- In-game description:
Enter the Archeology Association to control the progress of your Excavations. There you will be able to fund more excavations to find Faction Coins, the rare Rubies and ancient Artifacts from the civilizations of the old.
Excavation was first implemented in the "Ancient Races" expansion for introducing Neutral Factions. With any luck, Excavations allow you to find Faction Coins, Rubies, and—depending on certain thresholds or conditions—Artifacts. Some Artifacts are required to unlock the Neutral and Prestige Factions.
Some Lore Artifacts will reward direct bonuses, but most do not reward anything. Rather, this latter category of relics count towards the total number of Artifacts discovered. Moreover, specific (total) quantities of Artifacts discovered is a requirement for some upgrades (e.g., the Research upgrades D290, E330, or the Fossilized Rodent Artifact).
Requirements[edit | edit source]
The below only has to be bought once throughout the entire game and does not show up as bought upgrade.
(Makes the "Excavation" button appear)
|Have at least:
1 B (1E9) gems in the abdication treasury.
|Survey Equipment||Unlocks the chance to find Lore Artifacts.||100th Excavation||100 Dc|
Costs & Find Chances[edit | edit source]
The first excavation costs 1 Oc (1E27) coins, and each subsequent excavation costs 20% more than the last.
Formula Pre Ascension:
Formula Pre Ascension (E290):
Formula Post Ascension:
Formula Post Ascension (E290):
where x is the number of excavations
- Excavation Reset: The excavation counter and cost are reset by reincarnation. Alternatively, you can buy an excavation reset for 1 Ruby up until 2999 excavations, 2 up to 5999, 3 up to 8999, 4 up to 11999, 5 up to 14999. It will reset the excavation counter to zero, all previously gained Excavation rewards and Rubies will persist and you can not find them again.
- Free Reset: Free resets will be available if you get enough excavations. It will let you reset your excavations without spending rubies. You will receive a 90% production penalty until you abdicate. The minimum excavations required will go up by 500 after every free reset. When you reincarnate the minimum excavations added by making free resets will be eliminated, but it will increase by 50.
Formula: 2000 + 50 * R + 500 * x where x is amount of resets this R.
- Faction Coins: Each excavation has a 35% chance (40% with That Excavated Quickly) to produce faction coins.Formula: where x is the number of excavations you have (not including the one just purchased).
- Rubies: 1 Ruby is found at excavation 50, 150, 300, 500, 750, 1050, 1400, 1800, 2250, 2750, 3300, 3900, 4550, 5250, 6000, 6800, 7650, 8550, 9500, 10500, 11550, 12650, 13800, 15000, 16250, 17550, 18900, etc. Formula for the number of excavations required for each ruby:, where n is the number of the ruby to be earned.
Artifacts[edit | edit source]
There are 93 Excavation Artifacts:
- 24 Quest Artifacts that unlocks the Neutral Alignment, Research and Research Slots.
- 69 Lore Artifacts
All artifacts with a random chance check that chance on every individual excavation if their non-random requirements are met. How the excavations are purchased is irrelevant, and artifacts will be found on the same excavation number regardless of whether multi-buy is used.
|Ancient Stone Slab 1||1st Titan Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered an ancient stone slab written in old scriptures. It appears to say something about Halls of Legends."
|Unlocks the next Titan Faction Quest item.||5th Excavation|
|Fossilized Piece of Bark 1||1st Druid Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered a fossilized piece of bark with the image of a Faction Coin carved into it."
|Unlocks the next Druid Faction Quest item.||10th Excavation|
|Bone Fragment 1||1st Faceless Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered a sundial shaped artifact, probably made of animal bones."
|Unlocks the next Faceless Faction Quest item.||15th Excavation|
|Ancient Stone Slab 2||2nd Titan Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered an ancient stoneslab written in old scriptures. We can recognize the number 300."
