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Destruction Warlock Shadowlands 9.1 guide


This guide was written by Wexi.

Destruction has always been a spec with 2 main niches: huge burst with it’s cds and the ability to cleave easily through Havoc. In Shadowlands this is still true, due to our best legendary being Cinders of the Azj’Aqir in most scenarios.

What has changed

9.1 Changes

The new patch is bringing 4 brand new legendaries for destruction! Sadly, it’s 1 per covenant, where you will only be able to use them to the corresponding covenant.

  • Venthyr - Contained Perpetual Explosion (Head/Shoulder) Impending Catastrophe’s final explosion damage is increased by 75% and on top of that it also deals 15% damage for each enemy target hit on the way to its final target.
  • Night Fae - Decaying Soul Satchel (Hands/Feet) Each time you cast Soul rot you gain 5% haste and critical strike per target you hit (This stacks up to 20% haste and crit) for 8 seconds.
  • Languishing Soul Detritus (Chest/Wrist) When Scouring Tithe generates soul shards, it can gain 100% increased movement speed and 40% increased critical strike change for 8 seconds.
  • Shard of Annihilation (Waist/Legs) Decimating Bolt also increases the critical strike chance by 100% and critical strike damage by 50% for Shadow Bolt/Drain Soul (affliction) Demonbolt (demonology) or Incinerate (destruction).

Other 9.1 changes

  • Dark Pact was also buffed, the additional absorb shield has been increased by 316% (was 216%).
  • Chaos Bolt damage increased by 10%
  • Eradication (Level 15 Talent) now also increases the damage of pets and guardians.
  • Shadowburn (Level 25 Talent) damage increased by 23% and now refreshes a charge if the target dies within 5 seconds.

Welcome to the Destruction Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Destruction Warlock in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Talent Tree

There are two main specs for Destruction Warlock. The first one is better when you can just stand still and use your spells. Soul Leech and Improved Soul Leech will allow you to be full health and mana all the time. You won’t be using Life Tap and will be able to concentrate on dealing damage.

Destruction Warlock Max Dps Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

The second build is more for a dynamic fight, where you have to move constantly. Here we don’t take Soul Leech and Improved Soul Leech because Unholy Power is considered to be more profitable in this situation. This build is for fights where you can use Life Tap without losing DPS because you will have to move anyway.

Destruction Warlock Dynamic Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs


Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.

Rest is filled with Red Gems




Apply Curse of the Elements or Curse of Doom on the target. If you have an Unholy Death Knight or Moonkin in your raid then use Curse of Doom. If not, your usual choice is Curse of the Elements

Keep up Immolate and Corruption on the target at all times. Incinerate and Conflagrate are the main spells in your rotation. Chaos Bolt is used on cooldown.

Your pet of choice is Imp. It deals the most damage with this spec and the Empowered Imp talent, which gives us a 100% critical chance after the imp deals critical strike.

Stat Priority

Hit Rating -> Spell Power -> Haste -> Critical strike rating

Spells require 17% to always hit the target. This number can be reduced by:

With either a Balance Druid or Shadow Priest in your group, you will require 14% (367 hit rating). It’s safe to assume that you will have either of these classes in raids, where the hit requirements are the highest. [1% Hit = 26.23 Hit Rating]

Spell Power is the primary stat for the build as it improves the efficiency and damage output of all spells. It also converts partly into Attack Power and Spell Power of your pets.

Haste is another significant stat for Warlocks. It increases the number of spells you can cast in a certain period and thus drastically improving DPS. The soft cap for Haste is 50% (1640 haste rating) with raid buffs. Keep in mind that Haste stacks multiplicatively. Additionally, Backdraft helps to reduce the global cooldown of spells.

Critical strike rating is last on the list only because Haste outperforms it when stacked enough. It is still a great stat, and Destruction Tree has different talents to increase the crit chance, such as Devastation, Backlash, Empowered Imp, Fire and Brimstone, and a crit multiplier – Ruin. There is no cap for this stat.

