Demonology Warlock DPS Mythic+ Tips — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Motoko 43 comments
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In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.


Mythic+ Introduction for Demonology Warlock

Mythic+ has become a large part of the World of Warcraft endgame, but the sheer amount of different variables has left many players feeling overwhelmed. The group composition, weekly affixes, the item level of the group, the keystone level, and the experience and comfort level of the group are just several of the factors that will influence how you approach each dungeon. The purpose of this page is to prepare you for the key differences that set Mythic+, apart from the typical World of Warcraft endgame experience, including talents and rotational anomalies that may not be obvious at first glance.

If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 4 page below.

Demonology Warlocks have the potential to deal extremely high burst AoE damage after a proper setup, while also offering multiple short cooldowns that suit well the average dungeon pull cadence. With multiple abilities having some form of cleave effect, Demonology's damage profile is well-suited for dungeons, with the only negative of being limited by specific setup periods, and a slightly longer interrupt that shares a stun. The spec still retains all the class baseline toolkit comprised of Healthstones, Soulstones, skip-enabling Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, AoE crowd control abilities such as Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury and Howl of Terror Icon Howl of Terror, and uncapped AoE spells.


Demonology Warlock Mythic+ Rotation

While both single- and multi-target rotations do not differ substantially from the standard priority outlined in Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities page there are few points worth noting:

  • Starting a new pull without resources means a relatively long period of a time where the damage will be low due to Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt being the only resource generator outside of procs. This makes transitioning between pulls with Soul Shards/Demonic Cores/Wild Imps are extremely important to maintaining a higher DPS profile across the dungeon.
  • While it may look tempting, it is generally better not to implode at the end of a dungeon pack, trying to spend all the Shards on additional Wild Imps, in order to regenerate 3 shards out of combat and being able to cast a massive Implosion Icon Implosion or Tyrant at the next pack.

Demonology Warlock Utility

While damage is the bigger reason to bring a Demonology Warlock, the class itself offers a noticeable amount of crowd control and various supporting abilities:

  • Recently reintroduced, the Curses can offer some advantage against specific dangerous enemies: Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues can reduce the amount of interrupts required by the group, while Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness alleviates the incoming damage on the tank from auto attacks. Last but not least, Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion can be used to slow targets in situations where kiting is required. While these effects can be noticeable, it is better to use curses on a few key targets, as the time spent to apply these effects is time not spent doing damage.
  • Healthstone Icon Healthstones have a 1-minute cooldown and heal for 25% of max health, allowing for an emergency heal for each player.
  • Soulstone Icon Soulstones offer a combat resurrection that can be used both reactively and preemptively in the case of a death run.
  • Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway offers the unique ability to skip certain parts of the map, depending on the dungeon in question, avoiding specific pulls.
  • Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury helps alleviating pressure on the tank during big pulls as it is a 3-second AoE stun.
  • Fear Icon Fear and Banish Icon Banish are both spammable crowd control abilities that can be used to interrupt a cast in a pinch or to temporarily remove a target from combat.

Mythic+ Talents for Demonology Warlock

Below are the recommended talents for Mythic+. There is a certain degree of flexibility when progressing down the path, to accommodate for preferences or to meet specific requirements, as discussed further.


Dungeon Builds for Demonology Warlock

Fortified Week Talents Tyrannical Week Talents

Fortified Week talents for Demonology Warlock

The baseline build of the season, centered around Felguard, Dreadstalkers , and Implosion damage, and using Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard instead of Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant as anchor point for burst windows.

To import the build directly ingame, click on the export button in the top-right of the calculator


Tyrannical Week talents for Demonology Warlock

Slightly more single target oriented at the expense of some AoE damage on trash, swapping Malefic Impact for Imp-erator, and moving a single point to Sargerei Technique.

To import the build directly ingame, click on the export button in the top-right of the calculator


Class talent tree fundamental nodes

Generally, all output nodes are hard to give up, but fortunately, there are enough point to offer the choice of whichever utility options to pick instead.

  • Demonic Inspiration Icon Demonic Inspiration;
  • Wrathful Minion Icon Wrathful Minion;
  • Socrethar's Guile Icon Socrethar's Guile;
  • Sargerei Technique Icon Sargerei Technique;
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit;
  • Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy;
  • Summon Soulkeeper Icon Summon Soulkeeper or Inquisitor's Gaze Icon Inquisitor's Gaze.

Some other utility nodes are also too good to pass up, especially in the context of dungeons:

  • Fel Domination Icon Fel Domination;
  • Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil;
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact especially on 45s cooldown;
  • Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to skip areas of the dungeon;
  • Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury as one of the few AoE stuns.

Demonology Warlock talent tree fundamental nodes

Due to a lot of AoE pulls throughout a dungeon run, leaning towards cleave and AoE is generally the safer choice, even in the case of a Tyrannical Week.

  • Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash, Carnivorous Stalkers Icon Carnivorous Stalkers, Dread Calling Icon Dread Calling, The Houndmaster's Stratagem Icon The Houndmaster's Stratagem will greatly amplify Dreadstalkers damage while simultaneously offering high uptime on a damage increase debuff on targets;
  • Guillotine Icon Guillotine can provide a substantial source of damage on a relatively short cooldown;
  • Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant increase the effectiveness of every summoned demons;
  • Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard offers a substantial burst of both single and multi-target while costing a single point;
  • Implosion Icon Implosion augments Demonology Warlock AoE capabilities while also synergizing with Imp Gang Boss Icon Imp Gang Boss, Spiteful Reconstitution Icon Spiteful Reconstitution, The Houndmaster's Stratagem Icon The Houndmaster's Stratagem and The Expendables Icon The Expendables.

Demonology Warlock Talent Tree Options

  • Swap Malefic Impact Icon Malefic Impact for Imp-erator Icon Imp-erator for more single target damage at the expense of AoE.

Stat Priority in AoE for Demonology Warlock

  1. Intellect;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Versatility ≅ Critical Strike;
  4. Haste.

Worth mentioning that dropping Haste too low will hamper the single target output in comparison, so generally, seeking a balance between the stats offers a more well-rounded approach.

Simming item upgrades remains the preferable approach instead of relying on stats blindly.


Pet Choice for Demonology Warlock

You should be using your Felguard at all times as a Demonology Warlock.


Trinket Considerations for Demonology Warlock in Mythic+

When choosing your trinkets, we recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots using the Patchwerk option for raids and single-target, and Patchwerk with 4-5 targets or Hectic Add Cleave for an educated guess on multi-target performance in Dungeons. Usually, trinkets that proc stats are more versatile and better performers than single-target spell damage procs unless they are overtuned.

You can also get a quick overview of good Mythic+ Trinkets on our Gearing page, specifically the Simulation chart for multi-target scenarios.



  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Updated Talents and Stats.
  • 07 Nov. 2023: Updated Tyrannical Talents.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2 and Season 3.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Restructured Talent section.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Talents updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 01 May 2023: Talents updated for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Talents updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated recommended build.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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