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CHAPTER 7 - INSCRIPTION

The newest profession in for Wrath (introduced in patch 3.0.2) is Inscription. This profession allows players to augment the different effects of spells such as cooldowns, damage values, and mechanics such as stun, damage over time, heal over time, etc. A scribe can make glyphs using different materials and sell them for WoW Gold to other players.


Players can have up to six glyphs 1 major and 1 minor at level 15 and increasing to 3 major and 3 minor at level 80. Scribes can create different glyphs, scrolls and other consumables that anyone can use.


Inscription is a primary profession skill. You can only learn 2 primary professions, so why learn this one? Most of the advantages are still unknown (aside from a good WoW Gold earning profession), so this list will expand:


  • Create Glyphs: Enhancements to an individual's spells or abilities. You can buy Glyphs from others using WoW Gold, so you do not need to be an Inscriber to use Glyphs. Inscribers can research Inscriber-only glyphs. (There is no 7th glyph slot!)
  • "Enchant" your Shoulders with Inscriber-only Master Inscriptions.
  • Make vellum that allow enchanters to write down their enchants, and sell them at the auction house for WoW Gold, or send them to their friends ((including "alts")). Scrolls can also be made.
  • Make WoW Gold at the auction house by Milling herbs and reselling them as Pigments. Enchanters and Jewelcrafters will already be aware how profitable this type of activity can be...
  • Collect Tarot Cards, to gain gear. Scribe-only Off Hands can also be made.
  • A logical companion to the Herbalism profession: Most raw materials for Inscription come from herbs.
  • The profession currently favours spell-casters slightly: Inscriber-only Off Hands are not useful to those that like to melee. There are no known racial abilities that improve Inscription.

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Items Needed

Leveling Inscription once Wrath comes out will be difficult if youre not prepared. You will need about the following herbs to make it to through levels 1-400.

  • Levels 1-75: 6-7 stacks of level 1-10 herbs ie) Silverleaf
  • Levels 75-100: 4-5 stacks of level 10-20 herbs ie) Bruiseweed
  • Levels 100-150: 12-15 stacks of level 20-30 herbs ie) Kingsblood
  • Levels 150-200: 16-19 stacks of level 30-40 herbs ie) Fadeleaf
  • Levels 200-250: 11-13 stacks of level 40-50 herbs ie) Sungrass
  • Levels 250-300: 11-13 stacks of level 50-60 herbs ie) Dreamfoil
  • Levels 300-350: 12-13 stacks of level 60-70 herbs ie) Felweed
  • Levels 350+: 20+ stacks of level 70-80 herbs ie) Goldclover
  • Levels 1-75: 6-7 stacks of level 1-10 herbs ie) Silverleaf

Incription Leveling Guide


1-35 (Alabaster Pigment -> Ivory Ink) If you make exactly 18 Ivory Inks you'll be at least level 17 and be able to make Scrolls of Intellect until 35. The required 18 Alabaster Pigment will only take 2 stacks of lvl 1-10 herbs to mill.

35-75 (Alabaster Pigment -> Moonglow Ink) You will need 4-5 more stacks of level 1-10 herbs to make enough Alabaster Pigment to make at least 21 Moonglow Ink and level to 75 making additional Armor Vellum.

** You should make a few extra Moonglow Ink to craft Minor Inscription Research (20 hour cooldown) at level 75.

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    Apprentice Scribe (Inscription 1-75) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Alabaster Pigment Ivory Ink Moonglow Ink
1-17 18 Ivory Ink 18    
17-35 18 Scroll of Intellect   18  
35-54 21 Moonglow Ink 42    
54-75 21 Armor Vellum     21
  Totals: 60 18 21

75-100 (Dusky Pigment -> Midnight Ink) You will need 4-5 stacks of level 10-20 herbs (ie Bruiseweed) to get the 40 Dusky Pigment needed to create 20 Midnight Ink. Use the ink to level from 80-100 making any Glyphs that will garantee a level (orange colored.)

100-125 (Golden Pigment -> Lion's Ink) you will need at least 60 Lion's Ink to get to level 150, make 65 to be safe. This will require 130 Golden Pigment which you'll need to mill through 12-15 stacks of level 20-30 herbs (ie Kingsblood). Craft Glyphs from 105-125.

