Demonology Warlock DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 29, 2019 at 20:46 by Motoko 50 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of a Demonology Warlock

Demonology focuses on maintaining a small army of demons at all times, which will deal the majority of your damage. This specialization can be very effective, particularly on single targets, and burst AoE.

In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons, AddOns, and reactivity necessary without compromising overall damage output.


Talent Choice for Demonology Warlock

These Talent recommendations are optimized for ease of use. If a talent requires significant optimization to provide DPS gains, we will instead recommend a competitive talent that requires less knowledge to make use of. See the Talents page for a full and objective evaluation of the Talent tree. These talents aim to present a strong build that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.


Stat Priority for Demonology Warlock

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Haste
  2. Mastery ≅ Critical Strike
  3. Versatility;
  4. Intellect.

If you have access to multiple Explosive Potential Icon Explosive Potential your stat priority will change to:

  1. Critical Strike ≥ Versatility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Haste;
  4. Intellect.

Essence Choices for Demonology Warlock


Major Slot

For single-target, use Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth once you unlock rank 3 in raid, or if you want to further increase your 3-minute burst window; Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is a well rounded option, for any type of content. Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame can be used in open world content for a less cooldown-oriented build.

Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam is a must for dungeons and anything involving 2 or more targets.


Minor Slots

For single-target situations, pick any of the following minors:

When dealing with multiple targets, consider opting for at least one of the following:


Azerite Quick Reference for Demonology Warlock


Single Target

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Single Target Rotation for Demonology Warlock

  1. Cast Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers whenever available.
  2. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan if you have 4-5 Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt if you have 2+ stacks of Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core.
  4. Cast Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike whenever available.
  5. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan with 3 Soul Shards.
  6. Cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt to generate Soul Shards.

Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant should be used on cooldown with at least 1 set of Wild Imps from Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan and a set of Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers active.


Multiple Target Rotation for Demonology Warlock

Implosion Icon Implosion should be used every 2-3 Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan casts if 2 or more targets are present and stacked.



  • 29 Jul. 2019: Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Nov. 2018: Updated Tyrant usage.
  • 26 Aug. 2018: Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2018: Updated stat priority and Implosion usage.
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