WotLK Classic Destruction Warlock Spell Summary

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

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

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


Destruction Warlock Main Damage Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

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

  • Immolate IconImmolate — Deals damage-over-time as well as slight damage up front. This is to be on the boss at all times.
  • Incinerate IconIncinerate — This is your main ability and used as a filler.
  • Chaos Bolt IconChaos Bolt — This is the final talent in the Destruction tree. To be used on cooldown.
  • Conflagrate IconConflagrate — This is a high damage ability that gives you Backdraft IconBackdraft procs. To be used on cooldown. Must have an Immolate IconImmolate or Shadowflame IconShadowflame on the target to use Conflagrate. This also will consumed the Immolate or Shadowflame unless you are using Glyph of Conflagrate Icon Glyph of Conflagrate.
  • Curse of Doom IconCurse of Doom — This is your main curse. Use this full time unless the boss will not live for 60 seconds. Then use Curse of Agony IconCurse of Agony.
  • Seed of Corruption IconSeed of Corruption — Your main AoE ability. Spam this on any packs with 3 targets or more.
  • Shadowfury IconShadowfury — This ability does high damage and stuns all mobs it hits. This is to be used on cooldown.
  • Shadowflame IconShadowflame — This ability is to be used on AoE packs if you are close enough.

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 Utility and Buff Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

Warlocks bring some unique Utility to the Raid.

  • Life Tap IconLife Tap — Gives you Mana in return for some of your health.
  • Fel Armor IconFel Armor — This is a personal buff that you must have up 100% of the time on yourself. This gives you spell powe as well as converts some of your spirit into spell power. In addition you regain 2% of your maximum health every 5 seconds.
  • Create Firestone IconCreate Firestone — This is your weapon oil. This gives you 1% extra damage on your direct damage spells, but also gives you Critical Strike 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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