Classic Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 00:45 by Impakt 20 comments

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

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Warlock gear and best in slots:


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.


Season of Mastery Lists

As WoW Classic's Season of Mastery consists of Phases that are separate from the regular branch of Classic, we have created unique gear lists for its pre-raid and Phases. In addition, you may find it useful to look over our Fire Resistance Gear guide for your specialization, which is applicable for either version of Classic.


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.


Naxxramas Warlock BiS

This is the gear we recommend for Warlocks in the Naxxramas patch. As with the rest of WoW Classic, this will be optimized for both the DS/Ruin and SM/Ruin builds which use Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt as their main damage source for single target.

Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Warlock Tier 3, Plagueheart Raiment is perhaps one of the most iconic Warlock sets of all time, and is excellent for Warlocks in WoW Classic. While you will not ultimately use all 8 pieces, the 3 and 4-piece bonuses are quite strong and definitely worth using. The pieces themselves have phenomenal stats for the most part as well.

In Naxxramas, all bosses are undead except for Grand Widow Faerlina and Maexxna. This makes specialized anti-undead items such as Rune of the Dawn Icon Rune of the Dawn, Mark of the Champion Icon Mark of the Champion and the Regalia of Undead Cleansing set really effective. Consider any of these items and the full set of undead cleansing to be a top 3 piece of gear for its slot.

Slot Item Source
  • Plagueheart Circlet Icon Plagueheart Circlet
  • Gem of Trapped Innocents Icon Gem of Trapped Innocents
  • Plagueheart Shoulderpads Icon Plagueheart Shoulderpads
  • Grobbulus, Patchwerk, or Gluth in Naxxramas
  • Cloak of the Necropolis Icon Cloak of the Necropolis
  • Plagueheart Robe Icon Plagueheart Robe
  • Rockfury Bracers Icon Rockfury Bracers
  • Stalwart's Battlegear quest in Silithus
  • Dark Storm Gauntlets Icon Dark Storm Gauntlets
  • Eyestalk Waist Cord Icon Eyestalk Waist Cord
  • Leggings of Polarity Icon Leggings of Polarity
  • Plagueheart Sandals Icon Plagueheart Sandals
  • Gothik the Harvester, Instructor Razuvious or Gluth in Naxxramas
  • Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God
  • Band of the Inevitable Icon Band of the Inevitable
  • Mark of the Champion Icon Mark of the Champion
  • The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron Icon The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron
  • Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Icon Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
  • Brimstone Staff Icon Brimstone Staff
  • Legendary reward from utilizing the Splinter of Atiesh Icon Splinter of Atiesh found in Naxxramas
  • Loatheb in Naxxramas
  • Wand of Fates Icon Wand of Fates

