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Demonology Warlock PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 16, 2020 at 18:54 by Mysticall 2 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Warlock PvP guide.


Demonology Warlocks in the Current Meta

Demonology Warlocks are the strongest Warlock spec right now. They have the same crowd control as all the other specs, but they are much harder to kill. They have utility in the form of Fear Icon Fear and a passive defensive, Soul Link Icon Soul Link, that makes them a bad target to focus. If the Demonology Warlock is left unchecked, they can easily burst an enemy down in seconds.


Strengths of Demonology Warlocks

  • Great control
  • Decent mobility
  • Strong consistent damage

Weaknesses of Demonology Warlocks

  • Limited mobility
  • Predictable burst damage
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 16 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for patch 8.3 and no updates were necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Reorganized the guide in 7 different pages.
  • 24 Aug. 2019: Updated Horde races.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: updated Alliance races.
  • 07 Jul. 2019: Updated Guide for Patch 8.2.
    • Added Azerite Essence section.
    • Added Major and Minor Essences sections.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 3 and 7 regular talents.
    • Updated PvP talents section.
    • Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Apr. 2019: Several changes made to the guide.
    • Updated Azerite Traits.
    • Updated Gear section.
    • Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tier 7 regular talent.
    • Updated Burst Damage rotation.
  • 14 Mar. 2019: No major changes needed for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 24 Feb. 2018: Updated Talent Table.
  • 31 Jan. 2019: Updated Gear Recommendations.
  • 25 Dec. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.1.
    • Updated Azerite traits.
  • 23 Nov. 2018: Added Gear Recommendations section.
  • 16 Oct. 2018: Updated guide for Patch 8.0.1.
    • Added Stat Priority.
    • Added Azerite traits.
    • Added Talent Table.
    • Updated all regular talents.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Removed Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 02 Jun. 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 19 Apr. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
  • 29 Jan. 2018: Fixed link to second artifact trait.
  • 21 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for Patch 7.3.5.
  • 08 Dec. 2017: Several changes made for Patch 7.3.2.
    • Updated "About the Author".
    • Changed recommended Tier 4 regular talents.
  • 21 Sep. 2017: Several changes made for Patch 7.3.
    • Removed Artifact Trait descriptions.
    • Changed recommended tier 4 and 7 regular talents.
    • Changed recommended tier 3 honor talents.
    • Updated burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 01 Jul. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 3 regular talent and added Demonic Circle as something to do in the opener.
  • 26 Apr. 2017: Guide added.
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