125-130 (Burnt Pigment -> Dawnstar Ink) make as much Dawnstar Ink as you can. If you don't get to 130 create more Glpyhs using extra Lion's Ink.

130-150 Continue making the best Glyphs available until 150.

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    Journeyman Scribe (Inscription 75-150) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Dusky Pigment Midnight Ink Golden Pigment Burnt Pigment Lion's Ink
75-80 20 Midnight Ink 40        
80-90 10 Glyph of Rejuvenation   10      
90-100 10 Glyph of Maul   10      
100-105 65 Lions Ink     130    
105-110 Glyph of Holy Light         5
110-115 Glyph of Fire Nova Totem         5
115-125 Glyph of Arcane Missiles         10-12
125-130 Dawnstar Ink       5  
130-135 Glyph of Blink         10
135-140 Glyph of Lay on Hands         10
140-150 Glyph of Lightning Bolt         20-24
  Totals: 40 20 120 5 60-66

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150-200 (Emerald Pigment -> Jadefire Ink) You'll need to make at least 70 Jadefire Ink, which requires 140 Emerald Pigment, which will require milling through 15-17 stacks of level 30-40 herbs (ie Fadeleaf) Level from 155-200 making the best available Glyphs. Keep an eye out for extra Indigo Pigment from your milling to make Royal Ink and Arcane Tarots to save some time and WoW Gold.


    Expert Scribe (Inscription 150-200) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Emerald Pigment Jadefire Ink
150-155 70 Jadefire Ink 140  
155-160 Glyph of Evocation   5
160-165 Glyph of Renew   5
165-170 Glyph of Shadow Bolt   5
170-180 Glyph of Overpower   10-12
180-185 Glyph of Cleansing   10
185-190 Glyph of Sap   10
190-200 Glyph of Voidwalker   20-24
  Totals: 140 65-70

200-250 (Violet Pigment -> Celestial Ink) You will need to mill through 11-13 stacks of level 40-50 herbs (ie Sungrass) to get the 100 Violet Pigment needed to make 50 Celestial Ink. Craft the best available Glyphs to level 250


    Expert & Artisan Inscription (200-250) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Violet Pigment Celestial Ink
200-205 70 Celestial Ink 140  
205-220 15-18 Scroll of Recall   15-18
220-225 Glyph of Starfire   5
225-230 Scroll of Agility IV   5
230-240 Glyph of Dispel Magic   10-12
240-250 Glyph of Cleaving   10-12
  Totals: 140 45-52

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250-300 (Silvery Pigment -> Shimmering Ink) You will need to mill through 11-13 stacks of level 50-60 herbs (ie Dreamfoil) to get the 100 Silvery Pigment needed to make 50 Shimmering Ink. Craft the best available Glyphs to level 300


    Expert & Artisan Inscription (200-300) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Silvery Pigment Shimmering Ink
250-255 50 Shimmering Ink 100  
255-260 Scroll of Spirit V   5
260-265 Glyph of Shred   5
265-270 Glyph of Bone Shield   5
270-275 Glyph of Fear Ward   5
275-280 Glyph of Shadowburn   5
280-285 Glyph of Icy Touch   5
285-300 Glyph of Death Grip   15-20
  Totals: 100 45-50

300-350 (Nether Pigment -> Ethereal Ink) You will need 110 Nether Pigment which will require milling through 12-13 stacks level 60-70 herbs (ie Felweed). However, Glyph of Whirlwind will probably be changed to require 2 Ethereal Inks before release, so you might want to make extra.


350-450 (Azure Pigment -> Ink of the Sea) from here to 450 all we can do is speculate. The materials required for the Glyphs that are currently implemented will likely be changed. I would


    Expert & Master Scribe (Inscription 300-350) WoW Guide
Levels Craft Nether Pigment Ethereal Ink
200-205 70 Celestial Ink 140  
205-220 15-18 Scroll of Recall   15-18
220-225 Glyph of Starfire   5
225-230 Scroll of Agility IV   5
230-240 Glyph of Dispel Magic   10-12
240-250 Glyph of Cleaving   10-12
  Totals: 140 45-52

estimate you'll need 10-15 stacks of herbs for the next 50 levels, then another 10-15 stacks for levels 400-450. It's also likely there will be another less dependable requirement to reach level 450. Since we can't start collecting Goldclover and Tiger Lily just yet, gather extra Felweed to get as far past 350 as you can


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