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Destruction Warlock is in a peculiar spot in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. The spec isn’t quite the strongest option for Warlock players since Affliction is still relatively powerful in comparison. But Destruction does blow Demonology out of the water when it comes to sustained damage. 

In short, Destruction Warlock is a mid-tier class that specializes in both AoE and single-target damage. While there are classes that can do both of those things better, Destruction Warlock can fit both of those situations easily and deal effective damage wherever necessary.

Here are the best talents and builds to get the most out of Destruction Warlocks in Shadowlands


Level 15: Flashover – Flashover is the strongest option at level 15 for both single-target and AoE damage. A faster cast time for Incinerate at the front end of your rotation will perfectly compliment a faster cast time for Chaos Bolt at the back end of your rotation. Flashover is perfect for building Soul Shards as quickly as possible. 

Level 25: Reverse Entropy – Haste is the most important stat Destruction Warlocks can stack. They need to be taking any chance they get to compile extra haste in combat and a chance for a 15-percent bonus to the stat whenever casting a spell is a must-have for any Destruction player. 

Level 30: Burning Rush – Burning Rush is one of the only mobility options that Warlocks have at their disposal. As perhaps the least mobile class in all of WoW, any boost Warlocks can get to their movement options is an ideal choice. 

Level 35: Cataclysm – While Inferno is a strong AoE choice, you’re going to want to take Cataclysm at level 35. Cataclysm manages to check both boxes when it comes to AoE and single-target throughput. In fact, Cataclysm is the only talent in this row with a real use in single-target situations. Additionally, its combined use with other abilities, namely Channel Demonfire, provides a strong boost to Destruction’s overall damage. 

Level 40: Mortal Coil – Mortal Coil is a straightforward selection since it gives Warlocks a pseudo interrupt in addition to a 20-percent heal. It’s a strong ability to have in all situations, especially when you’re under duress from many trash mobs at once. 

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Level 45: Roaring Blaze – Roaring Blaze is going to be the best option at your disposal here, considering its strong potency in single-target and AoE situations. While it might not pack the same multi-target punch that Reign of Chaos does, it amps the damage that most of your core abilities will deal for eight seconds. Boosting the effectiveness of Conflagrate, Immolate, and Incinerate is monstrously important in any situation—and for that reason, Roaring Blaze should be your go-to choice at level 45. 

Level 50: Channel Demonfire – While all three level 50 talents are going to be seriously strong options, Channel Demonfire is a strong hybrid ability that can devastate targets in both AoE and single-target scenarios. Whether you’re using the ability to channel eight beams of fire on a large pack of trash or using it to simply burn down a boss, Channel Demonfire is a safe choice for dealing dependable damage.


The most ideal covenant that Destruction Warlocks can join is Night Fae. Between an extremely versatile core ability, another added piece of utility, and strong Soulbinds for added measure, Night Fae is a no-brainer for Destruction Warlocks. 

Soul Rot is the Night Fae signature ability for Warlocks. A significant damage-over-time spell that can hit up to four different targets is great for AoE and the fact that you can use the spell to regain health through Drain Life is a nice added bonus that can be helpful in certain situations. 

Additionally, Soulshape is an appealing ability for Warlock players since it gives them a blink on a 90-second cooldown. A class that’s starved when it comes to mobility can finally rejoice upon joining the Night Fae. Soulshape provides a much-needed boost to Warlock’s ability to bounce around fights like their fellow casters. 

Gear/stat priority

The standard stat priority for Destruction Warlocks is as follows: Haste > Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility.

Haste is going to be important for Destruction Warlocks throughout the gearing process. Whether your character just hit level 60 or is progressing Mythic Castle Nathria, getting as much Haste as possible should be your top priority. 