|Unlocks the next Titan Faction quest item.||20th Excavation|
|Fossilized Piece of Bark 2||2nd Druid Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered a fossilized piece of bark with the symbol of One Million."
|Unlocks the next Druid Faction quest item.||25th Excavation|
|Bone Fragment 2||2nd Faceless Faction Quest Clue:
"We discovered an artifact shaped like the number 36, probably made of animal bones."
|Unlocks the next Faceless Faction quest item.||30th Excavation|
|Key to the Lost City||Despite being thousands of years old, it's still shiny.||Unlocks Neutral Research quests||R23+,|
1500th Excavation (total)
|Ancient Device||This strange device seems to react to the Ancient Races magical capabilities... We may channel its power to increase their research potential!||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that adds 2 additional Neutral research slots related to the faction you are playing.||Own a neutral faction's unique building,|
|Earth Core||This piece of molten rock is continuously shifting its shape, responding to mysterious energy sources.||Unlocks Prestige research quests.||R29+,
|Horn of the Kings||It is said that when this horn is blown, the voices of past Dwarven Kings can be heard in the wind.||Unlocks the Legacy of the Kings Good alignment research upgrade that adds 3 additional research slots: 2 for Craftsmanship and 1 related to the faction you are playing.||Have Dwarven Forges,|
3250+ Excavations See tips.
|Flame of Bondelnar||The magical azure flame of Bondelnar constantly emanates a silent, yet subtle, evil aura.||Unlocks the Dark Light of Bondelnar Evil alignment research upgrade that adds 3 additional research slots: 2 for Warfare and 1 related to the faction you are playing.||Have Spider Sanctuaries,|
3250+ Excavations See tips.
|Spiky Rough Egg||What a weird egg... it looks ages old. yet something alive is inside. Perhaps if you wait long enough, something will hatch?||Unlocks Hatch! dragon faction quest upgrade.||R46+,|
|Obsidian Shard||Extremely hard and black as darkness itself, this material cannot apparently be carved or melted. It is a mystery how you can make this thing into a sword.||Unlocks Mercenary research||R75+
The 8000th Excavation
|Rough Stone||A common, totally uninteresting stone.||Unlocks Research D290||On the 1st excavation of a run, after a soft reset.|
|Scarab of Fortune||You found the rarest of relics. This golden scarab will grant you 7 days of good luck, starting from now. Make good use of it!||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of all buildings by 0.1% for each trophy you unlocked (and does not expire after 7 days).||Chance: (#Ancient Pyramids / 1,000)%|
|Chocolate Cookie||Found in a wasteland made of cakes and sweets, snatched from the hands of an old woman...||-||Chance: (# excavations / 50)%|
|Fossilized Rodent||What's this, a prehistoric mouse...?||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases click reward by 10% per artifact you discovered||Chance: (# treasure clicks this R / 5,000,000)%|
|Power Orb||Throbbing with arcane power.||2.5% increased mana regen||At least 3000 max mana.|
Chance: (max mana / 15,000)%
|Pink Carrot||The main product of properly nurtured Farms.||-||Play as Fairy and not as Dwarf.|
Chance: (# Farms / 5,000)%
|Bottled Voice||The essence of a melodic Fairy voice.||-||Play as Fairy and not as Dwarf.|
Chance: (Fairy Chanting casts this game / 40,000)%
|Lucky Clover||A perfectly shaped four-leaf clover. Each leaf is almost unnaturally identical to the other three.||-||Play as Elf and not as Dwarf.|
Chance: ((Highest # of consecutive Elven Luck – 1) * 50)%
|Mini-treasure||It's a small perfect replica of the old gold-filled treasure.||-||Play as Elf and not as Dwarf.|
Chance: (# Clicks this game / 3,000,000)%
|Pillar Fragment||A tiny piece of the legendary pillars which sustain all the Heavens.||Play as Angel and not as Dwarf.|
Chance: (# Heaven's Gate / 3,750)%
|Divine Sword||The shining golden sword of an Archangel. Its hilt feels pleasantly warm to the pure of heart, and burning hot for the villain.||-||Play as Angel and not as Dwarf.|
at least 3 consecutive Angels runs (this R). See tips.
