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  • World of Warcraft
  • 162 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 34,575 Total Downloads
  • Updated 01/05/2015
  • Created 04/15/2011
  • 56 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 2.2-release

About Excavatinator

To use:
Type /arch to open the main window. This contains a list which shows each race with a project count, your progress on the current artifact, and how many keystones you have. There are also a few buttons along the bottom of the window:

- The far left button opens the travel frame. This holds a list of the items and spells you have that you can use to instantly travel around the world with (hearthstone, teleport etc). This list may not be complete; if you have something that should be on the list but isn't, give me a comment.

- Near the middle is the Survey button. This button simply casts Survey.

- Next to it is the achievement tracker button. The achievement tracker allows you to see your progress on the archaeology achievements in the game.

- Finally there's the links frame. This is intended as a solution to a problem caused by Blizzard's API; if an archaeology project's name does not match the name of the created item, there is no data linking them. This frame allows you to manually link an unlinked project you have completed to an item you haven't. Some links have been provided in the update, and if you find any further un-linked item/project combinations, go ahead and tell me so I can add them to the default list.

- The little button to the far right collapses the race frame so that it only displays the races available on the continent you're on. Only works in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland and Northrend.

Click a race to open its artifact list. The artifact list lists all artifacts you can find for that race, and which ones of those you have completed. You can mouse over an artifact to view the item's tooltip, and click one to insert a link into chat.

You can also keybind the Excavatinator window, as well as the Survey skill, under the key bindings menu.

tag 2.2-release
Pål V. Gjerde <>
2015-01-05 20:36:01 +0100

Tagging as 2.2-release - first proper release for WoD


Pål V. Gjerde:
    - Fixed some changed item cooldowns and added Garrison Hearthstone to travel frame.
    - Fixed an incorrectly displayed achievement. Moved the bars in the main frame so the entire phrase 'Draenor Clans' shows. Changed /arch and the corresponding key binding to toggle the window instead of simply showing.
    - Key bindings
    - WoD beta 1
    - Cleaned up usable items, a lot of them were permanent but are now consumed (learned as toys). Added the two new pets.
    - Fixed cooldown overlay not working, still doesn't quite work for subframe items. Added new achievements.
    - Copied the new Astrolabe version in. I should figure out how to use the package manager at some point.
    - Updated version number. Added WoD crateables.
    - Moving to repo


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  • #15

    I'm having an odd issue with this addon where it's showing shovel icons on my minimap over NPCs, like questgivers. It's a bit problematic because it makes it hard to even see other icons on the minimap.

  • #16

    What version are you using? v1.6.1 shouldn't have this problem, but it's possible that it still does. The beta version for 2.0 might still have this issue though.

    Sorry for the late reply; I've been away on vacation.

  • #13

    i like the addon, however i would like to see an option (either lua based or ingame) to turn of the border/background.

    this because on a screen 1440x900 with ui scale disabled it tends to take up a bit of screenspace ;)

    otherwise i love the addon.

    It did conflict with another addon i'm using, however i still gotta try wich one the evildoer is, disabled all non-essential addons apart from yours and elvUI ;) because i couldn't really tell from the error wich one it was.

    keep up the excellent work :D

  • #14

    What is the error that you get?

  • #10

    enUS, or any other en* locale without a table, should just default to using enGB rather than failing with errors like:

    attempt to index upvalue 'L' (a nil value)


    I ended up just doing a string replace in the localisation file to get it working for me.

  • #12

    That... is odd. It works for other locales, such as deDE, and there is nothing singling enUS out. Do you possibly have any other addons interfering?

    I'd test it myself, but enUS isn't available to me :(

    EDIT: And now, strangely, the enUS locale is available to me, and I get the same error you do. Or got, as it were, as having it myself let me fix it. It was wiping the metatable responsible for returning the enGB locale as default, and for whatever reason that didn't break things on any of the languages I did have available.

    I'll upload the fix ASAP.

    Last edited by alphakroll on 12/18/2011 4:31:39 AM
  • #9
    Fabulous addon!
  • #7
    Hey awesome add on man. One thing though for some reason crawling claw is showing as incomplete for me even though I've completed it. still the overall count is correct, just when you look at the completed list it shows crawling claw as incomplete. Again awesome add on and keep up the good work.
  • #8
    I know - it's listed under known issues, which apparently doesn't show up on the Curse side of things. The problem lies on Blizzard's end - the project is called "Mummified Monkey Paw", while the item it makes isn't. The project/item name is the only reliable way to match a project to the created item, besides hard coding the match, and I see hard coding it as a poor band-aid solution to the problem. Until this problem is fixed, the item won't show up correctly.
  • #5
    Nice plugin, working good so far! One thing that would really be nice would be a simple double-right click to Survey. Archy offers that and its a big reason why I use Archy. Right now I'm running both mods just fine though. I'm using Excavatinator for my 'lists' and Archy for its Surveying functions.
  • #6
    Finished uploading a small clip of Excavatinator at
  • #3
    would it be possible to add in some options such as removing a race from the list if you completely finish it? or maybe only showing races for a specific continent your working, like showing only outlands races? I know some races are in each or multiple zones, but being able to control how much is showing up in the window would be nice. Otherwise the addon is awesome.
  • #4
    I might consider doing something like this for the next version.
  • #1
    Screen shots would be nice :)
  • #2
    Ha, good point. I took one and forgot to upload it... :P

    Should be up now.
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