World of Warcraft Dragonflight talents system and trees explained

Talents are making a welcome comeback in WoW Dragonflight, providing more class experimentation and the ability to save talent loadouts for PvE and PvP

WoW Dragonflight talents: An armoured Dracthyr, an ancient race of dragonkin that makes their debut as part of the Dragonflight expansion, its purple scales and outstretched wings on full display.

Everything old is new again, and that includes WoW Dragonflight talents. The talents system in Blizzard’s acclaimed MMORPG is receiving a welcome overhaul, though long-time veterans may notice it bears more than a passing resemblance to the talent trees prior to Mists of Pandaria, before the system received its simplified (and somewhat controversial) overhaul.

The biggest complaint concerning WoW’s talents system in recent years is its distinct lack of choice while shaping your character’s abilities, which many felt counterproductive in an RPG game. Thankfully, the talent trees in WoW Dragonflight actively encourage class experimentation, with the freedom to switch up your build whenever you please. Here is everything you need to know about WoW Dragonflight talents ahead of the latest expansion.

How WoW Dragonflight talents work

The WoW Dragonflight talents system is split into two distinct trees: Class and Specialization. Class talents primarily consist of the core abilities and utility that serve as the broad foundation of your class, while specialization talents are specific to the role you’ve chosen.

As in WoW Classic, you gain access to WoW Dragonflight talents once you reach level 10. The talent points awarded alternate every level, so you can expect to receive a class talent point at level 10, a specialization talent point at level 11, and so on. Once you reach level 70, you’ll have accrued 31 class points and 30 specialization points to spend however you see fit.

WoW Dragonflight talents: A sneak preview of the talents system overhaul in the Dragonflight expansion, showing the myriad paths players can take and the different kinds of talent icons displayed in the tree.

It’s also worth mentioning that the shape of each WoW Dragonflight talent’s icon is also significant. A square icon indicates an active ability, whereas a circular icon indicates a passive ability. What you particularly want to watch out for are octagonal icons, which allow you to choose between multiple talents in one.

WoW Dragonflight talent loadouts

The additional freedom provided by WoW Dragonflight talents does create a margin for error while shaping your build, and you may find that your character isn’t performing optimally as a result of the choices you make. Thankfully, this new talents system gives you the option to freely change talents at any time outside of combat, Mythic+ dungeons, and PvP, offering the chance for experimentation at no cost to you.

The WoW Dragonflight talents system even allows you to save, import, and export talent loadouts, allowing you to switch between different builds on the fly. You can access these loadout options from the drop-down menu in the bottom right of the ‘Talents’ window pane, which also includes a search bar in order to quickly and easily switch to your preferred talent loadout for a given situation.

If all of this seems a little daunting and you preferred the more straightforward talents system of recent expansions, don’t fret. The WoW Dragonflight talent trees are kitted out with preset “starter” builds that are guaranteed to see you through all the content the MMORPG has to offer.

That’s everything we’ve got for the WoW Dragonflight talents ahead of the expansion’s release. If you’re still preparing to dive into Dragonflight, ensure you soup up its geriatric UI with the best WoW addons available; it’s also well worth brushing up on the more obscure WoW console commands while you’re at it. We’ve also got the lowdown on how to get Lizi, the Thunderspine Trampler mount, as well as a walkthrough on how to tame a Slyvern in WoW Dragonflight for the discerning Hunter.