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Demonology Warlock Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 12:19 by Motoko 51 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Demonology Warlock, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.


Azerite Essences for Demonology Warlocks

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

For more information about essences, please check out the following:

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.


Choosing Essences as an Demonology Warlock

Each Essence has 4 different ranks. While the last rank is purely cosmetic, previous ones can have a noticeable increase in power, thus determining if a certain Essence at a higher rank is your best available option at a given time.

Essences powers scale with Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth item level.

Simulations through Raidbots or done locally can help you decide your best trait, but some degree of critical thinking is required beyond just picking the highest ranking Essence.




Major Essences


Minor Essences

For AoE situations consider swapping the first 2 essences with any of the following.


General Essences Recommendation

For single-target situations, Vision of Perfection (Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection + Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection) offer the highest output.

Worldvein Resonance (Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance + Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood) is a well-rounded option for both single- and multi-target situations. With multiple users you can achieve 100% uptime on 4 stacks and cover any possible movement requirement. It may not be a good option for open world activities since you tend to travel a lot. With 8.3 when you use the major you gain 4 times the primary stat you would otherwise, and at neck level 80 that translates into 4,800 Intellect for 18 seconds every minute, making it a top tier choice when paired with Vision of Perfection's minor power, Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection, so you can line it up with every Tyrant summons.

For AoE scenarios or in Mythic+, Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam + Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) offers higher damage per activation, however maintaining stacks in a multi-target situations can be difficult due to a relative short-duration buff. Consider running Purification Protocol (Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast + Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol) if you do not feel comfortable with the Essence of the Focusing Iris's minor power or you think you can leverage the 10% damage increase for each dead targets during Purification Protocol's major power activation.

See the simulation rankings at the end of the page, for a complete breakdown by slot (major/minor). In the next section, we will go in more details as to why some essences are better than others.


Essence rankings for Demonology Warlock


Best Essences


Vision of Perfection

While being prone to feast-or-famine situations, Vision of Perfection's Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is your best option for a major slot, and can lead to extremely satisfying moments whenever you can chain multiple tyrants, resulting in a high spike of damage.

The minor power, Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection, is harder to evaluate: while it offers reduced cooldown on your Tyrant if you cannot gain additional casts it becomes a wasted slot.


World Vein Resonance

Where Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection has the RNG component of a possible higher output, Worldvein Resonance's major power, Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance, is extremely consistent and ties for the highest damage, while also scaling better when more targets enter the fray.

Unlike other specs such as Arcane, Demonology does not suffer from being the only World Vein user in the raid, as the bulk of your damage currently comes from Tyrant windows; on the other hand it also means Demonology will not scale as well as Arcane when more people wear this Essence in your group.

World Vein Resonance potency scales with neck item level so the higher you are, the stronger the Essence contribution will be.


Condensed Life-Force

Under favourable timings, another Essence that can compete for the top spot once you unlock Rank 3 is Condensed Life-Force, with Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth offering a 3 minutes cooldown that lines up every 2 Tyrants (or 3 when running Vision of Perfection's Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection) boosting its output with passive 10% haste and 3% damage increase on target.

The minor power, Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force, is nothing to scoff at, but most of the value comes from its Rank 3 damage debuff on target which is guaranteed to be applied by the Guardian.


Essence of the Focusing Iris

Essence of the Focusing Iris's major power, Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam, is your go-to choice whenever there are multiple targets you can take advantage of 1.5 minutes cooldown that does not disrupt or overlap with Demonology existing flow, while giving access to a noticeable AoE burst.

Its minor power, Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy, is a powerful complementary power that gives you valuable haste, often chosen as minor. At Rank 2, it is our best option.

Rank 3 offers some nice quality of life changes, such as being able to channel Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam while moving or starting at 3 stacks of Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy instead of 1.


Breath of the Dying's Minor: Lethal Strikes Rank 3

Breath of the Dying is a new Patch 8.3 Essence that is mostly appealing for its minor power, Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes, which on top of giving extra corruption resistance, thus enabling to wear more corrupted gear, also provides a very strong single target damage proc with increased chance to proc if the target is in execute range.


