Affliction Warlock Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on May 22, 2021 at 12:11 by Crix 13 comments

On this page, you will find our Affliction Warlock leveling guide for TBC Classic, with tips on talents, rotation, and everything else you may need to know about the leveling process.

For those of you that wish to level with another specialisation, you can always check out our Demonology Leveling guide instead.

Make sure to use the slider to adapt the guide to your current level.

1.

Level-by-Level Rotation and Talents for Warlocks in TBC Classic

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Level: 70
2.

Leveling Talent Tree & Build

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

2.1.

Affliction Talents from 10-19

Improved Corruption IconImproved Corruption makes your Corruption IconCorruption have no cast time, providing great value. Suppression IconSuppression will help you gain the most important stat, Spell Hit, for a modest talent point investment. It is suggested to put at least 2-3 points into Suppression IconSuppression and no more, as fighting enemies at your level or lower requires very little Spell Hit. Improved Life Tap IconImproved Life Tap is very helpful while leveling, as it provides you with more Mana return from your Life Tap IconLife Tap, resulting in less downtime sitting and drinking to regen your health and Mana.

2.2.

Affliction Talents from 20-29

With the changes to Improved Drain Soul IconImproved Drain Soul, this talent is actually really good for leveling and we dare say is a must have. It provides you with some much needed Mana return, while at the same time Soul Siphon IconSoul Siphon is bringing you really good Health returns on your Drain Life IconDrain Life. Amplify Curse IconAmplify Curse is a strong spell that you should use on cooldown partnered with Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony, making your next Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony extremely strong. Lastly, putting five points into Fel Concentration IconFel Concentration gives you a 70% chance to avoid any pushback on your Drain Life IconDrain Life, allowing you to drain tank successfully.

2.3.

Affliction Talents from 30-39

Putting two points into Improved Curse of Agony IconImproved Curse of Agony increases your Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony damage by 10%. Mix that with Empowered Corruption IconEmpowered Corruption and your DoTs will be hitting very hard. Nightfall IconNightfall is important as it will give you many chances at free Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolts since it procs off of Corruption IconCorruption and Drain Life IconDrain Life, which are constantly on the target. At Level 39, Siphon Life IconSiphon Life becomes available and with it comes even more damage and decent heath return, leading to your targets dying faster and you needing to sit less and less. Destructive Reach IconDestructive Reach extends the range of your Affliction spells by 6 yards. This gives your enemies 6 more yards to reach you.

2.4.

Affliction Talents from 40-49

This is where Affliction starts to really take off. Shadow Mastery IconShadow Mastery and Contagion IconContagion both provide you with a massive damage boost to your most important DoTs, meanwhile Dark Pact IconDark Pact gives you an insane boost to your Mana regen, allowing you to take your pets Mana.

2.5.

Affliction Talents from 50-59

The new Warlock spell Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction will provide you with a massive power boost, giving you a new and quite powerful DoT to keep up on your target. Next, we suggest that you put one point into Shadow Embrace IconShadow Embrace. While at first glance this looks like it would not help much, and you are right, the bonus from the talent does not help you much, however it counts as an Affliction effect, meaning you get 4% more healing from your Soul Siphon IconSoul Siphon talent. If you are playing on a PvP Server and expect to see some PvP action, then it is also suggested that you put a point into Curse of Exhaustion IconCurse of Exhaustion, as it can really help with slowing enemies down. After that, put both points into Improved Howl of Terror IconImproved Howl of Terror, which will make your Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror instant cast, making you much harder to kill. Lastly, it is time to put the rest of your points into Demonology, picking up Demonic Embrace IconDemonic Embrace, which will provide you with a huge boost to your Stamina.

As you imagined, it is suggested to put the remainder of your points into Demonology for the utility. Improved Healthstone IconImproved Healthstone helps when you need that instant health return from your Create Healthstone IconCreate Healthstone. Both Fel Stamina IconFel Stamina and Fel Intellect IconFel Intellect will provide you with 3% more maximum Mana and health, leading to even less downtime to recover both resources. Demonic Aegis IconDemonic Aegis is a very powerful talent that is a must with pretty much any build. This greatly buffs your Fel Armor IconFel Armor, resulting in 26% increased healing(rather than 20%) and 130 Spell Power(rather than 100). Lastly, to round it all up, Fel Domination IconFel Domination allows to summon a new demon in pretty much half the time and it costs half the Mana. This is very good if you ever need to quickly get another pet out.

3.

Leveling Rotation

There are two suggested builds for Affliction Warlocks to choose from. Which you choose will depend largely on your playstyle, as well as your current Gear. The first build is the Unstable Affliction build. The second build is the SM/DS build, which utilizes Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrifice to sacriice your demon for Health regen or more damage. It is widely suggested for those with weaker gear to go with the Unstable Affiction build to allow Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction to help carry your damage and other talents like Contagion IconContagion to boost your Corruption IconCorruption and Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony, while your demon feeds you Mana with Dark Pact IconDark Pact.

3.1.

Unstable Affliction Build

3.1.1.

Unstable Affliction Leveling Rotation 10-49

  1. Send your demon to attack your target.
  2. Immolate IconImmolate is only used if you can afford the Mana and also only until you get Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction at level 50.
  3. Corruption IconCorruption
  4. Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony
  5. Siphon Life IconSiphon Life
  6. Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror and Fear IconFear if you are in danger. It is easy for these fears to get out of hand and they can pull many more mobs. Be careful and be ready to use Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness on any enemies that look like they are going to pull more.
  7. Drain Life IconDrain Life if you need any Health and, if you do not need health, then Shoot IconShoot your wand.
  8. Drain Soul IconDrain Soul for the killing blow ONLY if you need a Soul Shard or if you need the Mana back from Improved Drain Soul IconImproved Drain Soul.
3.1.2.

