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Affliction Warlock PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 14, 2020 at 07:55 by Mysticall 4 comments

Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.

This page is part of our Affliction Warlock PvP Guide.


Azerite Essences for Affliction Warlocks

Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Affliction Warlocks in PvP.

For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.

Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Affliction Warlock. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.


Major Essences

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife is a great Major Essence to have. Conflict Icon Conflict gives you Endless Affliction Icon Endless Affliction as a baseline ability. This ability is great versus teams that will allow you to cast multiple Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Afflictions throughout an arena match. The bonus Versatility granted from Strife Icon Strife also increases your survivability.

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame is another solid Major Essence. This essence grants the Major Power, Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame. Affliction Warlocks have multiple abilities that they have to cast. This gives you strong instant damage you can use very often throughout an arena match.


Minor Essences

In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife is the best Minor Essence you can have. As stated above, Strife Icon Strife gives you bonus Versatility and increases your survivability.

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame grants the minor ability Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame. This increases your overall damage output.

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the minor ability Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes. This will increase your overall damage output and also help with your survivability.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund Shards you used and heal you. This is great for increasing your damage, as you will frequently be refunded Shards throughout a match.


Azerite Traits for Affliction Warlocks

Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.

For a general guide to the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite gear, check out our dedicated guide.


Outer Ring

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Sudden Onset Icon Sudden Onset
  2. Wracking Brilliance Icon Wracking Brilliance
  3. Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise

There is one trait you are going to want in all pieces of your Azerite gear and it should be Inevitable Demise Icon Inevitable Demise. You need this trait so you can kill an enemy player with full DoTs on them. If you cannot get this trait in all of your Azerite gear, there are still other options. Wracking Brilliance Icon Wracking Brilliance gives you a great stat increase to your Intellect and is helpful with increasing your overall damage output. Sudden Onset Icon Sudden Onset increasesyour spread damage. This trait is great if your goal is to rot an entire team.


Middle Ring

Below are the best Middle Ring traits.

  1. Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power
  2. Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call
  3. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl
  4. Earthlink Icon Earthlink

The Middle and Inner Rings are important for additional damage. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl, Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power, and Earthlink Icon Earthlink give an increase to your stats. These are minor stat boosts, but still increase your damage. Gutripper Icon Gutripper will help increase both your single target and spread pressure.


Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  2. Gemhide Icon Gemhide
  3. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage

All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.



  • 14 Feb. 2020: Updated Minor essences. Updated Azerite traits.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 15 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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