Haste allows you to get off faster casts of hard-hitting abilities with normally slow cast times such as Cataclysm and Chaos Bolt. When you stack your Haste bonuses with talents such as Flashover and Reverse Entropy, you’re going to be tossing out potent spells at the snap of a finger. 

As for your other secondary stats, Critical Strike is a solid option considering you’re going to be throwing out spell after spell and you’d like them to hit as hard as possible. Mastery and Versatility provide flat damage bonuses, but they’re not going to have as strong of an impact as Haste or Critical Strike. 


Destruction Warlock talents guide

Recommended Raiding Build

Single Target:


Recommended Mythic+ Build

Reverse Entropy + Cataclysm + Roaring Blaze + Dark Soul: Instability is more ST focused build. Shadowburn + Inferno + Rain of Chaos + Soul Conduit is a heavy AoE build which can be very good if played with proper team and proper pulls. If playing with pugs then I’d recommend more ST build with adding some of AoE talents like Rain of Chaos and maybe Shadowburn with Inferno.

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Destruction Warlock Flashover TalentFlashoverPassive
Destruction Warlock Eradication TalentEradicationPassive
Destruction Warlock Soul Fire TalentSoul Fire4 sec cast

The very first talent row for destruction already throws up many questions to the player about just how you want to do damage. Flashover and Eradication can both have their moments to shine and will be your main choices.

Flashover - This talent is generally always the best option when playing a destruction warlock. It makes the spec much smoother to play giving you that extra backdraft charge on top of giving you synergy with Cinders.

Eradication - Now, this talent is very strong but only under the right circumstances. It can sim higher on single target and 2 targets, but the reason you might not want to pick this talent is because it’s very heavily punished by moment/low haste, and it does not scale anywhere near as good as flashover past 2 targets.

This talent is very strong for short burst windows where you might want to pop 3 chaos bolts as fast as possible. So if you think you can effectively “get away” with picking this talent, then on paper it should be better for most single target and 2 target encounters, just know Flashover is the safer and easier pick.

Tier 2 (25)

Destruction Warlock Reverse Entropy TalentReverse EntropyPassive
Destruction Warlock Internal Combustion TalentInternal CombustionPassive
Destruction Warlock Shadowburn TalentShadowburnInstant

Reverse Entropy - Yet again this talent is pretty much the always go-to talent no matter what type of gameplay you’re doing. The proc rate is quite good and it’s a solid choice for most situations.

Internal Combustion - Very single target focused talent, and you would need lots of haste to make this work. It does sim slightly higher than RE.

Shadowburn - With recent buffs from 9.1 now it’s a viable option if fight consist of many add waves or it’s a m+.

Tier 3 (30)

Destruction Warlock Demon Skin TalentDemon SkinPassive
Destruction Warlock Burning Rush TalentBurning RushInstant
Destruction Warlock Dark Pact TalentDark PactInstant

You can use either Demon Skin, Burning Rush or Dark Pact. All 3 are viable for different situations.

Demon Skin is great if you’re stacking up a lot and taking constant damage with not much movement in the fight.

Burning Rush is great when there is a lot of movement and you need to help with mechanics or dodging certain mechanics. 

Dark Pact is a great option when you need to soak heavy damage, however you need to make sure you use this ability when you’re full health to get the full effects as the damage absorbed is based on current health.

Tier 4 (35)

Destruction Warlock Inferno TalentInfernoPassive
Destruction Warlock Fire and Brimstone TalentFire and BrimstonePassive
Destruction Warlock Cataclysm TalentCataclysm2 sec cast

Cataclysm - Cataclysm sims the highest with anything from around 1-4 targets. This option just helps with spreading Immolate on all targets and deals a large burst of AoE on impact. Best choice for ST and if you need short burst AoE damage.

Fire and Brimstone - Currently doesn’t do enough damage to compete with other talents.

Inferno - might be a good choice for m+ with consistent heavy pulls with a lot of adds. Especially if combined with RoC talent and Wilfred’s legendary.

