Affliction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 17:29 by Motoko 92 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Affliction Warlock in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

1. How To Effectively Compare Upgrades as an Affliction Warlock

Due to the simplicity of determining upgrades with a simulation in the current era of the game, we recommend using the popular tool Raidbots to determine which pieces of gear offer the most potential for your character. The main reason why this is a huge advantage is due to the huge number of variables that differ from character to character, such as Azerite Traits, Stat Quotients, and Scale Factors.

The Top Gear function can be especially useful, as it allows you to compare multiple items and item types to find the best combination of upgrades.

Learning to use the tools available will allow you to reach the most accurate conclusions with the least effort. It is highly recommended you avail yourself of these tools, and they will serve you well when evaluating items.

2. Best in Slot Items for Affliction Warlock

2.1. Uldir Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Uldir, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ Dungeons or Player vs. Player.

When considering the usage of Seals of Wartorn Fate, it is often best to roll bosses that can provide Azerite Armor.

Slot Item Source
Helm Horrific Amalgam's Hood Icon Horrific Amalgam's Hood Fetid Devourer
Shoulders Amice of Corrupting Horror Icon Amice of Corrupting Horror G'huun
Cloak Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak Icon Fetid Horror's Tanglecloak Fetid Devourer
Chest Robes of the Unraveler Icon Robes of the Unraveler Mythrax the Unraveler
Wrists Void-Lashed Wristband Icon Void-Lashed Wristband Zek'voz
Gloves Mutagenic Protofluid Handwraps Icon Mutagenic Protofluid Handwraps Vectis
Belt Cord of Septic Envelopment Icon Cord of Septic Envelopment G'huun
Legs Leggings of Lingering Infestation Icon Leggings of Lingering Infestation MOTHER
Boots Volatile Walkers Icon Volatile Walkers Taloc
Ring #1 Ring of the Infinite Void Icon Ring of the Infinite Void Zek'voz
Ring #2 Band of Certain Annihilation Icon Band of Certain Annihilation Mythrax the Unraveler
Weapon Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge Icon Heptavium, Staff of Torturous Knowledge G'huun

2.2. Dungeon Best in Slot

This list illustrates some of the best available dungeon items for the Affliction Warlock specialization.

Bear in mind that this list is a template rather than an end point. We recommend simming using the Top Gear function to find the best setup for your character, which can depend on factors such as Talents, Azerite Traits, and Stat Distribution.

Many of these items can actually out-perform their "Raid Best in Slot" counterparts, particularly at extremely high item levels or if you are lucky enough to receive a Titanforged version of one of them.

Please refer to the Trinket Simulation section below for details on Trinkets.

Slot Item Source
Helm Grasping Crown of the Deep Icon Grasping Crown of the Deep Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Shoulders Amice of the Returned Icon Amice of the Returned Gorak Tul (Waycrest Manor)
Cloak Drape of the Loyal Vassal Icon Drape of the Loyal Vassal Vol'kaal (Atal'Dazar)
Chest Robes of the Reborn Serpent Icon Robes of the Reborn Serpent Avatar of Sethraliss (Temple of Sethraliss)
Wrists Iron-Kelp Wristwraps Icon Iron-Kelp Wristwraps Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Gloves Captain's Dustfinders Icon Captain's Dustfinders Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)
Belt Ouroborial Sash Icon Ouroborial Sash Merektha (Temple of Sethraliss)
Legs Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants Icon Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants Raal the Gluttonous (Waycrest Manor)
Boots Deranged Alchemist's Slippers Icon Deranged Alchemist's Slippers Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Ring #1 Loop of Pulsing Veins Icon Loop of Pulsing Veins Elder Leaxa (The Underrot)
Ring #2 Footbomb Championship Ring Icon Footbomb Championship Ring Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Weapon Staff of the Lightning Serpent Icon Staff of the Lightning Serpent Adderis and Aspix (Temple of Sethraliss)

3. Azerite Gear for Affliction Warlock

For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.

4. Trinkets for Affliction Warlock

Balefire Branch Icon Balefire Branch is currently the best available trinket and is obtainable from Waycrest Manor. The on-use effect lines up naturally every Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare. Alternatively Ignition Mage's Fuse Icon Ignition Mage's Fuse from Tol'Dagor is another option, which lines up with Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery.

The best trinkets from World Quests and Emissary Rewards are Pearl Diver's Compass Icon Pearl Diver's Compass, First Mate's Spyglass Icon First Mate's Spyglass, and Incessantly Ticking Clock Icon Incessantly Ticking Clock.

The only trinket from World Bosses worth of note is Azurethos' Singed Plumage Icon Azurethos' Singed Plumage.

The last trinket worth mentioning is the World Drop BoE Leyshock's Grand Compilation Icon Leyshock's Grand Compilation.

4.1. Trinket Simulations for Affliction Warlock

4.1.1. Single Target

For the complete simulation results, check out

4.1.2. Cleave

For the complete simulation results, check out

5. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 30 Oct. 2018: Updated Weapon and trinket options
  • 16 Oct. 2018: Split the Best in Slot list into "Raid" and "Dungeon" options.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 26 Jul. 2018: Updated the legendary ranking.
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