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

Burn! BURN, you oversized, underwhelming Thrall stand-in! Yes, us Destruction warlocks should enjoy WoW Patch [patchnumber] – at least, those of us who are sick and tired of Garrosh (which, let’s face it, is pretty much all of us) will. With this quick-start guide, you’ll be able to get your talents and glyphs chosen, your reforging and gemming done for the right stats, and your DPS rotation sorted out in time to start burning Garrosh’s minions in no time. !

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Destruction Warlock changes in Patch [patchnumber]

Significant talent and rotation changes.

Destruction “Rotation” and Priorities

Destruction’s new ability rotation looks complicated, but actually is pretty simple. You’ve got two new resources – Backdraft and Burning Embers. So it’s basically “build up one, build up the other”.

Single-target DPS

Start out by casting Immolate on your target.

  • Top Priority: If Immolate is about to drop, re-cast it. If you have two “charges” of Conflagrate remaining, cast Conflagrate.
  • Second Priority: If you have more than 3 Burning Embers or you’re under a damage buff, cast Chaos Bolt, or Shadowburn if the target is below 20%.
  • Third Priority: Cast Conflagrate if you can. If not, cast Incinerate.

You can use Fel Flame instead of Incinerate, if you’re moving.

Note that you can get more complex with how you’re managing your resources here – see the guides in “Links” for more advanced strategies. This is a simple, easy-to-understand rotation.

AOE DPS

Against up to 3 enemies, use your regular rotation, but keep Rain Of Fire up as a high priority.

Against 4 or more enemies, open by casting Rain of Fire, then Fire and Brimstone, then Immolate on one of your targets. Then cast Conflagrate, then Incinerate if you still have Burning Embers. As soon as a target drops below 20% health, use Havok then Shadowburn on it.

Cooldowns

  • Build up as many Burning Embers as possible before using Dark Soul: Instability. Try to use Dark Soul: Instability as often as possible.
  • Use Summon Doomguard for single-target DPS and Summon Infernal for multi-target DPS. Use whichever one is more appropriate whenever available.
  • Ember Tap restores health, but at the cost of DPS, as it uses a Burning Ember. However, dead warlocks can’t DPS – so don’t be afraid to use it in an emergency.
  • Use Soulshatter to drop aggro from monsters attacking you.
  • Unending Resolve reduces damage you take.
  • Soulstone now functions as a combat resurrection – remember to use it if no-one else can combat res.

Buffs

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

Destruction Warlock Talent Choices

MoP talents are designed to be changed on a per-encounter basis – however, to start off with, here’s a solid general talent setup:

  • 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 Supremacy – Grimoire of Sacrifice is slightly better multi-target, but also more complex.
  • Tier 6: Archimonde’s Vengeance – gives you more flexibility with Dark Soul.

Stats, reforging and gemming for Destruction Warlock

Intellect is most important for Destruction warlocks. After that, it’s Hit to hit cap (15% / 1537 ) followed by Mastery.

Reforging: Reforge to hit cap first (15% / 1537), then reforge to Mastery. Reforge from Hit over cap first, then Haste.

Gems: Use Artful gems in Red sockets, Fractured gems in Yellow sockets and Sensei’s gems in Blue sockets.

Meta Gem: Burning meta gem, whichever you can afford.

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

Destro lock Glyphs

A number of glyphs have situationally specific uses, but here’s a good no-downsides selection:

Major: Glyph of Conflagrate, Glyph of Ember Tap, Glyph of Siphon Life

Minor: Your choice. No real effects in DPS terms.

Destruction 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 – Superior Mastery or Superior Expertise
  • 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

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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 Destruction Warlock Quick Start Guide – Stats, Rotation, Spec, Reforging, Enchants And Glyphs

Deathwing’s planning to rain down fire on the world? Oh noes. If there’s one thing Destruction Warlocks are enthusiastic about, it’s rains of fire. But patch 4.3’s sweeping changes have you confused as to how exactly to burn things to a crisp?? Well, we’ll get you sorted out with the correct talent spec, gems and reforging, enchants, stat priorities and rotation for 4.3 so that you can get back to doing what you do best: setting things on fire and cackling while you do it.

Updated June 19th for Patch 4.3

Destruction Warlock changes in Patch 4.3

This patch sees some pretty major changes and buffs to Destruction. Fire and Brimstone sees a straight damage buff for Chaos Bolt and Incinerate of 11%. Soul Fire now scales better with spellpower, Improved Soul Fire lasts longer (which actually means less Soul Fire casts!), and the talent Burning Embers does more damage of the Imp’s Firebolt and – yes – Soul Fire.

