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How to upgrade gear in WoW Dragonflight season 4

Upgrading made simple.

In Dragonflight season four, you’ll need two currencies to upgrade your gear—Flightstones and Awakened Crests. Since gearing up and upgrading your gear isn’t straightforward in the latest season, here are all the basics you need to know, including all types of gear and how to upgrade them.

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In season four, there are six unique types of gear—Explorer, Adventurer, Veteran, Champion, Hero, and Mythic gear. Each type of gear has its own item level range and once you reach the maximum item level of that gear type, you’ll have to swap your gear for the next type of gear. Here’s how you can upgrade your gear in Dragonflight season four.

All types of gear in Dragonflight season four

As mentioned, Dragonflight season four has six types of gear to offer. Each type of gear, except Mythic, has a specific item level range and can be upgraded. Here’s a quick overview of all types of gear, their item level range, and the main sources of this gear.

Gear type nameItem level rangeSource
Explorer gear454 to 476Quest reward
Adventurer gear467 to 483Heroic dungeons, Awakened events
Veteran gear480 to 502Looking for Raid raids, and Mythic+ dungeons
Champion gear493 to 515Normal raids, the Great Vault, weekly bonus events, and Mythic+ dungeons
Hero gear 506 to 522Heroic raids, the Great Vault, and Mythic+ dungeons
Mythic gear519 to 528Mythic raid and the Great Vault

Which gear can you upgrade in Dragonflight season four?

All types of gear can be upgraded in Dragonflight season four, including Mythic gear. But once you reach the highest upgrade, you should switch to the next type of gear to get upgrades.

How to upgrade your Dragonflight season two gear

Gear upgrades UI in WoW Dragonflight season 3
This is what the upgrades UI looks like. Screenshot by Dot Esports

To upgrade your gear in the second season of Dragonflight, you need two currencies—Flightstones and Awakened Crests. Flightstones are awarded for completing any activity on the Dragon Isles, from world quests to Mythic+ dungeons and raids. Awakened Crests are more difficult to stumble upon and generally drop from more demanding content like Mythic+ dungeons and raids. There are four different types of Awakened Crests, and each of them upgrades your gear to a certain item level.

Type of Shadowflame Crest Source
Whelpling’s Awakened CrestRegular and world quests, and outdoor events
Drake’s Awakened CrestElite quests, raids on the Normal difficulty, and Mythic zero dungeons
Wyrm’s Awakened CrestMythic+ dungeons from levels +2 to +5, and raids on the Heroic difficulty
Aspect’s Awakened CrestMythic+ dungeons from level +6, and raids on the Mythic difficulty

To upgrade your gear, you need to collect Flightstones and Awakened Crests. Once collected, head to a gear upgrades NPC, select the desired item level, and click Upgrade.

Where can you upgrade your gear in Dragonflight?

When upgrading your gear, you have four choices of location—Valdrakken, Forbidden Reach, Zaralek Cavern, and the Emerald Dream.

In Valdrakken, you can find Corxian at the coordinates 43, 37.

Map of Valdrakken, showing where to find Corxian
Corxian location in Valdrakken. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

If you’re hunting in the Forbidden Reach, you can speak to Researcher Baneflare at the coordinates 35, 59.

Map of the Forbidden Reach, showing where to find Researcher Baneflare
Researcher Baneflare location on the Forbidden Reach. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

In Zaralek Cavern, Cuzolth at the coordinates 56, 56 will help you out with your gear upgrading needs.

Map of Zaralek Cavern, showing where to find Cuzolth
Cuzolth location in Zaralek Cavern. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Finally, there’s a gear upgrade NPC in the Emerald Dream, too. Look for Cuzolth at the coordinates 49.83, 62.82. Naturally, this is the Central Encampment.

Map of the Emerald Dream, showing where to find Cuzolth
Cuzolth location in the Emerald Dream. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

You have four places to choose from, so gear upgrades are accessible in almost any corner of the Dragon Isles.

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Izabela Tomakic
Staff Writer & World of Warcraft lead. Izabela has a long history with writing and games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Fortnite, and The Sims. Before finding her home at Dot Esports in 2021, Izabela was an English teacher and a freelancer at Hotspawn, GGRecon, and Gameranx. In her free time, you’ll find her writing novels, wandering Azeroth, or inting on Summoner’s Rift.