Classic Warlock DPS Spell Summary

Last updated on Aug 23, 2019 at 12:29 by Impakt 20 comments

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

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Warlock spellss:


Damage Spells

As a Warlock you will have an array of damage abilities, but most of them will not be used in raids. Outside of raids you can use any of them that you want, and it will be a damage increase to keep DoTs up on enemies.

  • Corruption Icon Corruption: your highest DPS DoT, and the main one that you will use, if allowed, in raids.
  • Drain Life Icon Drain Life: drains the target's life, healing you. Essentially, this lets your spend Mana to regain health while channeling it, but it does take up a debuff slot, making it not really usable in raids.
  • Hellfire Icon Hellfire: your strongest AoE ability, sending waves of fire out from you in a circle while channeling. You also will take damage while channeling this, so use it carefully.
  • Immolate Icon Immolate: a lower DPS DoT that also has an initial damage component. You will not use this in raids, but it can be worth using outside of raids.
  • Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire: channeled AoE that can be cast from range on a set location. This does less damage than Hellfire Icon Hellfire, but is much less risky to use and does not require you to be near the enemies.
  • Searing Pain Icon Searing Pain: a short cast that does a burst of fire damage, generating a higher than normal amount of threat.
  • Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire: a long cast that does a high burst of fire damage, but also costs a Soul Shard Icon Soul Shard. This is only ever used in PvP.
  • Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt: your primary DPS spell that will make up 95%+ of your rotation. A medium cast that does a high burst of shadow damage to your target.
  • Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn: instant burst of shadow damage that should be reserved for when you want to finish something off. It costs a Soul Shard Icon Soul Shard, but if the enemy dies within 5 seconds of the cast, you will generate a Soul Shard as well. This is a talented spell in the Destruction tree.
  • Siphon Life Icon Siphon Life: a strong DoT that steals health from the target to give it to you. While you will not be able to use this in raids, it is quite strong outside of raids, especially in PvP. This is a talented spell late in the Affliction tree.
  • Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate: consumes your Immolate Icon Immolate debuff on your target, dealing a burst of fire damage. This is a late talent in the Destruction tree that is generally only taken in certain PvP builds.
  • Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul: a channeled spell that drains the targets life, dealing damage over time. If you deal the killing blow to the target while draining you will generate a Soul Shard Icon Soul Shard.
  • Demonic Sacrifice Icon Demonic Sacrifice: while this does not do damage itself, this sacrifices your Succubus to gain a significant damage buff. Sacrificing other pets will give different buffs, but Succubus is the most common pairing for raids since it will buff your shadow damage, which affects Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt.


Curses are a spell type that is unique to Warlocks, offering a range of powerful effects that the Warlock can cast upon an enemy. Each Warlock can only use one curse on one enemy at a time, and multiple Warlocks cannot use the same curse on the same enemy. You will want to coordinate with your other Warlocks in a raid to determine who is in charge of what curse.

  • Curse of Agony Icon Curse of Agony: A high damage DoT that ramps over time. This is generally not use in raids since Corruption Icon Corruption does more DPS.
  • Curse of Doom Icon Curse of Doom: A 1-minute debuff that does a large burst of shadow damage at the end. If you kill and enemy with it, there is a chance you will summon a Doomguard. This is also generally not used in raids since it is impractical and less DPS than Corruption Icon Corruption.
  • Curse of the Elements Icon Curse of the Elements: A curse that reduces your target's fire and frost resistances, and increases the fire and frost damage that they take by 10%. This will be one of the three core curses that are used on bosses in a raid.
  • Curse of Shadow Icon Curse of Shadow: A curse that reduces your target's shadow and arcane resistances, and increases the shadow and arcane damage that they take by 10%. This will be one of the three core curses that are used on bosses in a raid.
  • Curse of Recklessness Icon Curse of Recklessness: A curse that increases the target's melee attack power by a small amount, but also reduces their armor. This will be one of the three core curses that are used on bosses in a raid.
  • Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues: Reduces the target's cast speed by 60% for 30 seconds. This is exceptionally good against casters in PvP.
  • Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion: Slows the target by 10% for 12 seconds. This is very useful in PvP against melee, but is generally not used in PvE.
  • Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness: Reduces the damage that the target deals by a flat amount. This is occasionally used in raids, but is not as common.

