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Destruction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot (WoD 6.2.4)

Last updated on May 03, 2016 at 01:38 by Furty 68 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gearing up guide for Destruction Warlocks. It is updated for World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.4. It first presents the best in slot items before listing, slot by slot, all the items, with a level higher than 640, that you can acquire in the game. We also explain how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, the number #1 World of Warcraft guild. He plays most DPS classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Best-in-Slot List

Slot Item Source
Helm Demon Prince's Ascendant Crown Icon Demon Prince's Ascendant Crown Archimonde
Neck Vial of Immiscible Liquid Icon Vial of Immiscible Liquid Xhul'horac
Shoulders Deathrattle Shoulderpads Icon Deathrattle Shoulderpads Xhul'horac
Cloak Shawl of Sanguinary Ritual Icon Shawl of Sanguinary Ritual Kilrogg Deadeye
Wrists Contemptuous Wristguards Icon Contemptuous Wristguards Tyrant Velhari
Gloves Deathrattle Gloves Icon Deathrattle Gloves Socrethar the Eternal
Belt Demonbuckle Sash of Argus Icon Demonbuckle Sash of Argus Archimonde
Legs Deathrattle Leggings Icon Deathrattle Leggings Gorefiend
Boots Bloody Dagger-Heeled Pumps Icon Bloody Dagger-Heeled Pumps Fel Lord Zakuun
Ring #1 Nithramus, the All-Seer Icon Nithramus, the All-Seer Legendary Questline
Ring #2 Loathful Encrusted Band Icon Loathful Encrusted Band Tyrant Velhari
Weapon Edict of Argus Icon Edict of Argus Archimonde
Trinket #1 Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Hellfire High Council
Trinket #2 See Advanced Trinket Discussion

The Tier 18 set bonus is extremely potent, particularly after you have acquired the final version of the Legendary Ring. You should prioritize acquisition of the 4-set bonus above other upgrades, including non-set pieces of a higher item level. The 4-set bonus also works on AoE spells, like Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone, refunding a free Ember (e.g. Fire and Brimstone + Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt only costs a single ember instead of two).

Though the above is the absolute Best-in-Slot for Destruction Warlocks, the continued presence of Warforged and Socketed items means that you might find yourself using different items or off-pieces. Other desirable off-pieces include the Amice of Phantasmal Power Icon Amice of Phantasmal Power from Shadow-Lord Iskar and the Ancient Gorestained Wrap Icon Ancient Gorestained Wrap from Kilrogg Deadeye.

1.1. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 150 Mastery, 320 Multistrike, and 308 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

150×0.97 + 320×0.65 + 308×1 = 661.5

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 220 Haste, 270 Versatility, and 308 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

220×0.55 + 270×0.60 + 308×1 = 591

We can clearly see that 661.5 > 591, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

2. Advanced Trinket Discussion

Unlike some classes in World of Warcraft, Destruction warlocks have a lot of flexibility with their trinket choice. The speed at which you kill bosses, your strategy, and how much you value priority damage are variables that weight the value of the trinket selection. There are a variety of unique trinkets available this tier, and each of them provide different strengths and weaknesses. Being able to appraise and evaluate your trinket setup correctly is key to your success as a Warlock. In total, there are seven trinkets commonly used by Destruction Warlocks this tier:

  1. Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia
  2. Goren Soul Repository Icon Goren Soul Repository
  3. Orb of Voidsight Icon Orb of Voidsight
  4. Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe
  5. Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star
  6. Prophecy of Fear Icon Prophecy of Fear
  7. Sandman's Pouch Icon Sandman's Pouch

Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia is a mandatory trinket for all bosses this tier. It has perfect synergy with Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability, extremely high uptime, and is equally good on all fight types and lengths. This trinket should be used on every encounter.

Goren Soul Repository Icon Goren Soul Repository is a trinket from Blackrock Foundry. It provides a potent critical strike buff lasting 10 seconds, which increases Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage by ~28% (when using the Mythic version) and significantly boosts Ember generation. This is a good trinket to use on bosses where Orb of Voidsight is not viable. This trinket excels at boosting your priority damage, and its value increases with the number of targets (meaning it outscales other trinkets on AoE). This trinket gives you the most control over your damage and rewards good Ember management. If you do not have a Mythic version of this trinket, use Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe as a substitute. Recommended Encounters: Hellfire Assault, Kormrok, Kilrogg Deadeye (if you do not go down in visions), Gorefiend (for maximizing add damage), Shadow Lord Iskar, Socrethar the Eternal, Xhul'horac.

