WoW Dragonflight expansion: New features, story details, everything we know

Lauren Bergin

As World of Warcraft Shadowlands draws to a close, here’s everything we know about the much-anticipated WoW Dragonflight expansion, including all the trailers, features, and more.

After a turbulent run, World of Warcraft’s divisive expansion, Shadowlands, will come to a close following the 9.2 update, Eternity’s End.

With The Jailer finally thwarted and Sylvanas Windrunner freed from her own mental prison, all eyes are on the future to see where players will be able to explore next.

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So, here’s a rundown of everything we know about the next WoW Dragonflight expansion, including all the available trailers and a breakdown of all the new features like areas, classes, races, system overhauls, and more.


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Does WoW Dragonflight have a release date?

Unfortunately, an official release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Even after revealing the expansion, Blizzard kept their cards close to its chest about its release date. However, it’s expected to be somewhere between late 2022 and early 2023.


Announcement Cinematic Trailer


New Area: Dragon Isles

In addition to the level cap increasing to 70, players will finally be able to explore all the sights and sounds in the ancient Dragon Isles.

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It includes four new zones; Waking Shores; Ohn’ahran Plains; Azure Span, and Thaldraszus — all of which have a mysterious and unique look about them.

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WoW players will finally be able to explore the Dragon Isles.

New Race and Class Combination

It wouldn’t be an expansion with a new race and class. In this instance, however, the two go hand in hand for the first time ever. WoW Dragonflight introduces a new race and class combination called Dracthyr Evoker.

It has both a humanoid and draconic form and can be specialized to be a healer or a ranged damage dealer. Naturally, this means there’s a lot of variety and versatility when it comes to choosing how to play it.

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The expansion also introduces a new form of aerial movement called Dragonriding. Players can hop on the back of a Dragon Isles Drake and venture into the skies above the mysterious land throughout their travels.

The Dragon Isles Drakes can also be customized in multiple ways, not only in terms of appearance but also in abilities allowing them to move more efficiently.

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Dragonflight will finally give players the chance to explore the Dragon Isles.

New Talent System

World of Warcraft’s talent system is also being overhauled in the expansion — or rather, being reverted to a more favorable format. Blizard replaced the original tree-like system in Mists of Pandaria to make it simpler.

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However, the original version is coming back in  Dragonflight. Essentially, when a player levels up, they’ll be able to put a talent point in a skill tree of their choice — either a class skill tree or a specialization skill tree.

The idea is that it will give players more customization to branch out the way they’d like to, as opposed to being limited for the sake of simplicity.

New Profession System

WoW Dragonflight is also introducing a new professional system that includes player-driven work orders, new profession equipment, and a brand new specialization system designed to give players more choice.

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Last but not least, the Heads Up Display (HUD) and User Interface (UI) are being overhauled to a design more fitting for 2022. Not only will it be more appealing and seamless, but it will also be more customizable.

So that’s everything we know about the next WoW expansion and what it may include. We’ll keep this page updated as we learn more, but until then be sure to check out our dedicated World of Warcraft page for all the latest news.

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About The Author

Lauren was formerly Dexerto's Features Editor and resident Diablo Sorceress. With two Master's degrees under her belt and a lot more Steam achievements, she specializes in all things Blizzard and Riot Games, with some Lost Ark and FFXIV on the side.