WoW Inscription Leveling Guide 1 - 600

This Inscription leveling guide will help you to level your profession from 1 to 600, 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 the Herbalism leveling guide if you want to level Herbalism.

Updated for Mists of Pandaria patch 5.4

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 90 in 7 days with this guide.

Inscription guide sections:

Apprentice 1 - 75
Journeyman 75 - 125
Expert 125 - 200
Artisan 200 - 290
Master 290 - 350
Grand Master 350 - 425
Illustrious 425 - 500
Zen 500 - 600

Approximate Materials Required for 1-600 :

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.

Number of herbs Herb options
110 x Alabaster Pigment giving herbs Earthroot, Peacebloom, Silverleaf
70 x Dusky Pigment giving herbs Briarthorn, Bruiseweed, Mageroyal, Stranglekelp, Swiftthistle
170 x Golden Pigment giving herbs Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, Wild Steelbloom
170 x Emerald Pigment giving herbs Dragon's Teeth, Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar's Whisker
160 x Violet Pigment giving herbs Arthas' Tears, Blindweed, Firebloom, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Purple Lotus, Sungrass
90 x Silvery Pigment giving herbs Dreamfoil, Golden Sansam, Icecap, Mountain Silversage, Sorrowmoss
180 x Nether Pigment giving herbs Ancient Lichen, Dreaming Glory, Felweed, Mana Thistle, Netherbloom, Nightmare Vine, Ragveil, Terocone
400 x Azure Pigment giving herbs Adder's Tongue, Deadnettle, Fire Leaf, Goldclover, Icethorn, Lichbloom, Talandra's Rose, Tiger Lily
140 x Ashen Pigment giving herbs 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.
320 x Shadow Pigment giving herbs Desecrated Herb, Fool's Cap, Green Tea Leaf, Rain Poppy, Silkweed, Snow Lily

Related Guides:


Inscription Leveling Guide 1 - 75

Just to note, there is a lot of other Glyphs and Scroll at different skill ranges with the same number of materials needed, so where you see [Glyph of ...] for example, there you can choose between more recipes that is orange to you and requires the same number of materials.

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

Do not forget that 1 [Ink of Dreams] can be traded for any Ink at Ink traders! You can level Inscription by using only Ink of Dreams if it is cheaper than the lower level herbs. Using Ink of Dreams is also a lot faster.

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


75 - 125

Learn Inscription Journeyman.

Your aim should always be to make glyphs while they are orange. Sometimes Glyphs turn yellow after one craft, sometimes 2 or 3 craft, so be careful and don't queue up 10 of the same Glyphs. Each orange Glyph will give you 3 skill-up points.

  • 80 - 101
    Make any Glyph that is orange to you.

    7 x [Glyph of....] - 21 Midnight Ink

  • 101 - 105
    40 x [Lion's Ink] - 80 Golden Pigment

    Make any orange Glyph if you did not reach 105 by making these.

  • 105 - 126
    7 x [Glyph of ...] - 21 Lion's Ink


125 - 200

Learn Inscription Expert.

  • 126-130
    Turn your [Burnt Pigments] into [Dawnstar Ink]. If you didn't mill your own herbs and you don't have Burnt Pigment, you can just make any Glyph that is orange to you.
  • 130 - 146
    6 x [Glyph of ...] - 18 Lion's Ink
  • 155 - 176
    7 x [Glyph of ...] - 21 Jadefire Ink
  • 176 - 178
    5 x [Royal Ink] - 5 Indigo Pigment

    Make Glyphs if you don't have Indigo Pigment, or if you didn't get any skill point from making Royal Inks.

  • 178 - 196
    6 x [Glyph of ...] - 18 Jadefire Ink


200 - 290

Learn Inscription Artisan.

  • 205 - 226
    7 x [Glyph of ...] - 21 Celestial Ink
  • 228- 246
    6 x [Glyph of ...] - 18 Celestial Ink
  • 255 - 279
    8 x [Glyph of ...] - 24 Shimmering Ink
  • 279 - 287
    8 x [Ink of Sky] - 8 Sapphire Pigment

    Make Glyphs if you don't have 8 Sapphire Pigment.

  • 287 - 292
    1 x [Stormbound Tome] - 8 Ink of the Sky

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


290 - 350

Learn Inscription Master.

  • 305 - 326
    7 x [Glyph of ...] - 21 Ethereal Ink
  • 333 - 351
    6 x [Glyph of ...] - 18 Ethereal Ink


350 - 425

Learn Inscription Grand Master.

  • 355 - 358
    Make any orange Glyph which requires 3 Etheral Inks to make.
  • 358 - 376
    6 x [Glyph of...] - 18 Ink of the Sea
  • 376 - 379
    [Snowfall Ink] - Icy Pigment

    Use all the rare pigment available. Keep the extra Snowfall Ink for Northrend Inscription Research. You will need to research to learn most "Northrend" glyphs.

  • It's important to stop making this recipe at 379! Make any orange Glyph if you don't have Icy Pigment.

  • 379 - 385
    2 x [Glyph of...] - 6 Ink of the Sea
  • 386 - 400
    15 x [Any Discovered Major Glyph] - 45 Ink of the Sea


425 - 500

Visit your trainer and learn Inscription Illustrious.

  • 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 should make the recipe below, or any Monk Glyph that is orange to you.

    15 x [Dust of Disappearance] - 15 Blackfallow Ink

  • 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 orange Monk glyps. I recommend the Origami because it's really cheap to make.


500 - 600

Visit your trainer and learn Zen Inscription.

  • 541 - 595
    18 x [Any Glyph you discovered by making Scroll of Wisdow] - 54 Ink of Dreams

    Out of 36 Glyphs, you can discover a few that require different ink. If you happen to discover one of those and you already got Ink of Dreams, then you can trade [Ink of Dreams] for any ink at Ink traders!

    If your main goal is to get any of the epic Insciption items like [Inscribed Serpent Staff], you should stop making the Gylphs 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.

  • 595 - 600
    Make any shoulder enchant three times.

I hope you liked this Inscription guide, congratulations to 600!

(Return to Top)

WoW Leveling Guide 1-90 Do you want to reach level 90 fast?

I recommend Zygor's Leveling Guide. The guide is in an small window on your main screen in-game. All the detail that you need to complete the quest is included. You’ll never have to switch back to a website, or even the in-game main map to see where you have to go or what’s next. The guide is available for both Horde and Alliance.

I use Zygor's guide for leveling and I highly recommend it.

>> Click here to visit Zygor's 1 - 90 Leveling Guide <<