Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (2024)

1.

What is Dragonriding?

Dragonriding is a new form of aerial movement that replaces flying in theDragonflight expansion. It lets you defy gravity while using momentumand skills to soar the higher heights and explore the Dragon Isles.

Imagine Dragonriding as a mini-game of sorts. You press the spacebar to takeoff and gain height and speed and must figure out how to get as far as possiblebefore you land again. Dragonriding feels like swooping and diving throughlandscapes.

2.

How Long Does It Take to Unlock Dragonriding?

It takes approximately 30 minutes to unlock Dragonriding when you firstenter the Dragon Isles and start leveling in the Waking Shores. Upon completinga short introductory questline, you will receive your first Dragon Isles Drakeand gain access to the first set of Dragonriding skills.

3.

Vigor (Dragonriding Resource)

Vigor is the primary resource used by Dragonriding abilities. Vigor rechargeswhile grounded, whether mounted or not, and while dragonriding at high speeds.When you first unlock Dragonriding, you will only have three Vigor. With all talentsmaxed out, you will have six Vigor and rapidly increased regeneration.

You can move the Vigor Resource Bar in Edit Mode. We recommendyou useAzerPUG's DragonRideraddon, which displays the Vigor bar while you are dismounted.

4.

Dragonriding Abilities

Dragonriding abilities are used to navigate your Dragon Isles Drake andspend Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (3) Vigor. You will unlock the vast majority by completingthe main campaign in each of the four zones while some newly-added will beavailable directly in the Dragonriding Talent Tree.

You will automatically learn the following set of abilities in the WakingShores when you first unlock Dragonriding:

  • Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (4) Dragonriding Basics — While falling from a high location, yourDragon Isle drake extends its wings to propel you both forward. Pointing yourselfdownward grants more momentum. Evening out can transfer that momentum forward.Pointing yourself upward slows you down. When at your slowest, you will start tofall slowly toward the ground. You also gain access to the following abilities— Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (5) Surge Forward and Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (6) Skyward Ascent.
  • Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (7) Vigor — Dragonriding abilities spend Vigor. Spending timeon the ground, whether mounted or dismounted, regenerates one Vigor every 30 seconds.
  • Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (8) Lift Off — When mounted on a dragonriding mount, double jumpto launch upward and start gliding forward.
  • Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (9) Thrill of the Skies — While dragonriding at high speeds,you regenerate one Vigor every 15 seconds.

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (10) Aerial Halt is an ability added in Patch 10.0.7, which islearned through Dragonriding talents.

The other Dragonriding abilities are unlocked once you complete the maincampaign in the new zones.

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (11) Winds of the Isles (Unlocked in Ohn'ahran Plains) — You candetect and utilize gale winds that redirect your flight and propel you onward,boosting your speed in the direction of the gale.

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (13) Whirling Surge (Unlocked in Azure Span) — Spiral forward agreat distance, increasing speed.

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (15) Bronze Timelock (Unlocked in Thaldraszus) — Mark a waypoint onyour positional timeline. Use Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (16) Bronze Rewind to rewind to this location.

Dragonriding Abilities can be found in your Spellbook and can berearranged to your liking.

When you first unlock Dragonriding, your Dragon Isles Drake will feel weak dueto having low Vigor and Vigor regeneration. Dragonriding Talents are unlockableperks that ultimately allow you to stay in the air for extended periods increasingyour Dragonriding expertise. Once unlocked, Dragonriding Talents are account-wideand all characters will have access to them.

We recommend you max out the talent tree when you unlock Dragonridingfor a smoother leveling experience. You will learn more about Dragonriding talentsin our separate guide.

Dragonriding Talents Guide

6.

Dragon Glyphs

Dragon Glyphs are glowing objects you must fly through to earn talent points.Once collected, you can spend them on buying Dragonriding Talents.They are scattered through the Dragon Isles.

In our Dragon Glyphs guide, you will find the exact locations of all Dragon Glyphsand a list of add-ons you can use to make the whole collecting process easier.

Dragon Glyphs Guide

7.

Dragonriding Racing

Dragon Racing is an optional facet of Dragonriding that will allowyou to test your flying skills on a variety of courses throughout theDragon Isles.

