Affliction Warlock DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5
The contents of this page can be used to choose the strongest Azerite traits for Affliction Warlock in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.1.5. In order to activate and use these traits, you will need to obtain a Heart of Azeroth first. You can find out how to do so in our Heart of Azeroth guide.
1. General Azerite Gear Recommendation
There is one very important practice regarding Azerite Gear we recommend all players take note of. Never scrap, delete, destroy, or disenchant any Azerite Gear that is the same item level (or higher) than your currently equipped piece.
There are several good reasons for this:
- different traits excel in different environments;
- Blizzard is constantly rebalancing Azerite traits;
- certain traits are only effective when matched with appropriate talents.
Having a collection of different Azerite pieces greatly increases your character's flexibility to deal with different types of gameplay. Traits can be hugely influential in maximizing overall DPS, and therefore, this is a habit we recommend every player pick up.
2. Choosing Azerite Gear as an Affliction Warlock
For most Azerite Gear available, item level will be the main determining factor. Since Azerite gear currently cannot Warforge or Titanforge, there will always be a large discrepancy between different levels of Azerite gear, which make comparing pieces significantly less complex.
For the vast majority of Azerite comparisons, an Azerite piece that is at least +15 item levels higher than another piece will always be better, provided you are able to use at least the Outer Ring trait. In some circumstances, such as when the lower item level item has one of the best available traits, it may actually be worthwhile to take the item level loss for the favorable trait, however, such situations are rare. The only way top reliably determine which pieces are true upgrades past this basic eye test is to compare your items using a tool such as Raidbots.
At the current time, "Middle Ring" traits are much less influential than their "Outer Rings" counterparts. When considering Azerite pieces without the use of a simulation tool, it is best to simply compare the "Outer Ring" traits to determine the relative priority of gear.
3. Choosing Azerite Traits as an Affliction Warlock
Despite the rankings provided below for Azerite Traits, there is some thought that goes into Azerite beyond simply selecting the highest ranking traits. Certain traits perform exceptionally in specific environments, while others are effective regardless of the encounter.
3.1. Outer Rings
The new trait added in 8.1, Pandemic Invocation, is a decent option in single target and still extremely powerful with multiple secondary targets.
Inevitable Demise is one of the strongest traits available. It buffs both single target and multitarget damage on top of giving increased single target burst potential through Drain Life that can be banked for the right moment.
Sudden Onset is a great trait for multitarget situations (at least 3 targets), as it greatly reduces Agony's ramp time while offering increased damage. It should be paired with the Writhe in Agony talent for maximum effect.
Wracking Brilliance is one of the best generic traits to have in any situation.
Treacherous Covenant is one of the new traits found inside the new Battle of Dazar'alor raid. It offers a powerful effect but only if you are above 50% health; in addition, it has a noticeable downside of 15% extra damage taken if you fall below 20% health. Consider taking it only within raid environment, as is much more frequent/easier to drop below 50% health during Mythic+ dungeons; not to mention Affliction has plenty of equally appealing traits without the downsides.
3.2. Middle Ring
The Middle Ring traits are very analog, and you should therefore choose whatever ranks highest under the sims provided on the page.
3.3. Inner Ring
As with most classes, Resounding Protection generally offers the best survivability and utility. This trait is exceptional and should be selected when available.
Longstrider can provide a noticeable movement speed increase, particularly if you have multiple traits. This is especially useful for encounters that require quick footwork, kiting, or some sort of "dance" mechanic.
Impassive Visage provides extra healing, and can trigger very often. This trait works best on fights where there is constant raid damage, allowing you to get maximum returns on the short cooldown of the trait.
4. Azerite Simulation Rankings for Affliction Warlock
4.1. Single Target
4.1.1. Outer Ring
4.1.2. Middle Ring
4.2.1. Outer Ring
4.2.2. Middle Ring
5. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Affliction Warlock
Some of your Azerite Traits in Battle For Azeroth can have a small effect on your rotation. They generally do not change the fundamentals, but they allow you to use their effects to squeeze just a little bit more damage out than your competition.
- Cascading Calamity should be maintained whenever possible, as it lasts 15 seconds. Aim to budget your Soul Shards such that you will always have an Unstable Affliction close to expiry as your Cascading Calamity buff is fading. This allows you to squeeze another Unstable Affliction off and maximize both Soul Shard efficiency and buff uptime.
- Inevitable Demise can be allowed to stack to its maximum (50 stacks) before using Drain Life. It is a DPS increase above 40 stacks.
