Archaeology quests

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Archaeology icon Cataclysm Archaeology (Profession)

Archaeologists can get repeatable quests in dungeons that requires a specific keystone to complete and offer a buff and gold as rewards.

The quests become available at 425 archaeology skill, and buff the instance, rather than the characters. The buff affects all characters in the instance, and is not lost due to death. The buff is not lost if the character completing the quest leaves the group. Similarly, the buff affects even characters who join the group and enter the instance after the quest is completed.

While the repeatable quest indicator (Availabledaily) currently remains over the object quest giver, once the buff has been activated, the quest may not be completed again for that instance's lockout.


Location Quest Keystone Buff
Blackrock Caverns N Archaeology [85D] Dark Iron Contingency Plan  [Dwarf Rune Stone] Elemental damage taken -5%
Halls of Origination N Archaeology [85D] Map of the Architects  [Tol'vir Hieroglyphic] Increased movement speed
The Stonecore N Archaeology [85D] Might of the Earthen  [Dwarf Rune Stone] Physical damage taken -5%
The Vortex Pinnacle N Archaeology [85D] Whispers of the Djinn  [Tol'vir Hieroglyphic] Life and mana regeneration
Lost City of the Tol'vir N Archaeology [85D] Tol'vir Hieroglyphics  [Tol'vir Hieroglyphic] 10% bonus damage against Neferset
Grim Batol N Archaeology [85D] Vengeance of the Wildhammer  [Dwarf Rune Stone] Crit chance +5%
Throne of the Tides Waters of Elune (quest)  [Highborne Scroll] 10% bonus damage against Naga
Zul'Aman N Archaeology [85] Zul'Aman Voodoo  [Troll Tablet] Chance to summon a small Amani Bear Cub guardian when dealing damage or healing
Zul'Gurub N Archaeology [85D] Zul'Gurub Voodoo  [Troll Tablet] Chance to summon a small Raptor Hatchling guardian when dealing damage or healing

In all cases, the gold reward is 9g 40s.

List of Buffs