Orb of Voidsight Icon Orb of Voidsight is a BoA heirloom trinket obtained from Mythic Dungeons. When it procs, it provides a small bonus to Mastery, Critical Strike, and Haste, and increases your damage against Demons by 10% for 15 seconds. This equates to a ~35% increase to Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage and a small boost to Ember generation. This trinket also has a higher uptime than Goren Soul Repository, making it essentially a stronger version of GSR for Demon Fights. It is important to note that though some bosses are demons, this trinket may not be optimal due to adds not being Demons. A great example of this is Gorefiend — the skeletons and essences are considered undead, while the boss is classified as a Demon. Recommended encounters: Tyrant Velhari (for maximum P1 & P2 damage), Mannoroth, Archimonde.

Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe is a good trinket, dropping from Shadow Lord Iskar. This trinket is a good alternative to Goren Soul Repository, providing consistent damage from the Darklight Ray Icon Darklight Ray proc as well as a strong passive intellect bonus. If you struggle to track or capitalize on trinket procs, this might be a good alternative for you as it does all its damage completely passively. Contrary to popular belief, this trinket actually loses value on AoE as the Darklight Ray only hits enemies in direct line between you and your target. Essentially, if all the targets are not in a line while you attack the furthest enemy, you will never get full effectiveness of the ray in AoE situations. Recommended Encounters: Hellfire Assault, Kormrok, Kilrogg Deadeye (if you do not go down in visions), Gorefiend (for maximizing add damage), Shadow Lord Iskar, Socrethar the Eternal, Xhul'horac.

Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star is the Warlock Class Trinket, obtained from Archimonde. This trinket is primarily used on encounters where you can easily maintain the stacking debuff it provides on your target. Incinerate Icon Incinerate only applies the debuff on spell impact, rather than at the end of your spell cast, meaning the maintenance of stacks can actually be quite difficult and frustrating on many encounters. This trinket really shines on low movement encounters, single target fights, and bosses that have a bonus damage mechanic. This trinket is arguably the worst in the game at priority damage, so it is not advisable to use on bosses you are progressing on (aside from single target encounters). Recommended Encounters: Iron Reaver, Hellfire High Council, Kilrogg Deadeye (if you are going down in visions), Gorefiend (for maximizing boss/overall damage), Shadow Lord Iskar (if the adds live for longer than 20s), Tyrant Velhari (for maximum overall damage), Fel Lord Zakuun, Xhul'horac (for maximum overall damage).

Prophecy of Fear Icon Prophecy of Fear functions as a weaker version of Unblinking Gaze. The Doom Nova Icon Doom Nova proc is of little value, providing little more than 1% of overall damage, even on AoE. The saving grace is that this trinket provides the highest passive intellect bonus in the game, so the Mythic version is acceptable for sustained damage. However, even the Mythic version of this trinket is inferior to GSR and UGoS on all encounters. Use this only if you do not have access to other trinkets.

Sandman's Pouch Icon Sandman's Pouch is a BoE trinket purchasable from other players. When fully upgraded, this trinket provides a strong critical strike bonus with an internal cooldown of 115 seconds, a ~32% increase to Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage and a significant boost to ember generation. This trinket looks very strong on paper, but has many flaws in practice. The main strength of this trinket is that it will, in theory, provide a strong proc to line up with your Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability and Legendary Ring once every two minutes. However, internal cooldown trinkets are not guaranteed to proc on the opener, and the Legendary Ring is not always used exactly on cooldown. Essentially, if this trinket proc ever becomes desynchronized with your Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability and Legendary Ring, it has lost a large portion of its value. Sandman's is also generally weak on AoE, since these fight types generally favor trinkets that proc more frequently for shorter durations. Finally, Sandman's lengthy internal cooldown means that if you ever "waste" a trinket proc due to movement or mechanics, it will have a much higher impact on your overall damage than a trinket that procs more frequently. Use this only if you do not have access to other trinkets.

2.1. Trinket Simulations

Below, you will find a chart with all of the trinkets of interest to your class. This comparison was made with Simulation Craft, using the Tier 18 Mythic profiles with 100,000 iterations. Trinket values may change with gear (item level, stats, etc.), so the list below is mainly here to give you a rough idea. As Tier 18 Action Lists for Simulation Craft improve, we will keep these rankings updated.

