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Were you looking for the type of armor augments known as Inscriptions or the class lore from the RPG Inscriber?

Inscription is a profession that allows players to create glyphs, scrolls, and enchantments, as well as various items such as Darkmoon Cards and off-hand tomes. Inscription includes a pseudo-"gathering" skill, [Milling], allowing scribes to create base materials from herbs in a similar way to Enchanting's [Disenchant] and Jewelcrafting's [Prospecting].

Official overview

Scribes weave words of power into glyphs that can improve heroes' skills and abilities, and add special effects not possible by normal means. By transferring their powers into ink, scribes can also create consumable scrolls, mystic tomes, and pieces of vellum that allow enchantments to be passed between adventurers. Like Enchanting, Inscription can help veteran adventurers further improve themselves - but inscriptions focus on augmenting class powers, not equipment.

Scribes need pigments, milled from herbs, to create their glyphs - hence, Inscription is often paired with the gathering profession Herbalism. Scribes also require inking sets in order to write their words of power.[1]

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 the first town outside of every starting area, where Apprentice-level recipes can be learned. Trainers for higher-level training and recipes can be found in every major city and some towns.

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 Grand Master 75 425 - 525 Cataclysm
Zen Master 80 500 - 600 MoP
Draenor Master 90 600 - 700 WoD
Legion Master 98 700 - 800 Legion

Legion Master is only available after purchasing the expansion Legion.

Items produced

Inscription requires a [Virtuoso Inking Set], sold by Inscription vendors near each of the trainers. Many recipes also require  [Light Parchment], which is only available from trade goods and Inscription supplies vendors.

Basic materials

Main article: Inscription ingredients

Base crafting materials are obtained from milling herbs. This 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.

Herbs Pigments Inks Skill
 [Peacebloom]  [Silverleaf]  [Earthroot]  [Alabaster Pigment]  [Ivory Ink]
 [Moonglow Ink]
 [Bruiseweed]  [Dusky Pigment]
 [Verdant Pigment]
 [Midnight Ink]
 [Hunter's Ink]
 [Wild Steelbloom]
 [Grave Moss]
 [Kingsblood]  [Liferoot]  [Golden Pigment]
 [Burnt Pigment]
 [Lion's Ink]
 [Dawnstar Ink]
 [Khadgar's Whisker]  [Dragon's Teeth]  [Emerald Pigment]
 [Indigo Pigment]
 [Jadefire Ink]
 [Royal Ink]
 [Purple Lotus]
 [Arthas' Tears]
 [Ghost Mushroom]
 [Violet Pigment]
 [Ruby Pigment]
 [Celestial Ink]
 [Fiery Ink]
 [Golden Sansam]
 [Mountain Silversage]
 [Icecap]  [Silvery Pigment]
 [Sapphire Pigment]
 [Shimmering Ink]
 [Ink of the Sky]
 [Dreaming Glory]
 [Nightmare Vine]
 [Mana Thistle]
 [Ancient Lichen]
 [Nether Pigment]
 [Ebon Pigment]
 [Ethereal Ink]
 [Darkflame Ink]
 [Adder's Tongue]
 [Talandra's Rose]
 [Tiger Lily]
 [Azure Pigment]
 [Icy Pigment]
 [Ink of the Sea]
 [Snowfall Ink]
 [Azshara's Veil]
 [Twilight Jasmine]
 [Ashen Pigment]
 [Burning Embers]
 [Blackfallow Ink]
 [Inferno Ink]
 [Green Tea Leaf]
 [Rain Poppy]
 [Snow Lily]
 [Fool's Cap]
 [Desecrated Herb]
 [Shadow Pigment]
 [Misty Pigment]
 [Ink of Dreams]
 [Starlight Ink]
 [Gorgrond Flytrap]
 [Nagrand Arrowbloom]
 [Talador Orchid]
 [Cerulean Pigment]  [Warbinder's Ink] 600


Main article: Glyph

The "meat and potatoes" of Inscription, glyphs comprise the majority of its recipes. Glyphs come in two grades: major and minor. Each glyph provides a modification to a specific class ability; some grant new abilities.

Each glyph requires common ink and a parchment to create. Minor glyphs require one ink, while some major glyphs require two inks. Glyphs stack to 20 and are not bound, so they can be traded or sold. Each glyph icon is color-coded to match the class it can be used by. Glyphs are learned from trainers and recipe drops called techniques, or discovered through research.

