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Inscription Leveling Guide - How to Reach Level 450 in WoTLK
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Inscription Leveling Guide - How to Reach Level 450 in WoTLK

With the Wrath of the Lich King launch in World of Warcraft Classic, we welcome (once more) to the new profession: Inscription. With this new job, you can craft different Vellums, Glyphs, Scrolls, Darkmoon Cards, Off-Hand items, and Shoulder Enchantments. 

The Scribes can create Pigments from Herbs using their unique Milling ability, which leads to the basic materials required for Inscription. 

If you already have a high level of Herbalism, you can save some gold, as you will need plenty of Herbs to create different Pigments. Otherwise, often prepare to visit the Auction House or any other market

Why Leveling Inscription Skill

Glyph window

Leveling Inscription will allow you to create essential items and enchants that came for Wrath of the Lich King. One of them is the Glyphs, a new power system that can modify and empower your spells and abilities. 

You can equip up to 6, divided between 3 Major Glyphs and 3 Minor Glyphs. While Minor Glyphs are, mainly, boosts for an ability, Major Glyphs can modify how a spell functions. 

These are the “hot news” for the recent Classic expansion. Even more now, thanks to Tradeskill Linking, where you can sell your services in your specialized profession. And with Inscription coming out, there will be many people in need of those Scribes to make their Glyphs.

Another important item you can craft with Inscription is Scrolls, which can give you or your party a temporary boost and are pretty fine for raiding. 

Then we have Darkmoon Cards and Off-Hand items that are very useful for caster class players. And lastly, Enchants to empower your shoulder item. 

Inscription Trainers

For people with the skill level 1 through 300 (Apprentice to Artisan), Inscription is taught by the trainers of each faction's capital city. If you have trouble finding them, you can talk to any guard, which will pop up a dialogue window, and you can search for your Profession Trainer. Then you will see a red flag on the map and an arrow on the minimap where the trainer is located.

Once you reach 300, you must be at level 50 to go further until 375 (Master). These can be trained in Hellfire Peninsula. Alliance players should look for Michael Schwan in Honor Hold, while Horde players will learn from Neferatti inside the Thrallmar tower.

Becoming a Grand Master (from 375-450) will require you to be, at least, Level 65 and travel to Northrend. Horde players can keep learning Adelene Sunlance in Warsong Hold (located in Borean Tundra) or Booker Kells at Vengeance Landing (in Howling Fjord).

Meanwhile, Alliance players can learn from Tink Brightbold in Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) or Mindri Dinkles in Valgarde (Howling Fjord). 

There is also a neutral trainer, Professor Pallin, that can be reached by either faction in Dalaran.

Inscription Leveling Guide - Previous Requirements

Always focus on crafting Orange or Yellow items to level up your Inscription skill efficiently. The Orange items guarantee a skill-up, while Yellow has a high chance of granting it. You should consider Green items only to sell them on the Auction House (as you may require to buy lots of Herbs to gain skill points on Inscription), and Grey items never give skill-ups.

As we stated at the beginning, you will need plenty of Herbs to reach different Inscription skill ranges. These are necessary to create Pigments with the Milling ability.

Pigments

The first thing you need to buy when you seek an Inscription Trainer is a Virtuoso Inking Set. With that secured, let’s go with Milling. 

This ability destroys five herbs of one type, giving you from 2 to 4 common pigments and 1 to 3 uncommon ones. The latter has a chance drop of 50% or 25%, depending on the herb you are milling. All herbs require a minimum Inscription level. In the following table, we’ll look at which herbs you need for each Pigment, which have a higher chance of dropping an uncommon Pigment, and the Inscription level you need to mill each herb.

