Destruction Warlock Leveling Guide from 1 to 70 — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Motoko 55 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Destruction Warlock leveling guide for Dragonflight. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Warlock leveling guide.


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. If the item levels are equal, you should choose the piece with stats that are most favorable to your specialization. If your current item is an Heirloom, it should not be replaced.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 60

Talents to Level Up as a Destruction Warlock

Below, you can see the suggested levelling talent build and the order in which to pick the talents while levelling.


Rotation to Level Up as an Destruction Warlock

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt.

  1. Level 2 — the first DoT, Corruption Icon Corruption, becomes available, which should be used to tag and soften up multiple enemies whenever spamming a few Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolts will not kill them quicker.
  2. Level 29 — Use Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn on targets below 20% health in order to trigger the 50% additional Critical Strike chance and hopefully the shard refund.
  3. Level 27 — Use Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm as often as possible.
  4. Level 23 — Cast Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire when at least one target suffers from your Immolate Icon Immolate.
  5. Level 19 — Use Havoc Icon Havoc when there is a second target to duplicate every single-target spell.
  6. Level 11 — Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt whenever you have at least 2 Shards.
  7. Level 15 — Cast Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire when you have 3 shards, and there are at least 3 targets stacked.
  8. Level 11 — maintain Immolate Icon Immolate on as many targets as possible for high damage and shard generation.
  9. Level 13 — Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate when moving and when you do not have more than 4 and a half shards.
  10. Level 10 — Incinerate Icon Incinerate replaces Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt with the ability to generate Soul Shard bits.

Destruction Warlock PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Bane of Havoc Icon Bane of Havoc replaces Havoc Icon Havoc with a ground-targeted AoE variant, enabling it to deal massive damage on any target caught in the area.
  2. Cremation Icon Cremation increases Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate's damage and is best paired with Flashover Icon Flashover.
  3. Essence Drain Icon Essence Drain stacks a damage reduction effect on enemies that are damaged by your Drain Life Icon Drain Life. You can reduce their damage by up to 25%, which is a large increase in your ability to survive and sustain.
  4. Fel Fissure Icon Fel Fissure is mostly useful for its movement slow while leveling.
  5. Gateway Mastery Icon Gateway Mastery should always be considered to expedite your whereabouts in closed space where mounts are not usable.
  6. Bonds of Fel Icon Bonds of Fel can offer further AoE burst when kiting targets around.

Pet Choice for Destruction Warlock Leveling

Summon Imp Icon Summon Imp is your first available demon. This pet is not particularly useful for leveling, but you have no choice for the early levels.

If you are leveling alone, Summon Voidwalker Icon Summon Voidwalker can be a helpful choice while leveling up, as it takes a lot of the pressure off you. Avoiding casting pushback can also increase leveling speed.

Summon Felhunter Icon Summon Felhunter can be a good choice if you are leveling in a group or venturing into dungeons. The extra interrupt is helpful for dealing with troublesome caster mobs.



Congratulations on reaching Level 70! Now that you have hit Level 70, we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



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