Tier 5 (40)

Destruction Warlock Darkfury TalentDarkfuryPassive
Destruction Warlock Mortal Coil TalentMortal CoilInstant
Destruction Warlock Howl of Terror TalentHowl of TerrorInstant

Mortal Coil - Pretty much the only viable talent in this row for m+ and raiding or PvP. Don’t forget that you can use it during havoc window to CC two targets and not one.

Howl of Terror - May come in handy for PvP in certain situations.

Tier 6 (45)

Destruction Warlock Roaring Blaze TalentRoaring BlazePassive
Destruction Warlock Rain of Chaos TalentRain of ChaosPassive
Destruction Warlock Grimoire of Sacrifice TalentGrimoire of SacrificeInstant

Roaring Blaze - This talent has become very strong and is pretty much the “go to” single target talent and you will most certainly want to be playing Cinders with this.

Rain of Chaos - Very strong talent for AoE situations and greatly combines with Wilfred’s legendary.

Tier 7 (50)

Destruction Warlock Soul Conduit TalentSoul ConduitPassive
Destruction Warlock Channel Demonfire TalentChannel DemonfireChanneled
Destruction Warlock Dark Soul: Instability TalentDark Soul: InstabilityInstant

Channel Demonfire - Decent option if you need sustain Single Target and cleave damage.

Dark Soul: Instability - Most of the time this is your go-to talent for any encounters. For progression raiding, having a powerful cooldown is always really good if you need to nuke an important add down or to do big damage during a burst window.

Soul Conduit - Can be a good option for full AoE build for m+ combined with other talents and Wilfred’s legendary.


Warlock talents destro


Talent Choices for Destruction Warlock

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind IconTome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind IconCodex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.



Do note that the builds suggested above do not account for specific fights in the current raid tier; that said, we do have a dedicated page that covers a boss-by-boss talent recommendations, which you can find linked below.

Destruction Warlock Raid Page



For specific Mythic+ advice, which typically involves having a set-up that can perform both in single-target and AoE situations, and this set-up can also be influenced by affixes and other things like party composition and pull layout. Check out our dedicated M+ page below.

Destruction Warlock Mythic+ Page


How To Use Destruction Warlock Talents

Since several talent choices have an effect on your gameplay, we recommend reading our rotation page linked below to find out how to adapt your playstyle and priority based on your selected talents.

Destruction Warlock Rotation and Cooldowns


Talent Cheat Sheets

These cheat sheets are meant to provide a quick reference; see the Talent breakdown for in-depth information.


Single Target


Two Targets


Five Targets


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Flashover IconFlashover is technically the worst option based purely on numbers, while simultaneously being the easiest to play. It shines with frequent movement and in multi-target situations where Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt is not cast as frequently. Keep in mind that Backdraft IconBackdraft does not affect Immolate IconImmolate, so when taking Inferno IconInferno in AoE situations, consider opting for Soul Fire IconSoul Fire instead.

Soul Fire IconSoul Fire offers high burst, shard generation which can be amplified by Havoc IconHavoc on multi-targets, and is overall the close second best choice for single-target.

Eradication IconEradication is the best single and two target cleave option.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Reverse Entropy IconReverse Entropy is generally the best talent in any situation.

Internal Combustion IconInternal Combustion is currently overshadowed by Reverse Entropy IconReverse Entropy in single and two-target scenarios. You should always try and refresh your Immolate IconImmolate before Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt dumps.

Shadowburn IconShadowburn in 9.1 is a competitive choice in multi-target whenever low health foes can be sniped and potentially cleaved with Havoc IconHavoc. The 50% extra critical chance under 20% health is the only form of execute available to Destruction, and the charge refund can quickly chain into itself for some frantic gameplay moments.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Burning Rush IconBurning Rush remains the most versatile option, as Warlocks have little base mobility. Burning Rush functions both as a means to stay in range and position aggressively, but also as a means of dodging mechanics. It is my opinion that movement speed offers the greatest defensive benefit in most situations, and you should default to this talent.

