Affliction Warlock DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.0
On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Affliction Warlock for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.0.
In this section, you will find information and guidance for each boss individually in Castle Nathria as a Affliction Warlock. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for any Affliction Warlock on each boss.
During the Dragonflight Pre-Patch, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will be simultaneously featured as Fated Raids. During this time encounters within each specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.
Disclaimer: The tips below are based on Shadowlands Season 4, not Dragonflight changes.
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We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Malefic Wrath.
Single-target encounter with 2 phases.
Smart Demonic Circle placement can trivialise the movement requirements of abilities such as Earsplitting Shriek and Echolocation.
During Phase 2, focus on dodging Echoing Sonar.
For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Malefic Wrath.
Council fight with multiple targets and few burst phases.
Avoid Spreadshot and consider talenting Dark Pact to mitigate Vicious Lunge damage.
Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway placement can give healers more time to handle the Rip Soul mechanic.
Fear can be applied on Shades of Bargast to increase the damage taken through Destabilize right before bursting them down. Try to pool resources when that happens and save Mortal Coil for emergency heals or to interrupt Deathly Roar if needed.
Unending Resolve can be used to alleviate the incoming damage from Crushing Stone should the tank decide to drop a large amount of stacks from the boss. Use Demonic Circle to drop Stone shard patches away from the group when targeted by Petrifying Howl.
Burning Rush can bypass movement slows during the fight and give increase mobility but Demon Skin and Dark Pact offer much higher damage mitigation.
For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.
Sun King's Salvation
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Wrath of Consumption.
Multi-target fight with frequent adds dying and few priority targets.
Pay attention to boss mechanics that require spreading and the cone that has to be baited. Depending on how closely targets will be stacked, you can opt for Seed of Corruption as main spender over Malefic Rapture with Sow the Seeds talented.
If slow on phoenixes is lacking raidwise, consider talenting Vile Taint or even go the extra mile and craft Sacrolash's Dark Strike when it will be eventually available.
For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Malefic Wrath.
Single-target fight with multiple mechanics that involve a good amount of movement.
Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway can help both you and the raid placing Dimensional Tears or moving Seeds of Extinction.
For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Malefic Wrath.
Single target fight with various movement phases involved.
When targeted by Gluttonous Miasma, absorbs from Soul Leech and Dark Pact both work.
Demonic Circle can be used to help place Expunge rifts away from the others, and to nullify the pull from Consume, together with Demonic Gateway.
For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.
Lady Inerva Darkvein
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Wrath of Consumption.
Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway can be used to soak Bottled Animas relatively efficiently, even if Warlocks are not the best recipients.
The additional adds spawning from Unleashed Shadow can be used to generate plenty of extra resources to funnel boss DPS.
For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.
The Council of Blood
We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.
Council fight with periodic movement phases.
Pool resources for when the Danse Macabre happen, in order to get the most out of Fancy Footwork stacks.
Dark Recital can be quite annoying to deal with, with limited procs available, so focus on refreshing dots.
For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Malefic Wrath.
Standard single target fight with enrage mechanism
Pooling resources for Destructive Impact damage amplification phase is advised. Delay Phantom Singularity to match the 1-minute cadence.
For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.
Stone Legion Generals
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Wrath of Consumption.
Council fight with periodic adds and multiple phases.
Shattering Blast knockback can be nullified by Demonic Circle activation. The ability can also be used to get back in the group after baiting Wicked Blade outside.
Passively cleave the Goliaths and be ready to swap once they hit 20% health to burst them down, making use of Drain Soul execute.
Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway can also be used to facilitate the Reverberating Eruption mechanic. Due to good passive and active damage mitigation Warlocks are good candidates to soak Unstable Ground locations (from Unstable Footing).
For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Malefic Wrath.
Multiple-phase encounter with a fair amount of movement involved.
Precast Seed of Corruption on the boss when the group of players is getting cleaved to spawn Echoes of Sin, and follow up with few Malefic Rapture.
Demonic Gateway can be used once again to trivialise the movement required to avoid Command: Ravage.
March of the Penitent can be mitigated by casting Burning Rush before boss hits 70% health, reducing the movement speed penalty at the cost of life.
In Phase 2, Demonic Gateway can be used to reach the 3rd add. try to snipe these adds with both Unstable Affliction and Drain Soul for additional resources.
In Phase 3, Demonic Gateway or even a pre placed Demonic Circle can help when dealing with Hand of Destruction, but the latter is better saved to avoid knockbacks during this last phase.
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