Demonology Warlock Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 14 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Demonology Warlock leveling guide for Shadowlands Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Warlock leveling guide.


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. If the item levels are equal, you should choose the piece with stats that are most favorable to your specialization. If your current item is an Heirloom, it should not be replaced.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Talents to Level Up as an Demonology Warlock

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Rotation to Level Up as an Demonology Warlock

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt.

  1. Level 2 — Cast Corruption Icon Corruption to tag and soften up multiple enemies whenever spamming few shadowbolts will not kill them quicker.
  2. Level 42 — Cast Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant with at least Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers and 2 sets of Wild Imps to get the most out of its extension.
  3. Level 15 — Use Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers on cooldown; consider holding the ability if you can hit multiple targets within a few seconds.
  4. Level 15 — Use Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers on cooldown, making sure to not have it interfere with Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant setup, and consider holding the ability if you can hit multiple targets within a few seconds.
  5. Level 13 — cast Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers on cooldown, regardless of the number of targets.
  6. Level 3 — Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan is the first shard spender, and the only one without cooldown. Cast it whenever you have no other spender and you have 5 shards.
  7. Level 35 — Use Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike on cooldown, as long as you dont have 5 Soul Shards already.
  8. Level 14 — Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt is unlocked, however it is best not used until level 28 when you can instant cast it.
  9. Level 27 — Implosion Icon Implosion should be used whenever there are 2 or more targets stacked.

In addition to these baseline abilities, there are a number of passive effects that you unlock throughout the leveling process that are worth knowing about:


Demonology Warlock PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Call Fel Lord Icon Call Fel Lord can be useful mostly when engaging with other players in PvP, as it offers a moment of respite from melee that are focusing you.
  2. Call Felhunter Icon Call Felhunter offers an interrupt every 24 seconds, provided your active pet is not the Felhunter.
  3. Call Observer Icon Call Observer summons a demon that will zap any enemy casting harmful spells within 20 yards for 5% of their maximum health.
  4. Master Summoner Icon Master Summoner allows to take a different talent, such as Power Siphon Icon Power Siphon over Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling.
  5. Pleasure through Pain Icon Pleasure through Pain gives a passive damage increase but requires Succubus as main pet choice.

Pet Choice for Demonology Warlock Leveling

Summon Imp Icon Summon Imp is your first available demon. This pet is not particularly useful for leveling, but you have no choice for the early levels.

If you are leveling alone, Summon Voidwalker Icon Summon Voidwalker can be a helpful choice while leveling up, as it takes a lot of the pressure off you. Avoiding casting pushback can also increase leveling speed.

Summon Felguard Icon Summon Felguard is the default choice for the vast majority of content, leveling included, as demonology, due to a combination of hard Crowd Control, Damage, Cleave, and tanking potential.

Summon Felhunter Icon Summon Felhunter can be a good choice if you are leveling in a group, or venturing into dungeons. The extra interrupt is helpful for dealing with troublesome caster mobs.



Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 11 Mar. 2021: Updated with Soulstrike and Bilescourge Bomber usage.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 17 Oct. 2020: Corrected minor typos and talents.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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