Utility and Defensive Spells

One of Warlock's core strengths is their unique and wide ranging utility spells that they bring. Warlocks are so core to a raid being able to function that many top guilds will require every member to have a level 20 Warlock alt to use Ritual of Summoning Icon Ritual of Summoning at various points in the world, along with being able to use Create Soulstone (Lesser) Icon Create Soulstone (Lesser) on every member of the raid during progression attempts by placing their Warlock alts outside of the raid.


Core Utility

These are the core utility spells that are both iconic to Warlock and used frequently.

  • Death Coil Icon Death Coil: instant cast that causes the target to run in horror for 3 seconds. Deals a small amount of damage and heals you for an equal amount.
  • Life Tap Icon Life Tap: instant cast that converts health to Mana. This is your primary means of getting mana back while in combat.
  • Fear Icon Fear: short cast that causes the target to flee in horror for up to 20 seconds, but damage may break the effect.
  • Create Soulstone (Major) Icon Create Soulstone (Major): Creates a Soulstone Icon Soulstone, which can be placed on one person. If that person dies, they will have the ability to resurrect once, even while in combat.
  • Ritual of Summoning Icon Ritual of Summoning: channels to create a summoning portal, that if two other players click to help you channel, will summon the targeted player to your location.
  • Drain Mana Icon Drain Mana: a channeled ability that slowly drains the target's mana while you channel.
  • Howl of Terror Icon Howl of Terror: a short cast that causes up to 5 enemies within 10 yards to be feared for 15 seconds.
  • Fel Domination Icon Fel Domination: 15-minute cooldown that causes your next summon of a pet to be much faster and cost less Mana.
  • Summon Felsteed Icon Summon Felsteed: Warlocks are one of two classes that get a free mount at level 40. This is your mount that you will get from a class quest.

Core Defensive Spells

These are your core defensive spells that will be used frequently.

  • Demon Armor Icon Demon Armor: a strong defensive buff that gives you armor, Shadow resistance, and health per second.
  • Shadow Ward Icon Shadow Ward: a 30-second cooldown that will put a shield on you that absorbs some shadow damage.
  • Create Healthstone (Major) Icon Create Healthstone (Major): creates a Healthstone Icon Healthstone, which is a consumable that restores a burst of health when used. These can be created and then traded to other players, and are considered a vital consumable during raids for all players.
  • Health Funnel Icon Health Funnel: a channeled spell that transfers some of your health to your pet. This is your primary method of healing your pet if you need to heal your pet immediately before it dies while in combat.
  • Sacrifice IconSacrifice: sacrifices your Voidwalker to place an extremely large shield on you. This is one of your most powerful defensive abilities.
  • Soul Link Icon Soul Link: causes some of the damage you take to be redirected to your pet instead. This is the final talent of the Demonology tree, and is generally only taken in some builds for PvP.

Other Spells

These are the other various spells that Warlock has in its toolkit. Most of these are highly situational, and some will be rarely used at all.

  • Unending Breath Icon Unending Breath: places a buff on your target, allowing them to breathe underwater for 10 minutes.
  • Eye of Kilrogg Icon Eye of Kilrogg: summons an eye that you can see from while channeling, allowing you to move the eye around and scout ahead without being in danger.
  • Sense Demons Icon Sense Demons: detects nearby demons, placing them on your minimap.
  • Detect Greater Invisibility Icon Detect Greater Invisibility: places a buff on your target, increasing their Invisibility detection for 10 minutes.
  • Banish Icon Banish: banishes a demon or elemental, making them unable to move, attack, use spells, or take damage for 30 seconds. Can only be used on one target at a time.
  • Create Firestone (Major) Icon Create Firestone (Major): creates a Firestone Icon Firestone, that when equipped gives you extra fire spell power and a chance to deal fire damage on melee attacks.
  • Enslave Demon Icon Enslave Demon: attempts to enslave the target demon, making them your minion.
  • Create Spellstone (Major) Icon Create Spellstone (Major): creates a Spellstone Icon Spellstone, that when equipped can be used to absorb some magic damage. It also increases your spell crit chance by 1% while equipped.
  • Inferno Icon Inferno: a massive 1-hour cooldown that will summon an infernal to fight for you for 5 minutes. Can only be used outdoors, which means it is not usable in raids.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact: the final talent of the Affliction tree, that when used will transfer some of your pet's Mana to you.
  • Ritual of Doom Icon Ritual of Doom: you and 4 party members can channel this to attempt to summon a Doomguard. The ritual kills one of you, and if the Doomguard is not subsequently enslaved, it will go on a killing rampage.
  • Summon Dreadsteed Icon Summon Dreadsteed: this is your Level 60 mount that you can get from a class quest. This will not be completable until phase 2 of WoW Classic, so many Warlocks will opt to buy an epic mount if they have the gold.
  • Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse: an early talent in the Affliction tree that, when used, amplifies your next Curse of Agony Icon Curse of Agony, Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion, or Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness, making it stronger than normal.


