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Inscription is a profession which was introduced in Patch 3.0.2. Inscription allows players to create glyphs, scrolls, Darkmoon cards, vellum and various off-hand tomes. Inscription includes a "gathering" skill: milling. This skill creates base materials from herbs, and is similar to disenchanting and prospecting.

Training as a scribe Edit

Inscription is taught by various inscription trainers located throughout the world. Prospective scribes must be level 5. Initial training costs 10 copper, granting the Apprentice level with a potential skill of 75.

Inscription Trainers are available in every racial capital, allowing players to train in all proficiencies. Trainers are also available in TBC Hellfire Peninsula and WotLK Northrend.

The following are the required levels and potential skill of each stage of the profession:

Proficiency Level Skill
Apprentice 5 1 - 75
Journeyman 10 50 - 150
Expert 20 125 - 225
Artisan 35 200 - 300
Master 50 275 - 375 TBC
Grand Master 65 375 - 450 WotLK
Illustrious 75 425 - 525 Cataclysm

Grand Master is only available after installing the expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

Illustrious is only available after installing the expansion Cataclysm.

Tools required Edit

Inscription requires a [Virtuoso Inking Set], sold by Inscription vendors near each of the trainers.

Basic materials Edit

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Main article: Inscription ingredients

Base crafting materials are obtained from milling herbs. This makes [Herbalism] almost compulsory if one plans to level Inscription without incurring major expenses, or a gathering alt. Milling creates various pigments, which are in turn used to create inks. Glyphs and scrolls are created from common inks, while tomes and Darkmoon cards require both common and uncommon inks.

Most recipes require various grades of parchment, which are only available from trade goods and Inscription supplies vendors - there is so far no profession which can gather them.

Herbs Pigments Inks Skill
16px [Peacebloom] 16px [Silverleaf] 16px [Earthroot] 16px [Alabaster Pigment] 16px [Ivory Ink]
16px [Moonglow Ink]
16px [Mageroyal]
16px [Briarthorn]
16px [Swiftthistle]
16px [Stranglekelp]
16px [Bruiseweed] 16px [Dusky Pigment]
16px [Verdant Pigment]
16px [Midnight Ink]
16px [Hunter's Ink]
16px [Wild Steelbloom]
16px [Grave Moss]
16px [Kingsblood] 16px [Liferoot] 16px [Golden Pigment]
16px [Burnt Pigment]
16px [Lion's Ink]
16px [Dawnstar Ink]
16px [Fadeleaf]
16px [Goldthorn]
16px [Khadgar's Whisker] 16px [Wintersbite] 16px [Emerald Pigment]
16px [Indigo Pigment]
16px [Jadefire Ink]
16px [Royal Ink]
16px [Firebloom]
16px [Purple Lotus]
16px [Arthas' Tears]
16px [Sungrass]
16px [Blindweed]
16px [Ghost Mushroom]
16px [Gromsblood]
16px [Violet Pigment]
16px [Ruby Pigment]
16px [Celestial Ink]
16px [Fiery Ink]
16px [Golden Sansam]
16px [Dreamfoil]
16px [Mountain Silversage]
16px [Sorrowmoss]
16px [Icecap] 16px [Silvery Pigment]
16px [Sapphire Pigment]
16px [Shimmering Ink]
16px [Ink of the Sky]
16px [Felweed]
16px [Dreaming Glory]
16px [Ragveil]
16px [Terocone]
16px [Nightmare Vine]
16px [Netherbloom]
16px [Mana Thistle]
16px [Ancient Lichen]
16px [Nether Pigment]
16px [Ebon Pigment]
16px [Ethereal Ink]
16px [Darkflame Ink]
16px [Adder's Tongue]
16px [Deadnettle]
16px [Goldclover]
16px [Icethorn]
16px [Lichbloom]
16px [Talandra's Rose]
16px [Tiger Lily]
16px [Azure Pigment]
16px [Icy Pigment]
16px [Ink of the Sea]
16px [Snowfall Ink]

Glyphs Edit

Main article: Glyph

The "meat and potatoes" of Inscription, glyphs comprise the majority of its recipes. Glyphs come in three grades: prime, major, and minor. Each glyph provides a modification to a specific class spell or ability.

Glyphs are learned from trainers or discovered through research or books. Prime and major glyphs up to and including some grand master recipes are learned from trainers. Minor glyphs are discovered through daily Minor Inscription Research, while major glyphs are discovered through daily Northrend Inscription Research. A second set of prime and major glyphs can be learned one at a time by using a [Book of Glyph Mastery], which can be dropped from any Northrend mob. This second set is not limited to daily discoveries, a scribe can use as many books as their pocketbook allows. A few glyphs are also learned from recipes, just like in other professions. A recipe used in Inscription is called a technique.

Each glyph requires 3 common ink and a parchment to create. Glyphs stack to 20 and are not bound, so they can be traded or sold for high prices. Each glyph icon is color-coded to match the class it can be used by.

Darkmoon cards Edit

Scribes are able to create various Darkmoon cards, which players can combine into decks and turn in to Darkmoon Faire NPCs for various equipment rewards. These cards include higher-level cards which were previously only obtained from mob drops, and new lower level cards. High level decks can only be turned in when the faire is in town, but lower level ones can be used to summon an NPC at any time, in any location. All the cards, decks and rewards are tradable.

