Introduction

Minor Inscription Research is learnt from trainers at Inscription skill 75. Research can be conducted once per day. Your research ability is listed with the other recipes you know. Each minor research uses:

Research will normally discover a new minor glyph, which you can then produce. Some scribes report that they always make a discovery, unless there is nothing left for you to discover. Others report that sometimes research fails to find a new glyph, even when there are glyphs left to discover. You will also gain items such as lower-level Scrolls.

Each discovered minor glyph requires a certain Inscription skill to discover. Many minor glyphs can be discovered at skill 75, however some require far higher skill to discover. A full list of skills for minor glyphs can be found here (thanks to Knobby and Yoco for clarifying the pattern).

Minor Discovered Glyphs

Minor Research (65)
ItemGroupPartsInscription Skill
OrangeYellowGreenGrey
Glyph of Aquatic FormDruidLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Arcane LanguageMageLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Aspect of the PackHunterCelestial Ink (3), Light Parchment200 (3⇑)205210215
Glyph of Astral RecallShamanJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Bloodcurdling ShoutWarriorLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of BloomingDruidLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Blurred SpeedRogueLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Borrowed TimePriestLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Charm Woodland CreatureDruidLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Conjure FamiliarMageLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of ContemplationPaladinLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Curse of ExhausionWarlockJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Dark ArchangelPriestInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of DashDruidJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Death GateDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of Death's EmbraceDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of DistractRogueLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)125 (3⇑)130135140
Glyph of Enslave DemonWarlockJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Eye of KilroggWarlockLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)125 (3⇑)130135140
Glyph of Far SightShamanJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Fire From the HeavensPaladinJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of FireworksHunterJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of GraceDruidLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Gushing WoundWarriorLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Healing StormShamanLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)125 (3⇑)130135140
Glyph of Horn of WinterDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of Intimidating ShoutWarriorInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of Lesser ProportionHunterLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of LevitatePriestJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Mighty VictoryWarriorEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of Mystic ShoutWarriorLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Path of FrostDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of Pick LockRogueLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Pick PocketRogueLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of PoisonsRogueLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)125 (3⇑)130135140
Glyph of Rapid TeleportationMageJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Reflective ShieldPriestJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Remove CurseMageInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of Resilient GripDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of Revive PetHunterLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Safe FallRogueCelestial Ink (3), Light Parchment200 (3⇑)205210215
Glyph of Seal of BloodPaladinLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Shackle UndeadPriestLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of ShadowPriestLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Shadow RavensPriestLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Soul ConsumptionWarlockLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of SoulwellWarlockInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of Stampede (Hunter)HunterLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of StarsDruidInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of the ChameleonDruidJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of the GeistDeath KnightEthereal Ink (3), Light Parchment290 (3⇑)295300305
Glyph of the Luminous ChargerPaladinJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of the MonkeyMageLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)125 (3⇑)130135140
Glyph of the Mounted KingPaladinLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of the PenguinMageLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of the PorcupineMageLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of the Spectral WolfShamanLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of the TreantDruidJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Thunder StrikeWarriorInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of ThunderstormShamanInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of Totemic EncirclementShamanJadefire Ink (3), Light Parchment150 (3⇑)155160165
Glyph of Unending BreathWarlockLight Parchment, Lion's Ink (3)100 (3⇑)105110115
Glyph of Unending RageWarriorLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590
Glyph of Victorious ThrowWarriorInk of the Sea (3), Light Parchment350 (3⇑)355360365
Glyph of Winged VengeancePaladinLight Parchment, Midnight Ink (3)75 (3⇑)808590

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Archive Comments about Minor Glyph Research

Below are readers' comments about "Minor Glyph Research":

No discovery of a Minor Glyph!!?!

  1. skaarak, October 2008:

    So this morning I did the discovery of a Minor Glyph and I got a Weapon Vellium (woo....) but then no discovery. I had read that you always discover a new one until there are no more, but it didn't seem to do that for me this morning. I only have 4 minor glyphs so I found it quite annoying not to get another one.
    Any one else run into this?

  2. Kuradora, October 2008:

    I got the same thing last night, only with a scroll of strength or some such. I didn't get a discovery either, that I saw. Could it be that the discovery doesn't show up like it does for alch? Maybe it's still bugged, either in the way it works or in the way it shows a readout for the discovery.

  3. Gummo, October 2008:

    See this topic; you apparently can't discover glyphs that you can't make, so if you've discovered all the glyphs available at your skill level, you won't find any more until you raise your skill and higher-level glyphs become discoverable.

  1. skaarak, October 2008:

    Well, seeing as my Inscription skill is 365, I'd be surprised if there wasn't a minor inscription I cannot make (ATM).

  2. el, October 2008:

    There are a few reports of discoveries not being made, and with 365 skill, you should have 2 months of discoveries to make. Unfortunately, there are so many little glitches in 3.0.2, it is difficult to know if failure is intended. Certainly the vast majority of research is discovering something.

