Dual Talent Specialization
Dual Talent Specialization (or dual spec) is a skill available to learn at level 30 from class trainers for 10. Introduced in patch 3.1.0, dual talent specialization is the ability to create and switch between two distinct 'specs'. Each spec comprises a specialization and a full set of talents, glyphs, and action bars. This is an economical alternative to resetting all of these if the player intends to switch between the same two specs frequently, or can simply allow the player to experiment more freely and cheaply.
To purchase dual spec, you must be at least level 30, and can purchase the ability from your class trainer. (A few class trainers, such as those in Dalaran, do not offer talent reset or dual spec.) The cost is 10. No reputation discount applies.
Setting your specializations
Once you have purchased dual spec, there will be two tabs at the top right of the Specialization & Talents interface, representing your Primary and Secondary specializations. Each tab's icon will reflect the specialization chosen. The currently inactive spec's pane will appear greyed-out, and feature an 'Activate' button, which can be used to switch to that specialization.
Switching between specializations
To switch specialization, select your currently inactive spec's pane, and click the 'Activate' button. Switching between talent specs takes 5 seconds, and all mana/rage/energy are reset to zero by this process. Some buffs are also removed by switching. Once the 5 second cast is completed, your glyphs, action bars, and talents will all be restored to your other specialization.
Players cannot switch between specs during combat, or while in Battlegrounds or Arena (except during Preparation, before the Battleground/Arena match begins).
If you want you can also use this macro. Just create a new macro, insert the text below and throw it into your bar. When you click it, the macro will change your spec. Click again to change back. Since action bars change between specs, it may be necessary to add it to your action bar in each spec.
/usetalents [spec:1] 2; 1
Even if you have purchased dual specialization, there is still a cost to respec. Switching between your specializations is free, but if you want to exchange one of your specializations for another (such as changing your mage's primary specialization from Arcane to Fire), you will require a class trainer, and will have to pay a fee.
Specializations can be changed by visiting the appropriate class trainer. Be sure the specialization you wish to respec is active, then purchase the respec from the trainer.
Talents and glyphs
To set talents or glyphs, first select the specialization (primary or secondary) and activate the specialization. Now any talent or glyph changes you make will apply to this specialization. Changing talent and glyphs does not require the purchase of a respec - however you will need or to remove one of your choices, or you can visit a class trainer and pay a fee to wipe all of your talent or glyph choices. Inversely, respeccing will not modify any talents or glyphs you have set to either specialization.
Each spec has its own set of action bars. Druids' alternate forms use the same action bars for both specs.
The initial release of dual spec also impacted the armory website.
- Primary spec
- Secondary spec
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Cost reduced from 100 to 10, level requirement reduced from 40 to 30
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cost reduced from 1000 to 100
- Hotfix (2009-04-16): "Hunter pets should now have their talents refunded when a hunter switches talent specs, even if they are dismissed at the time."
- Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Added.