Demonology Warlock DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Nov 06, 2018 at 06:29 by Motoko 41 comments

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

1. Talent Choices for Demonology Warlock

Level Choices
15 Dreadlash Dreadlash Demonic Strength Demonic Strength Bilescourge Bombers Bilescourge Bombers
30 Demonic Calling Demonic Calling Power Siphon ? Power Siphon Doom Doom
45 Demon Skin ? Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact Dark Pact
60 From the Shadows From the Shadows Soul Strike Soul Strike Summon Vilefiend Summon Vilefiend
75 Darkfury Darkfury Mortal Coil ? Mortal Coil Demonic Circle Demonic Circle
90 Soul Conduit ? Soul Conduit Inner Demons Inner Demons Grimoire: Felguard Grimoire: Felguard
100 Sacrificed Souls Sacrificed Souls Demonic Consumption Demonic Consumption Nether Portal Nether Portal

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Single Target

  1. Level 15: Demonic Strength Icon Demonic Strength
  2. Level 30: Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling
  3. Level 45: Player's Preference
  4. Level 60: Summon Vilefiend Icon Summon Vilefiend
  5. Level 75: Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle
  6. Level 90: Inner Demons Icon Inner Demons
  7. Level 100:: Sacrificed Souls Icon Sacrificed Souls

3. Cleave

  1. Level 15: Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash
  2. Level 30: Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling or Doom Icon Doom
  3. Level 45: Player's Preference
  4. Level 60: Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike
  5. Level 75: Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle
  6. Level 90: Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard
  7. Level 100:: Sacrificed Souls Icon Sacrificed Souls

4. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Dreadlash Dreadlash Demonic Strength Demonic Strength Bilescourge Bombers Bilescourge Bombers
  • 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.

Demonic Strength Icon Demonic Strength is the default choice for single target and sporadic cleave, assuming the targets stay stacked on the main one.

Dreadlash Icon Dreadlash is a viable alternative when you are dealing sustained damage to 2+ targets.

Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers could be a good option for dealing bursts of AoE, but it is currently undertuned.

5. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Demonic Calling Demonic Calling Power Siphon ? Power Siphon Doom Doom
  • 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.

Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling is the default talent, providing a steady and reliable damage increase in any situation.

Power Siphon Icon Power Siphon allows for a lot of on-demand resource generation, Wild Imp creation, and burst. This talent is a great option for high movement fights, or when you need to serve up a little more burst damage (Vectis Mythic).

Doom Icon Doom is the best choice for sustained AoE damage, assuming targets will live at least 30 seconds. It is Demonology's only tool to deal with distant targets, so if the situation calls for it, consider talenting Doom Icon Doom.

6. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Demon Skin ? Demon Skin Burning Rush Burning Rush Dark Pact Dark Pact
  • Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin grants Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech a passive recharge rate of 0.5% of maximum health per second, and may now absorb 15% of maximum health.
  • Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush grants 50% movement speed in exchange for 4% maximum health per second, and prevents you from being reduced below base movement speed.
  • Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact grants a large shield on demand; 20% of your current health is sacrificed to shield you for 250% of the amount lost.

Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush remains the most versatile option, as Warlocks have little base mobility. Burning Rush functions both as a means to stay in range and position aggressively, but also as a means of dodging mechanics. It is my opinion that movement speed offers the greatest defensive benefit in most situations, and you should default to this talent.

Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact is a good option for encounters where you need to soak a mechanic or survive a telegraphed amount of high damage. It is important to note that the damage absorb is based on current health, rendering this ability useless as a reactive cooldown. For Dark Pact to be effective, it needs to be used while you are close to full health to mitigate a future amount of damage.

Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin is a good choice for encounters with low movement and consistent damage intake, such as Mythrax or Vectis.

7. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents for Demonology Warlock

From the Shadows From the Shadows Soul Strike Soul Strike Summon Vilefiend Summon Vilefiend
  • 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.

Summon Vilefiend Icon Summon Vilefiend is the default choice for single target, as it provides an additional demon that does significant damage and lines up naturally with Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant.

Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike is the best choice for situations with multiple targets, as the extra resources translate into a lot more damage. It also offers an extra degree of mobility.

From the Shadows Icon From the Shadows is currently not a competitive option, and despite popular opinion, the debuff is not tied to Dreadstalkers' Shadow Bite, thus making it a single target option.

8. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Darkfury Darkfury Mortal Coil ? Mortal Coil Demonic Circle Demonic Circle
  • Darkfury Icon Darkfury reduces the cooldown of Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury by 15 seconds.
  • Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil allows you to horrify an enemy and heal for 20% of your maximum health once every 45 seconds.
  • Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle allows you to place a portal and teleport to it once every 30 seconds.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle remains the default option for raids, as it greatly enhances our mobility, particularly for mechanics that need to be kited away from the raid group. This button offers a lot of flexibility and creative use, so be sure to give it good thought before each pull.

Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil is a strong choice whenever you do not need the mobility given by Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle. It offers a noticeable heal on top of an additional form of Crowd Control, which can prevent a wipe, especially in mythic dungeons.

Darkfury Icon Darkfury is the standard option for dungeons and Mythic+, allowing you to Crowd Control groups of enemies far more often.

9. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Soul Conduit ? Soul Conduit Inner Demons Inner Demons Grimoire: Felguard Grimoire: Felguard
  • Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit grants each Soul Shard spent 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, on a 2-minute cooldown.

Inner Demons Icon Inner Demons provides some extra Imps with the chance at extra demons, which is a consistent damage increase in any scenario. This talent is best for single target and intermittent cleave.

Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit is a jack of all trades talent, currently underperforming.

Grimoire: Felguard Icon Grimoire: Felguard deals a lot of burst damage, and is a particularly powerful cooldown for both single target and cleave. Grimoire Felguard is the best choice for 2+ targets, allowing for considerable burst damage.

10. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents for Demonology Warlock

Sacrificed Souls Sacrificed Souls Demonic Consumption Demonic Consumption Nether Portal Nether Portal
  • 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.
  • Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal opens a rift for 20 seconds that summons additional demons each time you spend a Soul Shard.

Sacrificed Souls Icon Sacrificed Souls is the best option for all situations right now. It is a versatile choice and simply outperforms the other 2 talents in this row.

Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal summons a variety of powerful demons that provide high amounts of damage for their Soul Shard efficiency. This talent should theoretically be the default choice for sustained single target fights, but with current tuning that is not the case.

Demonic Consumption Icon Demonic Consumption is the talent aimed of give Demonology a stronger cooldown for burst phases (Fetid Devourer). Sadly its output is currently worse than having untalented Tyrant out with Imps.

11. PvP Talents (War Mode)

Under our Talents section, there is the option to enter "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world;
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level;
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling;
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended you enable the feature. In most situations, this will allow for the maximum returns despite the risks. You will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

11.1. Demonology Warlock War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Demonology Warlock-specific PvE talents.

11.1.1. General PvP Talents

  • Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities, but instead reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation automatically removes any loss of control effects that last 5+ seconds, a maximum of once per minute.

Adaptation Icon Adaptation is recommended for most players, as it is automatic and on a relatively short cooldown. This makes it the overall best choice with PvE in mind.

11.1.2. Demonology Warlock PvP Talents

  1. Call Felhunter Icon Call Felhunter allows you to interrupt once every 24 seconds. This talent has exceptional and flexible use and feels really good in all situations.
  2. Call Fel Lord Icon Call Fel Lord guards a location for 15 seconds; any enemies that come within range take up to 5% of maximum Health as damage. This can be used very strategically in certain situations and is capable of dealing some nice burst damage.
  3. Curse of Fragility Icon Curse of Fragility reduces the target's maximum health by up to 15%.
  4. Call Observer Icon Call Observer guards a location for 20 seconds; any enemies that cast spells in the radius will take up to 5% of maximum Health as damage. This has a lot more limited use, but can have absurd value in specific situations.
  5. Master Summoner Icon Master Summoner makes Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers an instant cast. Since we are often using Demonic Calling Icon Demonic Calling, the quality of life of this talent is diminished. It can be used if you prefer the consistency, but there are generally better choices.

The curses can have exceptional use in very specific situations, but do not make for exceptional default picks. Curse of Fragility Icon Curse of Fragility is the most used and generally most powerful of the three, and has a wide variety of niche applications.

12. Changelog

  • 06 Nov. 2018: Updated talent choices.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 21 Jul. 2018: Added PvP (War Mode) Talents and explanations.
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