Mage Scrolls Guide for Season of Discovery (SoD)

Mage Scrolls Guide for Season of Discovery (SoD)

In Season of Discovery, mages learn how to decipher scrolls in order to unlock their Mage Rune Engravings. This feature extends beyond runes, however, providing mages with a whole new mini-game in which they can use Comprehension Charms to decipher a variety of scrolls, from basic stat scrolls to unique and useful items like Scroll of Reintegration.

We’ll go over all of the possible items you can get by deciphering scrolls as well as where to get Comprehension Charms in the sections below. First, we’ll quickly go over how to decipher scrolls and spell notes in the first place!

How to Decipher Mage Scrolls

To decipher a mage scroll, you’ll first need to have one in your inventory. Mage scrolls can be spotted by their names, which start with either “Scroll:” or “Spell Notes:” followed by a scrambled name in ALL CAPS. They will also say “Classes: Mage” in the tooltip.

Any class can find a Scroll and they can be traded or sold on the Auction House. Spell Notes are bind-on-pickup and must be discovered by the mage as they are used to learn Mage Rune Engravings.

To decipher a mage scroll, you’ll need to have a Comprehension Charm in your inventory. Then you can simply right-click the scroll to decipher it. For a list of the scrolls available as well as where to get Comprehension Charms, read on!

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Right-click a scroll in your bag to decipher it

List of Scrolls to Decipher

There are currently four classes of mage scrolls in the game. Uncommon or green-quality scrolls will always grant a Mage Rune Engraving. Common or white-quality scrolls fall into three groups that can be deciphered into three different tiers of scrolls.

Decipher Into
Where to Find
Looted from level 6-17 enemies

Looted from Chests:
Battered Chest (Version B)
Battered Chest (Version C)
Looted from level 15-31 enemies

Looted from Chests:
Battered Chest (Version D)
Solid Chest (Version A)
Looted from level 25-55 enemies

Looted from Chests:
Alliance Chest – Arathi, Alterac
Alliance Chest – Hillsbrad
Horde Chest – Arathi Highlands
Solid Chest – Various locations

Datamined Scrolls

There are a couple of scrolls in the game files that haven’t been seen in Season of Discovery yet, but which may be intended for a future phase. They are:

Deciphered Mage Scrolls

Most of the lower level scrolls you’ll decipher will give simple stat buffs. These buffs do not stack with class buffs, which makes most of them useless in raids unless you are missing the relevant class from your group. They can still be useful in solo and small group content, however.

These scrolls can all be traded or sold on the Auction House.

Scroll of Reintegration provides mages with a way to resurrect teammates, an ability that makes particular sense for a Mage Healer. Like the stat buff scrolls, this scroll can be traded or sold on the Auction House, so you can stock up on resurrection spells if you have the gold. You can get this scroll by deciphering scrolls of any level, but the higher level scrolls have a much higher chance to be deciphered into a Reintegration scroll.

All of the Uncommon (green) higher level buff scrolls are bind-on-pickup except for Scroll of Spatial Mending, so you can’t trade them or buy/sell them on the Auction House. They can only be obtained by deciphering scrolls on your own with Comprehension Charms.

These scrolls provide 30 minute buffs that do not stack with each other. It appears that the Arcane Protection scrolls have a higher chance to appear than the others, which is unfortunate since they aren’t as useful in current content.

There are some other scrolls that offer various useful effects:

Where to Get Comprehension Charms

There are four ways you can acquire Comprehension Charms:

Quests That Give Comprehension Charms

Comprehension Charms are awarded when you complete rune quests. There are currently two mage runes that involve quests which award charms, allowing you to earn up to 16 charms total through this method.

The very first rune you can get, Ice Lance, comes from the quest Spell Research. This quest is obtained at level 2 in your race’s starting zone and awards 3 Comprehension Charms, one of which you will likely use to unlock the Ice Lance rune. Check out our Ice Lance Rune Guide for a complete walkthrough.

The Icy Veins rune allows you to turn in up to 13 book quests, each one earning you a charm for a total of 13 possible Comprehension Charms. Check out our Icy Veins Rune Guide for a complete list and walkthrough.

How to Get the Personal Spellbook

Completing the quest A Lesson in Literacy as part of the discovery for the Temporal Anomaly Rune will also award the player with a Personal Spellbook. This item can be used as an offhand, but more importantly, it will allow you to conjure 5 Comprehension Charms every 4 hours. This is the best way to get Comprehension Charms as it is repeatable and free.

Vendors Who Sell Comprehension Charms

Beyond those you can get while completing your rune quests, Comprehension Charms will need to be purchased from vendors at a cost of 7silver each. Here’s a list of vendors who sell them:

Stromgarde Keep, Arathi Highlands
26.97, 58.83
Astranaar, Ashenvale
34.98, 48.46
The Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
38.99, 74.25
Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus
34.6, 9.8
Darkshire, Duskwood
76.28, 45.27
Brackenwall Village, Dustwallow Marsh
36.4, 30.4
Tower of Azora, Elwynn Forest
64.88, 69.19
Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
30.92, 42.09
Camp, Mojache, Feralas
74.64, 44.92
Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills
50.82, 59.02
The Commons, Ironforge
19.6, 56.2
The Mystic Ward, Ironforge
31.2, 27.6
The Valley of Strength, Orgrimmar
45.43, 56.55
The Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar
45.99, 45.68
The Valley of Wisdom, Orgrimmar
45.74, 40.94
Cenarion Hold, Silithus
48.67, 37
Sun Rock Retreat, Stonetalon Mountains
47.61, 61.59
Cathedral Square, Stormwind City
43.5, 26.97
The Trade District, Stormwind City
55.73, 65.39
The Mage Quarter, Stormwind City
32.4, 80.0
The Mage Quarter, Stormwind City
36.0, 74.8
The Trade District, Stormwind City
56.13, 65.27
Stonard, Swamp of Sorrows
45.78, 52.82
Crossroads, The Barrens
51.39, 30.2
Revantusk Village, The Hinterlands
78.8, 78.25
Freewind Post, Thousand Needles
45.15, 50.79
Lower Rise, Thunder Bluff
36.38, 54.85 (patrols)
The Trade Quarter, Undercity
69.69, 39.05
The Magic Quarter, Undercity
82.6, 16.0
Menethil Harbor, Wetlands
8.35, 56.47
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Comprehension Charms at a vendor


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I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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