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Classic Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Apr 14, 2020 at 09:36 by Impakt 15 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Warlock DPS in WoW Classic.

1.

Gearing Strategy for Warlocks

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.

3.

Warlock Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub

This is the gear we recommend you to chase in the Blackwing Lair and Zul'Gurub. This guide will assume that you are playing either the SM/Ruin build or the DS/Ruin build for raids, meaning Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt is your primary source of damage.

Warlock's Tier 2, Nemesis Raiment is a much stronger set than the Tier 1 set, but ultimately will only make up a few pieces of your BiS setup. The 3-set bonus specifically is worth taking for the spell power increase, but there are better off pieces to use beyond that, meaning you will not use most of the set. If you are still using dungeon gear however, some of these pieces could still very well be substantial upgrades for you.

While the main focus is on Blackwing Lair gear, the list below also contains some gear from older raids, epic PvP sets (above rank 11) and world bosses, when warranted, in order to create a good list for players who regularly clear the raids up to Tier 2.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • BiS: Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer
  • Nemesis Skullcap Icon Nemesis Skullcap
  • The Hexxer's Cover Icon The Hexxer's Cover
  • **Champion's Dreadweave Cowl Icon Champion's Dreadweave Cowl
Neck
  • BiS: Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord
  • Soul Corrupter's Necklace Icon Soul Corrupter's Necklace
Shoulders
  • BiS: **Warlord's Dreadweave Mantle Icon Warlord's Dreadweave Mantle
  • Nemesis Spaulders Icon Nemesis Spaulders
  • Felcloth Shoulders Icon Felcloth Shoulders
Back
  • Cloak of Consumption Icon Cloak of Consumption
  • Cloak of the Brood Lord Icon Cloak of the Brood Lord
  • Sapphiron Drape Icon Sapphiron Drape
  • *Any BoE Green Cloak with "of Shadow Wrath"
Chest
  • BiS: Bloodvine Vest Icon Bloodvine Vest
  • Nemesis Robes Icon Nemesis Robes
  • Robe of Volatile Power Icon Robe of Volatile Power
  • Felheart Robes Icon Felheart Robes
Wrists
  • BiS: Bracers of Arcane Accuracy Icon Bracers of Arcane Accuracy
  • Nemesis Bracers Icon Nemesis Bracers
  • Dryad's Wrist Bindings Icon Dryad's Wrist Bindings
Hands
  • BiS: Ebony Flame Gloves Icon Ebony Flame Gloves
  • Nemesis Gloves Icon Nemesis Gloves
  • Felcloth Gloves Icon Felcloth Gloves
Waist
  • BiS: Nemesis Belt Icon Nemesis Belt
  • Angelista's Grasp Icon Angelista's Grasp
  • Mana Igniting Cord Icon Mana Igniting Cord
  • Sash of Whispered Secrets Icon Sash of Whispered Secrets
Legs
  • BiS: Bloodvine Leggings Icon Bloodvine Leggings
  • Fel Infused Leggings Icon Fel Infused Leggings
  • Nemesis Leggings Icon Nemesis Leggings
Feet
  • BiS: Bloodvine Boots Icon Bloodvine Boots
  • Snowblind Shoes Icon Snowblind Shoes
  • Betrayer's Boots Icon Betrayer's Boots
  • Nemesis Boots Icon Nemesis Boots
  • Maleki's Footwraps Icon Maleki's Footwraps
Rings
  • BiS as a set: Zanzil's Band Icon Zanzil's Band
  • BiS as a set: Zanzil's Seal Icon Zanzil's Seal
  • BiS: Band of Dark Dominion Icon Band of Dark Dominion
  • BiS: Band of Forced Concentration Icon Band of Forced Concentration
  • Ring of Spell Power Icon Ring of Spell Power
Trinkets
  • BiS: Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • BiS: Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Zandalarian Hero Charm Icon Zandalarian Hero Charm
  • Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed
  • Eye of the Beast Icon Eye of the Beast
Staffs
  • BiS: Staff of the Shadow Flame Icon Staff of the Shadow Flame
  • Staff of Dominance Icon Staff of Dominance
  • Shadow Wing Focus Staff Icon Shadow Wing Focus Staff
  • Ironbark Staff Icon Ironbark Staff
Weapons
  • BiS: **High Warlord's Spellblade Icon High Warlord's Spellblade
  • Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus
  • Azuresong Mageblade Icon Azuresong Mageblade
  • Mindfang Icon Mindfang
Off-hands
  • BiS: Jin'do's Bag of Whammies Icon Jin'do's Bag of Whammies
  • Tome of Shadow Force Icon Tome of Shadow Force
  • Master Dragonslayer's Orb Icon Master Dragonslayer's Orb
Wands BiS: Skul's Ghastly Touch Icon Skul's Ghastly Touch Skul in Stratholme

*These items have random suffixes. You will be looking for of Shadow Wrath, which gives +Shadow Spell Damage. Since you need both the item and the correct suffix to drop, these are often hard to farm, so make sure you have reasonable alternatives until you can get the correct drop.

**While we are only listing the Horde versions of the PvP set and PvP reputation gear, equivalent versions can be found on the Alliance side, with the same requirements, cost and stats.

4.

Best in Slot for Warlocks Pre-Blackwing Lair

4.1.

Warlock Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed and Tome of Shadow Force Icon Tome of Shadow Force.

4.2.

Warlock Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While most of the gear found here is easily replaceable later, there are a few pieces, such as Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power and Azuresong Mageblade Icon Azuresong Mageblade, which will last you for a very long time!

5.

Warlock PvP Best in Slot Gear

You can find our recommended gear for PvPing as a Warlock in the link below.

6.

Warlock Weapons

For more information about Warlock weapons, please refer to our dedicated guide.

7.

Fire Resistance Gear for Warlocks

While not a massive concern for Warlocks, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!

8.

Special Gear for Warlocks

Finally, some items have niche uses and do not belong in a best in slot list, but are still very valuable to acquire for specific encounters, or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items below, as well as their effects and common applications.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
9.

Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated for Zul'Gurub.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Guide revamped for Phase 3.
  • 10 Dec. 2019: Added link to PvP BiS page.
  • 05 Nov. 2019: Added Raid BiS list.
  • 22 Oct. 2019: Updated Pre-Raid BiS to include Dire Maul.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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