WoW Embers of Neltharion Update - World of Warcraft Wiki Guide - IGN (2023)

Beyond the 10.0.7 Content Update coming to WoW, Embers of Neltharion is the next Content Update set to arrive in players hands, delving you deeper into the Dragon Isles.

This page acts as a comprehensive breakdown of all we know about the Embers of Neltharion Content Update set to arrive in WoW in the near future.


New Zone: Zaralek Cavern

Deep beneath the Obsidian Citadel from which Neltharion once defended the Dragon Isles lies a vast hidden laboratory where the Earth-Warder conducted experiments.

As you venture into Zaralek Cavern, you'll be aided by the local inhabitants over the underground beneath the Dragon Isles - the molefolk, known as Niffen and the Drogbar.

New Raid Dungeon: Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible

Breach Neltharion’s secret laboratory hidden within Zaralek Cavern. It is here that he created the dracthyr and ultimately succumbed to the whispers of the Old Gods and their corruption.

With nine new raid bosses to face, as well as Scalecommander Sarkareth, the battle for the legacy of the dracthyr will be a difficult one. Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties will release simultaneously, and new class sets will be available to earn within this new raid dungeon.

New Rewards: Tier Sets

The following Tier Sets will be available as rewards:

  • Hunter (Heroic), Monk, Demon Hunter, and Evoker
  • Druid, Warrior (Heroic), and Shaman
  • Mage (Mythic), Rogue (Mythic), and Warlock (Elite PvP)
  • Death Knight, Priest, and Paladin

More Dragonriding Options

New traits, glyphs, and races will become available to you as you ride through Zaralek Cavern. Not only that, but a new mount - the Winding Slitherdrake - can be earned along with its customizations as you progress on your journey.


Dragonflight Season 2 Mythic+

Dragonflight Season 2 adds the remaining Dragonflight dungeons along with additional dungeons from previous expansions to the Mythic+ rotation, including:

  • Brackenhide Hollow
  • Halls of Infusion
  • Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr
  • Neltharus
  • Freehold (Battle for Azeroth)
  • The Underrot (Battle for Azeroth)
  • Vortex Pinnacle (Cataclysm)
  • Neltharion’s Lair (Legion)

Shadowflame Crests and Flightstones

A new upgrade system is rolling out as part of the Embers of Neltharion Content Update, revolving around two new currency items: Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests.

  • Flightstones
    • Can be earned from almost any source - quests, unique creature kills, Mythic Keystone dungeons, raid bosses, etc.
  • Shadowflame Crests
    • Available from a number of sources, including but not limited to, outdoor gameplay, Mythic+ dungeons, and raids.
    • Come in four different varieties: Whelpling's Shadowflame Crest, Drake's Shadowflame Crest, Wyrm's Shadowflame Crest, and Aspect's Shadowflame Crest.

You’ll be able to upgradealmostanyitem in Season Two’s max-level gameplay ecosystem, whether it comes from a World Quest or a Mythic raid boss, by spending Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests.

There are three categories of gear that are not part of this system. The first is crafted gear, which will be upgraded using recrafting, much the same as it’s done now. The other kind of gear not included in this upgrade system is PvP gear. PvP gearing will continue to work as it did in Dragonflight Season One. The final kind of gear not available for these upgrades is the very top end of gear. Anything that’s at an item level comparable to a Mythic Raid isn’t going to be upgradable.

Upgrading Gear with Shadowflame Crests

If you’re upgrading an item to an item level that corresponds to the equipment you get from Raid Finder, you’ll need to spend one Whelpling’s Shadowflame Crest per upgrade. Upgrading to an ite5m level corresponding to Normal raid difficulty, you’ll spend one Drake’s Shadowflame Crest per upgrade. Heroic-raid-level gear uses Wyrm’s Shadowflame Crests for upgrades, and an upgrade to Mythic-raid-level gear uses an Aspect’s Shadowflame Crest.

Upgrades cost Flightstones and Shadowflame Crests only when you're getting an upgrade that increases your character's power. An example Blizzard devs provide in their blog post is as follows:

"Vindicator Boros wants to upgrade his new two-handed mace. It’s item level 408, but he already has a two-handed sword that’s item level 415. Upgrading his new mace from 408 to 415 will cost him half the usual Flightstones and won’t cost him any Shadowflame Crests. If he wants to upgrade it further to ilvl 418, it’ll cost him a Drake’s Shadowflame Crest and the usual amount of Flightstones."
Item LevelShadowflame Crest cost to upgrade from previous levelItems created at this level will always have upgrade levelItems upgraded to this level might also be…
376n/aExplorer 1/8
379NoneExplorer 2/8
382NoneExplorer 3/8
385NoneExplorer 4/8
389NoneAdventurer 1/8Explorer 5/8
392NoneAdventurer 2/8Explorer 6/8
395NoneAdventurer 3/8Explorer 7/8
398NoneAdventurer 4/8Explorer 8/8
4021 Whelpling's Shadowflame CrestVeteran 1/8Adventurer 5/8
4051 Whelpling's Shadowflame CrestVeteran 2/8Adventurer 6/8
4081 Whelpling's Shadowflame CrestVeteran 3/8Adventurer 7/8
4111 Whelpling's Shadowflame CrestVeteran 4/8Adventurer 8/8
4151 Drake's Shadowflame CrestChampion 1/8Veteran 5/8
4181 Drake's Shadowflame CrestChampion 2/8Veteran 6/8
4211 Drake's Shadowflame CrestChampion 3/8Veteran 7/8
4241 Drake's Shadowflame CrestChampion 4/8Veteran 8/8
4281 Wyrm's Shadowflame CrestHero 1/5Champion 5/8
4311 Wyrm's Shadowflame CrestHero 2/5Champion 6/8
4341 Wyrm's Shadowflame CrestHero 3/5Champion 7/8
4371 Wyrm's Shadowflame CrestHero 4/5Champion 8/8
4411 Aspect's Shadowflame CrestMythicHero 5/5

Full Upgrade System Breakdown

If you wish to read a full detailed breakdown of this new upgrade system and the two new currencies, you can do so via the official Blizzard news blog post.


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