TBC Classic Destruction Warlock Phase 1 / Tier 4 Gear and Best in Slot
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.
Destruction Warlock Tier 4 Best in Slot
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.
Destruction Warlock Tier 4 Best in Slot List
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 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.
- Helm — From Prince Malchezaar in Karazhan
- Robe — From Magtheridon in Magtheridon's Lair
- Pants — From Gruul in Gruul's Lair
- Shoulders — From High King Maulgar in Gruul's Lair
- Gloves — From The Curator in Karazhan
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 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.
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.
|Best||Voidheart Crown||Chaotic Skyfire Diamond, Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Prince Malchezaar — Karazhan|
|Option||Spellstrike Hood||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Spellstrike Hood — Tailoring|
|Option||Uni-Mind Headdress||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Netherspite — Karazhan|
Voidheart Crown is Best in slot for all of Phase 1 due to the Meta socket and Chaotic Skyfire Diamond. This is from Karazhan and are typically given to the Warlocks first. Spellstrike Hood is still a very strong option while you wait to obtain your T4 token. Uni-Mind Headdress is a good alternative if you are unable to acquire either of the two mentioned.
|Best||Ritssyn's Lost Pendant||Trash drop — Karazhan|
|Best||Brooch of Unquenchable Fury||Moroes — Karazhan|
|Option||Adornment of Stolen Souls||Prince Malchezaar — Karazhan|
Ritssyn's Lost Pendant is the best for Shadow Destruction, due to the pure Shadow damage. Meanwhile, both Brooch of Unquenchable Fury and 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.
|Best||Voidheart Mantle||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||High King Maulgar — Gruul's Lair|
|Option||Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders — Tailoring|
Voidheart Mantle is the best you can get. Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders is a very powerful alternative for Shadow Destruction while you await your T4 token.
|Best||Ruby Drape of the Mysticant||Prince Malchezaar — Karazhan/td>|
|Best||Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi||High King Maulgar — Gruul's Lair|
|Option||Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne||Doom-Lord Kazzak — World Boss|
Ruby Drape of the Mysticant is the best if you need Spell Hit, while Brute Cloak of the Ogre-Magi is the best if you do not need Spell Hit. Ancient Spellcloak of the Highborne is a good option, however it comes from a World Boss, making it hard to obtain for most.
|Best||Voidheart Robe||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Magtheridon — Magtheridon's Lair|
|Best||Frozen Shadoweave Robe||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Frozen Shadoweave Robe — Tailoring|
|Best||Spellfire Robe||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Spellfire Robe — Tailoring|
|Option||Robe of the Elder Scribes||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Nightbane — Karazhan|
Voidheart Robe is the best Robe you can get. Frozen Shadoweave Robe is a very strong alternative while you await your Tier token. Spellfire Robe is best in slot if you are Fire Destruction. Robe of the Elder Scribes is a good alternative if you were never able to craft Frozen Shadoweave Robe or Spellfire Robe and are still awaiting your T4 token.
|Best and Easy||Bracers of Havok||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Bracers of Havok — Tailoring|
|Option||Bands of Nefarious Deeds||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Maiden of Virtue — Karazhan|
Bracers of Havok are still Best in slot. Bands of Nefarious Deeds are a decent alternative, however.
|Best||Voidheart Gloves||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Curator — Karazhan|
|Best||Anger-Spark Gloves||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Doomwalker|
|Best||Spellfire Gloves||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Spellfire Gloves — Tailoring|
|Option||Soul-Eater's Handwraps||BoE World Drop|
|Option||Handwraps of Flowing Thought||BoE World Drop|
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 are still extremely good, however they are from a World Boss, making them hard to obtain by most. Spellfire Gloves is best in slot if you are Fire Destruction. Soul-Eater's Handwraps and 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
|Best||Girdle of Ruination||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Girdle of Ruination — Tailoring|
|Best||Spellfire Belt||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Spellfire Belt — Tailoring|
|Option||Belt of Divine Inspiration||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||High King Maulgar — Gruul's Lair|
Girdle of Ruination is still your best in slot if you are Shadow Destruction. If you are Fire Destruction then Spellfire Belt is your best in slot. You should aim to have this before Phase 2. Belt of Divine Inspiration is a good alternative in the meantime.