PIGMENTS

HERBS WITH 50% OF UNCOMMON DROP

HERBS WITH 25% OF UNCOMMON DROP

INSC. LEVEL

Alabaster Pigment

Earthroot

Peacebloom

Silverleaf

1

Dusky Pigment

Verdant Pigment (Uncommon)

Bruiseweed

Stranglekelp

Briarthorn

Mageroyal

Swiftthistle

25

Golden Pïgment

Burnt Pigment (Uncommon)

Kingsblood

Liferoot

Grave Moss

Wild Steelbloom

75

Emerald Pigment

Indigo Pigment (Uncommon)

Wintersbite

Fadeleaf

Goldthorn

Khadgar’s Whisker

125

Violet Pigment

Ruby Pigment (Uncommon)

Blindweed

Ghost Mushroom

Gromsblood

Arthas’ Tears

Firebloom

Purple Lotus

Sungrass

175

Silvery Pigment

Sapphire Pigment (Uncommon)

Icecap

Mountain Silversage

Plagebloom

Dreamfoil

Golden Sansam

225

Nether Pigment

Ebon Pigment (Uncommon)

Ancient Lichen

Mana Thistle

Netherbloom

Nightmare Vine

Dreaming Glory

Felweed

Ragveil

Terocone

275

Azure Pigment

Icy Pigment (Uncommon)

Adder’s Tongue

Icethorn

Lichbloom

Deadnettle

Fire Leaf

Goldclover

Talandra’s Rose

325

Keep this table in mind as we will talk about Inks, the fundamental crafting material required to create the different Inscription items (like Glyphs and Scrolls).

Inks

Different types of Inks are crafted from their corresponding Pigment. Common Pigments lead to common Inks, and so happens with Uncommon. You will need to create all of these Inks when the time comes. So, in the next table, we will specify which pigment makes which ink and the recommended herbs that you should gather, which will be useful when you need to craft an uncommon ink. Keep in mind that you only need one kind of herb listed for each.

INK TYPES

PIGMENTS

HERBS

Ivory Ink

Alabaster Pigment

Earthroot

Peacebloom

Silverleaf

Moonglow Ink

Alabaster Pigment (x2)

Earthroot

Peacebloom

Silverleaf

Midnight Ink

Dusky Pigment (x2)

Briarthorn

Mageroyal

Swiftthistle

Hunter’s Ink (Uncommon)

Verdant Pigment

Bruiseweed

Stranglekelp

Lion’s Ink

Golden Pigment (x2)

Grave Moss

Wild Steelbloom

Dawnstar Ink (Uncommon)

Burnt Pigment

Kingsblood

Liferoot

Jadefire Ink

Emerald Pigment (x2)

Goldthorn

Khadgar’s Whisker

Royal Ink (Uncommon)

Indigo Pigment

Wintersbite

Fadeleaf

Celestial Ink

Violet Pigment (x2)

Arthas’ Tears

Firebloom

Purple Lotus

Sungrass

Fiery Ink (Uncommon)

Ruby Pigment

Blindweed

Ghost Mushroom

Gromsblood

Shimmering Ink

Silvery Pigment (x2)

Dreamfoil

Golden Sansam

Ink of the Sky (Uncommon)

Sapphire Pigment

Icecap

Mountain Silversage

Plaguebloom

Ethereal Ink

Nether Pigment (x2)

Dreaming Glory

Felweed

Ragveil

Terocone

Darkflame Ink (Uncommon)

Ebon Pigment

Ancient Linchen

Mana Thistle

Netherbloom

Nightmare Vine

Ink of the Sea

Azure Pigment (x2)

Deadnettle

Fire Leaf

Goldclover

Talandra’s Rose

Snowfall Ink (Uncommon)

Icy Pigment (x2)

Adder’s Tongue

Icethorn

Lichbloom

As an additional note, any of this inks can be bought in Dalaran by visiting Jessica Sellers. They all cost 1 Ink of the Sea, except the Snowfall Ink, which you will need 10 Ink of the Sea to purchase it.

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Inscription Leveling Guide - Leveling Process

With all the previous concepts in mind, it is time to proceed on your path through reaching Grand Master Inscription levels. We’ll look step-by-step at what you need to do until a certain threshold, which materials you need, and what to craft to progress on the “Inscription path.”

Once you have talked to your trainer, ensure all the materials in your inventory. As stated, it doesn’t matter which herb you will use besides its uncommon pigment drop chance. So, for monetary purposes, always try to go with the cheapest herb available. Prices may vary on different servers and even on different days.

