Glyph

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Glyphs are spell and ability enhancements that add cosmetic effects or minor enhancements, created by scribes. Glyphs are color-coded to the class for which they are meant.

Glyphs can be removed any time outside of combat using  [Vanishing Powder] and can be used from level 25.

Types

Glyphs mostly give convenient or cosmetic improvements, such as changing the visual effect of a spell, or give an additional effect. However, some have more substantial effects, improving or altering important abilities in a number of ways.

Examples:

Minor glyphs

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Minor glyphs mostly give convenient or cosmetic improvements, such as changing the visual effect of a spell, or granting a new ability that is purely for entertainment purposes. However, some have more substantial effects, improving or altering important abilities in a number of ways.

Examples:

Major glyphs

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Major glyphs feature spell changes that may increase the damage, or another feature of the spell. Some of these glyphs have trade-offs, for example increasing direct damage but removing a DoT effect of the spell.

Major glyphs were removed in patch 7.0.3.

Prime glyphs

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.0.4.

Prime glyphs were effective in combat, and generally increased the healing or damage of an ability. They were generally the most potent and important of the glyphs.

Examples:

Prime glyphs were removed in patch 5.0.4.[1]

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Class Design & Balance Q&A | 2011-11-09 00:00 | Celestalon
We're not happy with how Prime glyphs have worked out, and are considering removing them. Don't worry, scribes, if we do this sort of change, we'll keep you heavily in mind; we don't intend to 'nerf' Inscription in any way with this potential change.

Applying glyphs

To apply a glyph, a player use the glyph, which automatically opens the spellbook. The ability or spell related to the glyph will light up, allowing the glyph to be applied. Once a glyph has been applied, it will show with a purple arrow in the upper right corner.

Class glyphs lists

Lists of the glyphs available to each class can be found on their own pages:

Death knight Death knight glyphs Paladin Paladin glyphs
Demon hunter Demon hunter glyphs Priest Priest glyphs
Druid Druid glyphs Rogue Rogue glyphs
Hunter Hunter glyphs Shaman Shaman glyphs
Mage Mage glyphs Warlock Warlock glyphs
Monk Monk glyphs Warrior Warrior glyphs

History

Initially, there would be additional glyphs known as "ancient glyphs", added with the Path of the Titans system. When Path of the Titans was canceled, the glyph system was changed to three tiers - Major, Medium and Minor. In patch 4.0.1 this was changed to Prime, Major and Minor. Patch 5.0.4 removed Prime glyphs, and added many new Major and Minor glyphs.

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Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19):
    • Major glyphs removed. Runes giving temporary buffs are taking their place.
    • Minor glyphs are no longer constrained by a maximum number of slots.
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Exclusive categories have been added for some glyphs. Other glyphs from the same category cannot be applied at the same time.
    • Some glyphs are now exclusive to a specialization.
    • All classes now learn some of their Major Glyphs as they level. Recipes for these Glyphs have been removed.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Major overhaul of the glyph system; All Prime Glyphs were replaced or converted to Major Glyphs.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added Prime Glyphs and Glyph slots. The minimum level requirement to use glyphs is 25. You will unlock a Prime Glyph slot, a Major Glyph slot and a Minor Glyph slot at level 25, 50 and 75. Removed glyphs have been replaced by the item [Charred Glyph] in-game.
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Glyph interface moved from the spellbook window to the talent window.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

References

  1. ^ Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event: Full Monk Talents Revealed and More!. Wowhead (2012-03-19). Retrieved on 2012-03-19.

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