TBC Classic Destruction Warlock Phase 1 / Tier 4 Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Sep 19, 2021 at 02:17 by Crix 4 comments

On this page, you will find the best Tier 4 PvE gear and best in slot items for your Destruction Warlock in TBC Classic Phase 1.

1.

Destruction Warlock Tier 4 Best in Slot

1.1.

Classic BiS and Pre-Raid BiS for Warlocks in TBC Classic

While it is quite powerful and will easily carry you through leveling and even T4 if you wanted to, it is not suggested to simply continue using your previous BiS from Classic. While the stats and Spell Power on most of it is great, it is still not as good as many of the actual T4 Pre BiS options and, most importantly, it all lacks the hugely important gem sockets. If you were lucky enough to get the Trinkets, Rings, Off-hand, or Cloak, it is easily justifiable to wear them and they will be included in the lists.

2.

Destruction Warlock Tier 4 Best in Slot List

2.1.

Tier 4 Set Pieces

Tier 4 is the first Tier set that you can obtain in TBC and with it comes with amazing looks, but most importantly, one of the strongest set bonuses in the game. The Warlock T4 2-piece bonus has a chance to proc based on if you are casting Shadow or Fire Spells. The proc gives you 135 Shadow damage (Fire damage if a fire spell triggers it). This is so good that you can expect to use this well into T5 and even in T6, if you are unable to get the slight upgrade from T5. The 4-piece bonus can be used as Destruction, allowing you to keep Corruption IconCorruption up full time, however it is yet to be known if it is worth sacrificing the stronger pieces in that slot. You share this token with Hunter and Mage, however both do not get much use out of the T4 tokens so you can expect to be on top of the priority list.

2.2.

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, however, your character is ready to take on the content of Tier 5, then please utilize our updated Phase 2 list instead.

2.3.

Tier 4 Best in Slot List

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.

3.
Rank Item Gems Source
Best Voidheart Crown Icon Voidheart Crown Chaotic Skyfire Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyfire Diamond, Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Prince MalchezaarKarazhan
Option Spellstrike Hood Icon Spellstrike Hood Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Spellstrike Hood IconSpellstrike HoodTailoring
Option Uni-Mind Headdress Icon Uni-Mind Headdress Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone NetherspiteKarazhan

Voidheart Crown Icon Voidheart Crown is Best in slot for all of Phase 1 due to the Meta socket and Chaotic Skyfire Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyfire Diamond. This is from Karazhan and are typically given to the Warlocks first. Spellstrike Hood Icon Spellstrike Hood is still a very strong option while you wait to obtain your T4 token. Uni-Mind Headdress Icon Uni-Mind Headdress is a good alternative if you are unable to acquire either of the two mentioned.

4.

Necklace

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Icon Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Trash dropKarazhan
Best Brooch of Unquenchable Fury Icon Brooch of Unquenchable Fury MoroesKarazhan
Option Adornment of Stolen Souls Icon Adornment of Stolen Souls Prince MalchezaarKarazhan

Ritssyn's Lost Pendant Icon Ritssyn's Lost Pendant is the best for Shadow Destruction, due to the pure Shadow damage. Meanwhile, both Brooch of Unquenchable Fury Icon Brooch of Unquenchable Fury and Adornment of Stolen Souls Icon Adornment of Stolen Souls are best for Fire Destruction as well as alternatives for Shadow if you are looking for more Spell Hit or Crit.

5.

Shoulder

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Voidheart Mantle Icon Voidheart Mantle Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone High King MaulgarGruul's Lair
Option Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders Icon Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders IconFrozen Shadoweave ShouldersTailoring

Voidheart Mantle Icon Voidheart Mantle is the best you can get. Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders Icon Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders is a very powerful alternative for Shadow Destruction while you await your T4 token.

6.

Back

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Ruby Drape of the Mysticant Icon Ruby Drape of the Mysticant Prince MalchezaarKarazhan/td>
Best 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 is the best if you need Spell Hit, while Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi Icon Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi is the best if you do not need Spell Hit. Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne Icon Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne is a good option, however it comes from a World Boss, making it hard to obtain for most.

7.