Inscription Skill 1-75

You will need 70 Alabaster Pigment, which will require approximately 120 Earthroot, Peacebloom, or Silverleaf to mill. You also need 64 Light Parchment to craft scrolls. Once you have everything, let’s proceed:

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

From level 1 to 20

Craft 20 Ivory Ink

20 Alabaster Pigment

20-35

Craft 20 Scroll of Spirit 

20 Ivory Ink

20 Light Parchment

35-55

Craft 25 Moonglow Ink

50 Alabaster Pigment

After reaching 55

Go back with the trainer and learn “Journeyman Inscription.”

-

55-75

Craft 22 Armor Vellum (Requires Enchanting 1)

22 Moonglow Ink

44 Light Parchment

Inscription Skill 75-100

You will need 40 Dusky Pigment, 10 Verdant Pigment, and 21 Light Parchment. To get the pigments, you will need approximately 70 Bruiseweed, Straglekelp, Briarthorn, Mageroyal, or Swiftthistle. Keep in mind that if you need to get more uncommon pigments, focus on the “50% drop chance” herbs.

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

75-80

Craft 20 Midnight Ink

40 Dusky Pigment

After reaching 80

Learn and use Minor Inscription Research

It will grant you one additional level

1 Moonglow Ink

2 Light Parchment

81-85

Craft any Orange Glyph 4 times

1 Midnight Ink

1 Light Parchment

(per Glyph)

85-95

Craft Hunter’s Ink

until you reach 95

Verdant Pigments (1 per Ink)

85-100

Craft any Orange Glyph until you get 100

15 Midnight Ink

15 Light Parchment

(at worst)

Inscription Skill 100-150

You will need 90 Golden Pigment and 10 Burnt Pigment. It will take approximately 150 Kingsblood, Liferoot, Grave Moss, or Wild Steelbloom to mill. You will need 45 Common Parchment, too.

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

100-105

Craft 45 Lion’s Ink

90 Golden Pigment

105-125

Make 20 Orange Glyphs

20 Lion’s Ink

20 Common Parchment

After reaching 125

Learn ”Expert Inscription” from the trainer

-

125-135

Craft any amount of Dawnstar Ink until you reach skill level 135 (you will need, at least, 10 Inks)

Burnt Pigment (one for each Ink)

125-135

You can also make any Orange Glyph until 135

1 Lion’s Ink (per Glyph)

1 Common Parchment (per Glyph)

135-145

Make 10 Orange Glyphs

10 Lion’s Ink

10 Common Parchment

145-150

Craft 5 Strange Tarot

10 Dawnstar Ink

5 Lion’s Ink

5 Common Parchment

Inscription Skill 150-200

It will require 90 Emerald Pigment, 10 Indigo Pigment, and 55 Common Parchment. For the pigments, you will need to mill approximately 150 Wintersbite, Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, or Khadgar’s Whisker. 

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

150-155

Craft 45 Jadefire Ink

90 Emerald Pigment

155-165

Craft 10 Orange Glyphs

10 Jadefire Ink

10 Common Parchment

165-170

Make 5 Scroll of Intellect III (requiers Character Level 30)

5 Jadefire Ink

5 Common Parchment

170-175

Craft 5 Orange Glyphs

5 Jadefire Ink

5 Common Parchment

175-180

You will need to craft, at least, 10 Royal Ink

1 Indigo Pigment (per Ink)

175-180

Craft Scroll of Agility III until you get to 180 (requires Character Level 30)

1 Jadefire Ink (per scroll)

1 Common Parchment (per scroll)

180-195

Craft 15 Orange Glyphs

15 Jadefire Ink

15 Common Parchment

195-200

Craft 5 Arcane Tarot

10 Royal Ink

5 Jadefire Ink

5 Common Parchment

After reaching 200

Learn “Artisan Inscription” from the trainer

-

Inscription Skill 200-250

You will need 90 Violet Pigment and 10 Ruby Pigment, which you can get them from milling, approximately, 150 Blindweed, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Arthas’ Tears, Firebloom, Purple Lotus, or Sungrass. You will also need 65 Heavy Parchment.