Chance: (Consecutive times allied with Angels this R / 60)%
|Ancient Coin Piece||A common goblin lucky charm. The older it is, the luckier you are, or so they say.||-||Play as Goblin and not as Drow.|
Chance: (# Faction Coins this R# / 50,000,000)%
|Goblin Purse||Heavy and roomy. Definitely too big for just pocket change.||-||Play as Goblin and not as Drow.|
Chance: (Tax Collection casts this game / 300,000)%
|Rotten Organ||Ew... disgusting. It still pulses.||-||Play as Undead and not as Drow.|
Chance: (# Assistants / 500)%
|Jaw Bone||A jaw, missing more than half of its teeth.||Play as Undead and not as Drow.|
at least 24h offline (this R)
Chance: (Offline playtime this R / 10d)%
|Demonic Figurine||An intricate figurine representing the evil face of a lesser demon.||-||Play as Demon and not as Drow.|
have 666 Trophies unlocked.
|Demon Horn||Still blazing with the flames of Hell. Handle with care.||-||Play as Demon and not as Drow.|
at least 3 consecutive Demon runs (this R).
Chance: (Consecutive times allied with Demon this R / 60)%
|Huge Titan Statue||The granite representation of a giant wielding a lightning bolt in its fist. A foot appears to be missing.||-||Play as Titan and not as Dragon.|
Chance: (Lightning Strike casts this game / 1,000)%
|Titan Shield||A gargantuan metal shield, twice as tall as a common human.||-||Play as Titan and not as Dragon.|
at least 10h playtime (This game)
Chance: (Playtime this game / 50h)%
|Glyph Table||Contains all the secrets of the Druidic Alphabet.||-||Play as Druid and not as Dragon.|
same amount of each building tier.
|Stone of Balance||A carved stone hovering above its pedestal.||-||Play as Druid and not as Dragon. See tips.|
Chance: (Grand Balance Casts this game / 30,000)%
|Translucent Goo||A completely odorless sticky substance with a diaphanous, unsettling glow.||-||Play as Faceless and not as Dragon.|
Chance: (Brainwave casts this game / 400)%. Tip for iOS/Android: cast the spell, go to Setting -> SAVE, then completely exit the game, when you restart the game, you can directly cast it again to save time.
|Octopus-shaped Helmet||A large helmet with empty metal prongs to accomodate tentacular appendages.||-||Play as Faceless and not as Dragon.|
Chance: (# Labyrinths / 2,000)%
|Dwarven Bow||Actually a heavy throwing hammer.||-||Play as Dwarf.|
Chance: (# clicks this game / 25,000)%
|Stone Tankard||A very heavy mug for drinking the heaviest beers.||-||Play as Dwarf.|
Chance: (# Inns / 25,000)%
|Ceremonial Dagger||Its blade is unnaturally keen and sharp.||-||Play as Drow.|
0 clicks (This Game)
|Arachnid Figurine||If you are afraid of spiders, Drow aren't your faction.||-||Play as Drow, and have|
at least 1 day of evil playtime (all-time).
