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Artifacts

Artifacts are items dropped when mining ores with a 1% base drop chance, and are the primary way to obtain many of the other PyroMining items. When initially obtained, artifacts are sealed; sealed artifacts are stackable, while unsealed ones are not. Sealed artifacts must be unsealed by right-clicking them in your hand before you can do anything else with them (unless you want to sell/purchase sealed artifacts via other server economical means such as the auction house or chest shops. Also note the use of Ancient Relics, explained below). Once an artifact has been unsealed, it can either be sold to /mine shop for server money, or you can “identify” it in /mine artifacts by placing it in one of the iron bar slots and collecting its contents later after its timer has run out. Artifact timers continue when you are offline.
You will notice that artifacts have different tiers. These different tiers correlate with how easily they are obtained, how long they take to identify, and how good the rewards are. Artifacts are the only way (other than from other players) to obtain fossils, which are used to craft Vessels (custom pickaxe enchantments). Tier III and higher artifacts are the only way (other than from other players) to obtain Requium Orbs, which are required when working with Vessels. There is a small chance, especially at lower tiers, for an artifact to award nothing. For the most part, artifacts will award mineral ores, of which redstone and emerald ores are necessary to summon Rune Guardians and Oracles respectively (both are minibosses).
Once you have begun identifying an artifact, hovering over its corresponding minecart will tell you what items it may award, and with what chances. Both of these (items and their chances) are somewhat randomized even among artifacts of the same tier. Every artifact has a chance to drop a fossil; these are also randomized though they generally scale up with the artifact’s tier. PyroMining-specific drops to keep an eye out for include Zeta Tears, Mysterious Dust, Rune Dust, and Ancient Relics (explained below).