Edit 8/29/2998 10:00 PM MST: Added newly discovered Glyphs.
Edit 7/29/2008 12:35 AM MST: Added newly discovered Glyphs to the "Example Glyphs" section! Separated all Glyphs into their respective specs.
Many of you are probably already aware that Wrath of the Lich King will include the new Inscription tradeskill. You may not be familiar with the dynamics of said system, so here’s a brief summary based on the extensive article at WotLK Wiki:
- Inscription is used to create scrolls (like the ones that give Intellect, Spirit, Stamina, etc.), Glyphs, and miscellaneous items like the [Carrot on a Stick] and even an item called [Scroll of Recall] that’s reminiscent of the Scroll of Town Portal from Diablo II (but on a 15-minute cooldown).
- Glyphs are semi-permanent enhancements (think Gems from Jewelcrafting) that can be applied to a player through a special interface.
- Glyphs come in one of two types:
- Greater Glyphs provide major upgrades to spells such as the addition of a stun component or increased duration of a HoT or DoT.
- Minor Glyphs provide small upgrades like the removal of a reagent cost or a cosmetic improvement. One example is the [Glyph of the Penguin] that turns a Mage’s Polymorph into a Baby Penguin!
- Most players have “slots” for six Glyphs, two of each type listed. Inscriptionists (Inscribers? Scribes?) will have access to one additional Glyph, but it’s not clear what type that Glyph will be.
- The primary gathering tradeskill associated with Inscription will be Herbalism.
While very few Glyphs have been added to the Beta server, several of the ones that have been discovered are related to Druids. Here are the ones we know about in all their as-yet-incomplete-and-sometimes-misnamed demi-glory:
||Glyph of Hurricane Your Hurricane ability now also slows the movement speed of its victims by -20%.||Major|
||Glyph of Entangling Roots Increases the damage your Entangling Roots victims can take before the Entangling Roots automatically breaks by 20%.||Major|
||Glyph of Insect Swarm Increases the damage of your Insect Swarm ability by 30% but it no longer affects your victim’s chance to hit.||Major|
||Glyph of Moonfire Increases the periodic damage of your Moonfire ability by 75% but initial damage is decreased by 90%.||Major|
||Glyph of Starfall Increases the duration of Starfall by 2 sec.||Major|
||Glyph of Starfire Your Starfall ability increases the duration of your Moonfire effect on the target by 3 sec.||Major|
||Glyph of Thorns Increases the duration of your Thorns ability by 50 min when cast on yourself.||Minor|
||Glyph of Wrath Increases the chance you’ll resist spell interruption when casting your Wrath spell by 50%.||Major|
||Glyph of Aquatic Form Increases your swim speed by 50% while in Aquatic Form.||Minor|
||Glyph of Challenging Roar Reduces the cooldown of your Challenging Roar ability by 30 sec.||Minor|
||Glyph of Dash Reduces the cooldown of your Dash ability by 20%.||Minor|
||Glyph of Frenzied Regeneration While Frenzied Regeneration is active, healing effects on you are 20% more powerful.||Major|
||Glyph of Growl Increases the chance for your Growl ability to work successfully by 8%.||Major|
||Glyph of Mangle Increases the duration of Mangle by 6 sec.||Major|
||Glyph of Maul Your Maul ability now hits 1 additional target.||Major|
||Glyph of Rake Your Rake ability prevents targets from fleeing.||Major|
||Glyph of Rip Increases the duration of your Rip ability by 4 sec.||Major|
||Glyph of Shred Increases the damage dealt by Shred to stunned and incapacitated targets by 20%.||Major|
||Glyph of Healing Touch Decreases the cast time of Healing Touch by 1.5 sec., the mana cost by -25% and the amount healed by -50%.||Major|
||Glyph of Innervate Your Innervate ability now has an additional 20% strength mana regeneration effect on you in addition to the effect on your primary target.||Major|
||Glyph of Lifebloom Increases the duration of Lifebloom by 1 sec.||Major|
||Glyph of Swiftmend Your Swiftmend ability no longer consumes a Rejuvenation or Regrowth effect from the target.||Major|
||Glyph of Rebirth Increases the amount of health on a character brought back to life via Rebirth by 100%.||Major|
||Glyph of Regrowth Increases the amount of your initial Regrowth heal by 20% if your Regrowth effect is still active on the target.||Major|
||Glyph of Rejuvenation While your Rejuvenation targets are below 50% health you will heal them for an additional 50% health.||Major|
||Glyph of the Wild Mana cost of your Mark of the Wild and Gift of the Wild spells reduced by 50%.||Minor|
||Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth Your Rebirth spells no longer require a reagent.||Minor|
||Glyph of Wild Endurance Increases the duration of your Mark of the Wild and Gift of the Wild spells by 30 min.||Minor|
The examples above give us some indication of what types of Glyphs we might expect to see at release. Here are a few that I’d love to see considered:
- Glyph of Hawtness
Empowers a Greater Glyph to increase the duration of your Lifebloom and Flourish spells by 1 second.
- Glyph of Barkskin
Empowers a Greater Glyph to grant a passive 20% stun resistance while Barkskin is active.
- Glyph of Abolish Curse
Empowers a Greater Glyph to cause your Remove Curse ability to bestow a passive buff providing immunity to further Curses for 4 seconds.
- Glyph of Transcendence
Empowers a Greater Glyph to grant immunity to Banish while in Tree of Life form.
- Glyph of Alertness
Empowers a Greater Glyph to grant immunity to Hibernate and Scare Beast while in Dire Bear Form, Bear Form, and Cat Form form.
- Glyph of Verdant Regeneration
Empowers a Greater Glyph to grant your heals over time a 5% chance to apply themselves to one additional nearby target.
- Glyph of Soothing Rains
Empowers a Greater Glyph to increase resistance to interruption by damage by 50% while casting Tranquility.
- Glyph of Resilient Regeneration
Empowers a Lesser Glyph to grant your Innervate buff a 30% resistance to dispel.
- Glyph of Cat-up-a-Tree
Empowers a Lesser Glyph to allow the use of Barkskin while in Cat Form.
- Glyph of the Bulwark
Empowers a Lesser Glyph to allow the resistances granted by your Mark of the Wild spell to stack with other resistance auras.
- Glyph of Ancient Thorns
Empowers a Minor Glyph to increase the duration of your Thorns spell by 20 minutes.
- Glyph of the Curmudgeon
Empowers a Minor Glyph to remove the reagent cost from your Rebirth spell.
- Glyph of Spring
Empowers a Minor Glyph to grant Tree of Life a more springtime appearance.
- Glyph of High Summer
Empowers a Minor Glyph to grant Tree of Life a more summertime appearance.
- Glyph of Winter’s Heart
Empowers a Minor Glyph to grant Tree of Life a more wintertime appearance.
As you can see, many of these are PvP-based; I had trouble thinking of things for PvE that wouldn’t overpower them and wouldn’t seem too much like already existing talents (increasing the +Healing coefficient on a spell, for instance). If you could create your own Glyphs for Wrath of the Lich King, what would you choose?
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