Leveling Inscription from 1 – 375


Leveling Inscription from 1 – 375

With the new expansion WoTLK coming, many new features have been added since patch 3.0.2. The new profession Inscription is one of them.

Inscription is different from any profession to date while utilizes a lot of traits for other professions. The biggest difference between Inscription versus any other profession is at skill level 50+, you can start making “end game” items and glyphs (end game in the sense that level 70-80 players will want to use the items you’ve created). Glyphs are unique in that typically no Glyph is “better” then another Glyph – each have their benefits depending on the situation. So whether your making a skill level 75 Glyph or a skill level 375 Glyph both could equally desirable.

Image of the new Glyph Window

How it Works: The Three Part Process

Inscription is a three part process: Herbs -> Pigment -> Ink -> Glyphs. To create pigments you will have to use the new “Milling” ability to turn stacks of 5 herbs into 2-3 pigments. The type of herb directly affects the type of pigments it creates (see table below). From there you can use pigments to create inks – some inks require a combination of pigments and lower level inks to create. Finally Glyphs generally require a mix of certain inks, parchments (new purchasable item), and herbs to create.

Types of Ink and How to Obtain Them

Ivory Ink = 1 Alabaster Pigment. (Peacebloom, Silverleaf, Earthroot)

Moonglow = 2 Alabaster Pigment. (Peacebloom, Silverleaf, Earthroot)

Midnight = 2 Dusky Pigment. (Mageroyal, Briarthorn, Swiftthistle, Bruiseweed, Stranglekelp)

Hunter’s = 1 Verdant Pigment. Uncommon (Mageroyal, Briarthorn, Swiftthistle, Bruiseweed, Stranglekelp)

Lion’s = 2 Golden Pigment. (Wild Steelbloom, Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot)

Dawnstar = 1 Burnt Pigment. Uncommon (Wild Steelbloom, Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot)

Jadefire = 2 Emerald Pigment. (Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar’s Whisker, Wintersbite)

Royal = 1 Indigo Pigment. Uncommon (Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar’s Whisker, Wintersbite)

Celestial = 2 Violet Pigment. (Firebloom, Purple Lotus, Arthas’ Tears, Sungrass, Blindweed, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood)

Fiery = 1 Ruby Pigment. Uncommon (Firebloom, Purple Lotus, Arthas’ Tears, Sungrass, Blindweed, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood)

Shimmering = 2 Silvery Pigment. (Golden Sansam, Dreamfoil, Mountain Silversage, Plaguebloom, Icecap)

Ink of the Sky = 1 Sapphire Pigment. Uncommon (Golden Sansam, Dreamfoil, Mountain Silversage, Plaguebloom, Icecap)



Ethereal = 2 Nether Pigment. (Found from herbs native to Outland)

Darkflame = 1 Ebon Pigment. Uncommon (Found from herbs native to Outland)

What to Save for Power Leveling Inscription

If you follow the list below you will need the following to level 1-375:

Any combination of stacks of 5 of the “OR” herbs listed below will work. Example: 60x Liferoot, 100x Kingsblood, 60x Wild Steelboom and 20x Grave Moss would be a total of 240 herbs from that block.

● 140x Peacebloom OR Silverleaf OR Earthroot

● 80x Mageroyal OR Briarthorn OR Swiftthistle OR Bruiseweed OR Stranglekelp

● 240x Wild Steelbloom OR Grave Moss OR Kingsblood OR Liferoot

● 280x Fadeleaf OR Goldthorn OR Khadgar’s Whisker OR Wintersbite

● 220(260 to be safe)x Firebloom OR Purple Lotus OR Arthas’ Tears OR Sungrass OR Blindweed OR Ghost Mushroom OR Gromsblood

● 220x Golden Sansam OR Dreamfoil OR Mountain Silversage OR Plaguebloom OR Icecap

● 400x Any native Outland herbs

Inscription Trainers

Inscription Trainers

There is an inscription 1-300 trainer in each of the 4 major cities in Azeroth (just ask a guard for the location) – to train from 300-375 you will need to head over to Hellfire Peninsula in Outland.


