Classic Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020 at 09:36 by Impakt 19 comments

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


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.


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.


Warlock Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Warlocks in the AQ40 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.

The arrival of AQ40 is a big moment for casters in WoW Classic, specifically for Mages and Warlocks. This is the first raid that readily and plentifully delivers spell power at a level that allows casters to compete with melee for the top DPS spots on the meters. Thus, the BiS list is almost entirely new, full of the options available in the new raids.

As a reminder, the biggest concerns when gearing are Spell Power, Hit Chance, and Critical Strike chance. You will almost certainly not have enough hit to reach the 17% Hit Cap, but, with this new wave of gear, Warlocks start to have enough baseline Critical Strike that they can keep up Improved Shadow Bolt Icon Improved Shadow Bolt consistently, which means Critical Strike starts to lose value and hit becomes more valuable up to the cap. For tier sets, the new Tier 2.5 set has some strong pieces individually, but the set bonuses are not themselves worth going for.

Slot Item Source
  • Doomcaller's Circlet Icon Doomcaller's Circlet
  • Tier 2.5 piece that requires a tier token from AQ 40.
  • Amulet of Vek'nilash Icon Amulet of Vek'nilash
  • Doomcaller's Mantle Icon Doomcaller's Mantle
  • Tier 2.5 piece that requires a tier token from AQ 40.
  • Cloak of the Devoured Icon Cloak of the Devoured
  • Bloodvine Vest Icon Bloodvine Vest
  • Rockfury Bracers Icon Rockfury Bracers
  • Reward from Stalwart's Battlegear, which requires revered with the Cenarion Circle reputation
  • Dark Storm Gauntlets Icon Dark Storm Gauntlets
  • Eyestalk Waist Cord Icon Eyestalk Waist Cord
  • Bloodvine Leggings Icon Bloodvine Leggings
  • Bloodvine Boots Icon Bloodvine Boots
  • Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God
  • Ring of Unspoken Names Icon Ring of Unspoken Names
  • C'Thun in AQ40
  • Reward from Ring of Unspoken Names in Silithus
  • Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
  • Royal Scepter of Vek'lor Icon Royal Scepter of Vek'lor
  • Wand of Qiraji Nobility Icon Wand of Qiraji Nobility

Alternative Gear for Warlocks

Slot Item Source
  • 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
  • Spellweaver's Turban Icon Spellweaver's Turban
  • 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
  • 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 Consumption Icon Cloak of Consumption
  • Cloak of the Brood Lord Icon Cloak of the Brood Lord
  • Sapphiron Drape Icon Sapphiron Drape
  • Cape of the Trinity Icon Cape of the Trinity
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ebony Flame Gloves Icon Ebony Flame Gloves
  • Bloodtinged Gloves Icon Bloodtinged Gloves
  • Deathmist Wraps Icon Deathmist Wraps
  • Nemesis Gloves Icon Nemesis Gloves
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zandalarian Hero Charm Icon Zandalarian Hero Charm
  • Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed
  • Eye of the Beast Icon Eye of the Beast
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


Warlock Weapons

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


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!


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.

Best in Slot for Warlocks Pre-Ahn'Qiraj


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.


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!



  • 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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