Inscription Leveling Guide for players below level 90

This Inscription leveling guide will help you to level your profession from 1 to 800, the guide's main focus is to show you how to level this profession, if you are looking for more detailed information about Inscription, read my Inscription guide.

Inscription is the best combined with Herbalism, check out my Herbalism leveling guide if you want to level Herbalism.

If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to make loads of gold.

If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 110 in 8 days with this guide.

Inscription guide sections:

Approximate Materials Required for 1-700 :

You should need less, so don't mill every herb, mill them only if you need more pigment.

Milling is an ability you get when you learn Inscription. Milling can be used to mill 5 herbs for 2 - 4 pigments, then you use the pigments to turn into inks.

Important! Go to my Milling table page for more detailed information about which herbs converts to which pigments.


Herb you can Mill


140 Earthroot, Peacebloom, Silverleaf Alabaster Pigment
140 Briarthorn, Bruiseweed, Mageroyal, Stranglekelp, Swiftthistle Dusky Pigment
170 Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, Wild Steelbloom Golden Pigment
170 Dragon's Teeth, Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar's Whisker Emerald Pigment
100 Arthas' Tears, Blindweed, Firebloom, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Purple Lotus, Sungrass Violet Pigment
170 Dreamfoil, Golden Sansam, Icecap, Mountain Silversage, Sorrowmoss Silvery Pigment
180 Ancient Lichen, Dreaming Glory, Felweed, Mana Thistle, Netherbloom, Nightmare Vine, Ragveil, Terocone Nether Pigment
160 Adder's Tongue, Deadnettle, Fire Leaf, Goldclover, Icethorn, Lichbloom, Talandra's Rose, Tiger Lily Azure Pigment
140 Only Cinderbloom and Stormvine can be milled at skill 425. Skill 450 also allows Azshara's Veil and Heartblossom to be milled and you will be able to mill Twilight Jasmine and Whiptail at 475. Ashen Pigment
320 Desecrated Herb, Fool's Cap, Green Tea Leaf, Rain Poppy, Silkweed, Snow Lily Shadow Pigment


(3000 if you start from 1)

Fireweed, Frostweed, Starflower, Nagrand Arrowbloom, Talador Orchid, Gorgrond Flytrap Cerulean Pigment


Related Guides:

Inscription Leveling Guide 1 - 60

First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Inscription.

Don't forget that 1 [Roseate Pigment] can be traded for any Ink at Ink traders! You can level Inscription by using only Roseate Pigment if it is cheaper than the lower level herbs.

[Light Parchment] is not listed in the guide at the recipes. You can usually buy it from the vendor near your trainer or at any general goods vendor.

60 - 125

Learn Inscription Journeyman. Requires level 10.

  • 76 - 80
    36 x [Midnight Ink] - 72 Dusky Pigment

    You will use all of these later.
  • 80 - 86
    2 x [Research: Moonglow Ink] - 6 Moonglow Ink
  • 86 - 90
    Turn all your Verdant Pigment into [Hunter's Ink]. Make more Moonglow research if you didn't mill your own herbs.
  • 90 - 95
    1 x [Mystic Tome] - 5 Hunter's Ink

    Make as many [Mysterious Tarot] as you can if you coulnd't make 5 Hunter's Ink. Make more Moonglow research if you don't have any Hunter's Ink.
  • 95 - 101
    2 x [Research: Moonglow Ink] - 6 Moonglow Ink

    You can make this one up to 150 if you want to. I switch to Midnight reasearch to keep the number of herbs needed at different levels somewhat balanced.
  • 101 - 105
    42 x [Lion's Ink] - 84 Golden Pigment

    You will use all of these later.
  • 105 - 126
    7 x [Research: Midnight Ink] - 21 Midnight Ink

125 - 200

Learn Inscription Expert. Requires level 20.

200 - 290

Learn Inscription Artisan. Requires level 35.

  • 251-255
    39 x [Shimmering Ink] - 78 Silvery Pigment

    You will use all of these later.
  • 279 - 287
    8 x [Ink of Sky] - 8 Sapphire Pigment

    Make Celestial Ink research if you don't have 8 Sapphire Pigment.
  • 287 - 292
    1 x [Stormbound Tome] - 8 Ink of the Sky

    Make Celestial Ink research if you don't have Ink of the Sky.

290 - 350

Learn Inscription Master. Requires level 50.

  • 292 - 305
    45 x [Ethereal Ink] - 90 Nether Pigment

    You will use all of these later.

350 - 425

Learn Inscription Grand Master. Requires level 65.

425 - 500

Visit your trainer and learn Inscription Illustrious. Requires level 75.

