Yesterday I was in the mood to work on some archaeology and noticed something quite different. Now I’m not sure if this was added in the last patch or not but check out this neat little progress bar. I used to use Archy which could tell you the same kind of thing but I’m all for using less addons.
So after working through a few digs in Kalimdor, I eventually saw this:
Hello Uldum :)
Last night I was short just one Pristine Mantid artifact and even though I only had Mantid digs today, it still took around 100 artifacts before I had the Pristine Praying Mantid I needed. I was getting so sick of Mantid digs, I even completed the Feeding Pit site a couple of times after being teleported there with my Lorewalker’s Lodestones. That should give you an indication of how badly I wanted to finish History of the Mantid.
But I did it! I can officially say I’m done with all the Archaeology achievements and it feels great. Goodbye Archy, you’ve served me well.
Before I go, here’s a short video to show you some of the things that represent me in-game.
The achievement to find and display all the pristine versions of all Pandaren and Mogu artifacts in The Seat of Knowledge is finally complete. I must admit, I never thought it would be so hard to finish, especially since I’ve only been short one pristine artifact for months but as one of my tracked objectives, it was definitely one of the more doable ones on the list – albeit time-consuming. As a result, over the last few days I’ve focused on getting this done once and for all. At the same time, I also needed three pristine artifacts for the History of the Mantid but I wasn’t as worried about that since I could just turn all my digs into Mantid ones after this last Mogu one was discovered.
However, after more than 100 restored artifacts later, I decided to reinstall Archy just so I could focus on Mogu digs. This avoided the accidental flight to any Pandaren sites so it worked pretty well. In the process, one of the three Pristine Mantid artifacts appeared but even with a handful of Worn Monument Ledgers, a Pristine Monument Ledger seemed impossible. The Lorewalker’s Maps came in very handy when I had a full set of Pandaren digs though.
Never-the-less I decided to keep digging until the servers dropped out for our normal weekly maintenance only to find no dig sites available when I logged back in today. Considering I was down to my last four Collector (20) achievements, this would not do. Luckily this was rectified once I completely exited the game since reloading and relogging did not work.
Talk about a lot of flying… my perseverance paid off tonight when I saw the item I had been waiting for. I didn’t even finish my dig, I flew straight back to the Seat of Knowledge to put it on display and receive my title – Seeker of Knowledge.
This gave me the motivation to keep going with a stack of Lorewalker’s Lodestones and a Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator. However something that happened earlier made rethink this some.
As of now all the Collector achievements are done with two Pristines to go. Wish me luck…