Inscription is a primary profession. You can only learn 2 primary professions.
Most Inscription recipes use herbs, milled into pigments. Herbs can be gathered by someone else and traded, so you do not need to learn Herbalism as your 2nd primary profession. However, if Herbalism and Inscription are trained together, you will gather more than enough herbs to raise your Inscription skill. Herbalism is one of the fastest professions to develop: At high level (with "epic" flight), Herbalism takes 4-6 hours from 1 to 600 - longer if there is a lot of competition for herbs. It is also easy to train as you do other tasks, such as completing quests.
The maximum skill you can reach depends on your expansion: To learn Inscription beyond skill 375, you must have felt the Wrath of the Lich King. Above 450 requires Cataclysm. Above 525 requires Mists of Pandaria.
All trainers teach all ranks available to you (which depends on your expansion, not the trainers' location). Inscription trainers are found in:
- Main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard.
- Hellfire Peninsula in Outland (the Alliance trainer is at the top of the "mage tower" in Honor Hold). A master trainer bookcase can also be found on the Scryer's tier in Shattrath City (there is no known equivalent for the Aldor).
- The 4 arrival ports in Northrend: Valgarde (Howling Fjord) and Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) for Alliance, and Vengeance Landing (Howling Fjord) and Warsong Hold (Borean Tundra) for Horde. Neutral trainers can be found in Dalaran, which floats above Crystalsong Forest, and the Argent Tournament in Icecrown.
- Several locations in Pandaria, including The Jade Forest (north of Dawn's Blossom and at The Arboretum).
Like other professions, there is a maximum skill level that you may achieve at each profession rank. To progress further, you will need to train a new rank from the trainer. Each rank has a minimum personal ((character)) level and Inscription skill level: You must attain both before you can train the new rank. The table below summarises the requirements:
|Rank||Minimum character level||Minimum Inscription skill||Maximum Inscription skill||Cost|
|Grand Master Scribe||65||350||450||35g|
|Zen Master Scribe||80||500||600||60g|
Costs assume no reputation-related reductions. Exalted reduces costs by a fifth (20%). All ranks are learned from trainers.
There are several types of trained ability:
- Milling - Crush 5 herbs. Skill varies by herb type - see Milling Skill Required.
- Level 80 and 85 Shoulder Inscriptions - Applied directly to your shoulders from your professions recipe list. Level 90 shoulder inscriptions first create items, which are then applied to shoulders.
- Research - Most types of research are trained abilities. Research also produces bonus scrolls, but Scroll of Wisdom (from Scroll of Wisdom Research) is normally the only useful bonus item.
- Why Inscribe? - Reasons to take Inscription as a profession.
- Also in Training: Raising Skill, Power-Leveling, Leveling 1-75, Leveling 75-100, Leveling 100-150, Leveling 150-200, Leveling 200-250, Leveling 250-290, Leveling 290-350, Leveling 350-425, Leveling 425-500, and Leveling 500-600.
Archive Comments about Ranks
Below are readers' comments about "Ranks":
Bruig, October 2008:
I skilled up one of my lower toons to 297. I realize I have to get him to Thrallmar and have some friendly guild warlocks that may be willing to help me get there. However, I'm worried that my inscriptor (lvl 38 warlock) will not be able to train beyond 300 because of lvl cap. Does anyone know if the 300+ skill require a certain level like other professions?
Yoco, October 2008:
As far as I know, all production professions require level 50 to advance beyond level 300, and inscription is one of those.
Or to provide the full list of level requirements:
1-75 : level 5
76-150: level 10
151-225: level 20
226-300: level 35
301-375: level 50 & TBC expansion required to reach trainers
376-450: level 65 & WotLK expansion required to reach trainers
Additionally, Jewelcrafting and Inscription require the TBC expansion for all ranks (not just the last two ranks).
Note that this only applies to production tradeskills, not to gathering tradeskills.
Edit: take a look at http://www.elsprofessions.com/inscription/ranks.html - all information is there...
Gummo, October 2008:
Currently, even the gathering professions have level requirements, which they didn't have before (mining, herbalism, skinning). It may be that the new buffs you now get with these professions prompted Blizzard to add level requirements, so you wouldn't have a e.g. level 19 with 375 herbalism and a 1200 self-heal HOT. But it looks like the next patch (3.0.3) is going to remove this requirement from the gathering professions. This might be because of the rumors of unavoidable XP from battlegrounds to end twinks.
Bruig, October 2008:
Thanks for the info. I figured as much about the leveling req and I really don't feel like grinding the last 12 levels although I may have to cuz my guildies are bugging me for higher glyphs.
thunderchild, October 2008:
Does anyone have a ballpark figure of the gold required to learn all the trainable glyphs etc? At the moment, it looks like the lvl 80 equivalent glyphs will set you back about 60g per class alone which makes for an expensive outlay across 9 classes.
Mildly curious about the total expenditure of the profession without taking into account materials.
p.s. appear to have posted this in the general forum by mistake. my bad. If someone wishes to, or can move it to inscription, please feel free.
el, October 2008:
If you train every recipe that is trainable, costs (without reputation reductions, to the nearest gold) are:
- Pre-Northrend: 135g.
- All, including WotLK: 977g.
You should add the cost of rank training to that (16g pre-Northrend, 51g all). Keep in mind you can level efficiently without learning most recipes.
The costs have been changing between beta versions, so these figure may be different in live. The WotLK values probably seem very high. Simply learning professions is one of the subtle money-sinks in Northrend, that nobody will really notice...
I should work out the leveling costs too, and compare it to Highlander's analysis for other professions: Historically, the cost of leveling professions varied a lot.
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