Affliction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.0.7
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Affliction Warlock in World of Warcraft Dragonflight 10.0.7.
If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Affliction Warlock gear and best in slot.
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 for which you need gems and enchant advice, you can find everything on our dedicated page below.
How To Effectively Compare Upgrades as an Affliction Warlock
Due to the simplicity of determining upgrades with a simulation in the current game era, we recommend using the popular Raidbots tool to decide which pieces of gear offer the most potential for your character. The main reason why this is a considerable advantage is due to the vast number of variables that differ from character to character, such as Stat Quotients and Scale Factors.
The Top Gear function can be handy, 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 that you avail yourself of these tools, which will serve you well when evaluating items.
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.
Valor and Item Upgrades
Valor can increase the item level of any gear that drops from Mythic+ dungeons or the dungeon reward from the weekly up to 415 if you have achieved a 2400 rating.
Onyx Annulet and Primordial Gems
Introduced in patch Patch 10.0.7 the Onyx Annulet is an obtainable ring that feature 3 sockets for Primordial Gems.
For more information regarding the Onyx Annulet, the Primordial Gemstones, and how to obtain them, follow the link below.
For a list of what Primordial Gems are the best for Affliction Warlock, see our Enchants and Gems page.
At the time of writing the Onyx Annulet even with the best gem setup is substantially worse than any 415 or higher item level ring otherwise obtainable.
Crafted Gear & Embellishments
The newly revamped crafting system gives players access to an alternate avenue of gearing, one which offers unique embellishment, which is limited to two equipped at any time.
Spark of Ingenuity will remain the main limiting factor when crafting high-end gear, as it can be acquired once every two weeks.
At the start of a tier, it will be possible to craft two pieces (the first from the initial quest and the second from the initial bi-weekly reward).
It is essential to understand that your individual crafting strategy depends heavily on the kind of progress and therefore drops available, the speed at which you progress through the content and whatever drop you can obtain early. As a result, there will not be a single best path, instead listed below will be some guidelines:
The best combination involves Amice of the Blue and Elemental Lariat that is not affected by any conditional and will always be active.
Double Blue Silken Lining offers slightly lower total damage with the caveat is that it is also implied to never dip below 90% health.
Similarly the Azureweave set composed of Azureweave Mantle and Azureweave Slippers offers a close total output to the previous combination, albeit without the drawbacks.
Worth mentioning is the Hood of Surging Time which is technically the better option where more targets are involved in a setup together with Elemental Lariat. The obvious downside is that it does require different tier pieces from the ones recommended above.
Best in Slot Gear for Raiding
Tier Set for Affliction Warlock
In Dragonflight season 1 Affliction Warlock get access to a new tier set with the following bonuses:
- Affliction Warlock 2pc: When Agony grants you a Soul Shard, you have a chance to gain Cruel Inspiration, increasing your haste by 12% for 6 sec.
- Affliction Warlock 4pc: Cruel Inspiration also grants 2 charges of Cruel Epiphany, up to 5 charges. Each charge of Cruel Epiphany increases the damage of your next Malefic Rapture or Seed of Corruption by 40%.
Affliction Warlock 2pc is around a 3.5% increase while Affliction Warlock 4pc grants a total of 5.8% in single target, with an increase in multitarget (mainly for the 4P).
As both bonuses are somewhat passive, they do not offer a meaningful rotational variation, with the only caveat being trying not to cap the Affliction Warlock 4pc stacks.
It is important to note that achieving the Affliction Warlock 4pc is a higher gain than having the set on the sub-optimal slots.
That said, tier set slots are mainly influenced by whichever Embellishment effect is incorporated in the gearing setup:
- When using Amice of the Blue, use Head, Chest, Hands, and Legs as tier pieces;
- The Azureweave set also involves a shoulder slot as the off-set piece therefore Head, Chest, Hands, and Legs as tier pieces;
- When using Hood of Surging Time, Shoulder, Chest, Hands, and Legs are the tier pieces
- If running double Blue Silken Lining (typically on Wrists and Back) use Head, Shoulder, Chest, and Hands as tier pieces.
Weapons for Affliction Warlock
There are no unique or outstanding choices for Affliction Warlock; anything that is higher in item level and has good secondary stats is a direct upgrade. The best staff would be Final Grade from Algeth'ar Academy.
For main hand and off-hand combo instead, Stormlash's Last Resort from Raszageth the Storm-Eater in Vault of the Incarnates and Scripture of Primal Devotion from Kurog Grimtotem in Vault of the Incarnates offer the best damage.
Trinkets for Affliction Warlock
Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are various suitable options for trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.
From Vault of the Incarnates Whispering Incarnate Icon is the best passive trinket.
From dungeons, there are two passive options: Furious Ragefeather offers solid single-target damage, while Eye of Skovald also has limited multitarget capabilities. As for the active trinket choices, Horn of Valor and Voidmender's Shadowgem are the only standout options.
Trinket Simulations for Affliction Warlock
DISCLAIMER: sims are currently being developed. Therefore take the following charts with a grain of salt.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Added Patch 10.0.7 new ring section. .
- 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
- 13 Dec. 2022: Updated Embellishment recommendations.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Season 1 launch.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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