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Demonology Warlock DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 12, 2016 at 21:06 by Furty 149 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Demonology Warlocks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approvied by Imakki, one of the best Demonology Warlocks. He raids in Exploding Labrats and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Shadowy Inspiration Shadowy Inspiration Shadowflame Shadowflame Demonic Calling Demonic Calling
30 Impending Doom Impending Doom Improved Dreadstalkers Improved Dreadstalkers Implosion Implosion
45 Demonic Circle Demonic Circle Mortal Coil Mortal Coil Shadowfury ? Shadowfury
60 Hand of Doom Hand of Doom Power Trip Power Trip Soul Harvest Soul Harvest
75 Demon Skin ? Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact ? Dark Pact
90 Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Service ? Grimoire of Service Grimoire of Synergy Grimoire of Synergy
100 Summon Darkglare Summon Darkglare Demonbolt Demonbolt Soul Conduit Soul Conduit

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 Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

Optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, as many talents offer unique strengths in the right situation. I have decided to list a "cheat sheet" of sorts below, however, to help with a quick set up that should be just fine for most encounters. If you want to fully optimize your ability to play this specialization, I recommend reading the entire talents section here to gain additional insight on when swapping your talents would be beneficial.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AoE

2.2. For General Use

These talents provide good quality of life and do not require much set up or ramp up, making them solid choices for leveling, dailies, and assorted world content.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Shadowy Inspiration Shadowy Inspiration Shadowflame Shadowflame Demonic Calling Demonic Calling

The Tier 1 talents focus on improving Soul Shard generation.

Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling is the best option for raids and scales best with Haste.

Shadowy Inspiration Icon Shadowy Inspiration is very close in DPS value, and pulls ahead on fights where you can use the instant cast globals to reposition, saving you movement.

Shadowflame Icon Shadowflame is a high maintenance mechanic that requires significant player input and tends to be outpaced by the other options even when managed perfectly.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Impending Doom Impending Doom Improved Dreadstalkers Improved Dreadstalkers Implosion Implosion

The Tier 2 talents create new ways to use or summon Wild Imps.

Improved Dreadstalkers Icon Improved Dreadstalkers results in the most overall Wild Imp generation in most situations and does not have any additional cost, making it a standard choice for most situations. Since the Wild Imps spawn at the same time as you use Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers, everything gets Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment at once, which is an additional benefit of this talent over Impending Doom Icon Impending Doom. It also allows for larger damage values from Thal'kiel's Consumption Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption as you are summoning 2 additional demons.

Implosion Icon Implosion is best whenever there are 3+ targets of equal or high priority. On some bosses you might consider sticking to Improved Dreadstalkers Icon Improved Dreadstalkers for progression as this talent is a single target loss but an overall damage gain in such scenarios. It is also exceptionally strong in dungeons and by far the best option for clearing Mythic+.

Impending Doom Icon Impending Doom is not used, currently.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Demonic Circle Demonic Circle Mortal Coil Mortal Coil Shadowfury ? Shadowfury

The Tier 3 talents focus on additional crowd control and some defensive utility.

  • Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle summons a circle that you can teleport to, which clears all movement slowing effects.
  • Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil horrifies a target for 3 seconds and heals you for a percentage of max health.
  • Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury stuns all enemies within 8 yards for 4 seconds.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle is the default choice on this tier as crowd control is typically not beneficial in raids. The additional mobility from this talent can be invaluable, however, making it the best choice when approaching raid encounters.

Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury can be quite useful in Mythic dungeons, but does not see much use in raids. Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil is fairly useless as it has a shorter duration than Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury and only affects a single target. It is worth noting that the heal from Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil only happens if the target is successfully horrified, so it cannot be used on a raid boss for a little bit of extra healing.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Hand of Doom Hand of Doom Power Trip Power Trip Soul Harvest Soul Harvest

The Tier 4 talents offer strong damage increases.

Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom is great for all situations, as it will save you a lot of global cooldowns you would have spent applying Doom Icon Dooms.

Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest is strong in raids for allowing larger damage values from Thal'kiel's Consumption Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption and improves your burst windows. Especially good on fights where you need to push specific timings or kill high importance targets.

Power Trip Icon Power Trip is a fine choice on high movement single target if you can fill your movement with Doom Icon Doom refreshes, as it eliminates the advantage provided by Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Demon Skin ? Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact ? Dark Pact

Tier 5 talents improve personal survivability and mobility.

  • Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin augments Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech so that it passively recharges at a rate of 1% of maximum health per second, and can now absorb of to 20% of your maximum health.
  • Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush increases your movement speed by 50% until cancelled, at the cost of 5% of your maximum health per second. You also cannot be slowed below 100% of your normal movement speed while it is active.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact sacrifices 20% of your demon's current health (or your health, if no demon is present) to shield you for 400% of that value for 20 seconds.

Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush is typically the default choice here, as Warlocks have no baseline movement speed abilities. Even though Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact can provide powerful defensive utility, the mobility provided by Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush often results in more lifesaving potential in raids, allowing you to quickly avoid lethal mechanics. Moving faster also saves you DPS, as you spend less time moving.

Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin is the best choice on low or no mobility fights, as it provides the most damage reduction. Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact can be useful if you are required to soak a specific mechanic, but otherwise is inferior to the other available options.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Service ? Grimoire of Service Grimoire of Synergy Grimoire of Synergy

The Tier 6 grimoires augment your pets in various ways.

  • Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy allows you to permanently use Doomguards and Infernals as pets.
  • Grimoire of Service Icon Grimoire of Service allows you to summon a second demon of your choice for 25 seconds which deals 100% increased damage.
  • Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy causes damage done by you and your demon to have a chance to grant the other 40% increased damage for 15 seconds.

Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy is the best Grimoire for most situations. It will provide the best overall single target damage and is far and away the strongest talent for cleave and AoE. Grimoire of Service Icon Grimoire of Service is a good alternative for bosses that require a tight single target damage check, as it provides good burst and synergizes with Thal'kiel's Consumption Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption.

Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy is not far behind either choice in any situation and can be used if you prefer a totally passive option.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Summon Darkglare Summon Darkglare Demonbolt Demonbolt Soul Conduit Soul Conduit

The Tier 7 talents offer large boosts to your damage.

  • Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare summons a new pet that deals damage to all targets afflicted by your Doom Icon Dooms.
  • Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt replaces Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt, deals chaos damage, and does 20% increased damage per active demon.
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit causes every Soul Shard you spend to have a 20% chance to be instantly refunded.

Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt is the strongest option for most encounters, as it offers strong single target damage.

Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare is a good choice for heavy cleave/AoE and questing. It should be paired with Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom for best results.

Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit is a bit of a hybrid between the two talents in terms of niche, but is not worth using in a practical environment.

10. ChangeLog

  • 12 Nov. 2016: Updated Grimoire selection and removed Shadowflame as a potential candidate due to incorrect Simcraft data.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Added some additional clarification on progression talent options.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016: Updated talents for improved clarity.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Added cheese build with T18 4-piece and Fragment of the Dark Star.
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