WotLK Classic Demonology Warlock Spell Summary

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

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

Warlock has one of most varying toolkits in the game. Filled with powerful spells, damage-over-time (DoT's) spells, and utility that only Warlocks can bring to the raid.


Warlock Main Damage Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

As a Demonology Warlock, you will be focusing on dealing damage. These are all of your main damaging spells that you will want to focus on using.

For a better understanding of what your damage rotation should be, be sure to check out our rotation page for a full explanation of both your single-target, AoE, and execute DPS rotations.


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 its 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.

  • Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis — The main ability of Demonology and your main cooldown. This you into a Demon for 30 seconds. While in Demon form, your Armor is increased by 600%, your damage is increased by 20%, the chances you will be critically hit by melee attacks are reduced by 6%, and all durations of stun and snare effects are reduced by 50%. Not only that, but you get 4 new abilities that are only available when in Demon form. A breakdown of each ability will be located below this cooldown section.
  • Fel Domination IconFel Domination — An important cooldown that reduces the cast time of your next summon by 5.5 seconds and reduces the Mana cost by 50%. Use this to quickly get your Summon Felguard IconSummon Felguard summoned after it dies or after using an Inferno IconInferno
  • Inferno IconInferno — This is a big ability that should be used on big AoE packs. It does a ton of AoE damage.
  • Soulshatter IconSoulshatter — This will reduce your threat to all mobs by 50%. Use this paired with your Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis and Immolation Aura IconImmolation Aura, since those cause severely high threat.
  • Demonic Empowerment IconDemonic Empowerment — Use this on cooldown as it buffs your pet. It is suggested to put this in a macro so you never forget it.

Metamorphosis Spells

Below are the four abilities granted to you only while you are in Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis.

  • Immolation Aura IconImmolation Aura — This is the main ability of Metamorphosis IconMetamorphosis. This ignites the area surrounding you, causing a ton of Fire damage to everything around you every second for 15 seconds. This does phenomenal damage on both AoE and single-target. Due to the extreme damage, this also will cause an insane amount of threat, so watch out. This ability should always be paired with a nice Soulshatter IconSoulshatter shortly after casting it if Soul Shatter is off cooldown. This ability is also affected by your Haste, for faster ticks. For example, at 21% Haste the buff lasts 12 and a half seconds and deals damage every roughly 0.85 seconds. Also, since this is a buff on your character, each tick of damage is actually calculated using your current Spell Power, meaning each tick can be a different amount of damage as you gain or lose Spell Power. These ticks can also miss.
  • Challenging Howl IconChallenging Howl — This is an AoE taunt that will taunt everything within 10 yards to you for 6 seconds. This has niche uses but can save your raid in a bind if your tanks die and your Healers heal you.
  • Demon Charge IconDemon Charge — This is a charge from between 8-25 yards. Allows you to quickly close the gap between the mobs.
  • Shadow Cleave IconShadow Cleave — This is a cleave that is only used as a melee swing and also queues with your next swing. It is not suggested to try and use this on cooldown, but rather just macro it into any instant-cast abilities and it will go off on the next swing after that ability goes off.

Warlock Utility and Buff Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

Demonology Warlocks have one of the most important raid buffs in the game in Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact. Not only that, but Warlocks in general bring other unique Utility to the Raid as well

  • Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact — This is the main reason Demonology Warlocks are brought to Raid. Increases your spell damage by 10%, and your Summon Felguard IconSummon Felguard crits apply the Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact effect to ALL party or raid members. Demonic Pact IconDemonic Pact increases spell power by 10% of your spell damage for 45 sec. This effect has a 5 sec cooldown and does not work on subjugated demons. This means that when your Summon Felguard IconSummon Felguard crits, it snapshots your current Spell Power and gives 10% of that to your whole raid.
  • Life Tap IconLife Tap — Gives you Mana in return for some of your health. This also procs your Glyph of Life Tap Icon Glyph of Life Tap. You must tap to keep this buff up as much as you can.
  • Fel Armor IconFel Armor — This is a personal buff that you must have up 100% of the time on yourself. This gives you Spell Power as well as converts some of your Spirit into Spell Power. In addition you regain 2% of your maximum health every 5 seconds.
  • Create Spellstone IconCreate Spellstone — This is your weapon oil. This gives you 1% extra damage on your damage-over-time spells, but also gives you Haste rating.
  • Demonic Circle: Summon IconDemonic Circle: Summon — This spell puts a Demonic Circle at your feet that lasts 6 seconds.
  • Demonic Circle: Teleport IconDemonic Circle: Teleport — This spell will teleport you to your Demonic Circle, as long as you are within 40 yards of it.
  • Ritual of Summoning IconRitual of Summoning — This will place down a summoning portal, better known as a summoning closet. It takes 2 other party or raid members to help you summon the closet. After that anyone in your party or raid can click this with the help of another to summon other raid members from anywhere in the world.
  • Ritual of Souls IconRitual of Souls — This is what makes Healthstone Icon Healthstones. You need two of party or raid members to help summon the Soulwell. The Soulwell lasts for 3 minutes or 25 charges.
  • Create Soulstone IconCreate Soulstone — This will create a Soulstone that you can place on anyone. When that person dies, this will give them a chance to resurrect.
  • Banish IconBanish — Banishes the enemy Demon or Elemental for 30 seconds. You can banish once again to unbanish the target. This is used in raid to help crowd control trash mobs.
  • Fear IconFear — This will cause most targets to run around in fear, unable to attack or do anything. Often used in raid as a form of crowd control.
  • Detect Invisibility IconDetect Invisibility — Niche uses in raid. This helps your tank see invisible mobs.
  • Curse of the Elements IconCurse of the Elements — Curses the target for 5 minutes, reducing Arcane, Fire, Frost, Nature, and Shadow Resistances by 165, but also increases magic damage taken by the target by 13%. Balance Druids and Unholy Death Knights also have abilities that do the same thing, so you will not find yourself casting this too much, rather only when there is no Balance Druid or Unholy Death Knights.
  • Curse of Weakness IconCurse of Weakness — This lowers the target's melee Attack Power by 478 and reduces their Armor by 5% for 2 minutes. This is also covered by a Balance Druid's Faerie Fire IconFaerie Fire and a Hunter's Scorpid Sting IconScorpid Sting, so you can expect to rarely use this.
  • Death Coil IconDeath Coil — Causes the target to run in horror for 3 seconds, does slight damage as well as heals you for 300% oft he damage caused. This is a very nice ability for the heal alone.

Other Warlock Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

Below is a list of other spells that are not used as often, but still have niche uses

  • Drain Soul IconDrain Soul — This is used to gain Soul Shards. Gives you a chance at a Soul Shard per tick of Drain Soul. This ability also does 4 times the amount of damage if the target is below 25% Health.
  • Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony — This is a damage-over-time ability that ramps up, meaning it does more damage the longer it is on the target. Only use it if Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom will not last on the boss.
  • Health Funnel IconHealth Funnel — This is a channeled ability that will heal your Demon.
  • Shadow Ward IconShadow Ward — This will put an absorb shield around you that will shield you for 3,300 Shadow damage.
  • Hellfire IconHellfire — This is a channeled fire AoE ability that emits from the caster. This is used to get immediate AoE damage if the mobs will die before you can cast and explode a Seed of Corruption IconSeed of Corruption
  • Searing Pain IconSearing Pain — A quick-casting ability for small damage, but worth if you cannot get a normal cast off.


  • 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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