Demonology Warlock Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 03, 2020 at 19:45 by Motoko 11 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Demonology Warlock, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

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Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

Located within the Torghast tower, lies the ability to craft unique gear of higher item level featuring specific legendary powers. This guide will help the player to choose the most suited option, as currently only 1 legendary item can be equipped at a time. Rankings and an extensive explanation can be found below.

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Best Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

Bolded slots are the preferred choice, as these are the slots that have the highest stat budget for a given power.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare Shoulder or Finger Torghast (Fracture Chambers, Layer 3+)
Mythic+ Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential Head or Waist The Necrotic Wake (Surgeon Stitchflesh)
Torghast Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure Neck, Wrist, or Back Torghast (Layer 6+)
Soloing Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy Head or Shoulder Castle Nathria (Stone Legion Generals)

Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare is the preferred choice for raiding, edging over both Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning and Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy in single target while also offering a consistent damage increase while cleaving targets.

Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential is the specialised option in multi targets situations and especially for challenging content such as high Mythic Dungeons, while also offering a respectable damage gain at less than 3 targets.

Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a natural choice for Torghast, as the added Phantasma gains should allow you to complete your Anima Power setup quicker and more reliably.

For solo content, Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy offers a non conditional damage increase for both the player and the Felguard.

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Best Overall Legendary for Demonology Warlock

For those who are looking for a reliable legendary that works in any situation without exclusion, Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy is the best pick, offering a reliable DPS increase with the bonus of being cross-spec at the same time.

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Best Raiding Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

In this section, we look at the best Raiding legendaries for Demonology Warlock.

  1. Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare offers the highest damage output up to 3 targets stacked, and is versatile enough to be taken in any encounter.
  2. Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy is the second choice, becoming stronger whenever Felguard can cleave multiple targets. It also has the benefit of being a cross-spec legendary.
  3. Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning can be considered when extra Tyrant cycles can be leveraged, or whenever shorter cooldowns between burst is needed.
  4. Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling Icon Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling is an option, especially when paired with Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers and Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash.
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Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

In this section, we look at the best Mythic+ legendaries for Demonology Warlock.

  1. Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential has the highest potential output in multi-target scenarios, while also offering respectable damage gain with fewer than 3 targets.
  2. Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy is the second option, performing well in any condition.
  3. Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare offers increased damage and a chance for additional Wild Imps, which is useful for both setting up a Tyrant, or for a bigger Implosion Icon Implosion.
  4. Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning can be a strong pick, if the cadence of pulls matches the reduced Tyrant cooldown, but the downside is generally the lack of strong on-use trinkets with less than a 1.5-minute cooldown.
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Best Torghast Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

In this section, we look at the best Torghast legendaries for Demonology Warlock.

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a special legendary that increases the Torghast-only currency you get by a significant amount. While the value of this currency can vary wildly between runs, depending on your build and what is available from the vendors, buying powers is still one of the best ways to complete a synergistic build on a Torghast run, and this legendary will help you get there faster.
  2. Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy offers the most reliable damage increase, without being diminished or nullified by specific Anima Powers.
  3. Claw of Endereth Icon Claw of Endereth can offer increased sustain through faster Drain Life Icon Drain Life.
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Crafting Strategy

Due the limited availability of Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash obtainable each week from Torghast, it is recommended to focus on the Legendary (or the Legendaries) with the bigger impact on the activities relevant to the player.

The choice between crafting multiple Legendaries or a single one of a higher level mostly depends on what spec/content the player focuses on, and the degree of flexibility versus focused power desired.

If the focus is a single spec, it is advisable to craft the most impactful choice at the highest possible level.

If the focus is flexibility across multiple spec the more sensible path is to start with Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy as starting point, branching out accordingly to the spec played:

Below is a quick break-down of the expected legendary upgrade cadence, based on current Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash income:

  1. Week 1 — 1 Rank 1 item
  2. Week 2 — 1 Rank 2 item
  3. Week 3 — 1 Rank 3 item OR 1 Rank 2 item + 1 Rank 1 item
  4. Week 4 — 1 Rank 3 item + 1 Rank 1 item OR 2 Rank 2 items
  5. Week 5 — 1 Rank 4 item OR 1 Rank 3 item + 1 Rank 2 item OR 2 Rank 2 items + 1 Rank 1 item
  6. Week 6 — 1 Rank 4 item + 1 Rank 1 item OR 2 Rank 3 items OR 3 Rank 2 items
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Changelog

  • 03 Dec. 2020: Added crafting strategy section.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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