WotLK Classic Demonology Warlock Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 17:46 by Crix 4 comments

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Demonology Warlock in both single-target and multiple-target PvE situations in WotLK Classic. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS.

If you have not already, please read the Spell Summary page. Knowing how each spell and ability works in detail will greatly increase your understanding of the topics discussed on this page.


Spell Rotation for Demonology Warlocks in Wrath of the Lich King

Demonology Warlock's rotation is one of the most fun and engaging rotations in the game. It is easy to play, but also has enough nuances in it to keep you engaged the entire time largely thanks to Decimation IconDecimation, which allow Demonology Warlocks to have an execute ability once the target gets to 35% health. This page will go over the single-target rotation, as well as the AoE and execute rotation.


Warlock Single-Target Damage Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

Your opener as Demonology matters a lot in terms of both damage and supporting with your the opening Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact. That first Demonic Pact is important because this is typically when the raid uses their big damage abilities and cooldowns. This is also when most guilds Bloodlust IconBloodlust, so it is nice to have a big Demonic Pact on the raid during this time.

  1. Do not start at max range. You want to be closer, so you have less time running in to Meta.
  2. Life Tap for your Glyph — This needs to be up the entire fight. Remember, if you have 4 piece Tier 7 set bonus, do not worry about life tapping to keep that 4pc buff. Just Life Tap IconLife Tap throughout the fight as you normally would.
  3. Pre-Pot a potion — Potion of Wild Magic Icon Potion of Wild Magic if you supply the Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact buff. You can use a Potion of Speed Icon Potion of Speed if you’re personal DPS.
  4. After your opener, your rotation/priority is listed below.

  5. Pop Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis
  6. Cast Immolate IconImmolate and keep this on the target at all times.
  7. While running into the boss, put up Corruption IconCorruption and Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom. You always want to Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom, unless the boss will not last long enough for the Doom to go off. If the boss will not last long enough to Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom, then use Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony.
  8. Once in range and you see that your trinket has procced, blow all your cooldowns, your Hyperspeed Accelerators Icon Hyperspeed Accelerators if you are Engineering, then Immolation Aura IconImmolation Aura and Shadow Cleave IconShadow Cleave all at once.
  9. Spam Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt as a filler
  10. Use Incinerate IconIncinerate on any Molten Core IconMolten Core procs you get.
  11. Keep up Immolate IconImmolate, Corruption IconCorruption, and Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom up as much as you can, while not clipping Immolate IconImmolate and Corruption IconCorruption. Clipping means to reapply a DoT before the duration runs out of the first one.

Warlock AoE Damage Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

For AoE, if Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis is off cooldown, I like to cast Demonic Circle: Summon IconDemonic Circle: Summon before going in. This just ensures that you can get out once Immolation Aura IconImmolation Aura is done or if you pull threat. Next you will run in with the tank, while putting some Corruption IconCorruption up as you are running into range for a little bit of extra damage. Once in range, pop Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis, all your cooldowns, your Immolation Aura IconImmolation Aura & Shadow Cleave IconShadow Cleave, then Shadowflame IconShadowflame, and start spamming Seed of Corruption IconSeed of Corruption. After a couple seeds it is wise to Soulshatter IconSoulshatter to be safe with your threat, and if you are still having threat issues you can just port back out to get some room and keep spamming seeds.

Make sure to use Shadowflame IconShadowflame on cooldown and if you have Engineering, make sure to utilize your Global Thermal Sapper Charge Icon Global Thermal Sapper Charge and Saronite Bomb Icon Saronite Bombs as much as you possibly can. It is very helpful to have a Paladin bubble you whenever you Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis. There are typically enough Paladins in a raid to afford a Hand of Protection IconHand of Protection

If you do not have meta up for AoE, then just spam seeds while watching your threat.


Warlock Execute Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

Once the target hits 35%, you have entered execute range, which means you cast Soul Fire IconSoul Fire as your filler. Hopefully you have saved your second Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis (if the boss was long enough to get a second one).

Before hitting 35%, you should make sure you have the Mana to spam Soul Fire IconSoul Fire, so you should Life Tap IconLife Tap a time or two to ensure you have Mana. This is also to make certain that you do not have to Life Tap during your Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis, so you do not waste the 20% damage buff from it.

  1. Keep Immolate IconImmolate and Corruption IconCorruption on the boss if they will last. They both do good damage and Corruption gives you Molten Core IconMolten Core procs which is what you are hoping for during your execute. As for cursing, whenever the Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom will not make it, then you can Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony. However, hold off on putting any DoTs up if you notice that you have got a trinket proc. It is better to use those huge procs on Soul Fire IconSoul Fire. Then after the proc wears off, put the DoTs back up if there is enough time for them to last.
  2. Pop all your cooldowns, your second potion and start spamming Soul Fire IconSoul Fire.
  3. A very important thing to keep in mind while in execute is to make sure that you are still keeping up the Improved Shadow Bolt IconImproved Shadow Bolt debuff for the 5% crit. During the fight this is not an issue since Demonology and Affliction both cast Shadow Bolt IconShadow Bolt frequently enough to never worry about it. But during execute, Affliction is also in their execute phase and they are Drain Soul IconDrain Souling for much more execute damage than your Soul Fire IconSoul Fire. So it is your job to keep track of Improved Shadow Bolt IconImproved Shadow Bolt and keep it up amongst spamming Soul Fire IconSoul Fire.

Demonology Warlock Cooldowns in Wrath of the Lich King

Warlock do not have many cooldowns outside of trinkets, potions, and of course Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis. That being said, Metamorphosis is one of the biggest cooldowns in the game and it is important to not waste your Metamorphosis. It is such a big cooldown and it is not wise to use it on a pack of 3 or 4 when you could hold it for an upcoming larger pack. At the same time, make sure you have your meta for the bosses, so make sure that when you do use it, you will not be starting the next boss within the next two minutes.



  • 26 Jun. 2023: Updated to Phase 3.
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 19 Oct. 2022: Page added.
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