Demonology Warlock DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 16:15 by Motoko 11 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 — Shadowlands 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warlock stat priority.

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The Basics of Stats for Demonology Warlock

The stat priority for a Demonology Warlock is as follows.

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

This stat priority was determined using a SimulationCraft profile in standard BiS gear with normalized stats. It was meant to simulate a very "average" set of player gear, but you should refer to this information with care. It is highly recommended you sim yourself to determine which stats your character gets maximum benefit out of, as this is subject to change depending on your ratios.

On single-target, Haste is the most desirable secondary stat, while gradually going down the more targets enter the fray. Mastery is the opposite, being relatively unimpactful in single-target but gaining increasing appeal in multi-target. Critical Strike and Versatility sit in the middle, offering an average increase, but never excelling in any situation.

Most players will notice their stat priority shifts as they acquire higher item levels, due to the variance in scaling.

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

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Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

Your stat priority has a direct impact on your gem, enchant, and consumable choices, and you can find recommendations for all 3 on our dedicated page below.

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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.

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Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Stats ranking updated following simulation profile optimisations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, removed Corruptions and updated stat priority.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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