Super Safi’s Stats & Strategy Special: Minigames – Excavation Site!

Salutations Senors, Senoras, Senoritas, Statisticians & Strategists,

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter ‘S’)

Hi, I’m Super Safi and you may remember me from such stats and strategy posts as KEM Farming and the advanced losing-to-win Superheroes battle strategy.

What better way to spend your time than talking math. So from time-to-time, I’ll come to you with a post that delves into the wonderful world of numbers, stats, and/or strategies.

While we’ve previously discussed Springfield Downs and the Go Kart Track a couple months ago, last month and this month we’ll continue to look at most of the Minigames found within our game. After discussing Bigclaw a couple weeks ago, we continue our journey today with the Excavation Site!




The Excavation Site minigame is played at the Excavation Site. Every hour, a player earns two shovels, up to a maximum of 50 shovels at one time. The player can then use these shovels to excavate for prizes.

The basic “how-to” of the Excavation Site was wonderfully covered here by Alissa. Again, the goal is to use your shovels to unearth the hidden gem. The four adjacent tiles that share a border with the gem are tiles that contains rocks. Once you find a rock, you can assure yourself that the gem is adjacent to the rock. Here is an image most people use to minimize the number of shovels required to obtain a gem (image courtesy Declan):

Here are the prizes a player may dig up when they discover the gem:

Hieroglyph Wall


Wooden Barrel (Single)


Rock Pile (Small)


Broken Down Washer


Broken Down Dryer


Castle Wall


Castle Tower


Castle Gate


Pirate Booty


Barbarian Statue

(Awards 2.00% bonus)



Do you play the Excavation Site? How many times do you usually play in a week? Do you have a Barbarian Statue? What stats or strategy related topic would you like discussed? Share your thoughts. You know we love hearing from you. And be sure to come back next time for the Drone Scan.



Springfield Downs, Go Kart Tracks, Insanity Mode, Sideshow You, Rocket Launch Pad, Claw Machine, Scratch-R, The Eliminator, Bigclaw, Excavation Site, Drone Scan, Sci-Fighter, Where’s Maggie



59 responses to “Super Safi’s Stats & Strategy Special: Minigames – Excavation Site!

  1. So i missed it ?


  2. I play this daily (or almost daily) since the original event. I have won the pirate booty at least 5 times….but still hoping to finally win the Barbarian Statue.


  3. Apologies if already covered, I’m wondering where this item is from and is it still available, I’ve recently returned to playing after a break.


  4. I started keeping track, and my average is 5.4 over 25 games.

    If I find the gem in the bottom left section, I start the new game in the top left section or bottom right section, then the top right section.

    Has EA confirmed there’s an equal chance to find the gem behind each square, 1 out of 36?


  5. What I’ve been wondering is: is there any benefit to uncovering all possible squares before finding the gem? During the event, there are two strategies (find gem fast/ dig more to get more currency) depending on what you needed. Which provides more $ and XP? I don’t care about the prizes as I have too many I need to sell/store. I want to know if cash/XP are consistent regardless of strategy? Anyone know…Safi? Thanks.


  6. Stored it. Looks out of place in my Springfield.

    When it was in place during the event I only got the gem a few times.


  7. Here is my method. It has a 6.05555 average, and a 10 move maximum. Let me know if you have a better one.


  8. It might be worth pointing out that the Barbarian Statue is a unique item; you will not receive a “second” Statue. If the game tells you that you found a Barbarian Statue when you already have one, it just unceremoniously disappears into the proverbial bit-bucket. (I saw that happen twice in my own game, when I was still actively playing the Excavation mini-game.)

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  9. I played the Excavation site quite regularly to farm $ and XP. However about 3 weeks ago the timer on my dig site changed to days instead of minutes. It went to 45d 00h 00m 00s. Currently as i write this i’m at 21d and counting till i get my next 1 shovel. is anyone else experiencing this? I’ve tried storing the dig site and pulling it out to no avail? Have i reached a cap on the maximum times i can dig?



    • Oh dear, you’ve been/being robbed. I enjoy playing it, guaranteed reward – design item or something I instantly sell for cash 😊 interesting to have the % I feel like I get mainly the broken down washer/dryer, which is fine by me 😊


  10. I got bored with it and stored my Excavation Site for good. I use this space for KEMfarming now.

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  11. Hieroglyph walls are a good prize – rotate them so the plain side is facing out and you have a nice way to build boundaries 😀

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