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12-13-2010 @ 1:55PM
Just a recommendation for people starting out. Save ALL of your fragments from digging until you reach 100 skill, as that is when you will not get skill ups from digging any more. After that, it's 5 pts per finished artifact. So hit 100, then go ahead and 'solve' the artifacts you've managed to get fragments for.
12-13-2010 @ 2:22PM
I keep hearing this, but after digging up artifacts about 30 times now, I am stuck on 95. Every additional dig gets me so close to giving up and solving.
12-13-2010 @ 4:56PM
You are probably right, but like hillarie.furman I tend to start solving at 95.Definately don't solve any before then though, will save you a lot of time.
12-13-2010 @ 5:16PM
I can't upvote this comment enough and wish I had known before jumping in and excitedly making my artifacts as I leveled. I didn't find out until I asked why I wasn't getting levels any more after clearing a half dozen or so sites (at 96).I had one guildy manage to get to 100, and another gave in at 94. Realistically, if you're in your mid-90's you're talking about assembling one more artifact for 5 points. With all the digging we'll need to get max level, I'd say once you hit ~95 start assembling as soon as you can't take it any longer. The time it'll take to assemble one more artifact to cap is probably just not worth the headache.Of course, the flip side to that argument is that if you grind it all the way to 100, you'll have that many more artifacts on hand for immediate assembly so take that for what it's worth. Hmm... another thing I hadn't considered is, I suppose near cap it probably takes more than ~30 fragments to assemble an artifact. I recently completed my first rare (the companion pet) and it was 85 fossil fragments. Maybe it really IS worth grinding to 100.
12-13-2010 @ 6:22PM
Yeah, it took a long while for me to get up past 95. Averaging one point maybe every 3-4 dig sites. Sadly I didn't know about the 'save your fragments' tip until I was up around 75 or so :(All in all it's a fairly slow going profession, much like fishing. But I kinda like the mindless stuff, too. Good for down time.
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