Affliction Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Aug 16, 2022 at 01:30 by Motoko 39 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 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC 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.

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.

3.

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.

4.

Tier Set for Affliction Warlock

Patch 9.2 reintroduces Tier Sets in the game providing unique bonuses tailored for each specialisation. For Affliction these bonuses are the following:

Wearing 4 pieces of the set will be a noticeable damage increase for single targets and situations where Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture is being used. In Dungeons and PvP however, the set does not provide full benefits as there are few times where Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul is used and in the latter Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture is not used as shard payoff.

There are different methods of acquisition for Tier Pieces: the usual Sepulcher of the First Ones bosses alongside the Great Vault weekly reward. A new option is the Creation Catalyst which allows to change a non tier piece into the correspective tier item in the appropriate slot.

4.1.

What slots to equip the Tier Set in For Affliction Warlock

Of the 5 different slots the Tier set pieces will be available in, only 4 are needed to activate the last set bonus, meaning there is some flexibility in how to optimise the gear and what piece to replace with possibly better statted or higher item level options.

Affliction Warlocks in raid will run Malefic Wrath Icon Malefic Wrath on Hands slot which result in no tier set piece in that specific slot.

5.

Legendaries for Affliction Warlock

Crafting Malefic Wrath Icon Malefic Wrath (Hands) will cover any single target requirement, while picking Wrath of Consumption Icon Wrath of Consumption (Back) or Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy (Back) will handle any multitarget 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.

Additionally, after 5 weeks of 9.2, you can get Unity Icon Unity to get your Covenant specific Legendary alongside the Legendary above.

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. Withering Bolt Icon Withering Bolt
  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. Soul Eater Icon Soul Eater (as Night Fae)

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.

Raid Best in Slot

During Shadowlands Season 4 each week one of the raids of the expansion Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will be designated as Fated, with higher item level drops. Below are listed multiple tables featuring BiS lists for each raid as reference, plus a combined one.

Recommended Raid Gear Table
Combined Castle Nathria Sanctum of Domination Sepulcher of the First Ones
7.2.
Slot Item Source
Helm Horns of the Demon Star Icon Horns of the Demon Star Anduin Wrynn in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Shoulder Mantle of the Demon Star Icon Mantle of the Demon Star Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Demon Star Icon Robes of the Demon Star Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Cuffs of the Covert Commander Icon Cuffs of the Covert Commander Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Gloves Grim-Veiled Mittens Icon Grim-Veiled Mittens Crafted Legendary with Malefic Wrath Icon Malefic Wrath, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Belt Illicit Artifact Holster Icon Illicit Artifact Holster Artificer Xy'mox in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Legs Leggings of the Demon Star Icon Leggings of the Demon Star Halondrus the Reclaimer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Boots Grim-Veiled Sandals Icon Grim-Veiled Sandals Crafted Legendary with Unity Icon Unity, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Ring #1 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Ring #2 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Main-hand + Off-hand Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos + Lyre of Decadent Frivolity Icon Lyre of Decadent Frivolity Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones + Weapon Token from Castle Nathria (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
Trinket 1 Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
Trinket 2 Tome of Monstrous Constructions Icon Tome of Monstrous Constructions The Tarragrue in Sanctum of Domination (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
7.6.

Dungeons Best in Slot

Slot Item Source
Helm Horns of the Demon Star Icon Horns of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Neck Choker of Barbed Reins Icon Choker of Barbed Reins Lower Karazhan
Shoulder Mantle of the Demon Star Icon Mantle of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Cloak Grim-Veiled Cape Icon Grim-Veiled Cape Crafted Legendary with Wrath of Consumption Icon Wrath of Consumption or Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Chest Robes of the Demon Star Icon Robes of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Wrists Bracelets of the Sorrowful Bride Icon Bracelets of the Sorrowful Bride Lower Karazhan
Gloves Cyphered Gloves Icon Cyphered Gloves Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Belt Frost-Touched Cord Icon Frost-Touched Cord Grimrail Depot
Legs Leggings of the Demon Star Icon Leggings of the Demon Star Creation Catalyst conversion of another item in this slot
Boots Grim-Veiled Sandals Icon Grim-Veiled Sandals Crafted Legendary with Unity Icon Unity, Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery and Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste
Ring #1 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Ring #2 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Main-hand + Off-hand Staff of Fractured Spacetime Icon Staff of Fractured Spacetime Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Trinket 1 Enforcer's Stun Grenade Icon Enforcer's Stun Grenade Iron Docks
Trinket 2 Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository Grimrail Depot
8.

Puzzling Cartel Dinar Purchases

Introduced in Season 4 as part of Fated Raids, up to 3 Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars can be acquired and used as a means to target specific weapons and/or trinkets from the raid loot pool. Below is a list of highly valuable drops to aim for, in the case of bad luck with drops:

  1. Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos — currently the best obtainable weapon for casters.
  2. Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment — strong on-use trinket that fits extremely well in Affliction's damage profile and has been buffed in Season 4.
  3. Tome of Monstrous Constructions Icon Tome of Monstrous Constructions and Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal — your best passive trinket options for single-target.
  4. The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil offers tremendous burst potential and should always be considered in very short encounters and speed kills.

If you would like to learn more about acquiring Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars or how to further upgrade gear from Fated Raids, please see our overview of this new system below.

9.

Valor and Item Upgrades

As part of the changes in Season 4, Valor upgrade system will not retain a weekly cap, allowing to upgrade items without being limited each lockout, up to item level 298 after achieving Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four Icon Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four. As a general rule it is advisable to prioritise trinkets, then weapons, then head/chest/legs pieces for the highest value gain.

9.1.

Domination Sockets and Shards

Shards of Domination will not work in any Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 4 dungeons or within any Fated Raids, therefore both the shards and the items with a shard slot can be disregarded for any type of content outside Torghast.

10.

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.

In Fated Raids there are few noteworthy options:

From dungeons, Tovra's Lightning Repository Icon Tovra's Lightning Repository and Enforcer's Stun Grenade Icon Enforcer's Stun Grenade are the default choices for single-target and general use. For more AoE-oriented situations Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core has better scaling.

10.1.

Trinket Simulations for Affliction Warlock

10.1.1.

Single Target

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10.1.2.

Cleave

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11.

Changelog

  • 16 Aug. 2022: Updated raid/combined/dungeon BiS lists and dungeon trinkets section.
  • 30 Jul. 2022: Added Season 4 sections and BiS lists.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 10 Mar. 2022: Updated trinket section.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added tier section and created BiS list for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Sep. 2021: Updated trinket section following Forbidden Necromantic Tome change.
  • 26 Aug. 2021: Removed Castle Nathria BiS list, as it is not relevant anymore.
  • 30 Jun. 2021: Added Sanctum of Domination bis list, updated trinket section and shard recommendations.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 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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