Patch 4.3 Demonology Warlock Quick Start Guide – Stats, Rotation, Priorities, Spec, Enchants and Glyphs

There are demons to slay! And do other stuff to, if you’re a demonology warlock. But wait, patch 4.3 hit recently – what to do, where to start with 4.3 demonology? If you’ve got a metaphorical question mark over your head then look no further than this post, as we go over your stats, rotation and priorities, talent spec / build, enchants, glyphs and more.

Updated Nov 29th, 2011, for Patch 4.3

Changes to Demonology Warlocks in Patch 4.3

Demonology Warlocks have seen a couple of changes in Patch 4.3, most of which appear to be side-swipes from the epic Destruction Warlock changes. Impending Doom is now triggered by Soul Fire, meaning that Soul Fire can trigger a reduction in your Demon Form cooldown. Soul Fire has also had a buff to how it scales with Spellpower. Finally, Master Demonologist now grants slightly more bonus damage to your demons and your demon form per Mastery point.

Given Mastery was already our best stat after Hit, this doesn’t change our stat priorities. And whilst the buffs to Soul Fire are nice, they don’t appear to be major enough to warrant using it differently in our rotation. A bug to Incinerate was also fixed, but again, current theorycrafting is that it doesn’t change our rotation.

Demonology warlock rotation

Demonology warlocks use a FCFS (First Come First Served) priority system, not a rotation. So don’t spam these in order, always hit the highest in the list that isn’t on cooldown.

Metamorphosis > Demon Soul (if you’re using felguard) > Immolate > Hand of Gul’dan > Demon Soul (if you’re using Felhunter) > Bane of Doom > Immolation Aura > Corruption > Shadowflame > Incinerate (if Molten Core procs) > Soul Fire (if Decimation is active) > Shadow Bolt

Aoe situations: For maximum DPS, use your Felguard’s Felstorm (or summon an Infernal if it’s off cooldown), then use Metamorphosis, Immolation Aura, and spam Hellfire.

And remember to keep Dark Intent up – probably on one of your healers if you’re on progression content, otherwise on one of your fellow DPS.

If you do not have an Unholy DK, Assassination Rogue or Boomkin (Balance Druid) in your party or raid, also use Curse of the Elements on your target at the start of the fight.

For a more complex, alternative priority system, take a look at the comments from reader Wolferene, below.

Which warlock demon should I use?

  • Single target/boss fight: Felhunter
  • Trash: Felguard


Demology talent spec

Stats, reforging and gems as a Demonology warlock

Stats order: Intellect > Hit (until hit capped at 174217%) > Haste to 1993 > Mastery > Critical Strike Rating

  • Reforge Haste/crit into Hit until hit capped, after that reforge Haste until you have 1993 Haste, then reforge into mastery
  • Gem Intellect unless the socket bonus is 20 Int or 30 of another stat or better, in which case gem Int/Haste (Reckless Ember Topaz) or Int/Hit (Veiled Demonseye)

Demonology Warlock enchants

Remember to check if your profession enchants are superior to these options! (It’s likely to be obvious if so).

Head Arcanum of Hyjal
Shoulders   Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Back Enchant Cloak – Greater Intellect
Chest Enchant Chest – Peerless Stats
Wrist Enchant Bracer – Mighty Intellect
Hands Enchant Gloves – Greater Mastery
Belt Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
Legs Powerful Ghostly Spellthread
Feet Enchant Boots – Lavawalker
Weapon Enchant Weapon – Power Torrent
Off-Hand Weapon Enchant Weapon – Superior Intellect


Primes: Immolate, Metamorphosis, Corruption.

Major: Life Tap, Shadow Bolt, and Soulstone if you’re going to be Combat Ressing, or Fear if you’re going to be CCing.

Minor: your choice.

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