Dark Pact IconDark Pact is a good option for encounters where you need to soak a mechanic or survive a telegraphed amount of high damage. It is important to note that the damage absorb is based on current health, rendering this ability useless as a reactive cooldown. For Dark Pact to be effective, it needs to be used while you are close to full health to mitigate a future amount of damage.

Demon Skin IconDemon Skin is a good choice for encounters with low movement and consistent damage intake.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Cataclysm IconCataclysm is the preferred choice for any encounter with 1 to 2 targets.

Fire and Brimstone IconFire and Brimstone will offer good damage and an influx of resources on fights with stacked cleave and sustained AoE. Start becoming competitive at 2 targets.

Inferno IconInferno is currently the highest sustained AoE option for Destruction, especially when paired with Soul Conduit IconSoul Conduit, beating both Fire and Brimstone IconFire and Brimstone and Cataclysm IconCataclysm provided your targets will not move outside Rain of Fire IconRain of Fire radius.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Darkfury IconDarkfury can be used to provide more frequent access to AoE stuns.

Mortal Coil IconMortal Coil is the default choice, offering both burst heal on demand and another form of Crowd Control.

Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror offers an AoE fear, which can be useful to handle difficult pulls and is best paired with some form of slow.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Rain of Chaos IconRain of Chaos is the default choice when burst is required, becoming stronger and stronger at 2 or more targets.

Roaring Blaze IconRoaring Blaze is the best single and 2-target option.

Grimoire of Sacrifice IconGrimoire of Sacrifice does not appear to be a contender, currently.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Destruction Warlock

Dark Soul: Instability IconDark Soul: Instability can be considered when periodic burst windows are more important than overall output, especially paired with Rain of Chaos IconRain of Chaos. See the Cooldown Usage section on our Rotation page for information about how these cooldowns interact. It is currently the highest damage talent in 2 targets situations.

Channel Demonfire IconChannel Demonfire is a versatile solution, the best single target option that perform remarkably well in cleave, especially when paired with Roaring Blaze IconRoaring Blaze. Can offer some degree of AoE burst on a short cooldown when paired with Cataclysm IconCataclysm.

Soul Conduit IconSoul Conduit is a jack of all trades talent - fine in any situation, but is especially potent when coupled with Inferno IconInferno for massive AoE damage.


PvP Talents (War Mode)

Under our Talents section, there is the option to enter "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world;
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level;
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling;
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended you enable the feature. In most situations, this will allow for the maximum returns despite the risks. You will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.


Destruction Warlock War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Destruction Warlock-specific PvE talents.


Warlock generic PvP Talents

  1. Essence Drain IconEssence Drain stacks a damage reduction effect on enemies that are damaged by your Drain Life IconDrain Life. You can reduce their damage by up to 25%, which is a large increase to your ability to survive and sustain.
  2. Amplify Curse IconAmplify Curse empower your next curse effect.
  3. Bane of Fragility IconBane of Fragility reduces the target's maximum health by up to 10% by 15 seconds, which is very desirable when setting up bursts.
  4. Casting Circle IconCasting Circle is a 1-minute cooldown ability that creates an area in which you are immune to silence and interrupts for 8 seconds. Removes silence/interrupt immunity from Unending Resolve IconUnending Resolve.
  5. Gateway Mastery IconGateway Mastery increase your gateway's range by 20 yards, and reduces the duration of the debuff placed on players using it by 15 seconds, making it a good choice when increased mobility is needed.
  6. Nether Ward IconNether Ward summons a shield lasting 3 seconds and reflecting back all harmful spells targeted at you. It has a 45-second cooldown and it is extremely valuable when facing caster teams.
  7. Demon Armor IconDemon Armor increases max health by 5% and armour by 90%, making it an extremely useful choice against melee heavy teams.