Chest

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Voidheart Robe Icon Voidheart Robe Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone MagtheridonMagtheridon's Lair
Best Frozen Shadoweave Robe Icon Frozen Shadoweave Robe Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Frozen Shadoweave Robe IconFrozen Shadoweave RobeTailoring
Best Spellfire Robe Icon Spellfire Robe Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Spellfire Robe IconSpellfire RobeTailoring
Option Robe of the Elder Scribes Icon Robe of the Elder Scribes Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone NightbaneKarazhan

Voidheart Robe Icon Voidheart Robe is the best Robe you can get. Frozen Shadoweave Robe Icon Frozen Shadoweave Robe is a very strong alternative while you await your Tier token. Spellfire Robe Icon Spellfire Robe is best in slot if you are Fire Destruction. Robe of the Elder Scribes Icon Robe of the Elder Scribes is a good alternative if you were never able to craft Frozen Shadoweave Robe Icon Frozen Shadoweave Robe or Spellfire Robe Icon Spellfire Robe and are still awaiting your T4 token.

8.

Wrist

Rank Item Gems Source
Best and Easy Bracers of Havok Icon Bracers of Havok Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Bracers of Havok IconBracers of HavokTailoring
Option Bands of Nefarious Deeds Icon Bands of Nefarious Deeds Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Maiden of VirtueKarazhan

Bracers of Havok Icon Bracers of Havok are still Best in slot. Bands of Nefarious Deeds Icon Bands of Nefarious Deeds are a decent alternative, however.

9.

Hands

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Voidheart Gloves Icon Voidheart Gloves Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone CuratorKarazhan
Best Anger-Spark Gloves Icon Anger-Spark Gloves Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Doomwalker
Best Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Spellfire Gloves IconSpellfire GlovesTailoring
Option Soul-Eater's Handwraps Icon Soul-Eater's Handwraps BoE World Drop
Option Handwraps of Flowing Thought Icon Handwraps of Flowing Thought BoE World Drop

Voidheart Gloves Icon Voidheart Gloves are Best in this slot and will complete your 4-piece T4, allowing you to now get the 4-piece set bonus. Anger-Spark Gloves Icon Anger-Spark Gloves are still extremely good, however they are from a World Boss, making them hard to obtain by most. Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves is best in slot if you are Fire Destruction. Soul-Eater's Handwraps Icon Soul-Eater's Handwraps and Handwraps of Flowing Thought Icon Handwraps of Flowing Thought are both amazing Gloves that you can use if you decide not to use your Glove slot as a T4 slot or are still waiting to craft your Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves

10.

Waist

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Girdle of Ruination Icon Girdle of Ruination Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Girdle of Ruination IconGirdle of RuinationTailoring
Best Spellfire Belt Icon Spellfire Belt Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Spellfire Belt IconSpellfire BeltTailoring
Option Belt of Divine Inspiration Icon Belt of Divine Inspiration Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone High King MaulgarGruul's Lair

Girdle of Ruination Icon Girdle of Ruination is still your best in slot if you are Shadow Destruction. If you are Fire Destruction then Spellfire Belt Icon Spellfire Belt is your best in slot. You should aim to have this before Phase 2. Belt of Divine Inspiration Icon Belt of Divine Inspiration is a good alternative in the meantime.

11.

Legs

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Spellstrike Pants IconSpellstrike PantsTailoring
Best Voidheart Leggings Icon Voidheart Leggings Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone GruulGruul's Lair
Option Leggings of the Seventh Circle Icon Leggings of the Seventh Circle Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Doom-Lord Kazzak — World Boss

The Legs slot is a more versatile slot. In any matter, you should only be using either Voidheart Leggings Icon Voidheart Leggings or Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants in this slot. Both are strong and it will depend on your T4 set up for your 4-piece bonus. Leggings of the Seventh Circle Icon Leggings of the Seventh Circle are an extremely strong option for leg, however they are from a World Boss, making it hard to obtain by most.

12.

Feet

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Frozen Shadoweave Boots Icon Frozen Shadoweave Boots Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Frozen Shadoweave Boots IconFrozen Shadoweave BootsTailoring
Option Boots of Foretelling Icon Boots of Foretelling Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Maiden of VirtueKarazhan
Option Ruby Slippers Icon Ruby Slippers Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Opera EventKarazhan

Frozen Shadoweave Boots Icon Frozen Shadoweave Boots are best in slot going into Phase 2 for Shadow Destruction, meanwhile Boots of Foretelling Icon Boots of Foretelling are best in slot for Fire Destruction, so make sure you obtain them beforehand. Ruby Slippers Icon Ruby Slippers are a good alternatives you can wear in the meantime.