Card Deck Reward
[Mysterious Tarot] [Rogues Deck] [Darkmoon Robe], [Darkmoon Vest] or [Darkmoon Chain Shirt]
[Strange Tarot] [Swords Deck] [Azure Shoulderguards], [Cloaked Shoulderpads] or [Darkcloth Shoulders]
[Arcane Tarot] [Mages Deck] [Darkmoon Necklace] or [Darkmoon Pendant]
[Shadowy Tarot] [Demons Deck] [Darkmoon Dirk], [Darkmoon Executioner] or [Darkmoon Magestaff]
[Darkmoon Card] [Warlords Deck]
[Beasts Deck]
[Elementals Deck]
[Portals Deck]
[Darkmoon Card: Heroism]
[Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon]
[Darkmoon Card: Maelstrom]
[Darkmoon Card: Twisting Nether]
[Greater Darkmoon Card] [Furies Deck]
[Storms Deck]
[Blessings Deck]
[Lunacy Deck]
[Darkmoon Card: Vengeance]
[Darkmoon Card: Wrath]
[Darkmoon Card: Crusade]
[Darkmoon Card: Madness]
[Darkmoon Card of the North] [Chaos Deck]
[Nobles Deck]
[Prisms Deck]
[Undeath Deck]
[Darkmoon Card: Berserker!]
[Darkmoon Card: Greatness]
[Darkmoon Card: Illusion]
[Darkmoon Card: Death]

Enchantment vellums Edit

Scribes can create [Enchanting Vellums] that can hold armor or weapon enchantments (prior to Cataclysm Cataclysm there were various vellums; each kind of vellum did one or the other). These do not bind and can be sold or traded to enchanters, who can then sell enchanted scrolls on the auction house or mail them.

Vellum is a type of paper made with inscription for use by enchanters to store enchants for later use. This allows for the trade and sale of enchantments without the enchanter and client meeting face-to-face. Prior to Patch 4.0.1, different types of vellum were needed depending on the level of the item to enchant or the type of enchantment; now, all enchantments can be applied to a single all-purpose 16px [Enchanting Vellum]. The id for 16px [Armor Vellum] was re-used for Enchanting Vellum and all other types became 16px [Ruined Vellum].

Old types Edit


Vellum Enchant
Armor Weapon
16px [Armor Vellum] 16px [Weapon Vellum] 1
16px [Armor Vellum II] 16px [Weapon Vellum II] 35
16px [Armor Vellum III] 16px [Weapon Vellum III] 60

Notes Edit

  • Vellums can not enchant an item in the "will not be traded" slot of the trade window.
  • Vellums were designed to allow the enchanter to sell enchants via the auction house, mail them to their alts, or other characters on the same server and same faction.

Patch changes Edit

Off-hand tomes Edit

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Scribes are able to produce several BoE off hand tomes. Each requires a fairly hefty amount of raw materials. Players should be aware that wielding an off hand item precludes the use of shields, dual wielding, or two-handed weapons.

Rank Tomes
Journeyman [Mystic Tome]
Expert [Tome of the Dawn] [Book of Survival]
[Tome of Kings] [Royal Guide of Escape Routes]
[Book of Stars] [Fire Eater's Guide]
Artisan [Manual of Clouds] [Stormbound Tome]
Master TBC [Hellfire Tome] [Book of Clever Tricks]
Grand Master WotLK [Twilight Tome] [Rituals of the New Moon]
[Faces of Doom] [Iron-bound Tome]

Master's Inscriptions Edit

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Master scribes are able to apply permanent augments to their shoulder items, which causes them to become soulbound. Each inscription requires 400 Inscription skill, is learned from trainers, and requires 1 [Snowfall Ink].

Inscription Stats
Master's Inscription of the Axe 120 attack power 15 critical strike rating
Master's Inscription of the Crag 70 spell power 6 MP/5
Master's Inscription of the Pinnacle 60 dodge rating 15 defense rating
Master's Inscription of the Storm 70 spell power 15 critical strike rating

Patch changes Edit

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WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (patch date::08-Dec-2009): Added three new Techniques which are sold by Larana Drome. These teaches [Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation], [Glyph of Quick Decay] and [Glyph of Eternal Water]

WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (patch date::04-Aug-2009): Added a new [Glyph of Claw] for young feral druids who haven't yet obtained Mangle. Scribes can learn this glyph from trainers. 
WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (patch date::04-Aug-2009): Master's Inscriptions increased. 
WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (patch date::14-Apr-2009): Added a recipe to trainers for creating a level 70 superior-quality off-hand item (16px [Twilight Tome]). 
WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (patch date::14-Apr-2009): Added a recipe for creating a different level 70 superior-quality off-hand item (16px [Rituals of the New Moon]). Scribes will find the recipe is dropped from residents of Silverbrook
WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (patch date::14-Apr-2009): Added around 50 new glyph recipes. These new recipes can be obtained from [Books of Glyph Mastery] found as world drops on Northrend monsters. Reading (and thereby consuming) a Book of Glyph Mastery randomly discovers one of the newly-added recipes. 
WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (patch date::14-Apr-2009): Glyph icons have been updated so it is easy to distinguish between classes. 
WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (patch date::14-Apr-2009): Players will now learn 3 recipes the very first time they perform Northrend Inscription Research. This does not apply to players who have already discovered recipes from Northrend Inscription Research. 
WotLK Patch 3.0.8 (patch date::2009-01-20): Jessica Sellers, a new vendor in the Dalaran Inscription shop, will sell most Inscription inks for the cost of one [Ink of the Sea]. She also sells [Snowfall Ink] for multiple Inks of the Sea. 
WotLK Patch 3.0.8 (patch date::2009-01-20): A new recipe for [Glyph of Arcane Blast] has been added to Master and Grand Master Inscription trainers. 
TBC/WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (patch date::14-Oct-2008): New Profession: Inscription is available to train up to 375. It is available for those who have Burning Crusade

External links Edit

For a complete list of leveling guides by profession please visit Tradeskill leveling guides
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