As a Warlock, you are able to summon a demon to be your pet that will fight by your side. You have the choice of the 4 demons listed below, each obtained by completing class quests at various levels. You can only have one demon out a time, and each demon comes with its own set of abilities. Just like you, your pets have mana that they use to cast abilities, but they can only passively regenerate mana by not casting and following the 5-second rule. To heal them, you can use Health Funnel Icon Health Funnel or let them passively regenerate.

As an important note, your Pets will not learn new abilities and ranks of spells on their own. You will need to visit Demon trainers, which are usually next to Warlock class trainers. From the Demon trainers you can spend gold to buy Grimoires, which will teach the pets the various ranks and spells that they need to learn once you are the appropriate level.



The Imp is the first pet that you will get, with the class quest being available from level 1 at your starting Warlock trainer. The Imp is a ranged pet that cannot auto attack, and will deal fire damage from range by casting Firebolt IconFirebolt. The Imp also has quite a low health pool, and is highly susceptible to dying from even mild bursts of damage.

  • Firebolt IconFirebolt: your Imp's only source of damage.
  • Blood Pact IconBlood Pact: your Imp passively buffs your party, increasing everyone's Stamina. This is an aura that is only active while your Imp is alive.
  • Fire Shield IconFire Shield: buffs a target, causing them to deal some fire damage to attackers.
  • Phase Shift IconPhase Shift: makes your imp invulnerable, but unable to attack. This is useful if you need to have Blood Pact IconBlood Pact up and cannot afford to have your Imp die.


The Voidwalker is meant to be your tank pet, and used mostly while leveling. This is your lowest damage pet, but can generate enough threat to keep enemies off of you using its various abilities. The Voidwalker also has a much higher health pool than your other pets.

  • Consume Shadows IconConsume Shadows: allows the Voidwalker to regenerate health while out of combat.
  • Sacrifice IconSacrifice: sacrifices the Voidwalker to place an extremely large shield on the Warlock. This is one of your most powerful defensive abilities.
  • Suffering IconSuffering: 2-minute cooldown that is an AoE taunt, causing nearby enemies to attack the Voidwalker.
  • Torment IconTorment: taunts the target enemy. This is your Voidwalker's primary method of generating threat.


The Felhunter is a melee based pet that attacks targets to deal moderate damage. This is mainly a pet used for PvP since it has an interrupt ability, but also has the ability to purge an enemy or to dispel a friendly target, making it quite useful to have.

  • Devour Magic IconDevour Magic: either purges a magic buff from an enemy or dispels a magic debuff from a friendly target.
  • Paranoia IconParanoia: an aura that increases the Stealth detection of party members.
  • Spell Lock IconSpell Lock: silences an enemy for 3 seconds, and if used when an enemy is casting, it will interrupt the cast and prevent them from casting spells from that school of magic for 8 seconds.
  • Tainted Blood IconTainted Blood: when enemies attack the Felhunter, they lose a stacking amount of Attack Power.


The Succubus is a melee pet that is also mainly used in PvP, similar to the Felhunter. The Succubus has a control ability with Seduction IconSeduction that charms the target, making it quite powerful both defensively and offensively in PvP. It also is the next best choice for dealing damage if you cannot use your Imp.

  • Lash of Pain IconLash of Pain: main damage ability of the Succubus.
  • Lesser Invisibility IconLesser Invisibility: makes the Succubus invisible when used outside of combat.
  • Seduction IconSeduction: charms the target for up to 15 seconds, but damage will break the effect. Only works against humanoids, which includes players.
  • Soothing Kiss IconSoothing Kiss: soothes the target, increasing the chance that it will attack something else.


  • 23 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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