Destruction Warlock Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Motoko 7 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Destruction Warlock leveling guide for Shadowlands 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

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Level: 1

Talents to Level Up as an Destruction Warlock

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


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 42 — Cast Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal whenever possible to burst targets down.
  3. Level 25 — Use Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn on targets below 20% health in order to trigger the 50% additional Critical Strike chance and hopefully the shard refund.
  4. Level 27 — Use Havoc Icon Havoc when there is a second target to duplicate every single-target spell.
  5. Level 10 — Cast Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt whenever you have at least 2 Shards.
  6. Level 28 — Cast Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire when you have 3 shards and there are at least 3 targets stacked.
  7. Level 11 — maintain Immolate Icon Immolate on as many targets as possible for high damage and shard generation.
  8. Level 13 — Cast Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate when moving and when you do not have more than 4 and a half shards.
  9. Level 10 — Incinerate Icon Incinerate replaces Shadow Bolt Icon Shadow Bolt for almost twice the damage and the ability to generate Soul Shard bits.

In addition to these baseline abilities, there are a number of passive effects that you unlock throughout the leveling process that are worth knowing about:


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 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 to your ability to survive and sustain.
  4. Demon Armor Icon Demon Armor substantially increases your survivability, allowing you to tank much more physical damage, should you choose to do so.
  5. Fel Fissure Icon Fel Fissure is mostly useful for its movement slow while leveling.
  6. Focused Chaos Icon Focused Chaos increase Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt damage by 40% at the cost of being unable to interact with Havoc Icon Havoc making a suboptimal choice unless the player prefers to pull only 1 target at a time.

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 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 03 May 2021: Clarified Shadowburn usage within the rotation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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