Demonology Warlock Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jun 12, 2020 at 18:16 by Motoko 51 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.

Throughout the lifetime of Patch 8.3, all items available to you have a chance to become Corrupted, granting them additional effects. These effects also carry a Corruption cost, which leads to harmful effects.

For information on how to obtain and use Corrupted items, check out our Corrupted Items Guide.


Picking Corruption Items

The best way to determine which of your Corrupted items to use is by using Raidbots Top Gear. You should set a maximum Corruption value that you are comfortable with, and simply simulate the highest DPS set.

Warlocks in general have multiple tools to handle Corruption effects, so getting higher Corruption compared to other classes might not be as dangerous as one could think. For more information about how to handle those different effects, check the FAQ section.


What Corruption Powers to Buy for Demonology Warlocks

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

For Demonology Warlock the best Corruption setup is comprised of:

If you prefer having a higher degree of control over your damage and do not want to use any Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound, consider running a setup with 5 Expedient Icon Expedient and 4 Severe Icon Severe if you also have a Manifesto of Madness Icon Manifesto of Madness.

Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual is another option, with multiple players, but keep in mind you need at least 3 more users to outweight the loss of any of the aforementioned corruption effects.

Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars and Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation for pure single target and AoE respectively offer a theoretical higher top end at the cost of severe RNG, and in the case of Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation positional requirement, making them less desirable in practice.


Corruption Effects Simulations

There are 2 types of simulations that can be done for the Corruption effects, namely: DPS per point of Corruption, and DPS per effect. Generally speaking, DPS per point of Corruption is more important than DPS per total effect, since you only have a limited amount of Corruption you can comfortably use in a raid setting. Below, we have listed both types of simulations:


DPS per Point of Corruption

For the complete simulation results, check out

DPS per Effect

For the complete simulation results, check out


  • 12 Jun. 2020: Updated to offer a non-Gushing Wound alternative.
  • 21 May 2020: Updated for Corruption Vendor and the Gushing Wound nerf coming a week later.
  • 09 Apr. 2020: Created Corruption dedicated page.
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