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

Last updated on May 21, 2020 at 18:36 by Motoko 51 comments
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.

Shadowlands Changes for Warlocks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warlocks for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below.

3.

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:

4.

Demonology Warlock Strengths

  • High single target damage
  • Efficient cleave damage
  • High mobility
5.

Demonology Warlock Weaknesses

  • Weaker but shorter cooldowns compared to Affliction or Destruction
  • Some ramp up required
  • Limited multi-target options
6.

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.

7.

Changelog

  • 21 May 2020 (Corruption page): Updated for Corruption Vendor and the Gushing Wound nerf coming a week later.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Moved Corruption to a dedicated page.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Created Corruption dedicated page.
  • 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 (enchants page): Added new augment rune from Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 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.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear 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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 02 Oct. 2019 (rotation page): Updated opener formatting.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife mention.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Eternal Palace release.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Updated page with additional simulations.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added secondary gems, enchants, and consumables for Explosive Potential.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 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 (talents 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 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page created.
  • 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 (easy mode 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 (rotation 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.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Updated page format and Sacrificed Soul opener.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent reccomendations.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 21 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Single Target and AoE priority with Explosive Potential buff.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (stats page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Added Demonic Consumption opener.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 08 Feb. 2019 (enchants page): Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor heroic week fixes.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to include Explosive potential.
  • 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Updated page with additional questions.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Added additional macros for talent management.
  • 19 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Updated page with new sims.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Nether Portal rotation.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated tier 7 talent checkmarks.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ 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 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons 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 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice for all bosses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Reviewed talent advice.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1. Added Baleful Invocation.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated tips for Uldir bosses.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (how to improve page): Expanded the list.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent builds and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent choices.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated Implosion/Doom info.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (addons page): Expanded the list of Addons.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated traits selection.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation, spells usage, and description.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Tyrant usage.
  • 06 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses of the spec.
  • 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 (gear page): Made small tweaks to the page.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite Outer Ring simulations (single target and cleave) for quick reference.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents 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 (addons 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 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ 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 (stats page): New sims completed; added a 4-target stat priority for M+ players.
  • 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.
  • 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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