13.

Finger

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Ashyen's Gift Icon Ashyen's Gift Cenarion ExpeditionExalted
Best Band of Crimson Fury Icon Band of Crimson Fury MagtheridonMagtheridon's Lair
Option Seal of the Exorcist Icon Seal of the Exorcist Terokkar Forest PvP Vendor
Option Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God The Savior of Kalimdor
Option Ring of Recurrence Icon Ring of Recurrence Chess EventKarazhan
Option Sparking Arcanite Ring Icon Sparking Arcanite Ring Epoch Hunter — Heroic Old Hillsbrad Foothills

Rings in Phase 1 are typically used to help with Spell Hit Rating. Band of Crimson Fury Icon Band of Crimson Fury is a very nice Ring out of T4 that you want. Ashyen's Gift Icon Ashyen's Gift and Seal of the Exorcist Icon Seal of the Exorcist will help greatly with your Spell Hit Rating. Sparking Arcanite Ring Icon Sparking Arcanite Ring is great for both Spell Hit and Crit, while Seer's Signet Icon Seer's Signet and Ring of Recurrence Icon Ring of Recurrence are great if you do not need any more Spell Hit. Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God is an amazing Ring if you were able to obtain it in Classic.

14.

Trinket

Rank Item Gems 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 Pre-BiS, 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.

15.

Main-Hand Weapon

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Icon Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Naxxramas
Best Talon of the Tempest Icon Talon of the Tempest Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz Icon Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone Icon Great Dawnstone Doomwalker — World Boss
Best Bloodmaw Magus-Blade Icon Bloodmaw Magus-Blade GruulGruul's Lair
Best Nathrezim Mindblade Icon Nathrezim Mindblade Prince MalchezaarKarazhan
Option Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Gladiator's Spellblade PvP Arena
Option Blade of Wizardry Icon Blade of Wizardry Eternium Runed Blade IconEternium Runed BladeBlacksmithing
Option Eternium Runed Blade Icon Eternium Runed Blade Eternium Runed Blade IconEternium Runed BladeBlacksmithing
Option Stormcaller Icon Stormcaller / Blade of the Archmage Icon Blade of the Archmage Thrallmar / Honor HoldExalted

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 the best weapon, however it is from a World Boss, making this hard for most to obtain. Both Bloodmaw Magus-Blade Icon Bloodmaw Magus-Blade and Nathrezim Mindblade Icon Nathrezim Mindblade are Phase 1 Best in slot otherwise. If you have the 1,850 rating requirement, you can get Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Gladiator's Spellblade as an alternative. Blade of Wizardry Icon Blade of Wizardry and Eternium Runed Blade Icon Eternium Runed Blade are both good weapons, although very expensive and not worth. Stormcaller Icon Stormcaller / Blade of the Archmage Icon Blade of the Archmage are still great weapons to use while you wait for your T4 Weapon.

16.

Off-Hand Weapon

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Flametongue Seal Icon Flametongue Seal 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 Khadgar's Knapsack Icon Khadgar's Knapsack Harbinger SkyrissThe Arcatraz
Option Jewel of Infinite Possibilities Icon Jewel of Infinite Possibilities NetherspiteKarazhan

Orb of the Soul-Eater Icon Orb of the Soul-Eater is a very strong off-hand for Shadow Destruction and extremely easy to obtain, making it easily your best option. Flametongue Seal Icon Flametongue Seal is best in slot for Fire Destruction and just as easy to get. Khadgar's Knapsack Icon Khadgar's Knapsack is a good alternative and Jewel of Infinite Possibilities Icon Jewel of Infinite Possibilities is a good alternative if you are lacking Spell Hit.

17.

Wand

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Icon Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Shade of AranKarazhan
Best 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

Use this as a Spell Hit slot. Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy Icon Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy if you need Spell Hit, otherwise use either The Black Stalk Icon The Black Stalk or Eredar Wand of Obliteration Icon Eredar Wand of Obliteration.

18.

Further Enhancements

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

19.

Changelog

  • 19 Sep. 2021: Page restored.
Show more
Show less