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How to upgrade gear in WoW Dragonflight season 3

Upgrading made simple.

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

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In season three, PvE gear has six unique types of gear in total—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 three.

All types of gear in Dragonflight season three

As mentioned, Dragonflight season three has six types of gear to offer. Each type of gear, except for 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 gear415 to 437Mobs and quests in the Emerald Dream
Adventurer gear428 to 450World quests in the Emerald Dream
Veteran gear441 to 463Looking for Raid Amirdrassil, and Mythic+ dungeons from +2 to +8
Champion gear454 to 476Normal Amirdrassil, the Great Vault, weekly bonus events, and Mythic+ dungeons from level +9 to +16
Hero gear 467 to 483Heroic Aberrus, the Great Vault, and Mythic+ dungeons from levels +17 to +20
Mythic gear480 to 489Mythic Aberrus and the Great Vault

Which gear can you upgrade in Dragonflight season three?

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

Type of Shadowflame Crest Source
Whelpling’s Dreaming CrestRegular and world quests, Amirdrassil on the Raid Finder difficulty, and Mythic+ dungeons up to level +5
Drake’s Dreaming CrestElite quests, Amirdrassil on the Normal difficulty, and Mythic+ dungeons from level +6 to +10
Wyrm’s Dreaming CrestMythic+ dungeons from levels +11-15, and Amirdrassil on the Heroic difficulty
Aspect’s Dreaming CrestMythic+ dungeons from level +16, and Amirdrassil on the Mythic difficulty

To upgrade your gear, you need to collect Flightstones and Dreaming Crests. Once collected, head to 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 location options—Valdrakken, Forbidden Reach, Zaralek Cavern, and the Emerald Dream.

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

Map of Valdrakken showing the exact location of Corxian
Corxian will upgrade your gear 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 35, 59 coordinates and they’ll upgrade your gear.

Map of the Forbidden Reach showing the exact location of Researcher Baneflare
Researcher Baneflare will upgrade your gear at the Forbidden Reach. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

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

Map of Zaralek Cavern showing the exact location of Cuzolth
Cuzolth will upgrade your gear in Zaralek Cavern. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

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

Map of the Emerald Dream showing the exact location of Central Encampment
Cuzolth is in the Central Encampment in the Emerald Dream. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Izabela Tomakic

You’ll have more than one option and gear upgrades will be accessible in almost any corner of the Dragon Isles.


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