TBC Classic Destruction Warlock Spell Summary

Last updated on Jun 01, 2021 at 10:39 by Crix 6 comments

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Destruction Warlock in TBC Classic.


Debuff Cap

Warlocks have many spells, more than any other Class actually. And as you can imagine, with that comes much confusion on which spells we even use. Many of them we do use, but quite a few we never use in PvE content. With the debuff cap raised to 40 in TBC, you will find yourself able to use more of your toolkit as well. This page will showcase each spell in the Warlock arsenal, what they do, when you use them and why you should.


Damage Spells for Destruction

  • Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt is your main spell that will be spammed frequently. Use this as your filler after your DoTs are up.
  • Drain Life IconDrain Life is used frequently to keep yourself alive. Do not depend on Healers to keep you alive. If you are low on Health, drain for a little bit.
  • Corruption IconCorruption should be kept up with 100% uptime.
  • Searing Pain IconSearing Pain is used mainly if you are Warlock Tanking, since this generates High threat. This is also an excellent spell for low HP targets.
  • Immolate IconImmolate does some damage up front and then the rest is a DoT. Keep this up with 100% uptime.
  • Hellfire IconHellfire should be used to stack your Darkmoon Trinket Darkmoon Card: Crusade Icon Darkmoon Card: Crusade pre-pull. Keep your Darkmoon stacks at 10 mid-fight when you cannot reach the boss or to fish for procs right before pull.
  • Shadowburn IconShadowburn is a Destruction-only spell and costs a Soul Shard. Use this if you cannot finish a Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt or you are moving and do NOT need to Life Tap IconLife Tap and cannot Conflagrate IconConflagrate, due to not being specced into it or it is on cooldown.
  • Conflagrate IconConflagrate is a Destruction-only talent that is used only if you need to move and do not need to Life Tap. Must have Immolate IconImmolate up to use it and it consumes said Immolate IconImmolate charge.
  • Incinerate IconIncinerate is spammed in place of Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt if you are Fire Destruction. As Shadow Destruction, it is never used unless you are locked out of the Shadow school.
  • Seed of Corruption IconSeed of Corruption is your primary AoE ability. It puts out massive damage. Ensure that your Tank has a lot of aggro and wait even longer if it is NOT a Protection Paladin. This spell procs off of damage done or death to the target after you apply Seed of Corruption.
  • Soul Fire IconSoul Fire is a slow casting spell, costs a Soul Shard and also has the lowest damage per cast time of all the other available Fire Spells. It is never used, even as Fire Destruction.

Defensive and Utility Spells for Destruction

  • Soulshatter IconSoulshatter cuts your threat in half against all mobs within 50 yards. This is one of the reasons Warlocks are so strong in TBC.
  • Life Tap IconLife Tap — Gives you Mana in exchange for your health. Use when you need Mana, but make sure you do not get too low and die.
  • Create Healthstone IconCreate Healthstone are used like health potions and when healing is focused on other people.
  • Fear IconFear will be used frequently in raids as CC. Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness overrides Fear, so if one starts to run into another pack, you can quickly put Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness on the enemy and it will stop the enemy from running away.
  • Ritual of Souls IconRitual of Souls allows your raid members to click on this for a Create Healthstone IconCreate Healthstone. This has 10 Healthstones total and a 5-minute cooldown. This also requires two others to help finish the cast.
  • Ritual of Summoning IconRitual of Summoning will summon your party members to you. This requires two others to help summon.
  • Howl of Terror IconHowl of Terror is an AoE Fear that will fear around you, rather than one enemy at a time. This is not used too often in raids, except occasionally on trash packs, however it is really helpful in dungeons. Just be careful not to pull extra packs with it.
  • Death Coil IconDeath Coil is an instant cast, 3-second Horrify that heals you for the damage Dealt. Use this when you need Health and have to move. This can also be used as a form of CC/interrupt on trash packs.
  • Shadowfury IconShadowfury is a Destruction-only talent. This does AoE damage and stuns them for 2 seconds and has a 20-second cooldown. Used in some AoE dungeon farming groups.
  • Demon Armor IconDemon Armor is no longer used, as it is replaced by Fel Armor IconFel Armor at Level 62.
  • Fel Domination IconFel Domination reduces the summoning time for your next demon by 5.5s and the Mana cost by 50%.
  • Fel Armor IconFel Armor increases healing taken by 20% and your Spell Power by 100. This will be the only armor you will use in Raid. You can spec into Demonic Aegis IconDemonic Aegis to make it even stronger.
  • Health Funnel IconHealth Funnel heals your pet at the cost of your own health. Used as Afflicton to keep demons alive if they are not getting heals.
  • Enslave Demon IconEnslave Demon does not have too many uses in a raiding environment, however there are a few niche times where you can enslave an enemy demon to do your bidding, especially in dungeons.
  • Detect Invisibility IconDetect Invisibility allows targets to see invisible mobs in PvE. Not that useful, but gets some action in a couple dungeons.
  • Shadow Ward IconShadow Ward absorbs Shadow damage. It is great while farming mobs that do Shadow damage or in raids and dungeons.
  • Drain Soul IconDrain Soul is only used for Soul Shards. Only use rank 1, since you only need it to get Shards, not do damage.
  • Demonic Sacrifice IconDemonic Sacrifice is a Demonology-only talent, but is only used by Destruction, regardless of Fire or Shadow. If farming as Destruction, you can sacrifice the Summon Voidwalker IconSummon Voidwalker for sustain.
  • Eye of Kilrogg IconEye of Kilrogg will summon an eye you control. Useful for safely pulling certain packs or building AoE threat for a paladin.
  • Banish IconBanish is the other primary CCs you use in raids. It banishes a demon or elemental. Make sure to slot rank 1 and rank 2 Banish IconBanish, as you switch between the two frequently.
  • Create Firestone IconCreate Firestone will conjure a +30 Fire damage wand.

Destruction Warlock Curses

Warlocks have a multitude of Curses that we use situationally. It can be daunting to some as to which we use in each scenario, so we have put together advice on when to use them.

Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom is a very unique spell. This is technically a DoT, however it acts differently. Instead of doing damage consistently over time, after 60 seconds it will blow up for a ton of damage. It is the highest DPS curse we have. Use this on cooldown and only if the target will live for the duration. Doom is considered a DoT, therefore it cannot crit and does not consume an Improved Shadow Bolt IconImproved Shadow Bolt charge.

Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony is a slow ramping DoT. You use this when Doom is on cooldown, such as when cursing multiple targets, or when the target will live for less than 1 minute.

Curse of the Elements IconCurse of the Elements is Curse of the Elements and Curse of Shadows, from WoW Classic, combined. Simply put, this buffs all Warlocks', Mages', and Shadow Priests' damage by 10% (13% if Specced into Malediction IconMalediction). This is the bread and butter curse that should always be up on the target.

Curse of Recklessness IconCurse of Recklessness is the twin to Elements. Always keep this up unless there is a specific reason not to, such as if you need to fear a mob or there are damage concerns for the Tank.

Curse of Tongues IconCurse of Tongues has niche uses, but it does get used in raids on some trash packs and a few bosses.

Curse of Weakness IconCurse of Weakness has limited use in a raiding scenario due to Warrior and Druids having Demoralizing Shout IconDemoralizing Shout and Demoralizing Roar IconDemoralizing Roar. This can be used more in dungeons, since you will more than likely find yourself with a Protection Paladin tanking.



  • 01 Jun. 2021: Guide added.
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