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For the faction reward augment items of previously the same name, see Arcanum.

Glyphs are spell and ability cosmetic enhancements created by scribes. Until used, they are not soulbound and can be traded or sold. The colors used in glyphs are colors of the class for which they are meant. Glyphs are optional and not vital to game completion, although they may provide an edge.

Once learned, glyphs are permanent and may be switched out at any time outside of combat. Changing a glyph requires a [Vanishing Powder] for characters level 25-120, and a [Dust of Disappearance] for characters over level 80.

In Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Initially, there would be additional glyphs known as "ancient glyphs", added with the Path of the Titans system. When Path of the Titans was cancelled, the glyph system was changed to three tiers - Major, Medium and Minor. This was later changed to the system implemented in Patch 4.0.1 - Prime, Major and Minor.[citation needed]


  • Glyphs are attached via the spellbook to the spells they augment.
  • Glyphs can be installed at any time except when the player is in combat.
  • Glyphs are learned. Once purchased and read, they are added to a sortable library.
  • Glyphs are no longer destroyed; however in order to switch one for another you must use vanishing dust.
  • Glyph effects cannot be stacked (they are Unique-equipped).




Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): The Glyph panel has been removed from the game. Some minor glyphs that had a cosmetic effect that does not apply to a specific spell have been converted into cosmetic items that provide the same effects as before.; Some minor glyphs that made cosmetic alterations to a specific spell have been added to the spell itself in the spellbook.
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): All characters now learn some important Major Glyphs automatically as they level up.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Cosmetic glyphs added.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): 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.

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