WotLK Classic Destruction Warlock Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 15:17 by Crix 3 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Destruction Warlock in WotLK Classic, as well as advised glyphs.


Talent Builds for Destruction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

Warlocks are pretty straightforward when it comes to talents. You want everything with fire damage and anything that buffs you or your Summon Imp IconSummon Imp. Talents like Soul Link IconSoul Link and Fel Domination IconFel Domination can be considered flex points and should be used for Suppression IconSuppression if you need hit.


Important Talents for Destruction Warlocks in Wrath of the Lich King

  • Bane IconBane
    • This talent reduces the cast time of you two of your main abilities, Immolate IconImmolate and Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt
  • Aftermath IconAftermath
    • Increases the damage of your Immolate IconImmolate and dazes the target. Largely taken for the damage portion as the daze does not do anything to bosses, but can be nice on the trash packs.
  • Demonic Power IconDemonic Power, Improved Imp IconImproved Imp, and Empowered Imp IconEmpowered Imp
    • All three of these talents synergize and attribute to why your Summon Imp IconSummon Imp does so much damage. Plus, thanks to Empowered Imp IconEmpowered Imp, whenever your Imp crits, your next ability crits as well.
  • Improved Immolate IconImproved Immolate
  • Emberstorm IconEmberstorm
    • Increases the damage of your Fire spells by 15% and reduces the cast time of your main ability, Incinerate IconIncinerate.
  • Conflagrate IconConflagrate
  • Shadowfury IconShadowfury
    • This is an instant cast AoE ability that stuns everything it hits. It is to be used on cooldown during AoE.
  • Backdraft IconBackdraft
    • The main talent of Destruction. Whenever you cast a Conflagrate IconConflagrate, the cast time and global cooldown of your next three Destruction spells is reduced by 30%. A lovely spell and integral to the rotation.
  • Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt
    • Sends a bolt of chaotic fire at the enemy, dealing high damage on a 12-second cooldown. This bolt ignores all absorption effects and cannot be resisted.

Best Glyphs for Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

Glyphs are a new consumable of sorts introduced in Wrath of the Lich King. Glyphs greatly improve certain spells when you learn them, supporting and even enabling some builds. Glyphs are not permanently learned, so you will want to carry multiple glyphs on you so you can change them quickly depending on the raid or boss encounter you are in. Destruction has some really powerful Glyphs that make the gameplay a little more fun.


Major Glyphs for Destruction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

  1. Glyph of Life Tap Icon Glyph of Life Tap — Whenever you Life Tap IconLife Tap, you gain 20% of your Spirit as Spell Power for 40 seconds. This is very important and you must keep this buff on you at all times.
  2. Glyph of Conflagrate Icon Glyph of Conflagrate — Very important. This makes it so when you Conflagrate IconConflagrate it won't consume your Immolate IconImmolate from the target.
  3. Glyph of Imp Icon Glyph of Imp — This increases your Imps Firebolt IconFirebolt damage by an additional 20%. This mixed with your other Imp talents make your Imp do very high damage.
  4. Glyph of Immolate Icon Glyph of Immolate — This is a good alternative to Glyph of Imp Icon Glyph of Imp and it excels with multi-dotting, since Immolate IconImmolate deals a high amount of damage. It's up to personal preference for which one you want to use.

Minor Glyphs for Destruction Warlock in Wrath of the Lich King

  1. Glyph of Drain Soul Icon Glyph of Drain Soul — This gives you a chance at an additional Soul Shard Icon Soul Shard when you Drain Soul IconDrain Soul.
  2. Glyph of Unending Breath Icon Glyph of Unending Breath — This gives everyone with your Unending Breath IconUnending Breath 20% swim speed.
  3. Glyph of Souls Icon Glyph of Souls — This reduces the Mana cost of your Ritual of Souls IconRitual of Souls.


  • 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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