Demonology Warlock DPS Stat Priority — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 29, 2019 at 20:53 by Motoko 50 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Demonology Warlock. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5.


The Basics of Stats for Demonology Warlock

The stat priority for a Demonology Warlock is as follows.


1 Target

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

When playing with Explosive Potential Icon Explosive Potential:

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

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.


Statistics Explanations for Demonology Warlock

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Haste influences the cast speed of all your spells, as well as the number of attacks your demons (outside Wild Imps) can output before despawning. Haste is a desirable stat, as it generates additional resources via Demonic Core Icon Demonic Core and allows for increased Soul Shard generation.

Mastery, through Mastery: Master Demonologist Icon Mastery: Master Demonologist, increases the damage dealt by your demons. When playing with either Demonic Consumption Icon Demonic Consumption or Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal, it becomes the most desiderable stat.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.



  • 29 Jul. 2019: Updated for The Eternal Palace.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 08 Feb. 2019: Updated page to reflect influence of Explosive Potential trait.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 06 Nov. 2018: Updated stats priority and explanation.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 23 Jul. 2018: New sims completed; added a 4-target stat priority for M+ players.
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