Unstable Affliction Leveling 50-70

Nothing drastic changes in your rotation once you hit level 50, you just get to add the new and very powerful DoT Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction. Unlike most of your other DoTs, Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction has a cast time, so you must hold still to cast it. Due to that, it is suggested that you use it as your first cast on the target(s), then continue to put your DoTs up as you have been thus far. Once you get to Level 64, it is suggested that you use Incinerate IconIncinerate instead of Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt. Incinerate has less of a cast time, less Mana, and goes well with Immolate IconImmolate.

3.1.3.

Unstable Affliction Leveling Rotation 50-70

  1. Send your demon to attack your target.
  2. Unstable Affliction IconUnstable Affliction as many targets that you are trying to kill. Do this to eliminate pushback once they reach you
  3. Corruption IconCorruption
  4. Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony
  5. Siphon Life IconSiphon Life
  6. Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror and Fear IconFear if you are in danger. It is easy for these fears to get out of hand and they can pull many more mobs. Be careful and be ready to use Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness on any enemies that look like they are going to pull more.
  7. Drain Life IconDrain Life if you need any Health and, if you do not need health, then Shoot IconShoot your wand.
  8. Drain Soul IconDrain Soul for the killing blow ONLY if you need a Soul Shard or if you need the Mana back from Improved Drain Soul IconImproved Drain Soul.
4.

Shadow Mastery/Demonic Sacrifice Affliction Build

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Level: 70

This alternative Affliction build is another very powerful Affliction build that is suggested for anyone who has a some gear to back them up. This build is rather slow starting out at the lower levels, so it is suggested that you respec at or around 60 to the build linked above and then use your extra points while leveling to continue down the Affliction tree, starting at Fel Concentration IconFel Concentration. This build utilizes Shadow Mastery IconShadow Mastery, which exceptionally increases your DoT damage, and then using Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrifice to sacrifice either your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker for some insanse health regen, or Summon Succubus IconSummon Succubus for the massive increase to your overall damage. As always, base your Suppression IconSuppression points on your current gear. If you are running this build, it generally means that you have some gear and if there is hit on that gear, do not worry about Suppression IconSuppression. This build is less focused on drain tanking, and more on sustainability, with the goal to go as long as you can without stopping to regen. This build is also less focused on single-targetting enemies down and more about mass pulling as many as you feel comfortable, while easily surviving due to the massive health regen from Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrificeing your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker, the tankiness you get from Demonic Embrace IconDemonic Embrace, and of course all the incoming healing from talents like Soul Siphon IconSoul Siphon, Siphon Life IconSiphon Life, and Demonic Aegis IconDemonic Aegis.

4.1.

SM/DS Leveling Rotation 1-60

  1. Send your demon to attack your target.
  2. Immolate IconImmolate is only used if you can afford the Mana.
  3. Siphon Life IconSiphon Life
  4. Corruption IconCorruption
  5. Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony to keep Amplify Curse IconAmplify Curse on cooldown.
  6. Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror and Fear IconFear if you are in danger. It is easy for these fears to get out of hand and they can pull many more mobs. Be careful and be ready to use Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness on any enemies that look like they are going to pull more.
  7. Drain Life IconDrain Life if you need any Health and, if you do not need health, then Shoot IconShoot your wand.
  8. Drain Soul IconDrain Soul for the killing blow ONLY if you need a Soul Shard or if you need the Mana back from Improved Drain Soul IconImproved Drain Soul.
4.2.

SM/DS Leveling 60-70

Nothing really at all changes with your rotation, besides the fact that you get to finally Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrifice one of your demons. As said above, which you choose will depend largely on your playstyle. You can sacrifice either your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker for some insanse health regen or Summon Succubus IconSummon Succubus for the massive increase to your overall damage. Once you get to Level 64, it is suggested that you use Incinerate IconIncinerate instead of Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt if you are looking to burst an enemy down. Incinerate has a shorter cast time, consumes less Mana and goes well with Immolate IconImmolate.

4.3.

SM/DS Leveling Rotation 60-70

  1. Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrifice either your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker or your Summon Succubus IconSummon Succubus. Make sure one is always sacrificed.
  2. Immolate IconImmolate is only used if you can afford the Mana.
  3. Siphon Life IconSiphon Life
  4. Corruption IconCorruption
  5. Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony to keep Amplify Curse IconAmplify Curse on cooldown.
  6. Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror and Fear IconFear if you are in danger. It is easy for these fears to get out of hand and they can pull many more mobs. Be careful and be ready to use Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness on any enemies that look like they are going to pull more.
  7. Drain Life IconDrain Life if you need any Health and, if you do not need health, then Shoot IconShoot your wand.
  8. Drain Soul IconDrain Soul for the killing blow ONLY if you need a Soul Shard or if you need the Mana from Improved Drain Soul IconImproved Drain Soul.
5.

List of Trainer Skills to Buy

Warlocks do not just have spells to buy, but we also have grimoires. Grimoires are special books that containt certain spell ranks for your demon. For example, to teach your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker to Taunt, you must buy the Taunt grimoire that will then teach your Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker how to do it. At first glance, it might seem like there is an endless amount of skills and grimoires to buy. It is only important that you keep the spells and abilites that you use in your rotation at max rank, as well as any utility abilites that you find yourself using. As for the demon grimoires, you do not have to buy them all. Instead, if you are short on Gold, just only keep your leveling demon fully ranked and do not worry about the other demons until your leveling journey is complete. For example, if you decide to go with your Summon Succubus IconSummon Succubus, then only purchase her grimoires as you will not be using the other demons much while leveling.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 May 2021: Page added.
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