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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

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 Bc icon Hellfire Peninsula and Wrath-Logo-Small 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 Bc icon
Grand Master 65 375 - 450 Wrath-Logo-Small
Illustrious 75 425 - 525 Cataclysm-Logo-Small

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

Illustrious is only available after installing the expansion Cataclysm.

Items produced

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

Basic materials

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
Inv misc flower 02 [Peacebloom] Inv misc herb 10 [Silverleaf] Inv misc herb 07 [Earthroot] Inv inscription pigment white [Alabaster Pigment] Inv inscription inkwhite03 [Ivory Ink]
Inv inscription inkwhite02 [Moonglow Ink]
Inv jewelry talisman 03 [Mageroyal]
Inv misc root 01 [Briarthorn]
Inv misc herb 04 [Swiftthistle]
Inv misc herb 11 [Stranglekelp]
Inv misc herb 01 [Bruiseweed] Inv inscription pigment grey [Dusky Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment verdant [Verdant Pigment]
Inv inscription inkblack01 [Midnight Ink]
Inv inscription inkgreen02 [Hunter's Ink]
Inv misc flower 01 [Wild Steelbloom]
Inv misc dust 02 [Grave Moss]
Inv misc herb 03 [Kingsblood] Inv misc root 02 [Liferoot] Inv inscription pigment golden [Golden Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment burnt [Burnt Pigment]
Inv inscription inkyellow02 [Lion's Ink]
Inv inscription inkyellow04 [Dawnstar Ink]
Inv misc herb 12 [Fadeleaf]
Inv misc herb 15 [Goldthorn]
Inv misc herb 08 [Khadgar's Whisker] Inv misc flower 03 [Wintersbite] Inv inscription pigment emerald [Emerald Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment indigo [Indigo Pigment]
Inv inscription inkgreen03 [Jadefire Ink]
Inv inscription inkpurple04 [Royal Ink]
Inv misc herb 19 [Firebloom]
Inv misc herb 17 [Purple Lotus]
Inv misc herb 13 [Arthas' Tears]
Inv misc herb 18 [Sungrass]
Inv misc herb 14 [Blindweed]
Inv mushroom 08 [Ghost Mushroom]
Inv misc herb 16 [Gromsblood]
Inv inscription pigment violet [Violet Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment ruby [Ruby Pigment]
Inv inscription inkpurple03 [Celestial Ink]
Inv inscription inkred01 [Fiery Ink]
Inv misc herb sansamroot [Golden Sansam]
Inv misc herb dreamfoil [Dreamfoil]
Inv misc herb mountainsilversage [Mountain Silversage]
Inv misc herb plaguebloom [Sorrowmoss]
Inv misc herb icecap [Icecap] Inv inscription pigment silvery [Silvery Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment sapphire [Sapphire Pigment]
Inv inscription inksilver01 [Shimmering Ink]
Inv inscription inkbluewhite03 [Ink of the Sky]
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Inv misc herb felweed [Felweed]
Inv misc herb dreamingglory [Dreaming Glory]
Inv misc herb ragveil [Ragveil]
Inv misc herb terrocone [Terocone]
Inv misc herb nightmarevine [Nightmare Vine]
Inv misc herb netherbloom [Netherbloom]
Inv misc herb manathistle [Mana Thistle]
Inv misc herb ancientlichen [Ancient Lichen]
Inv inscription pigment nether [Nether Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment ebon [Ebon Pigment]
Inv inscription inkblack02 [Ethereal Ink]
Inv inscription inkblack04 [Darkflame Ink]
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Inv misc herb evergreenmoss [Adder's Tongue]
Inv misc herb constrictorgrass [Deadnettle]
Inv misc herb goldclover [Goldclover]
Inv misc herb icethorn [Icethorn]
Inv misc herb whispervine [Lichbloom]
Inv misc herb talandrasrose [Talandra's Rose]
Inv misc herb tigerlily [Tiger Lily]
Inv inscription pigment azure [Azure Pigment]
Inv inscription pigment icy [Icy Pigment]
Inv inscription inkpurple01 [Ink of the Sea]
Inv inscription inkbluewhite01 [Snowfall Ink]
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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

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

Scribes can create various vellums that can hold armor or weapon enchantments (each kind of vellum does 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 Inv inscription weaponscroll01 [Enchanting Vellum]. The id for Inv inscription armorscroll01 [Armor Vellum] was re-used for Enchanting Vellum and all other types became Inv scroll 07 [Ruined Vellum].


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Players building their garrisons while on Draenor that have inscription should consider building a level 3 Barn (for Savage Blood). The Barn is classified as a medium building.

Old types

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Vellum Enchant
Armor Weapon
Inv inscription armorscroll01 [Armor Vellum] Inv inscription weaponscroll01 [Weapon Vellum] 1
Inv inscription armorscroll02 [Armor Vellum II] Inv inscription weaponscroll02 [Weapon Vellum II] 35
Inv inscription armorscroll03 [Armor Vellum III] Inv inscription weaponscroll03 [Weapon Vellum III] 60


  • 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

  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Added.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Low level versions added in Patch 3.0.1, higher level versions added.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Armor Vellum converted to Enchanting Vellum and all others converted to Ruined Vellum.

Off-hand tomes

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 Bc icon [Hellfire Tome] [Book of Clever Tricks]
Grand Master Wrath-Logo-Small [Twilight Tome] [Rituals of the New Moon]
[Faces of Doom] [Iron-bound Tome]

Master's Inscriptions

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

Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (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].
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (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.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Master's Inscriptions increased.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Added a recipe to trainers for creating a level 70 superior-quality off-hand item (Inv misc book 11 [Twilight Tome]).
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Added a recipe for creating a different level 70 superior-quality off-hand item (Inv misc book 07 [Rituals of the New Moon]). Scribes will find the recipe is dropped from residents of Silverbrook.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (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.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Glyph icons have been updated so it is easy to distinguish between classes.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (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.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (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.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): A new recipe for [Glyph of Arcane Blast] has been added to Master and Grand Master Inscription trainers.
Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): New Profession: Inscription is available to train up to 375. It is available for those who have Burning Crusade.

External links

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