TBC Classic Destruction Warlock Phase 2 / Tier 5 Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Aug 06, 2021 at 01:14 by Crix 4 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Destruction Warlock in Phase 2 of TBC Classic.

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Destruction Warlock Phase Two/Tier 5 Best in Slot

1.1.

Tier 5 Set Pieces

Tier 5 is the second Tier set that you can obtain in TBC Classic and has always been known as one of the best-looking Tier sets in the history of World of Warcraft. Unfortunately, style is all that it brings. The 2-set bonus is quite literally useless in a raiding environment. The 4-set bonus can see some possible use as Destruction, but even then it would not be worth giving up those 4 slots for this bonus. You share this token with Hunter and Mage and it is best in slot for both of those Classes, so it will likely be a while before you can get your hands on any T5.

The tokens for Tier 5 are obtained from the following bosses:

1.2.

Other Destruction Warlock Best in Slot (BiS) Lists

If you are starting out as a freshly-leveled Destruction Warlock, our pre-raid best in slot list is meant to give you an idea of non-raid items you can chase as a solo / pug player in preparation for raids.

Do note that items from Heroic dungeons or that require Primal Nether Icon Primal Nethers (which are obtained from Heroics) can be harder to get than raid items due to their daily lockout. Some Heroic dungeons are also harder than most of Karazhan.

If your character is still progressing through the content of Tier 4, then you may wish to consult its best in slot list instead.

1.3.

Phase 2 Best in Slot for Destruction Warlocks

If you would like to better understand the stat priority that helped decide the items used in this list, please consult our page about them below.

NOTE: There are multiple options for Warlock when gemming, due to the prevalence of Hit-capping and the varying levels of Hit you may receive from other gear, as well as the requirements for activating your Meta gem. We highly recommend that you go over the advice given on the gems page when choosing your gems for your current gear setup.

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Rank Item Source
Best Hood of the Corruptor Icon Hood of the Corruptor Lady VashjSerpentshrine Cavern
Best Destruction Holo-gogs Icon Destruction Holo-gogs Engineering
Option Voidheart Crown Icon Voidheart Crown Prince MalchezaarKarazhan
Option Cowl of the Grand Engineer Icon Cowl of the Grand Engineer Void ReaverTempest Keep

Destruction Holo-gogs Icon Destruction Holo-gogs is best in slot, however this is an Engineering-only item. If you are not Engineering, then Hood of the Corruptor Icon Hood of the Corruptor is best in slot. You should look to keep using Voidheart Crown Icon Voidheart Crown until you have obtained one of the above listed with the Meta socket. Cowl of the Grand Engineer Icon Cowl of the Grand Engineer is a very strong alternative; it just falls behind due to the lack of a Meta socket.

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Necklace

Rank Item Source
Best The Sun King's Talisman Icon The Sun King's Talisman Kael'thas SunstriderTempest Keep
Option Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Icon Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Trash dropKarazhan
Option Brooch of Unquenchable Fury Icon Brooch of Unquenchable Fury MoroesKarazhan
Option Adornment of Stolen Souls Icon Adornment of Stolen Souls Prince MalchezaarKarazhan

The Sun King's Talisman Icon The Sun King's Talisman is best in slot for Phase 2. Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Icon Ritssyn's Lost Pendant remains very strong for Shadow Destruction and can be used until obtain the Talisman. Both Brooch of Unquenchable Fury Icon Brooch of Unquenchable Fury and Adornment of Stolen Souls Icon Adornment of Stolen Souls can still be used as Fire and Shadow Destruction while waiting for your Talisman, if you are for some reason lacking Spell Hit, or want more crit.

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Shoulder

Rank Item Source
Best Voidheart Mantle Icon Voidheart Mantle High King MaulgarGruul's Lair
Option Mantle of the Corruptor Icon Mantle of the Corruptor Void ReaverTempest Keep

Voidheart Mantle Icon Voidheart Mantle is still best in slot. While Mantle of the Corruptor Icon Mantle of the Corruptor has slightly better stats than Voidheart Mantle Icon Voidheart Mantle, it is not worth dropping your T4 2-piece bonus for such a minor upgrade.

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Back

Rank Item Source
Best Ruby Drape of the Mysticant Icon Ruby Drape of the Mysticant Prince MalchezaarKarazhan
Option Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi Icon Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi High King MaulgarGruul's Lair
Option Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne Icon Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne Doom-Lord Kazzak — World Boss

Ruby Drape of the Mysticant Icon Ruby Drape of the Mysticant and Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi Icon Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi are both going to be best in slot based on your current Spell Hit. Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne Icon Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne is still a very good option. However, it comes from a World Boss, making this hard to obtain for most.

