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Fly sky-high with our WoW Dragonriding guide

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Have a need for speed? Let our WoW Dragonriding guide get you up and into the air with information on the basics, movement, and navigating the skill tree.

Perhaps the biggest added feature in WoW: Dragonflight is Dragonriding, which allows players to guide a flying reptile friend through the air. While each expansion usually has its own movement and flight restrictions, Dragonflight gets you flying within your first few hours on the Dragon Isles. That also means there's a lot of information to absorb. Allow esports.gg to be your shepherd on the path to WoW Dragonriding with this guide on the basics, keeping an eye out for Glyphs, and more.
Hurry! To the dragons!

WoW Dragonriding guide basics

A new mount-based system called Dragonriding allows players to soar, glide, and fly across the mountainous terrain of the Dragon Isles. Besides being visually customizable, your new dragon pal's flying abilities can be improved via a research skill tree as you progress through the expansion. As an added bonus, this mount is account-wide which means your toons will have Dragonriding access immediately upon arriving on the Isles.
This mount not only allows high-speed flight of up to 800% movement speed but also glides and gains verticality via its basic Dragonriding abilities. While you'll gain more abilities and skills as you progress through the Isles, here are the basics.

Dragonriding abilities and you

You can use this built-up speed to swoop down and then back up into an arc. This lets you gain some height, but with diminishing returns. The basic abilities will allow you to keep afloat and build speed, but this is also why where you start your flight is crucial. Dropping from upon high means you'll have more airspace to work with. Meanwhile, starting from low requires you to use the basic abilities in order to build up speed and air.
The best uses of Dragonriding is in hopping large distances of terrain with your Skyward Ascent, almost using it like a giant frog. However, there will be time when you must take to the greater skies and you'll want greater assistance if you want to stay in the air for long.

WoW Dragonriding talents guide

Accessible through the Renown tab on your mini-map, the Dragonriding talent tree increases your Vigor regeneration and gives new abilities. You'll level up these skills by collecting Dragon Glyphs found throughout the Isles. These glyphs are golden orbs that are easy enough to spot, but your dragon will also lend a hand. When a glyph is nearby you'll gain a buff that alerts you to the its presence and how far away it is from your current location.
It's in your best interest to collect all of these glyphs as soon as possible. The more you gain the easier a time you'll have staying in the air. Doubly so since the Glyph points are also account-wide.

Take to the skies

As the expansion goes on you'll find more ways to make your dragon feel unique. This includes customization options for its visuals and even entirely new body models from raids like Vault of the Incarnates. While it's a shame you can only use your dragon mount on the Dragon Isles, it won't be long until you're up in the air and flying with the best of them!
Keep an eye on esports.gg for more information on WoW, Dragonriding, and Warcraft guides in the coming months!
Will Harrison
Will Harrison
Editor | Twitter @Hammer_Barn
Will has over a decade of print and digital journalism experience, with bylines in Polygon, The Escapist, The Toledo Blade, The Austin American-Statesman, and more. He's also the host of the World of Warcraft lore podcast Essence of Azeroth, loves Murlocs just a bit too much, and owns too many cats.