Destruction Warlock PvP Talents

  1. Focused Chaos IconFocused Chaos increases the damage of your Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt by 40%, but no longer strikes additional targets affected by Havoc IconHavoc. This is a great talent for boosting overall damage, and Havoc IconHavoc can still be effectively used for Soul Shard generation.
  2. Cremation IconCremation causes Conflagrate IconConflagrate to deal up to an additional 3% of the target's maximum health in Fire damage if the target is afflicted by Immolate IconImmolate. This is a really nice boost to your damage, and can be taken advantage of using Havoc IconHavoc.
  3. Fel Fissure IconFel Fissure causes Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt to create a 5 yard Felfire pool under the target, reducing movement speed by 50% and reducing healing received on all enemies by 25%. This talent seems great in all situations, but particularly when you are dealing with multiple enemies at once.
  4. Bane of Havoc IconBane of Havoc causes Havoc IconHavoc to become a ground targeted spell. Everything inside will be treated as it was debuffed by Havoc IconHavoc.



  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 03 May 2021: Updated Roaring Blaze section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 27 Dec. 2020: Updated Tier7 talents as a result of a simc bug found and fixed.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Updated talent choices, explanations and builds after further testing and simulations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.

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Destruction Warlock Overview

Destruction Warlock is a very flexible specialization that can find ways to excel in a variety of environments. Destruction can deal a lot of burst to a single target, and also efficiently cleave and AoE several targets at once.

Destruction is almost always a viable candidate for progression fights, as it has the least ramp up time of any Warlock specialization. It can pressure priority targets easily, and also has strong cleave through Havoc IconHavoc. Like all Warlock specializations, Destruction brings Demonic Gateway IconDemonic Gateway, a powerful raid cooldown that can transport your entire group 40 yards instantly.


Strengths and Weaknesses


Patch 9.1 Changes for Warlocks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warlocks, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Destruction's specific changes this patch.

Patch 9.1 Warlock Class ChangesPatch 9.1 Destruction Changes


Leveling a Destruction Warlock

We have a dedicated leveling guide to help you get your Destruction Warlock to max level, complete with many tips and suggestions.

Destruction Warlock Leveling Guide

While playing with the default UI for the leveling is entirely possible, transitioning to a max level rotation with a substantially different UI layout can feel overwhelming and ultimately disorient or frustrate the player. We recommend instead to implement Layout changes gradually in order to allow yourself to acclimate to a more effective and personal UI. The Addon page below offers some recommended options.

Destruction Warlock Addons and Macros


Basics of Destruction Warlock Gameplay

Destruction Warlock is a fairly straightforward spec, leaning towards hard hitting direct damage spells strong and long lasting cooldowns, and a relative amount of pet management. At its core the gameplay is about generating and spending the Warlock iconic resource: Soul Shards.

The basics are simple: maintain Immolate IconImmolate on the target(s), spend your shards on Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolts or Rain of Fire IconRain of Fire; cast Conflagrate IconConflagrate on cooldown and Incinerate IconIncinerate in the downtime.

If you are a newcomer to the spec, but would like to learn the basics start browsing the Spell Summary and head over the page linked below.

Destruction Warlock Quick Guide

For those more familiar with Warlocks we invite you to check out the Talents and Rotation pages to have access to more detailed and in depth information.

Destruction Warlock Talents and BuildsDestruction Warlock Rotation and Cooldowns


How to Gear Up as Destruction Warlock

Due the increased number of variables and additional systems, picking gear has become a much less intuitive and immediate process. Nevertheless you can find guidelines in how to best equip your Destruction Warlock in our dedicated gearing page, including the current Best in Slot equipment for the current tier.

Destruction Warlock BiS and Gear

Equipping gear is not enough, as you also need to choose the right consumables and gear augments to maximise your character potential. The pages below can guide you through those choices, and help you better understand the implications each stat has on your Warlock.

