Affliction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5
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) 8.2.5.
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.
Best in Slot Items for Affliction Warlock
Patch 8.2 introduces a new type of gear themed around Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace. While doing activities in the new zone, you will have the opportunity to obtain Bind on Account tokens that can be used to get baseline 385 gear. These tokens can proc with tertiary stats and, most importantly, a socket. You can then upgrade those items up to 425 item level with Prismatic Manapearls.
Of all the Benthic gear available, 4 items in particular are extremely valuable for raiding: Waveblade Farseer's Bindings, Poen's Deepsea Gloves, Akana's Reefstrider Soles, Vim's Scalecrusher Belt, and the situational Shirakess Cinch, which works on 2 bosses in The Eternal Palace.
If you manage to get these items with a socket, it is unlikely you will replace them, even with Mythic 445 gear.
The Eternal Palace Best in Slot
Here we have provided a list of the best available items from The Eternal Palace, 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.
|Cloak||Cloak of Ill Tidings||Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha|
|Chest||Vestments of Creeping Terror||Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha|
|Legs||Seawrath Legwraps||Abyssal Commander Sivara|
|Ring #1||Boralus Noble's Seal||Lady Ashvane|
|Ring #2||Cursed Lover's Ring||Queen Azshara|
|Weapon||Pashmar's Finial||The Queen's Court|
|Off-Hand||Stormtamer's Orb||The Queen's Court|
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.
|Helm||Grasping Crown of the Deep||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Shoulders||Amice of the Returned||Gorak Tul (Waycrest Manor)|
|Cloak||Drape of the Loyal Vassal||Vol'kaal (Atal'Dazar)|
|Chest||Robes of the Reborn Serpent||Avatar of Sethraliss (Temple of Sethraliss)|
|Wrists||Iron-Kelp Wristwraps||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Gloves||Captain's Dustfinders||Viq'Goth (Siege of Boralus)|
|Belt||Ouroborial Sash||Merektha (Temple of Sethraliss)|
|Legs||Bloodstained Sous Chef Pants||Raal the Gluttonous (Waycrest Manor)|
|Boots||Deranged Alchemist's Slippers||Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Ring #1||Loop of Pulsing Veins||Elder Leaxa (The Underrot)|
|Ring #2||Footbomb Championship Ring||Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)|
|Weapon||Staff of the Lightning Serpent||Adderis and Aspix (Temple of Sethraliss)|
Azerite Gear for Affliction Warlocks
For information about what Azerite traits to choose and what the best items are, see our Azerite page.
Trinkets for Affliction Warlock
In The Eternal Palace, we have access to new powerful trinkets. Azshara's Font of Power is the best on-use trinket to line up with all cooldowns. Leviathan's Lure is the best passive trinket for single-target, and Shiver Venom Relic is a close third option.
The new modular trinket from Mechagon is a powerful option when slotted with a reasonably high item level yellow punchcard and the Cyclotronic Blast in the red punchcard slot.
Balefire Branch is currently overshadowed by trinkets found in The Eternal Palace but it is a solid option obtainable from Waycrest Manor nevertheless. The on-use effect lines up naturally every Summon Darkglare. Alternatively Ignition Mage's Fuse from Tol'Dagor is another option, which lines up with Dark Soul: Misery.
The only trinket from World Bosses worth of note is Azurethos' Singed Plumage.
The last trinket worth mentioning is the World Drop BoE Leyshock's Grand Compilation.
Trinket Simulations for Affliction Warlock
- 10 Jul. 2019: Added The Eternal Palace Best in Slot list and updated trinket recommendations.
- 03 Jul. 2019: Added Benthic Gear section and updated trinket recommendations.
- 25 Jun. 2019: Updated for Patch 8.2.
- 22 Jan. 2019: Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
- 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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