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Demonology Warlock DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:13 by Furty 260 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Demonology Warlock DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Demonology Warlock in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Demonology Warlocks have received a major overhaul in Legion. Instead of harnessing dark power and transforming into a demonic entity, we now command hordes of demons to unleash on anyone foolish enough to cross our path. Demonology is a very procedural specialization that focuses on sustained damage, though it can deal some impressive burst AoE through the use of certain talents. Demonology Warlocks have high personal survivability, which makes them ideal for progression encounters as it is rare that any damage will take you by surprise. Like all Warlocks, Demonology brings the Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, which can be an invaluable raid cooldown.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • Healthstones now heal for 25% of the user's health at all levels.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

4. Strengths

  • Spooky
  • Strong sustained single target damage
  • Good burst AoE damage

5. Weaknesses

  • Weak single target burst
  • Weak sustained AoE
  • Mediocre target switching
  • Very inefficient at cleave and AoE (e.g. your single target damage suffers considerably)

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Demonology is currently an average specialization in terms of pure damage output. It is usable in Mythic+ with a proper build, however, its major significant niche is to tunnel a single target on low/no movement fights (e.g. Varimathras). That said, it can excel in lower levels of Mythic+ where very large pulls are a possibility, as long as there is time for your damage to properly ramp. Implosion Icon Implosion and Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare are capable of providing strong AoE though it does take a little while for you to build the damage.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated best in slot and added T21 set bonuses.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added a note about Dark Sorrows on multi-target.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Relic priority updated to match update to Artifact page.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Old priority rendered erroneous by recent balancing; updated Tier 2 priority based on SimCraft results.
  • 11 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Demonology Warlock.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (stats page): Bumped Intellect down below Crit/Mastery.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (gear page): Sectioned the Legendary list in separate tiers.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Bumped Intellect below Crit/Mastery.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Slight update to 35+ trait path.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (enchants page): Re-added Azshari Salad as recommended food.
  • 03 Sep. 2017 (rotation page): Added a line in the Ability Priority List noting increased priority on Call Dreadstalkers with Tier 20 4-piece bonus.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated talents, rotation, and stats.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Revised recommended gems, redesigned "Consumables" section, and added a note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Added a note about Arcanocrystal.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opener for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talents discussions.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated viability and removed 7.2 changes. Added Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 20 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Removed mention of Havoc under Mortal Coil discussion.
  • 17 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Added stat weights.
  • 17 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added legendary tier list, Tier 20 set bonus explanation, Tomb of Sargeras best in slot, and updated stat weight calculations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Netherlord and the Master Harvester to the Legendary items section. More changes to follow later this week.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Added Soul Conduit (with Thalkiel's Ascendance) as single target build. Updated Power Trip discussion.
  • 22 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Ability Priority List and Opener.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for Patch 7.2. with new traits and order.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendaries; priority re-ordered, added Feretory.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated talent build.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 2 talent discussion for Patch 7.2.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 18 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items and updated BiS list for Nighthold.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes section.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Demonology Warlocks.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added an AoE In-Depth section to further clarify how to play in Mythic+ and AoE scenarios.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Grimoire selection and removed Shadowflame as a potential candidate due to incorrect Simcraft data.
  • 12 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets because Wriggling Sinew was still there for some reason.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a "Potion Choice" section to illuminate the pros and cons of pots, following the addition of Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents following the swap of Demon Skin and Demonic Circle in Patch 7.1.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added Shadowflame section and cleaned up APL.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Replaced Mark of the Claw with Mark of the Hidden Satyr for the Neck enchant.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated Legendary balance.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added some additional clarification on progression talent options.
  • 14 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added section explaining the 4-piece + Fragment "cheese" playstyle and additional opening sequence.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated talents for improved clarity.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added proper recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Added cheese build with T18 4-piece and Fragment of the Dark Star.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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