Demonology Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 28, 2020 at 10:08 by Motoko 11 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock gear and best in slot.

1.

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.

2.

Gearing Early on in Shadowlands as Demonology Warlock

When Season 1 of Shadowlands begins, most of your gear will come from either Raiding, Mythic+, PvP, or the weekly chest. However, none of these options are available in the first couple of weeks of Shadowlands. Below, we go over some of the best ways to get geared early on in Shadowlands.

  • Covenant Callings: These are daily quests that can give you up to 200 item level gear and Conduits.
  • The Maw: Rares and Events in The Maw can drop up to 184 item level gear.
  • Battlegrounds: You can exchange Honor Points for u to item level 184 gear.
  • Mythic dungeons: Although Mythic+ is not open yet, standard Mythic dungeons are open. These drop 184 item level loot and can be looted once per week.
  • Reputation: Getting honored allows you to buy 181 item level gear and getting exalted gives 200 item level gear.
3.

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.

4.

What Gear Do I Farm/Bonus Roll/Chase After?

When identifying what gear you should be aiming after, we recommend using RaidBots' Droptimizer feature. It requires the SimulationCraft Addon. Once you have the addon installed, write "/simc" into the chat in-game, and copy-pasting the contents into the RaidBots Droptimizer.

Simply select the raid and difficulty you are interested in, and RaidBots will take a while to figure out where you should spend your bonus rolls, and more.

5.

Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

Both Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare (Ring) and Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential (Head) are extremely important in both raiding and Mythic+ situations. It is advisable to craft them with Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery.

Prioritise Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare if the main goal is raiding and Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential if the main goal is Mythic+ dungeons.

After crafting and upgrading the above 2 choices, it is advisable to consider crafting other more niche choices, such as:

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.

6.

Conduits for Demonology Warlock

6.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Demonology Warlock

  1. Borne of Blood Icon Borne of Blood
  2. Tyrant's Soul Icon Tyrant's Soul
  3. Fel Commando Icon Fel Commando
  4. Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers
6.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Demonology Warlock

  1. Borne of Blood Icon Borne of Blood
  2. Fel Commando Icon Fel Commando
  3. Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers when Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash and From the Shadows Icon From the Shadows are talented

For more info regarding what Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

7.

Best in Slot Items for Demonology Warlock

7.1.

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Confidant's Favored Cap Icon Confidant's Favored Cap Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Wrists Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Icon Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Shadewarped Sash Icon Shadewarped Sash Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Legs Courtier's Costume Trousers Icon Courtier's Costume Trousers Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Boots Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Icon Slippers of the Forgotten Heretic Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Shadowghast Ring Icon Shadowghast Ring Crafted Legendary with Forces of the Horned Nightmare Icon Forces of the Horned Nightmare, Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery
Main-hand + Off-hand Spire of the Long Dark Icon Spire of the Long Dark Trade in Abominable Anima Spherule Icon Abominable Anima Spherule at your Covenant Weaponsmith, dropped from Sire Denathrius or Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Trinket 1 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket 2 Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
7.2.

Dungeons Best in Slot

Slot Item Source
Helm Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask Plaguefall
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Reanimator's Mantle Icon Reanimator's Mantle The Necrotic Wake
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Spires of Ascension
Chest Sinlight Shroud Icon Sinlight Shroud Halls of Atonement
Wrists Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Icon Contaminated Gauze Wristwraps Theater of Pain
Gloves Stonefiend Shaper's Mitts Icon Stonefiend Shaper's Mitts Halls of Atonement
Belt Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Icon Kin-Tara's Baleful Cord Spires of Ascension
Legs Leggings of the Erudite Scholar Icon Leggings of the Erudite Scholar Plaguefall
Boots Dark Stride Footwraps Icon Dark Stride Footwraps Spires of Ascension
Ring #1 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Ring #2 Arachnid Cipher Ring Icon Arachnid Cipher Ring Plaguefall
Main-hand + Off-hand Nathrian Ferula Icon Nathrian Ferula Halls of Atonement
Trinket 1 Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device De Other Side
Trinket 2 Satchel of Misbegotten Minions Icon Satchel of Misbegotten Minions The Necrotic Wake
8.

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.

From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket, rivalling raid trinkets of similar item level. Satchel of Misbegotten Minions Icon Satchel of Misbegotten Minions and Infinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze are the 2 best passive trinkets. Empyreal Ordnance Icon Empyreal Ordnance is worth mentioning as the delay in buff application allows you to run it as a second on-use trinket.

8.1.

Trinket Simulations for Demonology Warlock

8.1.1.

Single Target

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8.1.2.

Cleave

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9.

Changelog

  • 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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