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Demonology Warlock DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017 at 07:37 by Furty 273 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Demonology Warlocks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Demonology Warlock guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Not, one of the best Demonology Warlocks and a respected theorycrafter. He raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can watch him on Twitch or YouTube and you can follow him on Twitter. He is also the owner and editor of Lock One Stop Shop, a website dedicated to Warlocks.

1. Tier 21 Set Bonuses for Demonology Warlock

The Tier 21 set bonuses further empower your Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers.

The Tier 21 bonuses provide a strong and sustained damage increase on single target encounters. While not as valuable as the number of targets increases, it is still worth acquiring and equipping the Tier 21 bonuses as soon as possible.

2. Tier 20 Set Bonuses for Demonology Warlock

The Tier 20 set bonuses focus on augmenting your Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers, potentially resetting their cooldown and granting you some helpful passive Haste.

The 2-piece bonus is somewhat interesting, as it can be very valuable in certain situations. The ideal situation to utilize this bonus is on fights that have short duration AoE, as we can channel Demonwrath Icon Demonwrath for short periods while still working in Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers. On sustained AoE the 2-piece does not have much value as we will no longer be working Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers into the rotation, instead opting for as many Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan casts as possible. By itself, the value is not extraordinary for single-target, however, it does have inherent synergy with the 4-piece bonus once it is obtained.

The 4-piece bonus is quite valuable, granting 3750 Haste for 5 seconds with every Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers cast. Together with the 2-piece resets it can provide reasonable uptime on the free stats, resulting in a nice DPS increase for us.

It is generally worth investing for the set bonus over higher item level off pieces, though not to an extreme extent.

3. Best in Slot List for Demonology Warlock

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Soulhunter's Cowl Icon Soulhunter's Cowl Imonar the Soulhunter
Neck Riveted Choker of Delirium Icon Riveted Choker of Delirium Varimathras
Shoulders Grim Inquisitor's Shoulderguards Icon Grim Inquisitor's Shoulderguards The Coven of Shivarra
Chest Grim Inquisitor's Robes Icon Grim Inquisitor's Robes Eonar
Cloak Grim Inquisitor's Cloak Icon Grim Inquisitor's Cloak Antoran High Command
Wrists Man'ari Pyromancer Cuffs Icon Man'ari Pyromancer Cuffs Antoran High Command
Gloves Aranasi Shadow-Weaver's Gloves Icon Aranasi Shadow-Weaver's Gloves Portal Keeper Hasabel
Belt Cord of Surging Hysteria Icon Cord of Surging Hysteria Varimathras
Legs Grim Inquisitor's Leggings Icon Grim Inquisitor's Leggings Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Lady Dacidion's Silk Slippers Icon Lady Dacidion's Silk Slippers Portal Keeper Hasabel
Ring #1 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Ring #2 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar
Trinket #1 Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im/Relinquished Trinket Icon Relinquished Trinket

If you have Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal you should swap out your Charm of the Rising Tide Icon Charm of the Rising Tide in favor of this trinket.

4. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights for Demonology Warlock

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.95 + 1150×1.22 + 976×1 = 2740.0

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×1.22 + 970×0.88 + 976×1 = 2378.6

We can clearly see that 2740.0 > 2378.6, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

5. Legendary Items for Demonology Warlock

The legendary items for Demonology Warlocks are all quite close in value relative to the other specializations. Most provide stable and consistent single-target increases, though some also offer great cleave benefit and quality of life. We have included a list below to help you evaluate the value of the available legendary items on a single-target. Bear in mind, however, that these lists are approximate and the value of legendary items often shifts based on context. This list also values the hard damage value returned by sims, but certain defensive passives may bump up their real world value (e.g. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus). Finally, lower tier legendaries (e.g. Pillars of the Dark Portal Icon Pillars of the Dark Portal) that occupy a tier slot are bumped down a bit in real world scenarios as they are more difficult to gear around.

5.1. Top Tier

These legendaries are fairly interchangeable depending on what gear/tier pieces you have, and any combination of them results in a very strong increase in damage. The listed order presents the rough evaluation of power, despite their closeness in value. They can also be combined with the Mid Tier legendaries for certain encounters.

  1. Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning
  2. Recurrent Ritual Icon Recurrent Ritual
  3. Wakener's Loyalty Icon Wakener's Loyalty

5.2. Mid Tier

These legendaries are either situational or slightly behind their Top Tier brethren. For example, Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is the best available legendary on Mistress Sass'zine due to how reliably the unique effect can be procced. Kazzak's Final Curse Icon Kazzak's Final Curse, on the other hand, is the one of the best choices on encounters such as Demonic Inquisition and The Desolate Host.

5.3. Bottom Tier

These legendaries are never used unless you have no other options.

