Blizzard Entertainment reworked a big part of the talent system in their 9th edition of World of Warcraft. The whole concept is returning to the talent tree approach. Let’s see the changes and figure out how the World of Warcraft Dragonflight Talent Calculator works.
Before, the talents were building on the existing class and improving its abilities. With this approach, the players can build their class from the base with many more unique ways to do things. There are basic class functional things, but it’s up to the player to develop their in-game character.
Earning and spending talent points
The characters gain access to talent trees and specialization at level 10. At level 10 you get only 1 Class point, and for each level after that you get another point, switching between Class and Specialization points.
No one but Evokers can get access at the start. The character has two trees to fill, for Class (31 points at max level) and Specialization (30 points). There are a lot of active abilities, and you have to choose your own way instead of passively learning different spells while leveling.
Here is an example of a talent tree. As you can see below, talent trees now have multiple rows and nodes of various shapes.
- Square nodes are active abilities
- Circle nodes are passive effects
- Octagonal nodes are multiple-choice talent
Changing talents can be done on the fly with no need to rest.
[Important to note that the talent tree system doesn’t include PvP talents. They will only work only in the according content as an increase of supplements.]
To help with picking the appropriate talents, there is a talent loadout system, which allows you to switch between different talent trees. You can have up to 10 of them with different names. The tree that you’ve built for the spec will only be visible for that spec, so if you run out of room, you might not notice it. Switch the spec and delete something.
Talents with multiple ranks require additional points to be spent per rank of the talent. Currently, there are only passive effects with multiple ranks.
The value of these passives may not linearly scale with points invested. You must purchase all available talent ranks of a multi-rank talent to progress further down the tree from this node.
Gaining Talent Points in Dragonflight
Talent points are obtained by gaining character levels. You will receive 1 point for every level, alternating between a class point for your Class Tree and a specialization point for the Specialization Tree.
In the pre-patch at Level 60, you will have a total of 51 talent points for your Class Tree and your Specialization Tree, split up as 26 in your class and 25 in your spec tree.
Upon reaching the maximum level (70) in Dragonflight, you will have 61 talent points, with 31 in your class tree and 30 in your spec tree.
Certain basic abilities in the class tree, are given automatically to particular specializations. These do not cost any points.
Shadowlands Legendary Power or Covenant Ability and Talent Overlap
If you have both a talented version of a Shadowlands Covenant ability or Legendary power and the actual ability or power, those versions will override the talent. You cannot have multiple versions of the same spell to cast, or double-stacked Legendary Power effects.
Changing Talents in Dragonflight
The new talent system allows you to change talents anywhere and for free. Switching talents no longer requires being in a Rested Area or using tomes. You still cannot change talents in combat, Mythic+ runs, and active PvP matches.
World of Warcraft Dragonflight talent calculators
Finally, to help with planning your character, it’s best to use a talent tree calculator. You can find plenty of them on the internet. Wowhead provides one of the most popular ones, but it’s far from the only option. Icy-veins also has one, and there are also open-source versions on GitHub.
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