Chance: (All-time Evil playtime / 50d)%
|Steel Plate||A full plate made of hardened steel.||-||R5+, play as Mercenary.|
Chance: (#R / 50)%
|Black Sword||A long sword with an extremely sharp blade made of dark metal.||-||Play as Mercenaries,|
and 100 Merc affiliations (All-time)
Chance: (All-time Mercenary playtime / 16h 40m)%
|Dragon Fang||This huge fang can barely fit in the hands of a Titan.||-||R50+, play as Dragon.|
Chance: (# Iron Strongholds / 400,000)%
|Dragon Soul||The extracted soul from an ancient dragon, wields the power to end the world in an instant. Also makes a good soup ingredient.||-||R50+, play as Dragons, have 5 different Dragon Breath effects active simultaneously.|
Chance: (# Dragon Breath casts this game / 200,000)%
|Vanilla Flavor Juice||An essence from extremely savory vanilla beans.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that Increases the production of all buildings by 2500% for the first 25 minutes of the game (this game) for all Vanilla factions. Doesn't work while offline.||R16+.|
Chance: 20% in the first 5m of a game
|Ancient Cocoa Bean||Despite being centuries old, it still smells like top-quality cocoa.||Unlocks an upgrade named "Chocolate Flavor Smoothie" that grants a 25000% production bonus to all buildings for the first 15 minutes of the game for all Neutral factions. Does not work while offline.||R22+ play as any neutral faction|
|Know Your Enemy, Part I||All the knowledge you need stored in a handy book.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of all buildings based on time spent as Non-Mercenary. ("Time allied with..." in the stats)||R12+, play as Mercenaries, have upgrades from each 11 factions. See tips.|
|Voodoo Doll||You are now CURSED! And you feel a sting in your lower rear.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of all building by 0.1% for each trophy you have unlocked.||R16+, Play as Evil|
Chance: (number of Witch Conclaves / 10,000)%
|Wall Fragment||A fragment of an utterly and completely unbreakable wall. Enjoy your paradox.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of all buildings based on their tier.||At least 1 Ascension|
|Fortune Teller Machine||*Description changes every 30 seconds.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of Non-Unique buildings based on total time spent.||Not be allied to any faction.|
|Dawnstone||Only found during sunrise hours. Emits a faint glow.||With the Duskstone artifact, unlocks the Sun Force upgrade, which grants different effects based on time of the day. See details.||R16+, local time between 05:00 and 08:00|
Chance: (Excavation count / 10,000)%
|Duskstone||Only found during sunset hours. Absorbs light in a small radius.||With the Dawnstone artifact, unlocks the Sun Force upgrade, which grants different effects based on time of the day. See details.||R16+, local time between 18:00 and 21:00|
Chance: (Excavation count / 10,000)%
|Ancient Heirloom||Passed down countless generations||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that reduces the cost for upgrading Lineages for all except your highest one by 10% of its order of magnitude. (9x more per level instead of 10x)||Have at least 1 Lineage level purchased.|
Chance: (Lineage Levels / 2000)%
|Know Your Enemy, Part II||Much more knowledge than you need, stored in a handy book.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases production of all buildings based on time spent as Non-Mercenary. Upgrade is only available to Mercenaries.||R76+, Play as Mercenary and have upgrades from each faction.|
|Veteran Figurine||The warrior of a thousand battles, ultimate champion of the Realms.||Allows Mercenaries to benefit from all Challenges.||R90+|
Chance: (Time in seconds this game / 1,000,000)%
|Wall Chunk||A bigger piece of the infamous Ascension Wall.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increases the production of all buildings based on their tier.
|Excavated Mirage||You know all too well this does not exist, yet it fills you with hope and optimism.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that increase Faction Coin find chance by a multiplicative 1000%.||R100+|
Chance: (log10(FC chance) / 100)%
|Ancestral Hourglass||The silver sands contained within seem to never stop flowing.||Unlocks an upgrade of the same name that decreases linage levels cost based on time spent this game (resets on buying linage levels).||R100+|
Chance: (FC chance / 1e16)%
|Silk Cloth||The purest silk made for Fairies, by Fairies, of Fairies.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Fairy|
Chance: (# Wizard Towers - 10,000) / 200,000)%
|Raw Emerald||Just slightly less precious than a raw Ruby.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Elf|
Chance: (((2 * x)4.5) / 10,000)%, where x is non-ruby excavation resets (this game).