Elise Brightletter in Ironforge
Catarina Stanford in Stormwind City
Feyden Darkin in Darnassus
Thoth in The Exodar
Michael Schwan in Honor Hold (Master Trainer)


Jo’mah in Orgrimmar
Margaux Parchley in Undercity
Poshken Hardbinder in Thunder Bluff
Zantasia in Silvermoon City
Neferatti in Thrallmar (Master Trainer)

Leveling Inscription

Notes on the Guide

Scroll of XXXX = Scroll of Agility/Intellect/Spirit/Stamina/Strength

Glyph of XXXX = The glyphs that are currently Orange(or JUST turned yellow) and require only 1 Ink when possible. (100% skill up) They normally come in 2’s or but occasionally come with just 1 glyph later on. You can do that one glyph or use some other glyph if you want. Any glyph will give 5 more 100% skill ups after it turns yellow, and the next 5 after that will be about 60% the time it will skill up.

1 to 20
Ivory Ink (1 Alabaster Pigment) x20

20 to ~38
Scroll of XXXX (1 Ivory Ink, 1 Light Parchment) x20

~38 to ~58
Moonglow Ink (2 Alabaster Pigment) x22

~58 to 75
Bleached Vellum (1 Moonglow Ink, 1 Light Parchment ) x~17

75 to 80
Midnight Ink (2 Dusky Pigment) x20

80 to 81
Minor Inscription Research (1 Moonglow Ink, 2 Light Parchment) x1 (and every 20 hours after that for quite a while)

81 to 100double check every glyph that requires 1 Midnight Ink, they change it up.
Glyph of XXXX (1 Midnight Ink, 1 Light Parchment) x20

100 to 105
Lion’s Ink (2 Golden Pigment) x65

105 to 125
Glyph of XXXX (1 Lion’s Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x26

125 to ~131
Dawnstar Ink (1 Burnt Pigment) x[All you found] (I had 14)

~131 to ~138
Strange Tarot (2 Dawnstar Ink, 1 Lion’s Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x[All you can] (I had mats for 7)

~138 to 150
Glyph of XXXX (2 Lion’s Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x13

150 to 155
Jadefire Ink (2 Emerald Pigment) x70

155 to 175
Glyph of XXXX (1 Jadefire Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x20

175 to 180
Royal Ink (1 Indigo Pigment) x[All you have] I had 15

180 to ~187
Arcane Tarot (2 Royal Ink, 1 Jadefire Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x[All you can] (I had mats for 7)

~187 to 200
Glyph of XXXX (2 Jadefire Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x20

200 to 205
Celestial Ink (1 Violet Pigment) x55

205 to 225
Glyph of XXXX (1 Celestial Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x20

225 to 235

Scroll of Agility IV (1 Celestial Ink, 2 Heavy Parchment) x11

235 to 240
Glyph of XXXX (2 Celestial Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x5

240 to 250Will probably be normalized to 2 Inks by live, but we’ll see.
Glyph of Cleaving (1 Celestial Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x10

250 to 255
Shimmering Ink (2 Silvery Pigment) x55

255 to 260
Scroll of Spirit V (1 Shimmering Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x5

260 to 275

Glyph of XXXX (1 Shimmering Ink) x15

275 to 290
Ink of the Sky (1 Sapphire Pigment) x15

290 to 300 This seems crazy, but the Ink of the Sky levels make up for these last 10.
Glyph of XXXX (1 Shimmering Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x~35

300 to 305
Ethereal Ink (2 Nether Pigment) x65

305 to 310
Glyph of XXXX (1 Ethereal Ink, 1 Heavy Parchment) x5

310 to 329
Glyph of XXXX (1 Ethereal Ink, 1 Resilient Parchment) x20

329 to 345
Glyph of XXXX (2 Ethereal Ink, 1 Resilient Parchment) x16

345 to 355 (Glyph of Whirlwind)
Glyph of XXXX (1 Ethereal Ink, 1 Resilient Parchment) x5

355 to 365
Glyph of XXXX (2 Ethereal Ink, 1 Resilient Parchment) x30

And you are done! Note that there is a new ink at 350 as well as Glyphs that uses the new ink – but they all require Northrend materials so I skipped it for this guide. 360-365 is BRUTAL as everything is green at this point. At 365 EVERYTHING turns gray – it is not possible to hit 375 at the moment.

