Inscription

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Inscriptions are a type of salvagable weapon upgrade. They were introduced with the release of the Nightfall campaign and replace some of the inherent weapon modifiers used in the Prophecies and Factions campaign, which are not salvagable.

Inscriptions can only be salvaged from, and added to, items found in the Nightfall Campaign, Eye of the North Expansion, rewards from the Bonus Mission Pack, items from the end chest of the Factions elite missions The Deep and Urgoz's Warren, items from the Hall of Heroes chest, the Fissure of Woe end chest, the Underworld end chest, and the Zaishen Chest.

Acquisition[edit]

There are no traders or crafters for inscriptions, you can obtain them through loot or other players.

You can salvage an inscription from any drop that has one. The inscription is a guaranteed salvage with Expert Salvage Kits, though the item has a chance of being destroyed in the process.

Inscriptions have an intrinsic value of 25 gold when sold to a merchant. An Identification Kit can be used to reveal the actual value of the inscription. The difference is often higher than the cost of identifying the inscription.

Usage[edit]

To attach an inscription to a weapon double-click on the inscription (the mouse pointer appearance will change), then click on the item that you want to attach it to.

The target item must be of the designated type given in the description. Furthermore, it must have an inscription slot. This slot can either be free (in which case the description reads: "Inscription: None") or in use by another inscription. In the latter case, the old inscription will be overwritten. If you want to keep the old inscription, you may salvage it to free the slot at the risk of the target item being destroyed.


Note: Items from Prophecies, Factions, and the Realms of the Gods have not been converted to the new system, which means they never come with an inscription slot! The exception to this is items dropped from a chest at the end of an elite mission in Factions, and The Underworld as well as The Fissure of Woe.

Inscription Types[edit]

Item type Color Icon
Weapon Green (Silver) 25px
Martial weapon Blue (Platinum) 25px
Spellcasting weapon Green (Copper) 25px
Focus item or Shield Red (Bronze) 25px
Focus item Yellow (Gold) 25px
Equippable item Yellow (Gold) 25px

List of Inscriptions[edit]

The following is a list of all available inscriptions, sorted by bonus effect:

Combat bonuses[edit]

Bonus Range Condition / Malus Inscription Name Item type:
Inscribable ...
Damage + ...% +10..20% while ... Health is below 50% "Vengeance is Mine" 25px
Weapons
hexed "Don't Fear the Reaper"
+10..15% in a Stance "Dance with Death"
enchanted "Guided by Fate"
Health is above 50% "Strength and Honor"
+14..15% attacking
(Armor -10)
"To the Pain!"
Malus: Energy -5 "Brawn Over Brains"
+10..15% vs. hexed foes "Too Much Information"
Energy + ... +5 (always) "I have the power!" 25px
Martial weapons
+5...7 while ... Health is below 50% "Don't call it a comeback!" 25px
Spellcasting
weapons
hexed "I am Sorrow."
+4...5 enchanted "Have Faith"
Health is above 50% "Hale and Hearty"
+10..15 Malus: Energy Regeneration -1 "Seize the Day"
"Live for Today" 25px
Focus Items
Armor + ... +5...10 while ... Health is below 50% "Down But Not Out"
hexed "Be Just and Fear Not"
+4...5 enchanted "Faith is My Shield"
Health is above 50% "Hail to the King"
attacking "Might makes Right"
casting "Knowing is Half the Battle."
+4...5 Malus: Energy -5 "Ignorance is Bliss"
Health -20 "Life is Pain"
vs.
<damage
type>
elemental "Man for All Seasons"
physical "Survival of the Fittest"
+5...10 cold "Leaf on the Wind" 25px
Focus Items
or
Shields
earth "Like a Rolling Stone"
blunt "Not the face!"
lightning "Riders On The Storm"
slashing "The Riddle of Steel"
fire "Sleep Now in the Fire"
piercing "Through Thick and Thin"
Reduces
<condition>
on you by ...
20% Condition: Disease "Cast Out the Unclean"
Bleeding "Fear Cuts Deeper"
Blind "I Can See Clearly Now"
Weakness "Only the Strong Survive"
Poison "Pure of Heart"
Dazed "Soundness of Mind"
Crippled "Swift as the Wind"
Deep Wound "Strength of Body"
Received
physical damage ...
-1...2 while ... in a Stance "Run for your Life!"
enchanted "Sheltered by Faith"
-1...3 hexed "Nothing to Fear"
-5 Chance: 10...20% "Luck of the Draw"


Skill bonuses[edit]

Effect Chance: Inscription Name Item type:
Inscribable ...
Halves casting time of spells of item's attribute 10...20% "Aptitude not Attitude" 25px Spellcasting weapons
Halves skill recharge of spells of item's attribute 10...20% "Forget Me Not" 25px Focus Items
Halves skill recharge of all spells 5...10% "Serenity Now"
5...10% "Let the Memory Live Again" 25px Martial weapons
Halves casting time of all spells "Don't Think Twice" 25px Weapons
Item's attribute +1 while using skills 10%...20% "Master of My Domain" 25px Focus Items or Shields

See also Weapon upgrades:

  • Adept Staff Head (HCT spells of item's attribute)
  • Swift Staff Head (HCT spells)
  • Wand Wrapping of Quickening (HSR spells)
  • Wand Wrapping of Memory (HSR spells of item's attribute)

Other bonuses[edit]

Bonus Inscription name Item type:
Inscribable ...
Highly salvageable "Measure for Measure" 25px Equippable items
Improved sale value "Show me the money!"


Notes[edit]

  • Damage + ...% Inscriptions only affect the base damage of your weapon. Thus, consider using another inscription for low-damage weapons such as daggers.


Inscription trivia[edit]

Most, if not all, of the names of the inscriptions are suspected to be references to popular culture. However it is not known which reference is intended, and most of these inscriptions could be a reference to more than one definite source.


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