|Fossilized Wing||The remains of an Angel fallen to earth.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Angel|
Chance: (All time Angel playtime (seconds) / 25,920,000)%
|Spiked Whip||Use with caution. You do not want to exterminate all your slaves.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Goblin|
Chance: ((# Slave Pens - 10,000) / 300,000)%
|Dusty Coffin||Sealed since forever, yet you can hear a strange noise from within.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Undead|
Chance: (1 / (30 + x1.5))%, where x is this game Playtime in seconds.
|Crystallized Lava||Incandescent but still. Can be used efficiently as a desk lamp.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Demon|
Chance:(# Burning Abysses - 10,000) / 200,000)%
|Titan Helmet||Made of enough metal to craft a human-sized full plate.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Titan|
Chance:(# RE2 / 5e9)%
(RE multipliers DO count).
|Branch Of The Life Tree||Despite being torn from its source tree, it keeps growing buds and leaves.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Druid|
Chance: (Druid lineage level3 / 2,000,000)%
|Nightmare Figment||An unshaped, ephemeral substance which is politely trying to corrupt your mind.||-||R100+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Faceless|
Chance: (x1.5 / 20,000,000)%, where x is Brainwave headstart time in seconds.
|Beard Hair||Hopefully coming from a real dwarven beard.||-||R116+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Dwarf|
Chance: (# Assistants / 100,000,000)%
|Poison Vial||One drop of this is enough to fell thousands of non-immune creatures.||-||R116+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Drow|
Chance: (Combo Strike production bonus / 10,000,000)%
|Dragon Scale||Very high on the realms' most accurate hardiness rankings.||-||R116+, 3,000+ Excavations, Play as Dragon|
Chance: (Active Spells / 2,500)%
|Oil Lamp||Rub it, polish it. And remember to express your desires precisely, lest you want to face dire consequences.||Unlocks tier 2 Maelstrom||R120+, Proof of Chaos|
Chance: (min(x, y, z) / 100 days)%, where x is Fairy Chanting activity time, y is Hellfire Blast activity time, and z is Brainwave activity time (all time)
|Lantern of Guidance||Follow the guiding light, o wonderer, for it shall bring you fortune.||Unlocks tier 2 Temporal Flux||R120+, Proof of Order|
Chance: (Mana regen / 10,000,000,000)%
|Spark of Life||The spark of Creation, dimly shining from the bottom of its encasing crystal.||Unlocks tier 2 All Creation||R120+, Proof of Balance|
Chance: ( ln(1 + x)2 / 12,000)%, where x is FC collected this game.
|Excavation Trophies & Upgrades|
|Archaeology Expedition||Trophy||-||-||1st Excavation|
|Passage to the Underworld||Faction Quest Upgrade||50 Qid
|Starts the Drow and Dwarven Faction Quests See more here||200th Excavation|
|Realm Digger||Trophy & Upgrade||100 Nod
|Increases production of all buildings by 0.15% per excavation.||400th Excavation|
|Sun Force||Misc Upgrade||1 Notg
|Depending on the time, increases assistants, FC find chance, building production, or offline bonus. See details.||Dawnstone & Duskstone artifacts|
Tips[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Excavation chances: Artifact finds are based on your game's RNG seed, so you can test excavate in a private window and get the same results when excavating in your real game. For the same reason, using "Buy Max" or not, find chances are identical. Read more about excavation chances here.
- Excavation Cap: Calculated for v22.214.171.124. Without any cost reductions value breaks on 3553rd excavation, so you can only buy up to 3552 excavations max. With only one of currently available reductions (Ancient egg, during Easter event / E290 research upgrade) cost value breaks on 4016th excavation (4015 excavs available). With both of currently available cost reductions value breaks on 4634th excavation (4633 excavs available). See calculations.
As of v2. Post ascension maxes out at ~16,811 without using E290
- Artifact Sets: upon getting all faction-related artifacts (3 for each faction), you get that faction's artifact set. Artifact sets work like bloodline, and will give you a boost.