- Inscribable weapons drop
- in Nightfall, as loot drops from foes and all chests,
- in Guild Wars Eye of the North, as loot drops from foes and all chests,
- in Factions, only from the Kanaxai's Chest and Urgoz's Chest, reward chests which spawn after completing The Deep and Urgoz's Warren,
- in core areas
The introduction of inscribable versions of a weapon has led to confusion, as it is not immediately obvious whether a weapon has an inscription slot or not. The text "Inscription: None" or "Inscription: <Inscription name>" in the weapon description reveals that an item is inscribable. If the description does not contain this text, the weapon cannot be inscribed.
- Weapons without inscription slots are sometimes called "old school" or "OS" weapons in the trade channel.