WoW Inscription Leveling Guide 1 - 700

This Inscription leveling guide will help you to level your profession from 1 to 700, 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 Warlords of Draenor patch 6.2

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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 100 in 8 days with this guide.

Inscription guide sections:

Apprentice 1 - 60
Journeyman 60 - 125
Expert 125 - 200
Artisan 200 - 290
Master 290 - 350
Grand Master 350 - 425
Illustrious 425 - 500
Zen 500 - 600
Warlords of Draenor 600 - 700

If your character is already between level 90-100, you should jump to the Warlords of Draenor section. You can level Inscription using new recipes.

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.

Number of herbs Herb options
140 x Alabaster Pigment giving herbs Earthroot, Peacebloom, Silverleaf
140 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
100 x Violet Pigment giving herbs Arthas' Tears, Blindweed, Firebloom, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Purple Lotus, Sungrass
170 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
160 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
1200 x Cerulean Pigment giving herbs (3000 if you start from 1) Fireweed, Frostweed, Starflower, Nagrand Arrowbloom, Talador Orchid, Gorgrond Flytrap

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Inscription Leveling Guide 1 - 60

NOTE: If your character is already between level 90-100, you should jump to the Warlords of Draenor section. You can level Inscription using new recipes.

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

Don't forget that 1 [Warbinder's Ink] can be traded for any Ink at Ink traders! You can level Inscription by using only Warbinder's Ink 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.

  • 76 - 80
    36 x [Midnight Ink] - 72 Dusky Pigment
  • You will use all of these later.

  • 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.


125 - 200

Learn Inscription Expert.

  • 150 - 155
    39 x [Jadefire Ink] - 78 Emerald Pigment
  • You will use all of these later.


200 - 290

Learn Inscription Artisan.

  • 200 - 205
    24 x [Celestial Ink] - 48 Violet Pigment
  • You will use all of these later.

  • 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.

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

    You will use all of these later.


350 - 425

Learn Inscription Grand Master.

  • 351 - 355
    36 x [Ink of Sea] - 72 Azure Pigment
  • You will use all of these later.


425 - 500

Visit your trainer and learn Inscription Illustrious.

  • 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.

  • 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

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.

# showtooltip
/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.

Leveling 1-600

Obviously, you can skip this part if you are at 600 already.

  • 1 - 300
    300 x [Warbinder's Ink] - 600 Cerulean Pigment

    You get 2 pigment from milling 5 herbs, so you need to mill 1500 herbs.

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 [Volatile Crystal] 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.

I hope you liked this Inscription guide, congratulations to 700!

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