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Demonology Warlock DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

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General Information

Welcome to our Demonology Warlock guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as a Demonology Warlock in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock guide.

1.

Demonology Warlock Overview

Demonology has once again taken on a new look for a new expansion. While Legion took a stab at the Demonlord fantasy, their vision did not really ring true for a lot of the playerbase. Battle for Azeroth has done a lot of course correcting towards a fluid feeling, demon horde commanding iteration of Demonology.

Demonology has a fun and medium paced rotation, focused around summoning forces of evil to do your bidding while you generate resources in between. While the specialization does have some ramp up time, it does feel smooth and fast once it is running at full steam. Demonology Warlocks are especially strong on encounters that have stable mobility, rather than helter skelter movement.

2.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Demonology Warlock

Despite no spec-specific changes for Demonology Warlocks in Patch 8.3, you can check out the changes for the other specs on our Warlock Changes page.

In addition, we have:

3.

Demonology Warlock Strengths

  • High single target damage
  • Efficient cleave damage
  • High mobility
4.

Demonology Warlock Weaknesses

  • Weaker but shorter cooldowns compared to Affliction or Destruction
  • Some ramp up required
  • Limited multi-target options
5.

Viability of Demonology Warlock in the Current Patch

While Demonology is a prime choice in Dungeons due to a combination of high AoE/single-target damage and good survivability, its Raid performance is subject to design encounter. The lack of strong spread cleave can take its toll, especially when compared to other specializations that excel in that role, such as Affliction or Destruction.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, despite the 5% aura buff the spec has received, Demonology's marginal single target advantage over the other 2 specs does not offset its shortcomings.

6.

Changelog

  • 25 Feb. 2020 (this page): No changes necessary as of the February 24 patch.
  • 12 Feb. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated to reflect Grasping Tendrils change.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Added Corruption implications on secondary scaling.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated BiS lists to reflect corruption effects.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Added new augment rune from Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (rotation page): Updated opener formatting.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife mention.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added secondary gems, enchants, and consumables for Explosive Potential.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Updated page with additional simulations.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Boss Tips and Talent/Essences selection.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added The Eternal Palace Best in Slot list and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 03 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic Gear section and updated trinket recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page created.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 27 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Updated default talent choices.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated after recent raid nerfs.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated page format and Sacrificed Soul opener.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Single Target and AoE priority with Explosive Potential buff.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent reccomendations.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
  • 11 Feb. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to expand the opportunity cost of Implosion single target.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Added Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to include Explosive potential.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor heroic week fixes.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated rotation according to Battle of Dazar'alor heroic week hotfixes.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated Nether Portal value after simc hotfix.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated Nether Portal value after simc hotfix.
  • 29 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated the movement section.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Added potions to Nether Portal section.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Added additional macros for talent management.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated tier 7 talent checkmarks.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Nether Portal rotation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Baleful Invocation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated traits selection.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (how to improve page): Expanded the list.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses of the spec.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation, spells usage, and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated tips for Uldir bosses.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated Implosion/Doom info.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent builds and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (addons page): Expanded the list of Addons.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Tyrant usage.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (stats page): Updated stats priority and explanation.
  • 19 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Split best in slot lists into Raid & Dungeon sections.
  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated sim rankings, re-organized page.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Implosion and multitarget section. Reduced number of targets for Implosion usage.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and Implosion usage.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (stats page): New sims completed; added a 4-target stat priority for M+ players.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
  • 17 Jul. 2018 (this page): Fixed typo in the 8.0 changes.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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