How to Upgrade Gear in Dragonflight

Dragonflight’s gearing system underwent some changes after patch 10.2. Just as before, players do still need to collect Crests and Flightstones, but the inner workings of this system changed. In this guide, we will go over all the information necessary to upgrade gear in Dragonflight, as well as changes in Season 3 specifically.

Dragonflight Gear Upgrading Materials

If you aren’t familiar with gear upgrades in this expansion, the gist of it is that players have to perform various activities to earn two types of currencies – Flightstones and Crests. There are many different types of Crests, but only one type of Flightstones.

Flightstones can be obtained in a variety of different ways, such as by completing some normal and world quests, defeating raid bosses, completing mythic+ dungeons, as well as some world events.

Crests, on the other hand, can only be obtained via Mythic+ dungeons and Raiding, as well as a small amount of them can be acquired via weekly events in the Emerald Dream. This means that Crests are more difficult to find than Flightstones. However, Dragonflight features a system that allows you to save a great number of Crests, which we will explore later on.

Where Do You Upgrade Gear in Dragonflight?

There are multiple locations all throughout the Dragon Isles where you can upgrade your gear. Here is a full list of NPCs that will happily do it for you.

  1. Corxian in Valdraken.
  2. Erza in Valdraken.
  3. Cuzolth in Emerald Dream.
  4. Cuzolth in Zaralek Cavern.
  5. Researcher Baneflare in The Forbidden Reach.

Any of those NPCs offer the option to upgrade your gear with Crests and Flightstones. BLOG15

Gear Upgrading Paths

There are multiple types of upgrade paths, and all gear is divided into 6 total upgrade paths. Each upgrade path has a limit on the item level that it can be upgraded to. This means that lower-tier gear cannot be upgraded to the highest possible item level. Here is a handy list with all the upgrade paths that are in the game.

Upgrade Path

Item Level Range

Sources of Gear

Explorer

415 to 437

Open World, Questing, Trade

Adventurer

428 to 450

Open World, Questing, Trade

Veteran

441 to 463

LFR Raids, +2 to +8 Mythic Dungeons.

Champion

454 to 476

Normal Raids, +9 to +16 Mythic Dungeons.

Heroic

467 to 483

Heroic Raids, +17 to +20 Mythic Dungeons.

Mythic

480 to 489

Mythic Raids, Great Vault Reward for +17 to +20 Mythic Dungeons.

Thanks to some members of the community, we have this extremely useful chart that will help with upgrading gear even further.

Upgrade Discounts

Since Crests are rather difficult to obtain, it would’ve been upsetting to lose a bunch of them to upgrade a piece of equipment only to replace said piece a couple of dungeon runs later. To combat this issue, a unique discount system is implemented into the game. The way it works is that if you have already upgraded any given piece of equipment, you will receive a massive discount when you upgrade gear that goes into the same slot that you have upgraded.

For example, if you have upgraded your shoulder piece to item level 450, the next item that goes into the same slot and is upgraded to the same item level will receive a 60% flightstone discount and require no Crests whatsoever.

Dragonflight 10.2 Gear Upgrade Changes

There were multiple changes to how the gear upgrading works in patch 10.2 of Dragonflight. Here you can read about them to stay updated on the current state of the game.

  1. The Heroic gear track has 6 upgrade ranks.
  2. The Mythic gear track has 4 upgrade tracks.
  3. Crests are now a currency and thus don’t take any bag space.
  4. Each upgrade now requires 15 Crests.
  5. You can obtain a total of 90 Crests per week now.
  6. If you don’t have a use for your crests, now you can upgrade them to a higher tier.
  7. If you reach a Crest cap during the week, you will receive the next Crest tier instead if available. However, that doesn’t apply to all Crests and after capping out on some of them you will receive lower-tier ones. However, this is still better than the previous season where players received nothing at all after reaching the cap.
  8. Upgrading PvP gear now also requires Flightstones and Crests instead of Honor, but only PvE ilvl will be increased.

All of these changes are mostly positive and are focused on a better reward for players who are willing to sink a lot of time into the game. If you are not one of those people, yet still want the rewards, you can get them with our fast and convenient gearing services.

How to Get Crests and Flightstones in Dragonflight

As mentioned earlier, Flightstones can be obtained via quests, both normal and world variety, as well as raiding and mythic dungeons. The area that gives the most flightstones for world-questing at the moment is Zeralek Caverns, so if you are planning to do some world-questing, this is the place to go!

Crests are a little bit more complicated since there are multiple types of them in the game. Here is the name of each Crest type in patch 10.2, as well as a brief description of where you can find them.

Crest type

Location

Whelpling's Dreaming Crest

LFR Raids, +1 to +5 Mythic Dungeons, World Quests, and Treasures in Emerald Dream.

Drake's Dreaming Crest

Normal Raids, +6 to +10 Mythic Dungeons, Weekly Activities in Emerald Dream.

Wyrm's Dreaming Crest

Heroic Raids, +11 to +15 Mythic Dungeons.

Aspect's Dreaming Crest

Mythic Raids, +16 and above Mythic Dungeons.

Upgrading and Downgrading Crests

Since the patch 10.2, players are now able to upgrade their Crests to a higher rarity level, with limitations. To downgrade Crests, you will first need to complete a quest called Dreaming of Crests. After that, you will be able to downgrade them by talking to Vaskarn in Amirdrassil.

The exchange rate is as follows:

As you can see, you can only exchange them in margins of 15.

Upgrading crests on the other hand is a bit more complicated. You can buy 15 higher-tier Crests for 90 lower-tier ones.

While complicated, the new gear upgrading system is really flexible and allows you to upgrade your gear much faster than ever before. However, if you don’t want to deal with all this upgrading thing yourself, we can do it for you. Here at Boosthive, you can buy any number of Crests or Flightstones and upgrade your gear without breaking a sweat!

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