Affliction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 16:15 by Motoko 29 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Affliction Warlock in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Affliction Warlock gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Affliction Warlock

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Affliction Warlock, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

2.

Gearing Early on in Shadowlands as Affliction Warlock

When Season 1 of Shadowlands begins, most of your gear will come from either Raiding, Mythic+, PvP, or the weekly chest. However, none of these options are available in the first couple of weeks of Shadowlands. Below, we go over some of the best ways to get geared early on in Shadowlands.

  • Covenant Callings: These are daily quests that can give you up to 200 item level gear and Conduits.
  • The Maw: Rares and Events in The Maw can drop up to 184 item level gear.
  • Battlegrounds: You can exchange Honor Points for u to item level 184 gear.
  • Mythic dungeons: Although Mythic+ is not open yet, standard Mythic dungeons are open. These drop 184 item level loot and can be looted once per week.
  • Reputation: Getting honored allows you to buy 181 item level gear and getting exalted gives 200 item level gear.
2.1.

Valor Points

Patch 9.0.5 re-introduced the Valor system, which lets you upgrade your gear from dungeons.

3.

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 Raidbots tool 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 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.

4.

Droptimizer

The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.

5.

Legendaries for Affliction Warlock

Both Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy (Head) and Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir (Chest) are extremely important in both raiding and Mythic+ situations. It is advisable to craft them with Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste.

Prioritise Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy, as it performs extremely well on all 3 specs and offers the best DPS increase for Affliction until 4 targets, compared to Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

After crafting and upgrading the above 2 choices, it is advisable to consider crafting other more niche choices, such as:

If you are looking for an in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

6.

Conduits for Affliction Warlock

6.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Affliction Warlock

  1. Cold Embrace Icon Cold Embrace
  2. Focused Malignancy Icon Focused Malignancy
6.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Affliction Warlock

  1. Rolling Agony Icon Rolling Agony
  2. Corrupting Leer Icon Corrupting Leer
  3. Focused Malignancy Icon Focused Malignancy

For more info regarding what Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds, & Conduits page.

7.

Best in Slot Items for Affliction Warlock

7.1.

Castle Nathria Best in Slot

Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Castle Nathria, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.

Slot Item Source
Helm Grim-Veiled Hood Icon Grim-Veiled Hood Crafted Legendary with Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Neck Noble's Birthstone Pendant Icon Noble's Birthstone Pendant Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Wrists Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Icon Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Cinch of Infinite Tightness Icon Cinch of Infinite Tightness Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Legs Courtier's Costume Trousers Icon Courtier's Costume Trousers Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Boots Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Icon Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Main-hand + Off-hand Spire of the Long Dark Icon Spire of the Long Dark Trade in Abominable Anima Spherule Icon Abominable Anima Spherule at your Covenant Weaponsmith, dropped from Sire Denathrius or Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Trinket 1 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket 2 Glyph of Assimilation Icon Glyph of Assimilation Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
7.2.

Dungeons Best in Slot

Slot Item Source
Helm Cowl of the Devoted General Icon Cowl of the Devoted General General Kaal in Sanguine Depths
Neck Trailspinner Pendant Icon Trailspinner Pendant Mists of Tirna Scithe
Shoulder Castigator's Mantle Icon Castigator's Mantle Sanguine Depths
Cloak Dealer Xy'exa's Cape Icon Dealer Xy'exa's Cape De Other Side
Chest Sinlight Shroud Icon Sinlight Shroud Halls of Atonement
Wrists Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Icon Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Theater of Pain
Gloves Gory Surgeon's Gloves Icon Gory Surgeon's Gloves The Necrotic Wake
Belt Sash of Exquisite Acquisitions Icon Sash of Exquisite Acquisitions De Other Side
Legs Purge Protocol Legwraps Icon Purge Protocol Legwraps Spires of Ascension
Boots Stradama's Misplaced Slippers Icon Stradama's Misplaced Slippers Plaguefall
Ring #1 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Ring #2 Arachnid Cipher Ring Icon Arachnid Cipher Ring Plaguefall
Main-hand + Off-hand Nathrian Ferula Icon Nathrian Ferula Halls of Atonement
Trinket 1 Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device De Other Side
Trinket 2 Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance Spires of Ascension
8.

Trinkets for Affliction Warlock

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.

From Castle Nathria, Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal, Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel and Glyph of Assimilation Icon Glyph of Assimilation are similar in terms of value, and worth acquiring.

From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket, rivalling raid trinkets of similar item level, but becomes somewhat inconsistent in the latter part of a fight, due to stat increase being on a lower priority than other triggers. Unbound Changeling Icon Unbound Changeling is the best passive trinket, and Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby is a good option, especially paired with Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery. Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance is worth mentioning as the delay in buff application allows you to run it as a second on-use trinket.

From World Quest and the Covenant Mission table, the most desirable trinket is Instructor's Divine Bell Icon Instructor's Divine Bell, able to compete with much higher item level trinkets due a very favourable on use stat that lines up very well with affliction burst windows.

Last but not least, Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity is a solid on use option relatively easier to obtain compared to the rest of the mentioned trinkets.

8.1.

Trinket Simulations for Affliction Warlock

8.1.1.

Single Target

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8.1.2.

Cleave

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9.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor Upgrade section for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 01 Feb. 2021: Updated trinket section.
  • 28 Dec. 2020: Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
  • 04 Dec. 2020: Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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