Warlock Leveling Guide (MoP 5.4)

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Preliminary Mentions

In this guide, we will offer you some quick and practical information for leveling up your Warlock from level 85 to level 90. We cover rotation, talents and glyphs. We do not, however, cover statistics, gear, or any information about the zones you should be questing in.

This guide requires a basic understanding of how the Warlock class works at level 85. This guide is not meant to reflect how you should play your character at level 90, or in a raid environment or dungeon.

While leveling up, you can complete 4 dungeons:

These dungeons have quests which reward you with vast amounts of experience.

1. Affliction Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty. For the 2 remaining minor glyph slots, choose whichever glyph you prefer.

1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Thanks to your Voidlord, which you should always be using, you can easily pull several mobs at a time and are encouraged to do so.

Use the following priority list.

  1. Use Soulburn Icon Soulburn+Soul Swap Icon Soul Swap to apply Agony Icon Agony, Corruption Icon Corruption, and Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction on all your targets, if you have Soul Shards. Otherwise, apply them manually.
  2. Cast Haunt Icon Haunt one your primary target when you have a Soul Shard and Haunt's debuff is not applied on that target.
  3. Cast Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul as a filler on your primary target.

Remember to keep Dark Intent Icon Dark Intent up at all times.

1.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery and call forth your Terrorguard with Summon Terrorguard Icon Summon Terrorguard. You can also use these spells as survival cooldowns that you will cast when you need to kill mobs before they kill you.

1.4. Surviving

Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech will cover most of your health regeneration needs, but if you pulled too many mobs, it might not be enough. In such cases, you can:

  • call forth your Abyssal with Summon Abyssal Icon Summon Abyssal;
  • use Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury to send the enemies running around, allowing you to single one out and DPS it;
  • use Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush, if you want to flee and you are being slowed down.

As a Warlock, you have little room for errors when you pull mobs, as you have virtually no ability that enables to easily run away.

2. Demonology Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

2.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty. For the 2 remaining minor glyph slots, choose whichever glyph you prefer.

2.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Thanks to your Voidlord, which you should always be using, you can easily pull several mobs at a time and are encouraged to do so.

To build up Demonic Fury, use the following rotation.

  1. Apply and keep Corruption Icon Corruption up on all targets.
  2. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan when you have a charge and its DoT is not applied on the target.
  3. Cast Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire when Molten Core Icon Molten Core occurs.
  4. Cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt as a filler.

To spend Demonic Fury, activate Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis and use the following rotation.

  1. Apply and keep Doom Icon Doom up on all targets.
  2. Spam Touch of Chaos Icon Touch of Chaos (it will keep Corruption Icon Corruption up). Rotate it between all the enemies if you are fighting several mobs at a time.

Remember to keep Dark Intent Icon Dark Intent up at all times.

2.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Dark Soul: Knowledge Icon Dark Soul: Knowledge and call forth your Terrorguard with Summon Terrorguard Icon Summon Terrorguard. You can also use these spells as survival cooldowns that you will cast when you need to kill mobs before they kill you.

2.4. Surviving

Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech will cover most of your health regeneration needs, but if you pulled too many mobs, it might not be enough. In such cases, you can:

  • call forth your Abyssal with Summon Abyssal Icon Summon Abyssal;
  • use Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury to send the enemies running around, allowing you to single one out and DPS it;
  • use Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush, if you want to flee and you are being slowed down.

3. Destruction Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

3.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty. For the 2 remaining minor glyph slots, choose whichever glyph you prefer.

3.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. Thanks to your Voidlord, which you should always be using, you can easily pull several mobs at a time and are encouraged to do so.

Use the following priority list.

  • Apply Immolate Icon Immolate on all targets and keep it up.
    • Use Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone to help you apply Immolate all multiple targets. It costs 1 Burning Ember.
  • Activate Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire (only against 3 enemies at least).
  • Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate as often as possible.
  • Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt when you have a Burning Ember.
    • Never cast Chaos Bolt when you have 3 charges of Backdraft Icon Backdraft.
  • Cast Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn instead of Chaos Bolt when the target is below 20%.
  • Cast Incinerate Icon Incinerate to build up Burning Embers.
    • Against multiple targets, use Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone, when you do not have to apply/refresh Immolate, to damage all enemies with Incinerate.

Remember to keep Dark Intent Icon Dark Intent up at all times.

3.3. DPS Cooldowns

When you want to kill mobs faster, activate Dark Soul: Instability Icon Dark Soul: Instability and call forth your Terrorguard with Summon Terrorguard Icon Summon Terrorguard. You can also use these spells as survival cooldowns that you will cast when you need to kill mobs before they kill you.

3.4. Surviving

Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech will cover most of your health regeneration needs, but if you pulled too many mobs, it might not be enough. In such cases, you can:

  • call forth your Abyssal with Summon Abyssal Icon Summon Abyssal;
  • use Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury to send the enemies running around, allowing you to single one out and DPS it;
  • use Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush, if you want to flee and you are being slowed down.

As a Warlock, you have little room for errors when you pull mobs, as you have virtually no ability that enables to easily run away.