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Affliction Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 21, 2020 at 18:36 by Motoko 98 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Affliction Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as an Affliction Warlock in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock guide.

1.

Affliction Warlock Overview

Affliction Warlocks excel at sustaining high single-target and multiple-target damage. Most of your damage comes from the application of harmful damage over time effects (DoTs). This allows them to effectively cleave on targets that are spread around an area, something many specializations struggle with or are flat out unable to do. Just like the other Warlock specializations, Affliction Warlocks bring the Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway ability to the raid, which can be an invaluable mobility cooldown.

2.

Shadowlands Changes for Warlocks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warlocks for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Affliction Warlock

Affliction was the spec with the most changes in regards to talent balance in order to offer a greater choice of options compared to the past. For more details check the link below:

In addition, we have:

4.

Affliction Warlock Strengths

  • High single target damage
  • Very strong burst during damage cooldowns
  • High cleave damage
  • Spread cleave
  • High mobility
  • Flexible toolkit
5.

Affliction Warlock Weaknesses

  • Ramp up time for some of its damage
  • Burst damage requires a setup period, where you can be punished by movement
  • Weak AoE damage
6.

Affliction Warlock's Viability in the Current Patch

Affliction is a well rounded specialization, with more upsides than downsides. It offers good single target damage, extremely strong burst, unrivalled multitarget distant cleave, with a mobility matched only by Beast Mastery Hunters.

The only downside Affliction suffers from in this expansion comes from its lack of burst AoE. While its sustained AoE can be actually strong, it requires specific talent choices at the cost of single-target performance.

Fortunately, the introduction of Essences (specifically Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris) allows Affliction warlocks to be somewhat competitive in dungeons, while not sacrificing their single-target or burst potential.

Unlike its dungeon performance, Affliction is a highly sought after spec in raids. A combination of competitive single-target, with the possibility to increase it even further if additional targets are present, high self-sustain, high mobility, high burst and one of the best multi-target outputs often make Affliction one of the spec you may want to stack during progress.

Affliction Warlock is the best specialization to level with, as it is mobile and provides good damage to spread out targets. It is very mobile while leveling, as DoTs can be cast while moving.

Affliction looks to be a prime contender for Ny'alotha progress, offering mobility, multi target potential and most importantly execute damage without sacrificing its single target prowess.

7.

Changelog

  • 21 May 2020 (Corruption page): Updated for Corruption Vendor and the Gushing Wound nerf coming a week later.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Moved Corruption to a dedicated page.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Added page.
  • 12 Feb. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated to reflect Grasping Tendrils change.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Added Corruption implications on secondary scaling.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated BiS lists to reflect Corruption effects.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Added new augment rune from Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (rotation page): Updated opener formatting.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife mention.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Updated page with additional simulations.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Boss Tips and Talent/Essences selection.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added The Eternal Palace Best in Slot list and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 03 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic Gear section and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page created.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Dark Soul: Misery usage.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation section to include racial and trinket usage.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Updated page with additional macros.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated pet advice.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Pet advice update.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for 8.1 Patch. Reviewed all talent suggestions.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Updated paragraphs for Siphon Life and Vile Taint.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated Uldir boss suggestions.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talents information and advice.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the list.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait recommendations.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (addons page): Expanded the list of Addons.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (stats page): Added a general rule for stat priority.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated Weapon and trinket options.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talents recommendation.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (this page): Updated Strengths/Weaknesses.
  • 30 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation priority.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent advice.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Split the Best in Slot list into "Raid" and "Dungeon" options.
  • 09 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent advice.
  • 01 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Added additional context for talent usage in Uldir, updated talents/cheatsheets.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Fully updated page and added new sections and simulations.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added Masterful Navigation as a weapon enchant.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite rankings and simulations.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added toggles for various talent setups in the rotation section and updated priority/opener.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added an FAQ regarding Darkglare failing to extend the Warlock's DoT effects.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (this page): Greatly expanded viability and added additional strengths and weaknesses.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page created for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 3 talents.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added a Deathbolt usage section to help alleviate confusion. Updated single target priority (re-added Haunt).
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Made Haunt the default talent again, swapped Vile Taint and Phantom Singularity priority, and added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 03 Jan. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Singe Magic usage mention.
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