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Chest

Rank Item Source
Best Vestments of the Sea-Witch Icon Vestments of the Sea-Witch Lady VashjSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Robe of the Corruptor Icon Robe of the Corruptor Kael'thas SunstriderTempest Keep
Option Robe of Hateful Echoes Icon Robe of Hateful Echoes Hydross the UnstableSerpentshrine Cavern

Vestments of the Sea-Witch Icon Vestments of the Sea-Witch are extremely strong and best in slot for Phase 2. Both Robe of the Corruptor Icon Robe of the Corruptor and Robe of Hateful Echoes Icon Robe of Hateful Echoes are great alternatives to use based on if you need Spell Hit or Crit while you wait for your Vestments

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Wrist

Rank Item Source
Best Mindstorm Wristbands Icon Mindstorm Wristbands Al'arTempest Keep
Option Veteran's Silk Cuffs Icon Veteran's Silk Cuffs PvP Vendor

Mindstorm Wristbands Icon Mindstorm Wristbands are best in slot for Phase 2. Veteran's Silk Cuffs Icon Veteran's Silk Cuffs are a good alternative in the meantime.

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Hands

Rank Item Source
Best Voidheart Gloves Icon Voidheart Gloves CuratorKarazhan
Best Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves Spellfire Gloves IconSpellfire GlovesTailoring
Option Anger-Spark Gloves Icon Anger-Spark Gloves Doomwalker — World Boss

Voidheart Gloves Icon Voidheart Gloves are best in slot for Phase 2 for Shadow Destruction due to keeping your 2-piece set bonus intact. Anger-Spark Gloves Icon Anger-Spark Gloves are still very good if you were able to obtain them from the World Boss and can be used in this slot, however you then need to use another piece of T4 in a different slot to keep your 2-piece T4 bonus. If you are Fire Destruction, then Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves are best in slot for Phase 2 and you would instead use T4 Helm to keep your 2-piece set bonus.

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Waist

Rank Item Source
Best Belt of Blasting Icon Belt of Blasting Tailoring
Option Cord of Screaming Terrors Icon Cord of Screaming Terrors The Lurker BelowSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Girdle of Ruination Icon Girdle of Ruination Girdle of Ruination IconGirdle of RuinationTailoring

Belt of Blasting Icon Belt of Blasting is best in slot for Phase 2 due to the high Spell Power, Spell Hit, and Crit. Cord of Screaming Terrors Icon Cord of Screaming Terrors is a good alternative while you wait for the Pattern to drop and if you need Spell Hit. Girdle of Ruination Icon Girdle of Ruination is not as strong, but can still be used if you have not obtained either of the new belts yet.

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Legs

Rank Item Source
Best Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants Spellstrike Pants IconSpellstrike PantsTailoring
Option Leggings of the Corruptor Icon Leggings of the Corruptor Fathom-Lord KarathressSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Leggings of the Seventh Circle Icon Leggings of the Seventh Circle Doom-Lord Kazzak — World Boss

Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants are still best in slot going through Phase 2. It has 2 more sockets than Leggings of the Corruptor Icon Leggings of the Corruptor, just barely beating it out. While T5 Legs are a very good alternative, so are Leggings of the Seventh Circle Icon Leggings of the Seventh Circle, which are from a World Boss and difficult to obtain for many.

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Feet

Rank Item Source
Best Frozen Shadoweave Boots Icon Frozen Shadoweave Boots Frozen Shadoweave Boots IconFrozen Shadoweave BootsTailoring
Option Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting Tailoring
Option Boots of the Shifting Nightmare Icon Boots of the Shifting Nightmare Hydross the UnstableSerpentshrine Cavern

Frozen Shadoweave Boots Icon Frozen Shadoweave Boots will remain best in slot for phase 2 for Shadow Destruction, unless for some reason you find yourself lacking Spell Hit, then you can use either Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting or Boots of the Shifting Nightmare Icon Boots of the Shifting Nightmare. If you are Fire Destruction then Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting is best in slot.

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Finger

Rank Item Source
Best Ashyen's Gift Icon Ashyen's Gift Cenarion ExpeditionExalted
Best Band of Crimson Fury Icon Band of Crimson Fury MagtheridonMagtheridon's Lair
Best Ring of Endless Coils Icon Ring of Endless Coils Lady VashjSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Ring of Recurrence Icon Ring of Recurrence Chess EventKarazhan

Rings in Phase 2, just like Phase 1, are typically used to help with Spell Hit Rating. Band of Crimson Fury Icon Band of Crimson Fury and Ashyen's Gift Icon Ashyen's Gift are both still very nice rings if you need Spell Hit. Meanwhile, Ring of Endless Coils Icon Ring of Endless Coils and Ring of Recurrence Icon Ring of Recurrence are great if you do not need any more Spell Hit and are great for Crit rings.