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

200-205

Craft 45 Celestial Ink

90 Violet Pigment

205-215

Craft 10 Orange Glyph

10 Celestial Ink

10 Heavy Parchment

215-220

Craft 5 Scroll of Intellect IV (requires Character Level 40)

5 Celestial Ink

5 Heavy Parchment

220-225

Craft 5 Orange Glyph

5 Celestial Ink

5 Heavy Parchment

225-230

Craft, at least, 10 Fiery Ink

10 Ruby Pigment

225-230

Craft Scroll of Agility IV until you get to 230 (requires Character Level 40)

1 Celestial Ink (per scroll)

1 Heavy Parchment (per scroll)

230-240

Craft 10 Orange Glyph

10 Celestial Ink

10 Heavy Parchment

240-250

Craft 10 Weapon Vellum II

10 Fiery Ink

10 Celestial Ink

20 Heavy Parchment

Inscription Skill 250-290

You will need 80 Silvery Pigment and 15 Sapphire Pigment. You can get them from milling, approximately, 135 Icecap, Mountain Silversage, Plaguebloom, Dreamfoil, or Golden Sansam. You will need 40 Heavy Parchment, too.

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

250-255

Craft 40 Shimmering Ink

80 Silvery Pigment

255-260

Craft 5 Scroll of Spirit V (requires Character Level 50)

5 Shimmering Ink

10 Heavy Parchment

260-275

Craft 15 Orange Glyph

15 Shimmering Ink

15 Heavy Parchment

After reaching 275

Go to the Outland Trainer and learn “Master Inscription”

-

275-290

Craft as many Ink of the Sky as you can

1 Sapphire Pigment (per Ink)

275-290

Craft Orange Glyphs until you reach 290

1 Shimmering Ink (per glyph)

1 Heavy Parchment (per glyph)

Inscription Skill 290-350

You will need 100 Nether Pigment and 45 Ebon Pigment. For this one, we recommend gathering approximately 170 Ancient Lichen, Mana Thistle, Netherbloom, or Nightmare Vine, so you have a better chance of getting those 45 uncommon pigments. 

You also will need 10 Heavy Parchment, 45 Resilient Parchment, and 45 Primal Life (ask for an Alchemist or buy them in the Auction House). 

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

290-305

Craft 50 Ethereal Ink

100 Nether Pigment

305-310

Craft 5 Scroll of Strength VI (requires Character Level 60)

5 Ethereal Ink

10 Heavy Parchment

310-320

Craft 10 Orange Glyph

10 Ethereal Ink

10 Resilient Parchment

320-325

Craft Yellow Glyphs until you get to 325

1 Ethereal Ink (per glyph)

1 Resilient Parchment (per glyph)

325-330

Craft as many Darkflame Ink as you can

1 Ebon Pigment (per Ink)

325-330

Craft Orange Glyphs until you reach 330

1 Ethereal Ink (per glyph)

1 Resilient Parchment (per glyph)

330-340

Craft 10 Greater Darkmoon Card

30 Darkflame Ink

30 Primal Life

10 Ethereal Ink

10 Resilient Parchment

340-345

Craft 5 Orange Glyph

5 Ethereal Ink

5 Resilient Parchment

345-350

Craft 5 Greater Darkmoon Card

15 Darkflame Ink

15 Primal Life

5 Ethereal Ink

5 Resilient Parchment

After reaching 350

Go to the Northrend Trainer and learn “Grand Master Inscription.”

-

Inscription Skill 350-386

You will need 164 Azure Pigment that you can get from milling 275 Adder’s Tongue, Icethorn, Lichbloom, Deadnettle, Fire Leaf, Goldclover, or Talandra’s Rose. Save all the Icy Pigment that you would get from those herbs. You also will need 126 Resilient Parchment.