The good news is that whilst the effects of those changes are internally very complex, they don’t change our play or gearing style. The only thing that will change our play style is getting 4 pieces of Tier 13, at which point Soulburn comes in just under maintaining Improved Soul Fire on the priority tree.

Destruction warlock Priorities / Rotation

Destro locks don’t use a fixed rotation – most fixed rotations went out with Wrath, and good riddance. Instead, they use a FCFS (First Come First Served) priority system:

Soul Fire IF Improved Soul Fire isn’t up > Demon Soul > Immolate > Conflagrate > Bane of Doom > Corruption > Shadowflame > Soul Fire (if hasted from Soul Burn or your imp) > Chaos Bolt > Shadowburn (if the boss is below 20%) > Incinerate

  • This is a priority list. If any of the spells or buffs from an earlier step fall off or refresh their cooldown, use that instead of a later step.
  • If you reach the end of the list cast Incinerate, which is a spell you cast when there’s nothing else to do. It’s slightly better for your DPS than making a cup of tea.
  • If no-one else is using a debuff similar to Curse of the Elements (Balance Druids, Unholy DKs, other Destro locks and some hunter pets will all conflict), put up Curse of the Elements at the start of the fight.
  • Remember to use Dark Intent! If you’re on progression, put it on a healer, prioritising the ones that use HoTs – Resto Druid, Holy Priest, Resto Shaman. Otherwise, stick it on a fellow DOT-using DPS – Shadow Priests are probably best, and Balance Druids and Fire Mages are also good.
  • Bane of Havok is complicated – see the Elitist Jerks guide linked below, see the discussion in comments, or simply avoid using it, as it can often cause problems.

AOE: Use Rain of Fire and Shadowflame liberally, and use your Infernal if it’s available.

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Destruction talent spec

Stats, reforging and gems as a Destruction warlock

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

  • Reforge Mastery, Crit and any Spirit to Hit until Hit Cap, then reforge excess Hit, Mastery, and Crit to Haste.
  • Gem Intellect, unless the socket bonus is more than 20 Int or 30 of another stat, when you should use an Int/Haste or Int/Hit gem.
  • IF you have an average iLevel above 402 then only reforge Haste to 2681 rating – after that, reforge to Mastery.

Destruction Warlock enchants

Remember to check if your profession enchants are better! (Check the stat weights above – it’s likely to be pretty 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 – Haste
Belt Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
Legs Powerful Enchanted Spellthread
Feet Enchant Boots – Lavawalker
Weapon Enchant Weapon – Power Torrent
Off-Hand Weapon Enchant Weapon – Superior Intellect

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of ConflagrateGlyph of Imp

Major: Glyph of Life Tap and personal choice. If you’re likely to need to combat res, Glyph of Soulstone. If you are likely to need to CC, Glyph of Fear.

Minor: your choice.

  • [Elitist Jerks destro lock guide – REALLY good and updated to 4.3.

](http://elitistjerks.com/f80/t111390-destruction_cataclysm_4_3_release/) * Cynwise’s warlockery section has some great guides to aspects of Warlock play. * MMO Champion’s Dark Intent Guide – definitely read this if you want to get more advanced. * WoW insider’s Warlock column – useful for extra warlock information

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Destruction Warlock Stats, Rotation And Glyphs In Patch 4.0+

This guide is now out of date – but don’t worry! Read our guide to destro lock talent specs, reforging and gemming, and priorities in Patch 4.2 to get the latest info!

Deathwing bringing Cataclysm to the world? Pah! You are a destruction warlock, and rains of fire are your speciality. But patch 4.0.1 has confused your destruction warlock noggin, you say? Well, we’ll get you sorted out so that you can get back to doing what you do best: setting things on fire and cackling while you do it.

Destruction warlock rotation:

Soul Fire > Immolate > Conflagrate > Bane of Doom > Shadowflame > Corruption > Chaos Bolt >  Soul Fire (if hasted from Soul Burn or your imp) > Incinerate

  • This is a priority list. If any of the spells or buffs from an earlier step fall off or refresh their cooldown, use that instead of a later step.
  • If you reach the end of the list cast incinerate, which is a spell you cast when there’s nothing else to do.

Destruction talent spec:

Standard talent build for level 80 Destruction warlock

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

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Stats order: Hit (until hit capped at 44817%) > Intellect > Haste (up to 1200 haste) > Mastery > Critical Strike Rating

  • Reforge spirit, crit, extra hit and some(!) haste into Mastery.
  • Gem hit until capped, then haste. Intellect is also good.

Glyphs:

Primes: Glyph of ImmolateGlyph of ConflagrateGlyph of Imp

Major: Glyph of Life TapGlyph of Soul Link

Minor: your choice.

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