If you have yet to dip your toes into the shores of the Dragon Isles or you’re bringing friends and allies back to Azeroth, we’ve put together this great catch-up guide for you!
The Dragon Isles have lain dormant and are waiting for explorers to uncover the secrets of a lost past. While on your journey, you’ll assist the Dragonflights in reclaiming their legacy while also helping the inhabitants dwelling within these ancient lands.
Explorers and Adventurers Wanted
To make the trek to the Dragon Isles, players must own the new Dragonflight expansion and have a character at level 60 or higher.
For New Players
If you're new to World of Warcraft and have never created or leveled a character, you will automatically begin your journey into Azeroth with the Exile's Reach starting experience. Here you will learn the basics of your class and the fundamentals of interacting with the world you've become a part of.
After completing the adventure, you'll move into Battle for Azeroth, where you'll be able to dig into the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde and level to 60 before moving on into the Dragon Isles and the new high-level areas introduced in Dragonflight.
For Veteran Players
If you're a veteran player or you've leveled a character before, you can opt out of the Exile's Reach starting experience and begin at level 1 in the starting area for your race instead. Upon reaching level 10, you can continue into Battle for Azeroth or speak with Chromie to choose a Timewalking Campaign. Choose an expansion and continue leveling until you're ready to enter the Dragon Isles at level 60.
Players with Allied race characters will begin at level 10. Non-Allied race Death Knights and Demon Hunters will automatically start at level 8 and play through their own starting experience before moving on at level 10.
For those who have reached higher levels but stepped away for a couple of expansions, you will be offered a teleport to Chromie to choose a timeline to begin your adventure.
The Dragon Isles Await
Along with a level cap of 70, Dragonflight will have players busy with a new set of features to explore. To take the first step, however, our heroes of the Alliance and Horde will need to know where to begin the Dragonflight quests.
Once your character reaches level 60, you’ll be able to start the Dragonflight questline. The short intro quest takes place in your faction’s capital city, either Orgrimmar or Stormwind. There you will recruit troops before jumping aboard a zeppelin or ship, beginning your journey to the Dragon Isles and the first zone you’ll explore—the Waking Shores.
Leveling Your Alts with Adventure Mode
Dragon Isles Adventure Mode is a system that will assist in leveling your alts in Dragonflight. Once you reach level 68 on your main character and complete the campaign storyline for each zone—The Waking Shores, Ohn’ahran Plains, The Azure Span, and Thaldraszus—Adventure Mode will unlock for your alts. This will open up World and Profession Trainer Quests and allows them to explore the zones in any order the moment they step foot onto the Dragon Isles
That said, make the best of your alts journey and aim to hit Renown levels 10 and 20 on your main characters. Doing so will help earn Renown faster at the lower Renown levels for your alts and open up a treasure trove of rewards like toys, transmogs, and dragonriding customizations.
New Race and Class – Dracthyr Evoker
This hero class serves as both a race and a class in combination. Created by Neltharion the Earth-Warder, the essence of dragons was combined with the adaptability of the mortal races to create an elite soldier capable of switching from a draconic form to a humanoid form. Long in a magical stasis, they are now awakening in the Forbidden Reach to a new reality and begin reclaiming their fractured memories. Players with Dragonflight can create their first level 58 Dracthyr Evoker. To learn more, read through our article.
Major Factions and Renown
You’ll meet four Major Factions as you progress through the Dragon Isles. Each faction seeks an alliance with burgeoning heroes and offers unique account-wide goods and services like cosmetic items, recipes for Professions, and Dragonriding customizations. The four Major Factions within the Dragon Isles are the Dragonscale Expedition, the Iskaara Tuskarr, the Maruuk Centaur, and the Valdrakken Accord. To understand the Major Factions and their role in Dragonflight, read our article.
Earn Your Wings
Ascend to new heights and soar above the Dragon Isles on your own dragon. A skilled Dragonrider is a force to be reckoned with, capable of catching up to any foe, ambushing enemies from above, and soaring above the Dragon Isles with impressive speed. Through your travels on the Dragon Isles, you’ll begin training to become a Dragonrider and earn a Dragon Isles Drake. In the hands of a skilled rider, these imposing winged terrors are capable of masterful maneuvers. More details on how to take to the Dragon Isles skies can be found here.
Get Ready to Raid
Vault of the Incarnates is the first raid players will experience in Dragonflight, featuring eight all-new boss encounters available in four difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, and Mythic. The details and information to help you get started can be found in our article.
Now is the perfect time to explore the Dragon Isles and team up with allies to reclaim the legacy of the Dragonflights.
World of Warcraft is ever-evolving. You can look forward to discovering new content with periodic updates, patches, and hotfixes.
Discover some of the new features in World of Warcraft with our Dragonflight overview article. You can also keep tabs on content changes throughout the week (or since you last played!) with our hotfix articles.
We look forward to seeing you soaring above the Dragon Isles!