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Demonology Warlock DPS Spell Summary (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:40 by Furty 117 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Demonology Warlock.

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 approved by Gahddo, a prominent warlock theorycrafter who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft.

1. Spell Summary

If you are new to Demonology, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resources

Soul Shards are the main resource of Demonology Warlocks. Soul Shards are generated by your filler spells, and they can be spent on summoning powerful demons. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards.

Mana is another primary resource of Demonology Warlocks. Most of your spells cost Mana, which can be periodically restored through Life Tap Icon Life Tap. Mana is not very essential to your rotation, so long as you have enough to continue to cast spells.

3. Basic Abilities

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

3.1. Spell Casts

Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt is your Soul Shard generator and filler spell. It has a slow travel time and no cooldown.

Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment increases the damage, health, and haste of your active demons for 12 seconds. You should cast this every time you Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers and cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan.

Doom Icon Doom is a damage over time effect that lasts 20 seconds, and only ticks once (at the end). It generates 1 Soul Shard when it deals damage. You should always keep Doom Icon Doom applied if it will deal damage before the target dies.

Demonwrath Icon Demonwrath is a channelled spell that causes your demons to deal AoE damage to any targets within 10 yards of them. It is castable while moving and has a 15% chance to generate a Soul Shard when dealing damage. You should only cast this while moving, or to quickly generate shards on mass AoE.

Life Tap Icon Life Tap restores 30% of your maximum Mana in exchange for 10% of your maximum health. Cast this to restore Mana.

3.2. Your Personal Demon Horde

Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers is one of your main sources of damage. It costs 2 Soul Shards to cast, and has a 15-second cooldown. You should Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers on cooldown for maximum damage. You should always follow this cast with Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment.

Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan is your main Soul Shard dump. It uses 1-4 Soul Shards, consuming as many as are available. It also summons 1 Wild Imp per Soul Shard consumed. You should only cast this when you have 4+ Soul Shards and Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers is not available. You should always follow this cast with Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment unless Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers is about to come off of cooldown.

Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard is your main DPS cooldown. It costs 1 Soul Shard to summon and lasts 25 seconds. Remember to use Demonic Empowerment Icon Demonic Empowerment to keep it buffed at all times. If you are talented into Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy, your Doomguard will instead become your permanent pet.

Summon Felguard Icon Summon Felguard should always be your permanent pet. It does high damage, cleaves, and can put out strong burst AoE with Felstorm Icon Felstorm.

Command Demon Icon Command Demon orders your permanent demon to use its unique ability. For Felguard, this is Felstorm Icon Felstorm. This should be used on cooldown when the Felguard is active.

4. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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