Demonology Warlock DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Apr 30, 2021 at 19:45 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 9.0.5.

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.
2.1.

Valor Points

Patch 9.0.5 re-introduced the Valor system, which lets you upgrade your gear from dungeons.

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.

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.

5.

Legendaries for Demonology Warlock

Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling Icon Grim Inquisitor's Dread Calling (Neck) is the most versatile Demonology-specific Legendary to craft and is competitive in any possible situation. 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) if the main goal is Mythic+ dungeons or Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning (Finger) if raiding.

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.

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. Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers
  4. Fel Commando Icon Fel Commando
6.2.

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.

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 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
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 Infinitely Divisible Ooze Icon Infinitely Divisible Ooze Plaguefall
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 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, rivalling raid trinkets of similar item level, 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 a good option, especially paired with Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard and Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning. 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.

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.

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

  • 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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