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World of Warcraft Profession
Guide: Inscription

Inscription is one of the
primary professions available to players in World of Warcraft.
Introduced in Patch 3.0.2, Inscription is not one of the original
professions released with the game. This profession allows players to
create scrolls, Darkmoon Cards, vellums, off-hands and perhaps most
importantly, glyphs. To create all these items the Scribe (players who
take up the Inscription profession are commonly referred to as
"Scribes") uses the Milling skill to.

Inscription Training

In life you must first learn to
walk before you can run and the same is true in any World of Warcraft
profession. To begin your journey in Inscription you must take a small
step; seek out a trainer to teach you this skill. Inscription Trainers
can be found in all capital cities and starting zones and several other
locations throughout the world. If you are having a hard time finding a
trainer, simply speak to the nearest city guard for directions. Those
wishing to learn this (or any other) profession, must first have
reached level 5.

Upon learning the profession,
players will be granted the Apprentice rank and have a potential skill
level of 75. Below you will see the names of and potential skill
from each stage of this profession:

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Level
style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Apprentice 1-75 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Journeyman 50-150 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Expert 125-225 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Artisan 200-300 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Master
(The Burning Crusade) 300-375 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Grand
Master (WotLK) 375-450 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Illustrious
(Cataclysm) 425-525 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Zen
Master (MoP) 525-600

Skilling Up Inscription

After learning the Inscription
profession, your personal Inscription skill begins at 1. This skill may
be raised all the way to 600. Leveling your Inscription skill will not
only allow you to learn new and better recipes, but you will also be
able to mill a wider variety of herbs, as well as create
Inscription-only items. There are currently nothing in game that gives
a bonus to Inscription skill, so you will need to develop your personal
skill without aid. Before you can begin leveling your Inscription skill
you must first visit an Inscription vendor and pick up a [Virtuoso
Inking Set]. This item must be on hand before a Scribe can create
anything.

Before you can begin leveling
your Inscription skill you must first visit an Inscription vendor and
pick up a [Virtuoso Inking Set]. This item must be on hand before a
Scribe can create anything. With your inking set in hand, you can get
on to leveling your Inscription skill. Advancing in Inscription can be
done by creating items, much like other World of Warcraft manufacturing
professions. Each item you create will give you a chance to gain skill
points. The items you can create can be found inside your profession
journal. Each of these items you are able to create is highlighted in
one five colors. These colors indicate the likelihood of your character
gaining a skill point from creating it:

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Chance
style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Red Unable
to craft at this time. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(204, 102, 0);">Orange A
skill point will always be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(255, 255, 51);">Yellow A
skill point will most likely be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(0, 102, 0);">Green A
skill point will likely not be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">Gray A
skill point will never be gained.

Items you can create will
almost never retain the same color. Older patterns that once were
orange will slowly move down the spectrum and eventually may even turn
gray as you achieve greater levels of skill. In order to keep a steady
flow of skill earning patterns in stock you must continuously seek out
new patterns. Thankfully, your Inscription trainer makes this fairly
easy by offering up new recipes for you to learn every 5-10 levels.
Return to him or her often so you don't miss out on any. There will be
times that you may find that your trainer has nothing more to offer
you. Cases like these will mean you will need to use other methods of
learning new things such as Northrend Inscription Research or Scrolls
of Wisdom.

Milling

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width="245">Inscription
ingredients can be found at the nearest Inscription Vender.

Milling is a skill you acquire
along with the Inscription profession. This skill allows you to take
raw herbs and turn them into various pigments, which can then be traded
for inks. Inks are the backbone of Inscription and are required to
create almost every item available in this profession. This ability
will appear in your Spellbook once it has been learned. Milling does
not increase your skill in Inscription.

Milling requires a stack of at
least 5 identical herbs. Almost all gathered herbs that are able to be
traded can be Milled with a few exceptions. To Mill a stack of herbs,
simply select the Milling ability and click on the herbs. Five of the
herbs in the stack will be consumed, and the new items will be created.
Once these herbs have been consumed there is no way to recover them.

Inscription Ingredients

The two main ingredients in the
Inscription profession are:

Parchment

Many Inscription recipes will
require parchment, especially glyphs. Parchment can be purchased from
any Inscription vender. These venders are usually found near
Inscription Trainers. Parchment is fairly cheap and easy to come by.