Alternative Gear for Warlocks

Slot Item Source
  • Doomcaller's Circlet Icon Doomcaller's Circlet
  • Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer
  • Preceptor's Hat Icon Preceptor's Hat
  • Nemesis Skullcap Icon Nemesis Skullcap
  • The Hexxer's Cover Icon The Hexxer's Cover
  • Champion's Dreadweave Cowl Icon Champion's Dreadweave Cowl
  • Spellweaver's Turban Icon Spellweaver's Turban
  • Amulet of Vek'nilash Icon Amulet of Vek'nilash
  • Malice Stone Pendant Icon Malice Stone Pendant
  • Diana's Pearl Necklace Icon Diana's Pearl Necklace
  • Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord
  • Soul Corrupter's Necklace Icon Soul Corrupter's Necklace
  • Doomcaller's Mantle Icon Doomcaller's Mantle
  • Rime Covered Mantle Icon Rime Covered Mantle
  • Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal Icon Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal
  • Warlord's Dreadweave Mantle Icon Warlord's Dreadweave Mantle
  • Nemesis Spaulders Icon Nemesis Spaulders
  • Cloak of the Devoured Icon Cloak of the Devoured
  • Cloak of Consumption Icon Cloak of Consumption
  • Cloak of the Brood Lord Icon Cloak of the Brood Lord
  • Sapphiron Drape Icon Sapphiron Drape
  • Veil of Eclipse Icon Veil of Eclipse
  • Cape of the Trinity Icon Cape of the Trinity
  • Bloodvine Vest Icon Bloodvine Vest
  • Crystal Webbed Robe Icon Crystal Webbed Robe
  • Garb of Royal Ascension Icon Garb of Royal Ascension
  • Doomcaller's Robes Icon Doomcaller's Robes
  • Nemesis Robes Icon Nemesis Robes
  • Robe of Volatile Power Icon Robe of Volatile Power
  • Felheart Robes Icon Felheart Robes
  • The Soul Harvester's Bindings Icon The Soul Harvester's Bindings
  • Bracers of Arcane Accuracy Icon Bracers of Arcane Accuracy
  • Burrower Bracers Icon Burrower Bracers
  • Shackles of the Unscarred Icon Shackles of the Unscarred
  • Nemesis Bracers Icon Nemesis Bracers
  • Dryad's Wrist Bindings Icon Dryad's Wrist Bindings
  • Plagueheart Gloves Icon Plagueheart Gloves
  • Ebony Flame Gloves Icon Ebony Flame Gloves
  • Bloodtinged Gloves Icon Bloodtinged Gloves
  • Deathmist Wraps Icon Deathmist Wraps
  • Nemesis Gloves Icon Nemesis Gloves
  • Plagueheart Belt Icon Plagueheart Belt
  • 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
  • Bloodvine Leggings Icon Bloodvine Leggings
  • Plagueheart Leggings Icon Plagueheart Leggings
  • Fel Infused Leggings Icon Fel Infused Leggings
  • Leggings of the Black Blizzard Icon Leggings of the Black Blizzard
  • Doomcaller's Trousers Icon Doomcaller's Trousers
  • Nemesis Leggings Icon Nemesis Leggings
  • Bloodvine Boots Icon Bloodvine Boots
  • Boots of Epiphany Icon Boots of Epiphany
  • Snowblind Shoes Icon Snowblind Shoes
  • Betrayer's Boots Icon Betrayer's Boots
  • Doomcaller's Footwraps Icon Doomcaller's Footwraps
  • Nemesis Boots Icon Nemesis Boots
  • Plagueheart Ring Icon Plagueheart Ring
  • Ring of the Eternal Flame Icon Ring of the Eternal Flame
  • Seal of the Damned Icon Seal of the Damned
  • Zanzil's Band Icon Zanzil's Band
  • Zanzil's Seal Icon Zanzil's Seal
  • Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos Icon Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos
  • Mindtear Band Icon Mindtear Band
  • Wrath of Cenarius Icon Wrath of Cenarius
  • Band of Dark Dominion Icon Band of Dark Dominion
  • Band of Forced Concentration Icon Band of Forced Concentration
  • Ring of Spell Power Icon Ring of Spell Power
  • Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • Eye of Diminution Icon Eye of Diminution
  • Zandalarian Hero Charm Icon Zandalarian Hero Charm
  • Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed
  • Eye of the Beast Icon Eye of the Beast
  • Soulseeker Icon Soulseeker
  • Wraith Blade Icon Wraith Blade
  • Midnight Haze Icon Midnight Haze
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
  • Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff Icon Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff
  • Staff of the Ruins Icon Staff of the Ruins
  • Staff of the Shadow Flame Icon Staff of the Shadow Flame
  • High Warlord's Spellblade Icon High Warlord's Spellblade
  • Staff of Dominance Icon Staff of Dominance
  • Shadow Wing Focus Staff Icon Shadow Wing Focus Staff
  • Ironbark Staff Icon Ironbark Staff
  • Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus
  • Azuresong Mageblade Icon Azuresong Mageblade
  • Mindfang Icon Mindfang
  • Sapphiron's Left Eye Icon Sapphiron's Left Eye
  • Royal Scepter of Vek'lor Icon Royal Scepter of Vek'lor
  • Scepter of Interminable Focus Icon Scepter of Interminable Focus
  • Talon of Furious Concentration Icon Talon of Furious Concentration
  • 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
  • Doomfinger Icon Doomfinger
  • Wand of Qiraji Nobility Icon Wand of Qiraji Nobility
  • Touch of Chaos Icon Touch of Chaos
  • Skul's Ghastly Touch Icon Skul's Ghastly Touch

Warlock PvP Best in Slot Gear

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


Frost Resistance Gear for Warlocks

In order to smooth out the Sapphiron encounter, it is advised that DPS players, Warlocks included, use a good amount of Frost Resistance gear, in order to reduce the high raid damage intake to manageable levels. We made a list with good options for almost every slot, so that you can face down the undead dragon while prepared:


Nature Resistance Gear for Warlocks

This is not a normal set that you would ever wear, but is required for some classes in AQ 40 when fighting Princess Huhuran. It will be up to your guild or raid group if this is a required set or not.


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.

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.



  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
  • 06 Aug. 2020: Reworked for Phase 5 BiS with alternatives.
  • 17 Jul. 2020: Added link to AQ BiS.
  • 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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