Destruction Warlock DPS Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5
On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Destruction Warlock for each boss of the following raid: Battle of Dazar'alor. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5.
Introduction for Destruction Warlock Boss Advice in Battle of Dazar'alor
In this section you will find information pertaining to each boss individually in the Battle of Dazar'alor raid.
The advice in this section is in a state of continual updates, as the content is still extremely fresh. As we experience the bosses in their live and properly finished states, additional tips and advanced techniques will be added.
Talent Cheatsheet for Destruction Warlock
Champion of the Light
This fight is split 50/50 between multi-target and single target phases. If you can afford it, try to cast Cataclysm on adds during the boss phase to gain a substantial amount of Shards.
Use Felhunter to help interrupt caster adds. You can have an insane uptime on Flashpoint if you target high health adds.
Make use of Havoc to target and burst marked adds. Due to the high amount of targets Soul Fire, is actually a viable choice.
This is a single target fight; try to use Demonic Circle and possibly Demonic Gateway to reduce the amount of movement required.
Pool Shards and have Havoc ready for when the adds spawn. Consider using Dark Pact to mitigate the damage from the missile. If needed run Felhunter to help interrupting adds, especially in Mythic.
This fight will have at least 2 targets up the whole time, and some adds that need to die as quickly as possible.
Warlocks can soak Magma Traps by preplacing Demonic Circle and thus avoiding falling damage. Try to use Havoc at its fullest, to nuke adds while not losing damage on bosses; remember to put Havoc on the Mage and keep the Monk as primary target, since you want it dead first. Demonic Gateway is invaluable during the Maze phase.
In Mythic remember the dance is a fixed sequence of colours: Blue, Green, Red, Green, Blue.
Flashover/ Eradication works better in practice during orb/xuen tigers phase compared to Eradication/ Internal Combustion unless your raid already melt those, in which case consider talenting the latter for the highest dps on bosses.
The boss is split in 2 phases: the first is a gauntlet where the raid has to split into 2 groups, and then you face the boss in the next phase.
Plenty of movement is required during the gauntlet, so try to minimize it as much as you can. You can use Burning Rush to activate the buff in the 4th room by dropping below 50% health, and remember to save cooldowns for the final room.
You generally want to pick up the Opal jewel, unless specified otherwise by your raidleader.
Use Shadowfury on Spirits of Gold and try to save a Cataclysm for them.
In Mythic if you get swapped and you have Rolling Havoc you will get stacks even if the second target is out of range.
Conclave of the Chosen
Despite its appearance, this is mostly mostly a single target fight. Make use of Havoc to kill raptors and to generate more Shards through Immolate, Incinerate, and Conflagrate. Make use of Burning Rush to avoid orbs and to rush inside the Pa'ku safe zone during its AoE. Consider bringing the Imp to help with defensive dispels. You can have a high uptime on Flashpoint if you keep Immolate on the boss you are not focusing.
Make use of Demonic Circle in Phase Two to place pools at the edges of the room quicker.
This is a cleave fight in Phase One, and single target with multiple targets later on. Maintain DoTs on all 3 minibosses and make use of Havoc to maintain Immolate on Rastakhan when he joins the fight.
Avoid frogs and various abilities during Phase Two, and try to enter Phase Three in the Death Realm with all cooldowns available since Bloodlust/ Heroism will be used there.
In Phase Four, pay attention to where you run, and make use of Demonic Circle to avoid Inevitable End.
High Tinker Mekkatorque
Single target encounter with various movement requirements. Make the best use of Demonic Gateway, Demonic Circle and Burning Rush to deal with both the Shrunk debuff and the Gigavolt Charge. Try to enter Phase Three with cooldowns up for when your raid uses Heroism/ Bloodlust.
Your Imp can be used to dispel Polymorph.
This is a single target fight with periodic add spawns. Phase One is pretty straightforward, so focus on dodging abilities and coordinate with the rest of the raid to bring down both bosses at the same time.
In Phase Two, if your raid is short on slows, you could consider swapping to Succubus for the 50% permanent slow on one of the adds. Try to pool Shards to burst them down as quickly as possible if required with Havoced Chaos Bolts.
You can maintain a pretty high uptime on Flashpoint. Use Demonic Gateway and Demonic Circle to minimize the movement when dropping debuffs at the back of the room.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore
This is a single target fight with periodic adds during Phase One. During the whole fight, pay attention to your total health and Chilling Touch stacks: remember that Burning Rush can be used to bypass the slow but if you dip below 80% of maximum health you become stunned inside an Ice Block that has to be destroyed by your teammates.
Time Cataclysm and enter Havoc window with 4 Shards for every Marine wave, unless your Priests just mindcontrol them.
In Phase Two, position Demonic Gateway in conjunction with Demonic Circle to help with the Siegebreaker Blast mechanic and to dodge Glacial Ray.
During the last phase, make use of Havoc on Jaina and burst mirror images and Ice Blocks as quickly as possible. Over the course of the fight, you can have a high uptime on Flashpoint.
In Mythic difficulty, make sure to get into the Phase 3 intermission with all cooldowns up to get the maximum amount of boss damage while under the effect of Bloodlust. You may have to place your Felhunter on the boss to interrupt Jaina's channeling, once Nathanos is free.
You should make extensive use of Havoc and keep it on cooldown as much as possible to get Rolling Havoc stacks and Flashpoint uptime across all the phases. Ensure that you do not destroy the barrels too soon.
If you cannot get at least 6 stacks from each Havoc and a reasonable Flashpoint uptime, due to your raid composition having too much cleave or too many Destruction Warlocks, consider swapping to Affliction or Demonology.
- 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 14 Apr. 2019: Updated after recent raid nerfs.
- 11 Feb. 2019: Updated with better talent choices, and more tips.
- 05 Feb. 2019: Updated for Battle of Dazar'alor Heroic week fixes.
- 21 Jan. 2019: Page added.
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