Destruction Warlock Best Corruptions and Corrupted Items — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 21, 2020 at 18:36 by Motoko 68 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn what the best corruptions and the best corrupted items are for a Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. We also tell you how to handle corruption effects.

Throughout the lifetime of Patch 8.3, all items available to you have a chance to become Corrupted, granting them additional effects. These effects also carry a Corruption cost, which leads to harmful effects.

For information on how to obtain and use Corrupted items, check out our Corrupted Items Guide.


Picking Corruption Items

The best way to determine which of your Corrupted items to use is by using Raidbots Top Gear. You should set a maximum Corruption value that you are comfortable with, and simply simulate the highest DPS set.

Warlocks in general have multiple tools to handle Corruption effects, so getting higher Corruption compared to other classes might not be as dangerous as one could think. For more information about how to handle those different effects, check the FAQ section.


What Corruption Powers to Buy for Destruction Warlocks

Echoes of Ny'alotha can now be used to buy specific corruption powers from MOTHER, in the Chamber of the Heart in Silithus.

This allows you to optimize the corruptions on your gear without any RNG involved, as long as you have enough Echoes to buy the corruptions you need.

You can learn all about this new system in our specialized guide for Echoes of Ny'alotha below.

For Destruction Warlocks the best Corruption setup is somewhat flexible: after reaching 5 to 6 Expedient Icon Expedient and 1 Gushing Wound Icon Gushing Wound the remaining 2-3 slots offer some choice depending on the situation:

Racing Pulse Icon Racing Pulse synergise well with all the extra haste from stacking Expedient Icon Expedient;

Honed Mind Icon Honed Mind, Strikethrough Icon Strikethrough, Deadly Momentum Icon Deadly Momentum are all relatively close. If multiple players have Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual, that is another option, but keep in mind you need at least 3 more to outweigh the loss of any of the aforementioned effects.

Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth is worth mentioning as a potential option, but one that requires building around it. With at least 2 Corrupted items with Ineffable Truth Icon Ineffable Truth, it is possible to reset Havoc Icon Havoc before Rolling Havoc Icon Rolling Havoc stacks will fall off, allowing you to refresh the 10 stacks cap for about 30 seconds, around once a minute, which can be noticeable in any sustained cleave scenario. Keep in mind that this build is not optimized in Raidbots/SimulationCraft.

Infinite Stars Icon Infinite Stars and Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation for pure single target and AoE respectively offer a theoretical higher top end at the cost of severe RNG and in the case of Twilight Devastation Icon Twilight Devastation positional requirement, making them less desirable in practice.


Corruption Effects Simulations

There are 2 types of simulations that can be done for the Corruption effects, namely: DPS per point of Corruption, and DPS per effect. Generally speaking, DPS per point of Corruption is more important than DPS per total effect, since you only have a limited amount of Corruption you can comfortably use in a raid setting. Below, we have listed both types of simulations:


DPS per Point of Corruption

For the complete simulation results, check out

DPS per Effect

For the complete simulation results, check out


  • 21 May 2020: Updated for Corruption Vendor and the Gushing Wound nerf coming a week later.
  • 09 Apr. 2020: Created Corruption dedicated page.
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