Demonology Warlock DPS Spell Summary — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 21 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Demonology Warlock in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Demonology Warlock spells.


Demonology Warlock Spell Summary

If you are new to the Demonology Specialization, this is a great place to start reading and begin breaking down the key spells that hold together this specialization. On this page, we will discuss what abilities your specialization uses, how they influence gameplay and resource generation, and the ways they interact with each other and your cooldowns. If you have some experience with Demonology already, it is recommended you skip over this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

In order to utilise abilities more efficiently, check out the Macros section on the Addon page.


Main Resources for Demonology Warlock

Soul Shards are the main resource of Demonology Warlocks. Soul Shards are generated by your filler spells, and they can be spent on summoning powerful demons. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards.

Mana is a secondary resource for Demonology Warlocks. Your main spells do not cost very much Mana to cast, and will never threaten your Mana pool. Utility spells, such as Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, and Crowd Control abilities, such as Fear Icon Fear, cost relatively more Mana than ever before, so be wary about using them too liberally.


Unlocking Abilities

This page lists all the different abilities available after reaching max level. If you are still in the process of leveling, check out the Warlock Leveling page, which offers detailed information on when you unlock all of these abilities.


Basic Abilities for Demonology Warlock

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt is your main filler spell. It generates 1 Soul Shard, has a slow travel time, and no cooldown.

Call Dreadstalkers Icon Call Dreadstalkers is one of your main sources of damage, and costs 2 Soul Shards. This ability has a 20-second cooldown, and should be cast whenever available.

Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt has a long cast time and generates 2 Soul Shards, but can be made instant using Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core procs.

Hand of Gul'dan Icon Hand of Gul'dan costs 1-3 Soul Shards, and summons Wild Imps, with the number summoned corresponding directly to Soul Shards spent.

Implosion Icon Implosion sacrifices all of your active Wild Imps, flinging them towards a target, dealing AoE damage to all targets within 8 yards.


Important Procs

Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core is your main proc, and it has a 10% chance (per Imp) to trigger when your Wild Imps expire or implode. Demonic Core makes the next Demonbolt Icon Demonbolt cast instant, and has a maximum of 4 stacks.

For more information on how to use these abilities together in your rotation, please read our rotation page.


Talented DPS Abilities of Demonology Warlock

Demonic Strength Icon Demonic Strength is a 1min cooldown Felstorm that does 4 times the damage.

Bilescourge Bombers Icon Bilescourge Bombers is a 30s cooldown ground targeted AoE spell that costs 2 Soul Shards and deals damage in 8 yards over 6 seconds.

Soul Strike Icon Soul Strike is a 8s cooldown instant ability that makes Felguard charge an enemy, deal damage and generate 1 Soul Shard.

Summon Vilefiend Icon Summon Vilefiend is a 45s cooldown demon that deals noticeable single target damage.


Cooldowns for Demonology Warlock


Damage Cooldowns for Demonology Warlock

Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant is the main DPS cooldown for Demonology. Tyrant has a short cast time to summon, lasts 15 seconds, and has a 90 second cooldown. The Demonic Tyrant increases the duration of all existing demons by 15.0 seconds, and increases the damage of all active demons by 15%.

For more information, please see our cooldown usage section on the rotation page.


Defensive Cooldowns and Tools for Demonology Warlock

Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve reduces damage taken by 40% for 8 seconds. Additionally, you are also immune to interrupt and silence effects for the duration. Unending Resolve has a baseline cooldown of 3 minutes.

Soul Link Icon Soul Link causes 20% of the damage you take to be taken by your pet instead. Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech heals you for 25% and your pet for 50% of the absorption it grants.

Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech grants an absorption shield for 8% of all single target damage done, up to a maximum of 10% of maximum player health.

Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway creates two points which players can travel between by interacting with the gates. Players may only use the gateway once every 90 seconds.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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