- Pandemic Invocation requires you to refresh DoTs in a specific and relatively tight time frame to take advantage of the added damage.
6. Azerite Traits
6.1. Generic Outer Ring Traits
- Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat for 10 seconds. If an ally dies nearby you also instantly gain this effect. Note that this is a PvP trait.
- Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
- Barrage Of Many Bombs gives you a chance to fire a clusterbomb at your current target. When the bomb gets close, it explodes into smaller bombs which do AoE damage when they hit the ground.
- Battlefield Focus / Battlefield Precision gives your abilities a chance to apply stacks of a debuff to the target. This debuff causes them to take more damage from all raid members. Note that this is a PvP trait.
- Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
- Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
- Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
- Collective Will / Stand As One causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat and maximum health. This effect is also applied to up to 4 nearby allies. Note that this is a PvP trait.
- Combined Might / Stronger Together gives you and 4 allies a bonus to one of your secondary stats or to your Spellpower / Attackpower (depending on your role), chosen at random, for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait.
- Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
- Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
- Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might causes your spells to have a chance to grant Critical Strike and Haste for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait, and attacking a member of the opposing faction significantly increases this chance, making these traits are much stronger in PvP content.
- Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
- Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
- Last Gift / Retaliatory Fury causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to grant Mastery and an absorb shield . Note that this is a PvP trait; also, taking damage from a member of the opposite faction has a chance to activate this effect, making these traits much strong in PvP content.
- Liberator's Might gives your abilities a chance to give you Haste, and even more Critical Strike for 10 seconds.
- Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
- Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
- Retaliatory Fury gives your abilities a chance to give you a Mastery buff and a shield for 10 seconds.
- Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
- Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
- Ruinous Bolt gives your abilities a chance to summon a Soul (pet) by your side for 14 seconds. The Soul deals Shadow damage to a random nearby target.
- Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
- Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
- Synaptic Spark Capacitor gives your abilities a chance to put a debuff on your target. This debuff will deal damage to enemies within 8 yards of the target with the debuff, and causes them to do 5% less damage to you. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
- Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
- Tidal Surge gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal some Frost damage to the target and slow it by 20%.
- Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
- Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.
- Ancients' Bulwark grants you Versatility while you are not moving, and heals you over time while you are moving. This trait is exclusive to Alliance players and has no Horde equivalent.
- Treacherous Covenant increases your primary stat by a large amount while you are above 50% health. However, you take 15% increased damage while below 20% health.
Note that when using at least 1 Uldir trait inside Uldir, Reorigination Array grants you a buff that increases your highest secondary stat every 5 seconds, stacking up to 10. This power increases over time, in order to make Uldir raiding easier.
6.2. Affliction Warlock Specific Outer Ring Traits
Here is a list of the Affliction-specific Azerite traits:
- Cascading Calamity increases your Haste for 15 seconds whenever you apply Unstable Affliction to a target that is already affected by Unstable Affliction.
- Dreadful Calling causes Unstable Affliction to deal additional instant damage when cast. Additionally, this trait reduces the recharge of your main cooldown, Summon Darkglare, each time Unstable Affliction is cast.
- Inevitable Demise causes Agony to increase the damage of your next Drain Life (stacks up to 50).
- Sudden Onset causes your Agony to deal additional damage based on stacks, and start out with 4 stacks when applied.
- Wracking Brilliance increases your Intellect for 6 seconds every other instance your Agony generates a Soul Shard.
- Pandemic Invocation makes refreshing your DoTs outside of Pandemic window deal some upfront damage and have a chance to grant you a Soul Shard.
6.3. Generic Middle Ring Traits
- Azerite Globules gives your damaging abilities a chance to apply a debuff to your target. This debuff stacks up to 3 times, and when it reaches 3, the target explodes, doing AoE damage.
- Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
- Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
- Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
- Gutripper gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Physical damage. This bonus damage occurs more often when the target is below 30% Health.
- Heed My Call gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Nature damage to the target, and a smaller amount of damage to nearby targets.
- Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
- Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
6.4. Inner Ring Traits for Affliction Warlock
- Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
- Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
- Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
- Lifeblood grants Leech to you for 20 seconds after your Healthstone has been used.
- Desperate Power causes Drain Life to heal for additional health each second when you are below 50% health.
- Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
- Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
- Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
- Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles.
- Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
- Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 12 yards of you.
- Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.
7. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power
In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Affliction Warlock. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).
If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.
- 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
- 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for patch 8.1.
- 30 Oct. 2018: Updated trait recommendations.
- 24 Sep. 2018: Fully updated page and added new sections and simulations.
- 26 Aug. 2018: Updated Azerite rankings and simulations.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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