Conflict and Strife's Minor: Strife Rank 3

Conflict and Strife's minor power, Strife Icon Strife, is a top pick tied with Memory of Lucid Dreams's Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams for the best spot in those situations where you cannot effectively make use of Worldvein Resonance's Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood. The amount of Versatility provided is often overlooked but is actually meaningful. Recommended for open world content and whenever you cannot afford to stand still for prolonged periods of time.


Memory of Lucid Dreams's Minor: Lucid Dreams

While Memory of Lucid Dream's major power, Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams, has a situational value, mostly focused around doubling shard reset mechanics from Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit and Demonic Meteor Icon Demonic Meteor, its minor power, Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams, is a fantastic option for a minor slot, consistently generating an handful of shards each minute on average, but is best paired with talents like Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit and trait such as Demonic Meteor Icon Demonic Meteor.


Essence notes for Demonology Warlock

  • Blood of the Enemy's major power (Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy) requires you to be in melee range in order to benefit from the increased critical strike chance on targets. Its minor power (Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked) has no internal cooldown and procs off every instance of damage that crits, which means AoE spells that crits on multiple targets will give you multiple stacks. However, pets and guardians will not proc the minor power, except Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers and Implosion Icon Implosion, because the player is technically the source of those.
  • Condensed Life-force's major power (Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth) lines up naturally with Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal or eery 2 Tyrants, further increasing the 3-minute burst. Each shard from both the major power and the minor power (Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force) applies a 6 second debuff increasing all damage you do to that target.
  • Conflict and Strife (major power: Conflict Icon Conflict, minor power: Strife Icon Strife) enables the PvP talent Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward.
  • Essence of the Focusing Iris's major power (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam) has an initial cast followed by a channel that does all the damage. Its minor power (Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) grants you a buff on spell impact, making difficult for Demonology to keep the buff up, unless Doom Icon Doom and/or Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike are talented.
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams's major power (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams) makes your Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt generate 2 shards and Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt generate 4 shards. However, its 2-minute cooldown and the fact tht you can only have 5 shards at the same time makes it rather unappealing. Its minor power (Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams) often results in a handful of extra shard each minute.
  • Purification Protocol's major power (Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast) becomes strong once you can leverage the 10% damage buff for each target dying during its effect. Its minor power (Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol) is rather mediocre unless it hits Aberrations.
  • Ripple in Space's major power (Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space) works like a 2-second delayed Blink with a bit of damage, rather unappealing as Warlock in general, considering we have both Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway and Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle. Its minor power (Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift) can be procced by using Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, as well as by moving for more than 25 yards in 4 seconds since you last cast a spell.
  • The Crucible of Flame's major power (Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame) is a straightforward single-target damaging spell, on a 30-second cooldown. Its minor power (Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame) is one of the strongest (if not the strongest) option for single-target situations.
  • The Unbound Force's major power (The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force) is rather underwhelming unless you can sync it with its minor power. Its minor power (Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force) seems to have around 40-50% proc chance off your non crits, but does not procs off guardians/pets similar to Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy.
  • Vision of Perfection's major power (Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection) often results in multiple Tyrants being active at the same time. Keep in mind that traits like Supreme Commander Icon Supreme Commander and Baleful Invocation Icon Baleful Invocation will give only partial benefits: Supreme Commander only gives 35% baseline Intellect and Baleful Invocation will refund only 3 shards. Multiple Tyrants expiring will not increase the stacks of Intellect from Supreme Commander Icon Supreme Commander but reset its duration to 15 seconds. Demonic Consumption Icon Demonic Consumption does not work with additional Tyrants. Its minor power (Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection), reduces Tyrant's cooldown up to 1 minute and 8 seconds.
  • Worldvein Resonance's major power (Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance) allows you to maintain high stacks after moving. Its minor power (Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood) allows you to benefit from the main stat increase at the expense of relying on other people when movements is required, if you take the major power of another essence.

Essence Comparison Simulations for Demonology Warlocks

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a general guideline. Please use raidbots.com to sim your own character.


Single-Target Esssence Simulations for Demonology Warlock


Major Essences for Demonology Warlock

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Minor Essences for Demonology Warlock

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AoE Esssence Simulations for Demonology Warlock


Major Essences for Demonology Warlock

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Minor Essences for Demonology Warlock

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com


  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019: Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: Page created.
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