  1. Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star (Mythic)111029 DPS
  2. Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star (Heroic)108036 DPS(-2.7%)
  3. Fragment of the Dark Star Icon Fragment of the Dark Star 105460 DPS(-5.02%)
  4. Orb of Voidsight Icon Orb of Voidsight (against Demons)103905 DPS(-6.42%)
  5. Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia (Mythic)102527 DPS(-7.66%)
  6. Sandman's Pouch Icon Sandman's Pouch (Level 6)102267 DPS(-7.89%)
  7. Sandman's Pouch Icon Sandman's Pouch (Level 6)101046 DPS(-8.99%)
  8. Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia (Heroic)100675 DPS(-9.33%)
  9. Goren Soul Repository Icon Goren Soul Repository (Mythic)99684 DPS(-10.22%)
  10. Iron Reaver Piston Icon Iron Reaver Piston (Mythic)99634 DPS(-10.26%)
  11. Stone of the Elements Icon Stone of the Elements 99630 DPS(-10.27%)
  12. Orb of Voidsight Icon Orb of Voidsight 99529 DPS(-10.36%)
  13. Sandman's Pouch Icon Sandman's Pouch (Level 5)99481 DPS(-10.4%)
  14. Chipped Soul Prism Icon Chipped Soul Prism 99259 DPS(-10.6%)
  15. Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia Icon Desecrated Shadowmoon Insignia 99084 DPS(-10.76%)
  16. Prophecy of Fear Icon Prophecy of Fear (Mythic)98883 DPS(-10.94%)
  17. Coagulated Genesaur Blood Icon Coagulated Genesaur Blood (ILevel 735)98774 DPS(-11.04%)
  18. Stone of the Elements Icon Stone of the Elements 98658 DPS(-11.14%)
  19. Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe (Mythic)98281 DPS(-11.48%)
  20. Fleshrender's Meathook Icon Fleshrender's Meathook (ILevel 735)98215 DPS(-11.54%)
  21. Goren Soul Repository Icon Goren Soul Repository (Heroic)98209 DPS(-11.55%)
  22. Iron Reaver Piston Icon Iron Reaver Piston (Heroic)98164 DPS(-11.59%)
  23. Blackiron Micro Crucible Icon Blackiron Micro Crucible (Mythic)97702 DPS(-12.0%)
  24. Prophecy of Fear Icon Prophecy of Fear (Heroic)97566 DPS(-12.13%)
  25. Coagulated Genesaur Blood Icon Coagulated Genesaur Blood (ILevel 720)97397 DPS(-12.28%)
  26. Crushto's Runic Alarm Icon Crushto's Runic Alarm (ILevel 735)97390 DPS(-12.28%)
  27. Stone of the Wilds Icon Stone of the Wilds 97335 DPS(-12.33%)
  28. Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository (ILevel 735)97107 DPS(-12.54%)
  29. Iron Reaver Piston Icon Iron Reaver Piston 97053 DPS(-12.59%)
  30. Fleshrender's Meathook Icon Fleshrender's Meathook (ILevel 720)97031 DPS(-12.61%)
  31. Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe (Heroic)97027 DPS(-12.61%)
  32. Darmac's Unstable Talisman Icon Darmac's Unstable Talisman (Mythic)97013 DPS(-12.62%)
  33. Goren Soul Repository Icon Goren Soul Repository 96933 DPS(-12.7%)
  34. Ragewing's Firefang Icon Ragewing's Firefang (ILevel 735)96839 DPS(-12.78%)
  35. Blackiron Micro Crucible Icon Blackiron Micro Crucible (Heroic)96512 DPS(-13.07%)
  36. Prophecy of Fear Icon Prophecy of Fear 96416 DPS(-13.16%)
  37. Crushto's Runic Alarm Icon Crushto's Runic Alarm (ILevel 720)96229 DPS(-13.33%)
  38. Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository (ILevel 720)95970 DPS(-13.56%)
  39. Unblinking Gaze of Sethe Icon Unblinking Gaze of Sethe 95943 DPS(-13.59%)
  40. Darmac's Unstable Talisman Icon Darmac's Unstable Talisman (Heroic)95905 DPS(-13.62%)
  41. Coagulated Genesaur Blood Icon Coagulated Genesaur Blood (ILevel 705)95903 DPS(-13.62%)
  42. Copeland's Clarity Icon Copeland's Clarity 95880 DPS(-13.64%)
  43. Shards of Nothing Icon Shards of Nothing (Mythic)95803 DPS(-13.71%)
  44. Ragewing's Firefang Icon Ragewing's Firefang (ILevel 720)95721 DPS(-13.79%)
  45. Fleshrender's Meathook Icon Fleshrender's Meathook (ILevel 705)95529 DPS(-13.96%)
  46. Blackiron Micro Crucible Icon Blackiron Micro Crucible 95498 DPS(-13.99%)
  47. Darmac's Unstable Talisman Icon Darmac's Unstable Talisman 95009 DPS(-14.43%)
  48. Shards of Nothing Icon Shards of Nothing (Heroic)94977 DPS(-14.46%)
  49. Crushto's Runic Alarm Icon Crushto's Runic Alarm (ILevel 705)94936 DPS(-14.49%)
  50. Coagulated Genesaur Blood Icon Coagulated Genesaur Blood 94927 DPS(-14.5%)
  51. Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository (ILevel 705)94735 DPS(-14.68%)
  52. Fleshrender's Meathook Icon Fleshrender's Meathook 94514 DPS(-14.87%)
  53. Ragewing's Firefang Icon Ragewing's Firefang (ILevel 705)94437 DPS(-14.94%)
  54. Quiescent Runestone Icon Quiescent Runestone (Mythic)94283 DPS(-15.08%)
  55. Shards of Nothing Icon Shards of Nothing 94195 DPS(-15.16%)
  56. Ensnared Orb of the Sky Icon Ensnared Orb of the Sky 94097 DPS(-15.25%)
  57. Crushto's Runic Alarm Icon Crushto's Runic Alarm 94075 DPS(-15.27%)
  58. Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository 93953 DPS(-15.38%)
  59. Crackling Fel-Spark Plug Icon Crackling Fel-Spark Plug 93934 DPS(-15.4%)
  60. Portent of Disaster Icon Portent of Disaster 93641 DPS(-15.66%)
  61. Ragewing's Firefang Icon Ragewing's Firefang 93623 DPS(-15.68%)
  62. Quiescent Runestone Icon Quiescent Runestone (Heroic)93488 DPS(-15.8%)
  63. Quiescent Runestone Icon Quiescent Runestone 92840 DPS(-16.38%)
  64. Furyheart Talisman Icon Furyheart Talisman 92804 DPS(-16.41%)
  65. Emblem of Gushing Wounds Icon Emblem of Gushing Wounds 91675 DPS(-17.43%)
Last generated on 26 May 2016 with SimulationCraft 623-03.