The following research can be performed at the indicated Inscription skill level:

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]
[Darkmoon Card of Destruction] [Hurricane Deck]
[Tsunami Deck]
[Earthquake Deck]
[Volcanic Deck]
 [Darkmoon Card: Hurricane] or  [Darkmoon Card: Hurricane]
[Darkmoon Card: Tsunami]
[Darkmoon Card: Earthquake]
[Darkmoon Card: Volcano]
[Darkmoon Card of Mists] [Tiger Deck]
[Ox Deck]
[Crane Deck]
[Serpent Deck]
[Relic of Xuen (Agility)] or [Relic of Xuen (Strength)]
[Relic of Niuzao]
[Relic of Chi Ji]
[Relic of Yu'lon]
[Darkmoon Card of Draenor] [Iron Deck]
[Moon Deck]
[Visions Deck]
[War Deck]
[Knight's Badge]
[Sandman's Pouch]
[Winged Hourglass]
[Skull of War]

Enchantment vellums

Scribes could once create various vellums that could hold varying levels of armor or weapon enchantments, but instead now simply make one type of vellum, [Enchanting Vellum]. They do not bind and can be sold or traded to enchanters, who can then sell enchanted scrolls on the Auction House or can mail them. As of patch 4.0.3a, [Enchanting Vellum] is now sold by Enchanting vendors.

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 TBC [Hellfire Tome] [Book of Clever Tricks]
Grand Master WotLK [Twilight Tome] [Rituals of the New Moon]
[Faces of Doom] [Iron-bound Tome]
Illustrious Grand Master Cataclysm [Lord Rottington's Pressed Wisp Book] [Battle Tome]
[Book of Blood] [Divine Companion]
[Dungeoneering Guide]
Zen Master MoP [Inscribed Fan] [Inscribed Red Fan]
[Inscribed Jade Fan]
Draenor Master WoD [Shadowtome]


Weapon Level Inscription
 [Key to the Planes] 81 480
 [Runed Staff] 81 505
 [Silver Inlaid Staff] 85 515
 [Rosethorn Staff] 85 515
 [Rain Poppy Staff] 85 560
 [Ghost Iron Staff] 85 560
 [Inscribed Crane Staff] 90 560
 [Inscribed Serpent Staff] 90 560
 [Inscribed Tiger Staff] 90 560
 [Crystalfire Spellstaff] 91 1
 [Etched-Blade Warstaff] 91 1
 [Warmaster's Firestick] 91 1

Shoulder Inscriptions

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Master scribes are able to apply permanent augments to their shoulder items, which causes them to become soulbound.

Inscription Stats Level Reagent
 [Master's Inscription of the Axe] 120 Attack Power 15 Critical Strike 400 1 x [Snowfall Ink]
 [Master's Inscription of the Crag] 60 Intellect 60 Spirit
 [Master's Inscription of the Pinnacle] 60 Dodge 15 Parry
 [Master's Inscription of the Storm] 70 Spell Power 15 Critical Strike
 [Felfire Inscription] 130 Intellect 25 Haste 500 4 x [Blackfallow Ink]
 [Inscription of the Earth Prince] 195 Stamina 25 Dodge
 [Lionsmane Inscription] 130 Strength 25 Critical Strike
 [Swiftsteel Inscription] 130 Agility 25 Mastery

Fortune cards

Scribes can also create fortune cards like  [Mysterious Fortune Card] and  [Card of Omens]. When used, they turn into a random card that can be sold to a vendor for anywhere between 1c and 6000g.


  • Removed in beta, the subskill [Decipher] suggests that once Inscription could have been used on items marked as Encrypted to unlock them, similarly to how lockpicking works on locked items.

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Staves can now be crafted along with new types of off-hands. Prime glyphs and relics have been removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Glyphs are separated into Prime, Major, and Minor categories. They became permanently learned, and do not need to be re-learned once a glyph has been removed with  [Vanishing Powder] or  [Dust of Disappearance]. Several Glyphs were added and some existing ones were changed.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added three new Techniques which are sold by Larana Drome. These teach  [Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation],  [Glyph of Quick Decay] and  [Glyph of Eternal Water].
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14):
    • Added a recipe to trainers for creating a level 70 superior-quality off-hand item ( [Twilight Tome]).
    • Added a recipe for creating a different level 70 superior-quality off-hand item ( [Rituals of the New Moon]). Scribes will find the recipe is dropped from residents of Silverbrook.
    • 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.
    • Glyph icons have been updated so it is easy to distinguish between classes.
    • 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 (2009-01-20):
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): New Profession: Inscription is available to train up to 375. It is available for those who have The Burning Crusade.


External links

For leveling guides, see Tradeskill leveling guides.