Note that I did not write this guide, I just edited it. I did the Text Formatting, removed some things, added some things like images, etcetra.

Please note that all links are courtesy of WoWhead!

Please, leave a comment if:

You have any additional information that I should add to this guide.
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    Mar 25, 2010 @ 0:25 am

    Patch 3.3.3 changesHeya, Shikamaru. As of patch 3.3.3, several of the glyphs have had their inks dropped form 2 to 1. You’d have to go through them all to check which ones exactly. Just thought I’d mention it.

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    Aug 3, 2009 @ 18:58 pm

    Herb locationsHey, Shikamaru,

    I really like this guide, it really helped me. So just as a suggestion maybe you could add in which area(s) you can farm the herbs the best.

    The guide is really good and keep on making such great guides 🙂

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    Apr 13, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    290-300From 290-300 Scroll of Stamina VI is only 1 Shimmering Ink and 2 Heavy Parchment each, and is orange till 300. MUCH more efficient than making 35 or so glyphs for the same skillups.

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    Mar 8, 2009 @ 21:09 pm

    Couple of things Hey Shikamaru,

    Great guide, I’m glad you found it for us to follow and edited it ^^ Couple of things I’ve noticed:

    1. Celestial Ink requires x2 Violet Pigment not x1 (possibly changed in a patch after you pasted this here)

    2. In comparing guides from the web (and because I just love this site and hate having to leave off of it) I noticed there are a few other guides out there that have more steps. Reason: (example) 120-125 Glyph of XXX 125-135 Glyph of XXX instead of going straight 120-135. Possibly might want to change it up if you get some free time on your hands?

    So like A) 120-125 Glyph of XXX B) Train new Glyph’s C) Glyph of XXX 125-135… I’ve noticed that doing this, changing up the glyph you skill from as soon as new ones are available even if every 5 levels will help save on loads of materials.

    Just some thoughts ^.^ Otherwise, is perfect! I’m at 205 skill now, if I notice any other changes like the Celestial Inks, I’ll post back!

    Alliance – Gnomeregan
    Tovya – 71 NE Rogue
    Tovyard – 65 Dwarf Hunter
    Aledris – 64 Draenei DK

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    Mar 7, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Thanks fixedThanks fixed 🙂

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    Mar 5, 2009 @ 3:09 am

    Following your guideFollowing your guide currently to level my inscription. All good so far, except i have noticed near the start:

    [quote]20 to ~38
    Scroll of XXXX (1 Ivory Ink, 1 Common Parchment) x20[/quote]

    Those particular scrolls use Light Parchment.


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    Feb 28, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    I’m pretty sure BleachedI’m pretty sure Bleached Vellum doesn’t exist in the game at the moment. All that is orange to me at 58 are Scroll of Recall and Armor Vellum. Scroll of Recall is probably the better choice since it only requires one parchment and one ink.

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    Feb 21, 2009 @ 22:32 pm

    can i say..I noticed in the opening paragraph:
    no Glyph is “better” then another (then should be than)
    both could equally desirable. (could *be)

    — This guide is wonderful, so easy on the eyes to read and gave me great info 😀
    Im all ready to go farming for herbs now to get my inscription lvl up

    Thanks for providing it, this page is going to be my reference from now on ^_^

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    Dec 27, 2008 @ 20:14 pm

    Lots of suffering savedat 290 now you can mill outland herbs and make them into the ethereal ink. This might not make a difference for those who are using this guide after leveling up an herbing toon from level 1 but on my dk I farmed up all the other levels of herb and this one I was doing in hellfire for the dreamfoil etc, and making ethereal inks for the last 10 levels to 300 seems easier then having to stockpile all those simmering inks for 10 levels.