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Trinket

Rank Item Source
Best Icon of the Silver Crescent Icon Icon of the Silver Crescent 41 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Best Quagmirran's Eye Icon Quagmirran's Eye Quagmirran — Heroic The Slave Pens
Option Scryer's Bloodgem Icon Scryer's Bloodgem The ScryersRevered
Option Arcanist's Stone Icon Arcanist's Stone Epoch Hunter — Heroic Old Hillsbrad Foothills
Option Mark of the Champion Icon Mark of the Champion The Fall of Kel'Thuzad

Just as with the Phase 1, Icon of the Silver Crescent Icon Icon of the Silver Crescent and Quagmirran's Eye Icon Quagmirran's Eye will be your ideal trinkets for their great passive Spell Power and on-use/proc effects. Scryer's Bloodgem Icon Scryer's Bloodgem and Arcanist's Stone Icon Arcanist's Stone are great options to fill in any missing Spell Hit Rating. Mark of the Champion Icon Mark of the Champion is an insanely good Trinket whenever you are fighting Undead or Demons if you were able to get it in Classic. Sextant of Unstable Currents Icon Sextant of Unstable Currents looks better than it is, so do not worry about that trinket.

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Main-Hand Weapon

Rank Item Source
Best Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Icon Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Naxxramas
Best Talon of the Tempest Icon Talon of the Tempest Doomwalker — World Boss
Best Fang of the Leviathan Icon Fang of the Leviathan Leotheras the BlindSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Merciless Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Merciless Gladiator's Spellblade PvP Arena
Option Bloodmaw Magus-Blade Icon Bloodmaw Magus-Blade GruulGruul's Lair
Option Nathrezim Mindblade Icon Nathrezim Mindblade Prince MalchezaarKarazhan

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Icon Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, while a personal DPS loss, is a very powerful weapon in TBC, as it buff your party members. You should expect to wear this for that reason until T6. Talon of the Tempest Icon Talon of the Tempest is still one of the best weapons, however it is from a World Boss, making it hard for most to obtain. Use Merciless Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Merciless Gladiator's Spellblade if you have the Arena Rating to purchase it. Otherwise the realistic option is Fang of the Leviathan Icon Fang of the Leviathan. Both Bloodmaw Magus-Blade Icon Bloodmaw Magus-Blade and Nathrezim Mindblade Icon Nathrezim Mindblade can act as placeholders until you can get one of the better weapons listed above.

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Off-Hand Weapon

Rank Item Source
Best Flametongue Seal Icon Flametongue Seal 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Best Khadgar's Knapsack Icon Khadgar's Knapsack 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Best Orb of the Soul-Eater Icon Orb of the Soul-Eater 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Option Fathomstone Icon Fathomstone Hydross the UnstableSerpentshrine Cavern
Option Jewel of Infinite Possibilities Icon Jewel of Infinite Possibilities NetherspiteKarazhan

Orb of the Soul-Eater Icon Orb of the Soul-Eater and Khadgar's Knapsack Icon Khadgar's Knapsack are both still strong Offhands for Shadow Destruction and Flametongue Seal Icon Flametongue Seal is still best in slot for Fire Destruction. Fathomstone Icon Fathomstone will beat out Orb of the Soul-Eater Icon Orb of the Soul-Eater if you can get your hands on it. Use Jewel of Infinite Possibilities Icon Jewel of Infinite Possibilities if you are in need of Spell Hit.

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Wand

Rank Item Source
Best Wand of the Forgotten Star Icon Wand of the Forgotten Star High Astromancer SolarianTempest Keep
Option Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Icon Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Shade of AranKarazhan
Option The Black Stalk Icon The Black Stalk The Black Stalker — Heroic Underbog
Option Eredar Wand of Obliteration Icon Eredar Wand of Obliteration MagtheridonMagtheridon's Lair

Wand of the Forgotten Star Icon Wand of the Forgotten Star is best in slot for both Shadow and Fire Destruction for Phase 2. You can use either Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Icon Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy, The Black Stalk Icon The Black Stalk, or Eredar Wand of Obliteration Icon Eredar Wand of Obliteration in the meantime based off of your current Spell Hit.

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Further Enhancements

If you have further questions about enchanting these items, our Destruction Warlock Enchants and Gems page below provides more information.

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Changelog

  • 06 Aug. 2021: Page added.
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