INSCRIPTION LEVELING

WHAT TO DO

MATERIALS REQUIRED

350-355

Craft 82 Ink of the Sea

164 Azure Pigment

355-375

Craft 20 Orange Glyphs

20 Ink of the Sea

40 Resilient Parchment

375-380

Craft as many Snowfall Ink as you can

2 Icy Pigment (per Ink)

Save 2 pigments for later

380-385

Craft Yellow Glyphs until you reach 385

1 Ink of the Sea (per glyph)

1 Resilient Parchment (per glyph)

After reaching 385

Learn and use “Northrend Inscription Research”

3 Ink of the Sea

1 Snowfall Ink

5 Resilient Parchment

2 Icy Pigment (only the first time)

Inscription Skill 386-400

Since you used “Northrend Inscription Research,” you advance one more level in your Inscription mastery. Now, to reach from 386 to 400, you can craft Orange and Yellow glyphs until you get there (each requires 1 Ink of the Sea and 1 Resilient Parchment), or you do it with Northrend Inscription Research, but beware, this has a 20 hour cooldown time. 

Once you reach 400, you can learn specific shoulder enchants:

  • Master’s Inscription of the Axe (+120 Att. Power; +15 Critical Strike Rating)

  • Master’s Inscription of the Crag (+70 Spell Power; +8 Mana Regeneration/5 seconds)

  • Master’s Inscription of the Pinnacle (+60 Dodge; +15 Defense Rating)

  • Master’s Inscription of the Storm (+70 Spell Power; +15 Critical Strike Rating)

Inscription Skill 400-430

To keep going forward, you can craft 25 Orange Glyph (it will require 25 Ink of the Sea and 50 Resilient Parchment). Once you are at 425, continue crafting Yellow Glyphs until you get to 430 (each requires 1 Ink of the Sea and 1 Resilient Parchment).

Inscription Skill 430-450

From now on, you must learn new glyphs from the Book of Glyph Mastery and use Northrend Inscription Research to skill up. At 440, you can do it crafting Runescroll of Fortitude, which requires 1 Snowfall Ink and 5 Resilient Parchment. 

Both types of research have a 20-hour cooldown timer, so try to use it once per day until you get all the glyphs and reach 450. 

Unlocked Items and Trinkets

Darkmoon Faire opened their tents in WoTLK

With Inscription level 400, you will unlock two good caster’s Off-Hand items for raiding:

  • Iron-bound Tome (+495 Armor; +49 Stamina; +74 Spell Power; +33 Critical Strike Rating).

  • Faces of Doom (+42 Intellect; +42 Spirit; +49 Spell Power; +42 Critical Strike Rating).

  • Both require 5 Snowfall Ink, 2 Ink of the Sea, 1 Frozen Orb, and 10 Resilient Parchment.

You can get a Darkmoon Card of the North, too. This item creates a random Northrend Darkmoon card and requires 6 Snowfall Ink, 3 Ink of the Sea, 3 Eternal Life, and 1 Resilient Parchment. The Darkmoon card can be combined into a full set and gives some powerful trinkets such as:

  • Darkmoon Card: Greatness - +90 Strength/Agility/Intellect/Spirit. When you heal or deal damage, you have a 35% chance to gain “Greatness.” It increases your highest primary stat by 300 for 15 seconds. 45s cooldown.

  • Darkmoon Card: Death - +85 Critical Strike Rating. Each time you deal damage, you have a 15% chance of dealing from 1750 to 2250 additional Shadow damage. 45s cooldown.

  • Darkmoon Card: Illusion - +100 Spell Power. Activate it to absorb 1500 damage for 6 seconds. When the shield is removed by any means, you regain 1500 mana. 5 minutes cooldown.

  • Darkmoon Card: Berserker! - +100 Resilience Rating. You have a 50% chance of gaining “Berserker!” when you deal or take damage in combat. It increases your Critical Strike Rating by 35 for 12 seconds. It stacks up to 3 times.

Conclusion: You’re a Grand Master Inscriptionist!

You reached the end of the Inscription path. You will now make any kind of glyphs that not only you need but also any other player (and make gold while doing it).

This new profession was “hot news” when WoTLK came out and increased the maximum profession level to 450. And with this inscription leveling guide, you will be a Scribe as fast as can be.

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