Destruction Warlock Stat PriorityDestruction Warlock Enchants and Gems


Destruction Warlock in Shadowlands

With Shadowlands release, players gain access to multiple new systems.

First and foremost is the Covenant system, the most influential in terms of power progression, granting access to Soulbinds and Conduit customisation, which have a very tangible impact in the overall output. Making the right decision is paramount, so head to the page below to learn more.

Destruction Warlock Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Another means to acquire additional power is given by the Legendary system, tied to a new crafting experience with limited resources, making it very important to identify the most effective choice in terms of upgrade. Follow the link for a detailed explanation of Legendaries and what to craft for what type of content.

Destruction Warlock Best Legendaries


End-Game as a Destruction Warlock

Being geared and well-equipped is only half of the journey, as the end game activities require each a different approach to the spec. In order to find out more information regarding how to better tackle these challenges check out the pages below.

Destruction Warlock Castle Nathria Raid GuideDestruction Warlock Torghast GuideDestruction Warlock Mythic+ GuideDestruction Warlock PvP Guide


Improving as a Destruction Warlock

Understanding your errors and refining your performance is a constant exercise, which can be frustrating or confounding at times. Below are listed some pages that offer tools and can point and help correcting those mistakes.

Destruction Warlock "How to Improve" GuideDestruction Warlock FAQDestruction Warlock Simulations


Destruction Warlock Viability in the Current Patch

Destruction is a perfectly viable candidate for all content types. A very solid baseline toolkit makes the spec able to perform in any situation with a combination of very powerful cooldowns, one of, if not the strongest, 2-target cleave, and the ability to burst on-demand, even outside cooldowns.

While the performance on paper, or in an exclusive single-target scenario, may not be over the top, the ability to gain additional resources through Havoc and Immolate to funnel damage on a priority target makes the spec a strong candidate for any progress in raid.

In dungeons, Destruction has the ability to talent for one of the strongest AoE output, while also offering its signature cleave potential and very valuable damage mitigation.

In Sanctum of Domination, Destruction is the prime choice whenever there are cleave opportunities to add to the very strong baseline burst and good single-target.



  • 08 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Updated trinket section following Forbidden Necromantic Tome change.
  • 08 Sep. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated Anima Power recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2021 (gear page): Removed Castle Nathria BiS list, as it is not relevant anymore.
  • 21 Jul. 2021 (this page): Updated state of the spec for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 11 Jul. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added Anima Power recommendations for the Tormented seasonal affix.
  • 08 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added detailed soulbinds for other covenants.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page created.
  • 30 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Added Sanctum of Domination bis list, updated trinket section and shard recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 27 Jun. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): baseline changes, legendary and covenant recommendations updated.
  • 05 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created.
  • 03 May 2021 (talents page): Updated Roaring Blaze section.
  • 21 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated talent choices; added Legendary option and openers.
  • 21 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Updated openers, pet choice, and shard generator sections.
  • 21 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Mythic+ Soulbind choice.
  • 21 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added Valor Upgrade section for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 28 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
  • 27 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Tier 7 talents suggestions updated to account for a simc update.
  • 27 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Updated Tier7 talents as a result of a simc bug found and fixed.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added Armor Kits.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands season 1.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Boss guides added.
  • 05 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Swapped weapon enchant back to Celestial Guidance for better usability.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Fixed a wrong food link.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Stats ranking updated following simulation profile optimisations.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent choices, explanations and builds after further testing and simulations.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Added crafting strategy section.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated the food section to the correct secondary.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated secondary stat priority in relationship with Intellect.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added new systems section and moved spec viability from FAQ.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands release: new gems, enchants and consumables added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, removed Corruptions and updated stat priority.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release: added passive effect after level 50.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated page for Shadowlands release, removed Essences, Azerite and updated consumables.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Boss Tips and Talent/Essences selection.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor Heroic week fixes.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 09 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated boss guide.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.

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