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WoW Dragonflight Season 2: How to Upgrade Gear

Here's how to upgrade that sweet, sweet gear, and how to get the items you'll need to do it.

World of WarCraft players are no strangers to upgrading their armor, but things have changed a bit in Dragonflight Season 2. Upgrading your gear isn’t as straightforward as it could be, but we’re here to walk you through it. This time, you’ll need two new currencies: Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests. Here’s every kind of gear in Dragonflight Season 2, and how to upgrade it.

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How to Upgrading Gear Works In Season 2 of WoW: Dragonflight

First off: Last season’s currency, Valor, is useless now. You won’t be using it at all. Instead, you’ll spend most of your time in Zaraleck Caverns, Mythic+ Dungeons, and raids if you want to get Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests. There are two upgrade systems for gear in Dragonflight Season 2: one for PvE gear, and one for PvP gear. We’ll focus on the former for this guide.

In Season 2, PvE gear is divided into six levels: Explorer, Adventurer, Veteran, Champion, Hero, and Mythic. Each type has its own item level range. Once you max it, you’ll need to move on to the next level if you want to see progress.

You can upgrade Explorer, Adventurer, Veteran, and Champion gear eight times. Hero gear can be upgraded five times. Mythic gear is so powerful it cannot be upgraded at all.

Types of Gear in Dragonflight Season 2

To make things easy to understand, here’s a quick overview of the six gear levels, their item level range, and how to get each type:

  • Explorer gear: item level 376-398; acquired from mobs and quests in Zaraleck Cavern.
  • Adventurer gear: item level 389-411; acquired by completing World Quests in Zaraleck Cavern.
  • Veteran gear: item level 402-424; acquired from Fyrakk Assaults, special activities in Zaralek Cavern, Aberrus Raid Finder, the final chapters of Embers of Neltharion campaign, and lower level Mythic+ dungeons .
  • Champion gear: item level 415-437; acquired in Normal Aberrus, as rewards from the Great Vault, during weekly bonus events, and in mid-level Mythic+ dungeons.
  • Hero gear: item level 428-441; acquired in Heroic Aberrus, as rewards from the Great Vault, and in high level Mythic+ dungeons.
  • Mythic gear: item level 441-457; acquired in Mythic Aberrus and as rewards from the Great Vault.

How to Upgrade Items in Dragonflight Season 2

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To upgrade gear in Season 2, you’ll need two currencies: Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests.

Flightstones are much easier to get. You can get Flightstones by doing just about anything — World Quests, dungeons, raids, events, you name it. But it’s much harder to get Shadowflame Crests. To snag those, you’ll need to do harder content, like Mythic dungeons and Raids.

There are four types of Shadowflame Crests in Season 2, and each is a little different. Don’t worry, we’ll sum them up for you.

  • Whelpling’s Shadowflame Crest: used to upgrade higher-level Adventurer and lower-level Veteran gear or to craft an optional reagent for crafted gear; upgrades your gear up to item level 411.
    • Earned from: Aberrus bosses in Raid Finder, Level 5 and below Mythic + dungeons, World Quests, Treasures, and other activities. Fragments can also be purchased from Spinsoa in Loamm.
  • Drake’s Shadowflame Crest: used to upgrade higher-level Veteran and lower-level Champion gear. upgrades your gear up to item level 424.

    • Earned from: Aberrus bosses in Normal difficulty, Level 6-10 Mythic+ dungeons.,Weekly events in Zaralek Cavern. Fragments can also be purchased from Spinsoa in Loamm.
  • Wyrm’s Shadowflame Crest: Used to upgrade higher-level Veteran and lower-level Champion gear; upgrades your gear up to item level 437.

    • Earned from: Aberrus bosses on Heroic difficulty, Level 11-15 Mythic+ dungeons.
  • Aspect’s Shadowflame Crest: Used to upgrade Hero gear to item level 441 or to craft an optional reagent for crafted gear.

    • Earned from: Aberrus bosses on Mythic difficulty and Mythic+ dungeons at Level 16 and above.

Where to Upgrade Your Gear in WoW: Dragonflight

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Now that you have what you need, it’s time to get upgrading. Luckily, you can upgrade your gear in three places in Dragonflight.

  • In Valdrakken, you can upgrade your gear by speaking to Corxian. He’s located at (45, 38) if you’re using coordinates.
  • If you’re in the Forbidden Reach, speak to Researcher Baneflare in Morqut. His coordinates are (35, 59).
  • Finally, if you’re in Zaraleck Caverns, Cuzolth is the guy you’ll want to see. He’s located at (56, 56) if you’re using coordinates.

Now you know where to get the gear you need, and how to upgrade gear in Season 2 of WoW Dragonflight. For more help with the current World of Warcraft expansion and beyond, check out our guides hub.


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