Demonology Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Demonology Warlock gear and best in slot.
Gearing a Demonology Warlock
Welcome to our Gearing Page for Demonology Warlock, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.
If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.
Augmenting the gear as Demonology Warlock
In the current patch, there are multiple ways to further enhance the equipped gear beside enchants.
- The Archivist's Codex sells Alloy-Warping Facetor at Rank 6 reputation for 5000 Catalogued Research, allowing to add a socket to helms, necks, bracers, belts, or rings that do not already have sockets.
- Patch 9.0.5 re-introduced the Valor system, which lets you upgrade your gear from dungeons.
Domination Shards for Demonology Warlock
In patch 9.1, specific pieces of gear from the Sanctum of Domination raid will have a new type of socket that can contain gems called Shards of Domination, which also drop from raid bosses in the same instance.
For Cloth users, the following gear slots can contain Shards of Domination.
With a maximum of 5 slots available and the inability to equip more than 1 of the same Shard, the choice is limited to a full 3-piece set bonus and 2 other DPS shards.
If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:
How To Effectively Compare Upgrades as an Demonology Warlock
Due to the simplicity of determining upgrades with a simulation in the current era of the game, we recommend using the popular Raidbots tool to determine which pieces of gear offer the most potential for your character. The main reason why this is a huge advantage is due to the huge number of variables that differ from character to character, such as Stat Quotients, and Scale Factors.
The Top Gear function can be especially useful, as it allows you to compare multiple items and item types to find the best combination of upgrades.
Learning to use the tools available will allow you to reach the most accurate conclusions with the least effort. It is highly recommended you avail yourself of these tools, and they will serve you well when evaluating items.
The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.
Legendaries for Demonology Warlock
Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning (Finger) is the most important Legendary to craft and is competitive until AoE output is required. It is advisable to craft it with Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery.
Afterward, consider crafting Implosive Potential (Head) to face more AoE oriented situations such as Fortified week in Mythic+. Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling (Neck) is the best Legendary choice for mixed situations, but is behind both Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning and Implosive Potential in their respective niche.
Relic of Demonic Synergy (Head) deserves a special mention as a generalist option suited for multi-speccing that offers solid output regardless of the situation or the spec being played.
If you are looking for in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.
Conduits for Demonology Warlock
Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Demonology Warlock
Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Demonology Warlock
For more info regarding what Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.
Best in Slot Items for Demonology Warlock
Sanctum of Domination Best in Slot
Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Sanctum of Domination, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.
Castle Nathria Best in Slot
Here we have provided a list of the best available items from Castle Nathria, which may be advantageous for players who have little interest in Mythic+ dungeons or PvP.
Dungeons Best in Slot
|Helm||Depraved Physician's Mask||Plaguefall|
|Neck||Sin Stained Pendant||Halls of Atonement|
|Shoulder||Reanimator's Mantle||The Necrotic Wake|
|Cloak||Drape of Twisted Loyalties||Spires of Ascension|
|Chest||Sinlight Shroud||Halls of Atonement|
|Wrists||Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps||Theater of Pain|
|Gloves||Stonefiend Shaper's Mitts||Halls of Atonement|
|Belt||Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord||Spires of Ascension|
|Legs||Leggings of the Erudite Scholar||Plaguefall|
|Boots||Dark Stride Footwraps||Spires of Ascension|
|Ring #1||Death God's Signet||De Other Side|
|Ring #2||Arachnid Cipher Ring||Plaguefall|
|Main-hand + Off-hand||Nathrian Ferula||Halls of Atonement|
|Trinket 1||Soulletting Ruby||Theater of Pain|
|Trinket 2||Infinitely Divisible Ooze||Plaguefall|
Trinkets for Demonology Warlock
Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.
In Sanctum of Domination there are a handful of desiderable and very competitive trinkets: Forbidden Necromantic Tome is the best passive trinket in the game. Titanic Ocular Gland is another top choice, albeit limited in its usability due the heavy constraint in both uptime and downside when going below 50% health. Shadowed Orb of Torment is a very solid on-use option for Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Grimoire: Felguard setups.
From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket, for non- Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning, but becomes somewhat inconsistent in the latter part of a fight, due to stat increase being on a lower priority than other triggers. Infinitely Divisible Ooze is the best passive trinket, as it benefits from Demonology Mastery and Tyrant aura/ Tyrant's Soul potency conduit. Soulletting Ruby is the best option, especially paired with Grimoire: Felguard and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.
From PvP, special mention to Sinful Gladiator's Emblem due to its interaction with Demonic Consumption turning an otherwise defensive trinket into a damage increase during the activation. It is generally worth considering over other options only in conjunction with Priest's Power Infusion and Warrior's Rallying Cry when playing with Grimoire: Felguard and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.
Trinket Simulations for Demonology Warlock
- 30 Jun. 2021: Added Sanctum of Domination bis list, updated trinket section and shard recommendations.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 30 Apr. 2021: Cleaned up Legendary section.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated BiS list to reflect a new Legendary recommendation, added Valor section.
- 23 Feb. 2021: Updated trinket section.
- 28 Dec. 2020: Added Sun King Salvation as another source of drop for the Abominable Anima Spherule weapon token.
- 04 Dec. 2020: Updated Castle Nathria BiS list, added dungeons BiS list, and updated trinket recommendations.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Added disclaimer about Bloodmallet sims.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, added Legendary and Conduits sections, and Castle Nathria BiS list
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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