Demonology Warlock Quick-Start Guide For WoW Patch 5.4 – Stats, talents and spec, glyphs, rotation, reforging and gems, and ability priorities

by on August 28, 2012

We might not have gotten to be the Warlock Tank, but Demonology warlocks have been having a great time in Mists of Pandaria and WoW Patch 5.4 doesn’t change that, as we barrel into Garrosh. But does it change new mechanics, talents, glyphs, gemming, reforging? Don’t worry – this Quick-start guide will help you get reforged, gemmed, up to speed on MoP stat weights and ability priorities, so you can get on with the evil laughter and the ridiculous DPS as soon as possible.

Updated 17th September 2013 to World of Warcraft Patch 5.4

Demonology Warlock changes in Patch 5.4

Talent changes and some other alterations.

Demonology “Rotation” and Priorities

Demonology’s new rotation is governed by Demonic Fury, our new primary resource. We build it up in caster form and spend it in demon form – and everything we do is balanced around that.

Single-target DPS

Start out by casting Corruption and Hand of Gul’dan on your target.

  • Top Priority: Maintain Corruption and Shadowflame on your target. The latter is maintained through Hand of Gul’dan.
  • Second Priority: If the Molten Core buff is active on you, cast Soul Fire.
  • Third Priority: If you have nothing else to do, cast Shadow Bolt.

You should keep doing this until you nearly have 1000 Demonic Fury. At that point, use Dark Soul, and then use Metamorphosis.

Whilst in Metamorphosis:

  • Top Priority: Cast Doom on your target and keep it up.
  • Second Priority: If the Molten Core buff is active on you, cast Soul Fire. If not, cast Touch of Chaos.

Leave Metamorphosis when Dark Soul expires.

After that, go into Metamorphosis whenever you have close to 1000 Demonic Fury. If Dark Soul is available, cast it before Metamorphosing and stay in Demon Form until it runs out. Otherwise, stay in Demon Form until you hit 750 Demonic Fury, then come out.

Preferably, time Metamorphosis for a time when you’ll have a damage buff up.

You can get more advanced with your Demonic Fury management once you’re familiar with this basic approach – see the guides in the “Links” section.


Against 2-3 targets keep Corruption /Doom up on all of them, and otherwise use your standard rotation. Also, use Command Demon to get your Felguard to cast Felstorm.

Against 4 or more targets, use Void Ray rather than Touch of Chaos in demon form, and otherwise proceed as for 2-3 enemies.


  • Dark Soul is already built into your priorities – see above.
  • Use Summon Doomguard for single-target DPS and Summon Infernal for multi-target DPS. Use both whenever available.
  • Use Life Tap to restore mana to you.
  • Use Soulshatter to drop aggro from monsters attacking you. Particularly important before using Life Tap!
  • Unending Resolve reduces damage you take – particularly valuable if you’re on low life thanks to Life Tap.
  • Soulstone now functions as a combat resurrection – remember to use it if no-one else can combat res.
  • Imp Swarm – if you’re using the Imp Swarm glyph, this is a powerful DPS cooldown. Use it to boost your Demonic Fury, too.


Summon a Felguard. Remember to cast Dark Intent, and summon a Soulwell if your party or raid wants one!

Demonology Warlock Talent Choices

Whilst MoP talents are designed to be chosen on a per-encounter basis, here’s a good talent build for most situations:

  • Tier 1: Soul Leech – makes all your damage spells heal you (a bit).
  • Tier 2: Mortal Coil – gives you a self-heal spell.
  • Tier 3: Soul Link – passive ability.
  • Tier 4: Unbound Will – gives you a cooldown which removes movement impairing effects, mind control, and magic debuffs.
  • Tier 5: Grimoire of Service – lets you summon a second demon briefly, giving you an additional cooldown.
  • Tier 6: Archimonde’s Vengeance – gives you a second Dark Soul charge.

Stats, reforging and gemming for Demonology Warlock

Intellect is still the key stat for Demonology warlocks. After that, it’s Hit to hit cap (15% / 5100 ) then Haste.

Reforging: Reforge to hit cap first (15% / 5100), then reforge everything else to Haste. Reforge from Hit over cap first, then Critical Strike.
Gems: Use Brilliant gems in Red sockets, Reckless gems in Yellow sockets and Veiled gems in Blue sockets.
Meta Gem: Burning meta gem.

Note on Expertise: Expertise counts toward the Hit Cap – so if you can’t reforge to Hit, you can still reforge to Expertise.

Demo lock Glyphs

Destro locks will mostly choose situationally amongst MoP glyphs, but here are some good general choices:

Major: Glyph of Demon Training, Glyph of Imp Swarm, Glyph of Siphon Life
Minor: Glyph of Falling Meteor, Glyph of Carrion Swarm, Glyph of Hand of Gul’dan – these DO actually have an effect.

Demonology Warlock enchants and item enhancements

You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.

  • Shoulders – Greater Crane Wing Inscription
  • Back – Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect
  • Chest – Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
  • Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect
  • Hands – Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste
  • Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
  • Legs – Greater Cerulean Spellthread
  • Feet – Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
  • Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit
  • Off-Hand Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect


If you want more detail, particularly on Demonic Fury management, there are a few good guides out there right now.

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