Destruction Warlock DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

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

About Our Reviewers

This guide has been reviewed and approved by two prominent Warlock theorycrafters: Gahddo, who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft, and Evrelia, who raids in ScrubBusters and frequently publishes video on Youtube.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond or Sinister Primal Diamond Icon Sinister Primal Diamond (better)
Prismatic Socket Fractured Sun's Radiance Icon Fractured Sun's Radiance/Perfect Fractured Sunstone Icon Perfect Fractured Sunstone or Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye (JC)
Red Socket
Yellow Socket Fractured Sun's Radiance Icon Fractured Sun's Radiance/Perfect Fractured Sunstone Icon Perfect Fractured Sunstone
Blue Socket

Note that because of the exponential scaling of secondary statistics versus primary statistics, Intellect now has such a low value that Keen Vermilion Onyx Icon Keen Vermilion Onyx gems are a DPS gain at any level above 550. The caveat being that you have to be able to reforge out of enough Hit Rating on your gear to use the gems. Ideally you want as little Hit Rating on your gear as possible so you can use as many Keen Vermilion Onyx Icon Keen Vermilion Onyx gems as needed.

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect (Enchanting)
Weapon
Off-hand Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect Icon Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Intellect. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of the Warm Sun Icon Flask of the Warm Sun.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of the Jade Serpent Icon Potion of the Jade Serpent.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Destruction Warlock can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 320 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery Icon Lightweave Embroidery. It also provides Master's Spellthread Icon Master's Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Greater Cerulean Spellthread Icon Greater Cerulean Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 320 Intellect gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Brilliant Primordial Ruby Icon Brilliant Primordial Ruby.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through the ability of using 2 Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Intellect for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Intellect).
Inscription Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Secret Crane Wing Inscription Icon Secret Crane Wing Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Fur Lining - Intellect Icon Fur Lining - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Engineering is currently the best profession for Destruction Warlocks, as it provides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can line up every 2 minutes with Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability, for increased benefits. The rest of the time, you should use Synapse Springs on cooldown. For your second profession, any of the passive Intellect gain will do, although Tailoring will pull ahead slightly.

At Heroic gear level (RPPM trinkets and Legendary meta gem), Herbalism and Engineering become your professions of choice.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 20 Nov. 2013: Added a note regarding gemming for item level > 550.
  • 13 Sep. 2013: Updated gemming advice to match stat priority: Mastery > Crit > Haste.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 19 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: Slightly updated Yellow Socket recommendations.