  3. Yoco, October 2008:

    I doubt it makes a difference, but out of curiosity: were you in a Raid Group when you did the minor research that didn't teach you anything?

  4. skaarak, October 2008:

    Not in any group. No. It was about 5:30am on a MST server (on Tuesday I think). I was in Undercity. My AddOn's are in the 80%+ working category, but there could be some weirdness there.

  5. Nils, November 2008:

    Just an FYI in case anyone wants to keep statistics to look for a trend.

    For fun-and-games, I have a lvl 5, skill 75 Scribe and a lvl 70, skill 365 Scribe. Thus far, my level 5 Scribe has discovered 22 minor glyphs, and attempted to learn the 23rd and final allowable minor glyph, "Bear Cub" but instead made a scroll of recall, and no discovery.

    I was figuring that this toon would only learn glyphs requiring skill lvl 75 or lower, which limits to those glyphs using Midnight Ink - all other 22 glyphs requiring Midnight Ink have been discoverd by this toon.

    This is the first time with either toon I have not made a discovery.

  6. el, November 2008:

    We think Glyph of the Bear Cub was bugged, and could not be discovered on live realms by any means. I'm hoping that was fixed by patch 3.0.3 - but I have not seen one yet.

  7. Hobbes, December 2008:

    I can verify this. Today I got no discovery out of Minor Inscription Research. I had all of the listed minor glyphs (from: http://www.elsprofessions.com/inscription/minor_research.html ) with the exception of Bear Cub.

  8. jetah, January 2009:

    OK, i hoped on the test server (3.0.8) and decided to check minor research. and -YES- i got a new minor. it was a glyph of blast wave. it uses 1 ink of the sea and 1 resilient parchment.

    so this will be very interesting to say the least.

  9. el, January 2009:

    Interesting, indeed.

    There are a few new glyph spells in the game files (Blast Wave, Thunderstorm, Focus, and Typhoon). If they are all minors it should be possible to discover them all on the test realms with a character that has already discovered every minor available in the live game (which should have happened for anyone making a discovery each day since patch 3.0.2).

  10. Thay, January 2009:

    I've got my scribe (who has all live minors) over on the PTR, so far he's discovered Thunderstorm and Blastwave.
    The new minor's so far are all ink of the sea minor's.

    Edit: 20hrs later - Discover Glyph of Typhoon

  11. Thay, January 2009:

    and now Glyph of Focus. So tomorrow will be interesting.
    Althou i'm expecting no glyph to be found

  12. el, January 2009:

    Thanks. I've confirmed all 4 new minors on the PTR.

  13. Sleett, March 2009:

    I spoke with a GM last night, you learn new recipies everyday up to a point, then its random chance that you will learn a recipie each day

    if you read the text on the research it states

    "creates a random scroll in an effort to discovery new minor glyph recipies"

    and

    "compiles your experiences from the day, creating an random assortment of inscribed works. you are very likely to discover new major glyph recipies this way"

    these are not guarenteed combines for recipes, it just starts out that way and gets worse one day

    took me a month to get another minor once I stopped getting them once a day, and its been 2 weeks for majors and I know im missing at least 4 recipies.

Minor Reseach List

  1. NiceBloke, October 2008:

    Power leveling Inscription showed me that all the trained Glyphs are Major - you have to research the minor ones. So, in the interest of seeing if there are any really rare research glyphs:

    So far I have learned the following Minor glyphs:

    1] Glyph of Sense Undead - http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43368
    2] Glyph of Mend Pet - http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43350
    3] Glyph of Unending Breath - http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43389
    4] Glyph of Aquatic Form - http://wotlk.wowhead.com/?item=43316
    5] Glyph of Shadowfiend - http://wotlk.wowhead.com/?item=43374
    6]

  2. el, October 2008:

    For reference, I've added a list of all known Minor glyph research.

    If the price of minor glyphs is still reasonable on your server, consider rolling an alt, just to learn Inscription up to skill 75, which can then discover minor glyphs.

  3. Knobby, October 2008:

    Thinking that the real money would be in Minor Glyphs, at least initially, I made sure that I leveled 5 alts that had been sitting around to Lvl 15 + before the patch hit. I got them straight upto level 75 Inscribing and had them all research. I thought I was a bit unlucky with getting two repeat discoveries on the second day - ie two toons with same discovery. I was distraught yesterday (5th round) with 5 of my 6 discoveries being repeats, so I took a look at what they had all learned.

    I had 17 of the 21 discoveries using Midnight Ink, 1 of the 13 using Lions, 1 of the 10 using Celestial and none of the higher Ink Discoveries. I then thought that these higher level ink using discoveries might have a rarer discovery chance.

    CLUNK !

    What if lower level inscribers can only discover lower level glyphs ?!? Sure enough, my max level inscriber had the only two higher ink discoveries. All the 75ish alts had Midnight only discoveries.

