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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].

All Nightborne players benefit from a +5 racial bonus to their Inscription skill via the [Ancient History] racial ability.

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 10c for most techniques, granting the first skill point of 300 in Classic inscription techniques or 75 to 175 in all other inscription techniques. The exception is Draenor inscription techniques which requires purchasing Secret of Draenor Inscription for 80g and being Level 10.

Inscription trainers are available in the first town outside of every starting area, where Classic and Cataclysm recipes can be learned. Trainers for other techniques and their corresponding recipes may be found in areas that were added in their expansions.

The following are the types of techniques available, the skill levels they can reach and the expansions they cover.

Proficiency Skill Expansion(s)
Classic inscription techniques 1 - 300 WoW Icon update.png
Outland inscription techniques 1- 75 Bc icon.gif
Northrend inscription techniques 1- 75 Wrath-Logo-Small.png
Cataclysm inscription techniques 1 - 75 Cataclysm
Pandaria inscription techniques 1 - 75 Mists of Pandaria
Draenor inscription techniques 1 - 100 Warlords of Draenor
Legion inscription techniques 1 - 100 Legion
BFA inscription techniques 1 - 175 Battle for Azeroth
Shadowlands inscription techniques 1 - 100 Shadowlands
Dragonflight inscription techniques 1 - 100 Dragonflight

Items produced

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

Tools and accessories

Dragonflight This section concerns content related to Dragonflight.

The Virtuoso Inking Set may be replaced with either a  [Scribe's Fastened Quill] or a  [Scribe's Resplendent Quill]. Additional accessories can be crafted by a Jewelcrafter.

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 Technique Skill
 [Peacebloom]  [Silverleaf]  [Earthroot]  [Alabaster Pigment]  [Moonglow Ink] Classic 1
 [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]
Outland 1
 [Adder's Tongue]
 [Talandra's Rose]
 [Tiger Lily]
 [Azure Pigment]
 [Icy Pigment]
 [Ink of the Sea]
 [Snowfall Ink]
Northrend 1
 [Azshara's Veil]
 [Twilight Jasmine]
 [Ashen Pigment]
 [Burning Embers]
 [Blackfallow Ink]
 [Inferno Ink]
Cataclysm 1
 [Green Tea Leaf]
 [Rain Poppy]
 [Snow Lily]
 [Fool's Cap]
 [Desecrated Herb]
 [Shadow Pigment]
 [Misty Pigment]
 [Ink of Dreams]
 [Starlight Ink]
Pandaria 1
 [Gorgrond Flytrap]
 [Nagrand Arrowbloom]
 [Talador Orchid]
 [Cerulean Pigment]  [Warbinder's Ink] Draenor 1
 [Astral Glory]
 [Starlight Rose]
 [Yseralline Seed]
 [Sallow Pigment]
 [Roseate Pigment]
Legion 1


Main article: Glyph

The "meat and potatoes" of Inscription, glyphs comprise the majority of its recipes. Each glyph provides a modification to a specific class ability.

Each glyph requires common ink and a parchment to create. Most glyphs require one ink, while some 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 or scrolls/books can be used 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]
 [Darkmoon Card: Tsunami]
 [Darkmoon Card: Earthquake]
 [Darkmoon Card: Volcano]
 [Darkmoon Card of Mists]  [Tiger Deck]
 [Ox Deck]
 [Crane Deck]
 [Serpent Deck]
 [Relic of Xuen] or  [Relic of Xuen]
 [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]
 [Darkmoon Card of the Legion]  [Darkmoon Deck: Dominion]
 [Darkmoon Deck: Hellfire]
 [Darkmoon Deck: Promises]
 [Darkmoon Deck: Immortality]

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

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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.

Tome Level Inscription
 [Mystic Tome] 15 85
 [Tome of the Dawn] 20 125
 [Book of Survival] 20 125
 [Tome of Kings] 30 175
 [Royal Guide of Escape Routes] 30 175
 [Book of Stars] 40 225
 [Fire Eater's Guide] 40 225
 [Manual of Clouds] 50 275
 [Stormbound Tome] 50 275
 [Hellfire Tome] 60 325
 [Book of Clever Tricks] 60 325
 [Twilight Tome] 70 350
 [Rituals of the New Moon] 70 350
 [Faces of Doom] 77 400
 [Iron-Bound Tome] 77 400
 [Book of Blood] 81 475
 [Lord Rottington's Pressed Wisp Book] 81 475
 [Battle Tome] 85 510
 [Divine Companion] 85 510
 [Dungeoneering Guide] 85 510
 [Inscribed Fan] 86 560
 [Inscribed Red Fan] 90 560
 [Inscribed Jade Fan] 90 560
 [Shadowtome] 91 1