3. Gearing Up

Gearing up these days is relatively simple, and there are variety of ways to do it. Listed below are a few quick and easy ways to get yourself "raid ready".
  1. Mythic Dungeons
  2. Ashran
  3. Battleground Event Weeks
  4. Tanaan Jungle and account-wide Baleful Gear
  5. Bind-on-Equip items from the Auction House
  6. LFR
  7. Item Caches from Follower and Shipyard missions and Weekly Events

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Paladins, Priests, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Balance/Restoration Druids, Mages, Mistweaver Monks, Holy Paladins, Priests, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Swords Mages and Mistweaver Monks, Holy Paladins, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Daggers Balance/Restoration Druids, Mages, Priests, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Off-Hand Frills* Balance/Restoration Druids, Mages, Mistweaver Monks, Priests, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Staves Balance/Restoration Druids, Mages, Mistweaver Monks, Priests, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks
Wands Mages, Priests, and Affliction/Demonology Warlocks

* Holy Paladins and Elemental/Restoration Shamans can also equip Shields. Therefore, they should never be given priority on an Off-Hand Frill, over Balance/Restoration Druids, Mages, Mistweaver Monks, Discipline/Holy Priest, and Warlocks.

5. ChangeLog

  • 03 May 2016: Complete overhaul of the page by Furty.
  • 23 Jun. 2015: Included Patch 6.2 trinkets in rankings. Gear listings are still being updated for 6.2.
  • 12 Jun. 2015: Improved presentation of trinket rankings.
  • 09 Feb. 2015: Added BiS advice for Blackrock Foundry.
  • 15 Dec. 2014: Added Mythic Highmaul trinkets in BiS advice.
  • 03 Dec. 2014: Added BiS advice for Highmaul.
  • 24 Nov. 2014: Added Draenor gear to the gear listing.
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