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For the augment items previously called glyphs, see Arcanum. For other uses, see Glyph (disambiguation).

The pink mark shows that this spell is glyphed

Glyphs are items that can change a spell or ability's visual appearance. Most glyphs are crafted by scribes, are color-coded by class, and can be applied as early as level 11. They can be removed at any time outside of combat using  [Vanishing Powder].

To apply a glyph, right-click it in your inventory to use it. This will automatically open the spellbook, where the target spell will light up. Click the lit-up spell to apply the glyph. An ability that has a glyph applied to it will be marked in the spellbook with a pink mark on its corner.

Class books

With the removal of the old glyph system in Patch 7.0.3, a number of what were previously minor glyphs are now available as books and toys. They are all sold for 50g each or found as drops.

Death knight

Druid

Hunter

Mage

Monk

Paladin

Priest

Rogue

Shaman

Old types

Glyphs mostly give convenient or cosmetic improvements, such as changing the visual effect of a spell, or give an additional effect. However, some have more substantial effects, improving or altering important abilities in a number of ways.

Examples:

Minor glyphs

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 7.0.3.

Minor glyphs mostly give convenient or cosmetic improvements, such as changing the visual effect of a spell, or granting a new ability that is purely for entertainment purposes. However, some have more substantial effects, improving or altering important abilities in a number of ways.

Examples:

Major glyphs

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 7.0.3.

Major glyphs feature spell changes that may increase the damage, or another feature of the spell. Some of these glyphs have trade-offs, for example increasing direct damage but removing a DoT effect of the spell.

Major glyphs were removed in patch 7.0.3.

Prime glyphs

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.0.4.

Prime glyphs were effective in combat, and generally increased the healing or damage of an ability. They were generally the most potent and important of the glyphs.

Examples:

Prime glyphs were removed in patch 5.0.4.[1]

Class Design & Balance Q&A | 2011-11-09 00:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Celestalon

We're not happy with how Prime glyphs have worked out, and are considering removing them. Don't worry, scribes, if we do this sort of change, we'll keep you heavily in mind; we don't intend to 'nerf' Inscription in any way with this potential change.

Glyphs by class

Lists of the glyphs available to each class can be found on their own pages:

Deathknight Death knight glyphs Paladin Paladin glyphs
Demon hunter Demon hunter glyphs Priest Priest glyphs
Druid Druid glyphs Rogue Rogue glyphs
Hunter Hunter glyphs Shaman Shaman glyphs
Mage Mage glyphs Warlock Warlock glyphs
Monk Monk glyphs Warrior Warrior glyphs

History

Initially, there would be additional glyphs known as "ancient glyphs", added with the Path of the Titans system. When Path of the Titans was canceled, the glyph system was changed to three tiers - Major, Medium and Minor. In patch 4.0.1 this was changed to Prime, Major and Minor. Patch 5.0.4 removed Prime glyphs, and added many new Major and Minor glyphs.

Gallery

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level squish: Most glyphs now require level 11 to use (was level 25).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19):
    • Major glyphs removed. Runes giving temporary buffs are taking their place.
    • Minor glyphs are no longer constrained by a maximum number of slots.
    • Glyph interface removed, now is functioned through the Spellbook & Abilities.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Exclusive categories have been added for some glyphs. Other glyphs from the same category cannot be applied at the same time.
    • Some glyphs are now exclusive to a specialization.
    • All classes now learn some of their Major Glyphs as they level. Recipes for these Glyphs have been removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Major overhaul of the glyph system; All Prime Glyphs were replaced or converted to Major Glyphs.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added Prime Glyphs and Glyph slots. The minimum level requirement to use glyphs is 25. You will unlock a Prime Glyph slot, a Major Glyph slot and a Minor Glyph slot at level 25, 50 and 75. Removed glyphs have been replaced by the item [Charred Glyph] in-game.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Glyph interface moved from the spellbook window to the talent window.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

References

 
  1. ^ Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event: Full Monk Talents Revealed and More!. Wowhead (2012-03-19). Retrieved on 2012-03-19.

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