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Demonology Warlock in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

Last updated on Jun 11, 2018 at 05:30 by Furty 273 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Demonology Warlock in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

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

About Our Author

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.

1. Foreword

This page provides a summary for the changes to the Demonology Warlock specialization in the new Battle for Azeroth expansion. Recommendations for talents, traits, and rotational priorities have also been included. Please bear in mind that much of this theorycraft is still in a state of flux, and is very likely to change in the coming weeks as we approach the release of Battle for Azeroth. In the interim, the primary purpose of this page is to provide a blueprint for Demonology in Battle for Azeroth, so that you may evaluate whether or not the changes suit your taste and be suitably prepared when they arrive.

While Demonology's core gameplay remains largely intact, several talents and mechanics have been altered or removed entirely. Legacy players from Legion should have little trouble adapting their experience to the new era of Demonology.

2. Basic Mechanics Changes for Demonology Warlock in BfA

3. Baseline Abilities & Changes for Demonology Warlock in BfA

  • Implosion Icon Implosion is now a baseline ability.
  • Imp Swarm Icon Imp Swarm has returned as a core ability.
  • Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core charges stack when Imps expend their energy or are imploded (10% chance on either and when Dreadstalkers despawn (100% chance). Each stack reduces the cast time of Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt by 100%, with a maximum of 4 stacks.
  • Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt is part of the basic filler rotation, and serves as a Soul Shard generator.

4. Demonology Warlock Talents in BfA

Demonology Warlock BfA Talent Tree

4.1. Level 15

  • Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash causes your Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers Dreadbite Icon Dreadbite to hit all targets with 8 yards, and deal 25% more damage.
  • Demonic Strength Icon Demonic Strength infuses your Felguard with demonic strength, commanding it to attack the current target and Felstorm for 400% increased damage, on a 60 second cooldown.
  • Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers opens a portal which will bombard a location over 6 seconds, dealing Shadow damage to targets within 8 yards. It has a 30-second cooldown.

4.2. Level 30

  • Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling causes Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt and Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt to have a 20% chance to make your next Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers cost 1 less Soul Shard and have no cast time.
  • Power Siphon Icon Power Siphon instantly sacrifices (up to) 2 Wild Imps to generate 2 charges of Demonic Core.
  • Doom Icon Doom grants access to a DoT, dealing a large amount of damage after 30 seconds have elapsed. If Doom kills the target, there is a 5% chance to summon a Doomguard to fight for you for 25 seconds. It generates a Soul Shard when damage is dealt.

4.3. Level 45

  • Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin has not changed in Battle for Azeroth. Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech recharges 1.0% of maximum health per second, and may now absorb 15% of maximum health.
  • Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush also has not been altered, and still grants 50% movement speed in exchange for 4% maximum health per second, and preventing you from being reduced below base movement speed.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact's values have been tinkered with, however, it still grants a large shield on demand. 20% of your current health is sacrificed to shield you for 250% of the amount lost.

4.4. Level 60

  • From the Shadows Icon From the Shadows causes Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers casts to cause the target to take 20% additional Shadowflame damage from you for 12 seconds.
  • Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike commands your Felguard to deal Shadow damage and generate 1 Soul Shard.
  • Summon Vilefiend Icon Summon Vilefiend summons a demon to fight for you for 15 seconds, on a 45 second cooldown.

4.5. Level 75

  • Darkfury Icon Darkfury reduces the cooldown of Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury by 15 seconds.
  • Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil remains the same, allowing you to horrify an enemy and heal for 20% of your maximum health once every 45 seconds.
  • Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle is also functionally unchanged, allowing you to place a portal and teleport to it.

4.6. Level 90

  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit is functionally the same, however, the numbers have been tinkered with; each Soul Shard spent now has a 15% chance to refund itself.
  • Inner Demons Icon Inner Demons passively summons a Wild Imp for you every 10 seconds, and additionally has a 10% chance to summon an additional Demon to fight for you for 15 seconds.
  • Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard summons a Felguard who attacks the target for 15 seconds and deals 50% increased damage.

4.7. Level 100

  • Sacrificed Souls Icon Sacrificed Souls grant Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt and Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt 5% additional damage per demon you have currently summoned.
  • Demonic Consumption Icon Demonic Consumption causes your Demonic Tyrant to destroy and absorb the remaining power of all your Wild Imps to empower himself.
  • Dark Nether Portal opens a portal for 20 seconds that commands demons from the Nether to fight for you each time you spend a Soul Shard.

5. Azerite Traits for Demonology Warlock

Azerite Traits are a facelifted version of Legion's Artifact progression system. All players will be given Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, an amulet which serves as the equivalent of the Artifact weapon. Azerite is collected automatically as objectives throughout the expansion are fulfilled, unlocking traits as you reach key milestones.

Currently, the Azerite Trait system is not fully completed on the Beta, making it difficult to determine which traits are most dominant. The Azerite Traits provide a mix of damage, defense, and utility, and appear to have a smaller impact on core character power than in Legion.

6. Demonology Warlock Rotational Priorities in BfA

  1. Cast Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant whenever available, after getting Demon summons active.
  2. Cast Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers whenever available to spend Soul Shards.
  3. Cast Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan to spend Soul Shards when you are capped.
  4. Cast Implosion Icon Implosion if there are 5+ targets stacked together.
  5. Cast Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt to generate Soul Shards when you have Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core.
  6. Cast Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt to generate Soul Shards.

7. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jun. 2018: Added talents image.
  • 11 Jun. 2018: Page added.
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