You can learn more about these challenges, including tips and videos for howto achieve the gold time in every course, on our separate guide to DragonidingRacing below.

Dragonriding Racing Guide

8.

Dragon Isles Drakes

You can earn up to 7 Dragonriding mounts in the game as of Patch 10.2.

You will unlock four Dragon Isles Drakes in the main zones of the Dragon Isles.These include the Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (21) Renewed Proto-Drake, Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (22) Windborne Velocidrake,Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (23) Highland Drake, and Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (24) Cliffside Wylderdrake. You will receive theDragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (25) Winding Slitherdrake while completing the campaign in Zaralek Cavernand Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (26) Flourishing Whimsydrake at the beginning of the Emerald Dreamcampaign. The final mount is the Grotto Netherwing Drake available fromthe Dragon Keeping questline.

Below, we include a preview of all the Dragon Isles Drakes.

8.1.

Renewed Proto-Drake

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (27) Renewed Proto-Drake is the first Dragonriding mount unlocked uponreceiving the Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (28) A New Friend achievement in the Waking Shores.

8.2.

Windborne Velocidrake

You will unlock Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (30) Windborne Velocidrake at the end of Ohn'ahran Plainscampaign when you earn the Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (31) Together in the Skies achievement.

8.3.

Highland Drake

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (33) Highland Drake is unlocked in Azure Span from theDragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (34) An Azure Ally achievement.

8.4.

Cliffside Wylderdrake

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (36) Cliffside Wylderdrake, the fourth Dragonriding mount, is unlockedin Thaldraszus from Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (37) Cliffside Companion.

8.5.

Winding Slitherdrake

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (39) Winding Slitherdrake is the fifth mount you unlock inZaralek Cavern. You will receive it from Ebyssian upon completing theWorst of the Worst campaign quest.

8.6.

Flourishing Whimsydrake

Dragonriding Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (41) Flourishing Whimsydrake is the siexth Dragonriding mount you will receiveat the beginning of the Emerald Dream campaign.

8.7.

Grotto Netherwing Drake

The July Trading Post bonus reward returns permanently and you willreceive Grotto Netherwing Drake from the Dragon Keeping questline in the Emerald Dream.

9.

Dragon Isles Drake Customization Options

Dragonriding mounts are fully customizable. The individual options can beunlocked with items that come from Professions, Quests, Raids, Renown,Dragonflight Dungeons, and other sources. The drakes can only be customized at theRostrum of Transformation.

Dragonriding mount customization options, including snouts, horns, scales, tails,and armor.

You will find all the customization options available for each mountin our guide.

Dragonriding Mount Customization Options

10.

Ride Along Option

Enabling the setting allows you to make your Dragon Isles Drake interactable.Any other players interacting with you will become whelps that move alongsideyour Dragon Isles Drake. Speak to Lithragosa near any Rostrum ofTransformation, including the one at Skytop Observatory during the DragonridingTutorial or in Valdrakken, select the Enable Passengers option.Whelps can earn Dragonriding Glyphs but do not count as participantsduring Dragonriding Racing. You can disable the feature by talking toLithragosa again.

11.

Dragonriding Addons

Here is a list of recommended addons for Dragonriding.

12.

Dragonriding Motion Sickness Accessibility Options

You can enable them under Game Options > Accessibility >General.

Focal Circle adds a focal circle crosshair to the center of the player'sscreen that helps focus on a more restricted area to address motion sickness.

Landscape Darkening applies a darkening effect around the outside of thescreen as the player accelerates.

You can have both Focal Circle and Landscape Darkening enabled simultaneously.

Dragonriding Speed Effects disables the visual effects that occuraround the player's drake while moving at high speeds.

All options work with the Ride Along feature when enabled.

13.

Changelog

  • 27 Oct. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 13 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 30 Apr. 2023: Updated fo Patch 10.1.
  • 19 Mar. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 22 Jan. 2023: Updated with new Accessibility Options implemented in Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Nov. 2022: Minor guide improvements.
  • 27 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2022: Guide updated with Ride Along and more images.
  • 22 Oct. 2022: Guide overhauled for launch.
  • 01 May 2022: Fixed wrong drake asset.
  • 23 Apr. 2022: Guide added.

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