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    Nov 17, 2008 @ 21:28 pm

    Glad you cleared that upGlad you cleared that up 😉

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    Nov 17, 2008 @ 17:16 pm

    I’m not seeing the funnyI’m not seeing the funny part in that since I didn’t get my guide there 😉

    And before flaming on me please note this:

    1. [b]”Note that I did not write this guide, I just edited it. I did the Text Formatting, removed some things, added some things like images, etcetra.”[/b]

    2. They are [b]NOT[/b] the original writers, all credits go to 2 players on the WoW-US forums for making this.

    Please do proper research before flaming.


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    Nov 12, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    I’m sure shikmaru will makeI’m sure shikamaru will make the necessary modifications as soon as possible. Thanks for pointing this out.

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    Nov 12, 2008 @ 4:11 am

    Might Want to Give Credit to the Original Writers? funny since they have a leveling guide as well…

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    Oct 30, 2008 @ 20:22 pm

    Editing it right away,Editing it right away, thanks for the notice 😉

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    Oct 30, 2008 @ 14:34 pm

    Where you have the notes onWhere you have the notes on the guide part you have one small typo.
    “[color=blue]Leveling Inscription[/color]

    Notes on the Guide

    Scroll of XXXX = Scroll of Agility/Intellect/Spirit/Stamina/[color=red]Strenght[/color]”

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    Oct 23, 2008 @ 18:48 pm

    Awesome, can’t think ofAwesome, can’t think of anything else right now 😛

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    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:37 pm

    DoneDone with the WoWhead itemization.

    Anything else to add 🙂 ?

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 21:04 pm

    Edited Primal Farming GuideI edited my Primal Farming Guide with the wowhead items.

    If you could take a look at that, and tell me if it is done correctly, then I am sure I will do it correct with this one too! 😉

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 21:02 pm

    CheersCheers 🙂

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 20:30 pm

    ThanksAllright, I got it 🙂

    If you don’t mind, I’ll start editing the guide and writing new ones on Friday, since I have school / football training tomorrow.

    Anyway, thanks for the information.

    Edit: I tried it, and it worked out 😛

    This will make it even better 🙂

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 20:21 pm

    Oh, it’s really easy. It’sOh, it’s really easy. It’s like a normal link, besides you use the wowhead url.

    First write the name of the item (it doesn’t even have to be the accurate name), like for example:

    Arcanite Reaper

    Then go to wowhead and search for Arcanite Reaper, copy the url. In this case, the url is

    If you’re using the text formatting toolbar, simply select the text, click on the “Add Code to format text as link” button, a window will pop up, paste the wowhead url in there.


    [url=]Arcanite Reaper[/url]

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 20:13 pm

    I’d love to, but howI’d love to do that!

    But, the thing is.. I don’t know how to do it.

    Could you please explain it?

    Has it something to do with ”Add code to format text as a link” ?


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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 19:41 pm

    Looks great Here’s my firstLooks great 🙂 Here are my suggestions:

    1. Add wowhead links for each item. I know it’s a lot of work, but it makes the guide so much better. I’ve done it for the Ivory Ink to show you how it looks 😛

    2. For headlines and titles, I recommend not using underline and italics. Keep it simple like this:

    [size=17][b][color=#4169e1]Types of Ink and How to Obtain Them[/color][/b][/size]

    It’s just easier for the eyes to read, and it just looks neater overall 😛

    Size=15 / 16 / 17 / 18 is fine. More is too much.

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    Oct 22, 2008 @ 17:45 pm

    QuestionsFire away your questions / useful information that I should add to this guide 😉

    Thanks in advance,


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