5.4. Descriptions

Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning reduces the cooldown of Summon Doomguard Icon Summon Doomguard by 2.0 seconds for every Dreadstalker or Imp you summon. Realistically the best overall legendary for damage, as it occupies a low value gear slot and is very well itemized.

Recurrent Ritual Icon Recurrent Ritual causes Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers to refund 1 Soul Shard. It occupies a tier slot which bumps it down in value somewhat, as the Diabolic Mantle Icon Diabolic Mantle is perfectly itemized and weighted for our spec. Due to the Tier 20 bonuses, however, it remains an exceptional choice due to the frequency and value of Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers.

Wakener's Loyalty Icon Wakener's Loyalty empowers your next  Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption by 3% for each Soul Shard you spend. This is currently one of the strongest available legendaries, particularly on single-target. Unfortunately you have to sacrifice a tier slot, although this is not a particularly sore point this tier as the Diabolic Helm Icon Diabolic Helm does not possess immaculate stat itemization.

Kazzak's Final Curse Icon Kazzak's Final Curse increases Doom Icon Doom damage by 5% for every demon you have active. Especially strong in situations where you can apply Hand of Doom Icon Hand of Doom in sustained AoE and get tons of Doom Icon Dooms rolling at once. Combine with Impending Doom Icon Impending Doom for best results. While it only has middling value for single-target, it is the strongest option for sustained cleave and AoE. To add to that it occupies a very low priority gear slot, further increasing its value.

The Master Harvester Icon The Master Harvester is a chest piece that has a 3% chance per Soul Shard spent to grant you Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest for 8 seconds. Average in all situations and number of targets, though you will have to drop the Diabolic Robe Icon Diabolic Robe which is very well itemized.

Soul of the Netherlord Icon Soul of the Netherlord grants the Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy talent when you are in the Demonology specialization. Average legendary for any situation, and occupies a low value slot.

Sin'dorei Spite Icon Sin'dorei Spite increases damage by 15% for 25 seconds after summoning Doomguard or Infernal. Average legendary for sustained damage, however, it can be invaluable for pushing damage checks or short kills. Can result in some very large Thal'kiel's Consumption Icon Thal'kiel's Consumption values, particularly if combined with Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus causes you to gain an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health every 30 seconds, lasting 30 seconds. To some players' surprise, an above average legendary in all situations due to the sheer amount of stats it provides. The defensive passive is also very helpful for Mythic progression raiders.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret grants 10% movement speed and 2% Haste. Additionally, successfully applying a loss of control effect, dispelling an enemy, or interrupting a target grants 25% Haste and 70% movement speed for 12 seconds (30 second internal cooldown). Can be good for Mythic+ where you can easily and consistently proc the passive, although it is still an average legendary at best. Best choice for Mythic Mistress Sassz'ine.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish takes up a valuable trinket slot but sports a high amount of passive stats and a useful on use burst effect.

Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy Icon Celumbra, the Night's Dichotomy reduces damage taken by 5% while within 12 yards of enemies. If no enemies are within 12 yards, you instead regenerate 1% of your maximum health every second. Not especially useful and only provides 2 secondary stats, though the 3 gem sockets almost make up for it. Good pickup for fresh characters as it is Bind-on-Equip, but otherwise worthless.

Norgannon's Foresight Icon Norgannon's Foresight allows you full movement casting for 4 seconds after you stand still for 6 seconds. Underwhelming, though the passive can be helpful for finishing casts that would otherwise be interrupted by mechanics. The passive stats are nice, however, and it occupies no tier slot which bumps it up a little.

Pillars of the Dark Portal Icon Pillars of the Dark Portal allows Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to be cast instantly, and you can use the portal twice before incurring the cooldown debuff. A weak legendary, but not the very worst as it does provide a large amount of passive stats. Unfortunately it occupies a tier slot.

Feretory of Souls Icon Feretory of Souls gives Fire spells a 10% chance to generate a Soul Shard. For Demonology, this can only proc off of Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt and Implosion Icon Implosion. Should not be used if it can be avoided.

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Priests, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Priests, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Affliction/Destruction Warlocks

7. ChangeLog

  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated best in slot and added T21 set bonuses.
  • 03 Sep. 2017: Sectioned the Legendary list in separate tiers.
  • 29 Aug. 2017: Added a note about Arcanocrystal.
  • 17 Jun. 2017: Added legendary tier list, Tier 20 set bonus explanation, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot, and updated stat weight calculations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added Soul of the Netherlord and the Master Harvester to the Legendary items section. More changes to follow later this week.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated legendaries; priority re-ordered, added Feretory.
  • 18 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items and updated BiS list for Nighthold.
  • 02 Nov. 2016: Updated trinkets because Wriggling Sinew was still there for some reason.
  • 14 Sep. 2016: Updated Legendary balance.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added proper recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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