|Best||Spellstrike Pants||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Spellstrike Pants — Tailoring|
|Best||Voidheart Leggings||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Gruul — Gruul's Lair|
|Option||Leggings of the Seventh Circle||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or 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 or 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 are an extremely strong option for leg, however they are from a World Boss, making it hard to obtain by most.
|Best||Frozen Shadoweave Boots||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Frozen Shadoweave Boots — Tailoring|
|Option||Boots of Foretelling||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Maiden of Virtue — Karazhan|
|Option||Ruby Slippers||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Opera Event — Karazhan|
Frozen Shadoweave Boots are best in slot going into Phase 2 for Shadow Destruction, meanwhile Boots of Foretelling are best in slot for Fire Destruction, so make sure you obtain them beforehand. Ruby Slippers are a good alternatives you can wear in the meantime.
|Best||Ashyen's Gift||Cenarion Expedition — Exalted|
|Best||Band of Crimson Fury||Magtheridon — Magtheridon's Lair|
|Option||Seal of the Exorcist||Terokkar Forest PvP Vendor|
|Option||Ring of the Fallen God||The Savior of Kalimdor|
|Option||Ring of Recurrence||Chess Event — Karazhan|
|Option||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 is a very nice Ring out of T4 that you want. Ashyen's Gift and Seal of the Exorcist will help greatly with your Spell Hit Rating. Sparking Arcanite Ring is great for both Spell Hit and Crit, while Seer's Signet and Ring of Recurrence are great if you do not need any more Spell Hit. Ring of the Fallen God is an amazing Ring if you were able to obtain it in Classic.
|Best||Icon of the Silver Crescent||41 x Badge of Justice|
|Best||Quagmirran's Eye||Quagmirran — Heroic The Slave Pens|
|Option||Scryer's Bloodgem||The Scryers — Revered|
|Option||Arcanist's Stone||Epoch Hunter — Heroic Old Hillsbrad Foothills|
|Option||Mark of the Champion||The Fall of Kel'Thuzad|
Just as with the Pre-BiS, Icon of the Silver Crescent and Quagmirran's Eye will be your ideal trinkets for their great passive Spell Power and on-use/proc effects. Scryer's Bloodgem and Arcanist's Stone are great options to fill in any missing Spell Hit rating. 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.
|Best||Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian||Naxxramas|
|Best||Talon of the Tempest||Runed Living Ruby, Veiled Noble Topaz, or Great Dawnstone||Doomwalker — World Boss|
|Best||Bloodmaw Magus-Blade||Gruul — Gruul's Lair|
|Best||Nathrezim Mindblade||Prince Malchezaar — Karazhan|
|Option||Gladiator's Spellblade||PvP Arena|
|Option||Blade of Wizardry||Eternium Runed Blade — Blacksmithing|
|Option||Eternium Runed Blade||Eternium Runed Blade — Blacksmithing|
|Option||Stormcaller / Blade of the Archmage||Thrallmar / Honor Hold — Exalted|
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 is still the best weapon, however it is from a World Boss, making this hard for most to obtain. Both Bloodmaw Magus-Blade and Nathrezim Mindblade are Phase 1 Best in slot otherwise. If you have the 1,850 rating requirement, you can get Gladiator's Spellblade as an alternative. Blade of Wizardry and Eternium Runed Blade are both good weapons, although very expensive and not worth. Stormcaller / Blade of the Archmage are still great weapons to use while you wait for your T4 Weapon.
|Best||Flametongue Seal||25 x Badge of Justice|
|Best||Orb of the Soul-Eater||25 x Badge of Justice|
|Option||Khadgar's Knapsack||Harbinger Skyriss — The Arcatraz|
|Option||Jewel of Infinite Possibilities||Netherspite — Karazhan|
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 is best in slot for Fire Destruction and just as easy to get. Khadgar's Knapsack is a good alternative and Jewel of Infinite Possibilities is a good alternative if you are lacking Spell Hit.
|Best||Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy||Shade of Aran — Karazhan|
|Best||The Black Stalk||The Black Stalker — Heroic Underbog|
|Option||Eredar Wand of Obliteration||Magtheridon — Magtheridon's Lair|
Use this as a Spell Hit slot. Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy if you need Spell Hit, otherwise use either The Black Stalk or Eredar Wand of Obliteration.
If you have further questions about gemming and enchanting these items, our Destruction Warlock Enchants and Gems page below provides more information.
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