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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


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Weapon Level Inscription
 [Crafted Malevolent Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity] 90 600
 [Ocean Tarot] 91 1
 [Laughing Tarot] 95 1
 [Savage Tarot] 98 1
 [Prophecy Tarot] 101 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 Inscription
 [Master's Inscription of the Axe] 10 Attack Power 8 Critical Strike 400
 [Master's Inscription of the Crag] 11 Intellect 8 Spirit 400
 [Master's Inscription of the Pinnacle] 8 Dodge 8 Stamina 400
 [Master's Inscription of the Storm] 15 Spell Power 5 Critical Strike 400
 [Felfire Inscription] 10 Intellect 5 Haste 500
 [Inscription of the Earth Prince] 15 Stamina 5 Dodge 500
 [Lionsmane Inscription] 10 Strength 5 Critical Strike 500
 [Swiftsteel Inscription] 10 Agility 5 Mastery 500
 [Crane Wing Inscription] 10 Intellect 5 Critical Strike 540
 [Tiger Claw Inscription] 10 Agility 5 Critical Strike 540
 [Tiger Fang Inscription] 10 Strength 5 Critical Strike 540
 [Ox Horn Inscription] 10 Stamina 5 Dodge 540
 [Greater Crane Wing Inscription] 13 Intellect 5 Critical Strike 570
 [Greater Tiger Claw Inscription] 13 Agility 5 Critical Strike 570
 [Greater Tiger Fang Inscription] 13 Strength 5 Critical Strike 570
 [Greater Ox Horn Inscription] 13 Stamina 5 Dodge 570
 [Secret Crane Wing Inscription] 17 Intellect 5 Critical Strike 575
 [Secret Tiger Claw Inscription] 17 Agility 5 Critical Strike 575
 [Secret Tiger Fang Inscription] 17 Strength 5 Critical Strike 575
 [Secret Ox Horn Inscription] 17 Stamina 5 Dodge 575

Crystals and tarots

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Crystals are used to increase the item level or reroll the stats of Inscription-crafted weapons. Tarots are used to increase the item level of Inscription-crafted trinkets or off-hands.

Item Category Item Level Level Inscription
 [Volatile Crystal] Weapon +15 up to 675 91 1
 [Weapon Crystal] Weapon Reroll secondary stats of 630+ 91 1
 [Mighty Weapon Crystal] Weapon 675->690 91 1
 [Savage Weapon Crystal] Weapon 690->705 91 1
 [Mighty Ensorcelled Tarot] Trinket
91 1
 [Savage Ensorcelled Tarot] Trinket
91 1

Vantus runes

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Vantus runes increase a player's versatility while in a specific dungeon or fighting a specific boss. Legion runes increase versatility by 1,500.

Item Boss/Dungeon
 [Vantus Rune: Nythendra] Nythendra / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Il'gynoth, The Heart of Corruption] Il'gynoth / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Elerethe Renferal] Elerethe Renferal / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Ursoc] Ursoc / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Dragons of Nightmare] Dragons of Nightmare / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Cenarius] Cenarius / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Xavius] Xavius / Emerald Nightmare
 [Vantus Rune: Odyn] Odyn / Trial of Valor
 [Vantus Rune: Guarm] Guarm / Trial of Valor
 [Vantus Rune: Helya] Helya / Trial of Valor
 [Vantus Rune: Skorpyron] Skorpyron / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Chronomatic Anomaly] Chronomatic Anomaly / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Trilliax] Trilliax / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Spellblade Aluriel] Spellblade Aluriel / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: High Botanist Tel'arn] High Botanist Tel'arn / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Star Augur Etraeus] Star Augur Etraeus / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Tichondrius] Tichondrius / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Krosus] Krosus / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Grand Magistrix Elisande] Elisande / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Gul'dan] Gul'dan / Nighthold
 [Vantus Rune: Tomb of Sargeras] Tomb of Sargeras
 [Vantus Rune: Antorus, the Burning Throne] Antorus, the Burning Throne
 [Vantus Rune: Uldir] Uldir Battle for Azeroth
 [Vantus Rune: Ny'alotha, the Waking City] Ny'alotha, the Waking City Battle for Azeroth

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

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Each expansion now has a separate profession skill bar, with smaller caps for each expansion, instead of one gigantic profession skill bar for all expansions put together
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Major glyphs, along with many minor glyphs, have been converted or removed from the game.
    This change primarily removed glyphs that altered the way abilities worked or otherwise had an effect on gameplay. For the most part, only cosmetic glyphs remain.
  • Mists of Pandaria 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.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png 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].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png 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.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20):
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png 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.


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