The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Guide to Glyphs, Glyph Diagrams, and Crafting

Are you looking to know more about glyphs for armor? How about crafting glyphs? Well everything you need for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is right here.

As seen in my latest guide, finding the best weapons and armor is always a top priority in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You may have noticed there are open slots available on various chest armor, gloves, boots, and gloves. These slots are for Glyphs.

These are for Glyphs which add bonuses to your socketed body gear. Some may represent and enhance one of the various Signs so when you're in combat, you may get an added bonus.

Be sure to check here for more guides to help achieve success throughout your journey.

Here in this guide you'll find:


When you loot chests, bags, and corpses you can find glyphs. Other times you can purchase them from the various shopkeepers throughout the Northern Realm. These will add an enchantment that are degree specific and will increase Sign ability bonuses. There are two types of glyphs: Lesser and Greater.

The Glyph of Infusion (rating: Magic) is required to enchant a piece of armor as it's the base component to crafting Lesser Glyphs. When disassembled, it provides silk (1), powdered pearl (1), feather (1), and Monstrous blood (1).

When other glyphs are disassembled, Lesser Glyphs (rating: Magic) will provide silk (1); and Greater Glyphs (rating: Relic) will provide both silk (1) and infused dust (2).

SignDescriptionName$RatingBonus Amount
Aard Increases Aard Sign Intensity Lesser Glyph of Aard 239 Magic 2%
Greater Glyph of Aard 717 Relic 10%
Axii Increases Axii Sign intensity Lesser Glyph of Axii 254 Magic 2%
Greater Glyph of Axii 762 Relic 10%
Igni Increases Igni Sign intensity Lesser Glyph of Igni 204 Magic 2%
Greater Glyph of Igni 612 Relic 10%
Quen Increases Quen Sign intensity Lesser Glyph of Quen 229 Magic 2%
Greater Glyph of Quen 687 Relic 10%
Yrden Increases Yrden Sign intensity Lesser Glyph of Yrden 189 Magic 2%
Greater Glyph of Yrden 567 Relic 10%


Glyph Diagram Crafting


Since Glyphs are important, you'll need to have them for the added bonuses. It's nice to know that you don't just have to search for them. You can certainly purchase them from the various shopkeepers throughout the Northern Realms, but at those exploited prices who'd want to?

Diagrams will be your new best friend! You can find them throughout the game or purchase them from the various shopkeepers. When you need them made, just head over to an Armorer.

Each of the Diagrams below require Journeyman level craftsmen.

$Diagram NameCostItem 1 (Amount)Item 2 (Amount)Item 3 (Amount)Item 4 (Amount)
20 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Illusion 99 Silk (1) Powdered Pearl (1) Feather (1) Monstrous Blood (1)
48 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Aard 239 Glyph Infusion lesser (1) Sapphire dust (1) Infused dust (1) N/A
143 Diagram: Greater Glyph of Aard 717 Glyph Aard lesser (3) N/A N/A N/A
51 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Axii 254 Glyph Infusion lesser (1) Emerald dust (1) Infused dust (1) N/A
152 Diagram: Greater Glyph of Axii 762 Glyph Axii lesser (3) N/A N/A N/A
41 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Igni 204 Glyph Infusion lesser (1) Amber dust (1) Infused dust (1) N/A
122 Diagram: Greater Glyph of Igni 612 Glyph Igni lesser (3) N/A N/A N/A
46 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Quen 229 Glyph Infusion lesser (1) Ruby dust (1) Infused dust (1) N/A
137 Diagram: Greater Glyph of Quen 687 Glyph Quen lesser (3) N/A N/A N/A
38 Diagram: Lesser Glyph of Yrden 189 Glyph Infusion lesser (1) Amethyst dust (1) Infused dust (1) N/A
113 Diagram: Greater Glyph of Yrden 567 Glyph Yrden lesser (3) N/A N/A N/A


Hope this helps. Don't forget to check through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Master Guide List for more helpful guides, tips, and tricks to assist you throughout your journey.

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Published Jun. 29th 2015
  • TafkanX
    A few points of interest, if I may. First, there are actually three categories of glyphs, not two. Lesser, Standard, and Greater. The standard version isn't labeled as such, it simply drops the modifier (eg "glyph of whatever" versus "greater/lesser glyph of whatever"). The standard version gives 3% enhancement to whatever trait it modifies.

    Second, the item required to craft glyphs is a glyph of infusion, not illusion. It's a small detail, but important to avoid confusion.

  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Omg thanks for noticing that typo then!!! I can't believe it's been there this whole time lol. Much appreciated.

    Yes, on the categories, you are correct. I didn't finish the table but I should've mentioned it.
  • WIll_1332
    Hi there

    I just bought the Diagram: Glyph of Infusion from that Eremit Master Alchemist. But it doesn't show up to craft once I'm at a blacksmith, am I doing something wrong? Cause it's actually not showing at all?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    It would show up in your crafting materials section under the boots. You have to scroll down.
    Does this answer your question or is it something more?
  • WIll_1332
    hi there, yes thank you very much that helped tremendously :D
    One other question did raised my interest. After, SPOILER, sendin Keira Metz to Kaer Morhen... where can I find "Diagram:Lesser Dazhbog Runestone"?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    In Novigrad, you can find them for sale at the blacksmith near the Fish Market.
  • WIll_1332
    Thank you for your reply and sorry for the late answer. Sadly he doesn't seem to sell that Recipe :/ You do mean the one in his little hut in the upper right corner of the fish market?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Yes him. Try in Claywich, Velen then.
  • WIll_1332
    Thank you very very much. Finally found it. I don't know what I'd have done without you <3
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    You're most welcome!!
  • Steve_7345
    I have a lesser glyph of quen that is 5%, yet merchants sell 2% ones. Not exactly sure what is going on with that one. I see some sites list it as 5% and some as 2%, and no mention in the patch notes that it was changed.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Same here, I'm wondering if it varies when found. I'm keeping an eye out.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    What I found there are various diagrams to make the Glyphs. There are Lesser, Regular, and Greater. You need the diagrams for each one in order to make the Greater; same situation with the Runestones for weapons.
  • TiKo_4382
    Glyphs are destroyed after taking them off by blacksmith but how about a situation where for example I have a glyph in standard ursine armor and I upgrade the armor to "enhanced" version. Does gear upgrade destroy mounted glyphs upon upgrading?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    No it doesn't from what I've done. It's unfortunate that the glyphs get destroyed when taking them out.

    If you plan on selling the armor though and don't need the glyph, sell them still attached so you'll get more coins.
  • TiKo_4382
    Yeah, got the glyph determination process figured out when upgrading armor set. Thats unfortunate that it isnt on tutorial messages. Hopefully CD project RED patches up the xp gain on next monday. Thanks for your reply.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Not a problem at all. Glad I could help :)
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    You have to DISMANTLE NOT REMOVE UPGRADE to keep the Glyphs.

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