    Yesterday I leveled two of the alts to experience level 20 and Expert Inscription. This morning one of them discovered a Lions recipe while the others didn't (not conclusive but validating). It may be that the discovery 'Roll Book' may be determined by ability to make the ink or something other than rank

    Points to make :-

    1) Higher Ink level inscriptions will be rarer as the leveling inscribers will not discover them until later on. AH prices and availability reflect this on my server.

    2) It is worth not using a discovery in the leveling process if you are power leveling. Do it once you hit max if only an hour or two away. You have a chance to make a rarer more valuable discovery.

    Anyone got any points of reference with the higher ink discoveries ? (ie a Jadefire at level 136 inscription etc).

    I hope this isn't a widely known thing and I'm just re-hacking past work.

    Thanks to this site I made 15k gold on the first day (Penguin ftw!) and have 35k gold now 5 days in. Where do I send your commission ?!

  1. Yoco, October 2008:

    Knobby wrote:

    T...
    What if lower level inscribers can only discover lower level glyphs ?!?...

    Yeps, that's the case.

    On the PTR my scribe ran minor inscription research when the cooldown was still bugged (presumably on purpose to allow testing) - you could reset the cooldown by zoning (hopping in to or out of Rage Fire Chasm worked great). At one point the research stopped: doing the research no longer taught me new recipes. After I leveled up inscription a few levels more, it started giving recipes again. Conclusion: Minor Inscription Research gives you a random minor glyph recipe that (a) you haven't discovered before and (b) that you can make at your inscription level. Currently you can check wowhead to find out what the minor glyph recipe levels are. (El: consider adding those levels here on this site too, maybe?)

    Lesson: want to discover a particular skill level 80 glyph? Your best chance to discover it is from skill levels 80 to 84. Before 80 you cannot discover it. From 85 onward there are more recipes available for discovery, lowering your chance to get the level 80 one.

  2. Knobby, October 2008:

    Discovery levels for the minors.

    Midnight/Light at 75
    Lions/Light at 100
    Lions/Common at 125
    Jadefire/Common at 150
    Celestial/Common at 200
    Ethereal/Resilient at 325

    They are all orange/yellow/green for 5 Levels from their discovery point.

    Optimum level for number of discoveries v cost is 150. You will only be out of play on 2 discoveries (Safe Fall and Enduring Victory)

  3. el, October 2008:

    Agreed. Great insights.

    The only discovery I'm having trouble confirming is Glyph of the Bear Cub. I've added it at skill 75 based on reagents only.

    Glyph of Levitate does not fit the pattern - available at 175, yet uses Jadefire/Common.

  4. Dpartd, November 2008:

    Does anyone have a spreadsheet with all of the researched Minor Glyphs and Major Glyphs currently available in game?

    I tried to copy and paste from El's website to an excel spreadsheet, but it doesn't come out very pretty :)

  5. Nightwalkr, December 2008:

    Hi Dpartd,

    I tried this with a Google Docs spreadsheet and it seems to work quite well. You just paste the function:

    =ImportHTML("http://www.elsprofessions.com/forums/topic/minor-reseach-list", "table", 1)

    into a cell in the spreadsheet and it creates a "live" area in your spreadsheet that will be updated anytime the table on source page is updated. (The third argument with a value of 1 is an index to which table on the source page you want to link...it's 1-based so a 1 means the first table).

    You can then export an .xls file of this spreadsheet to Excel...the excel spreadsheet won't be "live".

    It would be nice if this table had a column for Class and maybe for the level of the inscription.

    Nightwalkr

How to track known Minor Inscriptions?

  1. Jon Do, October 2008:

    Hello.

    Thanks El for the guide! I skilled Inscription to 350 on patch release day (couldn't get on until 8pm and was 350 by 2am). I only cut it close one place - my very last ink dinged 300 skill, then it was gravy.

    My issue:

    I have now discovered four Minor Glyphs. My problem is that they are just thrown in with the Major Glyphs and I have to manually track them.

    Any suggestions on how to separate or identify or distinguish the Minor Glyphs from the Major in the UI?

  2. Pithian, October 2008:

    I am having the same problem too. I am going to post this on the Blizzard forums. Maybe if enough of us do this, Blizzard may think about adding a drop down in the Inscription trade skill window that only shows <Class> in in tab and <Major/Minor/Created> in the other. That would help quite a lot for me.

  3. Yoco, October 2008:

    Pithian wrote:

    I am having the same problem too. I am going to post this on the Blizzard forums. Maybe if enough of us do this, Blizzard may think about adding a drop down in the Inscription trade skill window that only shows <Class> in in tab and <Major/Minor/Created> in the other. That would help quite a lot for me.

    Good suggestion indeed. Figuring out a full list of which minors I have discovered, or to answer questions like "what minor shaman glyphs can you make?" is quite time consuming right now. And making that second dropdown in the interface actually useful would be welcome.

  1. Dark, October 2011:

    The glyph of Mirror Image is taught by the Book of Glyph Mastery, not Minor Inscription Research.

  2. el, October 2011:

    Fixed, thanks.

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