Pigments
and Inks

As you know, those who take up
the Inscription profession are often referred to as Scribes. It seems
fitting then that the main ingredient used by these Scribes are various
pigments and inks. Pigments are gained by using the Milling skill to
Mill various herbs. These pigments can then be traded for inks.

To create pigment the player
must take a stack of at least five herbs and put it through the Milling
process. Each time a stack of five herbs is Milled you will receive one
primary pigment without fail. Occasionally you will also receive a
secondary pigment type. Different types of herbs will yield different
types of pigments. Check out the table below for a basic understanding
on which herbs produce which pigments:

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Herbs style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Primary
Pigment style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Secondary
Pigment style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Inks
Created Earthroot,
Peacebloom, Silverleaf Alabaster  None Ivory
Ink

Moonglow Ink Briarthorn,
Bruiseweed, Stranglekelp, Mageroyal, Swiftthistle Dusky  Verdant  Hunter's
Ink

Midnight Ink Grave
Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, Wild Steelbloom Golden  Burnt Lion's
Ink

Dawnstar Ink Dragon's
Teeth, Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar's Whisker Emerald  Indigo  Royal
Ink

Jadefire Ink Arthas's
Tears, Blindweed, Firebloom, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Purple Lotus,
Sungrass Violet  Ruby Celestial
Ink Dreamfoil,
Golden Sansam, Icecap, Mountain Silversage, Sorrowmoss Silvery Sapphire Ink
of the Sky

Snowfall Ink Azshara's
Veil, Cinderbloom, Heartblossom, Twilight Jasmine, Stormvine, Whiptail Ashen Burning Inferno
Ink

Blackfallow Ink Desecrated
Herb, Green Tea Leaf, Fool's Cap, Silkweed, Rain Poppy, Snow Lily Shadow Misty Ink
of Dreams

Starlight Ink

Besides creating Inks, you can
also trade Ink of Dreams for other Inks. Simply seek out an Ink Trader
(usually located near your Inscription Trainer) and open the buy/sell
screen. Here 1 Ink of Dreams can be traded for 1 of any of the
following Inks: Ivory, Midnight, Jadefire, Shimmering, Ink of the Sea,
Moonglow, Lion's, Celestial, Ethereal, Blackfallow, Snowfall, Inferno,
and Starlight.

Enchantment
Vellums

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width="245">Putting
pen to paper is the essence of Inscription.

Enchantment Vellums are a
special type of paper created by Scribes
for Enchanters to hold weapon or armor enchantments. Vellums allow an
Enchanter to trade and sell their enchantments by using the Auction
House or mail, something that was impossible previously. Currently
there is only one type of vellum in game, however, before Cataclysm
there were various vellum types each used for either armor or weapon
enchants. The new system of one vellum for all has made things much
easier.

Complimentary Profession

Herbs are the source that fuels
the fires of Inscriptions. Thanks to this fact, Herbalism is a perfect
pair for this profession. Taking up Herbalism on your character will
ensure that you are able to gather your own materials for Inscription.
While you certainly can level Inscription without Herbalism you will
soon find that this is a costly and often frustrating process.

Scribe-Only Shoulder
Inscriptions

Each profession offers those
who are skilled enough in it a special bonus. For Inscription this
bonus comes in the form of shoulder enchants. These shoulder enchants
are only for the Scribe to use on their own items. Applying these
shoulder enchants will cause any item to become instantly soul bound.
These enchants are typically better than any other in game, including
the enchants Scribes can
now offer to other players You can begin enchanting your shoulders with
these Inscriptions beginnning at Inscription skill level 500. Check out
the list of Scribe-Only Inscriptions below:

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Inscription 130
Intellect and 25 Haste Inscription
of the Earth Prince 195
Stamina and 25 Dodge Lionsmane
Inscription 130
Stength and 25 Critical Strike Master's
Inscription of the Axe 120
Attack Power and 15 Critical Strike Master's
Inscription of the Crag 60
Intellect and 15 Spirit Master's
Inscription of the Pinnacle 60
Dodge and 15 Parry Master's
Inscription of the Storm 70
Intellect and 15 Critical Strike Secret
Crane Wing Inscription 520
Intellect and 100 Critical Strike Secret
Ox Horn Inscription 750
Stamina and 150 Dodge Secret
Serpent Pearl Inscription 750
Stamina and 150 Dodge Secret
Tiger Claw Inscription 520
Agility and 100 Critical Strike Secret
Tiger Fang Inscription 520
Strength and 100 Critical Strike Swiftsteel
Inscription 130
Agility and 25 Mastery

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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