Affliction Warlock PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 20:14 by Chanimal 6 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Warlock PvP guide.


Affliction Warlocks in the Current Meta

Affliction Warlocks are looking to be much stronger in Season 4. Affliction Warlocks struggle against melee, however they perform well into casters and have the potential to do incredible amounts of spread damage. If left alone for a few seconds, they can easily apply their DoTs to multiple targets and begin melting entire teams simultaneously. If an Affliction Warlock is being focused by enemies, they take a lot of damage but have great mobility in order to get away and continue dealing out spread pressure.


Shadowlands Season 4

This season brings a 15% buff to Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction and a 30% buff to Corruption Icon Corruption. To offset this, Dark Soul: Misery Icon Dark Soul: Misery only grants 20% Haste, down from 30%. Additionally, Craven Strategem Icon Craven Strategem has been nerfed, which is an indirect buff to Affliction Warlocks. This puts Affliction in a better place than the previous season.


Strengths of Affliction Warlocks

  • Great spread damage
  • Strong mobility
  • Good against teams with low self healing or no hybrids

Weaknesses of Affliction Warlocks

  • Struggle to stay alive against melee teams
  • Lack of reliable crowd control
  • Weak single target damage and burst
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 02 Mar. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands 9.2.
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands 9.1.
  • 30 Mar. 2021: Updated for Shadowlands 9.0.5.
  • 27 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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