  • 475 - 482
    Turn all your Burning Embers into [Inferno Ink]. If you don't have any Burning Ember, just make more Blackfallow Ink research.
  • 482 - 490
    Go to Vashj'ir - Kelp'thar Forest. Kill mobs there until you get [Technique: Origami Slime]. The drop rate is pretty high, don't get confused by wowhead data. The recipe will be green, but it only requires Light Parchment to make, which you can buy from Inscription supply vendors. If you don't want to farm the technique, you can make more Blackfallow Ink research.
  • 490 - 500
    Go to Deepholm and kill these mobs until you get [Technique: Origami Rock]

    The drop rate is pretty high, don't get confused by wowhead data, but if you are too lazy to go there, you can make more Blackfallow Ink research. I recommend the Origami because it's really cheap to make.

500 - 600

Visit your trainer and learn Zen Inscription. Requires level 80.

  • 540 - 600
    20 x [Research: Ink of Dreams] - 60 Ink of Dreams

    If your main goal is to get any of the epic Insciption items like [Inscribed Serpent Staff], you should stop making the Research at 560 because you will reach 600 by making the materials for the epic items. (like 20 Scroll of Wisdow). Not to mention the staffs alone will grant you 30 skill points when you make them.

600 - 700 or 1-700

Requires level 90. Things change a bit in Warlords of Draenor because you no longer learn the next rank from your trainer. You have to get a [Draenor Inscription] scroll to upgrade your maximum Inscription skill to 700. This scroll will also teach you a few basic recipes which you will use to level Inscription.

There are three ways to obtain this scroll:

Work Orders

Work orders convert 2 x [Cerulean Pigment] to 2 x [War Paints], or 4 if you have a follower in your building. You can read more about followers if you read my Guide to Followers with Profession Traits. One work order takes 4 hour to complete, but you can queue up a bunch of work orders, so you don't have to log in every 4 hours.

What you need to know is that most rare and epic recipe require [War Paints]. And as you can see, [War Paints] binds when picked up, so you can't buy them from the Auction House. You have to complete work orders, and you also have to make your daily profession cooldown [War Paints] every day.

How many [War Paints] can you get a day?

  • Work orders: You can complete 6 work orders each day, so that's 12 [War Paints] one day, or 24 if you have a level 100 follower.
  • Profession daily cooldown: With profession skill 600, you get 8. This will increase as you level up your profession, the maximum you can get is 20 at skill 700.

Milling and Pigments

[Cerulean Pigment] comes from milling herbs from Draenor. (Fireweed, Frostweed, Starflower, Nagrand Arrowbloom, Talador Orchid, Gorgrond Flytrap). You can find the [Milling] ability in your spellbook's profession tab. (you can drag it to your action bar) You get 2 pigment from milling 5 herbs.

Type /m into your chat then hit enter to create a macro. Then just copy-paste these strings in your macro and bind it to a useful / easy button of your keyboard. Simple but useful macro in order to quickly mill your WoD herbs.

/cast Milling
/use Talador Orchid
/use Gorgrond Flytrap
/use Frostweed
/use Fireweed
/use Nagrand Arrowbloom
/use Starflower

If you don't want to mill a flower (e.g. Frostweed since it's used in the dailies), just leave that out. This macro will start from the first herb and it will keep milling it until you don't have any left from that herb, then it will jump to the next one.

Obtaining new recipes

The recipes your learned from the scroll are only good for leveling between 1-600. You have to purchase new recipe at your Scribe's Quarters to level up to 700.

When you use [Draenor Inscription] , you get the recipe [Secrets of Draenor Inscription]. This is needed to create the currency that you can use to buy new recipes, but you can only make one from this currency each day.

Leveling 600-700

Create [Secrets of Draenor Inscription] and buy [Technique: Shadowtome] at the Scribe's Quarters, or you can buy it from near the Inscription trainer at Ashran (ask a guard for the location). Everything else costs a lot more for the same skill point gain. You can of course make any of the rare staffs and the darkmoon card, but making [Shadowtome] is the most efficient way to reach 700.

  • 10 x [Shadowtome] - 500 x [War Paints], 100 Light Parchment

    To get 500 War Paints from work orders and your daily cooldown you will need around 500 Cerulean Pigment (1250 herbs) and 20-25 days. You might need fewer if you get skill-ups from making your daily cooldown.

    You can get [Light Parchment] from the vendor near your trainer or at any general goods vendor.

If you don't want to wait 25 days, you can choose another recipe [Technique: Volatile Crystal]. This is the fastest way to reach 700, but this will require a lot more herbs, 3000 instead of 1200.

If you character is level 100 already, you can jump to the Legion Insrciption leveling guide to continue leveling Insrciption. If not, you can't level further until you reach level 100.

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