Demonology Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 30, 2021 at 05:22 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 9.1.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Demonology 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.

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 Icon 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.
3.

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.

  • Head
  • Shoulder
  • Chest
  • Wrists
  • Waist

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.

At the time of writing, activating the Unholy set bonus (Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane) appears the best overall option, regardless of target count.

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:

4.

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.

5.

Droptimizer

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.

6.

Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon 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 Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery.

Afterward, consider crafting Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential (Head) to face more AoE oriented situations such as Fortified week in Mythic+. Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling Icon Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling (Neck) is the best Legendary choice for mixed situations, but is behind both Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning and Implosive Potential Icon Implosive Potential in their respective niche.

Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon 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.

7.

Conduits for Demonology Warlock

7.1.

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. Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers
  4. Fel Commando Icon Fel Commando
7.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Demonology Warlock

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

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

8.

Best in Slot Items for Demonology Warlock

8.1.

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Veil of the Banshee Queen Icon Veil of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulder Frame of the False Margrave Icon Frame of the False Margrave Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Cloak of Scarred Honor Icon Cloak of Scarred Honor Soulrender Dormazain in Sanctum of Domination
Chest Sacrificer's Sacramental Cassock Icon Sacrificer's Sacramental Cassock Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Wrists Desecrator's Keening Wristwraps Icon Desecrator's Keening Wristwraps Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Gloves Grasps of the Clairvoyant Sage Icon Grasps of the Clairvoyant Sage The Eye of the Jailer in Sanctum of Domination
Belt Sash of Duplicitous Magics Icon Sash of Duplicitous Magics Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Leggings of the Screaming Flames Icon Leggings of the Screaming Flames Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Sandals of Sacred Symmetry Icon Sandals of Sacred Symmetry Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Shadowghast Ring Icon Shadowghast Ring Crafted Legendary with Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning, Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery
Main-hand + Off-hand Maledict Opus Icon Maledict Opus Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket 1 Forbidden Necromantic Tome Icon Forbidden Necromantic Tome Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket 2 Shadowed Orb of Torment Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
8.2.

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 Shadowghast Necklace Icon Shadowghast Necklace Crafted Legendary with Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling Icon Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling, Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery
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 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
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
8.3.

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 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby Theater of Pain
Trinket 2 Infinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze Plaguefall
9.

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 Icon Forbidden Necromantic Tome is the best passive trinket in the game. Titanic Ocular Gland Icon 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 Icon Shadowed Orb of Torment is a very solid on-use option for Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard setups.

From Castle Nathria, Cabalist's Hymnal Icon Cabalist's Hymnal, Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel and Glyph of Assimilation Icon Glyph of Assimilation are similar in terms of value, and worth acquiring.

From dungeons, Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device is by far the most potent trinket, for non-Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon 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 Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze is the best passive trinket, as it benefits from Demonology Mastery and Tyrant aura/Tyrant's Soul Icon Tyrant's Soul potency conduit. Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby is the best option, especially paired with Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.

From PvP, special mention to Sinful Gladiator's Emblem Icon Sinful Gladiator's Emblem due to its interaction with Demonic Consumption Icon 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 Icon Power Infusion and Warrior's Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry when playing with Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.

9.1.

Trinket Simulations for Demonology Warlock

9.1.1.

Single Target

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9.1.2.

Cleave

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10.

Changelog

  • 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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