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

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 [patchnumber] 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.

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Demonology Warlock changes in Patch [patchnumber]

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.

AOE DPS

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.

Cooldowns

  • 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.

Buffs

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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Warlock talents in Mists of Pandaria – Affliction, Demonology and Destruction – new WoW 5.0 talent system

Whether you’re an Affliction, Demonology or Destruction warlock, your class just completely changed – again. The new Mists of Pandaria / WoW Patch 5.0 talent system totally changes talents as we know them. Now, we only get one talent every fifteen levels, chosen from a selection of three – but they’re all big talents.

Here’s the complete list of all the Warlock talents, as announced at Blizzcon.

Updated 12th Dec to the latest talent release.

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Tier 1/ Level 15 talents: Dark Regeneration, Soul Leech, Harvest of Life


Dark Regeneration

3 min cooldown
Instant cast

Restores 50% of your maximum health and increases all healing recieved by 25% over 20 sec.


Soul Leech

Your Shadow Bolt, Incinerate and Malefic Grasp heal you for 15% of the damage dealt.


Harvest of Life

40 yd range
2% of base mana

Channeled

Drains the life from the target and all targets within 20 yards, causing 117 Shadow damage and restoring 2% of the caster’s total health per target every 1 sec. Lasts 3 sec.

Tier 2/ Level 30 talents: Howl of Terror, Mortal Coil, Shadowfury


Howl of Terror

40 sec cooldown
Instant cast

Howl, causing 5 enemies within 10 yds to flee in terror for 8 sec. Damage caused may interrupt the effect.

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Mortal Coil

30 yd range

45 sec cooldown
Instant cast

Causes the enemy target to run in horror for 3 sec. The caster restores 25% of their maximum health.


Shadowfury

30 yd range

30 sec cooldown
Instant cast

Shadowfury is unleashed, stunning all enemies within 8 yds for 3 sec.


Spell Drain

15 sec cooldown
Instant cast

The next single target spell or ability focused at you deals no damage and heals you for half the damage it would have dealt.
Lasts 4 sec.


Soul Link

40 yd range

Instant cast

When active, all damage and healing the Warlock takes is shared with her active demon. That damage cannot be prevented.

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Sacrificial Pact

100 yd range

3 min cooldown
Instant cast

Your demon sacrifices half its health to prevent all damage you would take for 10 sec.

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Tier 4/ Level 60 talents: Blood Fear, Burning Rush, Dark Bargain


Blood Fear

Your Fear is instant, but costs 10% of your maximum health.

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Burning Rush

Your life tap causes you to move 25% faster for 8 sec.


Dark Bargain

30 sec cooldown
Instant cast

Absorbs damage equal to 20% of your maximum health. Lasts 30 sec.

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Tier 5/ Level 75 talents: Grimoire of Supremacy, Grimoire of Service, Grimoire of Sacrifice


Grimoire of Supremacy

You command stronger demons, replacing your normal minions. These demons deal 10% additional damage and have more powerful abilities.

Spells Learned:
Summon Fel Imp
Summon Voidlord
Summon Shivan
Summon Beholder
Summon Abyssal
Summon Terrorguard

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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

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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

Glyphs

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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WoW Demonology Warlock Stats, Rotation And Glyphs {Patch 4.1}

This guide is now out of date! Visit our 4.2 guide to demonology glyphs, talent spec, reforging and gemming, and rotation to get the latest info!

There are demons to slay! And other things, if you’re a demonology lock. But wait, patch 4.1 hit recently – what to do, where to start with 4.1 demonology? If you’ve got a metaphorical question mark over your head then look no further than this thread. We’ll get you up and running, and doing your demonology lock thing.

Demonology warlock rotation:

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

Aoe situations: Hand of Guldan > Hellfire > Felguard Felstorm > Inferno > Shadowflame > Immolation Aura

Which warlock demon should I use?:

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

Demology talent spec:

Standard talent build for level 85 Demonology warlock

**Stats, reforging and gems as a Demonology warlock:

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

  • Reforge mastery/crit into Hit until hit capped, after that reforge into mastery, if not possible reforge into haste.
  • Gem hit until capped, then a mixture of haste and intellect (pure intellect if red socket).

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of MetamorphosisGlyph of Incinerate

Major: Glyph of Shadow BoltGlyph of Life Tap

Minor: your choice.

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