession trainer. Archeology must be learned in major cities. Unlike other WoW professions there are no trainers in the sticks. This can certainly put some wear and tear on ye olde hearthstone as a player will have to use it every time they want to improve their skill or purchase supplies. In archeology, Warcraft only requires that the player purchase a few supplies like a shovel to start. To begin with only a few archeology WoW sites will be available to the player, but this will increase as greater levels are attained. This profession is level adjusted. If the player goes to an area before they reach the proper level they will not be able to see any new sites until the proper level is reached.
The WoW Archeology map will not show up on the mini map. It can only be seen on the continent map. The player will have to go to the general area indicated on the continent map and then use the survey skill they have previously learned to find the appropriate spot to begin digging. A red indicator means the player is still too far away. Yellow means they are getting closer. Green means it’s time to stick the shovel in the dirt and get to digging. Each dig will gain the player a profession point. There are up to three points to be gained from each site.
Man players choose to use an archeology addon. These are fairly common in other WoW professions and archeology is no different. The archeology assistant is one such addon that will provide a list of dig sites, the level the must be completed in, and how to get there. Archy is another addon that provides a similar list. With archeology WoW has introduced a unique and fun aspect to the game.