There are two kinds of artifacts

Quest Artifacts and Lore Artifacts

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.

Archaeology was first implemented in the "Ancient Races" expansion for introducing the Neutral Factions.

Excavating enables to find Rubies, with luck: Faction Coins, and at certain thresholds or under certain conditions: Artifacts. Specific artifacts are required to unlock the Neutral & Prestige Factions.

Some artifacts will reward direct bonuses and the amount of discovered artifacts take part in some Research upgrades.

Requirements

Archaeology is unlocked once you have over 1B gems, produced over 10 Oc (1E28) coins and bought the

Smiley face Archeology Upgrade.

Cost: 100 Oc (1e29)

An "Excavation" button will then appear on the top left of the Upgrades tab and you may commence excavations.

The chance to find Lore Artifacts requires the

Smiley face Survey Equipment Upgrade

Requirements: which requires 100 excavations and

Cost: 1e35 (100 Dc). To be bought once throughout the entire game and does not show up as bought upgrade.

Cost & Faction Coins

Excavation: The first excavation costs 1 Oc (1E27) coins, and each subsequent excavation costs 20% more than the last.

Formula Pre Ascension: 1e27*1.2^x

Formula Pre Ascension: 1e27*1.175^x (With E290)

Formula Post Ascension: 1e27^.75*1.04^x

Formula Post Ascension: 1e27^.75*1.035^x (With E290)

Faction Coins: According to reports, each excavation has a 35% chance to produce faction coins.

Formula: floor(2 * ln(1 + (5000000 * 1.15^x))^3), where x is the number of excavations you have (not including the one just purchased).

Excavation Reset

Cost: 1 Ruby - 1-2999, 2 Rubies 3000-5999, 3 Rubies 6000-8999, 4 Rubies 9000-11999, 5 Rubies 12000-14999.

Note: It will reset the excavation counter to zero, all previously gained Excavation rewards and Rubies will persist and you can not find them again.

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