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How to get tier gear in WoW Dragonflight

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There are four types of gear you can get your hands on in World of Warcraft Dragonflight—PvP gear, Mythic+ gear, crafted gear, and tier gear. Although each piece of gear is invaluable because of the incredible stats and item levels it gives you, tier gear is by far the most important piece of gear you can acquire in Dragonflight.

Tier gear is Epic-quality that, aside from stats, gives your class and specialization additional bonuses and effects. First introduced with the release of the original game in 2004, tier sets were removed in Battle for Azeroth but returned for the final raid of Shadowlands. After the community welcomed tier sets back with open arms, the process of getting tier gear has been more streamlined in Dragonflight.

No matter if you’re an avid raider, PvPer, or just an average open-world enjoyer, tier gear and bonuses can always be a handy tool to have. Here’s how to get tier gear in Dragonflight.

All sources of tier gear in World of Warcraft Dragonflight

Before the return of tier sets in Shadowlands, the only method of getting your tier gear was via raiding. Despite players begging Blizzard to introduce alternative ways of getting tier gear, you could, for years, only get it if you were raiding. With Patch 9.2, tier sets made their return and with them, the devs introduced a new concept—the Creation Catalyst (now called the Revival Catalyst), which allows you to transform any piece of your gear into a tier set piece.

Tier gear in Dragonflight is obtainable through any source. All season-relevant gear can be transformed into a tier set piece at the Revival Catalyst, but there are three most common methods of getting it. First, gear from Mythic+ dungeons, raids, and the open world can all be transformed at the Revival Catalyst to turn it into a set piece.

If you’re lucky enough, you can get tier pieces from the Great Vault, right after the weekly reset. But, to see tier gear in the Great Vault, you have to clear Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible on any difficulty. After the weekly reset, you’ll have three chances at tier gear, if you cleared the entire raid.

Your safest bet at getting tier gear will be clearing Aberrus on any difficulty. Each boss has a chance of dropping a piece of tier gear and other players can even trade you tier pieces if they like.

Related: How to upgrade crafted gear in WoW Dragonflight

Tier gear drops from the following bosses in Aberrus:

The Forgotten Experiments: Hands Rashok, the Elder: Legs Zskarn: Chest Magmorax: Head Echo of Neltharion: Shoulders Scalecommander Sarkareth: Any

Although there are four levels of tier gear (one for each raid difficulty), you don’t need tier pieces from the same difficulty to unlock the bonuses they provide. Mixing and matching tier gear from separate difficulties (LFR, Normal, Heroic, and Mythic) is a common practice.

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Izabela Tomakic

Staff Writer & World of Warcraft lead. Izabela has a long history with writing and games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Fortnite, and The Sims. Before finding her home at Dot Esports in 2021, Izabela was an English teacher and a freelancer at Hotspawn, GGRecon, and Gameranx. In her free time, you’ll find her writing novels, wandering Azeroth, or inting on Summoner’s Rift.

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